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Net household property wealth

Total net household property wealth for all private households in Great Britain dropped by over £131bn (3.7%) between 2006/08 and 2008/10 to £3,375 billion, according to a new chapter from the Wealth in Great Britain report, published by the Office for National Statistics. The report also shows that the average net property wealth of households fell from £204,000 to £195,000.

During the same time period, the gross value of a main property fell from £231,000 to £224,000. Meanwhile, the average mortgage on a main property rose from £88,000 to £92,000.

Net property wealth fell in all regions of Great Britain between 2006/08 and 2008/10 with the exception of Scotland and the South West, where there was little reported change. Net property wealth remained highest in London (£287,000) and lowest in the North East (£132,000).

Total household physical wealth (which includes household contents, collectables and vehicles) for all private households in Great Britain rose by £51bn between 2006/08 and 2008/10 to £1,012 billion. Average physical wealth per household rose from £39,100 to £40,900, an increase of 4.7%.

The average value of household physical wealth increased in all regions of Great Britain apart from the North East. Households in the South East had the highest average physical wealth in both periods, rising to £48,400 in 2008/10. Households in London had the lowest physical wealth in both periods, rising to £35,900 in 2008/10.