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A very warm welcome to Prime Property magazine. We hope you enjoy reading it and find it provides an insight into our speciality field of residential property. Simpson & Marwick is now an exclusively residential property brand fully engaged in an area in which every one of you is likely to have a personal interest at some point. The name Prime Property is synonymous with Simpson & Marwick reflecting our websites – edinburghprimeproperty.com, eastlothianprimeproperty.com and aberdeenprimeproperty.com. The prime focus of our business is our clients - you! Buying and selling property can be very stressful - we do our very best to support you through the process and minimise that stress. Our people are immensely important to our business and consequently to our clients. Property is a people business. Enormous thanks must go to our advertisers almost all of whom are business friends of our firm and with whom we have longstanding relationships. We have chosen businesses that we believe also put their clients and customers first. We hope you really enjoy the articles all of which are again from friends of Simpson & Marwick. We are immensely grateful to the authors for their contributions. Buying and selling property in Scotland is far more complex than it was a decade ago. Instructing one professional firm that has oversight of the whole process of Estate Agency, submitting offers and the legal elements of both sale and purchase makes very good sense. In order to assist you, the articles we have written have been chosen to help you understand the dynamics and complexities of the market within which we now work. We are here to help you. If you have any questions at all about residential property sale and purchase or wish an initial market appraisal please feel free to ask us. All initial advice is free.

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06 Properties A selection of the finest properties for sale via Simpson & Marwick. 12 The Changing World We Live In How the dynamics of the property market in Scotland have changed.

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17 At Home With Tom Kitchin Showcasing the talents of one of the UK and Scotland’s favourite chefs. 22 Luxury Homes Dandara brings luxury living to idyllic North Berwick. 28 Leaving The City Behind The attractions of East Lothian. 32 Downsizing Tips for making downsizing a success. 36 Picture Perfect A look at Edinburgh based photographer Chris Close. 42 Par Excellence The Renaissance Club celebrates its 10th Anniversary. 46 Ultimate Spa Experience The award-winning One Spa in Edinburgh. 50 3 Steps The 3 steps to buying your ideal property. 54 The Finest Care Cramond Residence now welcomes its first guests. 58 Racing Ahead In Edinburgh Celebrating Ecurie Ecosse, the Edinburgh based motor racing team. 62 Remodel your Home A look at architects Somner Macdonald. 66 Specialist Legal Advice From Consultant Euan Allan 72 How We Brought Our Dream Home A successful move with Simpson & Marwick. 76 10 Years Of An Icon BoConcept celebrate 10 years of the iconic Imola chair. 82 The Scottish Gallery Celebrating the elegant Georgian gallery in Edinburgh. 86 The Power Of Presentation The importance of marketing your property well. 88 On The Road To Recovery The Aberdeen property market. 90 At Home In Edinburgh Edinburgh property to French clothing brand. 92 Where There’s A Will, There’s A Way! With Simpson & Marwick’s Nikki Dundas. 94 Meet The Team Meet the Simpson & Marwick team.

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Upper Coltbridge Terrace, Murrayfield Edinburgh

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Substantial 6 bedroom semi-detached period family house with garage, off street parking and garden. EPC rating E.

Fixed Price ÂŁ1,050,000 Contact Clare Murphy 0131 525 8623 clare.murphy@simpmar.com

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Preston Road, Prestonpans East Lothian

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An enchanting and meticulously restored 17th century house in secluded grounds of 1.74 acres. EPC rating F. *Joint Agency with Savills*

Offers Over ÂŁ1,000,000 Contact Matthew Munro 0131 525 8608 matthew.munro@simpmar.com

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Morningside Park, Morningside Edinburgh

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Exceptional Victorian 4 bedroom terraced family house with lovely front and rear gardens. EPC rating E.

Offers Over ÂŁ850,000 Contact Katie Jackson 0131 525 8604 katie.jackson@simpmar.com

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The Changing World We Live In The dynamics of the property market in Scotland have changed dramatically in the last decade. Before the recession, buyers were able to offer for a property before they sold, have their offer accepted and then put their own property on the market in order to find a buyer. Purchasers committed contractually for their purchase prior to receiving an offer for their sale. In the unlikely event of clients not selling, banks offered the safety net of a bridging loan.

Richard Loudon Partner

The banking crisis and recession changed everything – until recently, bridging loans just weren't available, and unless clients could afford to pay for a new property without any money from their sale, potential buyers would have to sell before they could buy and risk having to go into rented accommodation on a short term basis. One of the major advantages of instructing a solicitor estate agent to advise you on the whole process is that we have an overview of not only the sale of your existing property, but also the purchase of a new property and can assist in managing the timing of the two elements of the transaction together. Since this significant change in the dynamics of the market, property professionals in Scotland have guarded against allowing clients to become involved in English-type chains – we have all heard and continue to hear of horror stories of chains in England of six or seven transactions all falling down

because one party changed their mind or just couldn't get the mortgage they needed. I recently saw a statistic that 34% of transactions in England don't proceed, which has never been the case in Scotland. There is now some light at the end of the tunnel.

occasions the bridging loan has had to be drawn down, but on many, the availability of the bridging loan has made a purchaser into a "credible buyer" but we have managed to sell and dovetail in the sale resulting in the bridging loan drawdown not being required.

We have devised a non-refundable deposit mechanism whereby, whether we are acting for a purchaser or a seller, the purchaser offers a reasonably modest non-refundable deposit in order to give the seller reassurance that the purchaser has "some financial skin in the game" resulting in a seller perhaps being willing to consider an offer which is subject to the sale of the buyer's own property.

These mechanisms are reasonably sophisticated solutions to a problem that 9 out of 10 purchasers have to address. In many cases they do result in purchasers managing to buy before they sell and also not having to face the risk of having to go into rented accommodation with the associated rental costs and double removal and storage costs, not to mention the sheer upheaval of having to move home twice.

Bridging Loans have also become more available through specialist sources. This has managed to unlock several transactions whereby "fall back" bridging facilities have been made available to purchasers. On some

We live in very changing times in the residential property world where an overview from your solicitor of the whole purchase and sale process can certainly diminish the stressful complexity of a move.

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Old Abbey Road, North Berwick East Lothan

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Unique and spacious 6 bedroom family home with private garden, parking and self contained office/annex. EPC rating E.

