Monthly Scottish Property Market Update – August 2010

What’s Happening in the Property Market in August aka Did Anyone Actually Go on Holiday This Year?

I’m not going to write a huge amount this month as, property-wise, it’s been a bit of a slow news month.  Nothing particularly shocking has been published or indeed happened, I could have my regular rant about inconsistent property-related reporting in the Press but that’s going to be becoming pretty old hat pretty quickly, so there’s not really a huge amount to report.

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Monthly Scottish Property Market Update – June 2010

Apologies for the slightly late posting of this month’s property market update.  The only excuse I have is that, as business goes from strength to strength, our head valuer has been off on holiday this past week and a half and I am filling in for him in his absence and, quite honestly, I’ve got some idea of just how much he gets through in a day now: kudos indeed!

Anyway, this month’s Property Market Update is overwhelmingly positive.  We all like good news so here goes…

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10 Reasons Why iPads Are Great News for Estate Agents

I have to confess that I am a gadget freak.  Pretty much every bit of tech that has come out in the past few years, I’ve wanted to be an early adopter.  Usually being an early adopter ends up being a bad move: the first Blackberry email devices were pretty clunky and the first iPhones weren’t anything like as good as the second generation ones that were released quite shortly afterwards.  So, with that in mind what on earth was I doing buying not one but two iPads for my business within a few days of their launch in the UK?Your Read More Link Text

Monthly Scottish Property Market Update – May 2010

My last monthly property market update went out just before the General Election.  The big question for this monthly market update is: what is happening in the property market today and how will the result of the General Election affect the property market in Scotland?  I’ve also put some tips in here about how to help your property stand out and sell in what continues to be a very challenging market in most areas.Your Read More Link Text

Property Market Update – April 2010 – General Election Special!

Property Market Update – April 2010 – General Election Special!

It’s been understated, dignified throughout and in no way resembled children chucking mud at each other in a playground: yes, I’m talking about the General Election.  Mercifully we are almost at the end of the campaign and in less than a week it will be all over.  At that point we can finally resume focus on some of the things that have been getting less column inches than they deserve in the past few weeks, most notably Inter Milan reaching the Champions League final, my band’s gig at the Bongo Club last Friday and, of course, property market news.Your Read More Link Text

Scottish Property Market Update – March 2010

I’m going to divide this Property Market Update into two sections. First, a general market update which hopefully, as always, helps to give an ACTUAL take on what is happening in the property market rather than headline-grabbing statistics that can often be read in the newspapers. Second, I’ll cover the new Stamp Duty regime, announced in the Chancellor’s Budget last week.Your Read More Link Text

Budget 2010 Stamp Duty Changes – Six Large Criticisms of the New Rules

I should say that what follows is in no way political and that I am writing this from the perspective of a property professional.  That disclaimer out of the way…!

In Budget 2010 today, the Chancellor, Alistair Darling, announced that the Stamp Duty threshold for First Time Buyers would be raised from £125,000 to £250,000.  Therefore, any first time buyer purchasing a property up to £250,000, in the next two years,  will not pay any Stamp Duty on it, starting from midnight today.Your Read More Link Text

February 2010 Edinburgh and Lothians Monthly Property Market Update

Hmmm…so I had a meeting with a lady today who works with a lot of estate agents and she tilted her head sympathetically to one side and asked how things were going. She clearly expected the news to be dire! She seemed genuinely surprised to hear that things were going really well. The news she is hearing from most solicitors and estate agents at the moment must still be overwhelmingly negative.Your Read More Link Text