Real uplift in July new home registrations with NHBC

28 August 2018

New figures from NHBC have revealed that more than 15,800 new homes were registered to be built in the UK in July, a 35% increase on the same month last year.

12,087 new homes were registered in the private sector in July 2018 (8,421 in 2017), with 3,782 registered in the affordable sector (3,362 in 2018).

For the rolling quarter, between May and July, 43,600 new homes were registered compared to 39,421 in 2017 - an increase of 11%. During this period there were 31,264 new homes registered in the private sector (28,056 in 2017: +11%) and 12,336 new homes registered in the affordable sector (11,365 in 2017: +9%).

Over this period, London experienced an 86% increase in registrations, partly due to an increase in the number of large housing association and private rental sector developments registered in the capital.

As the leading warranty and insurance provider for new homes in the UK, NHBC's registration statistics are a lead indicator for the new homes market.

Commenting on the July figures, NHBC Chief Executive Steve Wood said: "Following a slow start to the year due to the extreme weather, we have had promising new home figures in recent months with July seeing a real uplift. Over the last three months we have had growth in new home registrations in eight out of 12 UK regions, with London leading the way.

"NHBC continues to support UK builders in delivering high quality new homes for the benefit of consumers."

NHBC UK statistics for May - July show that

The number of NHBC new home registrations was 43,600 compared to 39,421 a year ago, of these:

  • 31,264 were registered in the private sector, compared to 28,056 in the previous year.
  • 12,336 were registered in the affordable sector, compared to 11,365 in the previous year.

Full regional breakdown of total new homes registered during this period

NHBC - UK Registrations by Region

 

 

England - Regions

May 18 - July 18

May 17 - July 17

North East

1,476

1,765

North West & Merseyside

4,260

4,723

Yorkshire & Humberside

2,959

2,422

West Midlands

3,859

3,777

East Midlands

3,146

3,773

Eastern

4,866

3,858

South West

4,232

4,047

London

5,289

2,846

South East

6,879

6,215

Total England

36,966

33,426

Scotland

3,559

3,528

Wales

1,317

1,435

Northern Ireland & Isle of Man

1,758

1,032

Total UK

43,600

39,421

Registrations refer to the process of a builder registering a new plot/home to be built in the coming months or weeks, to be covered by NHBC’s ten-year Buildmark warranty. Completions refer to when a new home is completed as indicated by NHBC inspectors.

Changes can occur between figures published at different times owing to changes in policies and cancellations.

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 1.5 million homes. NHBC is a non-profit distributing organisation with no shareholders.