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On 17th March we celebrate Conran Estates’ 18th birthday. Where has this time has gone? It seemed like only yesterday I opened my first office in Lewisham and now I have four local offices encompassing five divisions: Sales, Lettings, Property Management, Land & New Homes and Mortgages!
As with every business, we’ve had our ups and downs and it has been a fun and exciting journey. Running a business has been the best education one could have hoped for. Back in 1999, with a head full of hair, I went into the business as an experienced Independent Financial Adviser but with little knowledge of Estate Agency. Today I sit here (without a hair on my head) as an estate agent, letting agent, marketer, copy writer, the list is endless!
I sign off thanking all of Conran Estates clients, customers, staff and suppliers. Without you we wouldn’t have been able to provide 18 years of first class service and with you, here’s to the next 18 years of World Class Customer Services!
Happy New Year. Yesterday I was truly privileged to spend the day with Debra Searle MBE.
Debra is a true hero and I am proud to donate the top story to her most amazing journey. She had a lot of news coverage at the time, but her story is based on her challenge to row across the Atlantic to Barbados against twelve other rowing teams. However her husband pulled out after two weeks and she completed the journey solo, taking 14 weeks!
This little video is a must watch albeit not very estate agency but hey-ho!
Until next month.
That time of year again. By now I should know the score. Eat too much, drink my fair share of booze then come January, join the gym and donate a tidy monthly sum for many months on something I know I should use but don't! Fairly standard behaviour really.
I wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Enjoy my ramblings!
Welcome back to our newsletter. Loads of interesting material for you this month. If you presently have a mortgage I would strongly suggest you take a review as rates may be changing - look at the top article for more information!
Anyway, no more boring chit-chat, I have a presidential election to watch over the coming week. Not sure I would choose either of them but I have a feeling one is more dangerous than the other!
Welcome back for another month of interesting stuff about anything property!!
Traditionally this month is one of the most popular months of the year as both buyers and renters look to get into their property and settle before Christmas (can't believe I have used that word as early as October!).
Anyway, whether you are a buyer, seller, renter, landlord, property magnate, investor, land banker or even just interested in property, I hope you enjoy.
p.s. an interesting fact for you, did you know that half of all UK renters are over 46........ I was amazed too!
What on earth is going on? I have to say I was incredibly concerned for the housing market (despite my brave face) especially when coupled with the expectation of the seasonal low that is August, but bizarrely it has been our best August on record!
Maybe GB's successful Olympics have put some jubilance back into the market, or maybe that society now realise that "Brexit" is simply a word and won't really change much as people still need to live in accordance with their lifestyles? Whatever the reason is I am not complaining!
Some great news for landlords and tenants. In my top article, it turns out that our area offers the best yields to you which is great news to all of us. Furthermore it also suggests that it is well priced for tenants too! Beats storing your cash in a bank at least!
Until next month
With today's reduction of the Bank of England base rate it has never been a cheaper time to buy a house using a mortgage. There are some serious deals to be had, so if you are looking to buy then there is no better time than right now.
Incidentally, we have just launched our 'instant online valuation service' so if you want to know what your property is worth (it values for sales and lettings too!) then simply go to www.conranestates.co.uk
Enjoy the read.
What an interesting time we are experiencing in the UK presently! Uncertainty is very much how the majority of people feel when it comes to the housing market but there are many positives such as decreasing mortgage rates making home ownership more affordable right now.
I feel that now is a fantastic time to buy as once the UK secures a few trade deals and our government settles down, confidence will return and house prices are only going one way, whether we like it or not..... that is UP. Furthermore, a weak Pound is bringing monies in from overseas keeping prices very stable, even in an uncertain market!
I think that those who feel house prices will contract are so wrong. We are a small island whereby demand still significantly outstrips supply and as such a reduction in house values is highly improbable.
As the Euro's kick off and the Referendum being 13 days away, life is certainly interesting at the moment.
This newsletter is filled of great tips and ideas to help vendors, landlords, tenants and purchasers alike so I hope it is of use??
Will we be in Europe this time next month???
This month I have great news for both buyers and tenants. If you are looking to buy or rent a property then right NOW is going to be the most favourable time to take the leap. By reading the top article below all will be explained.
Spring is now here (as are the April showers) which is historically the best and most common time to do 'house-stuff'. Whether this be buy, sell, let or simply undertake minor or major renovation and home improvements. Whatever your intent, there is something here for everyone!
If you simply fancy a bit of brunch in the morning then Davy's in Greenwich can 'wet your appetite' so have a look at their offering under 'Best of the Brunch'. You wont be disappointed!
Conran Estates will be 17 years old this coming Thursday and I have to say I really don't quite know where this time has gone (or my hair for that matter!!).
My job is to ensure our customers get great value when using our services, after all, if they don't we lose them! Therefore, we now have our very own, employed and CRB checked, maintenance man and his "very cool" A-Team style van (soon to be wrapped in our brand). From this day onwards our landlords will benefit from 'Free call-outs and free labour for on the spot repairs'. This is a genuine service and will reduce stress and costs for our managed landlords whilst giving us full control of all maintenance work thus ensuring happier tenants. If you are not a landlord of ours but wish to benefit from this service then feel free to contact us and we can put this right for you!
At a time when many estate agents still add money onto their maintenance contractors invoices to gain more cash from their Landlords (yes this does happen and there is a legal challenge happening against a certain London estate agent), Conran Estates have gone in another direction by helping our customers........ yet another refreshing (and unique) change!!
This month I cover a wide range of subjects from 'the most annoying neighbours list' to one of the most popular areas to now live in South-East London being Brockley, where we will shortly have our new office... yippee!
