House sales in the Capital near 3000 in last quarter

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ALMOST 3,000 homes were sold in Edinburgh in the last quarter, new figures reveal.

The Capital had the highest number of residential house sales in the country , at 2,901, up by a third on the previous year.

The highest priced properties during the quarter were in Edinburgh, where the average home changed hands for £222,759.

Some 24,274 homes changed hands in Scotland from July to September in Scotland, up 22.5% on the same quarter in 2012.

It was the highest quarterly sales total recorded since the same period in 2008, according to Registers of Scotland, which said the figure marks a "significant departure" from recent trends.

The total value of sales registered in the latest quarter also increased significantly, rising by more than 24% to over £3.92 billion.

The average Scottish price of a home now stands at £161,748.

Registers of Scotland commercial services director Kenny Crawford said: “This quarter’s figures are one of the strongest indicators yet of a revitalised Scottish property market.

“This is the fourth consecutive quarter that volumes have increased, maintaining the upward trend.”