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Best Renovation – Housing Sector – Havelock Street Development
We have recently been nominated for an award at the Scottish Empty Homes Conference. https://emptyhomespartnership.scot/conference-2024/ ‘Best Renovation – Housing Sector’ category, from the Glasgow Council Empty Homes Officer Ann Fay. Ann was impressed at our work at 3/01, 16 Havelock Street, Glasgow, G11 5JA. ‘They began swiftly, completing the work in 17 weeks, despite the […]
Investment, Property Investment
Scottish property investment opportunities
Unlocking Opportunities in Scottish Property Investment Scotland’s property market presents a wealth of investment opportunities, marked by its stability, growth potential, and diverse range of options. Cairn Letting & Estate Agency, with its deep-rooted expertise in this sector, is perfectly positioned to guide investors through the intricacies of Scottish property investment. Why Invest in Scottish Property? The Scottish property market offers unique advantages for investors. It’s characterised by a balance of traditional and modern properties, stable growth in property values, and a consistent demand driven by its rich culture, history, and economic opportunities. This makes Scotland an attractive location for both domestic and international investors. Key Areas for Investment Scotland boasts several promising regions for property investment. Cities like Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Aberdeen offer different prospects, from high-end residential properties to commercial and student accommodations. Each area has its unique appeal, and understanding these local market dynamics is crucial for successful investment. Navigating the Investment Process Investing in Scottish property requires a thorough understanding of local regulations, taxation, and market trends. This is where Cairn’s expertise becomes invaluable. We provide investors with the necessary insights and guidance to navigate these aspects confidently, ensuring compliance and optimising investment potential. Cairn’s Unique Approach to Property Investment At Cairn Letting & Estate Agency, we don’t just offer advice; we provide a comprehensive investment strategy tailored to each client’s needs. Our approach includes thorough market analysis, property sourcing, and management services, ensuring that every investment is well-informed and geared towards long-term success. Our local knowledge and market insights are unmatched, making us an ideal partner in Scottish property investment. The Scottish property market offers diverse and lucrative investment opportunities. With Cairn Letting & Estate Agency, you have a partner who brings expertise, local knowledge, and a tailored approach to your property investment journey. If you’re considering investing in Scottish property, reach out to our team for a consultation that could pave the way to your investment success.
Investment, Buy To Let, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Landlords, Properties For Sale, Property Investment
Off-Market Property Opportunities – Scotland
Off-Market Property Opportunities – Scotland Scotland’s property market has always been dynamic, attracting investors with its rich history, diverse property types, and strong potential for capital growth. But beyond the traditional real estate listings and public auctions, lies a niche yet fruitful avenue for investors: off-market property opportunities. Why Consider Off-Market Property Opportunities? Exclusivity: Off-market deals offer a distinct advantage in terms of exclusivity. You’re getting access to properties that aren’t advertised publicly, giving you a competitive edge in a market as vibrant as Scotland’s. Flexibility in Negotiation: Without the pressures of public listing deadlines and open viewings, both buyers and sellers in the off-market realm can enjoy more relaxed timelines and potentially more favourable terms. Discreet Transactions: Some sellers prefer off-market sales for the sake of privacy, ensuring that the sale doesn’t attract undue attention. Potential Value: Because off-market properties might not have been dressed up for sale, they might be priced more realistically. With the right investment in refurbishment and development, there’s potential for significant capital appreciation. Cairn: Leading the Way in Off-Market Opportunities For those considering venturing into Scotland’s off-market property sector, Cairn positions itself as a trusted partner with deep connections and experience. Their longstanding reputation and presence in the sector has led to direct approaches from sellers, which means they’re often privy to some of the most attractive & appealing off-market deals available. Furthermore, Cairn’s well-established relationships with property professionals can provide access to off-market opportunities that might not be available through other channels. Stats and Insights on Scottish Property Market: According to the Scottish Government’s Quarterly Housing Market Review (source: Scottish Government, 2022), there has been a noticeable increase in the demand for residential properties, which has inadvertently pushed some sellers and investors to look at alternative methods of transaction, such as off-market sales. This trend not only highlights the dynamic nature of Scotland’s property market but also underlines the benefits of off-market opportunities, where exclusivity and discretion can lead to a better arrangement for both buyer & seller. Conclusion: As Scotland’s property market continues to evolve, off-market opportunities present a unique proposition for investors seeking exclusivity, value, and flexibility. And with Cairn at your side, you’re not only getting access to these opportunities but also the assurance of working with a partner who knows the ins and outs of this distinct segment of the market. Whether you’re an experienced investor or just starting out, diving into the world of off-market properties in Scotland with Cairn’s guidance could be your next strategic move. Explore our Investment Services Page.
