Leading Scottish property consultants CKD Galbraith announced details of their expansion in the North East with the official launch of their new office in Aberdeen.
The office, which is located in Cults, opened today (Monday 17 March) and has resulted in the expansion of the range of residential and rural property services offered by the firm.
Leading the residential team is partner, George Lorimer who has been with the firm for over seven years and who lead the growth of the firm into the premium Fife property market when he headed up the launch of the successful residential sales and lettings department within the established Cupar office in 2009. Rod Christie, agency partner in the firm's Elgin office, will also continue to handle sales in Moray as well as Aberdeenshire.
Tom Stewart, partner, heads up the thriving farm sales and rural department in the new Aberdeen office. The established team of experienced rural property professionals and land managers provide advice across the full range of rural disciplines such as estate management, valuations, telecoms, renewable and subsidies. The team is currently extremely active in the market for trading in Single Farm Payment (SFP) Entitlements for the 2014 season, with renewed interest for buyers and sellers despite entering the last year of the current SFP system.
George Lorimer said: "The opening of the new Aberdeen office is an exciting move for the business as it allows us to offer the firm's full range of services to the buoyant North East property market. This region has some stunning properties and farmland which we are in an excellent position to represent with our strong trusted brand and excellent track record providing rural and city clients an alternative service given our local knowledge and national presence.
"Over the last quarter we have seen a strong increase in business across all 14 of our offices in Scotland and believe that this is set to continue throughout the spring months and further into 2014 especially in the prospering Aberdeenshire market."
A recent report published by the Registers of Scotland (March 2014) outlined positive signs in the Scottish property market with all seven cities experiencing a substantial increases in the numbers of properties sold in 2013 compared to 2012 with Aberdeen experiencing an increase of 18.8 per cent and the average property price in the city rising by 6.8 per cent over the same period.
This trend is supported by CKD Galbraith which experienced an increase in property sales throughout 2013 up 34 per cent on previous year's figures for the firm as a whole. Prices achieved were on average within 0.5 per cent of the asking price highlighting the firm's expertise in setting accurate property valuations, with a recent survey amongst clients highlighting that 98 per cent of respondents would reuse and recommend CKD Galbraith.
The forecast is bright for those looking to sell in the coming months and the firm believes that the growth demonstrated in 2013 is set to continue in the North East throughout 2014 and beyond.
The new Aberdeen office demonstrates CKD Galbraith's commitment to the North East property market and with 14 offices across Scotland, the firm is Scotland's leading property consultancy with the largest network of regional offices.