Hunters Newsletter May 2014


Welcome to our May Newsletter.

Every month, we bring you updates and comments on the property market as well as tips and ideas for selling, letting, buying or renting.

In this edition, download your FREE home valuation report worth £19.99.
This month it is also SAFEgent Awareness Week - calling all landlords and tenants! Ensure you are with a letting agent who is part of a Client Money Protection Scheme.

Looking for a sunny retreat? Take a look at the first of our series of featured properties we currently have on offer in Spain. We will be featuring a different property every month, so keep your eyes peeled for your dream home in the sun!

If you have stories or news to share, please get in touch. Email marketing@huntersnet.co.uk or follow us on Twitter - @YO1_Marketing.

Enjoy the read!
Hunters Marketing


Mortgage Market Review – common sense changes to borrowing

"The Mortgage Market Review came into force on 26th April 2014 with the clear aim of eliminating risky lending (and borrowing). A massive hoo-hah as usual but the principal changes are reasonable and are simply meant to ensure that:

• Borrowers can afford to repay their loan
• Borrowers must provide evidence of income to support their loan
• Borrowers generally will need to be advised on what they should borrow rather than simply borrow what they want
• Lenders are now fully responsible for assessing that the borrower can afford their loan, including a stress test that assesses the impact on the borrower’s ability to pay should interest rates rise, and looking more deeply into the borrowers lifestyle spending habits (socialising, gambling, spending on personal care) to ensure that they have taken all expenditure into account

So basically, mortgage advisers must be professional experts in their field and help to ensure that the borrower is not over-extending themselves – all pretty sensible really, so that's good then."

Let us know what you think…follow us @HuntersHomes or @kevinhollinrake



Do you know the value of your property?

If you’re thinking of selling or would like to find out the value of your property, there is no better time than now. Throughout May you can create and download a free, property valuation report via our website www.huntersnet.co.uk.

The free report, normally priced at &19.99, includes a valuation of your home based on current market value, an indication of the confidence level and market conditions, as well as background on other local sales results and price trends in your area.

Martin Robinson, Sales Director at Hunters says, “A full Hometrack valuation report gives customers the most accurate valuation of a property through extensive current and historic data. With the largest database in the UK and a valuation system that is relied upon by 90% of UK lenders, Hometrack’s Property Valuation Report offers a superior solution”.

The FREE report is available until 31 May at www.huntersnet.co.uk.



A look at the market in…Blackpool and Manchester

This month we take a look at how the housing market is doing in the North West.

Branch Manager of Hunters Blackpool, Gareth Welsh reports a positive start to 2014, saying,
“We're definitely seeing an improvement in the market. In March alone we had our best sales month since 2007. The market is buoyant. We have been receiving many more enquiries, however, here in Blackpool the 'price rise' is very much below the national average but it is picking up steadily.”

Lettings Negotiator and Property Valuer, Emily Roy at Hunters Manchester also gives us an insight, saying ‘We are seeing a lot of repossessions coming onto the market, which is great for those first timers who want a bargain and for investors who want a quick turnaround for maximum profit. We are hoping to see a continued, steady growth in property prices, hopefully not too fast or it will cut out a significant amount of people only looking to purchase at the lower end of the market!”

Are you looking to sell, buy, let or rent in the North West? Find your nearest Hunters branch here.



Featured property in the sun

In association with Marena Murray, the Property Specialists, we can now offer our customers a range of homes for sale in La Manga Club and surrounding areas in the Costa Calida region of Spain. La Manga Club is situated on the lower slopes of the Murcian hills, and offers top leisure and sporting facilities, including three championship golf courses, beautiful countryside and a wide array of restaurants, bars and shops. Find out more about La Manga Club.

This month we are featuring the stunning Coto Alto 3, La Manga Club. A private and contemporary Villa on the golf course. €1,225,000.

Perched overlooking the Mediterranean, with sensational views looking down on La Manga Club and beyond to the Mar Menor, there is no other location in La Manga Club like this one. A new build property with five bedrooms and a modern and contemporary vibe, this property offers luxury throughout. This is confirmed by the glorious infinity pool on the main social terrace, again looking over the expanse of the Mediterranean. You cannot come to La Manga Club without seeing this property. You will not find any others like it!

