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28 September 2012

August Market Trend Data from Land Registry

  • No change in August house prices since July: average house price in England and Wales now £163,376
  • South East tops the table of regional applications with 255,424 in August
  • Over 65,400 residential properties in England and Wales lodged for registration in August

The August data from Land Registry's flagship House Price Index shows an annual price increase of 0.7 per cent which takes the average property value in England and Wales to £163,376. There is no increase in the monthly change from July to August.

  • The region in England and Wales which experienced the highest increase in its average property value over the last 12 months is London with a movement of 5.0 per cent.
  • The North East experienced the greatest monthly rise with an increase of 0.8 per cent.
  • Wales experienced the greatest annual price fall with a decrease of 3.2 per cent.
  • Wales also saw the most significant monthly price fall with a decrease of 2.4 per cent.
  • The most up-to-date figures available show that during June 2012, the number of completed house sales in England and Wales decreased by 3 per cent to 56,077 compared with 57,702 in June 2011.
  • The number of properties sold in England and Wales for over £1 million in June 2012 increased by 35 per cent to 647 from 478 in June 2011.

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House Price Index

Region Monthly change
(since July 2012)
Annual change
(since August 2011)
Average price
(August 2012)
North East 0.8% -3.0% £100,934
South West 0.7% 1.0% £173,448
East Midlands 0.7% 0.6% £125,171
North West 0.4% -2.5% £110,656
South East 0.4% 2.0% £211,050
Yorkshire & The Humber 0.2% -1.4% £119,178
London 0.0% 5.0% £364,059
England & Wales 0.0% 0.7% £163,376
West Midlands 0.0% 0.1% £130,533
East -0.3% 1.0% £175,145
Wales -2.4% -3.2% £115,887

Average price by property
type (England and Wales)
August 2012 August 2011 Difference


£255,562 £255,531 -
Semi-detached £154,774 £153,337 0.9%
Terraced £125,329 £123,484 1.5%
Flat/maisonette £152,023 £151,408 0.4%
All£163,376 £162,172 0.7%

Month Sales 2011
(England and Wales)
Sales 2010
(England and Wales)
January 37,619 35,886 5%
February 39,683 42,582 -7%
March 46,753 51,479 -9%
April 50,742 52,347 -3%
May 48,979 52,242 -6%
June 57,702 62,788 -8%
July 62,289 67,553 -8%
August 64,394 61,533 5%
September 63,512 57,524 10%
October 57,926 58,687 -1%
November 60,284 56,367 7%
December 63,473 56,921 12%
Total 653,356 655,909 0%

Month Sales 2012
(England and Wales)
Sales 2011
(England and Wales)
January 43,591  37,619 16%
February 44,629 39,683 12%
March 60,828 46,753 30%
April 42,674 50,742 -16%
May 51,282 48,979 5%
June 56,077 57,702 -3%

Transaction Data

The Transaction Data shows Land Registry received over 1,100,000 applications from its customers (account and non-account) in August. This includes 1,044,299 applications by account customers, of which:

  • 263,225 were applications in respect of registered land (dealings)
  • 455,762 were applications to obtain an official copy of a register or title plan
  • 157,067 were searches
  • 70,820 were transactions for value.

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Top three customers Transactions for value
Countrywide Property Lawyers 1,552
My Home Move Limited 1,484
O'Neill Patient 974
Top three customers Searches
Optima Legal Services 4,813
Enact 4,681
T M Group UK Ltd (Search Choice) 3,755
Top three local authority areas Applications
City of Westminster 16,665
Birmingham 16,609
Cornwall 13,057
Region Applications
South East 255,424
Greater London 195,383
North West 120,277
South West 113,088
West Midlands 92,400
Yorks & Humber 90,595
East Midlands 79,922
Wales 54,366
North 52,751
East Anglia 45,942
England & Wales (not assigned)  41
Isles of Scilly  31
Total 1,100,220
The Price Paid Data includes details of over 65,400 residential property sales in England and Wales that were lodged for registration in August 2012.

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Notes to editors

  1. Market Trend Data is published on the twentieth working day of each month.
  2. The September House Price Index (HPI) and Transaction and Price Paid data sets will be published at 11am on Friday 26 October 2012.
  3. The Public Data Group brings together Land Registry, Companies House, the Met Office and Ordnance Survey to work collectively on pursuing opportunities and driving efficiencies as well as on making their data available to users and re-users at a reduced cost or for free.
  4. The Open Government Licence (OGL) developed by the National Archives permits the free use and re-use of public sector information. For further information visit
  5. This year marks the 150th anniversary of Land Registry. As a government department established in 1862, executive agency and trading fund responsible to the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Land Registry keeps and maintains the Land Register for England and Wales. The Land Register has been an open document since 1990.
  6. With the largest transactional database of its kind detailing over 23 million titles, Land Registry underpins the economy by safeguarding ownership of many billions of pounds worth of property.
  7. The HPI uses a sample size that is larger than all other statistical measures available. It is calculated using Land Registry's dataset of all residential property sales completed in England and Wales since January 1995.
  8. Land Registry's dataset contains details on 16 million residential transactions. Of these, over six million are identifiable matched pairs, providing the basis for the repeat sales regression analysis used to complete the index. This technique of quality adjustment ensures an "apples to apples" comparison between properties. 8.
  9. The monthly Transaction Data shows how many applications for first registrations, leases, transfers of part, dealings, official copies and searches were lodged by Land Registry account customers. For an explanation of the terms used, see
  10. Transactions for value include freehold and leasehold sales.
  11. Most searches carried out by a solicitor or conveyancer are to protect the purchase and/or mortgage. For example, a search will give the buyer priority for an application to Land Registry to register the purchase of the property. For information about the different types of search, see
  12. Price Paid Data is residential property price data for all the residential property sales in England and Wales that are lodged with us for registration in that month. The following information is available for each property:
      • the full address
      • the price paid
      • the date of transfer
      • the property type
      • whether it is new build or not
      • whether it is freehold or leasehold.
  13. It can be downloaded from the Land Registry website as a monthly snapshot of our price paid database at and is available for anyone to examine or reuse free of charge under the OGL.
  14. For historical Price Paid Data, email or ring 0800 678 1678. There is a charge for these reports.


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