Annual house price growth accelerated in September, according to official figures that reveal Northern Ireland was among the hottest UK region.
Against an average of 5.4% in September, up from 4.8% in August, the average price in the province hit £132,000, a yearly increase of 6%.
The figures, released jointly by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), Land Registry and other bodies, shows that annual growth rate has remained broadly around 5% during 2017.
The average UK house price was £226,000 in September 2017, marking a 0.4% increase on the previous month.
In England, house prices increased by 5.7% over the year to September 2017, with the average price at £244,000.
Within England, the north west showed the highest annual growth, with prices increasing by 7.3% in the year to September 2017 to reach £160,951 on average.
The lowest annual growth was in London, where prices increased by 2.5% over the year to reach £483,568 typically.
Wales saw house prices increase by 5.3% over the previous 12 months to reach £153,000 typically. In Scotland, the average price increased by 3.1% over the year, reaching £145,000.
Looking at UK local authorities, the area showing the largest annual growth in the year to September 2017 was Hinckley and Bosworth, where prices increased by 15.9% to stand at £215,000.
The lowest annual growth was recorded in Halton, where prices fell by 5.2% to stand at £127,000.