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By GREG GORDON When thoughts turn to tinsel and Christmas shopping, only the desperate, the contrary or the extremely confident will put a house on the market. In the case of a Glasgow townhouse, it may be that the seller fits all three descriptions.
By DAVID ALEXANDER. If there is something for which politicians are famous (or infamous) it is saying one thing while thinking, and often acting, in a completely contradictory manner.
DAVID ALEXANDER. This being Friday, it’s a safe bet that many of the executive types going about their business on Edinburgh’s fashionable George Street today will be missing one vital accessory to their well-tailored suits – a tie.
Bruntsfield, Edinburgh, o/o £1.295m By TIM DAWSON
EACH week The Scotsman gives you a Top Ten Guide to pertinent financial issues. In recent years, capital growth has attracted investors to residential property, but now rental income has taken on an importance that it never had before. David Alexander, proprietor of residential letting company DJ Alexander, suggests ways to maximise rental income.
DAVID ALEXANDER. Recent research has revealed that the average age of tenants occupying shared flats has risen in three years from 25 to 28. The reasons is not that entrants to the market are getting older but that existing leaseholders are staying in rented property longer.
Hedge your bets in today’s property market by renting the home of your dreams
THE DJ ALEXANDER QUARTERLY UPDATE, OCTOBER 2009
When the economic climate is as bleak as it has been of late, do housebuilders need to be more creative than ever or do they go back to basics? Jim Kean investigates whether it’s time to ditch those grand designs in favour of something simpler. If not, why not!
GLASGOW, £1,400 per month
Guest post: Property agent David Alexander of DJ Alexander, an Edinburgh- and Glasgow-based letting and estate agency, warns first time buyers to move fast if they are to save up to £1,750 by purchasing a home before the stamp duty threshold reverts to £125,000.
By Rosemary Gallagher RESIDENTIAL property rentals have soared despite slowing corporate demand for accommodation to let, according to a new report.
By ROB TROTTER MARKET conditions mean buy-to-let investment is once again looking tempting but new entrants to the market should learn from the pitfalls that led to so many earlier amateur landlords coming a cropper. Here are the ten biggest traps that burned buy-to-let cheers into buy-to-let tears last time round.
By ROSEMARY GALLAGHER THE RENTAL investment market has been turned on its head, with new landlords being motivated by the attraction of monthly income, rather than capital growth.
By DAVID ALEXANDER In the 30 years to 2007, the house-price average – with a few blips along the way – rose to proportions that created undreamed of personal wealth for literally millions of people.
By Jane Bradley THE credit crunch has definitely been a game of two halves for Edinburgh-based property tycoon David Alexander.
THE D J ALEXANDER QUARTERLY UPDATE JULY 2009
Scotland On Sunday devotes six pages of text and pictures to a Georgian gem being marketed through out sales division
By EDWARD MURRAY OPPORTUNITIES are starting to emerge from the rubble of the collapsed housing market, but investors keen to buy property again are taking a more savvy approach than last time.
By MICHAEL BLACKLEY THE return of demand for rental properties at the top end of the market is leading to rents in Edinburgh being pushed up.
Glasgow: £1,600 per month
Mansion flats can have a lot going for them, writes JENNY SHIELDS.
Gone to the dogs: this stately home should get your tails wagging, writes KIRSTY McLUCKIE
By NATHALIE THOMAS SALES of new-build homes in Scotland have surged by 250 per cent since November.
EACH week The Scotsman gives you a Top Ten guide to pertinent financial issues. The scandal over MPs' expenses has put the spotlight on capital gains tax (CGT) on residential property – and in particular the ability of our Westminster politicians to avoid paying it. DAVID ALEXANDER, proprietor of letting company, D J Alexander, shares his top ten tips on the relationship between CGT and profits from bricks and mortar.
MSPs' £2 million worth of profits paid for through second homes allowances
DAVID ALEXANDER writes for The Scotsman on the key issue of the MP expenses scandal
A new code of practice for letting agents was launched this week amid questions over whether it will deliver any new protection for tenants.
Scotland On Sunday looks at the latest Quarterly Review of the rental market by D J Alexander
By Jeff Salway BUYERS continue to return to the Scottish housing market but the number of homes being put up for sale has dropped sharply, according to a report out today.
A RESIDENTIAL property agency in the city has launched a special guide to help "double-mortgage" homeowners, after seeing soaring levels of demand.
QUARTERLY UPDATE April 2009
David Alexander quoted by Sunday Times in story on non-commercial residential landlords
David Alexander answers Sunday Times reader queries
By DAVID ALEXANDER
Best place to rent a flat in Glasgow
RENTING somewhere to live – either while looking for a place to buy or while doing business away from home – can be a trial, writes Jenny Shields.
Best place to rent a flat in Edinburgh
In October 2008, David Alexander, in a major article published in Scotland On Sunday, called for the government and the financial institutions to place much more emphasis on using the private rented sector to provide an alternative form of long-term tenure for the ordinary people of Britain.
Energy reports will give tenants more information
By Rosemary Gallagher. IT WILL take four years for prime house prices in Scotland's biggest cities to return to the peak they reached in 2007, a property expert is warning.
By BILL JAMIESON. THIS is a candid admission from Andrew Murphy, general manager of John Lewis in Scotland. His warnings about the poor prospects for the Edinburgh store will set the alarm bells ringing, not just across the retail sector, but the city as a whole. And the loudest bells of all should go off at Edinburgh City Council.