Six of the top ten towns experiencing large price gains in real estate over the past ten years throughout the United Kingdom (UK) are located in Scotland, according to the latest House Price Per Square Metre Survey. The town of Peterhead leads the top ten with a gain of 160% in property value over the past ten years, and the nearby town of Inverurie came in second with a gain of 142%. The region has been experiencing surging growth thanks to success in the oil sector, but is also putting up big numbers because property values were among the lowest in the region in 2001. The survey revealed only 12 towns in the UK that have seen price increases exceeding values reached in 2007. For more on this continue reading the following article from Property Wire.
Scotland and the North of England command the top ten positions in a new list of house price performance in the UK, according to research from Halifax published today (Tuesday 25 October).
The House Price Per Square Metre Survey examines the movement in house prices on an average price per square metre basis in 467 UK towns, including 32 London boroughs which have been classified as towns for this research.
It says that average price per square metre is a useful measure for house price comparison, helping to adjust for differences in property size and type across areas.
Six of the top ten towns and all of the top four with the highest house price growth on a per square metre basis over the past ten years are in Scotland. Peterhead has recorded the largest gain in average price per square metre over the past ten years. The Aberdeenshire town has seen an increase of 160% to £1,254 per square meter in 2011 from £481 per square meter in 2001.
Inverurie, another Aberdeenshire town, has experienced the second largest gain in the UK, up 142% since 2001, followed by Montrose with an increase of 135%. The other four towns in the top ten are all in northern England.
The majority of towns that have seen the highest price growth over the past decade had relatively low prices in 2001. Strong economic growth over the decade as a whole has also helped to drive up prices in many of those areas that have seen substantial price gains. This is apparent in several towns in Aberdeenshire where the economy has been stimulated by the strong performance of the oil sector.
Ten towns with the smallest rises since 2001 are all in Northern Ireland and southern England. House prices in Belfast, up 25%, and Lisburn, up 31%, have increased the least on a per square metre basis since 2001. Four of the ten towns with the smallest gains are in Northern Ireland with the remainder all in southern England. The majority of towns recording the smallest rises over the decade had relatively high prices in 2001.
The average price per square metre is currently higher than in 2007 in only 12 areas in the UK. Epping has seen the biggest rise over this period of 12%) The two best performers over the last decade as a whole have also seen increases since 2007 with Peterhead at7% and Inverurie at 10%. There are five London boroughs amongst these 12 areas where prices are currently higher than in 2007, including Westminster, up 5%, and Islington, up 4%, reflecting the general outperformance of the London market compared with the rest of the country in the past two years.
This article was republished with permission from Property Wire.