Press release -

Land Registry (National): December house prices down 0.2 percent since November : Average house price in England and Wales now £163,814

The December data from Land Registry's flagship House Price Index shows an annual price increase of 1.5 per cent which takes the average property value in England and Wales to £163,814. The monthly change from November to December is a decrease of 0.2 per cent.

Five regions in England and Wales experienced increases in their average property values over the last 12 months. The region with the highest annual price change is London with an increase of 6.2 per cent. London also experienced the greatest monthly rise with an increase of 1 per cent. The region with the greatest annual price fall is the North East with a movement of -3.3 per cent. The South West region experienced the most significant monthly price fall with a movement of -1.2 per cent.

The most up-to-date figures available show that during October 2010, the number of completed house sales in England and Wales dropped by 15 per cent to 55,964 from 65,736 in October 2009. The number of properties sold in England and Wales for over £1 million increased by 1 per cent between October 2009 and October 2010, from 572 to 579.

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Notes to editors

1. Since 2006, Land Registry's House Price Index (HPI), which is available free has gathered its own momentum to become a leading indicator of property movement within England and Wales. It is widely viewed as "the most accurate barometer of the housing market".

2. The HPI is published on the twentieth working day of each month. The January Index will be published at 11am on Monday 28 February 2011.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. With the largest transactional database of its kind detailing over 22 million titles, Land Registry underpins the economy by safeguarding ownership of many billions of pounds worth of property.

6. As a government department established in 1862, executive agency and trading fund responsible to the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, Land Registry keeps and maintains the Land Register for England and Wales. The Land Register has been an open document since 1990.

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