House prices in B18 4 (Birmingham)

This article reveals price per square metre data and various charts to help you understand current housing market in Birmingham (B18 4).


Defining 'B18 4'

This analysis is limited to properties whose postcode starts with "B18 4", this is also called the postcode sector. It is shown in red on the map above. There are no official names for postcode sectors so I've just labelled it Birmingham.

You can click on the map labels to change to a neighbouring sector, or you can enter a different postcode sector (e.g. CM23 4) below.

FYI, a postcode sector is the full postcode without the last two letters.

Price per square metre

Knowing the average house price in Birmingham is not much use. However, knowing average price per square metre can be quite useful. Price per sqm allows some comparison between properties of different size. We define price per square metre as the sold price divided by the internal area of a property:

£ per sqm = price ÷ internal area
E.g. 148, Markby Road, Birmingham, sold for £150,000 on Feb-2024. Given the internal area of 85 square metres, the price per sqm is £1,764.

England & Wales have been officially metric since 1965. However house price per square foot is prefered by some estate agents and those of sufficiently advanced age ;-) They may want to convert square meters on this page to square feet.

The chart below is called a histogram, it helps you see the distribution of this house price per sqm data. To make this chart we put the sales data into a series of £ per sqm 'buckets' (e.g. £1,900-£2,000, £2,000-£2,100, £2,100-£2,200 etc...) we then count the number of sales with within in each bucket and plot the results. The chart is based on 62 sales in Birmingham (B18 4) that took place in the last two years.

Distribution of £ per sqm for Birmingham
Distribution of £ per sqm house prices in Birmingham

You can see the spread of prices above. This is because although internal area is a key factor in determining valuation, it is not the only factor. Many factors other than size affect desirability; these factors could be condition, aspect, garden size, negotiating power of the vendor etc.

The spread of prices will give you a feel of the typical range to expect in Birmingham (B18 4). Of the 62 transactions, half were sold for between £1,380 and £1,960 per square metre. The median, or 'middle', price per square metre in 'B18 4' is £1,730. Notably, only 25% of properties that sold recently were valued at more than £1,960 sqm. For anything to be valued more than this means it has to be more desireable than the clear majority of homes.

Price map for Birmingham

Do have a look at the interactive price map I created. I find it useful and I am sure it will help you in exploring Birmingham. You can zoom in all the way to individual properties and then all the way back out to see the whole country. The colours show the current estimated property values.

Property price heatmap for Birmingham
House price heatmap for Birmingham

Comparison with neighbouring postcode sectors

The table below shows how 'B18 4' compares to neighbouring postcode sectors.

Postcode sector Lower quartile Middle quartile Upper quartile
B18 4 Birmingham £1,380 sqm £1,730 sqm £1,960 sqm
B18 5 Hockley £1,840 sqm £2,280 sqm £2,560 sqm
B18 7 Birmingham £1,940 sqm £2,240 sqm £2,640 sqm
B18 6 Hockley £2,770 sqm £3,190 sqm £3,530 sqm

Will Birmingham house prices drop in 2024?

I cannot tell the future and don't believe anyone who says they can. I can however plot price trends - I have done this in the chart below for B18 4 (Birmingham) compared with both the wider area B18 and inflation (CPIH from the Office of National Statistics). The dashed trend lines in the chart show the average over time.

Historic price per square metre in Birmingham,Birmingham
House price trends for Birmingham

For the most recent sales activity, rather than a summarized average, it is better to see the underlying data. This is shown in the chart below, where blue dots represent individual sales, click on them to see details. If there is an obvious trend you should be able to spot it here amid the noise from outliers.

Most recent B18 4 sales
Recent trends for Birmingham

Data from Land Registry comes in gradually over time. I update it every month but it takes about 5 months for the majority of sales for Birmingham to be recorded. Disclaimer: I do not verify and cannot guarantee the accuracy of any data shown. Outliers exist in the data, typically these are where the EPC registry records the internal area incorrectly, sometimes although very rarely the Land Registry price paid data can be wrong. The data provided throughout this website about Birmingham and any other area, is not financial advice. Any information provided does not and cannot ever take in to account the particular financial situation, objectives or property needs of either you or anyone reading this information.

Street level data

Street Avg size Avg £sqm Recent sales
Willes Road, Birmingham, B18 4P 69 sqm £1,625 14
Perrott Street, Birmingham, B18 4L 74 sqm £1,421 13
Preston Road, Birmingham, B18 4P 70 sqm £1,614 12
Markby Road, Birmingham, B18 4P 68 sqm £1,635 11
Eva Road, Birmingham, B18 4N 76 sqm £1,647 7
Bacchus Road, Birmingham, B18 4R 74 sqm £1,260 6
James Turner Street, Birmingham, B18 4N 75 sqm £1,431 6
Perrott Street, Birmingham, B18 4N 70 sqm £1,848 5

Search for your street here.

Raw data

Our analysis of Birmingham is derived from what is essentially a big table of sold prices from Land Registry with added property size information. Below are three rows from this table to give you an idea.

Address Paid sqm £/sqm
148, Markby Rd, Birmingham £150,000
Feb-2024
85 1,764
28, Kirby Rd, Birmingham £102,000
Feb-2024
54 1,888
20, Beeton Rd, Birmingham £65,000
Jan-2024
80 812

See the entire list of all sales in Birmingham (B18 4) here.

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