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Home owners in the Shetland Isles in the far north of Scotland have seen the value of their property increase by £39,311 or 31% since the trough of the last housing market cycle in 2009, new research shows. The situation has been helped by the islands having the highest employment rate in Scotland, according to the research by the Bank of Scotland. Aberdeen City has the second highest house price increase in Scotland since 2009, with property prices going up 21% or £38,275, followed by Aberdeenshire with a 16% increase of £33,022. The report notes that both are amongst the five areas in Scotland with the highest levels of employment over recent years and says that there is a clear link between levels of employment and house price performance in recent years. Those areas with the highest average levels of employment since 2009 have, on average, recorded bigger house price gains. For example, the five local authority districts (LADs) with the highest employment have experienced average house price rises of 14% or £23,462, since 2009, compared with an increase of 2% for Scotland as a whole. The average house price in the 10 LADs that recorded the highest employment rate between 2009 and 2015 rose by £9,554 or 6%. However, looking further afield to the top 20 LADs, they have seen an average increase of only 2% or £2,617, which is in line with the average for Scotland. In stark contrast, those areas with the highest levels of unemployment, as measured by the claimant count, have typically underperformed the Scottish average. The 20 areas with the highest levels of unemployment have recorded an average house price fall of 8% or £11,252. The five areas with the highest unemployment rate have seen a 7% drop in the value of their homes. ‘There has been a very clear relationship between conditions in the Scottish jobs market and house price performance during the period since the housing market downturn between 2007 and 2009. Those areas with high levels of employment have tended to record above average house price growth. Areas with high unemployment levels have, on the other hand, typically underperformed,’ said Nitesh Patel, economist at the Bank of Scotland. ‘The past few years have underlined the importance of local economic health in determining house price behaviour. Other factors, however, are also key drivers of house price trends including the strength, or otherwise, of housing supply,’ added Patel. Continue reading →
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