Housing trend bucked

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According to Savills, key prime locations in Perthshire and the North East of Scotland are seeing a sudden rush of buyers in the final quarter of the year, indicating that the traditional seasons of spring and autumn are a thing of the past.

Carl Warden of Savills Perth office said: “The final three months of 2012 have been the busiest period for the Perth office this year.”

According to Ruaraidh Ogilvie of Savills Brechin office, key prime areas between Perthshire and Aberdeen are seeing the most activity, including locations close to St Andrews, East Neuk and Aberdeen itself. However, out with these locations there is much more realism in the market. He said: “Buyers are there but they remain canny - so deals are being done, but at restrained prices and closing dates are a rarity rather than the norm.

“Prime houses that are freshly launched to the market in the best locations, and sensibly priced, are selling. It appears that sellers are accepting realistic offers so that they can get on with their lives in 2013, and that buyers are keen to get in by the end of the year.”