The latest Land Registry figures show house prices in the area actually fell by 0.1%, in November - but this was more than offset by the longer-term trend, which has seen property prices in the area grow by 16.7% annually – £19,000.
The average house price in November was £129,920.
Over the month, the picture was less good than that across the North East, where prices increased 1.8%, and the area also underperformed compared to a national 1.2% rise.
Owners of flats fared worst in Hartlepool in November. Values dropped by 0.4% to an average of £68,463 - but, over the last year, prices have risen by 12.2%.
The value of a detached property rose by 0.3% over the month – up 20.3% annually – to an average of £229,902.
Semi-detached home prices fell by 0.1% over the monthly – but up 16.1% annually – to an average of £132,956.
Prices paid for terraced homes fell by 0.3% monthly – but up 15.1% annually – to £92,766 on average.
First-time buyers in Hartlepool spent an average of £109,000 on their property – £15,000 more than a year ago, and £20,000 more than in November 2016.
Buyers in the area paid 13% less than the average price in the North East – £149,000 - in November.
Average North East property prices are still below the national average of £271,000.
The most expensive properties in the North East were in North Tyneside – at £192,000 on average.