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Fresh investors sought for Edinburgh rental market

Edinburgh needs far more investors to enter the rental market to meet growth targets in tenant numbers and rising affluence, a top industry insider has suggested.

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Fruit and vegetables need protection from the wind. Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Jenny Mollison: Hedge your bets to keep buffeting winds at bay

This year few of us escaped the strong winds which buffeted Scotland in early August. I’m fairly philosophical if my bean poles get blown over in September, but not when cropping has only just begun. Tall peas and beans were taking a hammering. I was not alone in heading for the plots to make emergency reinforcements. My neighbour was anchoring his down with a washing line and tent pegs.

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A four bedroomed apartment in Grey Gables, Southwood, Troon is on the market with Donald Ross Property at offers over 395,000

The happy town of Troon

Keen golfers may have nodded sagely when they heard the news that the Ayrshire town of Troon has come top in Scotland in a survey of the happiest places to live.

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Good deals for last homes

Choosing a home off plan when a new development is launched means buyers have the pick of property types and can sometimes take advantage of early deals.

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The Craig, near Montrose

One of Scotland’s oldest homes for sale, a 13th century castle

Set high above the Montrose basin in the Angus countryside, Craig Castle, or The Craig as it is known, is one of Scotland’s oldest properties and could tell some tales if its walls could talk.

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Jo Whiley in her garden. Picture: PA

How to create space outdoors to enjoy sound of nature

Green-fingered DJ Jo Whiley tells Hannah Stephenson how to make an outdoor musical haven

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How to win hearts with a holiday let

How to win hearts with a holiday let

With the Edinburgh festivals in full flow, holiday property owners are taking advantage of record numbers of visitors.

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The dining kitchen in the Dornoch showhome

Loch Ness development enjoys monster sales

Barratt Homes’ Loch 
Ness-side development is continuing to enjoy success as phase two at Ness Castle approaches sell out ahead of schedule.

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Dig For Victory posters from the Second World War. Picture: Getty Images

Allotment Tales: Battles on Home Front changed landscape

The centenary of the Battle of the Somme, the bloodiest of the First World War, is being commemorated this year. As the conflict dragged on, a stark realisation that the war was going to be a long, drawn-out affair dawned. Germany was nearly self-sufficient in home-grown food compared with only 45 per cent of UK food being home-produced. The Dig for Victory campaign is associated with the Second World War, but providing home-grown food was just as important in the First World War as German U-boats targeted food supply ships.

Retro chic and fairway views, close to the city

Retro chic and fairway views, close to the city

Whitehill Woods is a development of contemporary homes, period apartments in a historic building and a brand new golf course which heralds the next phase in the history of the Whitehill estate in Rosewell, Midlothian, just outside Edinburgh.

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Lantoncraigs in the Borders is now a beautiful home with practical outbuildings

Labour of love transforms a Borders farm

Many house moves involve a little upgrading before you can really settle in. But Alasdair and Mary Drysdale had to tackle a more serious problem at the start of their tenure at Lantoncraigs near Jedburgh in 1993.

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Oor Wullie creator Robert Low once lived at Hillbank House. Picture: Clyde Properties

Former home of Oor Wullie creator Robert Low goes on sale

The house once owned by the creator of Scotland’s best-loved cartoon character, ‘Oor Wullie’, is on the market for just under £500,000.

Isle of Bute estate, with fairies, on market for �825,000. Picture: Strutt and Parker

Scots island estate for sale - fairies included

A STUNNING Victorian estate believed to be full of fairies has been put on the market for £825,000.

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Rodel Hotel in the Hebrides. Picture: CKD Galbraith

Historic Harris hotel steeped in legend for sale

THE Rodel Hotel is at the end of everything - so penned the poet Louis Macneice, after a stay in 1938.

The estate was mooted as a potential new home for former Prime Minister David Cameron. Picture: Hemedia

Country estate eyed by David Cameron on market at £10.5m

A property frequented by Queen Victoria and which has been rumoured as a potential new home for David Cameron has been put on the market for offers over £10.5 million.

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Airbnb landlords are attracted by the short-stay market, which may mean a loss of long-term provision. John Macdougall/Getty

Jeff Salway: Rise of Airbnb ‘makes housing crisis worse’

Airbnb and other short-term letting sites will be a godsend for many of the visitors descending on Edinburgh during festival month.

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Deadheading will pay dividends in the garden as summer fades. Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Jo Whittingham: Keep summer displays going for as long as you can

Most of us would call August late summer, but in Scotland I always feel there is a whiff of autumn in the air this month – unless we are very lucky with the weather.

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A luxury retirement home which has an underground tunnel linking it to Harrods has been given the go-ahead by planners. Picture: PA

Luxury retirement home with tunnel to Harrods given go-ahead

A luxury retirement home on a site which has an underground tunnel linking it to Harrods has been given the go-ahead by planners.

Outer and Inner Holms in Orkney for sale. Picture: Lows Orkney

Two Orkney islands for sale - for the price of one

A BUY one get one free deal is available on a pair of Scottish islands for just £300,000.

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Rental brifing: how to avoid deposit disputes

The main reason for disputes at the end of a tenancy is disagreements over the deposit and how much of it should or shouldn’t be returned to the tenant.

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