Estate Agency Procedure

Eileen Hutcheon is the Estate Agency Manager at Grigor & Young.

Her job is to take you through the marketing and sales process for your house with G&Y.

In this article, we look at the normal estate agency procedure, so you can understand what is involved from first point of contact right through to your property going on the market. [Read more…]

Title Deeds In Moray – A Thing Of The Past?

The image of a dusty old solicitor poring over equally dusty old deeds, neatly tied up with pink ribbon, is familiar to us all.

As solicitors, we are often asked whether it is really necessary to hold on to these title deeds in Moray and elsewhere.

In today’s world, is a bundle of 20 or so deeds really necessary to prove ownership of a house?

The straightforward lawyer’s answer is: “it depends”. [Read more…]

Who Are The Best Solicitors in Elgin Moray?

At Grigor & Young we deal with numerous enquiries from clients and potential clients every day.

We are not always able to take on possible new work – which can be for a variety of reasons, including –

  • It not being an area of law in which we have specialist knowledge (e.g. Criminal Law)
  • Possible or actual conflicts of interest with existing clients of the firm
  • Lack of capacity to take on new business, particularly where the necessary work must be completed as a matter of urgency.

In those circumstances, we are often asked to recommend other Solicitors and Estate Agents in Elgin – which we are happy to do. [Read more…]

When A Local Solicitor Is Best For You

Recently, a former client came to see us in Elgin asking us to act for him in selling his house and buying a new one.

Nothing usual about that, you might think.

He explained that he had used a national estate agency to market his house.

They had told him that, rather than using a local solicitor for the legal aspects of the house sale,  it would be easier to use “their solicitor” based in the south of Scotland.

But, as things turned out, in his case, it wasn’t easier at all. [Read more…]

Stamp Duty Changes in Scotland

Stamp Duty changes in Scotland take effect from Spring 2015.

The implementation is on 01 April 2015, although Revenue Scotland, who will be administering it, will be live from January.

What is the change?

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Moray Property Sales and House Prices Show Increase

Figures released by Registers of Scotland (RoS) for July – September 2014 show that the number of house sales in Moray increased from 417 in the same period in 2013 to 498.

This is an increase of just under 20%.

The average cost of a house in Moray is now £153,560, which is a 9.2% increase on the 2013 figure of £140,650.

Interviewed for The Press and Journal, Eileen Hutcheon, Grigor & Young’s Estate Agency Manager, said that it was very encouraging to read the RoS reports issued on 28 October 2014 showing the increase in house sales levels. [Read more…]