THE VOICE OF PROP­ERTY

The Herald Magazine - - etc SCOTLAND’S HOMES - Bev­er­ley Brown

RE­AL­IS­TIC pric­ing has been one of the main driv­ers be­hind the in­creased growth in Scot­land’s coun­try lo­ca­tions within re­cent years, and it’s not only Scot­tish buy­ers who are be­ing swayed by value for money ru­ral prop­er­ties; ac­cord­ing to Sav­ills’ head of re­search, Faisal Choudhry, as a con­se­quence of favourable ex­change rates, the num­ber of over­seas buy­ers and those from out­side Scot­land has in­creased sig­nif­i­cantly, par­tic­u­larly in hotspots such as St An­drews.

How­ever, Choudhry cites the mid­dle mar­ket, ie £200,000 to £600,000, for the great­est lev­els of ac­tiv­ity, with Fife, Perthshire and Stir­ling­shire see­ing a five per cent in­crease in av­er­age prices dur­ing the year end­ing June 2018, with strong de­mand for houses with up to 15 acres.

“The stand­out area was Stir­ling­shire,” he says, “where the num­ber of trans­ac­tions and av­er­age price in­creased an­nu­ally by 7 per cent and 5 per cent re­spec­tively, with ris­ing ac­tiv­ity in Bal­fron and Cal­lan­der.

Choudhry also flags up the Scot­tish Borders as one of Scot­land’s lead­ing ar­eas

over the last year, cit­ing the num­ber of trans­ac­tions and av­er­age price in­creases an­nu­ally as three per cent and six per cent re­spec­tively.

LARK AS­CEND­ING

IF the en­tic­ingly pretty Red Rid­ing Hood­style Glencroft Cot­tage op­po­site has you lust­ing for more thatched prop­erty of­fer­ings, here is an­other cur­rently on the mar­ket.

Sky­lark Cot­tage, at Break­ish on the Isle of Skye, is an orig­i­nal ex­tended black house in an el­e­vated set­ting over­look­ing Broad­ford Bay. This pretty up­graded thatched cot­tage is dou­ble glazed, has been re-thatched within the last five years and has an elec­tric heat­ing sys­tem.

The ac­com­mo­da­tion in­cludes a shower room, din­ing kitchen, liv­ing room and dou­ble bed­room. De­tails from Re­max, Skye. Of­fers over £195,000.

STAND­OUT: Stir­ling­shire led the way last year with vil­lages such as Bal­fron, above, see­ing high­est lev­els of in­creased trans­ac­tions and prices.

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