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Collie & Co. - The End of an Era
Published: May 2014The property market in central Borders will see a big change this spring as the legal firm of Collie & Co., with offices in Galashiels and Selkirk, stops trading under its own name and its business is merged into Cullen Kilshaw's Galashiels office.
Ian Collie and his staff have been providing both estate agency and legal services to their many clients for over 20 years from their town centre premises in both Galashiels and Selkirk. Having operated as a sole practitioners for all of that time, Ian together with his staff has quietly developed a reputation for sound advice on all aspects of the property market, and he has built up a loyal following of clients over the years.
With one eye on retirement, and in order to ensure that the interests of his clients are well looked after for many years to come, Ian has taken the decision to merge his business with that of Cullen Kilshaw, effective from the end of April 2014. Both Ian and his Galashiels staff will be moving to our offices in Market Street, Galashiels, while the Selkirk office will continue to operate, but under the Cullen Kilshaw banner.
At the same time, all the documents held by the firm such as title deeds, wills, Powers of Attorney and the like will be transferred into our care. If you are reading this as a client of Collie & Co. and you have not yet received a letter advising you of these changes, please feel free to pick up the phone to our Market Street office, or drop in for a chat.
We are pleased to be joining forces with such a well respected business, and are greatly looking forward to working with Jane, Jill and Sally, all of whom are bringing with them years of experience in the local property market. Ian is not ready to hang up his boots for a while yet, and he will continue to work part time with us on a consultancy basis.
The combined firm will form the largest solicitor estate agency in the Borders with property shop fronts in four town centre locations, all staffed by long serving property sales negotiators who know their own area like the back of their hand. While more and more of our enquiries come from our web ads with Rightmove, BSPC and our own site, there really is no substitute for good local knowledge when it comes to the nitty gritty of sorting out the right price for your property.
Those negotiating skills will really be needed this spring, as the housing markets continues to steadily improve. With more and more buyers chasing fewer houses and mortgages readily available, don't hang about if you're thinking of buying or selling. Act now or you may end up missing the boat!
David Kilshaw OBE