The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Saturday, 16 January 2010


CKD Galbraith offer exceptional family home in idyllic rural setting

CKD Galbraith are marketing an exceptional new house with outstanding views over the surrounding countryside in the lee of the Carrick Hills, just south of Alloway, Ayr.


Breek House with 1.2 acres in all, is a wonderful detached family home to be built on this unique and secluded site. A guide price of £425,000 is being sought.

With a floor area of about 189 m2, the house will comprise lounge, spacious kitchen/dining room, 2 bedrooms (both en suite) and a utility on the ground floor and a further 2 bedrooms (also en suite) on the first floor. The property will be completed to a high specification and will be an adaptable family home. The house benefits from extensive grounds with many fine mature trees and shrubs for seclusion and privacy.

In a tranquil rural situation, Breek House is only 5 miles from Ayr and close to the popular hamlet of Culroy. The Carrick Hills (Brown Carrick at 950 feet) overlook Arran, Ailsa Craig, Kintyre and the Firth of Clyde.


Situated within the private grounds of Beoch Estate, the house has its own driveway and there is a small paddock to the rear. Breek House provides considerable scope for those seeking a unique opportunity appealing to both equestrian enthusiasts and anyone looking for an idyllic rural setting.

About CKD Galbraith

CKD Galbraith is an independent property consultancy specialising in serving the needs of private clients. It employs over 160 people in offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Perth, Cupar, Inverness, Aberfeldy, Castle Douglas, Ayr, Elgin, Kelso, Galashiels and Peebles.

The partnership provides the full range of property consulting services across the commercial, residential and rural sectors throughout Scotland. The company enjoys a successful relationship with its associate firm in London, CKD Kennedy Macpherson.

The company’s rural arm specialises in farm sales and purchases, the management and sale of large estates and woodland, valuations and building surveying work.

Contact:

R A Cherry BSc MRICS
CKD Galbraith
Ayr Office
7 Killoch Place
Ayr KA7 2EA

Tel: 01292 268181
Fax: 01292 292300
E-mail: bob.cherry@ckdgalbraith.co.uk
Web: www.ckdgalbraith.co.uk

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Wednesday, 13 January 2010


Paligap appointed to create brand for
Ayrshire property investment company


Ayrshire-based creative agency Paligap has been appointed to create a new brand for property investment company MAP Global Property Investments, part of the MAP group of companies, which have been helping investors for 27 years.


[Pictured left to right: Donald and Marion Paterson of Troon-based MAP Global Property Investments with Paligap business manager Lorna Gibson.]

Paligap’s brief was to:

* create a brand that instils trust, giving the organisation an organised and integrated look;
* increase awareness of the business to investors;
* create a website which will drive MAP GPI customers through to the company’s offline marketing effort, and enable clients and potential clients to obtain more information about the company and the benefits of investing;
* create a website which enables agents to obtain information through a password-protected area; and
* provide additional marketing material (presentation folder, newsletters, electronic presentations, etc) to support agents as they provide information to their clients.

Paligap business manager Lorna Gibson confirmed: “I really enjoyed working with a highly motivated team in Donald and Marion. They really embraced the brand concept and understood the benefits that well thought out market communications will bring to their business.”

MAP GPI managing director Donald Paterson stated: “MAP were looking to expand our business to a wider customer base. To help us achieve this we required a new image and brand message. We contacted Paligap for an initial consultation and discovered that they very quickly understood our needs. A new look was agreed, a marketing plan established including a new website and marketing material.

“We are now very proud of our new image and are looking forward to reaching a wider audience during 2010.”

MAP specialise in bringing their clients unique and alternative methods of investment. The company was established in 2004 and is part of the Troon-based MAP group of companies who have been helping clients buy property for over 27 years.

The company strategy is not about selling holiday homes, but to specialise in overseas property investment, which gives clients high rates of capital and income returns. These yields are achieved through the purchase of freehold hotel rooms and third party contracts with tour operators and worldwide travel agents.

Paligap is a creative agency that research, plan and create strategic brand building ideas and deploy them across all channels including web, press, TV, radio, outdoor, direct mail and e-mail.

Paligap
Apex House
1 Carrick Road
Ayr KA7 2RA
Ayrshire, Scotland

Contact: Stephen Cosh, Managing Director

Tel: 01292 263777
Fax: 01292 285334
E-mail: stephen@paligap.com
Web: www.paligap.com

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Tuesday, 12 January 2010


CKD Galbraith says cash buyers will drive property market recovery

One of Scotland’s leading independent property consultancies, CKD Galbraith, which has a dedicated office in Ayr, is cautiously optimistic that ‘cash-buyers’ will help drive recovery in the Scottish property market over the forthcoming year.


[Pictured: Bob Cherry of CKD Galbraith's Ayr Office.]

The firm has also experienced an increase in the number of prospective purchasers across its network of 12 offices from the North East to the Borders.

CKD Galbraith currently has in excess of 4,500 prospective purchasers on its advanced marketing database who are all actively seeking a wide range of properties north of the border.

