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1. Headline statistics for September 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
UK house prices grew by 5.4% in the year to September 2017, experiencing an increase of 0.6 percentage points from August 2017.
In terms of housing demand the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors’ (RICS) residential market survey (PDF) for September 2017 reported that new buyer enquiries fell during September, as a net balance of -20% more respondents noted a fall in demand. Not only does this extend a sequence of negative readings into a sixth month, it also represents the weakest figure since July 2016.
The UK Property Transaction Statistics (PDF) showed that the number of seasonally adjusted transactions on UK properties with a value of £40,000 or greater has increased by 4.6% between September 2016 and September 2017. However, comparing September 2017 with August 2017, the number of seasonally adjusted property transactions has decreased by 1.8%.
The Bank of England’s Agents’ summary of business conditions (PDF) reported that supply and demand appeared to be broadly in balance across the overall market. Demand had proved more resilient in the new-build sector and the help to buy scheme was regarded as crucial to sustaining demand among first-time buyers.
Looking more closely at regional levels of the UK, the largest annual growth was in the North West at 7.3% up from 5% in August 2017. The slowest annual growth was in London at 2.5%. This is the 10th consecutive month where the growth in London house prices has remained below the UK average.
On the supply side, RICS reported that new instructions to sell were more or less stable for the second report running, having declined continuously over the past 18 months. RICS also reported that little change is anticipated in terms of national sales activity over the coming three months. Likewise, the 12-month outlook is also flat at the national level, although respondents are a little more optimistic in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
3. Price changes
3.1 Annual price change
Annual price change for UK by country over the past five years
Average house prices in the UK have increased by 5.4% in the year to September 2017 (up from 4.8% in the year to August 2017).
The main contribution to the increase in UK house prices came from England, where house prices increased by 5.7% over the year to September 2017.
Wales saw house prices increase by 5.3% over the last 12 months.
In Scotland, the average price increased by 3.1% over the year.
The average price in Northern Ireland increased by 6.0% over the year to Quarter 3 (July to September) 2017.
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 3 - 2017)||£132,169||3.0%||6.0%|
|East of England||£289,301||0.3%||5.9%|
|Yorkshire and The Humber||£158,884||1.0%||5.6%|
Price changes by country and government office region
3.3 Average price by property type
Average monthly price by property type
|Property type||September 2017||September 2016||Difference|
|Flat or maisonette||£203,388||£194,350||4.7%|
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 at a reliable level for reporting, so they are not included in the report.
Sales volume data is also available by property status (new build and existing property) and funding status (cash and mortgage) in our downloadable data tables. Transactions involving the creation of a new register, such as new builds, are more complex and require more time to process. Read Revisions to the UK HPI data for more information.
4.1 Sales volumes
Number of sales by country
|Country||July 2017||July 2016||Difference|
|Northern Ireland (Quarter 3 - 2017)||5,453||5,968||-8.6%|
4.2 Sales volumes for the UK over the past 5 years
Sales volumes for 2013 to 2017 by country: July 2017
In July 2017 the number of property transactions completed in the UK decreased by 15.2% when compared with July 2016. Compared with June 2017, the number of property transactions completed in the UK decreased by 8.6%.
The estimate for July 2017 is calculated based on around 90% of the final registered transactions. It is likely that the number of property transactions for July 2017 will increase as more transactions are incorporated into the index. See our Revisions Policy for more information.
5. Property status for UK
New build and existing resold property: September 2017
The first estimate for new build is based on a small sample which can cause volatility in this initial estimate.
|Property Status||Average price||Monthly change||Annual change|
|Existing resold property||£222,565||0.3%||5.1%|
6. Buyer status for Great Britain
First time buyer and former owner occupier: September 2017
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||£190,679||0.4%||5.1%|
|Former owner occupier||£262,898||0.4%||5.7%|
7. Funding status for Great Britain
Cash and mortage: September 2017
For Great Britain only, Northern Ireland data is not available for funding status.
|Funding status||Average price||Monthly change||Annual change|
8. Access the data
9. 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.
David Lockett, Product Manager, HM Land Registry
Telephone 0300 0068317
Natalie Jones, Head of Housing Market Indices, Office for National Statistics
Telephone 01633 456400
Ciara Cunningham, Statistician for the Northern Ireland HPI
Telephone 028 90 336035
Rachael Fairley, Land & Property Data Team, Registers of Scotland
Telephone 07919 570915