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West Dunbartonshire is cheapest place in mainland Scotland to buy property

The average house price in West Dunbartonshire has risen by more than eight percent over the last year, however the area is now the cheapest in mainland Scotland to buy a property.

Data published last week by chartered surveyors Walker Fraser Steele shows that the average price of a property in the area increased from £132,003 in September of 2020 to £143,566 in September of this year.

The latest figures mean that West Dunbartonshire currently sits as the second cheapest location in Scotland to purchase property – ahead of only the Western Isles.

Sizable rises in Inverclyde and East Ayrshire have seen it overtake West Dunbartonshire at the foot of the table.

The local figure was well below the Scottish average house price of £212,832, with neighbouring East Dunbartonshire remaining one of the most expensive places in the country to buy property – with an average price of £288,545.

In Argyll and Bute, which includes Cardross and Helensburgh, meanwhile the average price increased by a whopping 19.3 percent over the past year to £202,600 – making it the 12th most expensive local authority to buy in.

Alan Penman, business development manager at Walker Fraser Steele, said: “At the end of August we reported that the average Scottish house price stood at £211,029 – at that point a new record high.

“This September we have seen the upward momentum continue. Scotland’s average house price at the end of September stands at £212,832, which sets yet another record, having risen by some £2,200 – or one percent – in the month.

“More generally prices rose in 19 of the 32 Local Authority areas in Scotland.

“This underlines how property at the top-end continues to underpin this growth as people opt for more space and continue to embrace working from home.

“September often provides momentum to the market too as it is not untypical for families to reassess their needs as the new school year gets underway.”

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