Investment, Buy To Let, Edinburgh, Landlords, Portobello, Property Investment
Tips for overseas investors in Edinburgh property
Tips for Overseas Investors in Edinburgh Property Edinburgh, with its rich history and vibrant culture, is not just a prime tourist destination; it’s also a hub for overseas property investors. Whether you’re a seasoned investor or just beginning to explore opportunities in the Scottish capital, it’s crucial to have a deep understanding of the local property market. With that said, Cairn Estate & Letting Agency, with years of experience and unparalleled knowledge of the Edinburgh property scene, shares essential tips for overseas investors. Understand Your Investment Objectives: Before delving into the market, it’s paramount to outline clear objectives for your property investment. Are you looking for capital growth, or is your primary focus the yield expectation? Ideally, you are evaluating the required landlord time commitment, be it HMO or traditional single let. Defining these objectives will shape your investment journey. Leverage Expert Market Analysis: The property market is driven by trends, and having expert analysis at your fingertips can make all the difference. Using industry information portals, Cairn offers in-house and dedicated subscription data on property prices and market trends, ensuring that overseas investors are equipped with the most recent and relevant data. Capitalise on Established Industry Connections: One advantage of partnering with Cairn is the agency’s industry reputation, leading to direct approaches from sellers. They have nurtured relationships with property professionals, opening the doors to “off” market opportunities that might be hidden from the average investor. Stay Updated: The property market is dynamic, with prices, trends, and opportunities shifting frequently. Cairn aids its investors by providing monthly property list updates and reviews of client objectives, ensuring that every decision made aligns with the latest market insights. Weigh Opportunities against Your Investment Profile: It’s not just about identifying opportunities; it’s about recognising the ones that align with your investment profile. From development appraisals to capital growth estimates and rent and yield predictions, Cairn ensures that each opportunity resonates with the client’s specific objectives. Navigate the Development and Project Management Maze: For those looking to invest in property development, navigating the maze of local authority consents, cost tenders, and contractor appointments can be daunting. Cairn simplifies this process, offering comprehensive services that encompass everything from project assessment to site inspections and reporting. In Conclusion: Investing in Edinburgh’s property market from overseas can be both rewarding and challenging. By enlisting the expertise of Cairn Estate & Letting Agency, overseas investors can access the industry insights, connections, and tailored services needed to transform challenges into opportunities. Whether you’re considering a single buy-to-let property or aiming to expand a diverse portfolio, Cairn stands as the ideal partner in your Edinburgh property journey. For more insights into the Edinburgh property market and tailored guidance for overseas investors, contact one of our friendly property investment professionals.
Investment, Buy To Let, Edinburgh, Property Investment
Edinburgh Property Investment: Is It Still Worth It in 2023?
