Oil keeps Westhill as most expensive town to buy a home

+ADw-p+AD4-Westhill in Aberdeenshire remains the most expensive town to buy a home, according to new research from Bank of Scotland.+ADw-/p+AD4
+ADw-p+AD4-The average house price has risen by more than +AKM-110,000 since Scotland last took part in the World Cup.+ADw-/p+AD4
+ADw-p+AD4-With the 2018 tournament beginning in Russia on Thursday, Bank of Scotland research showed house prices have increase by 175+ACU in the last 20 years from +AKM-63,559 in 1998 to +AKM-174,712 today.+ADw-/p+AD4
+ADw-p+AD4-Westhill+AKA-remains the most expensive town. In 1998, Westhill properties came with an average price tag of +AKM-91,746 but today cost +AKM-250,787.+ADw-/p+AD4
+ADw-p+AD4-Inverness has seen the biggest increase in prices, with the 1998 average +AKM-53,118 compared with +AKM-190,537 now.+ADw-/p+AD4
+ADw-p+AD4-When Craig Brown last took Scotland to the World Cup, Edinburgh was only the eighth most expensive place to buy a home in Scotland with an average price tag of +AKM-77,257 but that has risen to +AKM-168,806.+ADw-/p+AD4
+ADw-p+AD4-It is not just house prices that have doubled, with the average price of a pint of lager standing at +AKM-1.89 when Scotland opened France +IBk-98 against Brazil. The average pint now costs +AKM-3.63.+ADw-/p+AD4
+ADw-p+AD4-Graham Blair, mortgage director at Bank of Scotland, said: +IBw-The increase in house prices in the capital shouldn+IBk-t come as any shock but our research also shows a real boom in commuter areas such as Fife, with prices sky-rocketing over the last 20 years.+ADw-/p+AD4
+ADw-p+AD4gHA-Elsewhere, towns like Westhill near Aberdeen have seen the benefits of the oil and gas industry, with Westhill 2.7 times more expensive than in 1998.+IB0APA-/p+AD4

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