Situated in Dee Street is our Banchory branch which is run by Laura Considine and branch manager Aaron Thomson. Services offered at this branch include lettings, estate agency, financial advice and our full range of legal services.
8 Dee Street
Viewings and valuations are available outwith these hours.
We are proud to offer clients the support of some of Royal Deeside’s most experienced property professionals from our estate agency and lettings office in Banchory. We also offer our full range of legal and independent financial services from the site.
The darker nights certainly brought a slower market to Deeside with fewer viewings and valuations being arranged in the final quarter than previous months.
The uncertainty surrounding Brexit and the general election didn’t help matters with very few new buyers on the scene and a lower number of sellers across the area. The vast majority of people we spoke to were waiting to see the outcome and had their own opinions on what way the market would go.
That said, we did have the usual pre-Christmas rush with people looking to move quickly into their new home before the holiday period. 2019 was no exception albeit the numbers were lower than previous years.
Historically, first time buyers would be searching for flats in and around the city but the number of properties changing hands in Aberdeenshire has seen a marked increase. Thousands of energy-sector workers are choosing to stay in Aberdeenshire, and nearly 1,200 homes were sold in the area in the third quarter, up 4.1% year on year.
The value of these property transactions was more than £255million, which was ahead 4.4% on the third quarter of 2018.
House prices in Aberdeenshire also held steady year-on-year at an average of nearly £216,000.
Properties with land are still rare to the market and as always we seem to have many people on our register that are looking for something in the countryside with a few acres, nice gardens and/or a great view. Traditional cottages and bungalows in the Deeside towns and villages always prove popular but many of our most viewed properties are those that are a bit different, possibly with a modern twist.
With a vast majority of sellers waiting until the weather improves and festivities are out the way we are optimistic about the New Year and what 2020 will bring. The Spring market in Deeside is one of our favourite and busiest times of year and just round the corner, so we have that to look forward to if the weather in January and February isn’t great!
During the winter months, valuations and viewings have remained at a steady level with a handful of properties going under offer and new tenancies commencing in late December.
The number of re-lets has declined, which is a good sign as it means tenants are residing in properties for longer periods of time.
Rental figures remain steady and providing that the property is well kept throughout, landlords are receiving offers relatively quickly after the initial viewing. Furthermore, tenants tend to be more likely to stay longer term.
The majority of the landlords have decided to use our Fully Managed option, which is certainly the best route to go down if you wish for a less hands on approach to renting out your property.
Whilst we need to be aware of the imminent Brexit deadline at the end of January, at this time we expect the demand for rental properties to increase again as we head into the first quarter and then the popular Spring period.
Aboyne is a lively village on the edge of the Highlands in Aberdeenshire, approximately twenty six miles west of Aberdeen. There is an active community and Aboyne hosts the Highland Games on the Village Green every August. The green also has a playpark and facilities for rugby and football.
The village is home to a stunning village hall and a highly regarded 18 hole golf course. There are many other attractions in Aboyne including the theatre, 25 metre swimming pool, and a selection of shops, hotels and restaurants. Additionally, there are a number of outdoor pursuits available locally which include the Aberdeen Water Ski Club, situated at Aboyne Loch and the Gliding Club just outside of Aboyne.
Banchory is a pleasant town in the heart of Royal Deeside and rises elegantly from the Banks of the River Dee. It has a wide range of local amenities, including a variety of shops, banks, restaurants, garden centre, hotels, library, health centre and dentists. There is a golf course and also a driving range at Inchmarlo and many places of historical interest.
The area is rich in outdoor pursuits with ample opportunity to enjoy walking and cycling along the Deeside Way, canoeing and fishing in the sparkling waters of the River Dee and many more sporting activities. There are two highly regarded primary schools and a renowned academy. Aberdeen is within easy commuting distance, with a choice of travel by three main routes.
Torphins is an attractive Deeside village near the larger villages of Banchory and Aboyne. It has a population of around 1500 and is one of the larger villages in Deeside. Torphins is situated 22 miles west of Aberdeen and under 20 minutes commuting distance to Westhill.
There is a Church of Scotland church and a town hall named the Learney Hall. It also has a public house, the Learney Arms, which was originally part of a hotel. The village offers various shops, a primary school and private nursery with after-school care, health centre, veterinary practice, public parks, tennis courts and a golf course. Secondary schools are located nearby in Banchory and Aboyne.
Ballater is a picturesque village set in the heart of Royal Deeside, 40 miles from Aberdeen with a journey time of approximately 50 minutes. There are a number of shops, hotels and other facilities in the village including a primary school. There is a secondary school situated in Aboyne equipped with a swimming pool, squash courts, theatre and library.
The Craigendarroch Country Club is situated nearby and also has a swimming pool, squash courts and restaurants. There is an 18 hole golf course in the village itself and a number of outdoor pursuits available in the area including horse riding, fishing, shooting and gliding. During the winter, residents and tourists can make use of the winter sports facilities at both Glenshee and The Lecht.
Braemar is a stunning conservation village situated on Royal Deeside approximately 60 miles west of Aberdeen. Lying within the Cairngorms National Park, the area boasts many tourist attractions and opportunities for walking, ski-ing and all types of outdoor pursuits.
The famous Royal Highland Gathering in September draws tourists from all corners of the world and the breath-taking scenery and healthy highland air is well known. The Glenshee Ski Resort and the local golf course are both within easy reach.
Catering to those with children, there is a primary school in the village with secondary education available in Aboyne. There are a variety of independent and boutique shops, hotels and many other facilities in the village and a lively local community.
Drumoak is a picturesque and expanding village located approx 11 miles west of Aberdeen along the A93 on route to Royal Deeside. Near Drumoak lies the 12th Century Drum Castle, once a royal residence and now in the care of The National Trust for Scotland.
The village has a local shop, post office, church, bowling green and a newly constructed primary school that opened its doors in February of 2017. Secondary schooling is available at the nearby Banchory Academy. A short distance away is the 'Mains of Drum' which is a popular garden centre with shopping areas and a restaurant. Drumoak lies mid-way between Crathes and Peterculter and straddles the main A93 Aberdeen to Banchory road.
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