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Residential property prices increase across Northern Ireland


Land & Property Services, assisted by the Northern Ireland Statistics & Research Agency, today released the House Price Index report for Quarter 2 2021.


The Index measures change in the price of residential property sold in Northern Ireland (NI). The Index uses Stamp Duty information on residential property sales recorded by HMRC. The NI House Price Index series is used as the NI component of the single official UK HPI and the statistics are comparable with other UK regions.


The UK Government lockdown measures to stop the spread of Covid-19 essentially paused the housing market between 23 March and 15 June. The number of transactions recorded in April – June 2020 was approximately one third of the initial number of sales recorded during April – June 2019.


Although there was a large reduction in the number of sales during the quarter, the sales received were still representative of the property market as they were not skewed towards one property type, location or socio-demographic characteristic.


LPS/NISRA are content the model used to predict the average price and index value is robust and the reduced number of sales did not adversely affect the quality of the price index calculations for the second quarter of 2020.


The NI House Price Index was awarded National Statistics status on 18 September 2018.


Results for the most recent quarter (April - June 2021), which are provisional, show that:


  • Between Q1 (January - March) 2021 and Q2 (April - June) 2021 the house price index increased by 2.9%;

  • Between Q2 2020 and Q2 2021 the house price index increased by 9.0%;

  • The average price for a house in Northern Ireland is £153,449 and ranges from £134,091 in Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon to £180,067 in Lisburn and Castlereagh.

  • 7,187 residential properties sold during Q2 2021;(This number will be revised upwards in the next publication due to late returns and the entry of new properties into the NI Valuation List)

  • The House Price Index is now 38.3% higher than Q1 2015 (the reference period).


Local Government District Index and Prices


The report includes trends in the property markets in each council area across NI.

The Index value for Q2 2021 for NI as a whole is 138.3 and ranges from 129.4 in Ards and North Down and Mid Ulster to 158.8 in Causeway Coast and Glens.


House Price Index and Standardised Price in each council area Q2 2021.


Antrim and Newtownabbey

Index: 137.0

Quarterly Change: 2.5%

Annual Change: 7.4%

Standardised Price: £157,468

Ards and North Down

Index: 129.4

Quarterly Change: 0.7%

Annual Change: 12.0%

Standardised Price: £173,630

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon

Index: 136.0

Quarterly Change: 4.4%

Annual Change: 7.0%

Standardised Price: £134,091

Belfast

Index: 137.5

Quarterly Change: 1.7%

Annual Change: 7.2%

Standardised Price: £145,337

Causeway Coast and Glens

Index: 158.8

Quarterly Change: 7.6%

Annual Change: 16.9%

Standardised Price: £171,442

Derry City and Strabane

Index: 142.8

Quarterly Change: 1.3%

Annual Change: 6.0%

Standardised Price: £135,176

Fermanagh and Omagh

Index: 145.7

Quarterly Change: 2.7%

Annual Change: 8.8%

Standardised Price: £139,626

Lisburn and Castlereagh

Index: 134.1

Quarterly Change: 2.2%

Annual Change: 6.5%

Standardised Price: £180,067

Mid and East Antrim

Index: 137.3

Quarterly Change: 4.3%

Annual Change: 8.7%

Standardised Price: £142,161

Mid Ulster

Index: 129.4

Quarterly Change: 1.2%

Annual Change: 8.4%

Standardised Price: £144,691

Newry, Mourne and Down

Index: 144.0

Quarterly Change: 3.5%

Annual Change: 11.3%

Standardised Price: £161,994


A graphical representation of the residential property price index for each council can be viewed in the Detailed Statistics at:


https://www.finance-ni.gov.uk/articles/northern-ireland-house-price-index