Author Archives: Alison Gourley

About Alison Gourley

Alison graduated from Edinburgh University School of Law in 1991. She joined Mitchells Roberton in 1996 and became an Associate thereafter. Alison specialises in both commercial and residential conveyancing, advising individuals, large and small businesses, banks, charities and further education institutions on all property transactions. Having 20 years experience in property law Alison has developed excellent relationships with surveyors, independent financial advisers and banks so is ready to act swiftly and effectively to meet her clients’ needs in an ever changing property market. She enjoys getting to know her clients and is committed to giving them an efficient service and is always friendly and approachable. She is also involved with the marketing aspects of the firm. Alison is a residential conveyancing tutor in the paralegal course offered by Central Law Training through the University of Strathclyde. Alison is married to a photographer and has one child. In her free moments she likes to keep fit. She is a talented amateur artist and loves nature and the great outdoors. Email:

A Loan for Self-Build Homes is Now Available

The Scottish Government have announced a new loan available for people who want to build their own homes. After a successful pilot scheme run in the Highlands, the £4million fund is now open for applications from eligible city or rural … More

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The Letting Agent Code of Practice (Scotland) Regulations 2016

From the 31 January 2018 anyone undertaking residential letting agency work in Scotland must ensure that their service delivery is compliant with The Letting Agent Code of Practice (Scotland) Regulations 2016. The Code sets out the standards of practice which … More

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“Caveat Emptor” – What Does That Mean?

“Caveat emptor” is an ancient Roman law basically meaning “let the buyer be aware”. One of the areas where this rule applies is in relation to the purchase of a house. Let me differentiate between new houses and old houses. … More

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Slowest Growth in the UK Housing Market in Five Years

UK house price growth in June slowed to its lowest since August 2013. According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) this slowdown was mainly affected by the falling prices in London where properties dropped from 0.7% to negative 0.2%.The … More

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New Register for Community Body Applications

The Registers of Scotland (RoS) has introduced a new register, The Register of Applications by Community Bodies to buy Land, which will record all applications by community bodies to buy land or property that is abandoned, neglected or causing harm … More

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The Number of Rental Properties Available in Scotland Continues to Fall

A new survey of the residential property market has revealed that the number of rental properties in Scotland has fallen even further over the last three months. Coupled with this decrease in supply is an increase in demand which is … More

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Scotland Offers Affordable Seaside Living

Many of us would like to live by the sea and new research by Bank of Scotland has revealed that it may not be as unaffordable as some might think. The research found that average property prices by the sea … More

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Many ‘ Empty Nesters’ Choose Not to Downsize

New research from the Bank of Scotland has revealed that about 43% of adults whose children have ‘flown the nest’ intend to remain in the family home rather than downsizing. Although most are enjoying the extra space and freedom, 25% … More

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On-line Estate Agents vs Traditional Estate Agents

Over the past few years there has been an explosion in online estate agents who charge a flat fee rather than commission. Certainly digital technology, smart phones, apps and the Internet have transformed the way people market their property or … More

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Be Proactive on Voluntary Registration

I have just been examining a big bundle of titles which were all dusty, making me sneeze, and some were barely legible. These titles relate to a property which has not yet been registered in the Land Register of Scotland … More

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