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The Caledonia Report – June 2021

 WRITTEN BY CALEDONIA ESTATE AGENCY

Everybody can see the property market in Badenoch & Strathspey has been on a steep incline over the last 12 months.

After the initial lockdown we fully anticipated a rise in people wanting to relocate to the area but we did think it would level off as the year came to an end. Fast forward 12 months and nothing has changed, if anything the demand has increased and prices have continued to rise. 

Property group Savills has upgraded its 2021 UK house price forecasts, predicting a 3% rise in Scottish house prices in 2021. The firm predicted that average UK house prices will rise by 4% over the year, with a 21.1% growth from 2021-25. Prices in Scotland will increase by 22.8% by 2025, it added.

Scottish house prices rose by nearly 11% during the year to March, with the average house now being sold for nearly £167,000. The highest average monthly increase was in Clackmannanshire, with a 6.8% rise.

Out of Scotland’s seven cities, Edinburgh tops the list, with average prices standing at £310,357 in February.

Stirling was second at £256,923, Perth was third at £237,904, Inverness was fourth at £201,183, 

We continue to see people looking at relocating to more rural communities and while this makes it easier as an agency to sell properties we fully appreciate it does come with challenges for local people living and working in the National Park. We live in a genuine place of beauty and people will always be attracted to the area, it’s up to us to manage this going forward by helping and educating people when it comes to property.

We are always well placed to help buyers and sellers understand the local property market and pride ourselves in being approachable, friendly and professional. If you need property advice look no further than Caledonia Estate Agency. 

 

Home of the Month

DUNROAMIN – AVIEMORE

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“Dunroamin” is a 7 bedroom detached property situated centrally within Aviemore in the highly desirable residential area of Craig na Gower Avenue. Currently run as successful bed and breakfast the property benefits from three private bedrooms and four guest rooms as well as modern fitted kitchen, separate dining room, lounge and beautifully maintained garden rounds.

Aviemore and surrounding area is going to see massive increase in people coming to visit the great outdoors in the coming months and this property offers an amazing opportunity for someone looking at taking advantage of the staycation market.

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5 Ways to prepare your home for sale

1. FIRST IMPRESSIONS

First impressions count for everything. Get the windows professionally cleaned and replace the worn-out door mat so prospective buyers aren’t put off before they’ve even walked through the front door. Kerb appeal is crucial.

2. ATTENTION TO DETAIL

Have a thorough spring clean and get to the corners you’d normally ignore. Buyers come with a critical eye and will inspect a room from wall to wall – you don’t want them looking up at the ceiling and seeing a collection of cobwebs.

3. MAINTENANCE

Some buyers will be put off at the idea of any DIY. Run a quick maintenance check throughout your home and get the tool box out. Do any bulbs needs replacing, or is there a loose door handle that needs to be tightened, for example?

4. PETS

If you have a dog, send him or her to the dog groomer’s for a professional clean. A house that smells of pets can be a real turn-off for some viewers. Washing the dog’s bed is a good idea, too.

5. GARDEN UPKEEP

The garden can be the most important room of the house. Mow the lawn, cut back any trees and bushes, tidy up the garden furniture, hide the children’s plastic toys and plant some inexpensive colourful flowers. 

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