House price index shows 3.5 per cent increase annually in average prices in Scotland

Published: 14 February 2017

The average price of a property in Scotland in December 2016 was £141,553.

The latest publication of the UK House Price Index (UK HPI) shows that the average price of a property in Scotland in December 2016 was £141,553 – an increase of 3.5 per cent on the previous year and a decrease of 0.2 per cent when compared to the previous month. This compares to a UK average of £219,544, which was an increase of 7.2 per cent over the year and an increase of 1.4 per cent when compared to the previous month.

The volume of residential sales in Scotland in October 2016 was 8,329 – an decrease of 14.7 per cent on the previous year and down 10.9 per cent on last month. This compares with annual decreases in sales volumes of 34.5 per cent in England, 25.9 per cent in Wales and 17.6 per cent in Northern Ireland.

Registers of Scotland director of commercial services Kenny Crawford said: “Sales volumes figures for September 2016 showed the first year-on-year increase in Scotland since March 2016. However, this growth has not continued into October and volumes have decreased by 14.7 per cent when compared with last year.

“On the other hand, average prices continue their steady growth year-on-year. With the exception of March, every month of 2016 showed an increase in average price when compared with the previous year. There was a decrease of 2.5 per cent in March 2016, but this followed on from a particularly high price increase in March 2015. In addition, there were no average price decreases year-on-year throughout 2014 and 2015, with the last decrease being recorded in June 2013.”

The top five local authorities in terms of sales volumes were Glasgow City (973 sales), City of Edinburgh (891 sales), Fife (588 sales), South Lanarkshire (556 sales) and North Lanarkshire (471 sales).

The biggest price increase over the last year was in East Renfrewshire where the average price increased by 15.4 per cent to £220,072. The biggest decreases was again in the City of Aberdeen, where prices fell by 9.8 per cent to £167,608.

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 5.9 per cent to £149,791.

The average price for a property purchased by a former owner occupier was £169,287 – an increase of 3.3 per cent on the previous year. The average price for property purchased by a first time buyer was £114,716 – an increase of 3.8 per cent on the previous year.

The average price for a cash sale was £130,211 – an increase of 3.7 per cent on the previous year – while the average price for property purchased with a mortgage was £146,805 – an increase of 3.5 per cent on the previous year.

Notes to editors

  1. For the full picture and detail access the UK HPI and the HPI Scotland.
  2. The statistics have been produced in accordance with the Code of Practice for official statistics. The UK House Price Index is calculated by the Office for National Statistics and Land & Property Services Northern Ireland. Find out about the methodology used.
  3. Data for the UK House Price Index is provided by Land Registry, Registers of Scotland, Land & Property Services Northern Ireland and the Valuation Office Agency.
  4. Separate HPI releases are also published by Land Registry and Land & Property Services Northern Ireland, which focus on the figures for England and Wales and for Northern Ireland. The Office for National Statistics also publishes a monthly HPI statistical bulletin with commentary on the whole of the UK.
  5. Download the data. Datasets are available as CSV files, or create your own reports using the UK HPI search tool.
  6. The new UK HPI has been published initially as an experimental official statistic to allow for users to acclimatise to the format of the new HPI, to evaluate user reaction to the new data, evolve the publication of data further to meet user requirements and to further develop the data sources used in the production. Whilst the methodology for the new UK HPI has been finalised, further work is taking place to secure additional property attributes data (such as from Scottish Assessors) that will supplement and provide additional assurance to the production process going forward.

    It is expected that we will seek to take the necessary steps to remove the experimental status during the course of 2017, once the above points have been implemented and then progress with the assessment of the new UK HPI as a National Statistic.

    Please note that the Northern Ireland Residential Property Price Index, used as a component source in the production of the new UK HPI remains an official statistic (i.e. this is not classified as experimental).
  7. 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. The differences in methodology between our quarterly statistics and the HPI are highlighted here. Charts are also available on our website to allow comparison between the two publications and to explain the key differences.
  8. 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.


  1. This publication covers statistics up to December 2016.
  2. Note that all average prices reported from the UK HPI are geometric means, which will typically be closer to the median than the arithmetic mean. Also note that average price estimates for the most recent months are provisional figures and are likely to change when more recent data is incorporated into the index. Revision policies can be accessed here.
  3. Due to a period of 2 to 8 weeks between completion and registration of sales, volume figures based on the month of date of entry are presented up to October because November and December figures may change when more recent sales applications data is received.
  4. Shetland Islands showed an increase of 26.1% over the year. Local authority areas where sales volumes within the year to October 2016 represent less than 1 per cent of the all Scotland sales volume are excluded from the figures used for highlighting purposes due to the volatility of the market in these areas. While East Renfrewshire exceeded the 1 per cent, there were only 157 sales in this Local Authority area. The increase/decrease in average price could therefore have been influenced by a number of sales at the higher/lower end of the market.

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