Sell now to beat the rush
Winter property market is being favoured by buyers to avoid oversaturation in the spring
SELLERS are advised to get houses on the market before the spring rush as buyers are increasingly setting out in winter to find their dream home. This is the advice from Hannah Christiansen, head of residential sales at CKD Galbraith’s Aberdeen office who says: “Buyers are becoming more active during the winter months and we would encourage sellers to start marketing prior to the spring selling period when the market can become heavily saturated.”
This comes with the welcome news that there was an increase in residential sales across Aberdeenshire for the final quarter of 2016, giving rise to a feeling of optimism for the region. The office sold twice as many properties as in the same quarter of 2015, with viewings and prospective buyer registrations also rising.
There is a similarly optimistic outlook in Ayrshire, according to the firm, which reports a 54 per cent rise in the number of sales during the last quarter of 2016 compared to the same period the previous year.
Lower house prices and lifestyle benefits are fuelling increased demand from buyers across the country for homes in Ayrshire.
Bob Cherry, head of residential sales at CKD Galbraith’s Ayr office, says: “We now operate in a twelve-month market and our viewing figures demonstrate a healthy buyer appetite which should be seized upon now by sellers. Ayrshire is an increasingly popular option for those priced out of a progressively more expensive Glasgow market.
Buyers are now recognising the value for money and lifestyle options on offer here, with many sought after rural family homes available under the £350,000 mark.”
PLANS announced in parliament last week by communities secretary Sajid Javid to boost the supply of new homes in England, prompted calls for a similarly bold approach to solve Scotland’s housing crisis.
The Housing White Paper set out measures to ensure the right homes are built in the right place as well as looking at ways to build homes faster and diversify the housing market – all equally applicable north of the border.
Nicola Barclay, chief executive of industry body Homes for Scotland, comments: “We need to move away from thinking of housing policy in terms of election cycles and nar- rowly focusing on ‘affordable housing’ and instead look at the requirements for all tenures over the next 15 to 20 years.”
Design of the times
TWO interior design students from Edinburgh College who won an interior design competition run by Miller Homes, have seen their winning designs come to fruition in a newly opened Douglas showhouse at Miller’s Kings Gate development in Gilmerton.
Dawn Hope, 25, from Leith and Miroslawa Gembolis 37, from Musselburgh, beat of stiff competition from students at the college with designs that the judges deemed “creative and well thought out and capturing the essence of the Miller Homes brand”.
Dawn’s hare-inspired nursery is now on show on the top floor of the four bedroomed showhouse, while downstairs, Miroslawa’s elegant lounge incorporates aqua and copper accents.
Look back in pride
WHILE overseas visitors become starryeyed over Scotland’s historic attractions, those of us who live here often fail to see, let alone appreciate, the wonders of our built environment.
It is hoped Scotland’s officially designated Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology will change that with opportunities to see ancient house remains.
Check out www.visitscotland.com for more details.
GET A MOVE ON: Hannah Christiansen of CKD Galbraith advises sellers to to get their homes on the market in spring.
TALENT: Dawn Hope and Miroslawa Gembolis