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Edinburgh Trams to Start in May 2014

A stop near you could boost the value of your property After a long and, at times, painful journey it has finally been announced that trams will be running in Edinburgh by May 2014. The exact date of the first service will...
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Floating Houses for £95,000

Edinburgh will soon see floating homes along the Water of Leith, according to ambitious plans by a renewable energy company. SRT Ecobuild intends to make a number of one and two bedroom floating properties available in the Commerical Quay area of Edinburgh....

Second Steppers: Improvements but Still Low on Equity

Although we often talk about the difficulties for first-time buyers in a challenging housing market, many families are finding the second rung of the housing ladder equally unsteady. In 2007 the typical second stepper was able to fund close to 48% of...
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Devolving Tax: Revenue Scotland

Parliament has returned this week after the summer recess and the big countdown towards the independence referendum is now upon us. With just over a year to go there are many questions still to be answered. But this week Mr Salmond has...
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Gardyloo...

Only joking: Edinburgh's Streets Lovely and Clean Edinburgh's streets are becoming cleaner as the city sees a drop in dog-fouling and graffiti. Around 95% of streets in Edinburgh were found to have acceptable levels of litter - an increase from 89% in...
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Appetite Growing in the Housing Market

A report has revealed that residential property sales were up 7.7% in the second quarter of this year compared with the same period in 2012, a rise powered by sales to first-time buyers. Yet while this figure suggests an increase in consumer...
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Conflicting Opinions on Conflict of Interest

A consultation on introducing separate legal representation for borrowers and lenders in Scottish property transactions has revealed that 51 per cent of respondents are against the measure. Questions have been raised by The Council of Mortgage lenders about potential delays and extra...
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First-time buyers get helping hand from Scottish Government

First-time buyers on low incomes are set to get a helping hand from the Scottish government, under a new initiative. Around £62 million will be pumped into the Open Market Shared Equity Scheme which will allow people to pay a majority share...

Oh I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside

Something strange is happening down at Waverley Station. ScotRail have announced that they will be running a late-night train from North Berwick to Edinburgh from the 5th to the 10th of August. The train will be leaving North Berwick just before midnight...
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Sold!: Government Guarantees Home Loans up to 600k

Help to Buy Help to Buy was launched by the government in April 2013 to support and drive purchases of New Build Homes. The main aim of it is to improve the access to and affordability of mortgages - specifically for those...