Property Market Update November 2018

Property Market Update November 2018

11 Dec Property Market Update November 2018

Seller confidence and buyer demand remain strong in east central Scotland property market 

During September and November 2018, there was a substantial year on year increase in the volume of properties coming onto the market in east central Scotland, with the number of listings up 14.1% when comparing the same period last year. In Edinburgh, the number of homes coming to market rose by 5.5% between September and November. This continued increasing trend is a positive sign for buyers, indicating an ongoing confidence of sellers, despite the uncertainty surrounding Brexit.

The number of properties sold during this period increased by 1.4% annually. This increase is the positive result of an increasing number of homes being brought to market in recent months.

Average selling price in east central Scotland

The average selling price in east central Scotland rose to £246,142 between September and November 2018, which is a 5.3% increase annually. In Edinburgh, the median selling price was £268,175 which was a 5.7% increase compared to the same period last year.

Selling trends

Two-bedroom flats in the coastal areas of Portobello and Joppa saw the most significant year on year increase in average selling prices, increasing by 22.5% to £254,442. Two bed flats in Trinity, Newhaven and Inverleith also increased by 18.7% to £258,898.

One-bedroom flats in Polwarth, Shandon and Tollcross reached the highest average percentage over Home Report valuation at 111.9%, followed by one-bedroom flats in Dalry, Gorgie, Slateford and Chesser which achieved 109.8% of their valuation on average.

Average selling price of three-bedroom properties in Liberton and Gilmerton fell by 11.3% to £227,523.

During the period September to November 2018, the average selling price of properties in West Lothian rose by 12.2% to £185,358. In East Lothian, the average selling price rose by 11.7% to £242,689.

Selling times 

One-bedroom flats in Leith Walk, Easter Road, Pilrig and Bonnington and two-bedroom flats in New Town and West End were the quickest to sell, with a median selling time of just13 days.

The top selling property type from September to November 2018 was two-bedroom flats in Leith, followed by three-bedroom houses in Dunfermline and two-bedroom flats in Newington.

Brexit and the east central Scotland property market

Jamie Fraser-Davidson, Business Analyst at ESPC, said: “Despite approaching Brexit, it appears seller confidence in the east central Scotland property market is staying strong with the number of homes coming to market continuing to increase compared to last year. Average selling prices are also rising steadily, and properties are regularly achieving their Home Report valuation, as well as short selling times, indicating that the significant demand from buyers continues.

“The outcome of next week’s Parliament vote on the Brexit deal may have an impact on the confidence of both buyers and sellers in the east central Scotland property market and it will be interesting to monitor the effects of this over the next few months. However, regardless of the result, we expect the east central Scotland property market to be relatively resilient throughout the changes that leaving the EU will bring, in comparison to other areas of the UK, some of which are starting to show signs of stress.”


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