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There has been plenty of media coverage on the topic of letting profitability, and while the landscape has become perhaps more complex to navigate, we believe there is a lot of opportunity for growth in this market, with the right guidance and information.

There are still great opportunities going in current property hot spots such as Glasgow’s West End, or in any area that has an obvious appeal – such as student cities or commuter towns. Though recent tax changes have made things slightly tougher for potential landlords, there is still good potential to invest well and supplement your income, pay into a rental property for a future pension fund, or even get into the property investment business full-time.

Like most investment opportunities, the more informed your decision, the better chance of your investment paying off. Consider the following points, and go in with your eyes wide open to any hidden costs and potential pitfalls as well as opportunities for success. (more…)

Starting a private art collection, whether as an investment or simply due to a genuine interest in art, may feel like an altogether daunting task if you have little to no working knowledge of this market. However, there’s no need to feel intimidated – anyone can experience the joy of buying and owning original art, irrespective of budget. The key is to do your research, be discerning, and trust your instinct. You may also wish to consider consulting a professional art advisor if you’re unsure of your decision or planning to invest a great deal of money. (more…)

Whether you’re throwing a dinner party for business reasons or for old friends, the best way to make sure you stand out as a host is to focus on providing an exceptional experience, filled with high quality dining, decor and conversation — an experience that your guests will not forget in a long time. (more…)

The latest UK House Price Index has been published and shows that the average value of property is continuing to increase across Scotland. It’s not just values that are increasing though. (more…)

We are certainly hoping for some warmer, sunnier weather as we head into April, towards the Easter holiday period. If so, it’s the perfect chance to step into Spring and get yourself and your family outdoors for some fresh air and a spot of walking in nature. Of course, we are spoilt when it comes to choosing the best spots for a walk in Scotland. Here we’ve selected a few places to explore on foot, from gentle, easy countryside walks to more challenging hill walks – why not take your hard boiled eggs up with you for a spot of egg-rolling this Easter weekend! (more…)

Whether you expect children, have come into some money or got a job promotion, you know it’s time to trade up when your current quality of life is suffering or you feel financially comfortable enough to take the next step up the property ladder. For you, a larger, nicer house could not only mean more room to live, but a better quality of life and a happier you. (more…)

The early half of the year is a time that many of us find our fingers itching to do some home renovation. From those small issues you’ve been meaning to tackle for ages, to those big, ambitious projects, renovating your home can completely transform how it looks and feels, making it more comfortable as well as adding value. (more…)

Our gardens start to come to life again at this busy time of year for the gardener – planting season – when the days are getting longer and the temperature starts to increase by the day. March is a great time to get seeds in the ground or started indoors before the warmer weather of late spring, when you can get them planted outdoors. (more…)

Shutters, one of the oldest types of window dressing, are making a comeback, spurred on by minimalist, Nordic design that’s in vogue at the moment. At the same time, curtains have also reappeared on the scene, after years in the window-dressing wilderness. (more…)

Let’s face it, we live in a rather wet country here in Scotland! This can wreak havoc when it finds its way into the home – causing damage and even health concerns. Rising damp, penetrating damp and condensation are the most common types of damp in the home, alongside general leaks. Identifying which type of damp you have is important as they all need to be treated differently, as outlined below. (more…)

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