HOUSE prices increased by more than two per cent in September, new figures have revealed.

The rise contributes to the longer-term trend, which has seen property prices in the area grow by 3.9 per cent over the last year.

The average Barnsley house price in September was £171,000, Land Registry figures show - a 2.5 per cent increase on August.

Over the month, the picture was different to that across Yorkshire and the Humber, where prices decreased 2.4 per cent, and Barnsley was above the 0.5 per cent drop for the UK as a whole.

Over the last year, the average sale price of property in Barnsley rose by £6,400 - putting the area second among Yorkshire and the Humber’s 15 local authorities with price data for annual growth.

First-time buyers in Barnsley spent an average of £150,900 on their property - £5,100 more than a year ago, and £41,000 more than in September 2018.

By comparison, former owner-occupiers paid £191,500 on average in September - 26.9 per cent more than first-time buyers.

Owners of detached houses saw the biggest rise in property prices in Barnsley in September - they increased three per cent, to £274,659 on average.

Over the last year, prices rose by six per cent.