UK house prices are accelerating, according to figures from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM).
Prices are picking up
Its latest monthly survey of new mortgage loans shows that prices rose by 4.3% in the year to January.
That was higher than the 2.9% rate recorded in December and is the highest since the middle of last year.
The ODPM's survey, of 45,000 new mortgages, echoes recent studies by the Halifax and Nationwide which have reported that prices are picking up.
The ODPM says prices have now risen by 3.1% in the past three months, pushing the average house price up to £188,191.
The ODPM highlighted that house price inflation in January was positive in all regions of the country, the first time this has happened since July last year.
ANNUAL HOUSE PRICE INFLATION - JANUARY 2006
Northern Ireland: 12.5%
North East: 7.6%
North West: 4.4%
Yorks & Humber: 9.3%
East Midlands: 0.8%
West Midlands: 4.8%
South East: 2.4%
South West: 0.7%
Even so, the ODPM found that price increases were not uniform across the country.
In England, prices rose by 2.1% in the year to December, but by 3.7% in the year to January .
Wales also saw an increase, with inflation hitting 6.4% in January, up from 5.1% the previous month.
But in Scotland house price inflation dipped to 10.5% from 10.9% in December, while in Northern Ireland the level fell from 12.9% to 12.5% in January.