Edinburgh Property Investment: Is It Still Worth It in 2023? Interested in Edinburgh property investment? Here, we explain why it’s still a great idea. Investing in buy-to-let in Edinburgh is a no-brainer. Scotland’s cosmopolitan capital boasts stunning properties, a thriving economy, a growing student population, and huge rental demand. In short, it’s the ideal mix for property investors. But why should you spend your money here in 2023? Let’s explore the attraction of Edinburgh in a little more detail. Edinburgh Property Investment — Why Invest in the Capital? Edinburgh Fast Facts Population: 548,000 (2022) House Price Avg: £338,000 (2022) Monthly Rent Avg: £1,327 (2022) Typical Rental Yield: 4% – 6% (the UK average is 4%) Auld Reekie: A City On the Rise It might seem odd to describe a city first founded before the 7th century AD as one “on the rise,” but in property investment terms, that’s Edinburgh in a nutshell. The (Second) Best UK City for Property Investment According to a major study by commercial property advisor Colliers, the Scottish capital came second as the best city for residential property investment in the UK — pipped to the post by Cambridge (London came fourth). The city’s house price growth, high-quality universities, and strong economic performance helped Edinburgh take silver in this particular contest. But there were a variety of other impressive points worth noting where Edinburgh property investment is concerned, including: 1. Historically Low Unemployment Rates Edinburgh’s unemployment has been historically much lower than in most other UK cities, with students and young professionals drawn to the area thanks to higher education and employment opportunities. With more people working, demand for rental properties remains high, while rental rates stay competitive. 2. A Beacon for Major Employers More and more employers are setting up shop in Edinburgh due to its large population, diverse economy, and highly skilled workforce. A powerhouse of the Scottish economy, key sectors include financial services, software and technology, tourism, and retail. 3. A Commuter’s Dream Edinburgh City is incredibly well-connected to its surrounding areas, with several major roads, train lines, and other public transport links converging on the capital. If your property investment budget doesn’t stretch to the city centre, you could still take advantage of Edinburgh’s magnetic draw by looking to the outskirts. 4. A Thriving Student Market Edinburgh is home to 6 universities and 3 colleges. The city attracts students from across Scotland, the UK, and the rest of the world — and these students need to live somewhere! Consider investing in high-quality HMO student accommodation in Edinburgh to meet the demand from student tenants and earn greater yields than standard buy-to-let properties. 5. A Population That Could Soon Rival Glasgow Edinburgh’s population has been on an upward trend since the 1990s, and it shows no signs of slowing. As of 2022, it sits at a whopping 548,000, and this is projected to grow to over 603,000 by 2035. This means it could rival — and even overtake — Glasgow at some point in the near future. And a growing population means a greater demand for housing stock. Worth keeping in mind if you’re trying to choose between the two cities! Read more: Property Investment In Glasgow: Where To Spend Your Money in 2023 So, Where to Buy? Edinburgh Buy-to-Let Hotspots We dig a bit deeper into the postcodes and places to buy in Edinburgh in this post: Buy-to-Let in Edinburgh: Where to Look? But if you want the headlines, here goes… The southwest is an up-and-coming part of the city, with competitively priced properties and fantastic transport links. Check out EH11 and Dalry and Gorgie in particular. EH16 (Liberton and surrounding areas) is consistently popular for buy-to-lets. Situated a mere three miles from the city centre, it’s ideal for students and professionals alike. The neighbouring areas of Broughton, Hillside, and Lochend also offer close proximity to the centre, but without the high costs associated with other parts of the city. Trendy bars, cafes, and restaurants make this a vibrant and sought-after locale. Ready to invest in Edinburgh? Start your property search here. Cairn: Edinburgh Property Investment Experts So, is purchasing a buy-to-let property in Edinburgh worth it in 2023? Absolutely — so long as you know where to look. That’s where we come in. Our property investment experts are ready to help you find your next buy-to-let opportunity in the capital. Get in touch to learn more.