If you would like to find out more about this property or any of our other Hunters International properties, please contact us.

 



Spring reflections

It's time to leave the dreary winter months behind and reflect the lighter nights in your home with a light airy feel. Start with a spring clean and a good de-clutter, this on its own will revive your living space. You may then want to update the décor to rejuvenate some of your rooms.

Try painting a room (or even just a couple of walls) in your favourite pastel colour and compliment with soft furnishings and floral patterns. Or how about a white washed floor or ceiling to brighten up your Kitchen? Finish off by adding in some colourful pieces of crockery.
 
Let nature in with a few key pieces of wooden furniture or cover old furniture with natural coloured fabrics to reflect the changing season outside. Mirrors and transparent surfaces such as glass topped tables will help reflect the natural sun light in to darker areas of your home.

For more ideas on how to brighten up your home take a look at our Home Lifestyle blog.



SAFEagent Awareness Week 12 - 18 May 2014

Landlords and tenants are being reminded of the importance of choosing letting agents who subscribe to Client Money Protection (CMP) schemes.

Now in its third year SAFEagent Awareness Week will take place from May 12 – 18 and will be supported by a raft of regional and national initiatives to drive awareness of the importance of choosing a letting agent that offers financial protection. If a letting agent subscribes to a CMP scheme this means that if it closes or an agent misappropriates client funds, landlords’ and tenants’ monies will be safeguarded. SAFEagent members display easily identifiable logos at their premises.

The majority of Hunters branches are signed up to the SAFEagent campaign. Glynis Frew Director of Hunters Lettings for Hunters Property Group, said: “We’re proud to be part of the SAFEagent campaign and protection of our clients money is paramount.

“There are still far too many stories in the media about rogue letting agents therefore campaigns such as SAFEagent Awareness Week are really important to highlight how landlords and tenants can protect their money.”

John Midgley, chair of the SAFEagent steering group, said: “SAFEagent Awareness Week is the ideal opportunity to remind landlords and tenants of the importance of identifying agents who offer financial protection and the campaign has made giant strides in doing so since its launch in 2011."

“There are still far too many letting agents who do not belong to a recognised body or scheme and it’s important to remind people to do everything they can to ensure their money is sufficiently protected."

“Letting agents who sign up to become a SAFEagent are also reassuring consumers that they subscribe to a defined code of practice and are members of recognised professional bodies or accreditation schemes.”

There are now around 3,000 SAFEagent offices nationwide, demonstrating their commitment to protecting landlords’ and tenants’ finances through CMP schemes.  SAFEagents are easily recognisable through the SAFEagent logo and mark which is clearly displayed and marketed by those agents in the scheme.

To find a SAFEagent in your area visit www.safeagents.co.uk



Hunters widens its reach in the North East

Hunters, the UK’s fastest growing independent estate agency group, has expanded its reach in the North East, where it has opened an office in North Shields. Situated on the banks of the River Tyne, North Shields was once at the very heart of the coal-mining and ship-building industry. The town has since undergone an extensive renovation programme and today is a popular residential area for professionals commuting to Newcastle upon Tyne and Sunderland, as well as families looking to settle in the nearby picturesque seaside town of Tynemouth, with its blue flag beaches, good schools and array of independent cafes, boutiques and the weekly Farmer’s and antiques markets.

Kevin Hollinrake, Managing Director at Hunters Property Group, said: “We recently opened a thriving branch in Consett, County Durham, and to broaden our horizons further in the North East is extremely exciting. Over the next few years we plan to continue looking for new franchise opportunities as we widen our reach across the country.”

Daniel Mole, the new Franchise Partner of Hunters North Shields founded DL Mole in 2010 with his wife, Helen. As a thriving sales and lettings estate agency, DL Mole has managed a successful lettings portfolio and has been responsible for many investor and first time buyer sales in the local area. In taking the opportunity to join the Hunters network, Daniel, Helen and their team will continue to offer a full sales and lettings service with the same enthusiasm and service levels, and combine existing skills and local knowledge with the Hunters brand.

