An analysis of commercial property sales during the first quarter of 2019 from the Scottish Property Federation claims that total the value of sales in Scotland fell by 21 per cent compared to the same period in 2018.
The drop in value was largely driven by fewer high-value transactions for this period, with the number of £5m+ sales down by nearly one-third compared to Q1 2018.
The SPF analysis shows a 21 per cent year-on-year decrease in sales by value in Q1 2019, with the value of commercial property sales in the quarter totalling £763m. The SPF also reported £3.03bn in property sales across Scotland for the last four quarters, the lowest rolling annual total since Q2 2014.
The Capital recorded a total value of £264m in commercial property sales, accounting for 35 per cent of the total value of commercial property sales in Scotland.
Aberdeen also saw commercial property sales recover against the previous quarter, with an increase from £14m to £41m. However, year-on-year, the total value of Aberdeen’s sales fell sharply by £125m. Glasgow experienced a decrease in the total value of sales by £26m from the previous quarter but rose by £49m on Q1 2018.
Nineteen per cent of the total value of Scotland’s commercial property sales in Q1 2019 occurred in Glasgow, totalling £171m. “David Melhuish, Director of the SPF, commented:”The sales report for Q1 2019 shows a clear fall in total value of commercial property sales compared to the previous year.
“However, the sales data does underline the current strength of Edinburgh’s commercial property market, with the Capital accounting for 35 per cent of the Scottish market by value. The investment data also highlights the rise in investor appetite for alternative property asset classes, such as hotels and build-to-rent. For investors, Edinburgh remains a hotspot, while more broadly, low growth and lack of certainty in the economy is weighing down on activity.”