While the overall index sequentially rose 2.2% at the end of December 2016, almost seven of the ten cities tracked by RBI saw increase in price last year.
The House Price Index, that measures price levels across the nation, rose to 240.2 in December, from 234.9 in the September quarter.The annual growth in all-India HPI increased by 60 basis points to 8.3% however it remained lower than 9.7% annual growth recorded a year ago.
RBI's index also noted a wide divergence in city-wise housing price movements. Annual growth in the price index ranged from an increase of 19.3% in Lucknow to a price correction of 5.4% in Jaipur during the period under review.
"All the metro cities witnessed housing price-rise on Y-o-Y basis, though Chennai witnessed some moderation during the latest two quarters," the RBI said.
"The city-wise HPIs also witnessed large variance in sequential terms Kanpur recorded highest rise at 12.1% whereas Kochi witnessed significant contraction at (-) 4.7%.