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UK House Price Index (HPI) for April 2017

The UK House Price Index shows house price changes for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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The April data shows:

  • an annual price increase of 5.6% which takes the average property value in the UK to £220,094
  • the monthly house prices have risen by 1.6% since March 2017
  • the monthly index figure for the UK was 115.4

The data shows:

  • in England, an annual price increase of 5.7% which takes the average property value to £236,519. Monthly house prices have risen by 1.3% since March 2017
  • in Wales, an annual price increase of 4.2% which takes the average property value to £147,921. Monthly house prices have risen by 0.9% since March 2017
  • in London, an annual price increase of 4.7% which takes the average property value to £482,779. Monthly house prices have risen by 0.7% since March 2017

The regional data indicates that:

  • the East of England experienced the greatest increase in average property price over the last 12 months, with a movement of 8.1%
  • Yorkshire and the Humber experienced the greatest monthly price growth with an increase of 3.9%
  • the North East saw the lowest annual price growth with a movement of 0.6%
  • the South East saw the lowest monthly price growth with a movement of 0.3%

UK Property Transaction statistics showed that in April 2017 the total number of seasonally adjusted property transactions completed in the UK with value of £40,000 or above increased by 20.3% compared to April 2016. The unusually low level of transactions in April 2016 was associated with the introduction of the higher tax rates on additional properties introduced in this month. Comparing April 2017 to March 2017, property transactions fell by 3.2%.See the economic statement.

Sales during February 2017, the most up-to-date HM Land Registry figures available, show that:

  • the number of completed house sales in England fell by 18.2% to 52,883 compared with 64,679 in February 2016
  • the number of completed house sales in Wales fell by 8.8% to 2,908 compared with 3,188 in February 2016
  • the number of completed house sales in London fell by 26.8% to 5,980 compared with 8,171 in February 2016
  • there were 589 repossession sales in England in February 2017
  • there were 57 repossession sales in Wales in February 2017
  • the lowest number of repossession sales in England and Wales in February 2017 was in the East of England

Price change by region for England

Region Monthly change % since March 2017 Annual change % since April 2016 Average price April 2017
East Midlands 1.6 6.5 £178,844
East of England 0.6 8.1 £280,690
London 0.7 4.7 £482,779
North East 1.0 0.6 £123,234
North West 2.1 4.1 £152,765
South East 0.3 5.9 £315,334
South West 0.7 6.8 £243,215
West Midlands 1.3 6.0 £183,250
Yorkshire and the Humber 3.9 4.9 £155,357

Average price by property type for England

Property type April 2017 April 2016 Difference %
Detached £357,425 £334,113 7.0
Semi-detached £219,615 £207,296 5.9
Terraced £190,095 £181,914 4.5
Flat/maisonette £222,356 £210,424 5.7
All £236,519 £223,784 5.7

Price change for Wales

Wales Monthly change % since March 2017 Annual change % since April 2016 Average price April 2017
Wales 0.9 4.2 £147,921

Average price by property type for Wales

Property type April 2017 April 2016 Difference %
Detached £224,445 £211,634 6.1
Semi-detached £142,802 £136,443 4.7
Terraced £113,750 £111,190 2.3
Flat/maisonette £105,742 £101,554 4.1
All £147,921 £141,925 4.2

Average price by property type for London

Property type April 2017 April 2016 Difference %
Detached £899,798 £859,832 4.6
Semi-detached £577,940 £551,600 4.8
Terraced £494,851 £477,313 3.7
Flat/maisonette £428,476 £407,094 5.3
All £482,779 £461,068 4.7

Sales volumes for England

Month Sales 2017 England Sales 2016 England Difference %
January 52,732 60,923 -13.4
February 52,883 64,679 -18.2

Sales volumes for Wales

Month Sales 2017 Wales Sales 2016 Wales Difference %
January 2,835 2,828 0.2
February 2,908 3,188 -8.8

Sales volumes for London

Month Sales 2017 London Sales 2016 London Difference %
January 6,290 8,093 -22.3
February 5,980 8,171 -26.8

Funding, buyer and building status for England

Transaction Type Monthly price change % since March 2017 Annual price change % since April 2016 Average price April 2017
Cash 1.1 5.7 £222,018
Mortgage 1.3 5.7 £243,822
First time buyer 1.1 5.1 £198,309
Former owner occupier 1.4 6.1 £268,569
New build 0.3 12.6 £309,846
Existing resold property 1.3 5.3 £231,941