Offers Over ÂŁ999,999 Contact Carole Seaton 01620 892000 carole.seaton@simpmar.com

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Coming To The Market Spring 2019 Entire 4 floor townhouse with garden, New Town/Stockbridge, Edinburgh

Impressive 5 bedroom detached house, Duddingston, Edinburgh

Very large double upper (approx. 3,300 sq.ft.) in prime New Town, Edinburgh address

Exceptional 3 bedroom apartment with garage and superb views, Grange, Edinburgh

Large ground & lower flat with garden & garage, New Town, Edinburgh

4 bedroom Georgian country house, paddocks and outbuildings, Linlithgow

Georgian 3 bedroom double upper flat, New Town, Edinburgh

Period 2 bed upper villa with quality finishes and wonderful sea views, North Berwick

Delightful semi-detached 5 bedroom house with south facing garden, Murrayfield, Edinburgh

Modern & well presented 3 bedroom bungalow, North Berwick

Spacious detached 1950s 5 bedroom villa, Barnton, Edinburgh

Rarely available period house over three floors with 6 bedrooms and garage, North Berwick

If you may be interested in any of these properties, please do contact us and we will supply you with further details as soon as we are in a position to do so. 0131 525 8600 or 01620 892000 or property@simpmar.com.

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The Village, Archerfield, Dirleton East Lothian

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Stunning and individual 6 bedroom detached house with separate garden house and outstanding views. EPC rating C.

Fixed Price ÂŁ1,295,000 Contact Jennifer Lewis 01620 892000 jennifer.lewis@simpmar.com

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Sold in 2018 for over £1,000,000

West End, Edinburgh

Newington, Edinburgh

Home Report

Home Report

£1,200,000

£1,075,000

Morningside, Edinburgh

Blacket, Edinburgh

Out of courtesy to our buyers we felt it appropriate to only state Home Report value not sale price as the Home Report value is already in the public domain.

Merchiston, Edinburgh

Grange, Edinburgh

Home Report

Home Report

Home Report

Home Report

£1,500,000

£1,250,000

£1,375,000

£1,750,000

Murrayfield, Edinburgh

Craiglockhart, Edinburgh

North Berwick, East Lothian

Archerfield, East Lothian £1,400,000

Home Report

Home Report

£1,150,000

£1,150,000

Home Report £1,300,000

Grange, Edinburgh

Grange, Edinburgh

City Centre, Aberdeen

Bieldside, Aberdeen

Home Report

Home Report

Home Report

Home Report

£1,500,000

£2,400,000

£1,400,000

£1,600,000

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Leaving The City Behind Leaving the hustle and bustle of the city is becoming increasingly attractive for those seeking an alternative lifestyle. Heading eastwards from Edinburgh seems to be a popular choice. So, what's the attraction of East Lothian? The area is becoming more and more on the hit list of places to stay and the reasons why it is so appealing are almost too numerous to list.

Surrounded by over 40 miles of stunning coastline along the Firth of Forth estuary, East Lothian is abundant and growing in its diversity, its people, history, towns and numerous activities. Often famed to be the sunniest area of Scotland, it has stunning golden beaches and probably the world's finest selection of links golf courses. However, East Lothian provides more than just a day out for happy golfers and tourists. The County offers an excellent quality of life for all generations with more and more young families choosing to move away from Edinburgh to join the thriving communities that the East coast has to offer. In 2017, North Berwick was voted the best place to live in Scotland in The Sunday Times 'Best Places to Live' guide. Quite an accolade for a town that has a population of just over 6,500! A huge range of styles of living are on offer, from quaint coastal towns to wonderful rural inland villages. There is a mixture of traditional sandstone and pantile roofed cottages, large detached period and modern houses, along with a variety of apartments of various shapes and sizes - something for everyone and all within easy access of road and rail links. Families can choose between highly rated primary and secondary schools in both the state and private sectors, with The Compass School, St Mary's Primary, Belhaven, North Berwick High and Loretto to name just a few. East Lothian deserves the accolade of being one of the best places in the world for golfers, with 22 courses catering for every standard and taste. However, it isn't just a golfer's paradise. If instead it is the water baby in you that is attracted to the coastal waters, you will never be short of things to do. Diving, kiteboarding, windsurfing,

kayaking, paddle boarding, sailing, surfing and wakeboarding will ensure your wetsuit is put to good use. Or perhaps the historic castles and private houses are more to your liking. Once again the East does not fall short, with Seton Collegiate Church and its links to the ill-fated Mary Queens of Scots, the Neo Palladian villa at Newhailes which houses some of the finest Rocco interiors in Scotland and Tantallon Castle, a mid-14th century fortress perched on the clifftop just East of North Berwick. There is indeed plenty on offer. If you are after a more sedate activity then there is a selection of crafting classes, including ceramics at Tantallon Studios overlooking the Bass Rock, needle felting and crochet at The Handmade Store in East Linton and candle making with Laura Thomas at various venues in the local area as well as the amateur dramatic groups in the area such as the Stenton Footlights and Dunbar Lyric Group. There is so much to see and do in this area, not to mention the beautiful scenery and beaches, walks and wildlife.

excellent selection of eateries. Some favourites are Duck's Inn which offers delicious local produce in the centre of Aberlady and the Main Course Restaurant in Gullane. We're eagerly awaiting the opening of The Bonnie Badger – Tom Kitchin's newest pub and restaurant in Gullane – which is rumoured to be opening in December this year. Osteria in North Berwick is a small award-winning Italian restaurant with wonderful food and first-class service. So the question is: What's the massive attraction of East Lothian? The smell of spring in the air, the warmth of the summer months, the autumn leaves falling over the countryside, with the sea as your barometer. Whether it’s the cosy cottage with the log fire or the modern new build with its clean lines East Lothian truly does have it all. It's vibrant and bustling, and with great schools, welcoming communities and pastimes for everyone, every weekend can feel like a holiday.

If it's coffee and cake that you're after, there are some real gems to be discovered in East Lothian. Drift is a café on the coast road between North Berwick and Dunbar which has been cleverly designed on a cliff edge to maximise stunning direct sea views, with a large wood burner for the winter months and delicious cakes. Steampunk, within the heart of North Berwick is a super stylish warehouse-style café, well known for roasting its own brand of coffee. Once you have exhausted yourself from your day's activities, settled down the kids and watched the sun go down over the horizon you can explore the

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Grange Loan, Grange Edinburgh

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Splendid 5 bedroom family home located in the heart of the Grange with pretty private garden. EPC rating E.

Offers Over ÂŁ895,000 Contact Clare Murphy 0131 525 8623 clare.murphy@simpmar.com

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Downsizing Declutter ruthlessly If you’ve been in your home for decades, the chances are that you’ve accumulated a mass of belongings, not to mention those school reports in the loft and your children’s belongings that somehow you’re still storing for them. The sensible step is to start sorting through things before you’ve even started thinking about a move. Too many people leave this emotionally draining task until they do not have the energy to tackle it. Start now, and be strict. Personally we have a two year rule: if it hasn’t been used in that time, clear it out. Or you can take William Morris’ advice: unless it’s useful or beautiful, out it goes. Be realistic and open-minded If you’ve always lived in a period property you may instinctively steer clear of say, a contemporary open-plan apartment. However, this kind of layout can work really well as one gets older. Give it some lateral thought. You may not need a dining room, but a second bathroom could come in very useful if you ever need to have someone living in, even temporarily. Modern properties are generally warmer and more energy efficient which could lead to reduced energy bills.

