House prices dropped by 2.2% – more than the average for Wales – in Carmarthenshire in April, new figures show.

But the drop does not reverse the longer-term trend, which has seen property prices in the area grow by 4.6% over the last year.

The average Carmarthenshire house price in April was £205,971, Land Registry figures show – a 2.2% decrease on March.

Over the month, the picture was different to that across Wales, where prices decreased 1.3%, and Carmarthenshire was lower than the 0.5% rise for the UK as a whole.

Over the last year, the average sale price of property in Carmarthenshire rose by £9,100 – putting the area 13th among Wales’s 22 local authorities with price data for annual growth.

The highest annual growth in the region was in Merthyr Tydfil, where property prices increased on average by 11.6%, to £162,000. At the other end of the scale, properties in Anglesey lost 3.1% of their value, giving an average price of £225,000.

First steps on the property ladder

First-time buyers in Carmarthenshire spent an average of £181,100 on their property – £7,800 more than a year ago, and £59,800 more than in April 2018.

By comparison, former owner-occupiers paid £231,900 on average in April – 28.1% more than first-time buyers.

Property types

Owners of terraced houses saw the biggest fall in property prices in Carmarthenshire in April – they dropped 2.3% in price, to £146,395 on average. But over the last year, prices rose by 4%.

Among other types of property:

  • Detached: down 2.2% monthly; up 4.9% annually; £281,463 average
  • Semi-detached: down 2.2% monthly; up 4.9% annually; £181,794 average
  • Flats: down 1.7% monthly; up 3.5% annually; £117,001 average

How do property prices in Carmarthenshire compare?

Buyers paid 3.2% less than the average price in Wales (£213,000) in April for a property in Carmarthenshire. Across Wales, property prices are low compared to those across the UK, where the average cost is £286,000.

The most expensive properties in Wales were in Monmouthshire – £362,000 on average, and 1.8 times the price as in Carmarthenshire. Monmouthshire properties cost 2.8 times the price as homes in Blaenau Gwent (£129,000 average), at the other end of the scale.

The highest property prices across the UK were in Kensington and Chelsea.


Average property price in April

  • Carmarthenshire: £205,971
  • Wales:£212,834
  • UK: £286,489

Annual growth to April

  • Carmarthenshire: +4.6%
  • Wales: +2%
  • UK: +3.5%

Highest and lowest annual growth in Wales

  • Merthyr Tydfil: +11.6%
  • Anglesey: -3.1%