West Midlands Property Buying Guides

About the West Midlands

 The West Midlands is home to over five million people across five counties: Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, and Worcestershire. The region offers a mix of industrial and rural, with urban hubs like Stoke-On-Trent and Birmingham, and countryside spots like Shrewsbury and Hereford at the borders with Wales.  

The region is also home to Shakespeare’s birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon and Nuneaton, where Mary Ann Evans, known worldwide as George Eliot, was born. With five Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty to enjoy, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and plenty of dramatic scenery, the West Midlands is a brilliant place to live.

If you’re considering buying your first home in the West Midlands, read our home buying guide to learn more. If you already have a portfolio and want to add new properties, take advantage of our mortgage options for investors.


West Midlands property market prices & trends

The Office for National Statistics recorded a UK house price increase of under 10% between December 2021 and December 2022.

The West Midlands saw a similar trend, thanks to the HS2 high-speed railway being near completion. House prices rose by 13% between 2020 and 2023, with semi-detached being the most popular among buyers.

Each county in the region experienced increased property value, with West Midlands County recording the highest of 16% between 2020 and 2023. Shropshire followed with a growth of 15% over the same period. Despite increasing regional prices, it remains one of the most affordable.

From cities and market towns to ancient woodlands and nature reserves on your doorstep, it’s no surprise that the West Midlands is the region of choice for many.

Best investment areas in the West Midlands

In the heart of England, the West Midlands is one of the UK’s most dynamic and prosperous regions. With low living costs and plenty going for it, buying a property in the West Midlands promises short- and long-term investments.

With the HS2 being almost ready, city neighbourhoods like Digbeth and Erdington are set to see a significant increase in demand. They’re especially ideal for commuters thanks to the frequent services to and from London.

Another up-and-coming area is Birmingham, which offers diverse neighbourhoods. The city boasts excellent transport links with the capital, great schools and plenty of job opportunities. It also benefits from low rental yields and affordable property prices. Despite property prices rising by almost 10% between 2020 and 2023, Birmingham offers options for all budgets.

Dudley is also a fast-growing area. House prices rose by under 20% from 2020 to 2023, with the best-selling being semi-detached properties. Dudley is close to the M5 and M6 and within reach of Birmingham International Airport, conveniently located for commuters while still providing beautiful landscapes.

Whether you’re looking to invest or buy a new home, the West Midlands is a beautiful, varied region.

The most sought-after property areas in the West Midlands

Shrewsbury River Severn

The West Midlands is Shakespeare’s birthplace, the centre of the Industrial Revolution and a stunning region packed with culture, art and fascinating history.


You might have already heard of this historic market town as the birthplace of Shakespeare. Stratford-upon-Avon owes its fame to the iconic playwright, celebrated there to this day at the Royal Shakespeare Company. This town is a real gem, with glorious riverside walks, beautiful green fields and forests to explore.


In the heart of Malvern Hills in Worcestershire, Malvern is a Victorian spa town with plenty going for it. Home to ancient iron-age hillforts, majestic architecture and quirky local boutiques, homes here are popular among buyers.


On the banks of the River Severn, Shrewsbury is not far from the border with Wales and offers contrasting rural landscapes. Many buildings feature timber framing from the 15th and 16th centuries, complemented by red sandstone fortifications.

Best places to move with your family in the West Midlands

Local area photography, Leamington Spa

Considering moving to the region with your family? You’ll find plenty of family-friendly activities and amenities in the area. Whether you fancy a day at Birmingham Botanic Garden, taking children to The Wave waterpark or visiting museums, the West Midlands has it all.

Sutton Coldfield

On the northern outskirts of Birmingham, Sutton Coldfield is desirable for its proximity to Coventry, Leicester and Lichfield. It also enjoys stunning countryside on its doorstep, including Hill Hook and Cannock Chase.

Royal Leamington Spa

In the heart of Warwickshire, this quaint spa town is a brilliant place to move with your family. New homes in Leamington Spa are popular thanks to various green spaces and museums.


At the foot of Cannock Chase in Staffordshire, Cannock is packed with exciting activities for families with children. From scenic walking trails in Shoal Hill Common and Hawks Green Valley to cultural day trips to nearby sites such as Wolverhampton and Stafford – Cannock offers endless opportunities to enjoy this beautiful part of England.

Ofsted rankings of best schools in the West Midlands

School Ofsted Rating Date of Inspection
Hamd House School  Outstanding  December 2022
Marston Green Junior School  Outstanding  December 2020
Grove Vale Primary School  Outstanding  January 2021
Eden Boys’ Academy
 Outstanding  March 2023
Bartley Green School  Outstanding  November 2020
Parkfield Community School  Outstanding November 2022
Hamd House School
 Outstanding December 2022
Lea Forest Primary Academy  Outstanding January 2023
English Martyr’s Catholic Primary School
 Outstanding January 2022
 Harvills Hawthorn Primary School  Outstanding  October 2020


Best places to move to be close to nature in the West Midlands

Local area photography, Doseley Park

Want to relocate to a rural area with more green spaces on your doorstep? You can find a diverse array of properties for sale in the West Midlands to enjoy some beautiful countryside spots.  


