Three key figures for April
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
Estimates for the most recent months are provisional and are likely to be updated as more data is included. The house price index for April 2020 reflects transactions that took place up to the end of February.
This is the first UK HPI release since the March 2020 UK HPI was published on 20 May 2020. The UK HPI publication was temporarily suspended because of the size of the reduction in housing transactions due to government measures to reduce the spread of coronavirus. As a result it was not possible to produce a meaningful measure of UK house prices that would be representative of any true transaction activity within the housing market.
Although fewer transactions are available than usual for the April 2020 UK HPI, RoS and our UK HPI partners have agreed that the UK HPI now meets the required standards and can be reinstated. See the publication schedule for reinstating the UK HPI.
By the August 2020 UK HPI (to be published on 21 October 2020) the publication schedule will have returned to normal.
Typically, a house purchase can take 2 to 8 weeks to reach completion and register the sale. Therefore, the price data feeding into the April 2020 UK HPI will reflect those completions that occurred before the government measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 took hold.
The latest provisional statistics from the UK House Price Index (HPI) show that the average price of a property in Scotland in April 2020 was £153,281 – an increase of 1.6 per cent on April 2019.
Comparing with the previous month, house prices in Scotland increased by 0.4 per cent between March 2020 and April 2020.
The UK average house price was £234,612 which was an increase of 2.6 per cent on April 2019 and a decrease of 0.2 per cent on the previous month.
The volume of residential sales in Scotland in February 2020 was 5,736, an increase of 6.5 per cent on the original provisional estimate for February 2019. Comparing the provisional volume estimate for February 2019 with the provisional estimate for February 2020, volume transactions increased by 11.1% in Northern Ireland.
Due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on HM Land Registry operations, the number of transactions for February 2020 are not directly comparable to the provisional estimate of the number of transactions for February 2019 in England and Wales. Using HMRC property transaction statistics, the volume of transactions increased by 1.2% in England, Scotland increased by 7.6% and Wales increased by 1.8% in the year to February 2020.
In Scotland, detached houses showed the largest increase, rising by 4.1% in the year to April 2020 to £268,676.
Flatted properties showed a decrease, falling by 0.8% in the year to April 2020 to £107,868.
Average price increases were recorded in the majority (21) of local authorities, when comparing prices with the previous year. The largest increase was in Dumfries and Galloway, where the average price increased by 10.2 per cent to £136,703.
The largest decrease was recorded in City of Aberdeen, where the average price fell by 8.1 per cent to £139,796.
In April 2020, the highest-priced area to purchase a property was City of Edinburgh, where the average price was £281,266.
In contrast, the lowest-priced area to purchase a property was Inverclyde, where the average price was £93,232.
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. This will be particularly important over the coming few months, as COVID-19 has reduced the volume of transactions within the market, making trends between months more volatile than usual.
Notes to editors
- Registers of Scotland is the public body 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.
- For the publication schedule for the UK HPI 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 a joint publication with our publication partners: HM Land Registry for England and Wales Land & Property Services Northern Ireland and Office for National Statistics. The UK HPI was designated as National Statistics by the Office for Statistics Regulation on 18 January 2019.
- Due to the introduction of government measures to reduce the spread of coronavirus in March 2020, the UK HPI was suspended after the publication of the March 2020 UK HPI. The April 2020 UK HPI was originally due to be published on 17 June 2020. Through discussions with our UK HPI partners and further analysis, we have set out a timetable to resume publishing. The UK HPI and the subset of figures for Scotland have met the necessary quality standard, with sufficient volume of transactions to be representative of housing market activity. The August 2020 UK HPI is scheduled to be published on 21 October, by which we would have resumed the normal publication schedule. We will continue to work with our UK HPI partners to monitor the data to ensure the quality of the UK HPI.
- 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.
- Information on individual property purchase prices is available for free via our ScotLIS service.
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