Firstly Happy New Year to you all!
2020 is now 4 weeks behind us, it was a tough year for the country, socially, mentally, and financially. However from every negative situation it is important to find positives. As you will all know, Halliday Homes cover the central belt as far east as Edinburgh and north to Auchterarder, this is a vast area so not the easiest to get our yearly statistics. I thought it would be simpler to focus on our primary area’s where our offices are situated Bridge of Allan and Linlithgow.
The average house price in Bridge of Allan, during 2020, was £339,840 – a rise of 7.88% or £24,834 in 12 months ago. Linlithgow has seen a very similar trend as the average house price is now £282,213 which is an increase of 8.63% or £22,413. This large increase was due to these by primary factors: pent-up demand, the LBTT holiday, and Brexit.
We knew after lockdown, that if you weren’t on your A game then you would be left in the dust, so that’s why both offices spent time in lockdown thinking of new and innovative idea’s on how to improve our business. We were one of the first agents in Scotland to offer 3D tours for all of our properties, and we were the first agent in Scotland to offer livestream viewings using an app called Gavl – strange word you may think? It is the name of an auction hammer.. We are continuing to implement these tools into our marketing strategy today and we will continue to do so throughout 2021.
Our statistics for our Linlithgow branch are as follows:
- Average price achieved over the asking price was £13,000 and as a percentage this is 5.24%.
- 86% of these sales achieved over asking price.
Our statistics for our Bridge of Allan branch are as follows:
- Average price achieved over the asking price was £25,000 and as a percentage this is 3.92%.
- 89% of the houses sold achieved over home report value.
What can you expect in 2021?
Escape from the city
With many people now being able to work from home, we have seen many people who no longer need to live in the cities so they have decided to leave this lifestyle behind and go back to their home town roots.
Enjoying time in the garden
Being trapped inside has made many people find their green fingers and revive their gardens, which has been lovely to see and we hope to see it continue into 2021. As curb appeal is still a very important tip to keep in mind when selling your home.
Open plan and Zoned living
In 2020 we found that buyers prefer a combination of both, while spending time with family they enjoy the open plan lifestyle however if the viewer has been working from home they are often looking for a separate space to do so, to help split up working from home and at the dining table.
Bringing the family together
We expect to find this even truer in 2021 as COVID-19 continues to loom, in 2020 we found families moving closer together and in some situations buying larger homes to accommodate family members.
“Exceptional People, Properties and Service”
BRIDGE OF ALLAN
27 Westlea Drive, Bridge of Allan – Offers over £285,000
Halliday Homes are delighted to present to the market 27 Westerlea Drive. A well-presented, chalet style villa which sits within a quiet cul-de-sac in Bridge of Allan. The property offers flexible living and has been thoughtfully extended and tastefully decorated throughout by the current owner which early viewing will confirm.
The internal accommodation on the ground floor comprises; entrance vestibule, inner hall, spacious lounge, sitting room, breakfasting kitchen, dining area, conservatory, shower room, bathroom and double bedroom. On the 1st level there are two further double bedrooms which benefit from ample built-in storage. Warmth is provided by gas central heating and the property is double glazed throughout.
Externally, to the rear is a private enclosed garden which features areas of lawn and decking. To the front is a large private driveway, detached single garage with light and power, area of lawn and various trees and shrubs. Ample on street parking available if required.
TESTIMONIAL OF THE MONTH
“From the first meeting with Austin all the way through to the completion date our house sale was handled impeccably. The whole team are friendly and professional and went above and beyond to help us. We had to move to England before our house was sold and due to lockdown we couldn’t come back to sort out final issues. They looked after our house while it was empty, checking it regularly, putting heating on and letting workmen in etc. They even helped us sell our remaining furniture! I cannot fault their service and I would strongly recommend them over any of the bigger estate agents. (and we have moved house a lot so are in a very good position to judge).”
Bridge of Allan – January 2021
28 Coneyhill Road, Bridge of Allan – To Let For £500 pcm
A well-positioned ground floor flat, with neutral decor throughout and in the desirable location of upper Bridge of Allan. The property is offered on a furnished basis.
The accommodation comprises; Entrance vestibule, open plan lounge/kitchen with appliances to include fridge, washing machine, electric oven and hob. Storage cupboard, spacious double bedroom with fitted wardrobe, en-suite with WC, wash hand basin and shower enclosure. Warmth is provided by electric heating. On street parking available to the front of the property.
Flat C Hames Best, St Michaels Wynd, Linlithgow – Offers over £215,500
This is a rare opportunity to purchase a spacious 3 bedroom maisonette flat right in the heart of Linlithgow. The property enjoys many stunning period features and is presented in walk in condition offering fantastic town centre living or investment potential.
The internal accommodation comprises: Hall, spacious and bright lounge, large kitchen, W.C. two double bedrooms, single bedroom and a family bathroom. Warmth is provided by gas central heating. Access to the property is through a secured entry door from St Michael’s Wynd.
TESTIMONIAL OF THE MONTH
“Our experience with Halliday Homes has been excellent. Lynne and Jamie in the Linlithgow office have been approachable, helpful, professional and supportive throughout. The service contract was clearly explained at the outset and the charges are very competitive. Selling a house in a pandemic is no mean feat, and Halliday homes were reassuring and effective and got the job done. Thank you! “
Linlithgow – January 2021
43 Prestonfield Gardens, Linlithgow – Let Agreed
A lovely one bedroom, first floor apartment close to all local amenities and only a short walk from Linlithgow High Street. The property is offered on a furnished basis and benefits from residents and visitors parking.
The internal accommodation comprises; Hallway with large storage cupboard, bright and spacious lounge/dining room, kitchen with integrated appliances to include washing machine, fridge freezer, electric oven and gas hob. Generous double bedroom with fitted storage and newly refurbished shower room with large walk-in shower enclosure.