What's been happening in the East Lothian property market?
East Lothian property market data - key points
- During the three months of June-August 2021, the average property selling price across East Lothian was £290,229 – 7.2% higher than the same period last year.
- The volume of property sales in East Lothian increased by 108.3% year-on-year.
- The number of East Lothian properties coming to market decreased by 13.4%.
- The median time for a property in East Lothian to go under offer was 12 days – 15 days quicker than both 2020 and 2019.
- The average percentage of Home Report valuation attained in East Lothian was 109.2%, up 7.3% points on 2020.
During the three months of June-August 2021, the average property selling price across East Lothian was £290,229 – 7.2% higher than the same period last year.
One-bedroom flats in Musselburgh were the most affordable type of property in East Lothian, with an average selling price of £142,744.
The volume of property sales in East Lothian increased by 108.3% year-on-year during June-August 2021, as buyers looked for coastal and countryside properties to call home.
These figures may be slightly skewed by the fact that June 2020 was still largely affected by heavy lockdown restrictions, so it may be fairer to compare this to 2019’s figures, which are fractionally lower than the levels of sales we are seeing in 2021.
This trend may also be due to the increase in buyers looking for homes with additional space to accommodate homeworking, private gardens or even detached, more rural properties, along with good commuter links to Edinburgh.
In particular, Musselburgh had the largest volume of property sales compared to other towns in East Lothian, up 134.2% on June-August 2020. Haddington and Tranent also experienced increased levels of property sales year-on-year, up 121.1% and 117.6% respectively.
The number of East Lothian properties coming to market decreased by 13.4% compared to 2020, a figure which is also lower than the levels we saw in 2019. This may be due to property owners seeing no need to sell; the reduced need for commuting and the popular attractions, coastline and open spaces of East Lothian may mean that owners are less inclined to sell their properties, even as buyer demand increases. The reduced levels of property coming to market may in turn affect buyer activity, as demand starts to outstrip supply – we can expect to see prices increase in line with this, as buyers turn to overbidding to secure a property.
Homes in East Lothian were selling faster from June to August 2021, compared to the previous year.
The median time for a property in East Lothian to go under offer was 12 days – 15 days quicker than both 2020 and 2019.
52.2% of East Lothian homes went to a closing date during this time, up from 17.9% during June-August 2020, and 17.6% in the same period of 2019, as demand for properties intensified post-lockdown.
Between June and August 2021, the average percentage of Home Report valuation attained by houses and flats in East Lothian was 109.2%, up 7.3% points on 2020. This figure was higher than anywhere else in Edinburgh, the Lothians, Fife and the Borders.
Dunbar properties achieved the highest percentage of Home Report valuation, averaging at 119%.
Buyer demand increases across East Lothian
Paul Hilton, CEO of ESPC, said: “The past three months present a clear picture that the demand for homes in East Lothian remains strong.
“We’ve seen a continual increase in the average selling price of properties, with some particular locations appearing in especially high demand, such as North Berwick, Dunbar and Musselburgh. Homes are selling faster, there’s been a sharp increase in the number of closing dates set, and buyers are willing to pay more over Home Report valuation than anywhere else across Edinburgh, the Lothians, Fife and the Borders, which shows just how strong the desire is for homes in this region.
“We expect to see prices continue to rise if the current demand for properties continues to outweigh supply. This may well be a likely scenario, as there appears to be a permanent shift towards a flexible-working lifestyle, meaning buyers feel more confident to purchase a coastal or countryside home that offers them easy access back into Edinburgh when needed.
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The above statistics are based on properties sold and listed by ESPC agents in East Lothian from June to August 2021, and compared to the same period last year.