It’s not a phrase I particularly like, with its faintly negative air and assumption that ‘it’s all downhill from now on’. But for most it's an inevitable part of getting a little bit older – whether it's to move closer to family, to reduce living costs or perhaps due to medical reasons. Like any house move, it can be a stressful process, but downsizing can also be a positive and even enjoyable experience.

Louisa Raistrick Associate Director

Generally speaking, there are two types of downsizers - those who want to have a more practical, manageable home to suit their changing requirements and those who want to release some equity because they are asset, rather than cash, rich. Sometimes it’s a combination of both. It is important to remember that downsizing can often be more of a lateral financial move because of how the market works. In other words, a 2/3 bedroom contemporary flat on the ground floor or with a lift and a balcony, comes at a premium. You may get less for your money in terms of floor area, but the practical and lifestyle considerations often still make it a worthwhile move. So, here are my top tips for making a successful, streamlined move slightly later in life:

Do it sooner rather than later Plan to move when you are still fit and able. Moving home is commonly regarded as one of the most stressful life experiences so make sure you have the energy to deal with it. Too many people put it off and become too frail to cope with the upheaval. This can mean that a) the actual move is traumatic and difficult, especially dealing with a lifetime of possessions and b) you don’t get to fully enjoy the newfound convenience and rejuvenating change of scene that other younger downsizers enjoy. My advice? It’s never too early to start reviewing your situation and planning ahead. Focus on the positives Leaving a long-term home can be fraught with issues, but it’s very important that sentimentality doesn’t

get in the way of practicality. Focus on the positives: a modern apartment means fewer maintenance issues, a smaller space to keep clean, better energy efficiency (this becomes increasingly important as one gets older and needs a warm home all day long), perhaps a concierge or caretaker on hand for added security and reassurance. Once a move is made, most people don’t look back and many wish they’d done it years earlier. Ignore your children Well, not entirely, but beware of adult children who don’t want to see their family home sold. You must try and keep emotional factors at bay and do what’s right for YOU, however hard it is for others to accept. And don’t assume you still need room for everyone to come and stay – that way you’ll end up paying for bedrooms that are used perhaps a handful of times a year. Think imaginatively and offer to put children and grandchildren up via Airbnb or even a nearby hotel. Far more cost effective and you do not need to change the sheets! Think about light, outlook and outdoor space Where possible, I always advise a west or south facing property for older clients. As one gets less mobile, a warm and sunny home becomes more and more important; ideally with a view or an open outlook. If you are used to a large garden it is also nice to retain some access to outside space. A balcony or factored grounds can provide this without the need for back-breaking maintenance. DON’T hang onto your furniture Again, I’m being provocative, but it's amazing how many people reject a property because ‘the wardrobe won’t fit’. Unless you have very special pieces that you just can’t let go, you’re often better off selling existing large-scale furniture and starting afresh with more appropriate pieces. Having said that, don’t think that a contemporary flat necessarily demands a matching interior. You can mix antiques and period art with a modern setting very stylishly.

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Sell first Unfortunately most downsizers need to sell before they buy. If you can’t afford to pay for the new property without getting the money out of the old property then sellers will not really consider you to be a credible buyer and you may lose out to another party who is in a stronger position. To ensure your offer is taken seriously it is best to sell first. To reduce stress, try to negotiate a lengthy entry date and accept the fact you may have to rent for a while. If selling first is too daunting, it is sometimes possible to make an offer subject to the sale of an existing home by utilising a deposit clause. There are also now a few lenders offering bridging finance. If you can afford to buy without selling then you are very fortunate and it makes the whole process much easier and less stressful. Enjoy it! To finish on a positive note, downsizing can be something to look forward to. No more rattling around with too much space and far too much clutter. A property that’s easy to look after and cosy all year round, perhaps a little balcony for pots but no lawn to mow or hedges to prune. Maybe an underground parking space with a lift – a joy for those Edinburgh-dwellers used to circling round for a space and scraping the ice off the windscreen in winter. Weigh up the plus points, do your research, plan ahead and you could find that making a downsize move gives you a whole new lease of life, leaving you with more time and perhaps a little more money to really enjoy your retirement. Take more holidays – it is easier to lock and leave a flat than a house for two months. Should you wish to discuss your own downsizing requirements, please do not hesitate to contact us for an informal chat. Louisa Raistrick 0131 525 8610

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Links Road, North Berwick East Lothian

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Unique 5 bedroom top floor flat with tower room, garden, double garage and stunning sea views. EPC rating D.

Offers Over ÂŁ630,000 Contact Carole Seaton 01620 892000 carole.seaton@simpmar.com

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Picture Perfect Edinburgh based Chris Close hails from the ‘Auld Grey Toon’ that is St Andrews. Famed for its golf, university and historical connections to the earliest days of photography.

He is one of the country’s most established photographers, specialising in ‘people’ and ‘places’ and has been commissioned to shoot locally and globally in locations as geographically diverse as Chile and China and as meteorologically diverse as the cold of Greenland, to a heatwave in Texas. His clients include Mercedes, Rolex, Radisson, Cairn Energy and The Seychelles Tourist Board. His professional career has seen him hang out of helicopters, get chased by lions, been rescued from drowning and photograph royalty and rock stars (most recently Brian May from Queen). A former Chair of AOP Scotland and co-founder of Scotland’s first photography festival, he opened Gallery-Close in Howe Street, Edinburgh in 2017, one of the only privately run photography galleries in Scotland. The gallery exhibits a select group of photographers including Chris’ own artwork. “In Scotland, compared to the US and other parts of Europe, we are still behind the curve, in terms of appreciation of photography as an art form, but I have planted a flag and I hope others will follow”. Chris has produced an annual ‘live’ exhibition of portraits of authors at the Edinburgh International Book Festival since 2009. Critically acclaimed, the work is unique in style and approach. The portraits are taken one day and exhibited the next and are all taken outside in Charlotte Square. Each day the exhibition grows and new work is on display as new portraits are added. 2018 saw Chris shoot his 1000th author portrait. Outwith photography Chris dabbles in writing and is a wannabe screenwriter. He plays tennis and hacks his way around golf courses, once teaming up with American actor William Hurt on the famed Old Course at St Andrews.

www.chrisclose.com www.gallery-close.com Opposite page: Mark Beaumont Top from left to right: Chris Packham, Tim Burgess & Jessie Burton Above: Robert Preston & Ian Rankin

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South Avenue, Cults

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Elegant 6 bedroom detached mansion with tennis court set in 1.44 acres. EPC rating D.

