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Finding Your Property in Scotland

viewing a property in ScotlandThere are many major differences between Scottish and English law. This becomes particularly apparent when buying or selling a property.

There is no such things as freehold and leasehold in Scotland as most buildings are owned on feudal tenure, which means that they are owned outright and can be sold freely in much the same way as freehold property in England.

Solicitors often call themselves ‘Solicitors and Estate Agents‘, because more properties are sold by solicitors than agents. There are solicitors’ property centres in most of the major towns where you can see thousands of properties for sale. You will be given details and photographs of the property and the name of the solicitor who is selling it.

There are estate agents too, who work in the same way as those in England and Wales, so if you found a house you liked, you would need to instruct a solicitor in the normal way. The advantage of the property centres or solicitors’ property department is that everything is under one roof.

Most property is for sale at ‘offers over’ a state figure. This is sometimes known as the upset price, meaning the very minimum that the seller will consider accepting. Depending on the desirability of the property, it may well go for much more than the upset price.

Alternatively, houses are offered at a fixed price in order to get a quick sale. The first suitable offer at that price will secure the house.

You will need to instruct a solicitor to do your conveyancing fairly early on as things can progress very quickly. Make sure you get several quotes, as there are no fixed fees. Then your loan should be agreed so that you can move swiftly when you find your home. Securing a mortgage is the same as elsewhere in the UK.

When you have found the property that you like, you should tell your solicitor and he can deal with the seller’s solicitor and do any negotiating on price or fixtures and fittings. The completion date, or date of entry, should also be discussed. At this stage, nothing is in writing and no formal offer has been made.

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