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Reflections from the West Highlands

Paps of Jura
Paps of Jura

I am really missing being out on survey just now, particularly during this spell of good weather. Jim and I are lucky enough to cover such a beautiful area of Argyll and the Islands, Helensburgh, Dumbarton and the Vale of Leven. Covering such a far flung area can mean a lot of early starts in the morning to catch our ferry or plane to the likes of Islay, Mull, Coll and Tiree however the views and scenery more than make up for it, as does the occasional Cal Mac breakfast! We often see the Paps of Jura and sometimes fly over the Corryvreckan whirlpool and see the snow-capped Cruachan mountain on the way to Oban.

We are lucky indeed!

Prior to the Corona virus the market has been performing relatively well particularly in the main towns of Oban, Helensburgh and Dumbarton where the overriding theme has been a lack of stock, particularly for 2 and 3 bedroom semi-detached houses and as such we saw purchase prices quite commonly in excess of Home Report values.
Flats have also been doing well in Oban town centre where again the lack of stock has put upward pressure on prices otherwise flats have struggled in main centres such as Dumbarton and Helensburgh. Oban remains a popular destination as Gateway to the Isles and as a result demand is nearly always good.

Although Government restrictions look to be extended, hopefully we will be able to return to our normal day fairly soon. I am regularly in contact with solicitors and several lenders have intimated that the life of the Home Report can be extended beyond the normal  3 months period so hopefully this will also help transactions to complete .

When we come out of lockdown we expect to be busy quite quickly so the sooner this happens the better.

All the best!

About the author

Graeme is a qualified Chartered Surveyor and Registered Valuer specialising in the residential property sector and covering the areas of Argyll and Bute and Helensburgh , Dumbarton and The Vale of Leven. He is a Director of Allied Surveyors Scotland plc based in their Helensburgh office with over 30 years experience in the property market. Graeme carries out Home Reports , RICS reports , inspections for Energy Performance Certificates and valuation reports for private individuals and Banks and Building Societies. 

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