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A look back at our top advice of 2018

As 2018 draws to a close we have been taking a quick look back through the archives at some of the topics we have covered in this blog during the last year.

We use this space primarily as an opportunity to answer questions that we frequently get asked by our clients, such as how school catchments affect property prices or the key differences between new builds and traditional homes. We have some great topics planned for the New Year and look forward to sharing these with you!

 

Should you pay a premium to live in a Top Catchment Area?

As a parent, Edinburgh school catchment areas are probably high on your list of priorities when it comes to buying a house for your family. It is no secret that the battle for secondary schools takes place in the housing market…

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Clearing the clutter, our top tips for downsizing

Many of our clients come to us when they are thinking of selling the family home and moving to something more in keeping with their new lifestyle. Usually, that means downsizing, knowing that the children are not going to be at home, whilst still making sure there is room when the grandkids come to stay…

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Getting on the property ladder is easier than you may think

From picking out furniture and inviting friends round, to signing on the dotted line; buying your first flat and getting onto the property ladder is both exciting and daunting. It’s a huge milestone and one to be proud of but for many people, it seems a long way down the road…

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Get your property ready for a new arrival

With most first-time-buyers now in their late twenties and early thirties, many new parents still reside in their first or second home when baby number one comes along and are quite happy to stay put in that property for a little while. Of course, what you wanted from a home before, is not quite the same as what you’ll need from a home now! So what can you do to get your home ready for a new arrival…

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Area Spotlight on East Lothian

East Lothian is for many people, an idyllic place to spend a Sunday afternoon; dog walks on the beach, hikes up Berwick Law or even kitesurfing for the adventurous amongst us. For others, it is home; a wonderful place to raise children, enjoy retirement or work hard…

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What is LBTT?

Yet another acronym! LBTT stands for ‘Land and Building Transaction Tax’. It’s a tax that is payable by house purchasers when they buy a property in Scotland. This was previously called Stamp Duty, a term you’ve likely heard which is still used in the rest of the UK. You might hear the two phrases used interchangeably as people confuse them, but we’ll keep you right…

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What to ask when you view a house?

We’ve compiled some of the key questions to ask when you view a house for sale. This list also gives you an idea of what you should expect to hear from prospective buyers if you have a property to sell…

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This is how we secure you the best deal

You’ve been looking for a while, thinking about a move and you’ve been to a few viewings. All of a sudden, you’ve found it; the one, your dream house…

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We wish you all the best for the New Year and will be continuing to offer our advice and guidance on all your property needs in 2019! If you would like to speak to us about purchasing or selling your home in the New Year, give us a call.