HMO Properties, An Investors Dream

For many students, at this time of year, as well as exams, thoughts turn to their housing situation for the following term. Many who choose not to stay in student halls find themselves on the hunt for an HMO (house of multiple occupancy) property where they can share the property and costs with other students. Currently there are simply not enough HMOs to meet demand. At Cairn, we’ve instances where we’ve had students waiting at the office door for opening to try and arrange accommodation for next term. For investors, HMOs are a great investment. You’re pretty much guaranteed tenants …

Meet The Team – Chris Tulloch

Hi, I’m Chris and I’m one of the valuers here at Cairn. As a valuer for the company I’m responsible for valuing properties for sale and rental, as well as meeting owners and landlords who wish to use Cairn to market their property for sale or rental. In addition I also Organise schedules by taking photographs, floor plans, room sizes and descriptions, then adding and updating these properties on our website, and others that we use. The wide range of duties I carry out on a daily basis is actually a large part of why I was attracted to working …

Demolishing The Red Road Flats, A Celebration Or An Insult?

At Cairn we like to keep our finger on the pulse of all that’s happening in the property industry, whether it be buying, letting, or investing. However we also keep a close eye on what’s going on close to home, and there’s one story in particular that’s really caught our eye in the last week. For over 50 years the Glasgow skyline has been dominated by what was once the highest living accommodation in Europe, the Red Road Flats. For years the flats in the east end of the city have been lying abandoned, derelict, and occupied by the likes …

Meet The Team – Helen Hogg

I’m Helen and I’m a Property Partner here at Cairn. I spend my time in Scotland’s capital, Edinburgh, as a contact for our tenants, landlords, as well as adding investors. In addition I’m also responsible for reviewing properties, lease signings, property inspections, and fire training. It’s also part of my job to research the property market in Edinburgh and keep abreast of trends in the city etc. I love what I do. Working in the property industry’s interesting, exciting, and is constantly evolving. It’s due to these factors that I’ve been with Cairn for around nine months and have loved …

Waiting List for New West End Student Flats Now Open

We’re delighted to inform you that the waiting list for new student accommodation in Glasgow’s west end, Hyndland House, is now open for next term (August 2014). We invite interested parties to contact us either by phone or email to arrange a date and time to view the show flat and ask us any questions they may have. The brand new development, in the heart of Glasgow’s west end, is conveniently located just a short walk from The University of Glasgow, and only two miles from Glasgow’s city centre. However the scheme’s also suitable for students studying at Glasgow Caledonian …

Cairn Recruiting Property Managers For Its Glasgow Office

We’re currently seeking two experienced Property Managers based at our Head Office, Gibson Street, Glasgow. Founded in 1999, Cairn is the vision of MD David Rowand – a company providing more for clients than merely Estate Agency or Property Management. Expert teams deliver a comprehensive property service which meets the investment goals of clients while maintaining respected standards in all properties. The keys to Cairn’s success is its people and its commitment to high quality and personal customer service. Responsive and productive. Cairn always aims to deliver against clients needs Ideal candidates must have minimum two years letting experience, and …

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 …

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 …