Why do you need to be prepared in the current market?

In this week’s edition, we discuss:

THE only constant in life is change, and while many changes are planned and expected – such as leaving school or graduating from university – often life-altering changes are unexpected. Moving house is an example of a change that can be both: planned and eagerly anticipated only to be interrupted by an unexpected curveball with potentially messy and complicated outcomes, an example which is currently happening all too frequently. Buying and selling property today is more challenging than it has ever been, and particularly so in response to post-Covid excess demand and limited stock – and caught in the centre of all the frenetic activity is solicitors, whose increased workload, coupled with the resulting chains forming, has slowed the completion of missives – which in turn has enabled many sellers to back out of a pre-agreed sale.

It’s at times like this when guidance from an estate agent can be a real game-changer. At Halliday Homes’ branches in Bridge of Allan and Linlithgow we leave nothing to chance and always make sure our clients are aware of all the potential pitfalls. We can also provide guidance backed by knowledge and experience to ensure clients’ expectations are realistic and in line with current market changes and fluctuations in supply and demand. Change is not a bad thing – in fact it has the power to make us more resilient and able to thrive on the curveballs life throws. But when it comes to moving house – particularly for inexperienced first-time buyers and sellers and those who have not moved for many years – it pays to have the guidance and reassurance of a property expert.

Arden House, Callander – Offers Over £745,000

ARDEN House is the epitome of a grand Victorian villa: large enough with seven en suite bedrooms to be impressive, but not overwhelming – and with a self-contained annexe and wonderful garden grounds complete with putting green, perfectly suited as an extended family home or combined home with guest house/bed and breakfast given its location in the popular town of Callander, within the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park.

The house benefits from an elevated setting that takes advantage of views over the mature gardens to Ben Ledi, while Bracklinn Woods provides a rear backdrop.

Inside, the main house displays all the attributes associated with a traditional property – spacious, elegantly proportioned rooms with high ceilings, ornate plasterwork, deep skirtings, classic fireplaces, wood-panelled surrounds with sash and case windows – together with wood-burning stoves and contemporary fixtures and fittings. The annexe, which is attached but accessed externally, is an added gem, comprising 21ft living area and bedroom, well-equipped contemporary dining kitchen, hall, and bathroom, all finished and presented to a high standard ready to be occupied.