Funding, buyer and building status for Wales

Transaction Type Monthly price change % since March 2017 Annual price change % since April 2016 Average price April 2017
Cash 0.6 4.5 £144,106
Mortgage 1.0 4.1 £150,184
First time buyer 0.8 3.6 £127,622
Former owner occupier 0.9 4.9 £171,627
New build 0.0 10.6 £205,602
Existing resold property 0.9 3.9 £144,797

Funding, buyer and building status for London

Transaction Type Monthly price change % since March 2017 Annual price change % since April 2016 Average price April 2017
Cash 1.1 5.2 £511,837
Mortgage 0.6 4.6 £473,940
First time buyer 0.5 4.4 £421,657
Former owner occupier 0.9 5.1 £545,595
New build 0.5 11.8 £529,452
Existing resold property 0.7 4.2 £479,212

Repossession

Repossession sales February 2017
East Midlands 33
East of England 15
London 46
North East 81
North West 124
South East 75
South West 42
Yorkshire and the Humber 108
West Midlands 65
England 589
Wales 57

Notes to editors

  1. The UK House Price Index (HPI) is published on the second or third Tuesday of each month with Northern Ireland figures updated quarterly. The May 2017 UK HPI will be published at 9.30am on 18 July 2017. See calendar of release dates.

  2. The UK HPI revision period has been extended to 13 months, following a review of the revision policy (see calculating the UK HPI section 4.4). This ensures the data used is more comprehensive.

  3. New revision tables have been introduced for England and Wales within the downloadable data. Tables will be available in csv format. See about the UK HPI for more information.

  4. Data for the UK HPI is provided by HM Land Registry, Registers of Scotland, Land & Property Services/Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency and the Valuation Office Agency.

  5. The UK HPI is calculated by the Office for National Statistics and Land & Property Services/Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency. It applies a hedonic regression model that uses the various sources of data on property price, in particular HM Land Registry’s Price Paid Dataset, and attributes to produce estimates of the change in house prices each month. Find out more about the methodology used from ONS and Northern Ireland Statistics & Research Agency.

  6. The first estimate for new build average price (April 2016 report) was based on a small sample which can cause volatility. A three month moving average has been applied to the latest estimate to remove some of this volatility.

  7. Work has been taking place since 2014 to develop a single, official HPI that reflects the final transaction price for sales of residential property in the UK. Using the geometric mean, it covers purchases at market value for owner-occupation and buy-to-let, excluding those purchases not at market value (such as re-mortgages), where the ‘price’ represents a valuation.

  8. Information on residential property transactions for England and Wales, collected as part of the official registration process, is provided by HM Land Registry for properties that are sold for full market value.

  9. The HM Land Registry dataset contains the sale price of the property, the date when the sale was completed, full address details, the type of property (detached, semi-detached, terraced or flat), if it is a newly built property or an established residential building and a variable to indicate if the property has been purchased as a financed transaction (using a mortgage) or as a non-financed transaction (cash purchase).

  10. Repossession data is based on the number of transactions lodged with HM Land Registry by lenders exercising their power of sale.

  11. For England this is shown as volumes of repossessions recorded by Government Office Region. For Wales there is a headline figure for the number of repossessions recorded in Wales.

  12. The data can be downloaded as a .csv file. Repossession data prior to April 2016 is not available. Find out more information about repossessions.

  13. Background tables of the raw and cleansed aggregated data, in Excel and CSV formats, are also published monthly although Northern Ireland is on a quarterly basis. They are available for free use and re-use under the Open Government Licence.

  14. As a government department established in 1862, executive agency and trading fund responsible to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, HM Land Registry keeps and maintains the Land Register for England and Wales. The Land Register has been open to public inspection since 1990.

  15. With the largest transactional database of its kind detailing more than 24 million titles, HM Land Registry underpins the economy by safeguarding ownership of many billions of pounds worth of property.

  16. For further information about HM Land Registry visit www.gov.uk/land-registry.

  17. Follow us on Twitter @LandRegGov and find us on our blog, LinkedIn and Facebook.

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Published 13 June 2017