House prices increased slightly, by 0.4%, in Carmarthenshire in January, new figures show.

But the rise does not reverse the longer-term trend, which has seen property prices in the area suffer a 2.7% annual decline.

The average Carmarthenshire house price in January was £205,588, Land Registry figures show – a 0.4% increase on December.

Over the month, the picture was different to that across Wales, where prices decreased 0.1%, but 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 fell by £5,800 – putting the area 16th among Wales’s 22 local authorities with price data for annual growth.

The highest annual growth in the region was in Ceredigion, where property prices increased on average by 4.8%, to £264,000. At the other end of the scale, properties in Newport lost 6.7% of their value, giving an average price of £222,000.

First steps on the property ladder

First-time buyers in Carmarthenshire spent an average of £181,500 on their property – £4,900 less than a year ago, but £53,600 more than in January 2019.

By comparison, former owner-occupiers paid £230,300 on average in January – 26.9% more than first-time buyers.

Property types

Owners of semi-detached houses saw the biggest rise in property prices in Carmarthenshire in January – they increased 0.5%, to £181,884 on average. Over the last year, prices dropped by 2.1%.

Among other types of property:

  • Detached: up 0.3% monthly; down 3% annually; £277,097 average
  • Terraced: up 0.4% monthly; down 3.1% annually; £148,298 average
  • Flats: up 0.3% monthly; down 3.5% annually; £120,804 average

How do property prices in Carmarthenshire compare?

Buyers paid 3.5% less than the average price in Wales (£213,000) in January for a property in Carmarthenshire. Across Wales, property prices are low compared to those across the UK, where the average cost is £282,000.

The most expensive properties in Wales were in Monmouthshire – £332,000 on average, and 1.6 times the price as in Carmarthenshire. Monmouthshire properties cost 2.4 times the price as homes in Blaenau Gwent (£136,000 average), at the other end of the scale.

The highest property prices across the UK were in Kensington and Chelsea, at £1.2 million.


Average property price in January

  • Carmarthenshire: £205,588
  • Wales: £213,063
  • UK: £281,913

Annual change to January

  • Carmarthenshire: -2.7%
  • Wales: -0.8%
  • UK: -0.6%

Highest and lowest annual growth in Wales

  • Ceredigion: +4.8%
  • Newport: -6.7%