C-Listed Fife Coastal Property

Agency team turn detective to achieve successful sale of home AND garden

Brief

We were instructed to market an attractive, C-listed Fife property situated on the Firth of Forth coastal pathway. However, the sale was hampered by the fact that the nearby Estate, and not the seller, appeared to own the title to the garden. Our clients had declined an offer to buy the garden some years before, and when a new approach was made to the Estate, the purchase price had increased greatly.

Process

As this point, our Agency team decided to carry out a thorough investigation into the title and purchased copies of the older title deeds from The Keeper of the Registers of Scotland. With a bit of detective work, and a desire to achieve a successful sale for our clients, we were able to establish that the boot was actually on the other foot. If indeed the Estate did own the land, then the obligation lay with them to produce their title and stake their claim.

Outcome

Happily, the outcome was that The Keeper accepted that our clients did have ownership and we were able to successfully conclude a sale which allowed them to downsize to a new project further along the Fife coast.

Article posted on 20/12/2019

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