Monthly UK House Price Index figures released for March 2019.
Three key figures for March:
The average price of a property in Scotland
The annual price change of a property in Scotland
The monthly price change of a property in Scotland
The latest statistics from the UK House Price Index (HPI) show that the average price of a property in Scotland in March 2019 was £149,461 – an increase of 3.3 per cent on March in the previous year.
Comparing with the previous month, house prices in Scotland rose by 1.9 per cent between February 2019 and March 2019.
The UK average house price was £226,798, which was an increase of 1.4 per cent on March in the previous year and a decrease of 0.2 per cent on the previous month.
The volume of residential sales in Scotland in January 2019 was 6,516 – an increase of 10.3 per cent on the original provisional estimate for January 2018. This compares with decreases of 1.7 per cent in England and 6.0 per cent in Northern Ireland (Quarter 1 – 2019), and an increase of 0.6 per cent in Wales.
Commenting on the release, Business Development director Kenny Crawford said:
Average prices in Scotland continued their upward trend in March, having increased each month since April 2016, when compared with the same month of the previous year.
Average price increases were recorded in the majority (21) of local authorities, when comparing prices with the previous year.
The biggest price increases were in Midlothian and Perth and Kinross where average prices increased by 12.2 per cent to £193,728 and 11.6 per cent to £193,849 respectively.
The largest decreases were recorded in Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire, where average prices fell by 7.0 per cent to £148,236 and 6.1 per cent to £179,215 respectively. Local authority estimates are based on a three month moving average to reduce volatility.
Further information on HPI Scotland by local authority, property type, first time buyers and cash sales can be found in the latest HPI Scotland publication.
As with other indicators in the housing market, which typically fluctuate from month to month, it is important not to put too much weight on one month’s set of house price data. For example, the provisional headline decrease for the annual price change of a property in Scotland of 0.2 per cent in February 2019 has since been revised to a 0.5 per cent increase.
Notes to editors
- Registers of Scotland is the government department responsible for compiling and maintaining registers relating to property and other legal documents in Scotland. Registers of Scotland records and safeguards the rights of the individual while providing open access to information on the registers.
- The UK HPI is published on the second or third Wednesday of each month with Northern Ireland figures updated quarterly. See the calendar of release dates.
- The statistics have been produced in accordance with the Code of Practice for Statistics. The UK House Price Index is calculated by the Office for National Statistics and Land & Property Services Northern Ireland. The UK HPI was designated as National Statistics by the Office for Statistics Regulation on 18 September 2018.
- Registers of Scotland provides data on residential property sales for the Scotland element of the UK House Price Index. Separate HPI releases are also published by HM 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.
- Details of all of our property statistics releases and future publication dates are available on our website. A comparison guide comparing the different house price index measures that are published in the UK is also available.
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