Phiddy Robertson, head of residential sales for Galbraith in Inverness said:
Maree has 15 years’ experience in property, and her expertise and detailed knowledge of the market in Inverness will be of great value to our clients. Our estate agency team continues to grow across the Highland region.
Maree Johnstone said:
Galbraith has an excellent reputation and I’m delighted to join the firm.
Currently the market is exceptionally strong, and most properties are selling quickly. The key residential areas in Inverness remain the Crown, Culduthel, Island Bank Road, Ness Bank and Ness Walk, which offer an outstanding quality of life, including excellent schools, attractive traditional architecture and easy access to the countryside.
The Highland region is unsurpassed for the beauty of its scenery and the range of outdoor pursuits on offer. The rise in home working has significantly boosted demand for rural property in the region, and houses with a view will often attract offers well above the asking price.
Galbraith reports an increase of 22% in the number of properties sold in 2020 compared with the preceding year and average prices increased by 11%, with significant competition for homes in scenic locations. A premium of up to 30% in excess of the asking price is being paid in some cases due to the extraordinary interest in rural homes.
Galbraith has a network of thirteen offices across Scotland and northern England, handling residential property sales worth £51.7 million per quarter.
Currently on the market through Galbraith are properties including:
Dinichean House, Farr, Highland; offers over £1,350,000
A superb small estate with 127 acres of land, including mature woodland with lochans and tracks offering the potential for stalking and wildfowling. The house was built about ten years ago and is exceptionally well appointed, with three reception rooms, five bedrooms and a self-contained two-bedroom annex which could be used as a holiday let.
North College House, King Street, Elgin. Offers Over £1,000,000
An exceptional B-listed property dating from the 13th century with attractive accommodation including six reception rooms and nine bedrooms as well as a separate four-bedroom wing and adjoining business premises. Positioned in an idyllic central location overlooking Cooper Park the house also has grounds of 1.7 acres offering tranquillity and privacy.