YORKSHIRE has emerged as one of the country's hotspots for rising house prices.
A survey by the Halifax bank showed house prices rose by 9.3% in the region over the 12 months to March.
That compares with a UK average of 6.2% and makes Yorkshire the second-strongest region for house price growth.
Cleckheaton was the hottest property spot during the first quarter of 2006 with a 24% increase in house prices compared with the same period last year.
Brighouse was second with 12% and Holmfirth third with an 11% increase.
The average price of a property in Yorkshire is now £134,307.
That compares with the UK average of £172,979.
House prices in Huddersfield rose by an average of 2% during the period to stand at and average of £143,217.
The average for Mirfield was 3% up at £157,310.
However, average house prices in Dewsbury fell by 4% to £110,226.
Chris Stonock, regional manager for the Halifax estate agency chain, said: "The strongest house price rises over the past year have been in towns in West Yorkshire."
The latest increase means that average house prices in Greater London are now only twice as high as they are in Yorkshire. Four years ago, prices in the capital were three times as high.