Annual house price inflation outstripped early predictions from the housing industry rising by 5.1% in April up from 3.3% the previous month, according to the government.
The latest figures from the department for communities and local government (DCLG) also show house price inflation in London rising to 7.1% in April 2006, up from 4% in March.
The average UK house price stood at £188,290 in April, up from £186,519 in March while regionally, the average house price in April was £196,943 in England, £151,226 in Wales, £132,201 in Scotland and £142,475 in Northern Ireland.
The English region with the highest average house price in April remains London, at £278,257 while the lowest average price was still the North East at £136,253.
The UK annual house price inflation rate for the 3 months of 2006 was 3.9% and 4.2% in London while prices rose by 0.9% between March and April, compared to a fall of 0.8% seen over the same period last year.
The DCLG says the rise in UK prices between March and April occurred across all property types, although terraced houses at 2%, and semi-detached houses 1.1% experienced the greatest increases.
Regionally, Scotland saw a fall in inflation in April, while inflation rose in England, Wales and Northern Ireland in April.
House prices in England rose from 2.5% in March to 4.7% in April, while in Wales rose prices rose from 5.3% to 6.6%. Northern Ireland saw house prices from 14.1% in March to 15.8% in April while in Scotland the rate of inflation fell from 10.8% to 7.6%.
The DCLG says the UK house price inflation rate for first-time buyers rose from 4.6% in March to 4.9% in April. It says this was because of a rise of 0.7% in prices between March and April in the properties bought by first-time buyers compared with a smaller rise of 0.4% over the same period last year.
The national average price for a home paid by first-time buyers in the UK was £146,248 in April.
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