New home registrations climbed to the highest half-yearly total since 2008.
NHBC figures for April – June show a 38% increase in registrations to 35,683 compared to 25,798 during the same period last year.
In the first six months of the year 67,422 new homes were registered, private sector starts jumped 23% to 48,817 and the public sector leaped 56% to 18,605.
NHBC Commercial Director Richard Tamayo said: “Our latest registration statistics show an encouraging broad-based recovery.
“While London remains an engine for growth we are seeing overall numbers up across the UK with both the private and public sectors contributing fully to this growth.
“The Chancellor’s announcement this week in relation to mortgage guarantee guidance to help boost housing supply shows that the Government is maintaining its commitment to help the industry and those looking to buy a new home.
“After a pause in June while builders focussed on completions for their full and half years, July registrations are showing clear indications that builders are returning to the challenge of ramping up production and increasing volumes from this current low base.”
North East: 1,674
North West: 2,324
Yorkshire & the Humber: 1,636
West Midlands: 2,848
East Midlands: 2,693
South West: 3,911
Greater London: 7,824
South East: 4,355
Totals for England: 31,576
Scotland – Councils: 2,611
Wales – Unitary Authorities: 848
Northern Ireland – Counties: 623
Isle of Man: 25
Totals for UK: 35,683