Investment, Buy To Let, Glasgow, Property Finance
Property Investment In Glasgow: Where To Spend Your Money in 2023
Interested in property investment in Glasgow? Here Cairn profiles the most popular areas of the city. Investing in buy-to-let in Glasgow is a no-brainer. A bustling, modern European city with a vibrant student population, a thriving economy, vital transport links, and huge rental demand, Scotland’s largest city represents a golden opportunity for property investors. But where should you spend your money in 2023? Let’s explore Glasgow in a little more detail. Why Invest in Glasgow Property? Glasgow Fast Facts Population: 635,640 (2020) House Price Avg: £207,250 (2021) Monthly Rent Avg: £992 (2021) Rental Yield Avg: 5% (the UK average is 3.6%) Around a third of Scotland’s entire population lives in or around Glasgow. The city itself has a population of 635,640 (as of 2020), while the Greater Glasgow area is home to around 1.8 million. The sheer number of people in this part of Scotland makes property investment in Glasgow very attractive — and for two reasons in particular: 1. There’s a Huge Demand for Rental Properties According to research by Admiral, demand for rental properties in Glasgow far outstrips supply, with 998 prospective renters for every 100 available rental properties. Only Salford (1,076 people for every 100 rental properties) has a higher tenant demand in the UK. For comparison, Edinburgh came fourth in Admiral’s list, with 535 potential renters for every 100 available properties. This demand has seen the average Glasgow rent climb to £992 PCM, while the average time to let is only 31 days. Bottom line? If you invest in a buy-to-let property in Glasgow, it probably won’t be empty for very long. 2. Business is Booming Glasgow isn’t just home to almost two million people. It’s also the beating heart of Scotland’s economy. According to Invest Glasgow, the city region generates 34% of all Scottish jobs and plays host to one of the fastest-growing technology investment hubs in the UK. Beyond that, leading industries include public health, hotels, restaurants, distribution, banking & finance, insurance, transport, and communication. Glasgow’s workforce is diverse, highly educated, and bringing home, on average, £30,000 a year. So, not only is there a huge demand for rental properties in Glasgow, that demand is being driven by desirable, professional tenants. Property Investment In Glasgow — Area By Area Wondering where to invest in Glasgow buy-to-let property? Here are 5 key areas worth exploring. 1. The City Centre Average house price: £205,000 Home to both traditional properties and modern new-builds, Glasgow’s city centre boasts plenty of choices, no matter your target market. Although many people working in the centre prefer to live outside of its boundaries, many more call it home. This is especially true of Glasgow’s student population. The fashionable Merchant City is worth a look if you’re hoping to rent to young professionals, while areas like Townhead, Charing Cross, and Cowcaddens are all within walking and public transport distance of the city’s universities. 2. The West End Average house price: £245,000 The best West End estate agents rarely have trouble letting properties in this stunning part of the city. Popular with young families thanks to its green space, young professionals thanks to its transport links, and students, thanks to its bars, cafes, and proximity to Glasgow University, demand for rental properties here is through the roof. Of course, this level of demand has a knock-on effect, with many of the properties in the West End among the most expensive in Glasgow. But if you find something that works for your budget, you could be onto a winner. Consider areas like Hillhead, Kelvinside, Dowanhill, Yorkhill, and Partick for any of the target markets mentioned above. 3. The East End Average house price: £180,000 Home to Dennistoun, recently named the 8th coolest neighbourhood in the world (the WORLD!), the East End of Glasgow is chock-full of character. From the iconic red sandstone tenements to thriving independent businesses, the East of the city is particularly popular with students and young families. Thanks to regeneration activities brought about by the 2014 Commonwealth Games, the East End is beginning to catch up with other parts of the city after years of neglect. Yet it remains cheaper than the city centre and the West End, so you could nab yourself a buy-to-let bargain. 4. The Southside Average house price: £200,000 When you venture south of the River Clyde, you’ll find a mixed bag of property investment opportunities. A traditionally industrial area of the city, riverside regeneration has brought a modern feel to many areas, while others remain affected by social problems. Areas like Govan, Ibrox, and the Gorbals offer a variety of affordable property types boosted by vital transport links. Meanwhile, the likes of Shawlands, Newlands, Queens Park, and Langside have a trendy vibe popular with young families and professionals. These properties are pricier, but always in demand. 5. Bearsden and Milngavie Average House Price: £291,000 Although technically in Greater Glasgow, Bearsden (G61) and neighbouring Milngavie (G62) remain popular with families and professionals alike. With great schools and handy transport links, these commuter towns offer a divine slice of Scottish suburbia, while also linking the outskirts of the city to Loch Lomond, the Trossachs, and the West Highlands. Larger houses in these parts tend to be more expensive than in other parts of Glasgow, although several affordable housing developments have been introduced over the past few years. Cairn: Property Investment In Glasgow Whether you’re looking east, west, south, or central, you’ll have plenty of choice in Glasgow. Do you want to learn more about investing in buy-to-let properties in the city? Get in touch with our property investment experts today. We’re here to help!
