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UK House Price Index (HPI) for May 2017

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

UK HPI Infographic

The May data shows:

  • an annual price increase of 4.7% which takes the average property value in the UK to £220,713
  • the monthly house prices have risen by 0.5% since April 2017
  • the monthly index figure for the UK was 115.8

The data shows:

  • in England, an annual price increase of 5% which takes the average property value to £237,662. Monthly house prices have risen by 0.5% since April 2017

  • in Wales, an annual price increase of 3.8% which takes the average property value to £149,817. Monthly house prices have risen by 0.6% since April 2017

  • in London, an annual price increase of 3% which takes the average property value to £481,345. Monthly house prices have fallen by 0.3% since April 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 7.5%
  • the North East experienced both the greatest monthly price growth with an increase of 1.8% and the lowest annual price growth with a movement of 1.6%
  • London and the South East saw the most significant monthly price falls of 0.3% each

The UK Property Transaction statistics showed that in May 2017 the number of seasonally adjusted property transactions completed in the UK with a value of £40,000 or above increased by 13.4% compared to May 2016. The unusually low level of transactions in May 2016 was associated with the introduction of the higher tax rates on additional properties introduced from 1 April 2016. Comparing May 2017 to April 2017, property transactions fell by 3.3%. See the economic statement.

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

  • the number of completed house sales in England fell by 44.3% to 62,342 compared with 111,901 in March 2016

  • the number of completed house sales in Wales fell by 35.5% to 3,451 compared with 5,354 in March 2016

  • the number of completed house sales in London fell by 57.5% to 6,941 compared with 16,322 in March 2016

  • there were 743 repossession sales in England in March 2017

  • there were 76 repossession sales in Wales in March 2017

  • the lowest number of repossession sales in England and Wales in March 2017 was in the East of England

Access the full May UK HPI

Price change by region for England

Region Monthly change % since April 2017 Annual change % since May 2016 Average price May 2017
East Midlands 1.3 7.2 £180,903
East of England 0.7 7.5 £284,097
London -0.3 3.0 £481,345
North East 1.8 1.6 £126,738
North West 0.7 3.8 £153,297
South East -0.3 4.8 £315,807
South West 0.4 5.5 £243,969
West Midlands 0.8 5.3 £183,942
Yorkshire and the Humber 1.1 4.4 £155,268

Average price by property type for England

Property type May 2017 May 2016 Difference %
Detached £353,757 £335,334 5.5
Semi-detached £220,793 £209,006 5.6
Terraced £191,208 £184,130 3.8
Flat/maisonette £226,959 £215,654 5.2
All £237,662 £226,370 5.0

Price change for Wales

Wales Monthly change % since April 2017 Annual change % since May 2016 Average price May 2017
Wales 0.6 3.8 £149,817

Average price by property type for Wales

Property type May 2017 May 2016 Difference %
Detached £221,822 £215,069 3.1
Semi-detached £144,909 £138,484 4.6
Terraced £116,128 £112,917 2.8
Flat/maisonette £112,812 £104,659 7.8
All £149,817 £144,296 3.8

Average price by property type for London

Property type May 2017 May 2016 Difference %
Detached £900,601 £864,839 4.1
Semi-detached £579,413 £557,920 3.9
Terraced £488,617 £481,745 1.4
Flat/maisonette £428,569 £414,351 3.4
All £481,345 £467,485 3.0

Sales volumes for England

Month Sales 2017 England Sales 2016 England Difference %
February 55,289 64,679 -14.5
March 62,342 111,901 -44.3

Sales volumes for Wales

Month Sales 2017 Wales Sales 2016 Wales Difference %
February 2,992 3,188 -6.1
March 3,451 5,354 -35.5

Sales volumes for London

Month Sales 2017 London Sales 2016 London Difference %
February 6,362 8,171 -22.1
March 6,941 16,322 -57.5

Funding, buyer and building status for England

Transaction Type Monthly price change % since April 2017 Annual price change % since May 2016 Average price May 2017
Cash 0.7 5.2 £223,769
Mortgage 0.5 4.9 £244,662
First time buyer 1.2 5.0 £200,770
Former owner occupier -0.1 4.9 £268,135
New build -0.3 8.9 £308,487
Existing resold property 0.6 4.7 £233,153

Funding, buyer and building status for Wales

Transaction Type Monthly price change % since April 2017 Annual price change % since May 2016 Average price May 2017
Cash 0.2 3.4 £145,421
Mortgage 0.7 4.1 £152,422
First time buyer 1.2 3.9 £130,125
Former owner occupier -0.1 3.7 £172,585
New build 1.1 10.6 £209,992
Existing resold property 0.5 3.5 £146,556

Funding, buyer and building status for London

Transaction Type Monthly price change % since April 2017 Annual price change % since May 2016 Average price May 2017
Cash 0.0 4.1 £512,564
Mortgage -0.3 2.6 £471,925
First time buyer 0.0 2.9 £422,225
Former owner occupier -0.6 3.0 £541,333
New build -3.1 4.6 £511,475
Existing resold property 0.0 2.8 £478,916

Repossession

Repossession sales March 2017
East Midlands 67
East of England 12
London 46
North East 95
North West 174
South East 72
South West 52
Yorkshire and the Humber 136
West Midlands 89
England 743
Wales 76

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 June 2017 UK HPI will be published at 9.30am on 15 August 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 (ONS) 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 property 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 @HMLandRegistry and find us on our blog, LinkedIn and Facebook

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Published 18 July 2017