Average property prices in Scotland reach £143,033, says Registers of Scotland

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The latest publication of the UK House Price Index (UK HPI) shows that the average price of a property in Scotland in November 2016 was £143,033 – an increase of 3.3 per cent on the previous year and an increase of 1.5 per cent when compared to the previous month. This compares to a UK average of £217,928, which was an increase of 6.7 per cent over the year and an increase of 1.1 per cent when compared to the previous month.

The volume of residential sales in Scotland in September 2016 was 9,352 – an increase of 8.5 per cent on the previous year and up 10.4 per cent on last month. This compares with annual decreases in sales volumes of 22.0 per cent in England, 10.4 per cent in Wales and 10.7 per cent in Northern Ireland.

Registers of Scotland director of commercial services Kenny Crawford said: “The increase of 8.5 per cent is the first year-on-year increase in sales volumes in Scotland since March 2016, when volumes of sales increased by 45.4 per cent when compared with the previous year.

“Changes in Land and Buildings Transaction Tax are likely to have contributed to the significant increase in March and to the subsequent lower volumes in the following months. Volumes in September 2016 are also 18.6 per cent higher than in September 2014 and 26.7 per cent higher than in September 2013.”

The top five local authorities in terms of sales volumes were City of Edinburgh (1,126 sales), Glasgow City (1,104 sales), Fife (634 sales), South Lanarkshire (564 sales) and North Lanarkshire (504 sales).

The biggest price increase over the last year was in East Renfrewshire where the average price increased by 16.6 per cent to £225,312. The biggest decreases were again in the City of Aberdeen, where prices fell by 7.8 per cent to £171,530, and also in Inverclyde where prices fell by 7.8 per cent to £95,551.

Across Scotland, all property types showed an increase in average price when compared with the previous year, with semi-detached properties showing the biggest increase of 4.2 per cent to £149,735.

The average price for a property purchased by a former owner occupier was £171,018 – an increase of 3.3 per cent on the previous year. The average price for property purchased by a first time buyer was £115,946 – an increase of 3.2 per cent on the previous year.

The average price for a cash sale was £131,987 – an increase of 3.3 per cent on the previous year – while the average price for property purchased with a mortgage was £148,137 – also an increase of 3.3 per cent on the previous year.

Source: Registers of Scotland

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