Government house price index shows continued growth

Government house price index shows continued growth

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has published its latest house price index which puts annual house price inflation at 4.9% in April.

House prices actually rose by 0.7% during the month and the figure compares with annual inflation rates of 5.2% in March and 12.3% in July 2007, the point at which annual house price growth peaked.

The figures contradict data from leading mortgage lenders, with Halifax and Nationwide reporting annual house price falls of 3.8% and 4.4% respectively.

On a regional basis, the DCLG index puts annual house price growth at its highest in Scotland, at 6.9%.

In England and Wales prices rose by 3.8% and 1.5% respectively in the 12 months to the end of April, whereas Northern Ireland saw a fall of 7.8%

Annual house price growth was at its highest in London, at 7.8%, followed by the east (4.6%) and south-east of England (3.6%).

The average cost of a home in the UK stood at £218,151 in May; £225,408 in England; £164,416 in Wales; £167,126 in Scotland and £215,655 in Northern Ireland.

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