Could the property market be heating up despite the cold weather? How Will Reduced Mortgage Rates Affect The Property Market?

Whilst it has not been as busy as its Spring counterpart the first few weeks of the year have shown great potential with a number of new valuation enquiries and a buzz of new interest around our on the market properties. Rightmove have reported a 5% rise in buyer activity and a 15% jump in new properties launched to the market compared to the same time period last year.

Say Hi to Kenny & Amy!

We are so excited to finally announce the arrival of two new staff members to our Estate Agency team at Blackwood & Smith.  Kenneth Laing has joined as our Head of Estate Agency and Amy MacLinton has taken up the position of our newest Estate Agent.

Some of the reasons why you should meet with a solicitor when a spouse or loved one passes away.

When a spouse/civil partner or loved one passes away the last thing on your mind may be to contact a solicitor. However, in most cases it is important to meet with a solicitor to check if anything requires to be done as in some cases it is vitally important that you do so in order to deal with the winding up of your loved one’s affairs.

What is it that ticks your boxes when you are searching for a new home? Lots of space? Period features? A good location? We all have our list of requirements, but if ‘environmentally friendly’ is top of your list, then you may want to check out the property at Wester Happrew Steading, By Peebles.

What does your Solicitor actually do when you purchase a property?

So, you have been to view a property that you are interested in buying and the estate agent marketing the property tells you to instruct a solicitor – but why do you need one and what do they do?

Conveyancing is the legal process whereby ownership of a property is transferred from one party to another. The process involves separate lawyers acting for the purchaser and seller communicating with each other to impose their clients’ terms on the transaction and ensure the transfer goes smoothly.

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