In episode 85 of Let’s Talk, we’re excited to welcome back Harry Crombie, Lettings and New Business Manager at Edinburgh-based ‘Burgh Property. Harry, a familiar face in Edinburgh’s property market, takes us through his journey and background in the industry, leading up to his current role at ‘Burgh.

We delve into the backstory of ‘Burgh, exploring its establishment timeline and company ethos. Harry sheds light on the recent merger with Clyde Property, along with unveiling a new dual-branded office location.

The conversation then shifts to the broader landscape of Scottish letting agents, with Harry sharing insights into the impact of mergers on staff, landlords, and tenants alike. We discuss the implications of consolidation on smaller and medium-sized agents, along with Harry’s predictions for rental market trends in 2024, considering the expiration of rent caps and the introduction of tapered rent control measures.

Looking towards the future, Harry shares his perspectives on the long-term evolution of the rental market in Scotland and addresses the question of landlords exiting the market. He provides valuable advice for landlords on adapting investment strategies to optimise rental income amidst changing tenant lifestyles and the rising cost of living.

Drawing parallels with a previous podcast guest, Michelle Christie from JiL property recruitment, Harry offers advice to aspiring professionals considering a career in letting in Scotland.

Finally, we touch on Harry’s personal milestones, such as becoming a father, and explore how this significant life event has shaped his perspective on life and priorities.

Whether you’re a seasoned professional or an aspiring candidate, there’s something valuable to learn from Michelle’s journey in property recruitment.

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