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Scotland Commercial Property

Updated on April 24, 2012

Local entrepreneurs, international business owners, and real estate investors from around the world may be interested in Scotland commercial property. The commercial property may be a retail location, hotel, apartment building, or other business property. Scotland commercial property is property that the owner uses to make money. International investors may want to look at the differences unique to buying Scottish real estate and become familiar with how to buy Scotland commercial property.

To find Scotland commercial property, the interested investor can browse property listings on the internet. Contact with agents can be done through email or by phone. Prospective buyers should be cautious not to make an offer on the property before all the pertinent details about the property are known.

Real estate listings in Scotland advertise the price as either "offers over" or "fixed price." A fixed price listing tells the buyer exactly what the seller expects in an offer to purchase the property. For an "offers over" price, the advertised price is less than what the seller wants for the property. Traditionally, the desired price is about twenty percent about the offers over price.

A qualified Scottish real estate agent can be a valuable asset in the hunt for Scotland commercial properties. The agent can educate the international buyer about the regulations related to owning Scottish property. In Scotland, real estate agents are called "solicitors." When negotiating the purchase of a property, the real estate contracts in Scotland are comprised of a several letters. These letters are called "missives."

In the United States, and interested buyer makes an offer to purchase the property on a real estate contract. The buyer and Realtor sign the contract before the real estate agent delivers it to the real estate agent for the seller. Unlike the English and American systems, the solicitors sign the real estate offers or missives on behalf of the clients.

There are several costs involved in the purchase of Scotland commercial properties. The stamp duty on a property that is purchased is a tax that the government of Scotland collects when a property is sold. The amount of the stamp duty is based on the price of the property. The solicitor can explain the sum of the costs to the prospective buyer.

For properties between one hundred twenty thousand and two hundred fifty thousand pounds, the stamp duty is one percent of the purchase price. A three percent stamp duty is due on Scotland properties that are two hundred fifty thousand and one to five hundred thousand pounds. The stamp duty on properties that are above five hundred thousand pounds is four percent.

The solicitor can help explain the details of the process to any prospective buyer. The investors interested in a Scotland commercial property should share their ideas of a good commercial property, their goals and purpose for the property, and their investing budget so that the solicitor is well informed about the buyers' wants. This helps the solicitor find the ideal property for the buyer.

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