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UK House Price Index (HPI) for September 2016

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

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The September data shows an annual price increase of 7.7% which takes the average property value in the UK to £217,888. Monthly house prices have risen by 0.2% since August 2016. The monthly index figure for the UK was 114.3.

In England, the September data shows an annual price increase of 8.3% which takes the average property value to £234,250. Monthly house prices have risen by 0.2% since August 2016.

Wales shows an annual price increase of 4.4% which takes the average property value to £146,388. Monthly house prices have risen by 0.2% since August 2016.

London shows an annual price increase of 10.9% which takes the average property value to £487,649. Monthly house prices have risen by 1.4% since August 2016.

The regional data indicates that:

  • the East of England experienced the greatest increase in its average property value over the last 12 months with a movement of 12.1%
  • London experienced the greatest monthly growth with an increase of 1.4%
  • the North East saw the lowest annual price growth with an increase of 1.5%
  • the North East also saw the most significant monthly price fall with a movement of -1.9%.

Home sales in the UK fell by 4.3% between August and September, with levels remaining lower than in 2014, 2015 and before the stamp duty changes in early 2016. See the economic statement.

Sales during July 2016, the most up-to-date Land Registry figures available, show that:

  • the number of completed house sales in England fell by 28.1% to 66,870 compared with 93,040 in July 2015
  • the number of completed house sales in Wales fell by 23.4% to 3,525 compared with 4,603 in July 2015
  • the number of completed house sales in London fell by 43.3% to 7,074 compared with 12,481 in July 2015
  • there were 490 repossession sales in England in July 2016
  • there were 54 repossession sales in Wales in July 2016
  • the lowest number of repossession sales in England and Wales in July 2016 was in the East of England.

Access the full September UK HPI

Price change by region for England

England by region Monthly change % since August 2016 Annual change % since September 2015 Average price September 2016
East Midlands 0.7 8.2 £175,441
East of England 0.7 12.1 £277,248
London 1.4 10.9 £487,649
North East -1.9 1.5 £125,213
North West 0.2 5.7 £150,845
South East -0.9 9.9 £312,609
South West 0.6 7.5 £241,262
West Midlands 0.3 7.7 £180,551
Yorkshire and The Humber -0.4 4.7 £151,399

Average price by property type for England

Average price by property type (England) September 2016 September 2015 Difference %
Detached £355,813 £326,952 8.8
Semi-detached £216,641 £199,460 8.6
Terraced £188,041 £175,126 7.4
Flat/maisonette £220,446 £203,091 8.5
All £234,250 £216,350 8.3

Price change for Wales

Wales Monthly change % since August 2016 Annual change % since September 2015 Average price September 2016
Wales 0.2 4.4 £146,388

Average price by property type for Wales

Average price by property type (Wales) September 2016 September 2015 Difference %
Detached £223,008 £212,382 5.0
Semi-detached £141,390 £134,138 5.4
Terraced £112,385 £108,757 3.3
Flat/maisonette £103,567 £100,818 2.7
All £146,388 £140,248 4.4

Average price by property type for London

Average price by property type (London) September 2016 September 2015 Difference %
Detached £921,374 £820,565 12.3
Semi-detached £582,303 £517,030 12.6
Terraced £500,591 £450,734 11.1
Flat/maisonette £432,210 £392,127 10.2
All £487,649 £439,729 10.9

Sales volumes for England

Month Sales 2016 England Sales 2015 England Difference %
June 57,637 85,020 -32.2
July 66,870 93,040 -28.1

Sales volumes for Wales

Month Sales 2016 Wales Sales 2015 Wales Difference %
June 3,046 4,181 -27.1
July 3,525 4,603 -23.4

Sales volumes for London

Month Sales 2016 London Sales 2015 London Difference %
June 5,966 11,202 -46.7
July 7,074 12,481 -43.3

Funding, buyer and building status for England

England Monthly change %since August 2016 Annual change % since September 2015 Average price September 2016
Cash 0.0 7.4 £219,552
Mortgage 0.2 8.7 £241,671
First time buyer 0.0 8.1 £196,329
Former owner occupier 0.3 8.4 £266,024
New build 3.3 21.8 £310,205
Existing resold property -0.1 7.3 £229,354

Funding, buyer and building status for Wales

Wales Monthly change % since August 2016 Annual change % since September 2015 Average price September 2016
Cash 0.1 3.4 £142,140
Mortgage 0.4 4.9 £148,917
First time buyer 0.1 4.2 £126,339
Former owner occupier 0.4 4.5 £169,778
New build 4.1 19.3 £206,855
Existing resold property 0.0 3.4 £142,944

Funding, buyer and building status for London

London Monthly change % since August 2016 Annual change % since September 2015 Average price September 2016
Cash 2.1 10.3 £515,376
Mortgage 1.2 11.1 £479,135
First time buyer 1.4 11.0 £426,411
Former owner occupier 1.4 10.8 £550,239
New build 4.4 23.3 £533,630
Existing resold property 1.1 9.9 £483,906

Repossession

Repossession sales July 2016
East Midlands 40
East of England 13
London 22
North East 62
North West 133
South East 50
South West 31
Yorkshire and The Humber 84
West Midlands 55
England 490
Wales 54

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 October 2016 UK HPI will be published at 9.30am on 13 December 2016. A calendar of release dates is available.

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

  3. The UK HPI is calculated by the Office for National Statistics and Land & Property Services Northern Ireland. It applies a hedonic regression model that uses the various sources of data on property price, in particular 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Work has been taking place over the past two years 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.

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

  7. The Land Registry dataset contains the sale price of the property, the date when the sale was completed, full address details, the type of property (i.e. 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 (i.e. using a mortgage) or as a non-financed transaction (cash purchase).

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

  9. 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.

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

  11. 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.

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

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

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

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Published 15 November 2016