Edinburgh property market is showings signs of balancing, reports property PR expert

by Chris Fairbairn

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

A photo of David Marshall, Operations Director at Warners as part of Property PR storyEDINBURGH’S housing market is showing initial signs of ‘a return to equilibrium’, according to one of the capital’s leading estate agents.

Warners Solicitors & Estate Agents reported a 20% growth in the number of properties it has brought to the market in the first quarter of 2017 compared with the same time period in 2016 – as well as a 20% year on year increase for March.

David Marshall, Operations Director at Warners Solicitors & Estate Agents, said:  “It is no secret that the Edinburgh property market favoured sellers in the past year, with demand outstripping supply and strong house price growth throughout the market.

“These high prices haven’t led to a rise in the number of homes coming onto the market however. In fact many potential sellers over the last year have delayed  putting their home onto the market until they find somewhere that they wish to buy, further fuelling the supply shortfall, leading to quicker sales and an upwards pressure being exerted on house prices.

“We are now seeing tentative signs that this phenomenon is beginning to relax as more people in the city appear ready to take the plunge and put their property onto the market.”

David added: “Although people often think of rising prices as being a good thing, the reality is that it very much depends on your situation. Downsizers in particular are likely to have benefited from market conditions over the last year, as have investors. On the other hand, conditions are naturally tough for first-time buyers who will frequently find themselves being outbid at closing dates.”

“Whilst the market still remains tilted in favour of sellers, a continuing improvement in supply would help the market to balance itself out, and in the long run could ease some of the pressure on buyers.”

During the first quarter of the year, almost 80% of the properties sold through Warners achieved a selling price that exceeded their Home Report valuation – up from 56% during the same period last year.

By contrast, less than 10% of homes sold were bought for a price below their Home Report valuation during the first three months of 2017, well below the figure of 34% a year ago.

Warners operates three property centres in Edinburgh and is one of the capital’s leading estate agents for property transactions.

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Chris Fairbairn of Scottish public relations agency, Holyrood PR in Edinburgh

Chris Fairbairn

Chris Fairbairn is a PR account manager with award-winning public relations agency Holyrood Partnership. He is part of an expert PR team delivering PR services to a wide range of clients from headquarters in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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