Property prices in England and Wales up over 7% year on year

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Residential property prices in England and Wales increased by 2.5% in January and are not 7.1% higher than a year ago, the latest index shows. This takes the average house price in England and Wales to £191,812 but the average price in London is much higher at £530,409, according to the data from the Land Registry. The house price index also shows that the number of property transactions has decreased over the last year. From August 2014 to November 2014 there was an average of 81,656 sales per month. In the same months a year later the figure was 78,652. The January data for London shows a monthly increase of 2.8% and year on year growth of 13.9% the North East saw the smallest annual price increase of 0.2% while Wales recorded the greatest monthly price rise of 3.7% and the North East also saw the most significant monthly price decrease with a fall of 1.6%. Within London the borough with the highest annual price rise was Hillingdon with a ise of 15.5% and Hillingdon also experienced the highest monthly price increase at 2.4%. Camden saw the smallest annual increase of 3% and Camden and Islington both recorded the only monthly fall, each seeing prices down by 0.4%. The number of properties sold in England and Wales for over £1 million in November 2015 increased by 14% to 1,091 from 953 in November 2014. The number of properties sold in London for over £1 million in November 2015 increased by 9% to 657 from 601 in November 2014. In the months August 2015 to November 2015, repossession volumes averaged 409 per month. This is a fall compared to the same period a year earlier, when volumes averaged 801 per month and the report says that repossession volumes appear to be exhibiting a downward trend. The region with the greatest fall in repossession sales was the South West with a decrease of 78% from November 2014. All regions experienced a decrease in the number of repossession sales in November when compared with the same period a year earlier. Taylor Scott International

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