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Aberdeenshire Attracts Buyers For Country Lifestyle

Aberdeenshire market driven by demand for farms and homes with lovely views or land.

During the second quarter of 2017 (April - June) the number of viewings conducted by the Aberdeen office rose by 33% compared with the same quarter in 2016, demonstrating the firm's unrivalled ability to market and sell high quality houses in the region.

Hannah Christiansen, who leads the residential sales team for Galbraith in Aberdeen, said:

Farms of all sizes have been in demand this quarter and have sold well, together with strong demand for high quality homes with paddocks or a small parcel of land, typically between two and five acres. Buyers are looking for properties with great views, offering seclusion and a feeling of being able to get away from it all'.

Around 80% of buyers this quarter came from outwith the local area this is due to the desire for a more relaxed lifestyle and the continued appeal of the stunning Aberdeenshire countryside.

Ms Christiansen's only word of caution was about the land and buildings transaction tax (LBTT):

Land and Buildings Transaction Tax has affected the market for properties over 500,000. We would expect the impact of this to continue and possibly accelerate.

Across Scotland as a whole Galbraith has seen a healthy 10% increase in sales for the quarter ending 30 June 2017, compared to the same period in 2016. The firm handled 42 million worth of property sales over the past quarter alone.

Currently on the market with Galbraith in Aberdeenshire are properties including:

Auld Cummerton, an idyllic Cairngorms location commanding breathtaking views across the Don Valley. The property is an exceptional traditional home set in approx. 2.5 acres of grounds including mature woodland and a colourful garden. Offers over 460,000.

The Greens of Offorsk is a beautifully extended 5-bedroom farmhouse with converted annexe, detached garage, 2.5 acre paddock and grass tennis court. The property has open views to Bennachie, is within commuting distance to Aberdeen and offers potential to operate as a B & B.Offers in the region of: 545,000.

New Aberdour Beach is renowned as one of Aberdeenshire's most beautiful beaches. Approximately 36.32 acres of land including dramatic rocks, caves, sandy and shingle beaches are for sale. This is a rare opportunity to acquire a stunning piece of countryside, which is home to many species of wild life and birds. Offers over 90,000.