UK house prices continue to creep up in November

House prices increased by 0.4% in November according to the latest Nationwide House Price Index. The price of a typical home in October is now 1.6% higher than one year ago. Commenting on the figures, Robert Gardner, Nationwide's Chief Economist, said: "UK...

Autumn Statement summary

some winners... Motorists - the 3p rise in fuel duty due to come into effect in January 2012 has been cancelled.  The August rise has been cut from 5p to 3p. Parents - 40% of 2 year olds are to get free...

How Businesses can prepare for HMRC task force visits

HMRC Task Forces have been visiting business premises and inspecting traders' records and, in many cases, visits have been unannounced.  In recent months, restaurants have been hard hit around closing time, on some occasions when the proprietor was away. The tax officers...

Business and Europe - one in one out?

Whilst the Euro zone's economic turmoil is graphically played out in media across the globe day by day this month, behind Sterling's barricades in the UK we can only look-on anxiously and await what will surely turn out to be game-changing shifts...

Small margins

Registers of Scotland's latest figures (released yesterday) show that Average Property Prices have decrease by 0.2% The Registers are a reliable and objective guage of property market performance as their data comes primarily and directly from completed transactions that are presented for registration in the...

Edinburgh Estate Agents Ask: Are we set for autumn sales push?

THE embattled Scottish housing market enjoyed an unexpected boost in September from sellers hoping to move home in the autumn, according to a new report from the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (Rics). Its latest UK housing market survey showed that while...

Consumer confidence in house price stability on the rise

More than 41% of respondents feel that prices will be around the same level this time next year, though the patchy nature of the current property market, driven by local wealth demographics and supply/demand dynamics, is highlighted by a doubling of those...

Doing our bit for charity

Robin Davie our Property Manager and Sean MacMillan one our solicitors, are taking part in the Big Fun Run for Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland on 23rd October 2011 at Holyrood Park in Edinburgh.  We want to try and raise as much money...

Mortgage lending on the up

Gross mortgage lending was up £1.8bn in June, a 16% increase on the previous month, according to Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) figures. It takes gross lending for the second quarter of 2011 to an estimated £33.5bn, an 11% increase on the...

Tax ignorance hits landlords in pocket

Landlords are being urged to ensure they are fully tax efficient after research shows many are failing to claim for the full range of tax allowances. Landlords could offset many of the costs incurred through letting property against their income, but many...
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