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THE VOICE OF PROPERTY BEVERLEY BROWN
Il FaMily-owned housebuilder Mactaggart & Mickel Group has raised more than £5000 for charity in the last few months by hosting a number of fund-raising events, from bowling to football and golf, as part of its Summer of Sport. director andrew Mickel said: “This is a great result – and a great way for our employees to contribute to charities across the country while taking part in fun sporting events.” hear on the grapevine that a crew from the popular television programme homes Under the hammer will be filming auction house Scotland’s debut sale, which takes place on Thursday august 29.
Glasgow-based auctioneer ross harper says the first sale is notable for the sheer variety of properties that will be going under the hammer – which includes a four-bedroom upper conversion in Bothwell with a guide price of £250,000 to £280,000.
harper said: “The owners want to sell the house so they have been realistic with the price, knowing they can sell it in a fast and final sale, which is precisely what an auction allows you to do.”
More than 50 lots are scheduled, including a one-bedroom flat in Cessnock, Glasgow (guide price £40,000 with a home report valuation of £56,000), and a holiday cottage in huntly, aberdeenshire (guide price £75,000).
The sale starts at 7.30pm at the Grand Central hotel, Glasgow.
Summer of sport
From fast and final sales and some fund-raising frolics to a family-friendly fairway, and fielding phantom queries
And I live at the 19th
l hoUSe hunters looking to improve their golf handicap or fitness levels might like Fairview house, a detached property in a semi-rural setting by dunmore within commuting distance of Stirling, Glasgow and edinburgh.
Built in 2002, it has a leisure wing with swimming pool, sauna, shower and solarium – and a full-size, par-three minigolf course with irrigation system, four all-weather chipping areas and practice bunkers in the 1.6-acre garden, which also has a hot tub to relax in afterwards.
The property itself has three reception rooms, large dining kitchen, l-shaped main bedroom suite with private balcony, dressing area and en-suite shower room, and four further double bedrooms. The detached triple garage has extensive office accommodation above, which could make an ideal granny flat subject to the necessary consents. Slater hogg & howison’s Stirling office is marketing Fairview house at offers over £840,000.
Er, I beg your pardon?
l The annual ‘silly season’ invariably results in a plethora of trivial surveys, but this one made me laugh. residential property experts Move with Us have revealed some of the questions estate agents are asked during viewings. amazingly, 19% of viewers’ questions were about ghosts, with agents being asked if they were aware of any spirits in the property. one viewer tried to connect to the ‘other side’ in a hall just to make sure, while another welcomed spirits in the house as she “likes the company”.
of the 13% of questions about what is included in the property purchase, one viewer asked if the vendor would be prepared to include the parrot, while questions asked about animals included: “does the roof have a squirrel problem?”, “do the cows moo loudly?” and “how many cats do all the neighbours have?”. Flummoxed estate agents were also asked: “is the kitchen inside or outside?”, “Can i try before i buy?” and “is there insulation in the garden?”
what’s even more incredible is that estate agents up and down the land will have heard it all before – or something equally bizarre. There’s nowt as weird as folk right enough, especially in the property market.
FAIRVIEW HOUSE: pictured above, has its own mini-golf course, left.
BOTHWELL: £250,000 to £280,000 guide.