New in­sights on rent­ing

In­sur­ance provider pub­lishes ebook with in-depth look at poli­cies and pro­vi­sion in Scot­land

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

LAND­LORD in­sur­ance provider HomeLet has re­leased a new ebook that uses ex­clu­sive data from its Rental In­dex to high­light trends in the Scot­tish rental mar­ket.

It also in­cludes in­sight from Dr John Boyle, Ret­tie’s di­rec­tor of re­search and strat­egy, ex­plor­ing the op­por­tu­ni­ties and threats to the Scot­tish rental mar­ket and in­cludes ad­di­tional com­pli­ca­tions for Scot­tish land­lords – such as the im­ple­men­ta­tion of ten­ancy re­form this year –in greater de­tail.

Ad­di­tional ex­pert com­ment comes from BBC prop­erty ex­pert, Henry Pryor, who analy­ses trends and wider is­sues in the rental mar­ket across the UK. To down­load a copy of the ebook visit

Tay­lor­ing a ca­reer

TAY­LOR Wim­pey is help­ing its pro­duc­tion staff in the west of Scot­land to fur­ther their ca­reers on ac­cred­ited train­ing.

The Pro­duc­tion Acad­emy is aligned to job lev­els and ca­reer paths and is de­signed to en­hance the skills of the com­pany’s site man­age­ment teams.

To date, five Tay­lor Wim­pey West Scot­land em­ploy­ees have been en­rolled in the scheme, which on com­ple­tion, pro­vides a recog­nised qual­i­fi­ca­tion. Em­ploy­ees can re-en­ter the Acad­emy at the next level and work to­wards fur­ther en­hanc­ing their qual­i­fi­ca­tions.

Go­ing, go­ing gone

HOUSE buy­ers are re­spond­ing so fast to new prop­er­ties com­ing onto the mar­ket I am strug­gling to keep them on hold long enough to get them into print – a phe­nom­e­non that has not hap­pened for years. Many prop­er­ties are be­ing snapped up in record time. As a re­sult, Slater Hogg & How­i­son has just ex­pe­ri­enced its best week ever and the firm’s re­tail di­rec­tor Sharon Don­ald­son, says they now need more houses ur­gently.

Time to im­prove

APRIL is Home Im­prove­ment Month in the UK and new re­search by Velux, the roof win­dow man­u­fac­turer, re­veals that 60 per cent of home­own­ers in Scot­land plan­ning to carry out im­prove­ments within the next six months would spend £4,000 or more, while 12 per cent ex­pect to spend up to £10,000 – which runs counter to re­cent re­ports of weak­ened con­sumer con­fi­dence in the wake of Brexit.

The ‘Brexit Bounce’

IN a sim­i­lar vein, Ron Hast­ings of Kel­sobased so­lic­i­tors/es­tate agents Hast­ings & Co, is see­ing what he de­scribes as a “Brexit Bounce” ow­ing to the in­creased num­ber of en­quiries and buy­ers from south of the Bor­der. “Prop­erty sales post-Brexit in the Scot­tish Bor­ders have in­creased by 20 per cent,” he says. The ques­tion is, will it be a lasting Brexit bonus, or is it a bounce that will flop af­ter the ini­tial burst of en­ergy?”

IN THEIR SITES: Re­cent Acad­emy par­tic­i­pants, Luke Hambl and Robb Walker.

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