The historic market town is in a beautiful location, nestled between two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty: the Malvern Hills and the Wye Valley. Take a day trip from Ledbury to the picturesque Cotswolds to enjoy more of the great outdoors.


Just south of the Cannock Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Lichfield is conveniently situated for commuting to Birmingham or Leicester while surrounded by green space. 

Telford & Wrekin

Close to the River Severn, the Wrekin Trail and the World Heritage site of Ironbridge Gorge, there are plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy in Telford. Venture further afield to the stunning Shropshire Hills or take a day trip across the border to Wales.


Buying in West Midlands’ towns and cities

External view of our 4 bed Chertsey and Harwich homes

The West Midlands is a varied region with so much to see and do. It’s a beautiful place to live or invest, with majestic architecture, medieval castles, world-class theatres, and amenities.

The region boasts superb road and rail links. Many lines run through urban areas, including the West Coast Main Line, the Welsh Marches and the Cotswold Line. The high-speed HS2 is also underway, connecting London to Birmingham.

Main road links include the M5, connecting the South West to the region. The M40 runs from the South East to London, and the M6 connects to the North West.

Buying your home in Birmingham

England’s second-largest city after London, Birmingham, is a dynamic metropolis with exciting opportunities for first-time buyers and investors. The region offers excellent value for money, with properties more affordable than elsewhere in the UK.


If you prefer the suburbs to the bustle of the city, houses in Tamworth could be for you. Around 20 miles north of Birmingham City Centre, this market town caters to all. Whether you enjoy walking in Kingsbury Water Park, exploring the Peak District or relaxing in a local park, Tamworth has it all.

Buying your home in Coventry

Coventry is the second-biggest city in the region after Birmingham. It boasts fantastic local attractions, from its gothic cathedral and Herbert Art Gallery and Museum to the War Memorial Park and canal basin. The property market saw a considerable increase between 2020 and 2023, with prices up by slightly over 10% and terraced houses being the best-selling.


Homes in Nuneaton offer stunning countryside on your doorstep, excellent transport links into nearby towns and cities and many excellent local facilities. Property prices in Nuneaton increased by almost 10% between 2020 and 2023.

Buying your home in Wolverhampton

Once part of Staffordshire, Wolverhampton is one of the major cities in the West Midlands today. It’s 15 miles north of Birmingham near Telford, Worcester and Cannock. Wolverhampton also boasts historic landmarks, including St Peter’s Collegiate Church and the National Trust’s Wightwick Manor and Gardens. Property prices increased by more than 10% between 2020 and 2023.


Looking for modern housing a stone’s throw from bustling hubs, with plenty of opportunities for countryside walks? Look no further than Hednesford. This sought-after market town in the West Midlands is next to Cannock Chase, close to the M6, providing access to Birmingham, Lichfield and Walsall. Houses here recorded a 5% price rise between 2020 and 2023.

Rose Meadow Kingsville, Maidstone and Kingsley autumn street scene

Buying your home in Stoke-on-Trent

Stoke is a perfect home for many, thanks to its strategic location in the heart of England. The city lies next to Birmingham, Manchester and Sheffield, offering stunning scenery on its doorstep. The Peak District and Shropshire Hills are just a short drive away.

Staffordshire’s recorded a 9% increase in house prices between 2020 and 2023. Stoke experienced a similar increase, with semi-detached properties most popular among buyers.


Whether you’re interested in buying your first home or looking to invest in a property, Alsager offers a desirable lifestyle. The Mere is at the heart of town while walking routes around Addy and Milton Park provide easy access to nature. Property prices rose by more than 15% between 2020 and 2023, with detached homes being the best-selling.

Buying your home in Solihull

Historically part of Warwickshire, Solihull is a picturesque market town in the West Midlands. It’s considered the heart of the UK’s transport network, thanks to its superb road and rail links. Birmingham, Coventry and Dudley are within commuting distance. House prices increased by under 10% between 2020 and 2023, with semi-detached being the best-selling.

Buying your home in Telford

This modern town in Shropshire offers a striking contrast to the surrounding countryside. Packed with exciting local amenities, leisure facilities and green spaces, homes in Telford are popular with families. The M54 dissects the southern part of the city, making it ideal for commuters to nearby Wolverhampton, Stafford and Shrewsbury.

Home prices in Telford rose by slightly under 10% between 2020 and 2023.


Our Offers to Help You Get Moving

Help to Sell Schemes

We have a range of schemes to help you sell your existing home.


Low Deposit Schemes

If you have a low deposit, we have a variety of schemes to help make moving more affordable.


Own New - Rate Reducer

Own New - Rate Reducer is a brand-new scheme available on new build homes that could mean lower mortgage rates and reduced monthly payments.

Key Worker Scheme

We could help make your move with our Key Worker Deposit Contribution Scheme.


Parent Power

If you’re getting financial support from your family or friends to help you get on the property ladder, we could match it, up to a maximum of 5% of the purchase price.



Part Exchange

We could be your guaranteed buyer, so no stress or fuss, just an easy move for you and your family.