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Don't blame the SNP

CLAIMS THAT the possibility of Scotland becoming independent is putting people off investing in its rural property are "not based in fact", a leading Scottish land agent has insisted.

Responding to suggestions that land buyers were being scared off by the independence debate, CKD Galbraith partner Simon Brown suggested that there were many other factors that made Scottish land attractive.

"The assertion – made by some land agents – that the political uncertainty of a proposed Independent Scotland could be the reason behind a sluggish property market is not based on fact," said Mr Brown.

"Location, quality, type and price continue to be the most important factors influencing the sale of any property and farmland is no exception.

"Where all of these boxes are ticked, CKD Galbraith is finding buyers able to perform," he reported.

(For the full story see The Scottish Farmer this week, January 5 2013)

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