Property 2013 – the prospects for Caithness and Sutherland

Imagine the scene - a darkened room, an old crone with a shawl over her head and the crystal ball centred on the table. Draw up a chair whilst I (the old crone) gaze into the future.... First to say is that the omens are better than for a long [...]

By |2019-12-13T11:32:32+00:00January 17th, 2013|Property Law and Estate Agency|

A good time to buy in Caithness and Sutherland!

  In Caithness and Sutherland, specifically, there is no question about it. Prices are dropping - and quite steeply. The statistics for the Highland region, as a whole, are a drop of 4.4% but that, of course, includes Inverness which always seems to do rather better than the rest of [...]

By |2019-12-13T11:34:46+00:00November 7th, 2012|Property Law and Estate Agency, Scottish Law|

What is a ‘refreshed’ Home Report?

In today’s market, prices can be volatile and, generally, are moving downwards. If the valuation report you are looking at is more than a few months old then it might well be worthwhile to have it refreshed. Effectively, this means that the surveyor is sent back the report and asked [...]

By |2019-12-13T12:10:09+00:00October 15th, 2012|Property Law and Estate Agency|

Property sales up but prices down in Caithness and Sutherland

Recent national headlines, to this effect, mirror my own experience, here in the Far North. HM Revenue and Customs reported that there has been an 11% rise in house sales this year and I would certainly confirm that house sales are definitely up. There is speculation, with which I tend [...]

By |2019-12-13T12:15:23+00:00August 9th, 2012|Property Law and Estate Agency|

Big rise in number of homes sold in Scotland

The recent uplift in sales experienced by me and reported in my last blog has now been confirmed in a report on the BBC. The statistics also tend to confir the feelings expressed in m last blog , which was that sellers had come to the view that the market [...]

By |2019-12-13T12:16:02+00:00July 31st, 2012|Property Law and Estate Agency, Scottish Law|

Upsurge in house sales for Caithness property market

Having had a strong start to the year, particularly a very buoyant March, this flattened somewhat only to revive again about a month ago. In the last two weeks we have had acceptable offers for approximately 15 properties. This is a significant uplift in the market. Long may it continue! [...]

By |2019-12-13T12:16:44+00:00July 9th, 2012|Property Law and Estate Agency|

Caithness and Sutherland property market bucks the national trend

Spring has brought increased growth to the property market in  Caithness and Sutherland. The growth in sales that I reported last month continues. Yes, this is from a very low base and does not remotely compare with what was happening in 2008. Nevertheless, the change is very significant and growth and [...]

By |2019-12-13T12:22:01+00:00April 11th, 2012|Property Law and Estate Agency|

Property market – has spring sprung early in Caithness and Sutherland?

Bruce de Wert asks does an increase in property sales and low interest rates mean that spring 2012 is time to make your move?

By |2019-12-13T12:23:53+00:00February 29th, 2012|Property Law and Estate Agency, Scottish Law|

Can I write a “do-it-yourself” Power of Attorney in Scotland?

The short answer is yes. It is perfectly feasible, if you know what you are doing. Just balance the risks against the potential reward of saving money. […]

First-time buyers – don’t miss out on the stamp duty holiday – it could cost you money

Did you know that if you don’t complete on your house purchase by 25 March 2012 it could cost you more money? This is an urgent alert for all UK first-time buyers. If you don’t get the keys by 25 March 2012, you will miss out on the stamp duty [...]

By |2019-12-13T12:26:26+00:00January 29th, 2012|Property Law and Estate Agency, Scottish Law|