House prices dropped slightly, by 1%, in Carmarthenshire in July, new figures show.

But the drop does not reverse the longer-term trend, which has seen property prices in the area grow by 2.2% over the last year.

The average Carmarthenshire house price in July was £202,720, Land Registry figures show – a 1% decrease on June.

Over the month, the picture was different to that across Wales, where prices increased 1.1%, 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 £4,400 – putting the area eighth 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 10.6%, to £163,000. At the other end of the scale, properties in Anglesey lost 6.7% of their value, giving an average price of £226,000.

First steps on the property ladder

First-time buyers in Carmarthenshire spent an average of £178,300 on their property – £3,300 more than a year ago, and £54,100 more than in July 2018.

By comparison, former owner-occupiers paid £228,100 on average in July – 27.9% more than first-time buyers.

Property types

Owners of flats saw the biggest fall in property prices in Carmarthenshire in July – they dropped 1.6% in price, to £114,960 on average. But over the last year, prices rose by 1.5%.

Among other types of property:

  • Detached: down 0.9% monthly; up 2.7% annually; £276,160 average
  • Semi-detached: down 1.1% monthly; up 2% annually; £178,504 average
  • Terraced: down 0.9% monthly; up 1.6% annually; £145,107 average

How do property prices in Carmarthenshire compare?

Buyers paid 6% less than the average price in Wales (£216,000) in July for a property in Carmarthenshire. Across Wales, property prices are low compared to those across the UK, where the average cost is £290,000.

The most expensive properties in Wales were in Monmouthshire – £358,000 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 July

  • Carmarthenshire: £202,720
  • Wales: £215,632
  • UK: £289,824

Annual change to July

  • Carmarthenshire: +2.2%
  • Wales: -0.1%
  • UK: +0.6%

Highest and lowest annual growth in Wales

  • Merthyr Tydfil: +10.6%
  • Anglesey: -6.7%