Offers Over ÂŁ1,850,000 Contact Hilary Munro 01224 628884 hilary.munro@simpmar.com

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Lanark Road, Juniper Green Edinburgh

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Fine 5 bedroom detached modern villa with Granny flat, garage and parking. EPC rating D.

Fixed Price ÂŁ715,000 Contact Clare Murphy 0131 525 8623 clare.murphy@simpmar.com

Colinton Road, Craiglockhart Edinburgh

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Fabulous 5 bedroom detached house with bright and flexible accommodation in Craiglockhart. EPC rating E.

Offers Over ÂŁ585,000 Contact Gill Miller 0131 525 8607 gill.miller@simpmar.com

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Grosvenor Gardens, West End Edinburgh

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Stunning and beautifully presented 5 bedroom flat in the heart of the highly desirable West End. EPC rating E.

Fixed Price ÂŁ795,000 Contact Gill Miller 0131 525 8607 gill.miller@simpmar.com

North Charlotte Street, New Town Edinburgh

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Stunning 2 bedroom top floor flat with superb views situated in prime central location. EPC rating D.

Offers Over ÂŁ495,000 Contact Katie Jackson 0131 525 8604 katie.jackson@simpmar.com

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Drummond Place, New Town

Wardie Road, Trinity

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Kirkliston

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Superb 4 bedroom semi-detached house with sunny garden, parking and studio/office. EPC rating TBC.

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Beautifully presented 2/3 bedroom flat located in the heart of Edinburgh's historic New Town. EPC rating E.

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Elegant 4 bedroom traditional third/top flat with superb views. EPC rating E.

Beautifully presented 'B' listed period Manse with mature gardens, tennis court and 2 garages. EPC rating E.

Offers Over £475,000

Offers Over £785,000

Contact Katie Jackson 0131 525 8604 katie.jackson@simpmar.com

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The 3 Steps To Buying Your Ideal Property

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Make contact with your solicitor

In Scotland your solicitor will advise you on market conditions, details of your chosen property and the best offer tactics. This is a far greater role than the solicitor takes south of the border. Instructing an experienced and proactive solicitor can make the difference between being successful with a purchase or not. Your solicitor will, of course, also act as estate agent if you have a property to sell. Make arrangements to meet with your solicitor at the start of your search to complete the ID checks for Anti-Money Laundering Regulations and to introduce you to an independent mortgage broker, if required. You should discuss your funding arrangements with your solicitor who will be able to advise on whether you may need to sell your property first or organise fall-back bridging finance to put you in the best position to offer.

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Find and visit the best properties

You should register your search criteria on espc.com and rightmove.com if you are looking in Edinburgh/East Lothian or aspc.com in Aberdeen. You should arrange to visit properties, don't dismiss them on the basis of an online photograph you are not sure about. This will enable you to compare properties and find the one that is for you. The Home Report (sellers’ survey) should be available for you to download online. It is helpful to read this before you visit a property.

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Instruct your solicitor to make an offer

When you see a property which is of interest to you, telephone your solicitor as soon as possible to discuss strategy. They will be able to advise you on the best way to get an offer accepted at the best possible price. There is no standard process – every property and set of circumstances is different. Once the deal has been agreed, your solicitor will guide you through the conclusion of the contract and other legal work – then pass the keys to you on the big day!

If you are at a property and think it might be the one for you, please spend plenty of time there as you may buy after only one visit. It is sensible not to appear over-enthusiastic as it can influence the sellers' thinking when they come to consider your offer.

Jemma Richardson Senior Associate Solicitor

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Eildon Street, Inverleith Edinburgh

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Spacious 2 double bedroom flat in peaceful residential street with superb views and amenities. EPC rating D.

Offers Over ÂŁ295,000 Contact Rebecca Ajodani 0131 524 1533 rebecca.ajodani@simpmar.com

Coates Gardens, West End Edinburgh

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Extremely impressive and spacious ground and garden flat with delightful private rear garden. EPC rating D.

Fixed Price ÂŁ725,000 Contact Rebecca Ajodani 0131 524 1533 rebecca.ajodani@simpmar.com

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The Finest Care

We pride ourselves on our positive care approach which promotes independence and ensures care plans are suited to individual needs. We have an exclusive partnership with Balanced – Edinburgh’s premier physiotherapy provider – which specialises in functional rehabilitation and fall prevention to help older people become more independent.

The much-anticipated Cramond Residence, Edinburgh’s finest care home, is now officially open and has welcomed its first residents.

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ocated to the north-west of Edinburgh, in the tranquil village of Cramond, the Residence provides the highest quality, person-centred nursing care for older people in the capital.

Good quality food and nutrition are also a key focus as they are essential for wellbeing and happiness. Our exceptionally qualified chefs lead a skilled catering team to create nutritious food plans tailored to individual tastes, beliefs or dietary requirements.

It has been designed to promote small community living and comprises of nine distinct houses, each with eight or nine generous en-suite bedrooms, as well as a selection of shared lounges, dining areas and activity spaces, creating a real home-from-home feel.

Life at Cramond Residence is designed to offer something to suit everyone and there are a wide range of activities on offer. From art classes to being pampered in the salon, or watching a film in the private cinema, it is a truly special place to live. Community living is important, so a variety of local day trips are also organised regularly and friends and family are always welcome and invited to join special events throughout the week.

Outside, beautiful, landscaped gardens provide a peaceful place to walk, sit, and relax. Exclusive, deluxe rooms with doors opening out onto private patios are also available. The interior of Cramond Residence reflects wellknown areas across Edinburgh through the mix of materials, colour, art and objects used in the design. Creating and cherishing memories is also an important part of the care we provide and picking up on historical themes of the city helps to create a sense of nostalgia.

It is managed exclusively by Walker Healthcare, which has over 20 years’ experience leading successful healthcare partnerships and operational management of well-respected care homes.

Sports enthusiasts will be at home in Ravelston House, where golfing hats displayed on hat stands and check curtains pay homage to the classic attire worn at Ravelston Golf Club. Those who like the great outdoors will love the quirky, pheasant wallpaper in Braid Hills House, reflecting the wildlife found in the area and admirers of the arts will appreciate the mixed gold frames and navy wall colour of Belford House – a nod to the National Gallery of Modern Art.

Private appointments can now be arranged for you or a family member. Please phone Dorothy Brown, Client Relationship Manager, on 0131 336 1064.

Further tributes to the capital can be found throughout, with bread tin accessories reflecting the old bakers and millers of Dean Village and even a tribute to Greyfriars Bobby in the colour palette of Greyfriars House.

