Traditional estate agent Vs Online estate agent

The big debate currently consuming all property experts, home owners and potential buyers- who do I choose to sell my house with? A tried and tested high street estate agent, or take a leap of faith and leave your most prized possession in the hands of an online company?   To avoid being COMPLETELY biased, we have noted some of the benefits of using online estate agents but also why you can never go wrong with traditional- just like us!   The main benefit of online agencies, at first glance, is the cost difference. Usually, this is a one off, …

Events every student NEEDS to be at this Summer- Glasgow Edition 

It’s a well known fact that Glasgow is one of the best places to be in the Summer, especially for Students- there’s no shortage of events in the Merchant City, West-End, South-Side and even the infamous Finneston Strip!   We have noted the 5 best events that no student can afford to miss this summer, so drag your friends, partners, parents or even grandparents along and make the most of your time off…!   THE MERCHANT CITY FESTIVAL http://www.whatsonglasgow.co.uk/listings/merchant-city-festival/ The Merchant City Festival is a wonderful celebration of creativity which brings a carnival atmosphere to the streets and venues in …

Legislation affecting BOTH Tenant and Landlord

It’s no surprise that the rental market has undergone yet MORE changes to legislation from 2017-2019 than ever before.   If you don’t already know, The Private Residential Tenancy came into force on the 1st December 2017 and has brought about some big changes. The tenancy system establishes the legal agreement between tenant and landlord, and is an important part of making sure the private rented sector functions well. The new legislation, which must be used for all new tenancies created on or after 1 December 2017: is open-ended, which means a landlord will no longer be able to ask …

Top Tips to increase the value of your rental property

As all private landlords know, keeping your rental property looking sharp can be a job that falls further down the to do list every time the lease is renewed. So, to help ease this burden, we have pulled together a few top tips on how to get the most out of your rental property:   Top Tip 1- Improve the appearance of the front of the property. Whether it’s a house or a flat, improvements can be made to be sure the front of your property is in tip top condition. This could mean spraying some weed killer down your …

Living A Champagne Insta-Lifestyle on a Lemonade Budget

So, you want to live an Instagram-able champagne lifestyle but you’re a student. You’ve got books to buy, rent to pay, bills, food… we get it.  It also doesn’t help that on your downtime you scroll through social media to find a plethora of posts from your favourite influencers flaunting their latest designer purchase and fancy nights out in London #thatluxelife. What if we told you that you could have a slice of that luxe life only on a lemonade budget? Have we grabbed your attention? Read on for some of our top tips to help without smashing the bank. …

The impact of Brexit on the Scottish Property Market

As things stand, the Brexit deadline has been extended until October 31st, with no clear progress as of yet on what terms the UK will ultimately leave the EU. As might be expected, this Brexit deadlock has made uncertainty the watchword of the day and, much like elsewhere in the UK, Scotland is seeing the effect of buyers and sellers being in the dark about what Brexit will ultimately look like. Although house price growth was not initially much affected by the referendum result (Land Registry data showed only a 1.4% drop in growth between June and July of 2016) …

Meet Carolanne Waters: HMO Specialist

Name: Carolanne Waters Job title? HMO Specialist What your job entails? I arrange House in Multiple Occupancy (HMO) Licences for landlords that want to rent out their properties to 3 or more unrelated persons in the one flat. I liaise with Glasgow City Council, Fire Scotland and Licensing to ensure a smooth process for our landlords. It is my job to make sure our tenants are fully up to date with all fire safety, training and legislation which can be challenging at times having to work round University schedules. How long have you worked at Cairn? 3 years at Cairn …

The Danger of Unqualified Letting Agents

Is your letting agent qualified to manage your properties and ensure you meet your obligations as a fit and proper landlord? Let’s hope so, as the protection of tenants is a high profile cause for the Scottish Executive. Time and time again, we discover when taking on new landlords properties that they are in breach of their obligations. For example, we came across 12 properties inherited from another agent with no gas safety certificates or EPC’s in place. We have also taken over properties where tenants have been living with inadequate smoke alarms and the agent has no copy of …

What’s the outlook for the Scottish property market? January 2019

The end of 2018 saw much fanfare in the press about the Scottish property market outperforming the rest of the UK. Glasgow and Edinburgh both saw growth greater than anywhere else in the UK, outside London. Both Scottish cities saw average house price growth of 9% in 2018. So the average property in Glasgow rose from £126,016 to £137,507 and in Edinburgh prices rose from £242,807 to £264,7451. The comparative figure for the UK was 3.6% (£224,502 to £232,554). There’s no specific reason for these price increases, unlike in 2015 which saw purchasers of high-value properties rush to complete before …

Become A Parent Investor With Cairn

For many, when their children go to university or college there are only a few options open to them; continue to have them live at home, have them register for a space in the student halls, or look for a private rental property they can stay in while in further education. Depending on logistics, the first option of them continuing to live at home may not be feasible. It makes sense to live close to where you’re studying. There is, however, another option open to parents who are at this crossroads with their son or daughter. The could become a …