House price annual inflation was 5.8% in England, 2.5% in Wales, 2.9% in Scotland and 10.5% in Northern Ireland, according to the index from the Office of National Statistics (ONS).
The pace of annual house price growth increased slightly across the majority of the UK in May 2015 taking he average mix-adjusted house price to £274,000 and was driven by an annual increase of 9.3% in the East of England and 8.2% in the South East.
Excluding London and the South East, UK house prices increased by 5.2% in the 12 months to May 2015 and on a seasonally adjusted basis, average house prices increased by 0.9% between April and May 2015.
In May 2015, prices paid by first time buyers were 5.1% higher on average than in May 2014 and for existing owners prices increased by 5.9% for the same period.
The data shows that the regional disparities of the property market are steadily shrinking as price growth becomes more broad based, according to Jonathan Hopper, managing director of Garrington Property Finders.
‘London and South East England remain strong hotspots, but as the rates of price rises there return to more sober levels, five of the nine English regions saw their rate of price growth rise and the East of England, powered in part by an extraordinary surge in activity in Cambridge, has the fastest growing property values,’ he said.