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2nd Quarter 2018 Residential Housing Market Review

Posted: 20th August 2018

In the 2nd quarter of 2018 in Scotland the total volume of residential property sold in Scotland fell by 6.8% compared to the same quarter in 2017, whilst the average sold property price rose by 2.9%. ...read more >>


1st Quarter 2018 Market Review

Posted: 30th May 2018

Scottish average house price growth in the first quarter of 2018 showed an average increase compared to the first quarter of 2017 of 7.6%. In West Lothian the figure was 13.7%. Paradoxically the volume of property sold in Scotland in the first quarter of 2018 fell by 5.2%, compared to the first quarter of 2017. In West Lothian the number of properties sold fell by 12%. In the latest three month forecast from The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, 20% more Scottish surveyors forecasted that prices would continue to rise, than those who did not. Whilst 5% more surveyors than those who did not, forecasted that the volume of property coming to the market would decline. ...read more >>


Another happy Paul Rolfe client!

Posted: 28th May 2018

Another happy Paul Rolfe client…well done to Fraser and the team! ...read more >>


Congratulations to all the winners of our recent competition

Posted: 22nd May 2018

Long overdue post! Congratulations to all the winners of our recent competition, we will be in touch shortly to arrange delivery of your gift voucher for Star Barber in Linlithgow. Thanks to everyone who entered. ...read more >>


Instructing a Home Buyers Report

Posted: 3rd April 2018

You have decided to sell your home and you are going to need a Home Buyers Report. Here are some tips on how to go about it. The chartered surveyor is going to put their own independent valuation on your property and naturally you want this to as high as possible and whilst a surveyor will be objective and fact based in the way they arrive at their value, there is always a degree of subjectivity. Therefore the surveyor will be influenced by your homes appearance internally and externally, just as a house buyer will be viewing your property. So make sure its looking it’s best when the surveyor comes. ...read more >>


Finding a Good Buy to Let Investment

Posted: 31st March 2018

The key here is do your homework well. Firstly the sums need to add up, more on this in another blog, but the aim is to identify properties with a good level of rental demand, that will be easy to maintain and manage and ideally have the potential for decent levels of equity growth. ...read more >>


Why a Professional Agent Wants to do Viewings

Posted: 12th February 2018

This is an actual example that illustrates just one of the reasons why we do viewings for our clients. Not so long ago we were selling a flat, in nice condition, but nothing particularly remarkable about it. An older lady wanted to come and see it, it turned out she was starting to have some mobility issues and wanted to downsize from a two storey house. When she arrived for the viewing she was with five other members of her family, children and grand children. ...read more >>


Property Videos

Posted: 11th January 2018

The way consumers use the Internet and social media is ever changing. It is estimated that 74% of all internet traffic is now video content. So, when it comes to selling your house whilst great photography and floor plans remain essential, a good video of your property is something to seriously consider. ...read more >>


4th Quarter 2017 Market Review

Posted: 10th January 2018

UK average house price growth in 2017 was 2.6%. However the figures for Scotland mirrored the national average. ...read more >>


3rd Quarter 2017 Market Review

Posted: 22nd November 2017

The average house price in West Lothian rose by 2.0% in the third quarter of 2017, compared to the third quarter of 2016 ...read more >>


Buying Your Next Home

Posted: 20th August 2017

Having been an estate agent for a number of years, I hear all kinds of stories of people losing out on buying that dream home or maybe they are not really informed on how to best go about the task of getting an offer accepted. Finding a property. The most obvious place is the property … ...read more >>


2nd Quarter 2017 Market Review

Posted: 12th July 2017

In 2016 we saw an average increase in house prices of 3.5% compared to 2015. This is a brad average of course and location and property style can influence this considerably. ...read more >>


The Oldest ‘Dilemma’ In Property – Should I Sell or Buy First?

Posted: 20th June 2017

The question is asked by most people who already have a property but want to move somewhere else. Do you find and secure the next place before selling because you want surety that your next home, will be exactly what you want. On the face it, a completely natural choice to make. The flip side … ...read more >>


What’s your House Brand

Posted: 20th May 2017

Branding is a symbol or mark that distinguishes one product from another, just as it was originally intended to ensure farmers and ranchers knew which herd was theirs. It’s now a kind of short-cut; think of the Nike swoosh, or Red Bull’s wings; all the brand personality and attributes are delivered through that one graphic: … ...read more >>


Thinking of moving to Linlithgow?

Posted: 24th April 2017

Linlithgow is a Royal Burgh in West Lothian with a population of around 19,000. The birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots. The ruins of the Royal Palace can be visited in a beautiful setting next to Linlithgow Loch with St Michaels Parish Church (which dates from the 15th century) sitting alongside. The patron saint of … ...read more >>


Preparing your Home for Selling this Spring

Posted: 31st March 2017

When it comes to showing you property you want to show it at its best. Often potential buyers cannot see past clutter and repairs, even if you consider them to be small. Its Spring, so time to roll up the sleeves and get the Spring cleaning done, investing a bit of hard work and some … ...read more >>


1st Quarter 2017 Market Review

Posted: 20th February 2017

In 2016 we saw an average increase in house prices of 3.5% compared to 2015. This is a brad average of course and location and property style can influence this considerably. ...read more >>


Paul Rolfe Estates, we don’t sell property, we sell viewings

Posted: 16th February 2017

Properties with what was once described to me as a ‘disadvantageous’ homes (main road, proximity to sewage works, next door to a takeaway, etc) – need more skill and effort to sell them, as do homes..... ...read more >>


Brexit, Panic, Panic AND BREATHE

Posted: 16th January 2017

So the votes are in and we are leaving the EU, except there is a little doubt that we will actually do it. A lot of political negotiations will take place first, and in fact we are two years away before we leave and changes take place. ...read more >>


Does Décor Matter?

Posted: 16th December 2016

I am frequently asked does it matter, it’s only paint, and there is no point in decorating to sell, as the next person will change it. Surely people can see past what I have and do there own thing ! ...read more >>