Archive for the ‘Buying’ Category

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 […]

The latest UK House Price Index from Registers of Scotland shows the average price of a property in Scotland in December 2016 was £141,553 – a 3.5 per cent rise on the previous year – compared to the UK average of £219,544, up 7.2 per cent over the year. The volume of residential sales in […]

Scotland leads the UK in terms of mortgage affordability – assessed as the proportion of disposable earnings devotes do mortgage payments – says Bank of Scotland, whose data for the last quarter in 2016 showed average mortgage payments in Scotland were 19.8 per cent of disposable earnings, compared to 29.7 per cent for the rest […]

Competition remains fierce in the mortgage market and despite many banks claiming to launch their lowest products ever, research by Moneyfacts.co.uk shows building societies are the winners when it comes to the mortgage rate war. Finance expert Charlotte Nelson,  comments: ” Building societies are making their mark on the mortgage market, leaving the banks behind […]

Edinburgh’s £750 million Quartermile development has won gold for a record-breaking third time at the annual WhatHouse? Awards – the housebuilding industry’s Oscars. Previous winners of the top award for Best Mixed Use Development in 2010 and 2014, Queartemile’s managing director, Paul Curran says: ” We are enormoulsy proud to be the first to win […]

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