2016 sees rise in demand for rural housing in region

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Property sales across the Borders are being driven forward by rising demand for quality rural homes that are sensitively priced, according to leading independent property consultancy, CKD Galbraith.

CKD Galbraith’s Kelso office has reported a 36% increase in the number of properties sold during the first three months of 2016 compared with the same quarter of last year, and a 12% rise in the number of viewings in comparison with the final quarter of 2015.

Alex Inglis, head of residential sales at CKD Galbraith’s Kelso office, said: “The Borders property market remains steady with recent sale figures showing a healthy growth. However, accurate pricing is always important.

“Attractive three and 4 bedroom homes, ideally with some additional land if they are in rural locations, are in particular demand with the market appeal of such properties being far reaching. During the first quarter of this year 68% of our buyers already lived in Scotland while 32% came from further afield.”

Susan Guthrie, CKD Galbraith’s lettings manager for the region, added: “The Borders lettings team has been experiencing high demand for three to four bedroom houses. Many properties are let within days.”