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Scottish house prices drop 3.7% in past three months

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Image caption The number of domestic property sales in Scotland had increased in spring

Scottish house prices fell by 3.7% in the past three months, according to Lloyds TSB Scotland.

The bank's Scottish house price monitor reported the average Scottish house price was £152,565, almost the same level as early 2007.

In the three months ending July 2011, the quarterly price index for the average domestic property in Scotland fell by 3.7%.

The number of sales was reported to be low, but had increased since winter.

House purchases recorded in the last quarter was 27% up on the previous three months.

However, the number of housing market transactions were still less than half pre-recession figures.

Donald MacRae, chief economist for Lloyds TSB Scotland, said: "The Scottish housing market has adjusted to the recession with a halving of sales and a period of volatile price movement over the last three-and-a-half years.

"Average house prices in Scotland are now only marginally up on the levels of four-and-a-half years ago."

A drop in disposable income because of retail inflation exceeding earning increases had hit consumer confidence, he said.

Mr MacRae added: "The Scottish housing market did experience the normal effect of spring this year on sales and purchases but the impact was muted.

"The Scottish housing market awaits a resurgence of both business and consumer confidence for a faster recovery."

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