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New home registrations levelling out despite drop in April

The number of new homes registered dropped during April but remain level with the year to date figures for 2010, according to NHBC.

Latest figures from NHBC show that 8,414 new homes were registered during the month - down from the 13,307 recorded in March (Athletes' Village accounted for a large proportion of this number approximately 2,800).

During rolling quarter February - April 2011, new homes registered totalled 30,638 compared with 31,038 in the same period last year. However, registrations for the year to date reveal no material change with last year (38,426 compared to 38,438 in 2010).

Imtiaz Farookhi, chief executive of NHBC, said: "April's registration figures were lower than those recorded earlier in the year, perhaps reflecting continued uncertainty within the market and the general lack of mortgage availability for consumers. 

"However, housebuilder sentiment seems to remain relatively high, as reflected in their announcements to the market. It will be interesting to see if these positive sentiments are reflected in registration numbers over the coming months, as we would anticipate."

NHBC statistics for the rolling quarter February - April 2011 show that:

  • Private sector registrations were down 7% (to 19,192) when compared with the same period a year ago (20,538)
  • Public sector registrations were up 9%, from 10,500 a year ago to 11,446 this quarter

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Note to editors:

Full regional breakdown of new homes registered February to April 2011 by region / country:

Region

February 2011 to April 2011

February 2010 to April 2010

England - Regions

 

 

North East

733

1,523

North West

2,081

2,413

Yorkshire & the Humber

1,471

2,130

West Midlands

1,546

2,632

East Midlands

1,885

2,510

Eastern

3,549

3,587

South West

3,195

3,276

Greater London

8,014

3,580

South East

4,615

4,768

Totals for England

27,089

26,419

Scotland - Councils

2,094

2,547

Wales - Unitary Authorities

1,002

1,057

Northern Ireland - Counties

447

953

Isle of Man

6

62

Totals for UK

30,638

31,038

Media contact at NHBC:

Nadia Bedra or Tom Howard
nbedra@nhbc.co.uk, 01908 746 734
thoward@nhbc.co.uk, 01908 746 735

News Date: 27/05/11