At Harper Macleod, we provide a complete range of services to help you on every step of your property journey. Whether you're selling a home or looking for a new property in Edinburgh, our experienced team of estate agents and conveyancing solicitors are here to guide you.

We offer a professional service covering everything from initial valuation and property marketing to conveyancing, ensuring that every sale or purchase is as stress-free as possible.

Our professional services include:

  • Conducting property surveys
  • Performing valuations
  • Marketing properties on platforms like Rightmove, Zoopla, ESPC, and social media
  • Organising and conducting viewings
  • Providing support in negotiating offers
  • Handling all legal aspects through the conveyancing process

Whether you're already a homeowner or a first-time buyer, Harper Macleod makes the home buying process easy, making sure you receive the support and information needed for a smooth experience.

Ready to make your move?

Fill out the form below, and our dedicated team will contact you to guide you through the next steps.

How does the process work?

Onboarding process

Getting started is straightforward. Simply give us a call or submit the call-back form above, and our team will call you to discuss your needs.

Selling your property

When you decide to sell your property with us, our process ensures you get the best possible outcome:

  • Property evaluation: We start with a thorough evaluation to accurately determine the market value of your property.
  • Listing creation: Our team creates compelling listings, complete with high-quality photos and detailed descriptions to attract buyers.
  • Marketing strategies: Using the latest marketing techniques, we ensure your property gets maximum exposure across all major channels.
  • Viewings: We organise and manage all viewings, showcasing your property to potential buyers at convenient times.
  • Negotiation: Our experienced agents handle negotiations to ensure you receive the best possible price for your property.

Buying a property

Our agency is dedicated to helping you find and buy your ideal property:

  • Understanding your requirements: We begin by understanding your specific needs and preferences.
  • Property searches: Our agents use advanced tools to search and shortlist properties that match your criteria.
  • Viewings: We arrange property viewings at times that suit you, providing expert insights on each property.
  • Making offers: Once you've found your perfect home, we'll guide you through the offer process to ensure its competitive yet fair.
  • Guidance through purchase: From offer acceptance to closing the deal, our agents are with you every step of the way.

Conveyancing

Conveyancing is the legal process of transferring ownership of a property from the seller to the buyer. Conveyancing is key to a smooth property transaction. Our licensed conveyancers examine your property’s title deeds to protect your interests, explaining all pertinent details before you make any commitments.

From the initial legal work through to the exchange of contracts and keys, we ensure a seamless transition, keeping you informed and answering any questions you may have throughout the process.

Harper Macleod estate agents and conveyancing solicitors

As a respected member of the Law Society Scotland, Harper Macleod is committed to delivering the highest standards of service and advice throughout your property transaction. Our team of estate agents and conveyancing solicitors brings more than 40 years of local experience, fully understanding the nature of Edinburgh's property market.

We take pride in our ability to offer advice that maximises value and minimises stress. From conducting thorough property searches to providing top tips for property management, Harper Macleod is dedicated to offering excellent service at every step. Our integrated one-stop-shop service ensures we maintain high quality from the moment we put up the For Sale sign all the way to the sales completion.

FAQ

  • How is the asking price for my property determined?

    Determining the asking price for your property involves a detailed evaluation by our professional estate agents, ensuring that you receive the best price possible when selling your home. Our agents consider several factors, including the current market conditions in Edinburgh and throughout Scotland, recent sales of comparable properties (often referred to as "comps"), and the unique characteristics and condition of your house. We also stay updated with the latest market trends and data to provide the most accurate and competitive pricing advice. Our goal is to set a price that attracts buyers while ensuring that you are pleased with the deal. By trusting us with the sale of your home, you can expect a stress-free process managed by experts committed to acting in your best interests.

  • How long does the conveyancing process take from start to finish?