Of the 4,500 registered home-seekers, 14 percent are registered as ‘cash buyers’ who already have funds in place and are not reliant on selling another property before proceeding with a purchase. This figure is up from the same time last year, when only nine percent claimed to be in a similar position.

2009 was a significantly more stable year than anticipated, with some much needed confidence returning to the marketplace. CKD Galbraith encountered a significant increase in property viewings, with over 2,470 separate viewings arranged in the last six months of the year, compared to 1,950 for the first six months, an increase of 26 percent.

Of the more sought after properties, the return of the traditional closing date system in the late spring of 2009 was particularly encouraging, and highlighted the resilience of the market for problem-free houses, in good locations, which were sensibly priced and just as importantly, well presented.

During the year, a number of notable sales were achieved, with levels of activity and volumes of sales far higher than the pessimistic projections delivered at the end of 2008.

Understandably, high quality properties at the lower end of the market, below £350,000, proved to be particularly popular. CKD Galbraith sold Balcomie Cottage, a delightful cottage in the Speyside village of Aberlour within nine days, and Aytounhill Cottage, a ‘fairy tale’ cottage set deep in the woods outside Cupar, Fife, which quickly proceeded to a closing date at which several good offers were received.

Going forward into the year, it is likely that the general market trends established in the second half of 2009 will become more pronounced and embedded.

Given the Home Report, which is now well established and operating to the benefit of the market, combined with the forthcoming general election, widely expected by May, CKD Galbraith anticipates that business will be reasonably brisk in the early part of 2010, before a probable lull immediately before and potentially after the eventual chosen date for the election.

Bob Cherry of CKD Galbraith’s Ayr office (pictured above) said: “We are currently experiencing a divided market, with general indications that the better quality properties in more sought after locations should continue to sell well whilst other properties, which for whatever reason may not be considered quite as desirable, will take longer.

“Indeed, it may be that momentum and interest for the more desirable properties will increase in the face of a shortage of good quality stock, which in part has been brought about by the new system of Home Reports weeding out all but the most committed of sellers.”

Bob Cherry concluded: “Barring any further major economic disasters, confidence in the residential property market should continue to improve, and with that, it is a logical possibility that the prices achieved will start to show positive signs of growth by the end of 2010.”

CKD Galbraith has highly experienced agents covering the whole of the country, specialising in the sale of both high quality rural and town property.

To contact an agent CLICK HERE

About CKD Galbraith

CKD Galbraith is an independent property consultancy specialising in serving the needs of private clients. It employs over 160 people in offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Perth, Cupar, Inverness, Aberfeldy, Castle Douglas, Ayr, Elgin, Kelso, Galashiels and Peebles.

The partnership provides the full range of property consulting services across the commercial, residential and rural sectors throughout Scotland. The company enjoys a successful relationship with its associate firm in London, CKD Kennedy Macpherson.

The company’s rural arm specialises in farm sales and purchases, the management and sale of large estates and woodland, valuations and building surveying work.

Contact:

R A Cherry BSc MRICS
CKD Galbraith
Ayr Office
7 Killoch Place
Ayr KA7 2EA

Tel: 01292 268181
Fax: 01292 292300
E-mail: bob.cherry@ckdgalbraith.co.uk
Web: www.ckdgalbraith.co.uk

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Scottish house prices remain positive

SCOTLAND was the only area of the UK where house prices did not fall in December, according to chartered surveyors. This is the first time surveyors have not reported price drops in Scotland since April 2007.

The latest housing market survey from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) shows that in December 25% of chartered surveyors reported house prices in Scotland had risen, and 75% said they had remained stable. In November 6% had reported a fall in prices, but none reported this in December.

The survey also showed that more chartered surveyors in December than in previous months said they expect house prices to continue rising, and they believe the number of homes sold will improve slightly.

Other positive signs given by respondents to the survey showed that the number of buyers enquiring about property for sale and the number of new instructions to sell rose in December, despite the Christmas holidays.


Sarah Speirs from RICS Scotland (pictured above) said: “Chartered surveyors believe things are picking up in Scotland on the housing front, albeit at a very gradual pace. Even the traditionally quiet period in December did not deter potential buyers or sellers. Figures from the report indicate that prices and the number of sales could continue to creep upwards in to spring.”

RICS housing market survey is the longest running monthly survey of house prices in the UK, collecting data since January 1978. The survey is cited by the Bank of England’s monetary policy committee at its monthly interest rate setting meetings.

About RICS

RICS is the world’s leading qualification when it comes to professional standards in land, property and construction. RICS Scotland is a national association of RICS with 10,000 members (chartered surveyors) in Scotland.

RICS is an independent professional body originally established in the UK by Royal Charter. Since 1868, RICS has been committed to setting and upholding the highest standards of excellence and integrity – providing impartial, authoritative advice on key issues affecting businesses and society. RICS is a regulator of both its individual members and firms, enabling it to maintain the highest standards and providing the basis for unparalleled client confidence in the sector.

www.rics.org

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