Q3 Stats - Highest new home registrations in 11 years, reports NHBC

1 November 2018

UK builders registered more than 43,500 new homes during the third quarter of 2018, according to NHBC’s latest new home registration statistics – making it the highest quarter since 2007.

43,578 new homes were registered during the period July - September, an increase of 15% on the 37,940 registered in the same period 12 months ago. The total makes it the highest quarter since the third quarter of 2007 when 49,520 new homes were registered.

In the private sector 33,520 new homes were registered (28,921 in Q3 2017; +16%), with 10,058 registered in the affordable sector (9,019 in Q3 2017; +12%).

London has seen a dramatic increase in registrations, up 141% to 6,007, compared to the lower than usual figure of 2,492 in the same period last year. This is partly due to a number of large developments being registered by housing associations and by inwards investors focused on the private rental sector.

Other regions experiencing considerable growth compared to 2017 include Yorkshire & Humberside (+39%), the South West (+34%) and Scotland (+20%).

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

NHBC Chief Executive Steve Wood said: “The upturn in registrations over recent months is good news for the industry and shows that there remains a strong demand for high quality new homes in many parts of the UK.

"The increase in London is welcome, although it has been boosted by number of large scale developments and has to be set against unusually low figures this time last year.

"On a broader front, the industry remains cautious in the short-run until the economic impact of Brexit is clearer. Attaining the Government’s target of 300,000 new homes by the middle of the next decade will require a real focus on innovation, particularly the use of modern methods of construction, and on building skills and capacity in the workforce onsite, topics many builders are actively grappling with."

NHBC UK statistics for Q3 2018 show that

  • During July’18 - Sept‘18 the number of NHBC new home registrations was 43,578 compared to 37,940 a year ago.
  • 33,520 were registered in the private sector, compared to 28,921 in the previous year.
  • 10,058 were registered in the affordable sector, compared to 9,019 in the previous year.

Full regional breakdown of total new homes registered during this period:

NHBC - UK Registrations by Region

 

 

England - Regions

July 18 - Sept 18

July 17 - Sept 17

North East

2,172

2,078

North West & Merseyside

4,280

4,617

Yorkshire & Humberside

2,917

2,101

West Midlands

3,138

3,513

East Midlands

3,080

3,574

Eastern

3,814

3,992

South West

4,604

3,444

London

6,007

2,492

South East

7,128

6,688

Total England

37,140

32,499

Scotland

3,681

3,056

Wales

1,476

1,638

Northern Ireland & Isle of Man

1,281

747

Total UK

43,578

37,940

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.