    The duration of the conveyancing process can vary depending on several factors, but typically it ranges from several weeks to a few months. In Scotland, the average conveyancing for a straightforward property purchase or sale might complete in about four to eight weeks. However, this timeline can be influenced by various aspects such as the complexity of the property's legal title, the speed at which other parties in the chain are able to act, and specific issues that may arise requiring additional checks or negotiation.

    Our solicitors and conveyancing professionals are dedicated to ensuring that the process is as efficient and stress-free as possible. We keep you fully informed of the progress and work hard to address any concerns promptly. Whether you are buying or selling, our team uses their expertise to handle all dealings responsibly and ensure that every aspect of your property transaction moves forward smoothly.

  • What happens to my existing mortgage when I sell my property?

    When you sell your property, the existing mortgage must be paid off as part of the transaction. This typically involves using the proceeds from the sale to clear the mortgage balance on the date of completion. Our estate agents and solicitors will coordinate with your mortgage lender to obtain a precise redemption figure, ensuring that everything is accurately accounted for.

    If you are considering purchasing another property, it's important to discuss your mortgage options early in the process. You might choose to transfer (port) your existing mortgage to a new property, or it might suit you to find a new mortgage deal.

  • Can I sell my property without an estate agent?

    Yes, it is possible to sell your property without an estate agent, but there are significant advantages to using professional services. Selling homes involves a complex process that includes market analysis, property valuation, marketing, negotiation with potential buyers, and handling the legal aspects of the sale. An estate agent brings expertise and resources that can help ensure you secure the best price for your property and that the sale progresses smoothly and efficiently.

  • What steps should I take if my property isn't selling?

    If your property is not selling as quickly as expected, it's important to review and adjust your strategy with the help of your estate agent. Here are some steps you can take to increase the chances of a sale:

    1. Look at the asking price: Often, a property that isn't selling may be priced too high for the current market. Speak with your agent to compare recent sales of similar properties in your area and consider adjusting the price accordingly.
    2. Improve property appeal: Enhancing the appearance of your property can make a significant difference. Consider making minor repairs, decluttering, and staging the home to make it more appealing during viewings.
    3. Increase marketing activity: Discuss with your agent the possibility of expanding the marketing activity. This could include more online advertising, additional open house events, or creating high-quality virtual tours that can attract more potential buyers.
    4. Gather feedback: Ask your estate agent for feedback from viewings. Understanding any concerns or deterrents that buyers might have can provide valuable insights into what changes might be necessary.
    5. Explore new selling points: Highlight unique features of the property or the community that might be appealing, such as proximity to schools, transport links, or new amenities which could increase property values.

    Your agent will act responsibly, using their expertise to advise you on the best steps to take. They will keep you fully informed about the progress and discuss any adjustments to the strategy, ensuring that your concerns are addressed, and that the sales process moves forward effectively.

Aileen Venables
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Useful links

Harper Macleod Personal Legal Services
Details of the other personal legal services we provide

Harper Macleod Services for Businesses & Organisations
Details of our commercial & public sector legal services

The Edinburgh Council - Council Tax
Details of the Council Tax rates in Edinburgh

Registers of Scotland
Scotland's national land and property registers

The Law Society of Scotland
The governing body of Edinburgh solicitors

ESPC
Leading property marketing portal in Edinburgh.

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  • Aileen dealt with the selling of my flat. She made everything run smoothly from start to finish, with no stress at all. Highly recommend!
    Lindsay Bell
  • Would like to take this opportunity to thank Aileen for the incredible service my partner and I received. Aileen helped us with the purchase of our house and made sure that the whole process was incredibly smooth. Thank you so much, we couldn't be happier.
    Stuart Gibson
  • We are first-time buyers and honestly couldn't have had better service and better dealings with Aileen. They have been quick and efficient with absolutely everything and have guided us through the process perfectly. They are a delight to work with and We would highly recommend them. Thank you again!
    Siobhan Ronalson
  • Aileen was fantastic, professional & personable. Helped us buy our new home and finalise our mortgage. Highly recommend.
    Chris Black