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The latest UK House Price Index from Registers Scotland shows the average price of a property in Scotland in March this year was £137,139 – up 0.7 per cent compared to March 2016, albeit one per cent less compared to the previous month – while the UK average of £215,848 is 4.1 per cent higher […]

Following on from Registers of Scotland’s latest quarterly statistics, which revealed the overall volume of house sales in Scotland has recently increased, CKD Galbraith’s quarterly statistics reflect this national trend. They highlight Dumfries and Galloway as an area that is receiving significant interest from house buyers, with viewings up by 66 per cent over the […]

New research conducted by the Energy Saving Trust has revealed that a lack of storage and difficulty keeping rooms warm are the nation’s biggest household bugbears. It also says that when it comes to looking for a new home, 63 per cent of people prioritise greater warmth as a feature to look for, yet only […]

Funding of £300,000 from the Scottish Government will enable communities in Scotland to have a direct role – together with design experts – in making their towns and villages better places to live. Available as two grant schemes, the Design Charrettes programme will bring together the public, stakeholders and designers to draw up viable proposals, […]

There has been a marked rise of four per cent on the average property price in Scotland compared to the previous year. With the figure increasing to £141,142 in May 2016, there was also an increase of 2.8 per cent compared to the previous month. The latest UK House Price Index from Registers of Scotland also […]

Housing associations have welcomed the end of the right to buy policy in Scotland after more than 30 years. MSPs voted in 2014 to scrap the scheme, introduced by Margaret Thatcher’s government in the 1980s. Right to buy has been blamed for a shortage of housing in the social rental sector and a deadline of two […]

Houses that lie empty for long periods are not good for neighbours, the local community, and above all else, the 150,000 people in Scotland who, according to the housing and homelessness charity Shelter Scotland, are on the waiting list for a home. However, the annual report published by the Scottish Empty Homes Partnership (SEHP), which is […]

New research from Savills Retirement Living business in Scotland reveals a cautious approach to retirement living by developers and builders is underpinning the shortage of appropriate homes for the country’s ageing population and says a more collaborative and creative approach involving landowners, planners and developers is needed to cater for this growing target group of […]

The introduction of the Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT) last year ago was designed to make buying a home in the lower to mid prices range more affordable – and having had time to assess its impact, the evidence a year down the line shows the new tax has led to a whopping 11 […]

Current upheavals aside, the total value of the residential sales market in Scotland from 2006 to 2016 was just over £148.2 billion, according to a new report published today by Registers of Scotland (RoS) which details the trends over the decade’s peak years, and in the wake of the economic downturn. Kenny Crawford, RoS’ director of […]

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