1 . 1. How do the Hometrack House Price Indices differ from other house price indices?

We are the only provider of City-specific UK house price indices. So, our indices offer a more granular view on UK house price trends than national or regional alternatives. We believe that because cities are the focus for economic growth and demographic change in the UK, providing city-level analysis makes sense.

In addition, our methodology, mix adjustment process and data sources are different from other published indices.

2 . 2. What methodology is used to create the Hometrack House Price Indices ?

Please refer to our methodology section for details about how the Indices are created, how accurate they are and other technical details. 

3 . 3. How accurate is the Hometrack House Price Index?

Our primary focus when building house price indices is to create index series that represent the actual trends in the underlying market as closely as possible. We benchmark our national and regional series to monitor their performance over time.  Creating accurate house price indices is a challenge whichever headline methodology and source data is employed. Relatively low market turnover and a lack of homogeneity in housing stock create challenges in accurately tracking house price inflation.  

4 . 4. Which 20 cities are covered by the Hometrack UK Cities House Price Index?

We are producing monthly index series for 64 cities but are only publishing the results for 20 cities. We have selected the largest 10 cities in England in addition to the primary cities for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The remaining cities have been selected to provide a spread of geographic coverage and housing and economic characteristics. We may choose to add further cities in future.

Below is a full list of cities and their current local authority constituents:

  • Aberdeen - Aberdeen City
  • Belfast - Belfast City, Carrickfergus, Castlereagh, Lisburn, Newtownabbey, North Down
  • Birmingham - Birmingham, City of Wolverhampton, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall
  • Bournemouth - Bournemouth, Christchurch, Poole
  • Bristol - City of Bristol, South Gloucestershire
  • Cambridge - Cambridge
  • Cardiff - Cardiff
  • Edinburgh - City of Edinburgh
  • Glasgow - East Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire, Glasgow City, Renfrewshire, West Dunbartonshire
  • Leeds - Leeds
  • Leicester - Blaby, City of Leicester, Oadby and Wigston
  • Liverpool - Knowsley, Liverpool, St. Helens
  • London - Barking and Dagenham, Barnet, Bexley, Brent, Bromley, Broxbourne, Camden, City of London, City of Westminster, Croydon, Dacorum, Dartford,Ealing, Elmbridge, Enfield, Epping Forest, Epsom and Ewell, Gravesham, Greenwich, Hackney, Hammersmith and Fulham, Haringey, Harrow, Havering, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Islington, Kensington and Chelsea, Kingston upon Thames, Lambeth, Lewisham, Merton, Mole Valley, Newham, Redbridge, Richmond upon Thames, Runnymede, Southwark, Spelthorne, Sutton, Three Rivers, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest, Wandsworth, Watford, Woking
  • Manchester - Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford,
  • Newcastle - Gateshead, Newcastle upon Tyne, North Tyneside, South Tyneside,
  • Nottingham - Broxtowe, City of Nottingham, Erewash, Gedling
  • Oxford - Oxford
  • Portsmouth - City of Portsmouth, Fareham, Gosport, Havant
  • Sheffield - Rotherham, Sheffield
  • Southampton - City of Southampton, Eastleigh

5 . 5. What are the index publication dates?

The Cities Index is normally published on the second last Friday of each month. Subscribe to the Hometrack UK Cities Index email newsletter (use the 'Subscribe' link at the top of this page) to get it sent straight to your inbox each month.

6 . 6. Can I use this information in my business?

You can use the information we publish for information only. The use of the Hometrack House Price Indices as the basis for commercial contracts or any form of legal agreement is specifically excluded. Any form of commercial use of one or more of the index series requires a license which can be obtained by contacting Hometrack via the 'Contact' form on this website.

7 . 7. Where can I get further information on the Hometrack House Price Indices?

If you have further questions or would like more information please contact us using the 'Contact' form on our website at www.hometrack.com/uk.