Rightmove House Valuation
We’ve put Rightmove at the top of the list as it still remains the UK’s most popular property portal.
Chances are that you’re already familiar with it. If not, don’t worry, it’s fairly easy to use…
Rightmove Sold Prices
First off, we would suggest using the link below to search sold house prices in your local area:
Note that a wider range of information is shown on a desktop PC or larger tablet (as opposed than your mobile device).
Enter the postcode and you’ll see sold property prices registered at the Land Registry.
You can also expand your search for up to 15 miles as well as filter specific timeframes, type and tenure (freehold/leasehold).
Remember there is typically a two-month time delay for Land Registry prices to appear in the public domain. Flats and other leasehold properties often take longer.
As you scroll down, you can sometimes can also see useful links to the original listing (with photos, floor plans etc.). This will be in bold and underlined in blue, as shown below or by clicking on the photos on the mobile version.
Also look out for the Market Trends, Price Comparison Report and the monthly House Price Index as you scroll down on the right (only on the desktop version).
Note that there may be anomalies where a property’s sold price is lower than others on the street. It’s worth checking the photos to see its condition (which could explain why it was sold for cheaper). Other times it could have been sold through a property auction or a sell house fast service.
Check Property Sizes
Most streets in the UK have different types of properties and it’s not always easy to compare like-for-like.
For example, yours may have a larger garden or had a back or roof extension. Other times, the differences can be more subtle. Generally, for example, end of terrace houses are bigger than mid-terraced properties.
Although it’s hard to put a price on these differences, it’s a good idea to check the size of neighbouring properties using previous Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs):
If you’re still unsure, it can be worth paying for a Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyor (RICS) valuation to put your mind at ease.
Check Out Your Local Property Market
It’s also a good idea to look at what’s up for sale in your neighbourhood.
Head to the Rightmove homepage…
After entering your postcode and clicking ‘For sale’, enter the property criteria (radius, price range, number of bedrooms, property and added to site).
Remember also to tick: ‘Include Under Offer, Sold STC…’. You will be able to see which properties are on the market, have sold or become under offer recently.
On the adverts that appear, remember that SOLD STC (Subject to Contract) does not always mean that the property has actually sold.
Today, it’s estimated that 1 in 3 UK property sales are falling through. It’s possible, therefore, that it may not complete and come back to market.
Also, remember that there is often a difference between the asking price and the actual sold price – usually between 5% and 10%.
Ask yourself the following:
- Is your property priced higher or lower than the rest of your local market?
- How do other properties compare to yours in terms of condition?
- Do prices seem unrealistic? We know it can be hard, but try and put yourself in the shoes of someone looking to buy;
- How long has the property been on the market? The longer the period, the more chance is that it’s over-priced;
- Has the price been dropped? Use the Chrome Extensions in the box above to see any corrections and how long ago they happened;
- Is the marketing any good? Sometimes a poor estate agent can slow down a sale;
- Walking around the area do you see a lot of boards that say ‘SOLD’ by the agent?
- Does the estate agent seem to have a lot of unsold properties on the market?
Towards the bottom right of the listing, you can view the historic sales prices and listings (as above).
Zoopla House Valuation
The second most popular property portal in the UK, Zoopla’s house prices page also offers a similar breakdown of sold values:
After entering the postcode or road, you can access information on the average price paid, number of sales, current average value and percentage change.
You can also adjust the time (up to 20 years) and the property type. On a mobile device, you will have to click on ‘View market activity’ to see this data.
Also, check out previous listings where available (you’ll see a small ‘H’ with ‘Property history’).
Please ignore both the ‘Estimate’ in purple. How these property valuations are arrived at truly remains a mystery. Estate agencies annoyingly use these figures to paint an unrealistic picture of the marketplace.
Our recommendation is to cross-reference any asking price data you come across (both on Rightmove and Zoopla) with the Land Registry.
Land Registry Valuation (UK HPI)
The Price Paid dataset is arguably becoming one of the most comprehensive tools for research into property sales submitted to HM Land Registry.
We believe its the most trustworthy index to track real price movements, although the downside is that it can take 2-3 months for data to get updated.
Click on the box below to see sold house prices in your local area since January 1995:
The following screen will appear:
In most cases, you can enter the name of the road and town or the postcode and the data will appear (i.e. you do not need to enter in any information, uncheck the boxes etc.).
But you may also want to narrow down your search criteria by changing the various adjustments on the first screen above.
Once your through to the search results page can view transaction history, property type, estate type (freehold/leasehold) and whether it’s a new build or not.
It’s also worth bearing in mind that Price Paid Data excludes situations where:
- The sale not been lodged with HM Land Registry for whatever reason;
- The property was not sold at its market value (such as auction sales, repossession purchases or through a We Buy Any House company like Property Solvers);
- The property is bought for a discount under the Government’s ‘Right to Buy’ scheme;
- A share of a property is sold or transferred;
- The property is gifted (by a relative, for example).
Net House Prices Valuation
Established since 2003, Net House Prices is another simple way to see local prices.
