As a firm of independent estate agents based in the Scottish Borders town of Melrose; Macpherson Property carries a variety of residential property for sale, including new homes and plots and development opportunities across the Central and Scottish Borders.
Our base in Melrose offers a simple but dedicated service specialising in areas such as Melrose, Galashiels, St. Boswells and Selkirk as well as across the Central and Scottish Borders region.
Our mission is to sell your property by offering sound advice, low fees and a local service you can depend on. With tailor-made marketing campaigns, we will advise on important matters such as pricing and timing and expose your property to a range of property portals, as well as through more traditional marketing channels as well as providing professional sales brochures, with high quality photographs, floor plans and descriptive text - which are also downloadable from the website.
As a member of the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) plus the Ombudsman of Estate Agents and the OFT Redress Scheme we are here to offer you the best possible advice and high levels of customer service on property related matters should you be looking to buy or sell.
You can see also a sample of Recently Sold Properties.
Sometimes personal circumstances necessitate a slightly different campaign, so we also market property for sale privately.
This means that we take on your property and promote it 'off-market' to people we have listed on our database or who call in on a daily basis and are actively looking for property for sale in the region. This can sometimes work very well in the quieter months of the year or when you do not want to publicly announce that you are moving on, or indeed you wish to just test the waters.
There can still be costs associated with this type of marketing, in particular the need for a Home Report, but we can advise on what is necessary and what is not - dependent on your circumstances and needs.
To enquire about how we can market your property for sale privately, or if you wish to be informed up upcoming property please contact us for further information.
You can also see a sample of Recently Sold Properties.
As of the 1st December 2008, nearly every residential property for sale in Scotland has to be marketed with a Home Report. However, there are some exceptions to the legislation, so please read on for further details.
HOME REPORT INFORMATION:
As of the 1st December 2008, nearly every residential property for sale in Scotland has to be marketed with a Home Report. However, there are some exceptions to the legislation, please see the link to the Scottish Government Website below to discover which properties may be exempt from the requirements. If you are unsure please contact us.
The Home Report contains a pack of three documents.
- 1. An Energy Report
This is an assessment by a Chartered Surveyor (a member of RICS) of the energy efficiency of the home and its environmental impact. It also recommends ways to improve its energy efficiency. This includes the Energy Performance Certificate (see footnote).
- 2. A Property Questionnaire
This is required to be completed by the seller, with the assistance of their selling agent and solicitor where applicable. It contains additional information about the home, such as Council Tax banding and factoring costs that is useful to buyers. It also includes any details of recent alteration work along with the necessary guarantees and other issues such as utilities, boundaries, and any rights of pre-emption on the property.
- 3. A Single Survey
Contains an assessment by a Chartered Surveyor (a member of RICS) on the condition of the home, a valuation of the property and an accessibility audit for people with particular needs.??In addition surveyors may provide a generic Mortgage Valuation Report that answers many of the questions that lenders will have about a property. This is not a prescribed document, but will be offered to sellers by the surveyor who carries out the survey. This may be useful in any discussions with lenders about a prospective purchase.
The legislation says that the report should be no more than 12 weeks old when the house is placed on the market, and whilst there is no actual shelf-life for the report, a refresher may be required if a property has been on the market for a long period of time. A house for sale which has a Home Report can be taken off the market for 28 days without needing a fresh Home Report.
It should be noted that the report must be ready prior to marketing and available to all genuine purchasers within nine days of their requesting it.
A Home Report will cost anywhere between £400 and £2,000 to produce depending on the size and value of the house, and whilst it takes some time to compile it can be prepared when the house is being made ready for marketing.
Should you require any further advice with regard to the Home Report, or the sale of your own property please contact us on 01896 820 226 or send us your details and we will contact you to discuss your requirements.
Alternatively you may wish to visit the Scottish Government website at: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Built-Environment/Housing/BuyingSelling/Home-Report
Footnote: Properties on the market prior to 1st December 2008, are exempt from having to supply a Home Report, however they must provide an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) if still available. This is a new European Union directive, and must be adhered to.