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1. Headline statistics in February 2018
the average price of a property in Scotland was
the annual price change of a property in Scotland was
the monthly price change of a property in Scotland was
the index figure for Scotland (January 2015 = 100) was
Estimates for the most recent months are provisional and are likely to be updated as more data is incorporated into the index. Read the revision policies.
Next publication of UK HPI
The March 2018 UK HPI will be published at 9.30am on Wednesday 23 May 2018. See the calendar of release dates.
2. Price change
2.1 Annual price change
Annual price change for Scotland over the past 5 years
In Scotland, the average price increased by 6.2% in the year to February 2018 (down from 7.2% in the year to January 2018).
Annual price change by local authority for Scotland
Low numbers of sales transactions in some local authorities, such as Orkney Islands, Na h-Eileanan Siar and Shetland Islands, can lead to volatility in the series.
While we make efforts to account for this volatility, the change in price in these local levels can be influenced by the type and number of properties sold in any given period.
Geographies with low number of sales transactions should be analysed in the context of their longer-term trends rather than focusing on monthly movements.
|Local authorities||February 2018||February 2017||Difference|
|Argyll and Bute||£144,404||£127,465||13.3%|
|City of Aberdeen||£159,653||£162,123||-1.5%|
|City of Dundee||£116,910||£116,482||0.4%|
|City of Edinburgh||£250,986||£225,668||11.2%|
|City of Glasgow||£126,216||£117,168||7.7%|
|Dumfries and Galloway||£124,828||£119,315||4.6%|
|Na h-Eileanan Siar||£98,563||£105,862||-6.9%|
|Perth and Kinross||£178,240||£173,319||2.8%|
All sales received for registration with an entry date (date of ownership of the property) within the report date range are now allocated to a local authority where previously sales not allocated to a local authority were omitted in the reports. We will monitor the impact of this over the coming months.
Average price by local authority for Scotland
In February 2018, the most expensive area to live in was City of Edinburgh, where the cost of an average house was £251,000.
In contrast, the cheapest area to purchase a property was East Ayrshire, where an average house cost £95,000.
2.2 Average price change by property type
Average price change by property type for Scotland
|Property type||February 2018||February 2017||Difference|
|Flat or maisonette||£104,335||£98,130||6.3%|
3. Sales volumes
Due to a period of 2 to 8 weeks between completion and registration of sales, volume figures for the most recent two months are not yet at a reliable level for reporting, so they are not included in the report.
Sales volume data is also available by property status (new build and existing property) and funding status (cash and mortgage) in our downloadable data tables. Transactions involving the creation of a new register, such as new builds, are more complex and require more time to process. Read Revisions to the UK HPI data for more information.
3.1 Sales volumes by local authority
Sales volumes for Scotland by local authority
|Local authorities||December 2017||December 2016||Difference|
|Argyll and Bute||123||143||-14.0%|
|City of Aberdeen||330||352||-6.3%|
|City of Dundee||207||216||-4.2%|
|City of Edinburgh||973||1,012||-3.9%|
|City of Glasgow||916||984||-6.9%|
|Dumfries and Galloway||164||181||-9.4%|
|Na h-Eileanan Siar||27||33||-18.2%|
|Perth and Kinross||233||261||-10.7%|
3.2 Sales volumes
Sales volumes for Scotland over the past 5 years
|Date||Sales volumes for Scotland|
4. Property status
New build and existing resold property for Scotland
|Property status||Average price December 2017||Monthly change||Annual change|
|Existing resold property||£143,538||-1.0%||5.4%|
Note: since the October 2017 release, amendments have been made to our estimation model when calculating our provisional estimate. Find out further information and the impact of this change in Improvement to the calculation of provisional estimates within the UK HPI.
5. Buyer status
First time buyer and former owner occupier for Scotland
|Type of buyer||Average price February 2018||Monthly change||Annual change|
|First time buyer||£116,406||-2.5%||6.2%|
|Former owner occupier||£173,513||-2.8%||6.1%|
6. Funding status
Cash and mortgage indicator for Scotland
|Funding status||Average price February 2018||Monthly change||Annual change|
7. Access the data
8. About the UK House Price Index
The UK House Price Index (UK HPI) is calculated by the Office for National Statistics and Land & Property Services Northern Ireland. Find out about the methodology used to create the UK HPI.
Data for the UK House Price Index is provided by HM Land Registry, Registers of Scotland, The Land & Property Services/Northern Ireland Statistics & Research Agency and the Valuation Office Agency.
Find out more about the UK House Price Index.
9. Contact for Scotland queries
Ailsa Robertson, Land & Property Data Team Manager, Registers of Scotland
Telephone 0131 659 6111 Ext. 6387