Living In Dundee

At Cairn we know that the market is such just now that it would be madness to make a decision as big as buying or investing in a property without doing a little research first of all. Previously we’ve created blog posts about living in Glasgow and about living in Edinburgh. Although reading this post isn’t the only research you should do we believe it’s a great starting point and will also give a flavour of what it’s like to live in Dundee. Scotland’s city of discovery is an ever-evolving city. Often in the shadow of Scotland’s other cities, Edinburgh, …

Landlord Legislation

Thinking of becoming a landlord? It’s perhaps not as straight forward to you as first thought. Do you know just how much you’d be responsible for? Deciding whether or not to take the plunge into becoming a landlord isn’t a decision you should take lightly. With this in mind, we’ve created this blog post on legislation so you know exactly what’s expected of you. The Anti-Social Behaviour (Scotland) Act 2004 introduced the Landlord Registration Scheme and since 30 April 2005 most private landlords in Scotland have needed to be registered with the local authority in which the property they let …

Don’t Be Alarmed! Cairn’s Here to Help

It’s now less than a month until Christmas Day. Usually this means we all get bombarded with adverts from all sorts of brands and shops trying to sell us their products. But this time of year is also when we’re usually reminded of ensuring your home is safe, and this year is no different! Recently, The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) began the Join Scotland’s Fight Against Fire campaign to raise awareness of ensuring your smoke alarm is in working order. At the launch of the campaign, Assistant Chief Officer Lewis Ramsay, said that fire crews “had seen a …

Don’t Let Potholes Leave a Hole in Your Expectations

A topic that’s been in the news a lot recently, is that of potholes in our roads. Especially with the colder weather really beginning to set in now, the roads are getting wet and freezing over, causing the crumbling effect. Up until now, we’ve heard of how these cracks and bumps in the roads have been damaging cars, and costing vast amounts of money to repair. But recently, we saw an article which made us look at the issue of potholes in a different light. Could it be more than just your car these holes in the ground could be …

Reasons to Invest with Cairn

Looking to invest in property north of the border? Did you know Cairn don’t just sell and let properties; we also develop and furnish them too?! As property investors ourselves, we understand the quality of work required hence we have a dedicated team of experienced tradesmen to deliver a full refurbishment or renovation to your specification. At Cairn, we’re able to help and assist you in a number of ways, such as with renovations and HMO conversions. We’re unparalleled in our ability to produce high quality development for HMO purposes. From site procurement, through planning, to final build our experienced …

Help to Buy Set to Help the Rental Market

With the introduction of the Help to Buy scheme, many have thought the rental market would decline. Many have believed this idea, simply because, as more people receive help to purchase their own house, the amount of renters will fall. But a report by Property Wire thinks otherwise. Even though more are switching from renting, to ownership, the article claims that: “the UK’s private rented sector is expected to grow by a further one million households sending rents up by 21% over the next five years”. And the author of the article believes that this will have an effect on …

A House To Die For

It’s not often we blog about specific properties, but we felt we had to for this particular one, as it’s to die for! This large property is perfect for those who value tradition. A listed building, it dates back to the 1800s, and boasts many original features. Located in isolation, this is an ideal home for those who value their privacy, and enjoy life away from the hustle and bustle of city life. The house also boasts 10 acres of land, allowing you to enjoy many outdoor activities on your very own doorstep. However, due to the nature of the …

Don’t Let Help to Buy Distract you

There’s no doubt, that the Help to Buy scheme is a good idea. Obviously, it helps those struggling to take their first step onto the property ladder, but it also say many other potential benefits. In addition to helping the likes of first-time buyers, it’s hope the scheme will also kick-start the market, as well as drive up demand, forcing builders to create more homes. But there have been warnings issued about the scheme too. Not only do some believe that it could start another bubble, but that it might influence sellers to ask for more than their home is …

Beat The Winter Blues

The days have begun to get shorter, the nights longer, leaves are falling off the trees, and there’s a distinct nip in the air; it can mean only one thing, winter is on its way. With autumn just begun, we thought this was a perfect time to give you some tips and pointers on how to make your home winter-proof. And with the official start to winter still weeks away, you’ll have plenty of time to prepare, and get your house ready for every eventuality the season can throw at you. One of the biggest concerns over the winter months …

The Help to Buy Scheme: The Ins and Outs

It’ll be something you’ve seen plastered all over the news, the new government ‘help to buy’ scheme (Scotland). But exactly, what is it, and how does it work? Since the collapse of the economy in 2007, the housing market has been a huge casualty, with the numbers of homes being sold falling drastically nationwide. This led to mortgage lenders ceasing to dish out 100% mortgages – which some believe were madness anyway. And the stagnation of the housing market hurt no one more so than first time buyers. Those already on the property ladder, had their current home as an …