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West London property prices on the up

 The cost of buying a home in Acton is on the up - reflecting a growing local trend which is being put down to the 'Crossrail effect'.

Luke Simpson from Aston Rowe says: '' Acton is now an area of choice. Both homebuyers and savvy investors are often going to sealed bids on Acton’s local housing stock and prices are generally on the rise in certain parts of the area. Some are selling up and moving in to the area from more expensive neighbouring areas such as Kensington, Chiswick and Notting Hill to live in Acton.

We have also noticed an increased trend in local homeowners trading up locally when in the past many may have moved out of the area. 
''The effect of the Crossrail is being reflected by the substantial increase in buy to let properties in Poet’s Corner and around the Mainline Station. ''

 A recent property report described W3 as great value for money - an overlooked area that is catching up with its chic neighbours.
Prices for the fourth quarter of 2012 are up 4.5% on previous three months which itself was a record. This is up 2.5% on same period last year. The average price for a property in Acton now just over £415,000.

Flat prices have also hit at new record - they're exchanging hands for over £300,000 for the first time.
The volume of sales is good - showing more movement in the market - which always makes estate agents happy - figures are up by 55.7% on same period three years ago.

The surge comes after prolonged period in the doldrums. Up by 20.5% over five years and 71.9% over ten years
London was the best performing part of England and Wales during 2012 with an increase of 8.4% The average price of a home in London is now £371,223 according to the Land Registry.
For England and Wales as a whole prices rose by 1.7% over the year to £162,080.

The most up-to-date figures available show that during October 2012, the number of completed house sales in England and Wales decreased by 3 per cent to 56,337 compared with 57,988 in October 2011.

The number of properties sold in England and Wales for over £1 million in October 2012 increased by 14 per cent to 623 from 548 in October 2011.

All regions saw a decrease in repossessions between October 2011 and October 2012 ranging from 8 per cent in the South East to 35 per cent in the North East.

The numbers below are subject to revision as is it usual that some properties are added late to the Land Registry's database.