Win a Free Boiler Service and Stay Warm this Winter

As the days get shorter and the weather gets colder, the team from local heating experts, Walker, has joined with Lothian Life to offer one lucky Edinburgh* resident a free gas boiler service this winter.

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Demand Continues to Outweigh Supply in Edinburgh

A local mortgage broker specialising in the needs of first time buyers,  FirstMortgage, has today said that growing demand continues to outweigh supply in prime parts of the Scottish capital. Experts at the established brokerage have claimed that a combination of government led schemes such as Funding for Lending and rising employment opportunities has attracted an increasing number of first time buyers to the city, where competition for prime properties remains at an all time high.

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Help with Housing Problems

Age Scotland and Shelter Scotland have joined forces to ensure older residents in Lothian have better access to expert information and advice on housing.  Callers to the Age Scotland Helpline – 0845 125 9732 – whose needs include help with housing problems such as rent or mortgage arrears, will now get assistance for them without additionally having to call Shelter Scotland.

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Urban Rents Jump Upwards!

The 25th issue of the quarterly report from Citylets – Scotland’s leading lettings portal – shows that in the first quarter of 2013 average monthly rents in Scotland rose by 1.7% over the year. While this slight increase in rents does not match the Consumer Price Index (CPI) measure of inflation (2.8%), landlords will at least be pleased that there was an increase.  In the same period, Registers of Scotland recently reported that average sale prices for flats in Scotland were down by 1.7% which indicates a general improvement in rental yields.

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