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Fergusson Law shares their latest news, the latest legal news and provides some legal advice on this blog.

ONLINE AGENTS The Ryanairs of Estate Agency

Online estate agents pitch themselves as a cheaper alternative to their high street counterparts, but are they a viable option for you? Online estate agents, such as Emoov, HouseSimple, Purplebricks and Tepilo, can appear to charge much lower fees for selling your house than high street agents. An online estate agent will value and market your home for you, and arrange property viewings. Most will also accept and negotiate offers on your behalf, and liaise with your solicitor, other estate agents and buyers until the sale is complete.

But there are a few significant differences.

Benefits of using your Local Estate Agency

  1. Fees Headline online agency fees tend to be lower than those charged by High Street agents but you often have to pay them up front, whether or not the company manages to sell your property. Check what services are in that upfront price. Sale Board, full listings, viewings, help and so on can all rack up big extras payable in advance.
  2. Viewing Fergusson Law will conduct viewings for you but with an online agent, the default option is that you do them yourself.
  3. Communication Someone will visit to take photographs and create floor plans but all other contact will usually be via email or phone. Taking charge of communications with buyers and solicitors without the help of an agent will be time-consuming and stressful. Brenda of Fergusson Law will be your personal account manager.
  4. Valuations Most online estate agents will visit your home to value it, just like us, but you won't necessarily get an online agent with specific knowledge of the local market.
  5. Marketing Fergusson Law markets your home until it sells or your contract comes to an end. In practice, the same is true of online estate agents, but always check their time limits.
  6. VettingBuyers Good high street agents will know whether potential buyers are quality applicants. Online estate agents may take details of names, finances and whether potential buyers are already part of a chain but are rarely equipped to follow these up, without an extra fee of course.

Brenda of Fergusson Law offers you fixed prices with all the services you expect of an estate agent.

Fergusson Law Launch Property Finding Service

The market for larger Edinburgh properties especially in the New Town is one for experienced professionals. Many properties are not promoted through customary web based channels, or even in agents’ shop windows let alone an advertising board.

Fergusson Law Property Manager Brenda Barclay has access to many of these off-market channels and has launched a Property Finding Service for clients.

Brenda is currently acting for a client urgently seeking a six bedroom New Town property. Immediate funds are available for such a house. Brenda has a full brief covering matters such as school areas, air and rail access and shopping opportunities.

She could do this for you too, with the utmost of discretion, including viewing property on your behalf. Give Brenda a call on 07935 388497.

Scottish Firm Fined £1.75m After Worker Seriously Scalded

A Scottish  company was fined £1.75m on 31 May 2016 after a worker was seriously scalded in Alloa. 

Dunfermline Sheriff Court heard how a plant controller was injured when he opened a faulty valve which emitted high pressure, high temperature steam. He sustained serious burns to his chest and legs. 

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident which happened on 12 October 2013 found that the company were aware of the defect but did not ensure appropriate steps were taken to either repair or remove the valve from use. 

Health & Safety Law Advice

Fergusson Law bring a significant amount of expertise and experience to any such situation.  Never ignore any notification from the Health and Safety Executive that they intend to commence an investigation or criminal prosecution.  Call Janice Nisbet of Fergusson Law for advice.  Before becoming a lawyer, Janice worked for many years as an Inspector with the Health and Safety Executive, covering a range of industries but with particular experience of the food and drink industries, petro-chemical plants, other major hazard industries, and the offshore oil industry.