Buying a house in Shetland
Although estate agents are active in Scotland’s main cities, homes in Shetland are generally sold through solicitors, who also carry out all the associated legal work. The Scottish system of submitting offers over an indicative price applies and this typically means that a house may fetch perhaps 10% to 30% above that price. Occasionally, houses may be advertised at a fixed price.
If you’ve been used to the English market, it’s important to note that, in Scotland, an offer is binding once accepted by the vendor, provided that any conditions attached to the offer are met, for example, a stipulation that the survey is satisfactory.
Social housing is in high demand in Shetland, particularly in Lerwick. To apply, complete a Housing Application form and be considered by both Hjaltland Housing Association and Shetland Islands Council for a social rented property.
There’s a strong tradition of self building in Shetland. For more information, see the House Building page of the SIC website for information on acquiring a site and planning regulations. For home building inspiration, see our feature on Building a dream home in Shetland.