Scottish property market remains stable amid UK rise

The average property price in Scotland in June 2023 remained steady at £189,000 compared to June 2022, according to recent data from the UK House Price Index (HPI).

However, prices saw a slight dip of 0.4 per cent from May 2023. On a seasonally adjusted scale, the decrease was one per cent.

For context, the broader UK market saw the average house price ascend to £288,000, marking a year-on-year growth of 1.7 per cent. This UK figure represents a 0.7 per cent rise from the previous month, which is 0.3 per cent when seasonally adjusted.

In terms of sales volume, Scotland witnessed a decrease of 18.6 per cent in residential sales in April 2023, compared to the provisional estimate for April 2022.

Kenny Crawford, Registers of Scotland business development director, noted: “Average house prices for Scotland were unchanged in the 12 months to June 2023. House price inflation has generally been trending down since it reached a peak of 13.4 per cent in April 2022.”

Property type variations were observed, with semi-detached properties in Scotland witnessing a 0.6 per cent increase in average price over the year, settling at £202,000 in June 2023. In contrast, detached properties dropped by 0.6 per cent, averaging £339,000. Terraced and flat properties remained stable.

Average prices for local authorities are based on a 3-month moving average to help remove some of the volatility in the series. Increases were recorded in 18 out of 32 local authority areas, when comparing prices with the previous year. The largest increase was in East Lothian where the average price increased by 16 per cent to £339,000. The largest decrease was recorded in West Dunbartonshire, where the average price decreased by 6.7 per cent to £131,000.

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