UK House Price Index figures for August 2020
Three key figures for August 2020:
- £155,191 The average price of a property in Scotland
- 0.6% The annual price change of a property in Scotland
- 0.4% 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 August 2020 reflects transactions that took place up to the end of August.
Reinstating the publication
The UK HPI publication was temporarily suspended in May 2020 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 price trends that would be representative of any true transaction activity within the housing market.
Although fewer transactions are available than usual for the August 2020 UK HPI, RoS and our UK HPI partners have agreed that the UK HPI meets the required standards for publishing. Given the reduction, however, these estimates June be subject to increased volatility, particularly at lower geographical levels where transaction volumes are smaller.
Provisional statistics for August
Comparing with the previous month, house prices in Scotland increased by 0.4 per cent between July 2020 and August 2020.
The UK average house price was £239,196 which was an increase of 2.5 per cent on August 2019 and an increase of 0.7 per cent on the previous month.
The volume of residential sales in Scotland in June 2020 was 3,789, a decrease of 58.0 per cent on the original provisional estimate for June 2019. This compares with a decrease of 34.7 per cent in England, 51.2 per cent in Wales, and 68.3 per cent in Northern Ireland (Quarter 2 – 2020 compared with same quarter in the previous year).
Commenting on the volume figures in Scotland, Accountable Officer Janet Egdell said:
“These figures clearly show the impact on housing market activity of the measures introduced to tackle the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
“The government guidance at the time was for housing transactions to be postponed and rescheduled wherever possible (this was relaxed on 29 June 2020). Throughout this period Registers of Scotland delivered a range of digital solutions to support those transactions that could go ahead safely while adhering to government guidance.
“In subsequent months we have seen a significant amount of this delayed activity come through for registration.”
In Scotland, semi-detached properties showed the largest increase, rising by 2.7 per cent in the year to August 2020 to £165,019 Flatted properties showed a decrease, falling by 1.6 per cent in the year to August 2020 to £109,939.
Average price increases were recorded in the majority (18) of local authorities, when comparing prices with the previous year. The largest increase was in Clackmannanshire where the average price increased by 6.2 per cent to £135,443. The largest decrease was recorded in Inverclyde, where the average price fell by 11.2 per cent to £94,510.
In August 2020, the highest-priced area to purchase a property was City of Edinburgh, where the average price was £284,654. In contrast, the lowest-priced area to purchase a property was Inverclyde, where the average price was £94,510.
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.