With the housing market in Scotland in focus this week, there’s been increased attention in the latest statistics from Registers of Scotland, which showed an overall average annual rise to the end of July 2016 of 3.4%.
Yesterday (Monday 19 September) was Scottish Housing Day, where focus was given to the residential property market across the country, from affordable homes to luxury properties, looking at news and statistics as well as the new homes for sale right now that are trying to meet demand.
The latest figures from Registers of Scotland showed a monthly increase in the volume of property transactions, but a notable decline from the previous July, down 16.8% to 7,131. The introduction of new rules to Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT), with a 3% surcharge for buy-to-let and holiday homes, has been marked as the reason for increases in sales volume early in the year, with subsequent falls.
The strongest sales in July 2016 were in Edinburgh (872), followed by Glasgow (826) and Fife (491). East Renfrewshire saw the highest price rises (10.7% annually), while the collapse of the oil market saw Aberdeen suffer the worst performance over the year, with average prices down 6.9%.
The average price for a new build property across Scotland in July 2016 was £202,588, up 11.1% year-on-year, while resale property prices rose 3.0% to £141,280 over the same period.
Here are our picks of current favourite new homes for sale in Scotland:
Dargavel Village in Bishopton, Renfrewshire (CALA Homes)
The four- and five-bedroom homes at this development are from CALA Homes’ Signature Collection of prestige property types, and visitors to the site have new fewer than three show homes.
The scheme has a rural setting but is just minutes from the Erskine Bridge and M8. Also within easy reach are the local golf course, and, for long-distance travellers, Glasgow Airport.
The housebuilder is currently offering these executive, family homes with the option of Part Exchange and a contribution towards LBTT (stamp duty) for a limited time on selected plots.
Prices: From £336,000
Find out more about Dargavel Village from CALA Homes
Annsfield Farm in Hamilton, South Lanarkshire (Taylor Wimpey)
The housebuilder has just launched this new scheme of 55 homes, which offers a mix of three- and four-bedroom house types from it ‘Scotland 2’ range, with seven options available. The site is open from 11.00am to 5.30pm, Thursday to Monday, for house-hunters to visit and speak to the Taylor Wimpey team.
This development is within easy reach of the town and easily commutable to Glasgow, with two railway stations and easy connection to the M74.
Audrey Ross, sales and marketing director for the housebuilder, says: “We’re delighted to once again be building new homes in Hamilton. It’s a location that ticks so many boxes for buyers – as well as an impressive range of local facilities and excellent transport links, the area also has a good mix of local nursery, primary and secondary education which makes this location popular with families.”
Prices: From £189,000
Find out more about Taylor Wimpey’s Scottish new homes developments
The Pines in Alloway, South Ayrshire (Ortus Homes)
Retirement specialists McCarthy & Stone, who introduced this luxury age-exclusive brand last year, are now offering a special deal on all legal completions made by 23 November 2016, which offers 100% part exchange on selected plots at this west Scotland development.
Rosemary Giovino, sales and marketing director for Ortus Homes in Scotland, explains: “Choosing an Ortus Homes apartment gives buyers the opportunity to ‘rightsize’ their living space to allow them the freedom to enjoy their leisure years – in fact its retirement living re-imagined. But making the decision on whether to move or not can be tough so by using our 100% part exchange service, prospective buyers can make the choice with real confidence and it can help to make the whole buying and selling process very easy, simple and stress-free.”
This development is aimed at buyers of 55+ years old and comprises 20 two-bedroom, open-plan apartments. The specification includes fully fitted kitchens, underfloor heating, walk-in wardrobes and allocated parking, with certain plots having private balconies or terraces.
Prices: From £259,950
Find out more at www.mccarthyandstone.co.uk/ortus-homes ; 0800 201 4740
West Mill Heights in Colinton, Edinburgh (Richmond Homes)
This boutique development comprises just seven three-storey homes set out in two blocks of three with one detached property. There are six four-bedroom units and one with three bedrooms. Each property has its own outdoor features, some with gardens and others with terraces, balconies and patios, and each benefits from a view over Colinton Dell from its higher floors. Some properties have garages, others carports.
These homes are within walking distance of a range of amenities, shops, bars and restaurants in the conservation village of Colinton, a south-western suburb of the Scottish capital, as well as an excellent choice of both state and independent schools.
The development is also well connected for access to the Edinburgh City Bypass, Edinburgh Airport, and the M8 and M9 motorways.
Find out more at www.richmondhomes.co.uk ; 01383 623448
Molison Grove in Dundee (Discovery Homes)
This is a small, exclusive development of just seven detached villas in a popular and central location, which is set of an autumn completion this year, though buyers can reserve the plot of their choice off-plan.
These homes are in the popular Maryfield district of the city and conveniently located for local shopping, retail parks, city centre and Kingsway Ring Road. Family buyers will find assurance in having primary and secondary schooling located nearby.
Solar panels enhance the energy efficiency of these new homes further. Inside, there’s an impressive specification, with the master bedroom having an en suite and all bedrooms featuring built-in wardrobes. The homes are completed with quality worktops, tiling and flooring – with early buyers having options to personalise many finishes to suit their wishes.
Prices: From £195,000
Find out about Molison Grove at www.discoveryhomesltd.uk ; 01382 250800
Abbey Park in St Andrews, Fife (Robertson Homes)
These three-storey townhouses each have five bedrooms, a private garden and a double garage, and all benefit from a tranquil setting with an orchard and mature trees. The development is only a few minutes’ walk from the town centre and close to the seafront.
The master bedrooms have a dressing room, while kitchens have an island workspace and laundry room. Each house is fitted with Cat 6 wiring for audiovisual systems, and there is an alarm and CCTV system fitted as standard, for peace of mind.
The specification is full of quality brand names, from Villeroy & Boch sanitaryware, Porcelanosa tiling, Hansgrohe taps, Siemens appliances and a Quooker Fusion tap for instant hot water.
Prices: From £780,000
Find out more at www.robertsonhomes.co.uk ; 01786 431600