Future private landlords are among the group of property buyers seen as catalysts for the Scottish property market's recovery.

According to Dianne Paterson, property partner at law firm Russel and Aitkin, buy-to-let investors who purchase bricks and mortar north of the border are giving the vendors the cash to go and find properties of their own.

Other property buyers helping to prompt a chain reaction in the market, according to Ms Paterson, include cash buyers, parents for student children and first-time buyers.

These groups are "helping to free up sellers to allow them to move on and ... become property buyers themselves", she explained.

Association of Residential Letting Agents operations manager Ian Potter recently claimed that private landlords with an eye for a bargain can currently find some good deals to add to their portfolios.

Buy-to-let "remains a viable long-term investment vehicle"he added.

By Daniel Burgess
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