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New home registrations up 4% for rolling quarter March to May 2014 – NHBC

New home registrations jumped 4 per cent for the rolling quarter March to May 2014, the National House Building Council has revealed.

Figures showed a total of 37,975 homes were registered for the period, compared with 36,487 in the same three months last year.

Statistics for May posted the highest number of registrations so far this year at 13,220, but this was down 5 per cent on last year’s corresponding month, which stood at 13,914.

NHBC chief executive Mike Quinton said: “Housebuilding levels have remained steady, continuing through May and consolidating the high volumes seen in 2013.”

Private sector registrations increased 6 per cent in the three-month period, accounting for 28,222 of the total figure, compared with 26,607 for the same period in 2013.

However, public sector registrations fell 1 per cent for the period to 9,753, compared with 9,880 the year before.

NHBC figures are representative of around 80 to 85 per cent of the market. Housebuilders register once they are ready to build on a site and pay a fee per home.

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