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Burnbrae Grove, Corstorphine Edinburgh

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Offers Over ÂŁ590,000 Contact Gill Miller 0131 525 8607 gill.miller@simpmar.com

House O'Hill Terrace, Blackhall Edinburgh

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Offers Over ÂŁ525,000 Contact Gill Miller 0131 525 8607 gill.miller@simpmar.com

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Racing Ahead In Edinburgh Ecurie Ecosse was founded in Edinburgh in November 1951 by the late David Murray and today continues under the present ‘Patron’, Hugh McCaig.

Hugh McCaig has been involved in motor racing for the past thirty five years but was a motor racing enthusiast during his school days at Fettes College in Edinburgh. As head of the motoring club in the school he wrote a letter to David Murray of Ecurie Ecosse and asked if Murray would be prepared to bring the famous Ecosse transporter and cars to the school. To his surprise Murray agreed and the sparkling dark blue D-type was unloaded from the Ecurie Ecosse transporter. From then on Hugh McCaig followed the progress of Ecurie Ecosse who won the prestigious Le Mans 24 Hours in 1956 and 1957. When the team was disbanded in 1972 Hugh little knew that around ten years later he would be able to reform the team and take the famous name on to greater success. His son Alasdair McCaig now runs the team and won the British LMP3 Championship in 2017. Ecurie Ecosse is going from strength to strength, racing throughout Europe and Asia. Since 1982, the team have become World Champions in Group C2 World Sports Car Championship, have been involved in the development and running of the factory Aston Martin AMR1 team. They have won the British Touring Car Championship, British GT Championship and in the last two years won the British LMP3 Championship. The team have helped support some of Scotland’s most successful modern racing drivers including Allan McNish, David Coulthard, David Leslie, John Cleland and 2007 Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti.

Above top: Alasdair McCaig at Spa Francorchamps 2017 on his way to taking the British LMP3 title. Above middle: Alasdair McCaig and Colin Noble both from Ediburgh celebrating another win in the Le Mans Cup Championship at Portimao, Portugal. Above bottom: Ecurie Ecosse BMW Z4 GT3 at Monza, Italy competing in the BlancPain Endurance Series 2014. They also won the British GT Championship that year

Above top: At the height of their success with Jaguar cars David Murray the Paton of Ecurie Ecosse proudly stands behind his team of thee D type Jaguars in 1957 with the teams three mechanics in the car, from left to right chief mechanic Stan Sproat, Australian mechanic drafted in from Jaguar, Ron Gaudion and team truck driver and mechanic Sandy Arthur. Note the cobblestones outside their garage in Merchiston Mews.

So Ecurie Ecosse have been instrumental in the development of motor racing for the past fifty-five years not only in Scotland but in Britain as a whole and is well on its way to its ultimate goal, to return to the Le Mans 24 Hours.

Above bottom: Wilkie Wilkinson, one of the original directors of Ecurie Ecosse and chief mechanic in 1955 sits in one of the team’s first D type Jaguars in Merchiston Mews, the teams headquarters.

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Park Avenue, Duddingston Edinburgh

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Extremely impressive 5 bedroom house with private, sunny garden. EPC rating D.

Offers Over ÂŁ535,000 Contact Rebecca Ajodani 0131 524 1533 rebecca.ajodani@simpmar.com

Abbotscroft, North Berwick East Lothian

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Charming and well presented individually designed 4 bedroom house with mature gardens and garage. EPC rating D.

Offers Over ÂŁ700,000 Contact Carole Seaton 01620 892000 carole.seaton@simpmar.com

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Remodel Your Home There’s a huge appetite, currently, to remodel our homes. Programmes like Grand Designs have fired up the imagination of the general public. So, everyone wants to build. They want to create homes which are unique and special.

Architects hold the key to this. We are better placed than ever to eek the best out of each opportunity, to come up with great ideas. We have the knowhow to turn those ideas into reality. There’s a lot that goes into making these projects successful. Knowledge of construction, planning and new technology is central to all of this. Architects can quickly assess what needs to be done, how old layers can be stripped away and how simple interventions can breathe light and life into existing spaces.

It’s all a fine balance of good communication – listening carefully – uncompromising attention to detail, technical awareness and an eye for style. At the core of this, most often, is light, connection and flow. New materials have helped a lot – for example, glass is now available in larger than ever panel sizes and has the ability to retain heat and to reflect the sun's rays. It’s fascinating and liberating. The way we’re living has changed. The spaces that we want to live in has,

in turn, changed. The quality of our living environments is very important to our physical and mental health. Good design really matters and Scotland’s architects are well placed to give our clients the very best design.

Edinburgh 0131 558 7575 North Berwick 01620 893 825 www.somnermacdonald.co.uk

Nigel Somner Principal Architect

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Redside Farm Cottages, North Berwick East Lothian

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Stunning extended 4 bedroom cottage with mature gardens and wonderful countryside views. EPC rating E.

Offers Over ÂŁ410,000 Contact Carole Seaton 01620 892000 carole.seaton@simpmar.com

Douglas Marches, North Berwick East Lothian

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Well presented 5 bedroom detached house on corner plot, double garage and stunning views. EPC rating B.

Offers Over ÂŁ600,000 Contact Carole Seaton 01620 892000 carole.seaton@simpmar.com

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Specialist Legal Advice – Only For The Business Client? Historically, ‘specialist’ legal advice has been widely regarded as a fundamental requirement of the corporate or commercial client or those involved in potentially expensive litigation. For a great deal of my career the residential property sector was thought of as the domain of the ‘general practitioner’ a friendly individual offering help and assistance in straightforward transactions not necessarily regarded as requiring cutting edge legal advice. Approachability, a steady hand and a modicum of common sense were seen as sufficient tools for the job. However, that was then and this is most definitely now!

Having been involved in this sector for over 35 years I have observed the demands on the residential property lawyer increasing several fold. Having operated within an antiquated land registration system dating back literally centuries the pace of legislative change has increased dramatically and successfully navigating a residential property purchase or sale through to completion can be and often now is an extremely demanding exercise. The key catalyst for change was the introduction of the Ordnance Survey based system of land registration by virtue of the Land Registration (Scotland) Act 1979. The target was to have the whole of Scotland on the new plan based Land Register by 2000. Certainty was to have been introduced and transactions made simpler and cheaper to run. That was the theory the reality has however proved to be very different! More copious and often complex legislation followed the 1979 Act and this has presented technical challenges to practitioners that have to be interpreted and resolved often in a

very short time frame. That is without even considering the complexities of modern planning, building control and health and safety regulations. Add to the mix the sometimes myriad of queries that regularly surround LBTT (Stamp Duty as was) and the more recently introduced (and hugely unpopular) ADS (Additional Dwelling Supplement) and there has never been a more appropriate time for clients who are looking to be well advised to engage with a firm that focuses wholly on the residential sector. This is no longer a job for the GP - it truly is one for the specialist.

regarded Estate Agency team Simpson & Marwick is the go to firm for a huge array of residential property clients who expect and receive expert advice and assistance. The vast majority of our clients are fully aware of just how vital our solicitors are in looking after their interest in this now extremely complex field and we are always delighted to engage with new clients to begin what we hope will be long lasting relationships.

