LSL New Build Index - The market indicator for New Build Homes April 2019

By: LSL Land & New Homes


In the year to end Mar 2019 new build prices per m² rose by an average of 2.88% across the UK…

The New Build Property Market

The ONS UK House Price Index for the year to February 2019 continues to show a mixed, but generally stable, housing market. Average UK house prices increased by just 0.6% in the year to February 2019, which is the lowest annual rate since September 2012 when it was 0.4%. A good part of the UK’s Housing market activity occurs in Greater London and the South East and these areas are continuing to slow, albeit at a modest pace. Four years ago strong price rises in these regions was pulled the rest of the UK along, but now they are producing a drag on house price growth when looking at the UK as a whole. The ONS report that the average UK house price peaked at £232,000 in August 2018, in February 2019 the average was £226,000.

Looking at the UK countries, Northern Ireland appears to be performing best with a year on year price growth of 5.5% to Q4 2018, followed by Wales which enjoyed 4.1% growth in the year to Feb 2019 and England with 0.4%. Scotland is the only country presently experiencing price falls with a drop of 0.2% in the year to Feb 2019.

Within England, and at a regional level, prices in London fell by 3.8% over the year, followed by the South East where prices fell by 1.8%. At the other end of the country the North East saw a fall of just under 1%, whilst Yorkshire and the Humber appears to be largely static. The North West saw the strongest house price growth over the period with a figure of 4%, followed by the West Midlands with 2.9%. The South West and East Midlands were in the 1 to 2% bracket whilst the East saw around 0.5% growth. Other indices report a generally similar pattern although there are differences at a regional and country level...

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New Build Index Infographic Apr 2019

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NBI Apr 2019 North South Divide Excl Greater London

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