UK house prices increased by 2.2% in the year to December 2019, up from 1.7% in November 2019, according to the latest government statistics.
On a non-seasonally adjusted basis, average house prices in the UK increased by 0.3% between November 2019 and December 2019, compared with a fall of 0.2% during the same period a year earlier (November 2018 and December 2018).
House price growth was strongest in Northern Ireland where prices increased by 2.5% over the year. The lowest annual growth was in the South East, where prices increased by 1.2% over the year to December 2019, followed by the West Midlands where prices increased by 1.4% over the year.
Marc von Grundherr, director of lettings and sales agent, Benham and Reeves, said: “Much has been made of the Boris Bounce and there is no doubting that it spurred a huge uplift in market activity.
“While today’s figures display a slightly more muted market landscape in terms of actual sales, it is important to remember that even the most enthusiastic of buyers and sellers would struggle to get a transaction completed in the few short weeks between the election result and the end of the year.”
He added: “All in all a resilient show from the UK property market, particularly given the backdrop of political turbulence that has been prevalent for much of the last 12 months, and a foundation that should now see a strong performance for the year ahead following on from December’s election results.”