Meet The Team: Lesley

Name? Lesley Cassidy Job title? Maintenance Manager What will your job entail? Dealing with all property maintenance issues which arise. Liaising with contractors and PM’s regarding maintenance issues. Clear all outstanding maintenance issues currently over 90 days What did you learn in your first week? How to navigate through WINMAN (which has information such as property details, LL information, Contractor information. All properties are currently split between four databases). Work Order Spreadsheet and reconciliation with WINMAN (regarding outstanding work orders (maintenance issues). How to invoice contractors and LL’s. How to process incoming maintenance issues, record on WINMAN and issue work orders for quotes/instruct jobs. What …

Meet The Team: Jennifer

Name? Jennifer McGonigle Job title? Investment Director What your job entails? Sourcing and selling investment opportunities for clients looking for high yields and quick flip refurbishment opportunities. How long have you worked at Cairn? 7 years. What was it about the property industry that made you want to work in it? The opportunities are always exciting in property – unlike the fashion industry – where a pair of jeans is a pair of jeans. I can take a 3-bed property and convert to 4 bed HMO, refurbish and add value to a property and flip, reconfigure property layouts. The best thing …

Getting To The West End

For decades, the West End of Glasgow has been a much sought-after place to set up home. The sprawling area from Charing Cross to Partick to Hillhead and beyond comprises some of the most attractive postcodes in the city, if not the country. The beautiful green spaces of Kelvingrove and the Botanic Gardens, the iconic red brick tenements and luxurious homes with close proximity to excellent schools, trendy cafes and shops as well as the bustling city centre make it, understandably, a desirable location to put down some roots. However, getting there is easier said than done. With the intense …

Making New Habits Stick

A new year has rolled around and it’s tempting to write a list of goals as long as your arm in a bid to signal “New Year, New Me”. But what good are New Year’s resolutions if they are far by the wayside as soon as February arrives? Making lifestyle changes that will stick – in other words, good habits – is the best way to achieve your aims. Here’s some ideas how. Where to begin Why not try to build some new habits into your way of working in order to make yourself the most productive you can be? …

Scottish house prices: January 2018 update

As we enter 2018, new figures have been released showing that Scotland’s house prices are rising despite the fact the number of sales is decreasing. The latest UK House Price Index showed that 9323 homes were sold in September 2017 – a decline of 2.5% on the same month in 2016 and 0.5% compared to August 2016. The five key local authorities for sales in Scotland show Edinburgh recording 1124 sales, Glasgow with 1067, Fife with 706, South Lanarkshire with 595 and North Lanarkshire with 451. These decreases are not specific to Scotland, however. There were annual declines in sales …

Cairn’s Support for Glasgow NE Food Bank

While chocolate advent calendars, indulgent food, drink, and plenty of presents are part of Christmas for some, this is not the case for everyone. In fact, 1 in 5 of the UK population live below the poverty line and Christmas is a tougher time than most for many people and families. What we’re doing and how you can help To do our bit to combat this, this festive period Cairn are launching a ‘reverse advent calendar’ for the 12 days running up to Christmas. We would like you to bring us your donations for Glasgow North East Food Bank and …

Guiding You Through The Changes to the Private Rented Sector

Recently we made you aware of the changes in legislation to the private rented sector in Scotland. This Private Residential Tenancy (PRT) coupled with the new Letting Agent Code of Practice is the most significant change in our industry since 1988. This important legislation will take some getting used to for both property owners and tenants. However, Cairn are on hand to help guide you through the maze of new regulations facing the industry. The property management world contains a lot of legal jargon to decode, especially with this significant change to property law, which affects some long-standing legalities for …

What’s Going On In Glasgow in the 2017 Festive Season?

There are a plethora of things happening during the festivities in Glasgow. We’ve compiled a list of some of the best to help you get started – hopefully, we’ll see some of you there 😉 Christmas Markets From 9th November – 29th December the annual St. Enoch Christmas markets will descend on Glasgow bringing loads of festive food, drinks and quirky gifts throughout the season for you to enjoy. The tasty treats and perfect presents are a joy to behold for everyone young or old while you do your Christmas shopping. Christmas Light Switch On You know the festive season …

Student Fire Safety in Student Accommodation

Moving away from home is exciting but remember, your parents probably did more for you than you realise. Concern for health and safety in the home is sure to be one of these things, especially fire safety. There’s some essential information you need to make sure you protect yourself and your belongings when you move in. Get your landlord right When looking to rent your own property, be mindful of your landlord’s responsibilities for your health and safety: Your landlord must ensure gas appliances are installed and maintained annually by a registered plumber. Wiring and electrical appliances must be safe …

How To Spot A Good Letting Agent – For Tenants and Landlords

When you are looking to rent out your own property or sign a lease for one it can a very overwhelming process. With so many letting agents in the market, how do you know who to go with and who to avoid? Personal recommendations and the internet can help, but here are some things to look for yourself to make sure you or your property are in safe hands. Do you recognise their brand? A well-known letting agent that comes highly recommended is always a good place to start. Start with those with offices nearby who have first-hand knowledge of …