The average house price has hit a record high of £269,945, with figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showing £28,000 has been added to the typical property price over the past year. Values increased by 11.8% over the year to September, with this up on the 10.2% annual growth recorded in August. Wales has seen the steepest climb, with the average price up 15.4% over the year, while Scotland added 12.3%, England saw a 11.5% increase and prices in Northern Ireland rose 10.7%. Regionally, North West England led the way, with values up 16.8% in the year to September, while London saw the lowest growth, at 2.8%. On a month-by-month basis, UK house prices climbed 2.5% between August and September.