# House prices in B31 1 (Birmingham)

## Defining 'B31 1'

This analysis is limited to properties whose postcode starts with "B31 1", 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. 127, Bell Holloway, Birmingham, sold for £197,000 on Mar-2024. Given the internal area of 90 square metres, the price per sqm is £2,188.

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. £2,350-£2,500, £2,500-£2,650, £2,650-£2,800 etc...) we then count the number of sales with within in each bucket and plot the results. The chart is based on 197 sales in Birmingham (B31 1) 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 (B31 1). Of the 197 transactions, half were sold for between £2,160 and £3,050 per square metre. The median, or 'middle', price per square metre in 'B31 1' is £2,690. Notably, only 25% of properties that sold recently were valued at more than £3,050 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.

House price heatmap for Birmingham

## Comparison with neighbouring postcode sectors

The table below shows how 'B31 1' compares to neighbouring postcode sectors.

Postcode sector Lower quartile Middle quartile Upper quartile
B31 3 Birmingham £2,260 sqm £2,620 sqm £3,020 sqm
B31 1 Birmingham £2,160 sqm £2,690 sqm £3,050 sqm
B31 2 Northfield £2,320 sqm £2,780 sqm £3,410 sqm
B31 4 Birmingham £2,200 sqm £2,780 sqm £3,170 sqm
B31 5 Northfield £2,500 sqm £2,850 sqm £3,200 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 B31 1 (Birmingham) compared with both the wider area B31 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 B31 1 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
Ley Hill Farm Road, Birmingham, B31 1U 80 sqm £2,491 25
Spiceland Road, Birmingham, B31 1N 92 sqm £2,749 22
Senneleys Park Road, Birmingham, B31 1A 101 sqm £3,110 18
Cromwell Lane, Birmingham, B31 1A 81 sqm £2,160 18
Nigel Avenue, Birmingham, B31 1L 78 sqm £2,764 18
Elmdale Crescent, Birmingham, B31 1S 71 sqm £2,195 17
Long Nuke Road, Birmingham, B31 1D 82 sqm £2,013 15
Lockwood Road, Birmingham, B31 1Q 80 sqm £2,679 12

## 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.