For the quarter ending 30 September 2019, sales through the firm’s Castle Douglas office rose by 23% year-on-year, the largest annual increase among all eleven of Galbraith’s offices in Scotland and three offices in the North of England. The number of market appraisals conducted by the firm increased by 19% and there were 312 property viewings during the quarter.
David Corrie, a partner with Galbraith and head of the residential sales team for the region said:
There are good levels of demand in the region currently and buyers are very active. The most encouraging aspect of these figures is that there has been a steady stream of properties coming to the market – 13% more than at this time in the previous year. This shows that people have confidence they will be able to sell and achieve a good price.
The fundamentals in Dumfries & Galloway, which make it an attractive place to live are strong. These include for example beautiful and varied rural scenery, wonderful coastal areas offering great walking routes and opportunities to sail or enjoy other water sports, and attractive traditional towns and villages. There are many excellent schools and other good facilities for families. Road and rail connections to other parts of Scotland and to the north of England are good.
Property prices have enjoyed slight growth but not excessive rises in recent years and property here is still relatively affordable compared with other parts of the UK.
As we head towards Christmas many people are taking stock and making plans for next year. This is a good time of year to sell as many people will use the period between Christmas and Hogmanay to think about where they want to live and potentially plan to start house hunting in the new year.
Figures from OnTheMarket.com show that visits to the portal increased by 13.7m during last year’s festive period. Equally, property searches on Google grew by 150% over Christmas last year.
On average Galbraith handles £51.7 million worth of property sales per quarter for Scotland as a whole.
Among the properties currently on the market with Galbraith in Dumfries & Galloway are:
The Barracks, Carsethorn. Guide Price £650,000
The Barracks is a beautifully refurbished and spacious family home situated on the bay at Carsethorn,with direct access to the beach and wonderful sea views across the Solway Firth. The gardens are private, with a variety of landscaped areas including a patio, vegetable garden, lawn, woodland areas, sunken garden and a former bothy. Internally there are 4-5 bedrooms and 4 reception rooms. The current owners have undertaken extensive improvements in recent years including an attractive kitchen, bathroom, shower room and new conservatory.
Wood Farm near Parkgate, Dumfries & Galloway. Offers in the Region of £650,000
Wood Farm is an attractive small stock farm with land extending to over 39 acres and a range of farm buildings. The five bedroom farmhouse has been fully renovated and enjoys lovely views over the surrounding countryside.