I heard this morning that monopoly game pieces are changing. One of the iconic monopoly pieces has to go. Which one do you think? The car, the thimble or the iron ? Apparently your favourite monopoly piece says something about you. Our chairman Donald Reid always chooses the Scotty dog. This choice reveals characteristics of loyalty, trustworthiness and warmth. The person choosing the Scotty dog loves being with people and making them smile. They give their all to any task in hand desiring to succeed but also gain pleasure from others doing well . A surprisingly apt description of our boss. When the monopoly box is brought out Morag Inglis our managing partner lunges for her special token, the boot. This choice is meant to reflect creativity , innovation and determination. Again pretty spot on. The new piece will be one of the following : a diamond ring, a guitar, a cat, a toy robot or a helicopter. Personally I would have chosen an apple. The game monopoly is based on the economic concept of monopoly. The players move round the board buying and selling property and developing their properties with houses and hotels. Over the past number of years the property market in Scotland has been depressed to say the least. So what’s the latest news from our estate agency department at the beginning of 2013? Well the department had a very encouraging end to 2012 with 16 of our properties selling in the last 12 weeks ( more than one a week) and with 6 of them having a closing date with multiple offers! Our property manager Bridie Gillan believes that the key to this success is in the word “realistic”. Mark Hordern Editor of the GSPC stated in his recent Blog that “the first signs of recovery in the market will not be a rise in prices but a sustained increase of transactions. Prices are no longer the key indicator of how the market is performing and any price changes will come later.” Bridie wholeheartedly agrees with this. She believes that it is very important that our clients are not given unrealistic advice in relation to how much they may achieve for their property.