Galbraith was upbeat about the Aberdeenshire housing market.
The Aberdeenshire property market performed well during 2022 and market confidence remained high in the run-up to Christmas, according to leading independent property consultancy Galbraith.
It has reported that in the middle of last month residential sales were up by 2.7% in Aberdeenshire compared with the pre-pandemic figure and demand from buyers remained exceptionally high.
Galbraith conducted nearly 500 property viewings in the region during 2022 and more than 400 additional customers registered as buyers.
Hannah Christiansen, head of estate agency for Aberdeenshire, said 2022 saw “a slight cooling compared with the frenetic activity of 2021” but that demand had continued to exceed supply.
She added that out of three properties brought to the market around December 16, two were under offer within days “with significant interest from prospective buyers in Aberdeenshire and the rest of the UK”.
While spring is often thought of as the optimal time to put a home up for sale, Hannah said that there are advantages of putting it on the market around the winter holidays.
Garden space is often top of the wish list.
“Christmas is often a good time to market a property as families may have more time to consider their housing needs and priorities,” she said.
“When families are getting together over Christmas they may decide they need a bit more space for entertaining, or an extra bedroom.
“We always see a spike in traffic to our own website and the property portals between Christmas and New Year, which translates to a good number of sales at the start of the year.”