The figures also show:
* The UK annual house price inflation rate for the 3 months to August
2006 was 6.3 per cent, and 6.8 per cent in London.
Regional breakdowns show inflation rose in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland but fell in Wales.
The highest rises in England were in London and the South West and the lowest in the West Midlands.
Average house prices in August stood at£205,556 in England,£158,028 in Wales,£145,490 in Scotland and£166,398 in Northern Ireland.
The English region with the highest average house price in August remains London at£286,369. The lowest average price was in the North East at£142,901.