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10 of the Best Plants in your garden for an autumn property sale

There are so many late-flowering plants that will keep blooming for months to come, lifting the garden and enhancing the attractiveness of your property to buyers. Garden centres typically sell these plants in 2 litre pots, ready to plant straight away for...
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A welcoming living space

Our living rooms come in many shapes and sizes, and we all yearn for a welcoming, social space where we can unwind alone or gather with friends and family. Creating that sense of warmth and welcome, however, can sometimes be a challenge....
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A well-dressed home

A well-dressed home can reduce a residential property’s time on the market by 25-50 per cent and add 5-20 per cent to its price, the US National Association of Realtors says Can't say the American's are always ahead, but in Scotland we...
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How to ask your parents those difficult financial questions

How to ask your parents those difficult financial questions Old age and death are still taboo subjects, but talking about financial arrangements with elderly parents now could avoid painful problems later on. Some families are lucky with parents happy to discuss their...
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A view from afar

Edinburgh Property: what’s not to like? On a recent trip across the pond we were struck by a feature in a US lifestyle publication on the virtues of property in our – by US standards – quaint little town this side of...
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A shout out

A shout out – and a note of genuine reassurance – to long-suffering property owners Credit crunch, austerity, mortgage stringency, stamp duty, and now Brexit! Above the noise of non-stop media hype and speculation in recent weeks over the vote to leave...
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6 essential home improvements

Six Essential Home Improvements Before Selling your Home We all love those home improvement shows where someone buys a wreck of a house for next to nothing, makes some clever renovations and then sells it for a fortune. When it comes to...
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Keep calm...

Keep calm and carry on, says the Scotsman's Bill Jamieson Ride the choppy waves of politics at Westminster and Holyrood, but don't be dominated by it all. "What an unholy mess. We seem to be caught between the political equivalent of a...
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Brexit Reflection

"In the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed" 1871 Descent of Man Charles Darwin On this most reflective of days, wondering what happened to our glorious nation overnight, the...
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North Berwick: Scotland's Seaside Property Hotspot

Fresh air, golf, breath-taking scenery, a laidback lifestyle close to Edinburgh - East Lothian is a beautiful part of the world and a highly desirable place to live. Recent house price data backs up this view. The Seaside Towns Review (based on...