Having joined the team at Simpson & Marwick in 2015 I was greatly impressed that this firm is one of the few that are totally engaged in this sector. There is no dilution of resource or compromise in being leaders in the field. In addition to offering the highest level of technical advice and support the firm offers candid advice on market conditions and the negotiation processes. With the benefit of the hugely helpful resource that is our renowned and highly

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Main Street, Innerwick East Lothian

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Offers Over ÂŁ565,000 Contact Katie Jackson 0131 525 8604 katie.jackson@simpmar.com

Saltoun Hall, Pencaitland East Lothian

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Stunning 3 bedroom upper apartment within Listed mansion house set in wonderful mature grounds. EPC rating D.

Fixed Price ÂŁ295,000 Contact Jennifer Lewis 01620 892000 jennifer.lewis@simpmar.com

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Ellersly Road, Westerlea Gardens, Murrayfield Edinburgh

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Stunning 2 bedroom mews with private terrace and parking. EPC rating N/A.

Fixed Price ÂŁ495,000 Contact Gill Miller 0131 525 8607 gill.miller@simpmar.com

Station Road, East Linton East Lothian

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Offers Over ÂŁ475,000 Contact Jennifer Lewis 01620 892 000 jennifer.lewis@simpmar.com

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How We Bought Our Dream Home Having spent five wonderful years in our Duddingston Victorian end-of-terrace home, which we lovingly renovated and restored, we'd been considering for some time what we needed as a growing family, and decided we should look for our "forever home". As a family with a two year old daughter and a three month old son, we took the decision to put our property to market.

There's an overwhelming number of estate agencies in Edinburgh and we ended up speaking to a few of them, ranging from the low-cost fixed fee, through the middle ground, and up to the more exclusive end of the market. The calm and professional demeanour of the Consultant from Simpson & Marwick, combined with in depth knowledge of the Edinburgh market, filled us with confidence from the outset. They came back to us the next morning with a detailed quotation, pointing out the optional areas of marketing available to us, and highlighting the benefits of each. We were delighted to be on the market in less than a week. The Photographer from Squarefoot Media was amazing and made sure he consulted with us on each room, capturing the house in a way which made us question our decision to sell! Drafts of the floorplans and schedules were available the next day, which were very professional and of the best quality and finish. Working in the marketing profession, I was keeping a keen eye on the final product, as I wanted to ensure that we

were showing our home in the best possible light. Within four days of going live our house was the most viewed property on ESPC with over 7000 views. We were astounded at the response. It was the start of what was to be a very busy few weeks. We were inundated with viewings and the property was sold within two weeks of hitting the market! At this point the Senior Property Partner then dealt with the post-marketing element of our sale and the advice we received at this point was truly invaluable, whilst the legal team took care of the conveyancing. We were fortunate to have several buyers to choose from, and talked through each of these with Simpson & Marwick, discussing the potential implications of having one who still had to sell. This was another area where Simpson & Marwick's experience and excellence shone through and their "out-the-box" thinking allowed us to create as secure a position as possible in which to proceed with the sale. And so to buy a house! The Edinburgh

property market had a low stock problem at the time which meant the desirable properties were being met with considerable competition, not to mention the prospect of cash-buyers offering potential sellers a stress-free straight forward sale. Simpson & Marwick supplied us with data on recent sales specific areas we were interested in. This allowed us to see the patterns and percentages that were being offered above market valuation in the current conditions, giving us the ability to put forward a competitive offer without paying over the odds for our next home. A property came onto the market in The Grange area of Edinburgh that we fell in love with on sight, but as we were still to conclude missives on our own property, we realised we weren’t perhaps the most attractive buyers. Simpson & Marwick's suggested tactic was to incorporate a complex deposit clause for both the sale of our house as well as the house in The Grange. This allowed us to conclude a conditional missive very quickly in which the buyer would forfeit their deposit should they be unable to complete the purchase,

thereby making our offer more concrete and less risky. The upshot was that our offer was accepted and we were able to purchase our "forever home" in an area of Edinburgh that we simply never thought we'd be able to live. Our experience of the whole team at Simpson & Marwick has been absolutely flawless from start to finish, and although we might have been able to achieve the sale of our property at a marginally lower cost, we truly believe that we may not have achieved the offers that we did (thereby negating any savings that might have been made with a low cost estate agency), “Our experience more importantly I do not believe that we would have of the whole team at been successful in securing Simpson & Marwick has our beautiful new home. We have been so impressed by our dealings with Simpson & Marwick that we are now in the process of finalising our wills with them.

been absolutely flawless from start to finish...”

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Kings Road, Longniddry East Lothian

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Fixed Price ÂŁ1,150,000 Contact Clare Murphy 0131 525 8623 clare.murphy@simpmar.com

Marketgate, Ormiston East Lothian

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Stunning 3 bedroom stable conversion with charming cottage gardens in village location. EPC rating C.

Offers Over ÂŁ310,000 Contact Jennifer Lewis 01620 892000 jennifer.lewis@simpmar.com

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Queens Road, Aberdeen

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Outstanding period detached villa with period features. EPC rating D

Offers Over ÂŁ1,495,000 Contact Amy Kearns 01224 628 883 amy.kearns@simpmar.com

Hamilton Place, Aberdeen

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Refurbished 5 bedroom West End semi detached granite villa. EPC rating C.

Offers Over ÂŁ590,000 Contact Hilary Munro 01224 628 884 hilary.munro@simpmar.com

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Skyhouse, Cushnie, Alford Aberdeenshire

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Offers Over ÂŁ575,000 Contact Hilary Munro 01224 628884 hilary.munro@simpmar.com

Endeavour, Maud Aberdeenshire

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Stunning 4 bedroom detached dwelling with indoor swimming pool and large double garage. EPC rating C.

Offers Over ÂŁ675,000 Contact Amy Kearns 01224 628 883 amy.kearns@simpmar.com

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Scottish Gallery The Scottish Gallery was proud to celebrate its 175th anniversary in May last year, a continuous period of trade in the art world which marches with the history of Scottish culture.

