Jenny Carswell, Regional Sales Manager for Scotland's leading estate agent Gilson Gray, shares her advice for moving in the new year.
KNOW WHAT YOU CAN AFFORD
We strongly advise you consult a Mortgage Advisor. They can help you determine your borrowing capacity, assess your buyer status, and explore various interest rate options. Whether you're a first-time buyer or not, having a Mortgage Adviser by your side is an excellent way to kick-start your property search in the best possible way.
CHOOSE YOUR DESIRED LOCATION
It's a wise strategy to pinpoint your top two or three preferred neighbourhoods or even specific postal codes for your ideal place to reside. This focused approach allows you to be more intentional and precise in your quest for your dream home. You can set up alerts for these areas on different platforms like ESPC to receive notifications when a suitable property becomes available in the market. Case in point, 19 Rattray Drive (pictured) in Greenbank, Edinburgh, which is currently for sale and proving popular. Additionally, if you're concerned about school catchment areas, that's another crucial factor to keep in mind.
AVOID WASTING TIME
Prior to embarking on your property search, it's essential to have open conversations about your non-negotiables. This proactive approach can save you valuable time and energy in the long term, as it clarifies your must-haves and dealbreakers. Even seemingly basic features like a driveway, garden or extra bathroom can fall into this category. When you're uncertain about whether a property meets your specific needs, consult the sales brochure, or reach out to the Selling Agent to avoid unnecessary viewing appointments.
BECOME A DESIRABLE BUYER
When submitting an offer, it is advantageous to either have funds readily available to make a cash purchase, have a pre-approved mortgage, or be actively preparing to sell your current home. If you have a property to sell and your property is not on the market yet, this can make your offer less appealing as the seller cannot guarantee timescales for completion of sale or whether you will secure a chain free offer. Furthermore, the greater your flexibility with timelines, the more advantageous it can be, as property chains can be intricate, particularly during both busy and less active periods of the year.
For more information on Gilson Gray, as well as their exclusive offers for eggs including a £400 discount on houses valued up to £400k, please email [email protected]. To find out more about the featured property at 19 Rattray Drive, Greenbank, Edinburgh, visit www.gilsongray.co.uk. This article is also featured in our the egg winter special magazine, read it online here or look out for copies distributed throughout Edinburgh.