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Rental briefing: too early to predict post-Brexit property performance

There have been a few scare stories post Brexit, with a significant chunk of the weaker analysis coming from buying agents trying to talk the property market down.

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The Old Coach House, Blairgowrie is a charming Victorian five-bedroomed property with private gardens in a desirable area. The lounge and dining room are in a spectacular double-height space, still divided by the original wooden stalls and overlooked by a mezzanine library. Offers over �495,000. Contact Savills on 01738 477525.

Three of a kind: converted carriage houses

Converted coach or carriage houses have many advantages. Built when large estates needed to house their horse-drawn vehicles, they often possess the same style and quality as the main house, but with spacious interiors to suit modern, open-plan living and plenty of quirky features remain.

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Spare some sympathy for the last-time buyer

A great deal of focus is placed on the plight of first-time buyers, who have struggled with lending restrictions since the banking crisis.

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Glentruim House overlooks the Cairngorms and the Monadhliath mountains.

A Highland home with added romance

Glentruim House and cottages, near Laggan in Inverness-shire, offers a beautifully secluded and luxurious retreat in the heart of Scotland.

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Property prices in Scotland rose four per cent in May. Picture: TSPL

Average Scots house price rose 4% in May, new figures show

The average price of a house in Scotland has risen by 4%, official statistics show.

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Looking for a bolthole in the capital during August can be a challenge - but plenty of options remain. Picture: Steven Scott Taylor

Edinburgh Festivals: Where to look for last-minute accommodation

Making last-minute plans to go to the capital in August? From boutique hotels to camping in the great outdoors, plenty of accommodation options remain on the table – but snap them up while you can

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Bonnytoun House, Linlithgow, is an early Victorian mansion with spectacular views. It retains original features such as cornicing and shutters, while the bathrooms and kitchen are contemporary. It has five bedrooms and is set in 24 acres of mature gardens. Offers over �1.8 million. Contact Knight Frank on 0131 516 7570.

Three of a kind: Victorian family homes

From solid tenements in our cities, glorious municipal buildings and pretty terraced cottages, the Victorian era has left a legacy of architecture which is still highly prized.

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The Old Schoolhouse is a unique period home to the west of the Pentland Hills.

A Pentlands home with a history

A great deal has changed at the Old Schoolhouse at Causewayend, Kirknewton, since it began life as a coaching inn in 1823.

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Rental briefing: targeting landlords means less choice for tenants

The latest statistics on rents in Scotland show they are at a record high, after the fastest month-on-month growth on record.

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Brexit impact on buyers and sellers

Crying is all right in its way while it lasts. But you have to stop sooner or later, and then you still have to decide what to do”… or so said CS Lewis when he wasn’t encouraging us to venture through a mythical wardrobe to play with an allegorical lion.

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Trend for tenants to carry on renting

For the first time, DJ Alexander Lettings has started to ask departing tenants if they plan to carry on renting or if their forward plans are to go on and purchase a property, and the responses we have had so far indicate a change in attitudes to home ownership.

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Initial indications predict a stormy ride for sellers

It could be autumn before figures are released that show what the effect of the referendum on Britain’s EU membership has been on the property market but we are already facing a barrage of conflicting information.

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Ivy Cottage, Knoydart is on the banks of Loch Nevis and has a sun room which takes advantage of the spectacular views over Inverie Bay. The house is a modern redesign of a 19th century property and includes features such as a wood-burning stove and a bespoke antique pine staircase. It has four bedrooms plus outbuildings and its own mooring. Offers over �380,000. Contact MacPhee & Partners on 01397 702200.

Three of a kind: escape the rat race

In the aftermath of the Brexit vote, with political turmoil on our news screens and uncertainty all around, it is tempting to dream about getting away from it all.

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The kitchen at Drylaw House.

Labour of love for secret Edinburgh house

Drylaw House in Edinburgh is one of those properties that seems to stand still as the world around it changes. Built in 1718 as a replacement for Old Drylaw House which is now a ruin in the grounds, the newer property is a beautifully symmetrical early Georgian house, built by the Loch family, barons of Drylaw.

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Brexit has resulted in a stalling of properties being put on the market in the Lothians. Picture: TSPL

New homes listings hit by Brexit vote, says ESPC

The ESPC has warned that the number of houses being put on the market in the Lothians has stalled as a result of the Brexit vote.

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End of short tenancies could be have its benefits

The short-assured tenancy is living on borrowed time, at least as far as the residential rental sector in Scotland is concerned.

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Meiklerig Farmhouse, Stenton, East Lothian is a pretty Georgian property with six-acre grounds, five bedrooms and an all-weather tennis court. Offers over �775,000. Contact Savills on 0131 247 3700.

Three of a kind: anyone for tennis?

This week saw the start of two weeks of games, sets and matches from Wimbledon. Inspired by all the action, as a nation we usually rush to the courts filled with enthusiasm for the game.

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A bright study area. Picture: Wullie Marr/HPR

Water of Leith inspiration for mill site

CALA Homes (East) has launched showhomes at its Currie development, Kinleith Mill, with architecture and interiors inspired by the location.

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Burnside Cottage, sits by Burdiehouse Burn

HOME OF THE WEEK

Moving house can be a hassle, but imagine if it were the house that moved, rather than the occupants.

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