Caithness and Sutherland Property – what happened in 2017 and the prospects for 2018.

I'm pleased to say that 2017 has been a good one for Caithness and Sutherland and there is great confidence in the air. Sales are reported by the Registers of Scotland to have increased, overall, in the Highland area by 10.3%. As regards prices, nationally in Scotland, prices increased, overall, [...]

By |2019-12-13T10:33:12+00:00January 3rd, 2018|Property Law and Estate Agency, Scottish Law|

Why is a Scottish separation agreement a good thing.

I have just been asked by a chap whether a letter from a solicitor inviting him to enter into negotiations for a separation agreement should be ignored as he wishes to use my online divorce service to save money. My answer has been that the opportunity to negotiate a separation [...]

By |2019-12-13T11:18:03+00:00February 14th, 2015|Scottish Divorce, Scottish Law|

North of Scotland property review of 2013 and prospects for 2014

I'll start off with a large dollop of good news issued by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors. They expect, in 2014, a rise in prices, throughout Scotland, of 7%. I'm happy to say that I believe that a price rise will come to the North of Scotland. This is [...]

By |2019-12-13T11:27:00+00:00December 20th, 2013|Property Law and Estate Agency, Scottish Law|

Housing market confidence!

The Headlines   •           Confidence in the property market is much higher than it has been of late.   •           Sales picked up in December and have kept up momentum.   •           Mortgages are becoming easier and cheaper to obtain.   •           There is a great deal of borrowing activity [...]

By |2019-12-13T11:31:47+00:00July 22nd, 2013|Property Law and Estate Agency|

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|

UK high on family breakdown/divorce table

I have just read this BBC headline. I may be involved in ending marriages but that is not to say that I like it. I do my professional duty to the best of my ability but I am always conscious of the effect on children and seek to promote [...]

By |2019-12-13T11:33:31+00:00December 31st, 2012|Scottish Divorce, Scottish Law|

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|

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|