House price growth continues to slow in UK
Growth in UK house prices has continued to slow, but the cost of the average home still increased by 4.7% in the year to May 2017.
Figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show a drop from the 5.3% rise in the year to April.
The average UK house price stood at £221,000 in May, up £10,000 from the same month last year.
The main contribution to the rise in house prices came from England, where prices jumped by 5%.
The average price of a house in England is now £238,000, the ONS said, while a property in Wales costs £150,000 after a 3.8% increase in prices over the past 12 months.
House prices in Scotland rose 3.5% to £143,000, while the average price of a Northern Ireland home stands at £124,000 after a 4.3% rise for the year to May.
Within England, the smallest price rise in the year to May was seen in the North East, up 1.6%, while London had the second lowest price rise of 3%.
The highest price rise was 7.5% in the East, just ahead of the East Midlands where property values went up by 7.2%.
Richard Snook, senior economist at business services company PwC, said: "The figures are in line with our expectations that growth in 2017 will be around half that of 2016.
"Our main scenario anticipates a softening of the market over the year with house price inflation falling from 7% in 2016 to 3.7% in 2017.
"We expect London to be one of the UK's worst performing regions, achieving price growth of just 2.8% in 2017.
"The key drivers of this slowdown are uncertainty related to Brexit and a softening in the economic outlook."