An art gallery has no orderbook, and the emphasis in planning must always be the future, immediate and near. A balance needs to be achieved to both reflect taste and lead it, to support new art and ideas as well as supply an art market. A work of art is likely to outlast its maker and its first owner is also a custodian, each transaction the start of a journey, the life of objects informing the lives of humans. We can celebrate the old that was once new and the new that will become old, the close relationships between gallery and artist and between collector, gallery and artist, while keeping our face turned resolutely forward. Our founder, Aiken Dott, was one of four children, born in 1815, in Cupar, where he was brought up. The name was Huguenot in origin and Aitken’s grandfather had worked as a sculptor on the Edinburgh University Old Quad in 1789. How he came to found a firm of ‘Gilders, Framers and Artists’ Colourmen’ in May 1842 is not known but we can imagine the entrepreneurial spirit he must have needed. Edinburgh was still a city of Enlightenment in the 1840s, home to writers, philosophers, publishers and entrepreneurs and to painters able to train at the Trustees Academy, develop a portrait practice without the necessity of moving to London and exhibit their work in the Royal Scottish Academy, founded in 1826. Artists began to exhibit independently of their patrons and require galleries and exhibitions in which to display their paintings for sale.

Opposite page: Guy Peploe, Gallery Director stands next to ‘Roses’ by SJ Peploe

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Left: Duncan Shanks, ‘Darkness Fails’ acrylic on paper, 56 x 53 cms Above: SJ Peploe, ‘White Roses & Fruit’ c.1921 oil on canvas, 51 x 40.5 cms Below: William Gillies, ‘The Pentlands’ c.1936 oil on canvas, 27 x 38 cms

The business thrived so that in 1860 new, larger premises were occupied at 26 South Castle Street that would be occupied for the next 120 years. It is likely that the move was driven by a desire for more hanging space but it was not until 1897 that The Scottish Gallery was given its name and became almost a separate business within Aitken Dott & Son. The son was Peter McOmish Dott who was born in 1856 and he was a good businessman and an enlightened employer devising a profit-sharing scheme for the employees and ensuring that the reputation of the firm grew and became a byword for quality. He was also a connoisseur with tremendous knowledge of painting and aesthetics. It was his idea to create The Scottish Gallery to differentiate picture dealing from the other parts of the business.

works of Scottish painters. Messrs. Dott & Co., the young partners of a house long honourably known in the North, brought together in the past autumn a collection of 200 excellent examples of the best artists in Scotland and the reception of the collection met ensures that it will be followed by others in the same character.” Today we continue to be open to the public, our premises at 16 Dundas Street a palace of the arts, our exhibition programme changing every month, our offer

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available through our website and social media. Edinburgh also continues to provide an historic environment, rich in its Festivals, Museums and commerce in which art and ideas can flourish, and The Gallery sees a future full of promise. After all the events through which we have survived and adapted, which is also the history of the creation of Scotland in the modern era, prove that creativity and resilience and natural partners. scottish-gallery.co.uk


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Marketing has advanced significantly in the time I have been working in estate agency. Professional photographs, detailed floor plan, cutting edge videos, high quality printed brochures, online portals and social media exposure are all now standard elements of a sales campaign. With over 98% of buyers starting their property search online it is crucial that the photographs really sell the property. Most buyers will decide whether to arrange a viewing based on a quick look at the photographs online.

A new product we have been utilising is the Scenein30 and Scenein60 videos which allow viewers to watch a 30 or 60 second video. This more advanced way of showing a property is great for giving buyers more of a ‘feel’ and is great for sharing on social media. Using all the advanced marketing tools mentioned above isn't everything. The condition of the property and the presentation is just as important for generating interest. Buyers don't necessarily have the money to spend on improvements to their new property. Hence, it is more than likely that wellpresented properties are more attractive to those with limited funds – a property that new owners can move into and not be faced with a mountain of costly improvements. Especially given the change from Stamp Duty to LBTT in Scotland; at a certain level the amount of cash due to the government can use up a buyer's savings as it's money that cannot be borrowed from the lender. Our advice to buyers is that it's a good idea to always get those small DIY jobs done before going to the market. These are likely to be commented on negatively in the Home Report in addition to any other negatives that may already be highlighted. Don’t let buyers find even more negatives than

they need to! Seek professional advice from your agent as to how best to present your home and in some cases getting a home staging company in to dress the property for sale is a good idea, especially with properties that have been let out and are now looking a bit tired. The same old advice remains but it’s far more critical nowadays. First impressions are everything. De-clutter your home, people want to see the inside of your property not all your ‘stuff’ in it so clear surfaces and create floor space. A tasteful, neutral presentation with stylish furniture and accessories means great photos although using professional photographers is also key! Keep the property clean, bright and fresh. Cleaning windows can make such a difference and if you have pets, don’t let the house smell like they are there.

Offers Over £850,000 Contact Lorraine Davidson 01224 628 885 lorraine.davidson@simpmar.com

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All of these things are common sense but sadly many sellers don't follow the advice on offer.

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Lastly, keep your property looking the same as it does in the photos for the duration of your sales campaign. There is no point in taking the time and effort to present your home so that the photos look great for viewers, then to turn up to a totally different property.

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Our top affordable tips for a successful sale: • Create space removing occasional furniture • Re-do bathroom grout and sealant • Clean windows inside and out • Make up beds with neutral bed linen • Paint the front/main door and sweep communal areas • Tidy garden, mow lawn and create colour with seasonal pot plants • Deep clean • De-clutter • Make sure all lights are working and replace bulbs where necessary • Sort any minor repairs • Re-paint any strong bright colours • Touch up any scuffs and marks on walls • Re-position furniture to make rooms look more spacious

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On The Road To Recovery Four years on from the slump in Oil and Gas prices which triggered the downturn in the Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire property markets there are now positive signs of recovery. The market has stabilised and there is growing optimism in the residential sector. It is undeniably the case that prices have taken a severe buffeting in the downturn with in the order of 20% having been knocked off property values. At their new found values stock is trading more freely with Simpson & Marwick leading from the front increasing year on year sales in 2018 by over 10%. The city has taken a long hard look at itself during the downturn. Businesses both within and outwith the oil industry having reviewed systems and services and

implemented efficiencies. There has been significant investment in the area over the last three years. The Western Peripheral route which will allow greater connectivity and ease of movement for both commuters and commerce is nearing completion. Aberdeen’s new Exhibition and Conference Centre is well through its main construction phase as is the new deep water harbour extension. The revamp of the city’s impressive Art Gallery and the upgrading of the city’s Music Hall are both also nearing completion. With the oil price having settled at above $80 per barrel and with the City and Shire having implemented a variety of initiatives to diversify the area’s appeal, there are genuine reasons for optimism.

Simpson & Marwick are perfectly placed to take advantage of the better times ahead. With an enviable stock of properties and an experienced and committed team we emerge from the dark days of the Aberdeen recession with renewed enthusiasm and commitment. If you are considering selling we will be pleased to hear from you. Looking to purchase? Get in touch, we are here to help.

