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St Andrews, Edinburgh and Dundee boost Fife property market

Property sales in Fife boomed last year due to its proximity to Scotland’s two major property hotspots, Edinburgh and St Andrews, and the rejuvenation of Dundee, according to property consultancy Galbraith.

The firm reports that property sales from its Cupar office in 2018 were up 12% on 2017 while the number of market appraisals also increased by 13% year-on-year.

“Fife is perfectly sandwiched between Dundee, St Andrews and Edinburgh. The strong demand for property in these areas has extended throughout the whole region,” said George Lorimer, a partner with Galbraith based in the firm’s Cupar office.

“This year, the opening of the V & A Dundee has captured national and international attention and has created a huge buzz. People really want to live in Dundee and it is a thriving city that’s really on the up. I was born in Dundee and grew up here – it’s great to see all the changes and it is now a great place to live and work, offering a very high quality of life.”

He said that the Scottish government has invested millions of pounds into Dundee and regenerated the waterfront and the west end. The opening of the Queensferry Crossing has also reduced commuting times to Edinburgh.

Fife, meanwhile, is home to an attractive coastline and countryside, as well as placing host to some of Scotland’s best-known and most popular golf courses – such as St Andrews Kingsbarns, Crail and Ladybank, with Carnoustie also nearby. Property to the north of the Forth is also attractively priced when compared to the Edinburgh market.

The East Neuk area, which boasts traditional villages, is also perennially popular. Elie, Crail, Anstruther and Pittenweem all offer historic properties with attractive architecture, a variety of restaurants, pubs, independent shops and popular beaches.

“The East Neuk is full of visitors in the summer, many of whom go on to purchase a holiday cottage in the region or make the move to live here permanently. The market is buoyant and this year has been particularly good,” Lorimer continued.

This year, Lorimer is celebrating 10 years at the helm of the agency department in the Cupar office. He believes 2019 will continue to show strong sales for the Fife region.

“Last year we were instructed to sell several properties which were originally for sale through other agents but were not attracting much interest,” he added. “There are 12 of us in the office so that clients can connect with a real person and build a good relationship.”

“We live and work here so we know the area well. In estate agency there is no shortcut to just doing things properly!”

The average price of property sold in 2018 in Fife by the firm was £436,000, up from £402,000 in 2017. Across Scotland as a whole, Galbraith handles over £53 million worth of property sales on average per quarter.

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