Ballantynes, one of Scotland’s leading independent estate agents, has announced it has become one of the Associate Members of Homes for Scotland – a key trade body which lobbies parliament on behalf of the Scottish building industry. Ballantynes has long been a strong proponent of new build properties in Scotland, and the firm has now cemented its place as a leading voice in the industry with the new position within the trade body.
Homes for Scotland is the key organisation in the home building industry in Scotland, representing 200 companies and organisations, which together deliver 95% of the new homes built for sale each year. Both Ballantynes and Homes for Scotland have a strong commitment to improving quality of life in Scotland by providing warm, energy-efficient, sustainable homes in great locations, and the team at the Edinburgh estate agency feel the new partnership is a perfect match.
Caroline Elliot, Director of New Homes at Ballantynes says, “We’re thrilled to have been made Associate Members of Homes for Scotland – we feel we can make our voice heard and facilitate some real change in the Scottish property industry. So far, the promised allocation of financial help for the industry from Holyrood needs a great deal more detail and definition in an ongoing policy – and with our new links with the trade body, we feel we can help Homes for Scotland push through these changes.”
She adds, “In terms of really effective government moves to help this industry – which is so important to the overall economy – we sometimes seem to be going one step forward, two steps back. We hope our new position as Associate Members of Homes for Scotland will put pressure on Holyrood to focus more of their energy on policies which will secure better homes for Scots in the future.”
In 2014, the Scottish government estimated that 465,000 new homes would be needed by 2035 in order to meet demand – 21,000 new homes will need to be built every year to maintain the current market, not taking into account population growth over that time. The new home building industry has been stunted since the market crash in 2007, with housing output having slumped by 40% since then. New-build figures show that housing output levels are at their lowest since 1947 – showing an urgent need for significant and immediate change.
Ballantynes is renowned for its strong relationships with the country’s major house builders and property developers. With the best connections in the industry when it comes to new build properties, Ballantynes have proven themselves to be the go-to Edinburgh estate agents for developers, buyers and sellers dealing in new homes and potential builds. The new links with Homes for Scotland will only enhance this stellar reputation as one of Scotland’s leading lights in the world of new builds and homes.
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