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At Home In Edinburgh Edinburgh property to French clothing brand When Sarah and her husband Robbie relocated from London 17 years ago for work, little did they know that Edinburgh would become their permanent home, and that property would become an integral part of their lives for the next 14 years. Having already renovated small flats in London, Sarah was keen to replicate the process in the Scottish capital. Their first property here was a a basement flat in a very sorry state in Scotland Street. Sarah said, "At that time I think people were still very put off by basements flats. Now of course they are highly desirable, often due to their private main door access and garden space.”

It wasn’t easy starting out. Sarah wanted to avoid mass production, and locations where she couldn’t be sure of working conditions. Eventually she found a great production facility in Europe that had been run by two sisters for over 20 years. “Just like when I first started working with Simpson & Marwick, I found another company that I just knew I could work with. They took my initial designs, and within 12 months turned them into my first collection.” ‘le tee Paris’ was launched in Paris late last year. Sarah’s clothes are based on classic French styles that can be dressed up or down according to the occasion. "The clothes are not meant to be fast fashion, they are items that you reach for time and time again, and that will hopefully stay in your wardrobe for years."

Once renovated they contacted several solicitors to help with the sale. “We met Richard at Simpson & Marwick and knew instinctively that we wanted him to market our property for us.” This relationship continued as Sarah developed and sold numerous properties around the city. With the arrival of children ultimately the focus shifted to renovating properties for clients, whilst Robbie was now working on delivering the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in 2014. It was a busy time for both of them!

In April, this year the family relocated back home to Edinburgh and Sarah brought le tee back with her. She saw the move as a perfect opportunity to bring the knitwear production back home and support the local economy. le tee recently successfully launched a beautiful winter wool poncho on Kickstarter. The design is based on an old photo of Brigitte Bardot wearing a poncho in the 60s, and they are being produced in the Borders by a traditional family run woollen mill. "My aim going forward is to continue to bring the manufacturing back here. It’s a great fusion of French design and Scottish textiles. There is more knitwear to come in the Spring, and of course I still always have half an eye out for the next renovation project…”

Following the Ryder Cup Robbie was offered a temporary posting in Paris. Sarah said, "This meant a relocation for us as a family, but we were definitely up for the adventure. It was a now or never decision really, and one we are so glad we took. We loved our time there.” For Sarah renovating properties in Paris wasn’t possible, but she still needed to work. Instead she set her mind to a business idea born in Edinburgh, but that she'd never had time to follow through – to set up a fashion brand. "I have always loved design and anything creative. For a long time, even whilst still living in Edinburgh, I had always wanted to start up a small independent clothing brand. I just always found an excuse not to; no time, no experience, no funds…. I think moving to Paris and just seeing the effortless chic that radiated from French women as they go about their everyday lives was the impetus I needed to give this a go.”

To view the full collection visit www.leteeparis.com Sarah Clyde

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Summerhill House, North Anderson Drive, Aberdeen

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Where There’s A Will, There’s A Way! Have you considered your inheritance tax position? Inheritance Tax ("IHT") is a tax that can occur during lifetime or on death. You may be aware each individual has a nil rate band (“NRB”) of £325,000 at present, which is not chargeable to IHT. Anything in excess of the NRB will be chargeable to IHT at 40% on death (lifetime rates differ). With effective lifetime planning, however, a client can reduce the IHT payable on death significantly. We can advise you on such planning with the aim that you do not pay needless tax. Are you aware of the recent change in the inheritance tax band on death? One of the big changes came in April 2017, with the introduction of the Residence Nil Rate Band ("RNRB") – a 'top-up' to the current NRB. However, in order for the RNRB to be applicable, certain requirements must be met and we can advise on ways to protect your position. You should review your Will regularly It is important you review your Will on a regular basis to ensure it remains 'fitfor-purpose' and that you have provided for your family. For example, many clients still have 'Nil-rate band' trusts within their Wills which may now be obsolete. Furthermore, it is particularly important to make a Will should you wish to provide for your partner if you are co-habiting.

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Offers Over £749,000 Contact Hilary Munro 01224 628 884 hilary.munro@simpmar.com

Do you have dependants who may require financial protection should the unexpected happen? Increasingly, trusts are no longer solely an issue for the ultra-wealthy and are more about protecting vulnerable beneficiaries. Whether it is children or a vulnerable adult, we can advise and implement trust provisions which provide essential protection to such beneficiaries. What is your domicile? Domicile is a complex area of the law, it doesn’t relate to your nationality or residency but establishing your domicile is important because it will determine the applicable law and tax treatment on your death. Your domicile can change if you live/work in different jurisdictions and it is, therefore, important that you consider what your current domicile may be.

discern your ability to fund such care. The vast majority of clients are selffunded and this can lead to significant estates being reduced considerably. We regularly advise clients on care home related issues and on elderly client care generally. Do you run your own business or have significant equity within a partnership or company? If so, have you thought about the succession of such an interest when you die? Who do you want to run the business and how will it be achieved? Will the Partnership Agreement/Articles permit such a transfer? What are the tax implications should such a transfer be facilitated? We can help you answer these questions and ensure a smooth transition of your business interest on your death.

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Do you have interests abroad? If you do or are thinking of acquiring foreign property or assets, it is important to take appropriate advice. Pitfalls such as double taxation, forced heirship and/or the applicable law (despite having a Scottish Will) can befall the unwary.

Offers Over £740,000 Contact Lorraine Davidson 01224 628 885 lorraine.davidson@simpmar.com

What happens if you go into residential care? If you require residential care at some point in the future, the Local Authority will undertake an assessment of your financial circumstances in order to

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Meet The Team Estate Agency Team - Edinburgh/East Lothian

Richard Loudon

Katie Macdonald

Louisa Raistrick

Matthew Munro

Partner Edinburgh

Associate Director Edinburgh

Associate Director Edinburgh

Consultant Edinburgh

Simon Donaldson

Emma Livingstone

Diane Jennings

Alicia McLean

Senior Property Consultant Edinburgh

Property Consultant Edinburgh

Associate Director East Lothian

Office Manager East Lothian

Legal Team - Edinburgh/East Lothian

Brian Smith

Euan Allan

Bobby Fife

Jemma Richardson

Alison Grandison

Partner

Consultant

Senior Associate

Senior Associate

Senior Associate

Estate Agency and Legal Team - Aberdeen

David Geddie

Lynne Stewart

Jennifer Sneddon

Rona MIddler

Amy Kearns

Partner

Senior Associate

Senior Associate

Senior Property Consultant

Property Manager

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Simpson & Marwick's Prime Property Magazine - Winter 2018/2019  

Welcome to Simpson & Marwick's first Prime Property Magazine featuring a wonderful selection of properties together with lifestyle articles....

Simpson & Marwick's Prime Property Magazine - Winter 2018/2019  

Welcome to Simpson & Marwick's first Prime Property Magazine featuring a wonderful selection of properties together with lifestyle articles....

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