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NHBC's private sector housing registrations hit five-year high

Private sector housing registrations for May have hit their the highest level since 2008 and the start of the economic downturn, new figures from NHBC have revealed.

In May 9,617 new homes were registered in the private sector, the highest monthly figure since 10,465 were registered more than five years ago in February 2008. 4,297 were registered in the public sector during the month.

In total 36,487 new homes were registered for the period March - May 2013, compared to 27,125 for the same period last year, representing an increase of 35%.

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

Commenting on the latest statistics, NHBC Commercial Director Richard Tamayo said: "May's registration figures build upon the solid volume growth seen over the last six months with the private sector providing a particular impressive showing, with a level of monthly activity not seen since 2008.

"The latest figures can be seen as proof of how various Government initiatives, such as the Help To Buy scheme, are working in delivering more new homes across the industry and evidence of increasing confidence returning to the home building industry.

Although we have seen encouraging signs so far this year for UK housing registrations, the overall level remains below what the country requires and activity remains slower than before the economic downturn."

NHBC UK statistics for March - May 2013 show that:

1. For the rolling quarter March - May 2013 the number of registrations was 36,487, an 35% increase on the same period last year (27,125). Of these:

  • Private sector registrations in March - May 2013 increased by nearly 33% (26,607), compared with the same period last year (20,035).
  • Public sector registrations in March - May 2013 increased by 39% (9,880) when compared with the same period a year ago (7,090).

 

2. Full regional breakdown of total new homes registered March - May 2013 by region/country:

Region

March  - May 2013

March  - May 2012

England - Regions

 

 

North East

1,652

784

North West

2390

1,971

Merseyside

613

409

Yorkshire & the Humber

1,436

1,264

West Midlands

2,742

2,271

East Midlands

2,731

1,974

Eastern

3,898

2,923

South West

3,747

2,727

Greater London

8,676

4,033

South East

4,298

4,178

Totals for England

32,183

22,534

Scotland - Councils

2,910

2,848

Wales - Unitary Authorities

759

1,286

Northern Ireland - Counties

609

427

Isle of Man

26

30

Totals for UK

36,487

27,125

Media contact at NHBC

Nadia Bedra or James Hall
nbedra@nhbc.co.uk, 01908 746 734
jhall@nhbc.co.uk, 01908 746 738

News Date: 28/06/13