Clicking on the link above and you’ll land on the SOLD prices page. Enter in the postcode and the following data will appear:
We would advise avoiding the ‘free valuation’ tools that appear across this website. They are often linked to estate agents and not solid data sources.
Operating since 2004, you can also check sold house prices and other information using this website.
Upon entering the postcode in the first tab, you’ll see a list of properties on the street in order. Once you click on the property address, you can access a range of useful information as shown here:
Note that you will not be able to see all of the above if you don’t register.
Property Price Advice Valuation
Running since 2005, Property Price Advice states that it is the ‘go-to source for free, impartial UK property price information and advice.’
Enter the postcode and click on the second button in the middle of the page: ‘Sold House Prices’ (with the white background).
A list of properties will appear with the last sale date, type and tenure (freehold/leasehold).
Use the drop-down menus to select the distance (up to 1 mile), date of sale (up to 10 years), house type (house, bungalow, townhouse, flat or studio) and tenure to access Land Registry-linked historical data.
Our Property Valuation
Requiring registration, Our Property has an interesting ‘survey’ feature where you can find some useful information.
Once you have created your Fubra Passport, enter the postcode and a list of nearby street addresses will appear:
Although not always available or fully complete, by clicking on Surveys, you can see some key characteristics of the property once you then click on ‘View full survey’ (on the next screen):
However, please note the disclaimer on the site that Our Property has not validated this information for accuracy or completeness.
Click on the blue number in the third column to see the sales information:
We would advise ignoring ‘Average’ (in the last column) unless all the properties in your neighbourhood are very similar.
Via the ‘House Price Stats’ (in the top navigation bar) subscribers can get at a glance listings of the most expensive, least expensive and most transient roads (where the most sales have occurred). Note that this covers a limited number of cities and counties in the UK, but hopefully they will expand out!
The Move Market
An impressive newcomer to the set of house valuation tools, The Move Market uses HM Land Registry data.
Start by entering your postcode into the search bar and you’ll be presented with some key pieces of information on the street, namely:
- Total number of property sales over the last 10 years;
- The most recent property sale (date and price);
- The largest proportion of property types sold.
If the property is on a long street with different postcodes, you can scroll left or right to see the relevant data.
Underneath that, check out the house price trends on neighbouring streets. You can click on the blue boxes to see that data on the street specifically.
House Price Rises
Click on the ‘Price rises’ and you can see a colour-coded graphical representation of how property prices on your selected street have changed.
Historic House Sales
Below, you can see historical sales (most recent at the top).
For each property, you’ll see information regarding the last sold price (and year), type and tenure (i.e. whether it’s a freehold or leasehold).
Click on ‘Full sale history’ and a pop-up will appear that will show the price(s) and date previous sales of the same property.
View Property Details
Click on ‘See today’s price’ (in the pop-up) to see an estimation of where The Move Market estimates the price at based on selling the property unmodernised. You can get to the same page by clicking on ‘View details’ on the historical sales list.
There is also an investment rating given out of 5 stars. Note that you can also access this by clicking on ‘View details’ on the main search page.
Also, there the option to ‘refine valuation’ where you can scroll down and see how much extra you will achieve if you were to make improvements to the boiler, bathroom, kitchen, flooring, windows and doors (by heading to the ‘Internal improvements’ tab).
The Major renovations provides another sliding scale showing the extra house price value created by adding a single storey extension, one/two bedroom extension, new outbuilding and garden improvements.
Back on the Property Details page, you can also see the following:
- How much has the property changed in price since it was last sold;
- What are the people like that live there (age, health, work/employment, background/culture/religion, property ownership/rental/social housing);
- How this property compares to others in the postcode (with a property price rank, more sales history information and property investment performance);
- How often does property become available on the street;
- Cost per square foot;
- Property valuation details (more information on house price growth and housing costs);
- Other housing-related facts/costs/expenses (further property details, stamp duty / mortgage costs, added value by extending, similar priced property, recent sales);
- Price summary.
A Word of Caution…
As with Zoopla’s price estimation, we would suggest taking these extra details with a pinch of salt. Take the ‘Investment rating’ for example, there’s no way of knowing whether the property is/was rented to make such a determination, let alone what the rent would be (there is no cohesive index of rents in the UK).
The index also has no way of tracking the condition of the property, the cost of internal improvements or major renovation works as well as knowing how much value is added will be created.
Acadata House Prices
Acadata is an independent house valuation research consultancy. They’re regularly featured in the mainstream media and are known for taking an academic approach to their assessments of house price trends.
The house price calculator shows the change in value taking into account their measurement of house price inflation, applying county or London borough level HM Land Registry data.
The simple form requires you to enter the following details.
- The property type (i.e. whether it’s a flat or terraced / semi-detached / detached house);
- The original purchase price;
- The purchase year and month;
- The full postcode.
Once you’ve entered these details, you’ll need to click ‘Get Current Value’ and agree to the terms and conditions. An estimated value will then be presented.
If you’re checking out other properties price movements, you can use tools described above to obtain the necessary data.