Sell now to beat the rush

Win­ter prop­erty mar­ket is be­ing favoured by buy­ers to avoid over­sat­u­ra­tion in the spring

The Herald - Scotland's Homes - - News - Bev­er­ley Brown

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.”

Brav­ery needed

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.

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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

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