21 Apr 2017

Property prices 'continue to soar' in Edinburgh

Property prices 'continue to soar' in Edinburgh

The housing market in east central Scotland continues to favour sellers due to a shortage of properties for sale.

ESPC also says in its latest house price report that there is little evidence of any impact from recent political changes, including Brexit and a possible second Scottish referendum.

There was an increase in average selling prices of 5.7% to £217,455 across east central Scotland in the first three months of this year compared to the first quarter of 2016.

The average selling price in Edinburgh city centre was up by 11.6%, in the New Town and West End the rise was 12.3%, in Morningside and Merchiston there was a jump of 18%, while the Stockbridge area had a hike of 16%.

Pressures

There was a 9.2% decrease in the number of properties being sold, which ESPC said was due to less availability of property rather than a lack of demand.

Other key points include:

  • The number of new homes brought to market between the months of January and March decreased by 4.9% year-on-year.
  • The median selling time in east central Scotland was 29.1% faster than January-March 2016, from 41 days down to 29 days. In Edinburgh, the median time to sell was 24 days.
  • 85.4% of properties listed between January and March 2017 were marketed as 'offers over', compared with 78% in the same period of 2016.

ESPC’s business analyst Maria Botha-Lopez said: “In the first quarter of 2017, the residential housing market across east central Scotland remained impervious to the uncertainties surrounding Brexit, the triggering of Article 50 and initial steps taken by the Scottish Government to seek a second referendum on independence.

“As has been the case over the last year, we are in a seller’s market. This means higher average selling prices, a shorter time to sell, and a likelihood for the selling price to achieve or exceed the Home Report valuation, particularly for those selling highly-sought-after homes in areas with high buyer demand.

“However, it should be noted that, while buyers can face fierce competition and the prospect of being outbid on properties in areas of high demand, it is worth considering areas within reasonable commuting distance where buyers can find more favourable prospects.”

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