Number of new houses in Northern Ireland up 6%
There were 762 new houses registered in Northern Ireland between April and May - an increase of nearly 6% on 2015.
The figures published by the National House Building Council (NHBC) show a 17% increase in new home starts UK-wide to 14,000.
Housebuilding has been in gradual recovery in Northern Ireland since last year, with a 30% jump in new homes registered in 2015 to 3,223.
And mortgage lending here grew by 16% to a total of £160m during the first quarter of the year, according to the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML). Loans to first-time buyers and home mover were both up.