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 …

Slight Increase in Second Stepping in Scotland

A recent review by Bank of Scotland Homeowners has revealed some pretty good news regarding the Scottish housing market. The review showed that affordability for ‘second steppers’ in Scotland has improved in the past year as a result of higher equity levels. According to an article in Property Reporter, “Housing affordability for Scotland’s second steppers – calculated as the average price of a typical second stepper home, 1 less their current equity position, 2 as a ratio of average earnings – stood at 3.9 times gross annual average earnings in June 2013.” “This measure of affordability has risen significantly over …

Interior Design from Cairn

As well as Letting, Development, Investment and Selling services, Cairn offers great interior design options! We offer a variety of unique, custom made-to-fit furnishings at a wide range of prices. Our interior design solutions ensure we can satisfy an array of different demographics, giving our customers the look and feel in their home which best suits and reflects them. Are you a landlord looking to let your property out to students? If so, we have perfect packages for you. Cairn are able to create a trendy, robust environment which reflects student life, but also acts as a comfortable space for …

Tips For Selling Your Property

A recent survey carried out by Move with Us has shown that 60% of buyers prefer home viewings without owner present. The company surveyed more than 100 independent estate agents from its Partner Network and asked them if potential buyers prefer it if the owner is present during the viewing, with 60% of agents answering ‘no’. But why is this? Do we perhaps feel uncomfortable ‘snooping’ about someone else’s house, critiquing it, when the owner is still under the same roof? Is it a case we are all maybe too polite to give an honest opinion on the property while …