The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Thursday, 1 May 2014

The Ayrshire property market continues to show encouraging signs, reports CKD Galbraith

The Ayrshire property market continues to show encouraging levels of activity according to new statistics released by leading Scottish property consultants, CKD Galbraith.

[Pictured: Bob Cherry, partner and head of 
residential in CKD Galbraith’s Ayr office.]

Following research conducted by the firm’s Ayr office, the first quarter of 2014 (Jan – March 2014) saw property sales in the region rise by 25 per cent compared against the previous quarter, as well as a significant increase in the number of viewings and buyers registered with the firm since quarter one of 2013. 

CKD Galbraith Ayr statistics from quarter one of 2014 show:-

Sales up 25% compared to the previous quarter and up 52% compared with the same quarter of 2013

Viewings have risen by 25% since the last quarter

The number of buyers registered with the Ayr office has increased by 33% against the last quarter

58% of buyers are locally based; 26% are national buyers; 16% are international buyers

Bob Cherry, partner and head of residential in CKD Galbraith’s Ayr office, said: “Market confidence is continuing to grow year on year and we have seen increasing willingness from buyers to make their next move, with the number of agreed sales being up considerably this quarter as well as compared to last year’s figures for the same period. With both viewings and the number of registered buyers being up we are confident that the improving picture for the Scottish market will continue throughout the year.”

There were also encouraging signs in the Ayrshire lettings sector. 

Joyce Smart (pictured above), of CKD Galbraith’s lettings department in Ayr, said: “We have been greatly encouraged by our findings for the first quarter of this year, indicating continued strength in the Ayrshire rental sector. There has been a significant increase in the number of people seeking a rental property in the area with the number of applicant registrations up considerably with the majority those showing interest being local people.”

CKD Galbraith has enjoyed substantial growth over the years and has continued to expand throughout Scotland with the recent opening of a new office in Aberdeen as well as expanding its presence in Argyll and the Isles having recently appointed a dedicated consultant in these regions.  

About CKD Galbraith 

CKD Galbraith is an independent property consultancy employing 225 staff in offices across Scotland including Edinburgh, Stirling, Perth, Cupar, Inverness, Aberfeldy, Castle Douglas, Ayr, Elgin, Galashiels, Kelso, Peebles, Alyth and Aberdeen, offering local knowledge, national expertise and enjoying an international presence. 

The firm is Scotland’s largest and leading rural consultancy managing in excess of 1 million acres of land across the country.

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

CKD Galbraith’s Ayr Office is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

South Ayrshire Council welcomes Donald Trump’s Turnberry acquisition

South Ayrshire Council has today (1 May) welcomed the news that Donald Trump has bought the iconic Turnberry golf and leisure resort in the Carrick area of South Ayrshire.

The Council’s Executive Director for Economy, Neighbourhood and Environment, Lesley Bloomer {pictured above) said: “Ayrshire is a great place for golf, with some of the most stunning courses not just in the country – but in the world – available to golfers from near and far.

“With all this area has to offer, I’m not surprised Donald Trump has been attracted to such an exciting business opportunity that will further enhance the reputation of south-west Scotland as a place to experience fantastic golf and other leisure activities.

“Turnberry is one of the world’s greatest courses and is set against some of the world’s most stunning scenery. It is a precious jewel in Scotland’s golfing crown and contributes significantly to tourism and the economy across Ayrshire. 

“We extend a very warm welcome to Mr Trump and his business team who certainly seem to share our ambitions for this wonderful area.  

“We’re working to boost both business investment in our area and golf tourism development, where we’re working with 38 golf clubs to bring more golfers to Ayrshire to enjoy all we have to offer.

“The news of this purchase supports both of these ambitions and we look forward to maintaining our close working relationship with Turnberry as it enters a new era with Mr Trump.”

John Scott (pictured above), Scottish Conservative MSP for Ayr, said: "This is very exciting news for golf at Turnberry, Ayrshire and the west of Scotland. Mr Trump's canny investment in the only privately-owned Open Championship golf course will attract golfers to Ayrshire from all over the world. It will have the potential to bring more visitors to our already world-renowned Clyde coast golf courses and will provide a welcome boost to our tourist industry."

