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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.

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