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UK new home registrations rise by 25%, according to NHBC

New home registrations in the UK have risen by 25% for the year up to and including August, new figures released by NHBC reveal today.

The figures show continued improvement around the country compared to the same period in 2012. In total 90,730 new homes have been registered in the first eight months of 2013, compared to 72,740 last year over this period.

There was a marginal increase in August registrations compared to the same month last year (9,769 in 2013 compared to 9,553 in 2012) but the rolling quarter for June - August 2013 saw a 15% increase from the same three months last year (33,593 in 2013 compared to 29,272 in 2012).

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

The increase in registrations over the course of the year compared to 2012 can be seen as proof of how various Government initiative, such as the Help To Buy scheme, are helping in the delivery of new homes across the UK.

NHBC Commercial Director Richard Tamayo said: "Our latest statistics continue the pattern we have seen over the course of the year, with new home registration figures showing a noticeable improvement on recent years but still considerably down on pre-economic downturn figures.

"These figures are the highest for this period (January - August) since 2007* which is obviously encouraging news, but illustrates the significant difference in the number of new homes being built six years ago and now."

*The January - August 2007 registration total was 140,984.

NHBC UK statistics for June - August 2013 show that:

For the rolling quarter June - August 2013 the number of registrations was 33,593, a 15% increase on the same period last year (29,272). Of these:

  • Private sector registrations in June - August 2013 increased by 14% (24,692), compared with the same period last year (21,594).
  • Public sector registrations in June - August 2013 increased by nearly 16% (8,901) when compared with the same period a year ago (7,678).

Full regional breakdown of total new homes registered June - August 2013 by region/country:

 

Region

June - August 2013

June - August 2012

England - Regions

 

 

North East

1,198

1,172

North West

2,239

2,014

Merseyside

460

302

Yorkshire & the Humber

2,109

1,692

West Midlands

2,751

2,149

East Midlands

2,619

2,311

Eastern

3,355

2,858

South West

3,284

3,737

Greater London

5,840

4,084

South East

5,801

5,319

Totals for England

29,656

25,638

Scotland - Councils

2,702

2,085

Wales - Unitary Authorities

847

1,108

Northern Ireland - Counties

350

422

Isle of Man

38

19

Totals for UK

33,593

29,272

 

 

NHBC's primary purpose is to help raise standards to protect homeowners. NHBC is an independent non-profit distributing company, reinvesting all resources in further research and work to improve the construction standard of new UK houses for the benefit of homeowners.

NHBC is the leading warranty and insurance provider for new homes in the UK. NHBC's ten-year Buildmark warranty covers around 80 percent of new homes built in the UK, having covered nearly eight million homes since it began and currently protecting around 1.6 million homes. Buildmark has evolved over the years, expanding to cover more areas, offering a greater scope of protection for homeowners

 

Media contact at NHBC

James Hall, 01908 746 738 or 07435 786851
Nadia Bedra, 01908 746 734 or 07501 226656

News Date: 27/09/13