Is the housing market “dead” here?

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THE property market in Brechin appears to be at a “dead end” in some quarters, as Angus Council’s appointed agents have failed to sell a property after almost three years on the market (writes Steven Rae).

Cemetery Lodge in Brechin, located at the entrance to Brechin Cemetery, first went up for sale in 2008 but was withdrawn last year as electrical maintenance work was undertaken.

It has been back on the market since December 2010, with a £95,000 asking price from Shepherd Commercial in Dundee, the second organisation to market the property.

A spokesperson for Angus Council said: “Angus Council first marketed Cemetery Lodge, Brechin in 2008 but it was discovered that remedial electrical works were required.

The property was withdrawn from sale and the electrical work took place, after which the lodge was put back on the market in 2010.”

The cost of marketing the property since 2008 is unknown, but it is of some concern that it has been for sale for this long with out success, given that public money is being spent. Any money from the sale of assets goes into the city’s Common Good Fund, as the lodge is a common good asset

Gerry Mccluskey, who is dealing with the three bedroom property on behalf of Shepherd, said: “We commenced marketing the property in December, hence not very long bearing in mind the timing and weather problems.

“The property has generated interest and continues to do so, and the price had not been amended.”

Cemetery Lodge was formerly used as the cemetery attendant’s residence, having been constructed in 1876. The stone built, Category C(S) listed building overlooks The Den Park and the cemetery, with access via The Den Bridge from Southesk Street.