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  1. It was in North Kelvinside. Thinking back on it, the wife and I should have seen how it would go for much, much more than we were able to scrape together. In terms of the West End being bonkers (and Glasgow more generally), the Sunday Times had an article a week ago on the discrepancy between home report valuations and the amount of the winning bid: http://property.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/property/buying_and_selling/article6888357.ece If you are considering the south side, there's some beautiful stuff in Netherlee on Ormonde Avenue at the moment -- wouldn't work well for my commute though.
  2. Big, big thanks to you hirop! There is a wealth of information here that we can use when we go to there to do some reconnaissance. Really appreciated a great deal. We've lived in cities where avoding the carnage was a block by block ordal, which is one reason we suspect we'll feel right at home in Glasgow!
  3. Greetings all, Given that the West End of Glasgow seems to have little on offer in the way of tenement flats at the moment that match my interests, I've been spending a bit of time surfing the property sites to see whether similar flats can be had in the south side. Given that I've only been here for a few months, I still don't have a good feel at all for the different parts of Glasgow. How would areas such as Pollokshields, Shawlands, Strathbungo and Queens Park be in terms of safety? I've been reading the wikipedia entries, but just can't get a good sense of things. The wife and I are planning to go check the neighborhoods one weekend soon, but we also wonder whether there is much in the way of cafe / restaurant lifestyle... Any and all info is greatly appreciated! Thanks!
  4. Thanks for the feedback everyone! Our bid went in fifteen minutes before closing, and we've just been notified that we were not the winners. Our offer was 20% over the offers over price and six percent over the home report valuation. We were told that the winning bid was 'staggeringly high'. The hunt continues...
  5. Greetings all, Wonder whether any of you might have some knowledge as to whether the market is now one in Glasgow where bids substantially above and beyond (>5%) the home report valuation are regularly occurring -- particularly in instances where the property is being sold as 'offers over' ? Many thanks!!! Svenne
  6. Thanks for the data and the thoughts. It's not so much that there's a rush, just more of wanting to make sure that I have access to the right people and the right information when the right property does appear. We don't use solicitors in Sweden for purchasing property, so it feels like I need to talk to some and get a sense of how they can contribute to the process beyond their formal role. As for an IFA -- well, I could just be a skeptic, but I suspect that mortgage advisers connected to the EAs may not exactly be on my side. Then again, neither would an IFA who worked on commission.... Big thanks for the welcome. It feels good to be here.
  7. Greetings all, Having just arrived from Sweden and already looking fast and furious for a flat to buy in Glasgow, I would really appreciate some suggestions as to a good IFA to help me navigate through the maze of mortgage options and also a top-notch solicitor. It can be a bit daunting to know where to begin when local contacts are very, very few.... Thanks! Svenne
  8. Many thanks for the info and the history lesson. All background is useful to an outsider at this stage!
  9. I've also been looking at a few places in Dennistoun but am a bit concerned by the description of things being a bit too rough and tumble for my tastes. One question -- how can you locate info as to the peak for a given street??
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    Thank you so much hirop! Think we'll skip that nightmare!
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    Greetings all, My wife and I are Swedes moving to Scotland at the end of the summer, and have plans to settle in Glasgow. We're a fan of urban living (city centre...) and have ben looking at a number of properties on the usual sites. A couple of questions that we could use some help with: 1. If properties are listed at offers over at this stage, does anyone realistically put in a bid over that price, or is it expected that the bid will be near, albeit under the offers over price? I use property bee and also look at info on home.co.uk, but still have a tough time figuring out what bid to begin with given the current market and the way in which sellers seem willing to sit on their properties over the long haul. (The properties in question have been available since 2008, with one exception...) 2. We've noticed four properties available in the same building at the moment. Makes me a little concerned, but am still intrigued by the location, which would suit us well: http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sa...y-20941147.html Would anyone be willing to speculate why so many in the same building are up for sale, and have been so for an extended period of time (three from 2008 and one from early 2009) ? 3. Briefly, how does one submit a bid? Does it require a solicitor, and if so what roughly is the fee, and is it a fee-per bid or a fee per property? Solicitors aren't involved in the bidding process in Sweden, so I'm still trying to get a sense of the role that one more player has in the game... Many thanks for any answers!! Svenne
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