Christmas is almost upon us with only 3/4 weeks to go until, for most, the festivities and over indulgence begins. Those thinking of selling their home will now put this firmly to the back of their minds and will be replaced with thoughts of presents, sleeping in front of the TV and Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special.
However, this may be the perfect time to consider selling and preparing the house to hit the market after the party season has finished. Traditionally the months of January and February see less properties arrive for sale but is an excellent time to sell as the majority of house sellers will normally wait until Spring to sell. What does this mean for you if you decide to sell sooner?
- Less houses for sale increases your chance of a quicker successful sale and hopefully more than the Home Report value. Giving you peace of mind.
- You will be in a strong position to purchase a property a little later with more choice available.
- More buyers will be inclined to take your offer as you have been pro-active and are less of a risk than a buyer who has yet to sell.
- As you will have more choice, due to the increase in properties for sale, you will be less inclined to make a panic purchase then going through the process again in six months’ time.
If you have decided that you are not going to extend, renew the kitchen or replace the bathroom, but instead sell your home in the New Year, I would urge you to book a free valuation now to prepare for the beginning of 2018 staying ahead of your competitors and make appropriate plans to ensure your house stands out against what little competition you will have.
At Blackadders we offer professional photography, quality brochures with floor-plans, buyers’ bank, social media (Twitter & Facebook), extended opening hours and website portals that suit your individual needs, all as standard.
Enjoy the festive period but don’t let the hangover last until Spring. Be two steps ahead.
Neil Fyall – Estate Agency
Senior Property Branch Manager
The traditional mind-set of most sellers is to market their property in Spring. I can see the logic to this as we start to see more daylight and gardens are once again presentable. However, I would highlight a few less obvious reasons to get in ahead of the crowd:
1. There are less competing properties coming to the market during winter. This increases your chances of interest, viewings and of course offers.
2. A lot of buyers don’t choose when they are in a position to buy. This is an important point as most sales are part of a chain it’s worth keeping in mind that your buyer may sell in winter through no choice of theirs. This then frees them up to make an offer on a property, which could be yours.
3. The internet is another reason that the market moves all year round. Buyers can now access a huge amount of information and media from the comfort of their own home. Between extensive photography, floor plans and in some cases video footage in addition to the home report, a buyer really can accumulate significant knowledge before setting foot through the door. This makes life so much easier for buyers and breaks down the traditionally seasonal barriers.
As someone who chose to market their property in December in recent years I can honestly say I have put my money where my mouth is!
If you would like to look further into marketing your property contact Blackadders for a free, no-obligation property valuation. We would be delighted to assist you in making an informed decision.
Brian Main, Estate Agency
Angus Area Manager
We are delighted that a selection of our properties are taking part in OPEN VIEWINGS this Saturday. Pop along to view with no appointment necessary between 10am & 12noon on Saturday, 28 October 2017.
A list of these properties can be found here:
10 Gauldie Place, Dundee
46 Crail Place, Broughty Ferry, Dundee
Flat 4L, 23 Bank Street, Dundee
3 The Taychreggan, Ellislea Road, Broughty Ferry, Dundee
542 Strathmartine Road, Dundee
Flat 3, Caird House, 4 Scrimgeour Place, Dundee
9 Burnhaven Gardens, Broughty Ferry, Dundee
North Townhouse, Trust House, Middle Road, Liff
42 Arbirlot Road, Arbroath
29 Hayswell Road, Arbroath
23 Kinloch Street, Carnoustie
20 Seagate, Arbroath
50 Dalhousie Court, Links Parade, Carnoustie
Apt 411 Knights Court, North William Street, Perth
10 Graybank Road, Perth
Flat 3, 10 Melville Street, Perth Loch View, Wester Essendy, Blairgowrie
Inglewood, 2 Kingarth Drive, Blairgowrie
8 Rosslyn House, Glasgow Road, Perth
If you would like to view outwith this time please contact our Property Sales Teams on the numbers below to arrange a suitable appointment (available 7 days).
Dundee: 01382 342222
Perth: 01738 500600
Arbroath 01241 876620
Forfar: 01307 461234
Aberdeen: 01224 452750
Edinburgh: 0131 202 1868
For my first blog I thought I would focus on the increasing popularity of the outlying areas of Edinburgh City itself. I wonder now, if the city boundary really is the city boundary anymore?
I’ve found a huge increase in activity particularly within: Dalkeith, Bonnyrigg, Bilston, Loanhead, Stration, Penicuik, Musselburgh, Tranent, East Calder, Kirkliston, Kirknewton and Winchburgh. I would say with a degree of certainty we all know someone who lives there.
Whilst they are all out with the boundary, the affordability combined with improved public transport and commuter links make these areas within a lot of buyers mind-set when looking for a home.
Edinburgh itself is still holding its own and commanding high prices for good property in sought after areas. I am finding the supply of property is as low as it has been for a while, which in turn is exaggerating the demand, hence the reason closing dates now seem par for the course and home report prices being regularly exceeded.