Also I have commissioned loads of really useful short videos based on 'How-to Guides' such as a beginners guide to becoming a Landlord, buying property and selling property and a whole heap more. I cover everything you must know and these are now on www.conranestates.co.uk so please have a look, they really are useful I promise!
Until next time.
Happy New Year and I wish you a prosperous 2016.
2016 has started strongly in the property market will an obvious hike in house values and demand at its strongest for some time.
Enjoy, until next month.
This month I am showcasing one of Greenwich's most renowned businesses being Grant Saw Solicitors. Find out more about them underneath........ very interesting stuff.
The housing market is changing big-time for various sectors such as Landlords. If you are a landlord or thinking of joining this lucrative market then I recommend you open the article relating to this as there are 5 changes you need to be made aware of.
I hope you have a fantastic Christmas and I wish you a Happy 2016.
This month I have the pleasure to introduce you to James Davy, Chairman of local wine Bar, restaurant and wine merchants here in Greenwich. They are celebrating 145 years of trading and after you read our interview you can take advantage of a special deal to help them celebrate!
On the property front, the market is simply crazy. Prices are at an unprecedented high and if you are thinking of selling it is a great time to take professional advice and prepare marketing to take advantage.
If you are buying the good news is that Mortgages are still really well priced and lenders are slightly more flexible too.
Enjoy the read.
I write this with a tear rolling down my face as England lose to the mighty Aussies (Rugby). Still, having a Welsh surname surely I am eligible to support Wales now??
There is so much going on at the moment in our industry and if you are a landlord of ours, I hope you have read the recent emails regarding two big pieces of regulation which will affect you being a landlord. I have written my first article as a summary for landlords but if you want more information please do make contact as my teams would love to answer any questions you have.
If you are thinking of investing in property and becoming a landlord then you must speak to us or a fellow expert. There are new EU laws coming in next year which will make this challenging and I recommend strongly you speak to an expert as you may wish to expedite this process before the new rules come in. I will be writing more about this in the next edition.
If you are a tenant, now is the time to check your heating works as I fear GasSafe engineers will be busy when the frost comes so beat the rush!!!
Loads happening at the moment with the governor of the Bank of England telling everyone to be careful as rates will soon rise and so much changing for landlords with various new legislation on it's way.
Our newsletters are not purely to sell our great services. they are a great source of information and with a readership of 23,000, we get great feedback whether it be from purchasers, tenants, vendors, landlord or simply if you just have a passion for property!
Hello and welcome to the Summer! As I am sure you would all agree we have seen some glorious weather in recent weeks but it has certainly not deterred those who are out viewing property at the weekend.
We are anticipating July to be another excellent month here at Conran Estates so if you are thinking of buying, selling, renting or letting your property then please get in touch with a member of our team on 0800 6893172 (from your landline) or 0333 0124 673 (from your mobile).
If none of this interests you it is still worth entering our competition to win an Ipad mini, Great odds!
Historically the most popular time to 'deal' in property is immediately following an election and it is certainly no different now! The market is really strong at the moment and whether a buyer, seller, tenant or landlord this market seems to suit all which seems bizarre and yet true.
I wish you a great, and warm, Summer. Enjoy.
Simon Hughes MD
Have a fantastic Bank Holiday Weekend and hope some of these articles are of value.
If you are thinking of applying for any type of credit in the next two years please have a look at the top article as I guarantee it will help you whether applying for a mortgage, car finance, credit card or a personal loan.
Spring is nearly here and historically the best time to get properties on the market but will the buyers be there and will banks be lending............ only time will tell huh??
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I hope you are enjoying 2015 so far.
So already 9.3% of 2015 has gone! Lots of news in our sector but most importantly, if you are looking for property to either rent or buy, you must read the top article. The way consumers now hunt for property is changing!!
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Lots in this action-packed newsletter however my concentration for December is to save people huge amounts of money. Therefore, if you have a mortgage and it is nearing or past rate renewal, then you must read the first article. We are presently saving lots of people lots of money as rates have dramatically reduced recently.
You might want to know about what the Stamp Duty changes really mean in monetary terms. There is something for everyone.
Enjoy the read
Welcome to November. As the rain lashes down there are mixed messages in the Housing Market.
Statistics are suggesting that prices are ever so slightly below the peak of the market but it is heavily suggested that in the coming months house prices will be on the move up again.
A bit of stagnation in prices won't do any harm for a strong housing market in the UK. At the very least it will (hopefully) stop some agents massively over-inflating asking prices......... I hope!
If only I had a crystal ball!
September brought us the lowest number of applicants looking for property in 2014 being 70% down from the peak of February. You would normally think this means a lull in the housing market but bizarrely we sold more property in September than we did in February!
Work out the statistics for yourself but it tells me that there are more serious buyers and renters in the market than at any other point this year.
Our local market is strong despite lower numbers, which has to be good now prices have somewhat stabilised.
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Welcome to another monthly newsletter. Where has 2014 gone??
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Welcome to my August newsletter. A great competition worth entering this month to win a new kitchen!
If this newsletter is not welcomed into your inbox then please do use the un-subscribe link as I do not want you to receive unwanted emails and please do accept my profuse apology if this is the case.
Otherwise good luck if you enter the competition.
Summer at last!!!
Now we are out of the World Cup and TV is not great, why not take 10 minutes to enjoy some interesting articles from your favourite Greenwich brand!
One of the most fun bits of writing a popular newsletter is when I meet really interesting local business owners. This month I had the great pleasure to meet Lizzie who owns Pistachios in the Park (a free coffee on its way to me I hope!).
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Enjoy the read.