Since the beginning of 2013, we have found that the West Lothian market has been beginning to pick up again, in no small part, due to the prices starting to increase in the Edinburgh market. In recent years the railway line from Edinburgh has been upgraded and now continues through to Glasgow, with additional stations in Armadale and Blackridge, and that coupled with the fact that there is easy access to the M8/M9/M90 motorway network, makes West Lothian truly an ideal commuter area. New properties coming to the market are generally attracting early viewings with some achieving sales within just a few weeks although interestingly, we have also had a few sales of properties that have been on the market for some time. This seems to highlight the fact that there are more potential purchasers searching the market at the moment who are now in a strong position to buy. First time buyers are finding they are able to secure mortgages with smaller deposits than of late and this is also helping to drive the market forward. There is a wide variety of properties available, from one bedroom apartments to five bedroom detached villas and we also have one with a small indoor pool - quite unusual for rural West Lothian! In conclusion, the market appears to be healthier that it has been for some time and prices seem to have steadied making this an ideal time for both sellers and purchasers to move forward.