Hunters December Newsletter

Seasons Greetings to you!

Welcome to our last Newsletter of 2012 in which Managing Director Kevin Hollinrake gives his market round up for the year.

We would like to extend a very warm thank you to all our customers - buyers, vendors, landlords and tenants - and wish everyone a happy festive season and all the best for the New Year.

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The year that was...and a glimpse into 2013

Despite a very mixed economic backdrop, the property market remained stable in 2012 in terms of both volumes and prices. The outlook for 2013 looks a little more promising in our view, particularly as the recently launched Funding for Lending Scheme seems to be having a significant and positive impact on the willingness of lenders to offer mortgages. First time buyers can once again borrow over 90% of the purchase price of a home and rates for this are below 4% for the first time since 2008. As we reported in a recent Newsletter, the US housing market activity is continuing to pick up, unemployment is falling and our economy is predicted to return to significant annual growth next year.

Hunters, you might say, has had a good recession - we now have over 100 branches across the UK (from 14 in 2008) and have new offices about to join the network in Harrow, Bingley and Hull. We believe that the most pro-active agents thrive in a tough market and are very grateful to our customers for their continued support this year and we look forward to being of service in 2013.

Kevin Hollinrake
Managing Director

Linda Barker Home Make-Over Competition Winner Announced

We are delighted to announce the winner of Hunters Linda Barker home make-over competition - Jackie Brown from Shooters Hill in East London. Jackie’s name was drawn at random from the national database of entries. The competition was open to all Hunters vendors, purchasers and landlords between 1st October 2011 and 31 March 2012.

Jackie was thrilled about the news – winning a complete new Omega kitchen worth &20,000, a new bathroom; soft furnishings and accessories to the value of &5000 plus a visit by Linda Barker. Jackie sold her house through Richard Cross and his team at Hunters Abbey Wood in February this year and was presented with the winning Certificate earlier this month. Stay tuned for more information and full coverage of the make-over as it happens!



Rental Yields - Are you making the most of your investment?

2012 has proved to be a very busy year for the lettings market with an increasing number of people turning to rental properties. With the market likely to continue its boom in 2013, and with Hunters Letting Departments reporting high rental yields, now is a great time to consider Buy-to-Let as an investment option.

Hunters has a very reputable and well established Lettings Department with experts agents across the country on hand to advise on your local market and potential rent returns.

Below are a few examples of rental yields achieved from a range of properties throughout our national network. If you are a Landlord and would like to discuss your property portfolio or find out more about Hunters' comprehensive Lettings Services - including Rent Guarantee and Tenant Find  -  find your local lettings branch here.


Galtres Drive
Two bed end of terrace

Asking Price: &139,950
Estimated Rent: &595 pm
Yield: 5.1%


Coppice View, HG1
Three bed house

Asking Price: &140,000
Estimated rent: &725 pcm
Yield: 6.2%

Narcissus Road, London NW6
2 double bedroom apartment

Asking Price: &550,000
Estimated Rent: &2600 pcm
Yield: 5.45 - 6.0 %


Shipton House
Two bed apartment with parking

Asking price: &129,950
Estimated rent: &725 pcm
Yield: 6.69%


Magellan House, Clarence Dock
One bed apartment

Asking price: &79,950
Estimated rent: &575 pcm
Yield: 9%


Dunnings Road, East Grinstead
Three bed semi detached house

Asking price: &247,000
Estimated rent: &1300 pcm
Yield: 6.13%

*Sale prices, rents and yields are estimations only. For more information on any of the properties featured contact the relevant branch. For  information on rental yields please contact your local Hunters lettings branch.  

Hunters arrives in Harrow on the Hill and Bingley

Hunters the Estate Agent continued its nationwide expansion this month by opening another two branches in Harrow on the Hill, Middlesex and Bingley, West Yorkshire. Both branches offer full sales and lettings services and we are delighted to welcome them to the Hunters network.

The new office in Harrow in the Hill, at 158 Station Road, complements the existing Hunters branches on Preston Road in Harrow, Wembley Park Drive and Sudbury town, and firmly places Hunters on the local property map in Middlesex.

The new office has undergone the Hunters ‘make-over’ which includes state of the art IT systems. Hari Patel, Franchise Owner says "The office is in a high profile, main road position with easy parking behind Debenhams. The branch specialises in Sales and Lettings in Harrow and the surrounding areas of Stanmore, Pinner and Hatch End”.

"It'll make a tremendous difference to the way we are able to do business. Due to a growing increase in demand from our successfully established branches, and an enormous amount of business to deal with, we had simply outgrown our premises and needed another base. We are delighted with the new space and look forward to welcoming customers – old and new– to the new branch”.

Dale Hesketh set up Quinn Lettings & Property Sales in Bingley in 2002 and has successfully developed the business over the past 10 years to become one of the leading estate agents in the area. Quinns joined Hunters earlier this month and after a branch face-lift, now trade under the Hunters umbrella from its new location in Park Road, Bingley. The team and the full range of services offered by Quinns remain the same.

Dale, Franchise Owner, commented, “We have extensive knowledge of the local property market, enabling us to offer a wide range of service. We are delighted to join Hunters and excited about all the added benefits this will bring our customers”.
Dale continued, “We are committed to providing all our customers - landlords, tenants, vendors and buyers - with individual high quality advice based on the wealth of experience of our local dedicated team. We specialise in sales and lettings in Bingley and the Aire Valley regions and going forward, we will be able to draw from Hunters national database of applicants and its 20 years’ experience in estate agency. We are very excited about the future.”