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NHBC reports buoyant new home market despite Q3 marginal reduction

New home registration statistics for the UK fell marginally by 2% during Q3 when compared to the same period last year, according to new figures released today by NHBC.

However, the overall year-to-date figures up to and including September show that the number of new homes registered with NHBC is 9% higher than this time last year (117,525; 108,118 in 2014).

In total 36,219 new homes were registered in Q3 compared to 36,955 a year ago. The private sector is static at -1% (28,527; 28,906 in 2014), with the public sector down by 4% (7,692; 8,049 in 2014).

Experts in the housing industry have attributed the drop in public sector registrations to many housing associations holding back on developments in light of welfare reforms and the cap on rental increases.

The new statistics also show that London reported a 25% rise in the number of new homes registered during Q3 (7,289; 5,812 in Q3 2014). On a national level Northern Ireland (+39%), Scotland (+8%) and Wales (+4%) all enjoyed a positive quarter when compared to the same period last year. However, in England several regions reported a reduction in the number of registrations for the quarter. However, year to date figures show growth in ten out of the twelve regions in the UK.

As the leading warranty and insurance provider for new homes in the UK, NHBC's registration statistics help to provide new and accurate data on the country's new homes market.

Commenting on the new registration statistics, NHBC Chief Executive Mike Quinton said: "Despite the marginal drop in housing registrations this quarter, 2015 is still promising to be a strong year for new housing growth in the UK. Our year-to-date figures show that registrations in both the private and public sector are ahead of last year.

"The industry remains upbeat and is working hard to build the number of homes our country so desperately needs, despite the pressures associated with rapid growth."

NHBC UK statistics for July - September 2015 show that:

During July - Sept 2015, the number of registrations was 36,219, a 2% decrease on last year (36,955). Of these;

  • Private sector registrations in July - Sept 2015 decreased by 1% (28,527), compared with the same period last year (28,906).
  • Public sector registrations in July - Sept 2015 decreased by 4% (7,692) when compared to the same period last year (8,049).

Full regional breakdown of total new homes registered January 2015 - March 2015 by region/country:

Region

July - September 2015

July - September 2014

England - Regions

 

 

North East

1,217

1,226

North West

3,235

3,175

Yorkshire & the Humber

1,618

2,575

West Midlands

2,964

3,914

East Midlands

3,017

2,758

Eastern

3,685

3,857

South West

3,422

3,478

Greater London

7,289

5,812

South East

4,050

5,031

Totals for England

30,497

31,826

Scotland - Councils

3,313

3,060

Wales - Unitary Authorities

1,415

1,356

Northern Ireland - Counties

994

713

Totals for UK

36,216

36,955

 

NHBC's role is to support the industry in maintaining and improving the build quality of new homes for homebuyers, whilst providing the benefit of its 10-year Buildmark warranty protection, when required.

NHBC does this through a wide range of activities, from standards setting through technical support to warranty and insurance.

NHBC is a non-profit distributing organisation with no shareholders. It invests any surplus into activities that improve new homes further, in particular through its research arm, the NHBC Foundation.

NHBC is the leading warranty and insurance provider for new homes in the UK. NHBC's ten-year Buildmark warranty covers around 80 per cent of new homes built in the UK, having covered nearly eight million homes since it began and currently protecting around 1.6 million homes.

 

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NHBC Media Contacts

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News Date: 29/10/15