How to choose a solicitor

January 12, 2017

In Buying a house, Selling a house, Property news By John MacRae, Chairman of ASPC

Most of us have little difficulty in finding a solicitor, there are something like 50 plus firms in our area after all, but most of us want to find a solicitor we can feel confidence in. I do not think I am breaching omerta if I say not all solicitors are the same.

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How much should I offer for a property?

January 11, 2017

In Buying a house By John MacRae, Chairman of ASPC

In Aberdeen and the surrounding area, just at present, closing dates are something of a rarity. With the current economic background, canny Aberdonians and their equally canny countrymen are being very careful with their money. But what do you offer, if you do find yourself having to consider making an offer for a property at a closing date?

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The pros and cons of smart meters: could it help you?

January 04, 2017

In Buying a house By John MacRae, Chairman of ASPC

The pros and cons of smart meters - should you get one in your home?

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Checking the property: what you should check after buying your home

December 27, 2016

In Buying a house By John MacRae, Chairman of ASPC

For many, the first days after getting the keys to your new property are a whirlwind. You’ve got lots of boxes to unpack, you’re enjoying the space and there’s a thrill of excitement every time you step in the front door. Whether you have bought a brand new home from the builder or one that has been in existence for a hundred years or more, you should consider some basic checks, as soon as you can, after taking possession of the keys.

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What you need to know if you are renting for the first time

December 22, 2016

In Buying a house, Renting By John MacRae, Chairman of ASPC

Flying the nest for the first time can be a big deal. For most youngsters this means renting, whether it’s with your partner, friends or even a stranger. Whilst your parents are usually the best source of information (about most things), chances are they’ve been out of the rental market for a while.

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