Residential sales are up by 2.7 per cent in Aberdeenshire compared with the pre-pandemic figure and demand from buyers remains exceptionally high. Galbraith conducted nearly 500 property viewings in the region during 2022 and over 400 additional customers registered as  buyers.

Hannah Christiansen, head of estate agency for Aberdeenshire, said: “This year we have seen a slight cooling compared with the frenetic activity of 2021 but demand continues to exceed supply. We brought three properties to the market in recent days and two of these are under offer already – with significant interest from prospective buyers in Aberdeenshire and the rest of the UK.

“Christmas is often a good time to market a property as families may have more time to consider their housing needs and priorities for 2023. When families are getting together over Christmas they may decide they need a bit more space for entertaining, or an extra bedroom. We always see a spike in traffic to our own website and the property portals between Christmas and New Year, which translates to a good number of sales at the start of the year.”

The most sought-after properties this year are those which have traditional architecture, with a garden or some land, in a private setting and not overlooked by neighbours.

Other data recorded by the firm in 2022 is that buyers remain primarily from within Scotland – 72 per cent of buyers in Aberdeenshire this year were Scottish, in line with previous years.

Galbraith handles the sale of residential properties worth £230.4m on average per year. The firm has 12 offices covering the whole of Scotland and the north of England.

Currently on the market through Galbraith in Aberdeen are properties including:

  • 4 Canmore Road, Braemar, Aberdeenshire. Offers Over £430,000; an exceptional home in the heart of Braemar, close to Glenshee Ski Centre and amongst the stunning scenery of Cairngorms National Park. There are beautiful finishes throughout the property, which has four bedrooms. The cosy sitting room has a wood burning stove and the contemporary kitchen and dining room are open plan with a sun room opening out to the garden patio and enclosed rear garden.
  • Mill Of Mundurno Cottage, Bridge of Don, Aberdeen. Offers Over £230,000; a spacious detached two-bedroom cottage within easy reach of the city centre, Aberdeen Airport and Bridge of Don. The property is in a private, semi-rural situation and has a useful outbuilding, garden grounds and two paddocks. In all 1.5 acres.