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1. Headline statistics
For August 2016:
- the average price of a property in the UK was £218,964
- the annual price change for a property in the UK was 8.4%
- the monthly price change for a property in the UK was 1.3%
- the monthly index figure for the UK was 114.8 (January 2015 = 100)
Estimates for the most recent months are provisional and are likely to be updated as more data is incorporated into the index. Read the revision policies.
2. Economic statement
Housing market indicators for August suggested a period of relative stability during the month. House prices grew by 8.4% in the year to August, up slightly from 8.0% in July. Although demand and supply was broadly unchanged compared to the previous month, the indicators remained somewhat weaker than in 2015 and early 2016.
In terms of housing demand, the volume of lending approvals for house purchases fell slightly in August compared to July, remaining at levels seen in early 2015. Home sales in the UK stayed stable between July and August but remain below levels seen in 2014, 2015 and before the stamp duty changes in early 2016. The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) market survey for August reported falling new buyer enquiries over the past three months, with demand from buy-to-let investors falling more sharply than demand from first time buyers and existing owners.
On the supply side, RICS report that new sales listings remain low, falling slightly in August compared to July. The latest ONS Output in the Construction Industry reported a 0.8% monthly fall in new-build housing output in July, although output remains6.2% higher than in July 2015. The Bank of England Agents’ Summary reported a slowdown in activity in London and surrounding areas, but unchanged activity elsewhere in the UK.
3. Price changes
3.1 Annual price change
Annual price change for UK by country over the past five years
3.2 Average price by country and government office region
Price, monthly change and annual change by country and government office region
|Country and government office region||Price||Monthly change||Annual change|
|Northern Ireland (Quarter 2 - 2016)||£123,241||3.8%||7.8%|
|East of England||£276,952||1.4%||13.3%|
|West Midlands Region||£179,429||1.6%||6.9%|
|Yorkshire and The Humber||£152,394||0.6%||4.9%|
Price changes by country and government office region
3.3 Average price by property type
Average monthly price by property type
|Property type||August 2016||August 2015||Difference|
|Flat or maisonette||£198,183||£181,747||9.0%|
4. Sales volumes
Due to a period of 2 to 8 weeks between completion and registration of sales, volume figures for the most recent two months are not yet complete, so they are not included in the report.
4.1 Sales volumes: June 2016
Number of sales by country
|Country||June 2016||June 2015||Difference|
|Northern Ireland (Quarter 2 - 2016)||4,075||5,200||-21.6%|
4.2 Sales volumes for the UK over the past 5 years
Sales volumes for 2012 to 2016 by country: June 2016
5. Property status for UK
New build and existing resold property
|Property Status||Average price||Monthly change||Annual change|
|Existing resold property||£214,029||0.5%||7.3%|
Note: the first estimate for new build is based on a small sample which can cause volatility in this initial estimate.
6. Buyer status for Great Britain
First time buyer and former owner occupier
For Great Britain only, Northern Ireland data is not available for buyer status.
|Type of buyer||Average price||Monthly change||Annual change|
|First time buyer||£184,423||1.0%||8.2%|
|Former owner occupier||£254,335||1.5%||8.7%|
7. Funding status for Great Britain
Cash and mortgage
For Great Britain only, Northern Ireland data is not available for funding status.
|Funding status||Average price||Monthly change||Annual change|
8. About the UK House Price Index
The UK House Price Index (UK HPI) is calculated by the Office for National Statistics and Land & Property Services Northern Ireland. Find out about the methodology used to create the UK HPI.
Find out more about the UK House Price Index.
9. Access the data
Lorna Jordan, Product Manager, HM Land Registry
For general queries about UK HPI 0300 0068084
Rhys Lewis, Head of Housing Market Indices, Office for National Statistics
For data queries 01633 456400
Ciara Cunningham, Statistician for the Northern Ireland HPI
For Northern Ireland queries 028 90 336035