South Ayrshire Council and Turnberry are both 
Founder Members of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Healthy start to year for Scottish property market

Leading independent Scottish property consultancy CKD Galbraith supports the findings of today’s Registers of Scotland’s Quarterly Housing Price Statistical Report (January – March 2014) and also reports an increase in the volume of sales achieved for the first quarter of the year compared to the same period of 2013.

Registers of Scotland has reported that from January to March this year, 17,828 residential properties changed hands – the highest recorded for this quarter since 2007/08 – while the average price of property was £153,352. This represents an increase in residential sales of over 22% compared to the same period in 2013.

Simon Brown (pictured above), partner and head of residential sales at CKD Galbraith, said: “As a firm we have also experienced an increase in sales throughout Scotland with the volume of sales agreed being up this quarter compared to the same quarter last year.

“Spring sales have been encouraging with particular pockets having shown positive signs already including Perthshire, Inverness and Edinburgh. We have also witnessed the return of the competitive closing date system in some regions however setting realistic prices is still imperative.

“Our viewing figures in Perthshire have risen by 60% compared to the same quarter of 2013 and the number of sales agreed by our Edinburgh office has more than doubled against the last quarter and up 62% on the same quarter for 2013. In Inverness sales have doubled over the first quarter of 2014 compared to the same quarter of 2013 and viewings are up by 15% this quarter against the previous quarter.

“The healthy results we have experienced for the first quarter demonstrates an encouraging start to the year for the Scottish property market.” 

Commenting on the latest Registers of Scotland (ROS) statistics on house prices and sales, Housing Minister Margaret Burgess (pictured above) said: “I welcome the Registers of Scotland figures, which show a 22.9 per cent increase in the numbers of homes sold between January and March this year, compared with the same period last year. This is the third successive quarter that volumes are up over 22 per cent on the previous year, illustrating consolidated growth in the volume of sales.

“The Scottish Government is taking action to stimulate the housing market, and through our Help to Buy (Scotland) scheme we are providing £235 million to help more people, including first and second time buyers, to purchase new-build houses. 

“145 house builders have registered with the scheme so far, and six lenders are offering mortgages under Help to Buy. So far there have been 874 completed sales, demonstrating the popularity of the scheme.

“Help to Buy (Scotland) is also helping stimulate economic growth by supporting our housing industry - alongside our commitment to investing in affordable housing across Scotland.”

CKD Galbraith’s Ayr Office is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Irvine jockey Danny Tudhope at the double at Ayr Racecourse

By: Iain Ferguson

IRVINE born jockey Danny Tudhope celebrated the start of the 2014 flat season at Ayr on Sunday by riding a double.

He won the opening race, the Download The Free maiden stakes on Watchable, the 9/4 second favourite. He cruised his mount into contention and led over a furlong out going on to win by three and a half lengths from 2/5 favourite Galvanise.

David O’Meara trained both Watchable and Danny’s second winner Patrona Ciana (15/8 fav) (pictured above) which landed the Casino Bonuses At Handicap.

Jim Goldie ran no fewer than eight horses in the Exclusive Free Bets at Handicap over six furlongs but had to be content with third, fourth and fifth spot with the well gambled on Irish raider Dashwood winning at 3/1.

Megaleka (100/30 fav) also landed a touch  in the five furlong handicap for trainer Alan Bailey and jockey Tim Clark beating Jim Goldie’s Rothesay Chancer by three lengths.

Goldie did have a winner when A Southside Boy came with a late run under Graham Lee to beat Vicky Valentine by a head in the one mile five furlong finale.

Ayr’s next meeting is the two-day May meeting featuring the Spring Raceday  on Wednesday 21 May and the Wallaces TCB Raceday on Thursday 22 May.

For more information on racing at Ayr call 01292 264179 or go online at 

For further information please contact Iain Ferguson on 01292 294972 or 07795 565691.

Ayr Racecourse and the associated Western House Hotel are Founder Members of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.