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1. Headline statistics for February 2017:
the average price of a property in the UK was
the annual price change for a property in the UK was
the monthly price change for a property in the UK was
the monthly index figure (January 2015 = 100) for the UK was
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 February suggested slowing demand and continued tight supply. UK House prices grew by 5.8% in the year to February 2017, 0.5 percentage points higher than January 2017. However this still remains below the average annual house price growth seen in 2016 which was 7.3%.
In terms of housing demand the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors’ (RICS) residential market survey for February 2017 reported that housing market activity remained subdued. Transaction volumes and new buyer enquiries are broadly unchanged since November 2016. Despite this, RICS expect near term price expectations to remain positive, albeit steady.
RICS’ new buyer enquiries figures are supported by the Bank of England approvals for lending secured on dwellings for February 2017 which showed that the volume of approvals for house purchase decreased by 5.6% compared to February 2016.
The UK Property Transaction statistics showed that in February 2017 the total number of seasonally adjusted property transactions completed in the UK with value of £40,000 or above decreased by 1.9% compared with February 2016. This is consistent with the Bank of England’s Agents’ summary (PDF) for February 2017 which reported that housing market activity had been sluggish overall, and was expected to remain so over the coming year.
On the supply side RICS reported the 12th consecutive month with no improvement in national listings of houses. RICS reported tight supply conditions across a majority of the regions.
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 4 - 2016)||£125,480||0.6%||5.7%|
|East of England||£281,665||2.1%||10.3%|
|West Midlands Region||£180,516||1.1%||7.0%|
|Yorkshire and The Humber||£152,591||2.5%||5.2%|
Price changes by country and government office region
3.3 Average price by property type
Average monthly price by property type
|Property type||February 2017||February 2016||Difference|
|Flat or maisonette||£198,658||£185,376||7.2%|
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: December 2016
Number of sales by country
|Country||December 2016||December 2015||Difference|
|Northern Ireland (Quarter 4 - 2016)||5,081||6,163||-17.6%|
4.2 Sales volumes for the UK over the past 5 years
Sales volumes for 2012 to 2016 by country: December 2016
5. Property status for UK
New build and existing resold property
|Property Status||Average price||Monthly change||Annual change|
|Existing resold property||£212,870||0.2%||4.8%|
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||£183,857||0.9%||6.0%|
|Former owner occupier||£251,575||0.3%||5.6%|
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.
Data for the UK House Price Index is provided by HM Land Registry, Registers of Scotland, The Land & Property Services/Northern Ireland Statistics & Research Agency and the Valuation Office Agency.
Find out more about the UK House Price Index.
9. Access the data
David Lockett, Product Manager, HM Land Registry
Telephone 0300 0068317
Rhys Lewis, Head of Housing Market Indices, Office for National Statistics
Telephone 01633 456400
Ciara Cunningham, Statistician for the Northern Ireland HPI
Telephone 028 90 336035
Ailsa Robertson, Land & Property Data Team Manager, Registers of Scotland
Telephone 0131 659 6111 Ext. 6387