HOME owners have seen the value of their property climb by more than £11,000 during the first half of the year as a post-referendum bounce has brought a boost to the market, according to experts.

Across Britain, the average home piled £6,974 onto its value between January and the start of July, according to Zoopla, meaning that a typical property is now worth £270,674.

But Scotland experienced the highest rate of price growth, with property prices there having surged by £11,382 or 6.6 per cent over the first half of the year.

Edinburgh was the best-performing area, with house prices soaring by 8.2 per cent, equivalent to an £20,465 increase in the average home value in the city. Aberdeen was in third place, behind Colchester in Essex, with a 6.4 per cent - or £15,416 - rise over the half-year

Lawrence Hall, of Zoopla, said: “The real winner here is Scotland. The surge in property values can, in part, be explained as a post-referendum bounce, as businesses and capital flood back to Scotland, after withholding investment during the volatile September referendum period.

"A post-General Election feel-good factor must not be discounted as more devolution promised has given property prices a bounce as Scots anticipate more jobs and investment coming their way.”

Across Britain generally, property values are estimated by Zoopla to have increased by 2.7 per cent over the last six months.

Wales was named as the worst-performing region for property price increases over the first half of 2015, with a rise of one per cent, or £1,584.

In London, values have increased by £14,385, or 2.5% over the last six months, pushing the average property value there to £599,162.

Meanwhile, Rotherham topped the worst-performing list, with average property values there estimated to have dipped by £2,752 or 2.1% over the last six months. Wolverhampton, Newcastle, Middlesbrough and Bradford were also listed among the worst performers.

The findings are based on Zoopla's estimates of the current worth of property prices across Britain.

Zoopla spokesman Lawrence Hall said: "The strong regional figures across the board indicate an economy which is returning to health, with a series of Government incentives designed to encourage home-buying helping to boost demand for property in all parts of Britain."