Archive for the ‘Buying’ Category

Despite the EU Referendum, this year’s General Election, higher rates of taxation than the rest of the UK and a chronic lack of supply, Scotland is experiencing the strongest property market since 2008. Should the Scottish Government reconsider LBTT rates then the property market has the potential to rival the performance of other markets around the […]

House sales in Fife are looking promising, driven in part by the new Queensferry Crossing set to significantly shorten commuting times to Edinburgh. During the second quarter of 2017 property firm Galbraith reported a 35 per cent increase in residential sales in Fife compared with the same period last year. George Lorimer, a partner with Galbraith […]

If you love older, characterful properties, you may find yourself eyeing up a listed building as a potential home. They certainly make charming places to live but how does listed status actually affect your ownership? Well, in Scotland there are three categories of listed building. Category A buildings are of national importance in terms of […]

New research from Bank of Scotland reveals Edinburgh is the most expensive property location on a per square metre basis at £2,492 compared to the Scottish average of £1,529. Our capital is the only centre in Scotland to have an average house price per square metre higher than the British average of £2,260. Bank of […]

New build homes are dominating my life at present, both in the news and in my roving role as one of the judges for the Herald’s annual property awards. The former included the official launch of two showhomes at Mactaggart & Mickel Homes’ Red Lion development in Newton Mearns, a challenging elevated site comprising 17 three, […]

Energy efficiency and security top homebuyers’ property “must-have” features with good central heating systems, double glazing, and secure doors and windows top priorities. Buyers also rate a good broadband connection over friendly neighbours, gardens rather than garages, and a reliable mobile phone signal as opposed to a landline phone connection. Good schools, open-plan kitchens, living […]

Demand for traditional properties over £500,000 has boosted Perthshire’s property market, according to property consultancy CKD Galbraith which reports a 10 per cent increase in sales – and a 19 per cent increase in viewings – during the first quarter of 2017. Areas singled out by the firm as seeing particularly high demand include Aberfeldy, […]

New build in the North East of Scotland is booming. Within the last week it has been announced that the new investment has secured the next stage of Chapelton, Scotland’s largest planned new town. Work is now under way of ambitious plans for a further 250 homes, luxury retirement village from Liberty Retirement Living and […]

The Scottish Government has announced the maximum property value eligible for the Help to Buy (Scotland) scheme will remain at the recently downscaled rate of £200,000 until March 2019, rather than the planned reduction to £175,000 due to be introduced on April 1, 2018. The scheme, which helps home buyers purchase a new build property […]

Once upon a time, in a land not so far away, there was a thing known as “empty nest syndrome”. This was when middle-aged parents waved off the last of their chicks as they came of age and left to make their way in the world. One minute they were there, cluttering up the family […]

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