The price of the average home in the UK rose by 3.3% to £245,000 in the 12 months to July, according to the latest official statistics.
This was up from 3.1% in the 12 months to June, and month-on-month revealed an increase of 0.3%.
The Office for National Statistics' House Price Index also showed that the price of the average first-time buyer home is now 4% higher when compared to July 2012, while those for owner-occupiers rose 3%.
By country the results were mixed, with England and Northern Ireland recording house price growth of 3.7% and 1.8% respectively, while prices fell in Scotland and Wales, by 2% and 0.7% respectively.
London continued to drive the UK's growth, with prices in the capital up 9.7%.
Excluding London and the South East, UK house prices rose by 0.8%.
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