Faster than a speeding snitch: JK Rowling's mansion sold in 21 days

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Hot property: JK Rowling's quick sale bucked the stagnant trend in the housing market.

Author JK Rowling's home in Edinburgh has been sold within three weeks of going on the market.

The eight-bedroom detached house in Merchiston was put up for sale for £2.25m last month and immediately sparked a flurry of interest from around the world.

Selling agent Rettie & Co said two-thirds of all internet views came from overseas - predominately the US and Asia - but most of the serious interest was from Scottish-based business people.

The 19th-century mansion has an extensive landscaped garden and an extension at the back where Ms Rowling composed at least four of the Harry Potter titles.

The author originally bought the upstairs portion of the house in 1999 for £425,000, before buying out her downstairs neighbour and combining the two properties in a family home.

James Whitson, who handled the sale for the Edinburgh estate agent, said: "“This was an iconic house in Edinburgh and it was a privilege to be entrusted with its sale.

"The fact we secured a buyer so quickly demonstrates that even in the most challenging of economic environments, we are well placed to service the needs of our clients at the higher end of the market.

"Further to this it also illustrates there is a shortage of quality supply in Edinburgh and that when any property is correctly priced, in a prime location, it will attract significant interest and in most cases, a buyer.”

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