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Release: House Price Index, May 2012

Released: 17 July 2012 Next edition: 14 August 2012


Christopher Jenkins

Prices Division

Telephone: +44 (0)1633 455474

Categories: House Price Indices, Economy, Prices, Output and Productivity, Price Indices and Inflation, Housing and Households, Housing Market

Frequency of release: Monthly

Language: English

Geographical coverage: UK

Geographical breakdown: Region

  • In the 12 months to May 2012 UK house prices increased by 2.3 per cent continuing the pattern seen since early 2010. House prices remain relatively stable across most of the UK, though they continue to fall in Northern Ireland.

    Within this overall trend there are small variations as follows:

  • The year-on-year increase reflected growth of 2.6 per cent in England and 3.5 per cent in Wales, which was offset by declines in Scotland and Northern Ireland of 1.0 and 10.3 per cent respectively.

  • Annual house price increases in England were driven by a 7.2 per cent rise in London as well as increases in the South East and East Midlands of 3.4 and 2.3 per cent respectively. The largest decreases in England were 1.6 per cent in the North West and 1.2 per cent in the West Midlands.

  • On a seasonally adjusted basis, UK house prices remain unchanged between April and May 2012.

  • Prices of new dwellings rose by 6.2 per cent during the 12 months to May 2012, while the price of pre-owned dwellings increased by 2.0 per cent in the same period.

  • In May 2012 prices paid by first time buyers were 2.8 per cent higher on average than in May 2011. For owner occupiers (existing owners) prices increased by 2.1 per cent for the same period.

The ONS House Price Index (HPI), previously published by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) is a monthly release that publishes figures for mix-adjusted average house prices and house price indices for the UK and its component countries and regions. The index is calculated using mortgage financed transactions that are collected via the Regulated Mortgage Survey by the Council of Mortgage Lenders. These cover the majority of mortgage lenders in the UK.

The HPI Statistical Bulletin provides comprehensive information on the change in house prices on a monthly and annual basis. It also includes analysis by country, region, type of buyer (first time buyers and former owner occupiers) and type of dwelling (new dwelling or pre-owned dwelling). Historical series for all accompanying tables are also available in the data section of this release.

The transfer of the HPI from DCLG to ONS took place in April 2012. All associated HPI tables that were previously published by DCLG (tables A1-A7 and live tables 502-508, 511-517, 521, 523, 534-540, 557, 571, 572 & 590-594) are now available in the HPI reference tables which can be accessed via the data section of this release.  Note that ONS have renumbered these tables as part of the transfer.

A full look-up table is included in each HPI reference table that will allow users to locate the new ONS table number. The content of these tables has not changed.ll historical HPI data previously published by DCLG will remain on the DCLG website for at least the next 12 months.

Other useful information:

From the April 2012 Statistical Bulletin onwards, average mix-adjusted house prices are published rounded to the nearest £1,000.

ONS HPI monthly and quarterly tables (numbers 1 to 19). (3.07 Mb Excel sheet) This reference table provides full historical series for the monthly tables accompanying the House Price Index Statistical Bulletin.  This reference table also contains all the quarterly live tables transferred to ONS from DCLG.  Please note that during the transfer, ONS has renumbered the live tables - full details of the new numbers and their corresponding DCLG numbers can be found in the 'contents' page of the reference table.

ONS HPI annual tables (numbers 20 to 39). (1.13 Mb Excel sheet) This reference table contains all the annual live tables transferred to ONS from DCLG. Please note that during the transfer, ONS has renumbered the live tables - full details of the new numbers and their corresponding DCLG numbers can be found in the 'contents' page of the reference table.

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