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 market in Banchory has continued at a pace throughout the first quarter of 2021 with the volume of sales exceeding expectations.
Activity in the wider region in terms of both the number and value of properties changing hands has also been rising and prices are maintaining a reasonable level.
Demand is still particularly high in Royal Deeside where we have seen a significant uplift in interest from those looking for second homes and holiday lets, many of who are buyers from outwith Scotland. Low levels of available properties in the Ballater and Braemar areas are driving sale prices up and many sales are being achieved following competitive closing dates.
There has also been an increase in demand for quality family homes in the Banchory area and with low supply, many are selling quickly and achieving or exceeding their values.
The first quarter also saw an increase in demand for first time buyer homes undoubtedly due to the reintroduction of the First Home Fund which has already closed for new applications.
The current lockdown restrictions also appears to have given people an opportunity to reflect on how they use their properties and what they need the space for, with some opting for more space with a home office, a garden when they didn’t have one before, or choosing to live a little further into the countryside as there is less need to commute.
One key change has been the use of technology, with the introduction of virtual viewings and valuations.
Properties marketed with the firm used the new virtual 3D property tours - this innovation proved to be highly popular and was reflected in the number of viewings that took place.
With restrictions easing we could see interest in property begin to rise further so now may well be a good time to explore the market, whether buying or selling or both.
Demand for rental properties in Banchory and the wider Deeside area has remained exceptionally high during the first quarter of the year.
Whatever the rent, size and location, lease properties have continued to see a good turnover, with the majority of them receiving offers within the first couple of weeks of marketing. The number of re-lets are few and far between meaning that tenants are happy and landlords are keeping up with current regulations and home improvements if they are required.
Tenants are certainly looking for additional space, especially with the increase in home working, and properties featuring larger accommodation, along with a garden are undoubtedly very popular.
Multiple offers are not uncommon, with most if not all properties attracting a full asking price or higher.
In previous years of financial difficulties we have found that the lettings sector has excelled with those who are not prepared or not in a position to commit to buying a property looking to rent instead.
Given that demand is outstripping supply at the moment, we are actively looking for landlords to place their properties on the market.
If you are looking to become a landlord this could be a good time to obtain some professional advice and explore the market.
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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