Househunters increasingly concerned about ghosts and cows
A survey of independent estage agents from Move with Us says that 19% of questions asked by househunters viewing properties are about whether there are any ghosts living there already. Another 12% are animal-related of which a third are about cows. Only 13% asked about what is included in the property purchase and 6% about neighbours.
Among the cases ruled on by the Ombudsman Services in the past year was one in which the buyer argued that he noticed some kind of ghostly presence in the home he had intended to buy but that the estate agent had not mentioned that it was haunted and so wanted his deposit back. The Ombudsman found for the estage agent.
Scottish house prices up
House prices in Scotland have risen £2,283 since December 2012 with sales 4.4% higher than May last year, according to LSL Property Services.
Alan Penman of Walker Fraser Steele, part of LSL Property Services, said: “Sales are improving and mortgages are more readily available. But there is still a long way to go. First-time buyer numbers are less than half of what they were before the 2008 downturn. The finances of many borrowers simply don’t hold up to the strain of saving for a large deposit. Inflation remains high. Wage growth remains weak. Many borrowers require additional help to put enough money away for a deposit.”
In terms of detached properties, the highest price rises have been in Angus, up 19.5% over the last year. For semi-detached properties Angus and Dundee have seen prices rise by 16% and 10%, with the largest increase in Clackmannanshire at 19%. For terraces the highest price rises have been in Aberdeen, up 11%, and for flats the largest increase was in East Dunbartonshire, up 16%.
University students learning about the joys of commuting
Students are spending a collective £640 million per year commuting to and from university, according to research from Santander who say only a fifth of students live on their university campus and the remainder travel an average of 22 miles (11 miles each way) to attend lectures and tutorials. One in eight have a round trip of 40 miles or more and 17% commute by train.
Overall, the average off-campus student spends around £600 a year on travel to and from university, although 13% are spending twice that. Despite these costs, 20% of students who live away from home say they are considering accommodation that is further away from their university campus for next year in order to save money.Tagged in: cows, ghosts, real estate, Students
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