Meet Sarah Carrell: Our first property partner covering Lanarkshire

Here are her thoughts on being a Cairn Property Partner About Sarah As a local property consultant for Cairn, I support landlords; sourcing, developing and letting residential property and working with them to set and achieve investment goals. I offer a personal connection, prompt personal attention to their properties and onsite tenant support and advice. This hands-on approach to the ongoing management of let properties helps to ensure tenant quality and a managed maintenance programme. “Sarah really cares. With a long career in customer service, Sarah understands the importance of great service, and she gets to know her landlords and …

10 Years of Home Reports in Scotland

Home Reports have been a well-known part of Scotland’s property landscape since December 2008. These reports provide some of the most essential facts about the quality of a home to ensure buyers and sellers are fully informed before entering any negotiations. Home Reports were first introduced to improve the quality of homes across Scotland and include a survey report, valuation, energy report and property questionnaire. According to a recent Scottish Government survey, around three-quarters of buyers said that the information contained within the Home Report was helpful for them. This was especially true of first-time buyers: 90% of said that …

How can your garden grow (your house value?)

We Brits love our gardens. So much so, Zoopla has recently reported that we are willing to pay a huge £27,000 premium to buy a property with a garden and a sizeable £243 a month extra in rent. Those in London and North East England are spending even more at around £30,000, whilst in Wales, Scotland and the North West it’s around £22,471. For us, a garden is a huge factor in our house hunts. 8 in 10 British homebuyers have said “no thanks” to a property with no garden and 54% have been put off from putting in an …

Zoopla cites 3 Scottish cities for property price spurt

3 Scottish cities have been reported as experiencing the highest property price increases in the UK recently. Zoopla has reported that Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen are among a list of 20 cities where property prices have spurted in the country. The capital, Edinburgh topped the list. The current average house price is a meaty £225,300 here which is a year on year growth of 7.1%. Glasgow reached number 15. There has been a 2.8% annual growth here and average house prices are £125,400. Bringing up the rear, Aberdeen was number 20 on Zoopla’s report — the average house price is …

Glasgow’s West End: the middle age magnet

Glasgow’s West End is well known for its huge student population and popularity with hip young professionals. However, a recent report from the Evening Times has found that those in their 50s whose children have left home are being drawn to the area too. A new luxury property development in the Park Circus area of the West End, Park Quadrant Residences, has seen record numbers of empty nesters up sticks from houses in suburbia to flats in this bustling inner-city area. These new residents are drawn to the stunning location and the host of premium amenities the apartments offer: underground …

Making the most of Freshers’ Week

Freshers’ Week – your first week of university – has a whole lot of hype around it. The cultural significance of this rite of passage can be overwhelming. The pressure to have the time of your life is huge. Here’s how to make the most of this week so you get off on the right foot but don’t burn out! Plan ahead Turn to your university’s social media pages and check out what events your university and their student union is planning. You’re also likely to get a guide in the post or when you enrol at uni. Make a note of …

A Parent’s Guide to Student Accommodation

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Your teenager is off to university and needs somewhere to live – not sure where to start? We talk you through the ins and outs of the student accommodation options available these days. They’ve come a long way from your student digs, trust us. University-owned accommodation The most popular student accommodation option for ‘home’ i.e. UK students, still remains university-owned buildings. These are purpose-built student accommodation blocks — normally for first years of that specific university only. These buildings usually comprise shared flats of around 6 rooms – sometimes with en-suites or a shared bathroom – and a shared kitchen and …

Moving into Student Accommodation

For many, living away from home for the first time in student accommodation is a huge part of the university or college experience. It can be a daunting prospect but an exciting one. Follow our tips and you’ll settle in in no time. Get packing right While there is the temptation to stuff your whole life into a suitcase, you are better off waiting until you arrive for buying certain items like toiletries and cleaning products to save on packing. Stick to your kitchen items, favourite homewares, comfy bedding and clothes for your move-in. Learn some recipes The summer before …

Being a Good Neighbour

Renting your first flat can be an exciting prospect. However, this new independence comes with more responsibility. Don’t forget you’ll be sharing your building with other tenants and – importantly – homeowners. Follow our tips for being a good neighbour so you can all enjoy the best living experience possible. Introduce yourself Soon after you move in, why not knock on the door of your closest neighbour? Say hello and exchange names and numbers. You never know when you might need to call on each other in a crisis. Oh and always say hello on the stairs – it’s just polite – …

Property Market Updates – April 2018

When it comes to property, it can be difficult to decode those headlines and understand exactly what’s going on. We pride ourselves on bringing you the latest updates from the market, so you can make an informed choice. Prices are still on the up In a recent market update, we reported that prices in the West End were due to increase by almost 19% over the next five years. This was a much larger increase than could be seen in Scotland – 14% – or across the UK at large – 17%. It looks like this prediction has real weight. …