Wales has continued to outperform other regions in terms of annual house price growth, according to the LSL House Price Index.
Average house prices in Wales were up 5.2% in April 2018 compared to the previous year, with the average house price recorded as £184,348.
In Monmouthsire prices rose by 13.9% with a new peak average price of £291,344; likewose on the Vale of Glamorgan prices were up 11.6% to £269,609. The two are the most expensive areas in Wales, with prices well above the Welsh average. Cardiff, which ranks third, also saw strong growth, up 9.5%.
Much of this is down to the introduction of the new Land Transaction Tax introduced in April. Since the growth calcilations are based on three-month averages, they include sales in March 2018 by buyers rushing to beat the added cost for higher priced properties. Some cheaper areas have also seen good growth, though - notably Carmarthenshire, with prices up 12.6% to £163,633.
The average house price across all of England and Wales in May was £305,654. That's a growth of more than £6,000 compared to 2017.
Transactions, however, were down by 6% year on year.