Helen Mole comments: “Since our humble beginnings in a serviced office on the town’s outskirts, DL Mole has since become one of the area’s largest estate agents.  As we look to expand our services and our team, now seems like the perfect time to join the Hunters network and benefit from the support that Hunters are able to provide in key areas of marketing, technology, training and communication.  We hope to see our well-established team become market leaders in the local vicinity and expand our property portfolio to cater for buyers and tenants at all stages of the property ladder.”

If you’re interested in finding out more about the services that Hunters Estate Agents North Shields has to offer, call the team on 0191 290 6000 or visit the branch at 173 TrevorTerrace, North Shields, NE30 2AX.



Rental market is thriving according to recent English Housing Survey

The recently released English Housing Survey reveals the number of people living within the private rented sector has almost doubled since the early 2000s. The private rented sector that was once seen as a last resort is a thriving market that’s an increasingly popular choice for people across the UK. The industry is growing, and will continue to do so.

The flexibility of renting a home means tenants are able to move into a new home within weeks. It’s an alternative housing solution for a range of people and it’s increasingly the preferred choice of many. There’s certainly been a shift in the demographic, expectations and lifestyle of tenants within the private rented sector.

Although the monthly figures show relatively little movement during the past three months, the latest HomeLet Rental Index’s quarterly and annual figures show rents within the private rented sector are growing at a much higher rate in the north than the south. Although rents are higher, it appears people are being drawn to the capital to take advantage of its job opportunities and lifestyle. Tenants in the south – particularly in the capital – are paying 10% more of their disposable income on rent than they were five years ago.

Key headlines, March 2014:
• The average cost of renting a home in the UK increased by 0.8% during March to &824 per month
• This is 6.5% higher than last year, and the largest annual increase since March 2011
• Although Greater London saw a 0.2% monthly decrease in average rents, the average cost of renting a home in the capital is 7.3% higher than the same time last year
• The average amount a tenant earns in the UK increased by 6.2% during the past 12 months to &29,000

*Source of data Homelet

Is renting for you? Do you have a property to let?

Find your nearest Hunters Lettings expert.

 



Hunters arrives in Warrington

We are delighted to announce our continued expansion in Cheshire, where self-confessed ‘property-a-holic’, Ian Beamish, is opening a Hunters office in Warrington. This is Hunter’s second opening in Cheshire this year, following the very successful launch of its Frodsham branch in January.

Warrington has a large and varied stock of housing, ranging from the exclusive Stockton Heath and town centre terraces and apartments, to the newly developed Chapelford village, and is an ideal location for families, first-time buyers and investors alike.

Ian Beamish has joined Hunters after starting his own property business, Liam James Residential Ltd, over 10 years ago in Manchester. Ian brings a wealth of existing industry skills and local property knowledge to anyone who's looking to sell or let in the Warrington area.

Ian Beamish, Franchise Partner comments: “We are proud to be part of the UK’s largest and fastest growing estate agents. We have always been a specialist in all areas of the property market and we are looking forward to utilising these skills and our passion for the industry at the new Warrington branch.”

To find out more about Hunters in Warrington, call the team on 01925 575883 or visit the office at Ribban Court, 20 Dallam Lane, Warrington, WA2 7NG.

 



94% of customers value the Hunter’s difference

We are always delighted to receive positive feedback from our customers. Here's what a couple of you had to say recently. 

Mr Martin, a tenant in Manchester said:

“I want to take this opportunity to say a massive thank you to you for helping me.  I have loved living in Milliners Wharf and you really helped me in my first steps to living in Manchester.  I would recommend you and Hunters to anyone who is looking for a rental. I have found your selves and Hunters a joy to work with.  You have really helped me start my life in Manchester.”

Peter & Janet Dunn, a customer in Worsley said:

"We have not needed an estate agent for over forty years. It was with some trepidation we contacted your Worsley office for some  advice. Michael McManus called on us and was helpful in the extreme, explained various options open to us.
For which we thank you."

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*On average 94% of Hunters customers who responded to our questionnaire in 2013-2014 said they would recommend us or use us again.




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