Average house price in the UK reaches £219,000 in August 2016, says ONS
Average house prices in the UK have increased by 8.4% in the year to August 2016 (up from 8.0% in the year to July 2016), continuing the strong growth seen since the end of 2013, according to the Office of National Statistics (ONS) figures.
The average UK house price was £219,000 in August 2016. This is £17,000 higher than in August 2015 and £3,000 higher than last month.
The main contribution to the increase in UK house prices came from England, where house prices increased by 9.2% over the year to August 2016, with the average price in England now £236,000. Wales saw house prices increase by 2.7% over the last 12 months to stand at £145,000. In Scotland, the average price increased by 4.3% over the year to stand at £145,000. The average price in Northern Ireland is currently £123,000.
On a regional basis, London continues to be the region with the highest average house price at £489,000, followed by the South East and the East of England, which stand at £318,000 and £277,000 respectively. The lowest average price continues to be in the North East at £127,000.
The East of England is the region which showed the highest annual growth, with prices increasing by 13.3% in the year to August 2016. Growth in the South East was second highest at 12.2%, followed by London at 12.1%. The lowest annual growth was in the North East, where prices increased by 3.0% over the year.