Investment, Property Investment
Getting into Property Investment? Start Here
Getting into Property Investment? Start Here If you’re just getting into property investment, it’s important to take your time, do your research, and make sure you’re ready. While it can be a lucrative, exciting, and often low-risk investment, there are plenty of pitfalls that can catch first-time investors off guard. In this short post, we’re sharing our top tips for getting into property investment as a first-time investor. Our Top Tips for Getting into Property Investment 1. Start Following Property Trends Before you even think about making your first investment, you should get into the habit of tracking property trends and the health of the housing market, both locally and nationally. That way, you’ll have more confidence that your investment will see a return in the long run. Note: When you work with Cairn, we provide expert analysis of industry data, alongside in-house and subscription data covering property prices and market trends. Find out more about our investment services here. 2. Only Invest What You Can Afford The next step is to review your current and short-term financial situation to get a handle on your budget. It’s often a good idea to hold some money back for any unforeseen expenses, such as repairs or renovations. And you’ll also need to factor in the additional costs and taxes associated with investment properties, including Stamp Duty, Income Tax (if you’re renting the property), and Capital Gains Tax (the tax paid on any profit generated when you sell the property down the line). 3. Make Sure You Understand Your Legal Requirements & Responsibilities Becoming a buy-to-let landlord comes with extra legal responsibilities, so it’s vital that you know what you’re getting yourself into early doors. Landlords must ensure: The property is safe and hazard-free That they are registered to be a Landlord. All gas and electrical equipment is safely installed, maintained, and inspected regularly Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are fitted and tested, and all fire safety regulations are followed to the letter Working with a property management agency (like Cairn) can help you make sure your property adheres to these requirements. 4. Focus on ROI When you’re viewing possible investment opportunities, you need to overlook the aesthetics and focus on the revenue-generating potential of the property. Wallpaper and layout can be changed, so try not to get hung up on the little things. Instead, consider the rental income and the likelihood the property will appreciate in value based on the demand in the area and those property trends you reviewed earlier. 5. Know When to Exit The property market has a habit of fluctuating, and the best investors know when to ride out the lean years and when to sell to make the most profit. Of course, no one’s born with this level of intuition — it takes years of experience to spot those opportunities. Luckily, working with a property investment agency like Cairn lets you tap into that experience as and when required. We’ll keep you up-to-date on current and future trends and help you offload investment properties at the optimum time. Getting Into Property Investment? Work with Cairn Our experienced team are on hand to provide guidance at any stage of the investment process. From supplying valuable insight into current market trends to advising on legal requirements, we’re with you every step of the way. Contact us today to learn more.
Investment, Buy To Let, Edinburgh, Property Investment
Why Invest in an Edinburgh Portfolio?
Why Invest in an Edinburgh Portfolio? Want to invest in an Edinburgh portfolio? Discover the reasons why Scotland’s capital is the place to be. With a thriving economy, six universities and a growing population that could reach 600,000 within the next 10 years, it’s no surprise that Edinburgh is considered one of the best places for buy-to-let in the UK. And high demand for properties means higher rental yields, allowing you to receive healthier returns on your investment! Read on to discover the top reasons to invest in a buy-to-let portfolio in Edinburgh. 4 Reasons to Invest in an Edinburgh Portfolio: 1. A Booming Economy Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland, is the powerhouse of both the Scottish and wider UK economy. Consistently one of the most prosperous parts of the country, it has the strongest economy of any city outside London. A booming economy means more jobs, resulting in a greater need for housing as more people move to the city. And not only does the city have a healthy employment rate of 76%, but around 40% of the workforce are in high-skilled (well-paid) jobs. 2. Rising Population Another reason to invest in buy-to-let in Edinburgh is the city’s rising population. A new report shows that it grew by 12.3% in the ten years to 2020, up from an estimated 469,930 to 527,620. This figure is expected to rise to over 600,000 by 2035, potentially becoming more populous than Glasgow in the near future. More people means greater demand for housing stock, which is great news for buy-to-let investors. Read more: Edinburgh Property Investment: Is It Worth It? 3. A flourishing student market With six universities and