Situated in Dee Street is our Banchory branch which is run by Iain 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.
It was a reasonably sluggish start to the year but it has gradually picked up. The tail end of 2018 was busy with quite a number of properties going under offer, and some within a short time of coming on the market so clients we have spoken to a few months ago who have been debating whether or not to move and then deciding to go ahead.
There is still some uncertainty with Brexit and the possible consequences, but for the most part clients have simply decided to start marketing now rather than wait until this comes to a close.
The Spring market is always an exciting time of year where things really pick up so we will undoubtedly see a large number of properties come onto the market and the number of sales dramatically increase.
We already have a vast selection of properties ‘pending’ to come onto the market in the Spring months so expect to be very busy arranging viewings and negotiation offers. From a buyers perspective there are still a substantial number of properties on the market that have been for some time so there are ample opportunities to negotiate a great deal.
The larger, more expensive homes are doing particularly well with the majority receiving a good number of viewings, genuine interest and offers. For the first time in a long time there does seem to be a good ‘buzz’ surrounding the three and four bedroom family homes in the Deeside towns which could be a result of the developers and builders locally only building larger, more expensive homes. Demand for bungalows also remains exceptionally high especially those within walking distance to the local High Street or main amenities.
The first quarter of 2019 has seen a flurry of valuations in Banchory and surrounding areas, with many landlords looking to advertise their property in time for the Spring market.
There has been a variation of new properties ranging from one bedroom flats to four bedroom detached, architect-designed homes – all of which are receiving some level of interest.
Viewings have remained steady, but we have seen an increase in the number of properties going under offer, with the majority of them having a date of entry within 4 weeks. These are not only our most recent stock but also includes older stock. This is a very promising sign that the market is gradually starting to pick up.
We have seen very few re-lets over the last couple of months, which reinforces the fact that if landlords are prepared to consistently maintain their properties and accept rent which is in line with current market conditions, tenants are far more likely to stay for longer.
Looking ahead to the Spring period, the focus will be to increase valuations, maximise stock and secure tenancies.
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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