The firm has maintained its leading position in the South West property market having built up its reputation and profile since the Castles Douglas office first opened at the end of 2006 offering a range of property and rural services combined with an unrivalled level of local expertise.
Throughout the past 10 years, CKD Galbraith has handled a rapidly expanding portfolio of residential property, lettings, farms and land sales; in the last year alone the Castle Douglas office handled over 14 million pounds worth of property sales across the region. This was a 5% increase compared with 2015.
David Corrie, surveyor and head of residential sales at CKD Galbraith's Castle Douglas office, said:
We have enjoyed a great presence in Dumfries and Galloway over the past ten years and have significantly increased our market share over the last five years in particular, to become one of the leading estate agents in the region.
The relocation of our Castle Douglas office to 93 King Street is testament to our long-term commitment to the Dumfries & Galloway property market where confidence and interest from national and international buyers continues to grow. There remains a significant difference in the value of property between some areas of rural Scotland and a considerable part of the UK. This area is a beautiful part of Scotland that has a lot to offer buyers looking to relocate and find an idyllic retreat that might be unaffordable in other more populated areas of the UK.
The Castle Douglas team, which has greatly expanded over the years, now includes eight experienced professionals. They possess a vast and wide-ranging skill-set and expertise in all aspects of the property industry from residential sales and lettings, farm and land sales to valuations, rural management and utilities compensation.
The office has grown on its original team structure, with Marion Currie who has qualified as a RICS Associate Surveyor since first joining the firm and Joyce Chapman who began working as a personal assistant in 2006 and has since progressed to sales applicant manager for the region. The team was joined in 2014 by Aaron Edgar, now an experienced negotiator, and more recently by Poppy Baggott and Fergus Donaldson who both manage the offices rural clients. In 2016 the firm furthered its commitment to the area with the appointment of Sheena Ramsay, a Residential Consultant in the Wigtownshire and Stranraer region. The office is led by Senior Partner Simon Brown, whose expertise and knowledge of the farm sales market assists clients across the region, and Scotland.
The office relocation is a show of strength by our dedicated team which has expanded over the last ten years and highlights our ambitions for the future. Moving to a larger and more prominent location will assist us as we expand the range of services offered to clients and continue to grow the work force.