three colleges, Edinburgh has a flourishing student market. The city is home to students from across the UK and around the world. Thousands come not just for its elite educational reputation, but for its rich and fascinating heritage, architecture, and food and drink scene. Since full-time students comprise over 12% of the population of Edinburgh, there’s a huge need for quality rented accommodation. HMO student accommodation is particularly sought after in the city. This is because it’s generally more affordable for students since several people will be splitting the rent, and it also offers a more social experience. Since the universities aren’t going anywhere, investing in a student HMO is usually a sound investment. Some of the key areas for student property investment are Abbeyhill, Marchmont, Balerno, Chesser, Bonnington, Currie, Dalry, Gorgie, Juniper Green, Haymarket, Fountainbridge, Polwarth and Slateford. Read more: Buy-to-Let in Edinburgh: Where to Look? 4. High rental yields With so many reasons for people to live, work, and study in Edinburgh, it’s no surprise that property here is in such high demand. As well as local residents and the huge student letting market, there’s also a flourishing tourist and holiday letting market. This has become particularly attractive for Edinburgh landlords in recent years, resulting in the city boasting some of the highest rental yields in the country. According to Totally Money, Edinburgh buy-to-lets can offer excellent yields of well over 6%. Next Steps: Find an Edinburgh Portfolio We’ve written previously about how to find a property portfolio for sale in Scotland, so you may want to continue reading there. Or, if you’re ready to invest in an Edinburgh portfolio, we’re here to help. We have a proven track record in helping investors secure profitable buy-to-let investments, with multiple portfolios sold within the last six months alone. Get in touch to learn more.
Investment, Edinburgh, Property Investment, Property Partners
Why Use Our Property Development Services in Edinburgh?
Why Use Our Property Development Services in Edinburgh? Are you looking to invest in property in Scotland’s capital? If so, Cairn can help. We offer a range of property development services in Edinburgh, helping our clients maximise their investment. Whether you’re an experienced investor or new to the game, we can provide the guidance, support and assistance you need. Read on to learn more. Cairn’s Property Development Services in Edinburgh: 1. Free guidance, analysis, and recommendations Firstly, our experienced team are on hand to provide guidance at any stage of the development process. From supplying valuable insight into current market trends to advising on legal requirements, we’re with you every step of the way. Our team can also carry out a full assessment of your property in line with market standards, advising on the type of work required to maximise letting potential. And we can even provide estimates and suggest options to help you stay within budget. 2. Complete project management Secondly, when you use our development services in Edinburgh, you’ll benefit from complete project management. We can handle every part of your project, from providing a detailed plan of the required works to receiving quotes from approved contractors (and even negotiating contracts). We can agree on timescales to reflect your needs and negotiate fixed prices to improve budget management. We’ll inspect the work as it’s being carried out and later arrange a snagging inspection to ensure that high standards of workmanship have been maintained throughout. And anything which hasn’t been completed to the specification agreed can be rectified as quickly as possible. 3. Preparation of planning permission and building warrant applications Property development often requires you to get planning permission and a building warrant before you carry out work. This can include converting, altering, extending or demolishing any part of a property. At Cairn, we take care of the paperwork for you. We complete all forms and drawings to a professional standard and with the highest level of accuracy. And that’s not all. We can also help you apply for the Completion Certificate – a key document that confirms work has been carried out in agreement with the approved plans and specifications, as well as Building Regulations. 4. Carrying out design improvement to your property Finally, our work doesn’t always stop once the building work is complete. If required, our development services can also include cosmetic improvements to your property, helping to increase both its value and letting potential. Our in-house team of designers deliver eye-catching, trendy interior design. We’ll provide expert guidance on everything from picking fixtures and fittings to choosing the perfect finishes for your property. And everything we suggest will meet with current regulations and reflect your investment profile and budget. Learn More About Our Property Development Services in Edinburgh Cairn has been delivering property development services in Edinburgh for many years. Whether you’re searching for new investment opportunities or need help maximising your returns, our team of experts can help. Get in touch to learn more.