Three key figures for December 2022:
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 December 2022 reflects transactions that took place up to the end of December.
The latest provisional statistics from the UK HPI show that the average price of a property in December 2022 was £187,224, an increase of 5.7 per cent on December 2021.
Comparing with the previous month, house prices in Scotland decreased by 2.9% between November 2022 and December 2022.
The UK average house price was £294,329 which was an increase of 9.8 per cent on December 2021 and a decrease of 0.4 per cent on the previous month.
The volume of residential sales in Scotland in October 2022 was 8,945, a decrease of 12.5 per cent on the original provisional estimate for October 2021.
Commenting on the house price and volume figures in Scotland, Kenny Crawford, Registers of Scotland Business Development Director said:
“Average house prices for Scotland showed an increase of 5.7 per cent when compared with the previous year, although house prices showed a decrease of 2.9 per cent when compared with the previous month.”
“Transaction volumes over the first ten months of 2022 appear to be at levels similar to the first ten months of the pre-pandemic period of 2019.”
In Scotland, detached properties showed the biggest increase out of all property types, rising by 8.8 per cent in the year to December 2022 to £343,027. Flatted properties showed the smallest increase, rising by 2.4 per cent in the year to December 2022 to £125,571.
Average price increases were recorded in 31 out of 32 local authority areas, when comparing prices with the previous year. The largest increase was in Midlothian where the average price increased by 12.5 per cent to £242,603. The only decrease was recorded in City of Aberdeen, where the average price decreased by 4.0 per cent to £139,347.
In December 2022, the highest-priced area to purchase a property was City of Edinburgh, where the average price was £329,797. In contrast, the lowest-priced area to purchase a property was Inverclyde, where the average price was £124,993.
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 was particularly important in the year from March 2020, as measures to counter COVID-19 affected the volume of transactions within the market, making trends between months and between years 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 October 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.
- Information on individual property purchase prices is available for free via our ScotLIS service.
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- All average prices reported from the UK HPI are geometric means, which will typically be closer to the median than the arithmetic mean.↩
- Figures quoted in this release are not subject to seasonal adjustment. With seasonal adjustment, the decrease in house prices was 1.4%.↩
- Due to there being 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 2022 because November 2022 and December 2022 figures are likely to change when more recent sales applications data are received.↩
- Comparison between the latest provisional estimate for October 2022 with the original provisional estimate for October 2021 as recorded before final figures available. The final revised volume of sales in October 2021 was 10,429 an annual decrease of 14.2 per cent in October 2022. However, the sales volume for October 2022 is still subject to revision.↩
- Orkney Islands, Shetland Islands and Na h-Eileanan Siar increased by 17.7 per cent, 15.6 per cent and 12.5 per cent respectively. Local authority areas where sales volumes within the 12 months to October 2022 represent less than 1.0 per cent of all Scotland sales volume are excluded from the figures used for highlighting purposes due to the volatility of the market in these areas.↩