How will changes to Stamp Duty affect your Property investment?

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If you have an interest in the property market you will be aware that from early next year the Scottish Parliament’s first new tax will come into play. From April 1st, 2015, for the first time, Scotland will have a different rate of taxation from the rest of the UK.  While England, Northern Ireland and Wales will retain Stamp Duty Land Tax, Scotland will move to Land and Building Transaction Tax. It is an exciting move for the Scottish Parliament and is designed to make taxation fairer. The current SDLT is a ‘slab’ tax and has long been criticised as …

Plan For High Rise Living At Glasgow Harbour

Of late there’s been a lot of news surrounding high rise flats in Glasgow, most notably the proposed demolition of the Red Road flats which is set to take place next year. Across the city, it’s become unpopular to live in the classic 1960s and 1970s tower blocks, which has been the catalyst for many of them being reduced to rubble. However plans have been announced to build a 16-storey development of nearly 350 flats for “midmarket” rent in Glasgow Harbour, with the ‘new generation’ of high rise flats sparking horror from nearby residents. The Glasgow Harbour area as long …

Winter-Proof Your Property With Cairn

Although still quite mild, it’s inevitable that things will turn chillier as the weeks continue to draw in. And as the weather turns colder there is more potential for damage to be caused to properties, and for tenants and house holders to run up larger than normal energy bills. To help minimise this we’ve created this blog post with some helpful tips and pointers designed to winter-proof your property and bank account. Even if you’re not going to be in your property over the festive period, it’s imperative that you read this post; there’s valuable information here for you too. …

Edinburgh Included In The Top Three European Cities For Property Investment

Many of you will have seen that London is seen as one of the places in Europe to invest in property. But it would appear the tide is slowly starting to turn. Analysis from property consultancy CBRE has shown that Edinburgh property investment conditions are on the rise, more than likely driven by London’s overheating property market.   In a recent article published by the Scotsman, it’s been suggested that investors are beginning to look elsewhere with Scotland’s capital, Edinburgh, coming third in the top 10 European cities in which to invest. The article, written by David O’Leary, said: “Lack of supply in large prime-property …

Cairn Estate & Letting Agency Launches Brand New Website

So far, 2014 has been an exceptionally busy year for Cairn, it’s seen both our team and our client base grow. We have been incredibly busy behind the scenes too with the likes of staff training and development, as well as working hard on bringing you a brand new Cairn website. Launching last week, we now have a website which is modern, pleasing on the eye, and is also functional – working across desktop PCs and all mobile devices. A truly responsive website with additional landlord portal and unique investment property search. It’s now easier for users to find exactly …

Meet The Team – Jennifer McGonigle

I’m Jennifer and I’m an Investment Manager here at Cairn. I’ve been with the company now for two and a half years, and it’s flown in! For those of you unfamiliar with what an Investment Manager does, my job involves HMO investment, portfolio management, and sales project management for investor refurbishments. There are a number of reasons I decided to work in the property industry, one of which is the bubble of the west end student property market. I find really unique and interesting. And the uniqueness of the industry is what keeps me in it. I love going to …

Cairn: Your Investment Specialist

Cairn has made quite a name for itself in the sales and rental market, but did you know it also has a thriving investment service? For those looking to make an investment in the property market Cairn offers a property matching service where we look at properties on and “off” the market to suit your investment requirements. Whether moving into the area, buying an investment to rent out, adding value through refurbishments for resale, or an HMO student property, Cairn’s combined market knowledge and access to stock can be beneficial. We offer buyers a pro-active search and recommendation service at …

World Cup Competition Terms & Conditions

No we’re at the business end of the World Cup, football fever has really taken a hold on us all here at Cairn. And just in case you felt there wasn’t quite enough excitement on the pitches in Brazil we’ve decided to run a competition for the remainder of the tournament. To enter the competition and be in with a chance of winning a three course meal for two, plus a bottle of wine in the west ends Stravaigan it’s really simple. All you have to do is LIKE our Facebook page and leave a comment under the competition status …

The Importance Of Broadband In The Property Market

In years gone by when selling a house there have been various factors that have either been dealmakers or deal breakers; transport links, local schools, local shops, playparks for the kids, that kind of thing. However we’re increasingly seeing a new ‘must have’ on the lists’ of those shopping around for their perfect home. Broadband. But it’s not just any old broadband, it has to be super fast broadband. It’s quite understandable really. More and more of us are using the likes of smartphones and tablets in the home, tweeting or Facebook chatting about the TV show you’re watching at …

New Student Accommodation In The Heart Of Glasgow To Offer Superb Investment Opportunity

We’ve got some exciting news about a great opportunity arising in the heart of Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow. Construction is already underway on this development which will see the old Co-Op building on Bath Street transform into superb student accommodation. Comprising of 80 flats and a host of communal areas, this safe, secure, and stylish development is perfect for investors looking to move in the student market. In addition, the Robert Owen House comes with countless features which you struggle to find in other developments; each kitchen fitted with all appliances, Internet connectivity, fitted furniture including beds, wardrobes, and desks, …