Volume of sales up 4.9 per cent

Published: 25 July 2016

The volume of residential property sales rose 4.9 per cent in the first quarter of 2016-17 (April-June) compared to the same period last year, according to official statistics published today by Registers of Scotland. A total of 25,760 properties changed hands between April and June, the highest volume of sales for these months since 2008-09.

RoS’ director of commercial services, Kenny Crawford, said: “The total value of the residential property market continues to make an important contribution to the Scottish economy.  We saw a sustained increase in the volume of sales during the previous financial year and this trend is continuing in the first quarter of 2016-17. Changes in Land and Buildings Transaction Tax that came into effect on 1 April 2016 for additional dwellings, such as second homes and buy-to-let properties, may have contributed to this increase. While volumes are up this quarter, prices are down by 2.3 per cent compared to the previous year, bringing the average price to £164,326. The latest statistics reflect a robust and active property market.”

The total value of sales across Scotland increased by 2.5 per cent compared to the previous year to just over £4.2 billion. The City of Edinburgh was the largest market, with sales of over £745.7 million for the quarter, up 7.1 per cent on the previous year. South Ayrshire recorded the highest increase in value, with sales of over £92.2 million, an increase of 27.8 per cent compared with the same quarter last year.  Aberdeen City showed the largest decrease in market value, down 24.4 per cent to £223.8 million.

The highest percentage rise in the volume of sales was in Argyll and Bute, with an annual increase of 24.5 per cent to 462 residential sales. Edinburgh City recorded the highest volume at 3,178, up 8.6 per cent compared to the same quarter the previous year.  The largest percentage fall in volume of sales was in Aberdeen City, down 19.5 per cent to 1,063 residential sales.

East Renfrewshire recorded the highest average property price at £241,364 up 11.7 per cent on last year, which was also the largest percentage rise of all the local authorities over the year. The highest percentage fall was recorded in West Dunbartonshire with an average price of £105,859 a fall of 12.7 per cent on last year.

With the exception of detached properties, all property types showed an increase in sales volumes, with flats showing the biggest increase at 11.2 per cent. All property types showed a decrease in average house price in this quarter, with terraced properties showing the biggest decrease down 5.6 per cent to £132,700. Detached, semi-detached and flatted properties showed price decreases of 3.7 per cent, 0.8 per cent and 4.0 per cent respectively.

These statistics cover all residential sales, including those that did not involve a mortgage.


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Notes to editors

  1. For the full picture and detail, read the Registers of Scotland Official Statistical Report. Information available for comparison includes average house price, median price, number of sales and value of sales by local authority area during the quarter (April to June 2016), as well as the previous quarter and the same period in 2015.
  2. The statistics have been produced in accordance with the Code of Practice for official statistics. The method of calculating the figures has been independently audited to ensure that the information is accurate and comprehensive.
  3. RoS has developed a methodology for delivering statistics based on house type. This covers four house types: detached, semi-detached, terraced, and flatted (encompassing all types of flats, maisonettes, tenements and four-in-a-block properties).
  4. RoS began compiling quarterly statistics on the housing market with the completion of the extension of the Land Register to all counties in Scotland in April 2003.
  5. Registers of Scotland (RoS) is the government department responsible for compiling and maintaining registers relating to property and other legal documents in Scotland. RoS records and safeguards the rights of the individual while providing open access to information on the registers.
  6. Since 1 April 2015, RoS has supported Revenue Scotland in the enforcement and collection of land and buildings transaction tax.
  7. These figures cover all residential sales, including sales for cash not involving a mortgage. Approximately 25 per cent of sales fall into this category.
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