UK house prices surged by 10% annually in November 2021, official figures have shown, accelerating from 9.8% growth in October.

Experts cautioned that with general living costs such as energy bills also rocketing, it is imperative that buyers do not over-stretch themselves when chasing their "dream home".

The average UK house price was £271,000, which was £25,000 higher than a year earlier, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.

In Scotland, the average house price hit a record level of £183,000 in November. Property values increased by 11.4% over the year, accelerating from 11% growth in October.

Average house prices increased over the year in England to £288,000 (9.8% annual growth), in Wales to £200,000 (12.1%), and in Northern Ireland to £159,000 (10.7%).

Within England, the South West had the highest annual house price growth, with average prices increasing by 12.9% in the year to November.

The lowest annual house price growth was in London, where average prices increased by 5.1% annually.

The figures were released on the same day that separate ONS figures showed inflation surged to its highest level in nearly 30 years in December, placing a further squeeze on households' living costs.

The ONS said Consumer Prices Index (CPI) inflation jumped from 5.1% in November to 5.4% in December - the highest level since March 1992.

"The harsh reality is that this extended period of ground-breaking house prices will provide challenges for the market as we move further into 2022," Emma Cox, sales director at Shawbrook Bank said.

"With inflation reaching 5% this year and the cost of living rising, it's imperative that buyers don't overstretch themselves in pursuit of their dream home. A mortgage is likely to be the most significant amount of debt an individual takes on," she added.

Miles Robinson, head of mortgages at online mortgage broker Trussle, said that increased interest rates have already had a big impact on mortgages, with sub 1% mortgage rates all but disappearing from the market overnight."

"Rising energy costs look set to affect mortgage affordability. Not only could this prohibit first-time buyers with smaller deposit sizes, but it could also ring-fence more competitive mortgage deals," he added.

Phillip Stevens, director of estate agent Antony Roberts, said that the interest rate rise does not appear to have dented buyers' confidence thus far, nor their ability to purchase property, but with inflation at a 30-year high that could change.