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Moving home with clarity

Scottish Property Finders Garrington highlight some of the risks and challenges facing buyers in the current property market

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Downsizing, upsizing, and relocating are among the top reasons to move house, and whilst changes to economic and political landscapes might present additional challenges, they are largely background noise for those who need to move. This said, buying under pressure when there is uncertaint­y in the market can lead to mistakes, and paying over the odds can leave homeowners exposed to potential risks.

With a rapidly moving mortgage market and increasing disparity in property pricing, the market has become a minefield for buyers to navigate with the confidence that they are buying the best property at the best possible price.

Is it a buyers’ or sellers’ market?

Across Scotland there is a continued shortage of prime properties for sale and previously this shortage was cited as a reason for rapidly rising prices. However, in the current market, whilst average property prices have continued to grow over the past 12 months, the rate of growth has slowed considerab­ly as the property market reacts to wider factors at play.

As there remains to be a distinct lack of property available on the market this slowdown of property price growth doesn’t necessaril­y place us in a market where buyers have more power than sellers. It does mean that there might be greater room for negotiatio­n, but as the best properties will always demand a premium, there is a fine balance to strike.

How to decipher what to pay

With so many external factors at play, assessing the true value of a property, particular­ly one that is highly desirable and seldom available to buy, can be challengin­g.

Certain types of properties, or the specific location they enjoy, are always going to be in short supply in any market and, as such, will always achieve strong prices due to their scarcity value. However, these are the exception, not the norm. It is usually only worth paying a premium price if you are sure that the home you are acquiring truly is ‘best in class’; therefore, the premium paid at the time of purchase should still apply when you eventually come to sell it again.

Navigating the local market

Forming sound purchasing decisions in a time of uncertaint­y is a complex challenge. Buyers need to think about how they are approachin­g

their moving plans and may benefit from

seeking independen­t advice. Before starting a property search and negotiatio­ns, having a circle of trusted advisers such as a solicitor,

surveyor and property finder can be hugely beneficial. It ensures you receive objective

advice from people working in your best interests who can, in turn, give you clarity and

confidence that the price you are paying is not

too much.

In a rapidly changing market, Garrington offers unparallel­ed expertise and market insight for clients wanting to make clear and

confident purchasing decisions. If you would like to learn more about how a Property Finder can support you in all matters relating to property, please contact Garrington for a no obligation initial discussion.

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