I would note a point of caution though, I am hearing more and more clients mention the “B” word (Brexit) and can’t help but feel this will have some sort of impact on the current market trend. Quite what impact that is remains to be seen. More to follow on that in due course.
Perthshire offers a variety of breath-taking scenery combined with a vibrant and cosmopolitan city surrounded by picturesque rural villages and hamlets. Highland Perthshire also rises to the peaks of Schiehallion and Ben Lawers for the more adventurous.
The ‘Fair City’ of Perth
Nestled between expanses of open parkland and situated on the banks of the River Tay, Perth offers a host of attractions for both visitors and locals alike including:
- Perth Concert Hall – an innovatively designed auditorium which attracts premier performers and makes an ideal venue for conferences and events
- Scone Palace, the original home of The Stone of Destiny and one of Scotland’s most important stately homes
- Perth’s famous racecourse which has built a national reputation for fantastic racing, a thrilling atmosphere, beautiful surroundings and the very best in Scottish hospitality
- A High Street and Shopping Centre full of a variety of well-known names as well as independent boutiques and a wealth of places to eat and drink
- Leisure pool, ice arena and a selection of challenging golf courses
- Art galleries & Museums
- An abundance of tranquil, beautiful parkland and colourful gardens
Out & about
The city also boasts a range of outdoor activities including golfing, canoeing, kayaking, abseiling, climbing and biking for groups and families. The nearby town of Crieff also plays host to the coveted The Famous Grouse Experience at Glenturret , Scotland’s oldest working distillery. The nearby Gleneagles Hotel in Auchterarder features three championship golf courses which are regarded among the very best in the world.
As you can see, there are lots of reasons to live in Perthshire so why not have a look at our range of properties for sale https://www.blackadders.co.uk/property/residential or give one of our team a call on (01738) 500600.
Property Manager – Perth
Those of you who follow my blogs will be getting fed up with the similarity between my monthly updates. I would advise that, according to the Blackadders property team, stats that I have seen and also discussions with people in the property business, the general feeling is that the market still remains very similar. There is a notable geographical divide and I will use this as my basis for the update.
Glasgow and the West is a particularly buoyant housing market with stock and activity levels going well although stock levels are patchy but prices are consistently above Home Report Valuations.
Edinburgh is also very buoyant with high levels of activity however stock levels are slightly lagging and this is causing a supply/demand issue with prices increasing at a high percentage. Moving along to Perth, the Perth market is moving on at a steady pace with activity levels of both sales and listings at or slightly ahead of last year. Dundee and Angus appears to be a slight conundrum with stock levels down between 15 and 20% but the area still has a high level of purchasers. Certain areas are moving strongly and prices are increasing as are the number of closing dates. Moving on to Aberdeen after the depression of the last few years there are definitely signs of recovery in the Aberdeen market. I think that it will take a couple of years for the excess stock levels to work their way through the system and also for realism to be fully embedded in the market. People who are putting their properties on the market now at a realistic price are tending to see it move. People who are unrealistic with their price and have had their property on for a long period of time are not. It is an example of why you need a pro-active Estate Agent in your corner. As a general review I would say that the supply of properties coming on the market is slightly down with a steady stream of purchasers. This supply/demand issue is causing prices in certain areas to rise.
All in all an interesting market. I will keep you up to date on future trends. Please also watch out for a blog regarding the impact of the General Election on the housing market and also a further blog regarding the importance of new build developments to the market. I will continue to keep you advised of trends and look forward to receiving any comments that you may have.
Partner – Head of Property
For the first of my blogs on this forum I have decided to focus in on two areas of Angus, Brechin and Montrose.
These areas are rarely commented on in property publications and yet both the DD9 and DD10 areas offer something for a range of buyers. From stately period property with generous land to more easily maintained, modern homes there truly is something for everyone.
Frankly, in my view both areas have been shunned from focus as they fall between two stools, namely Aberdeen and Dundee. Yet, for my money this is part of the appeal to Brechin and Montrose, two locations that are separated by just 9 miles. Both serve as ideal commuting bases for a couple that comprises of one working in Aberdeen and another in Dundee – from my experience this is a common scenario.
Practicalities aside, both areas offer some of the most picturesque landscapes and coastline the east of Scotland has to offer. From the top of my head I can recall breath taking walks on St Cyrus beach or being impressed by the views of the stunning surrounding countryside when inspecting property in areas such as Edzell or Stracathro.
I have hand-picked three properties currently being marketed by Blackadders that illustrates the range of housing stock in DD9 and DD10:
18a Ramsay Street, Montrose
6 Cookston Cresent, Brechin
Mill of Brathinch, Brathinch Cottages, Brechin
If you are interested in selling or buying property in either of these areas Blackadders are on hand to give quality advice.
Area Manager (Angus)
01356 230666 (Brechin)
01674 900200 (Montrose)