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The Thistleblower

Published: 21/09/2017 17:30:00

Welcome to this week's edition of The Thistleblower.

With our brand new Yateley office officially open, it's been an exciting start to September.

The month seems to have flown by, meaning the countdown to Christmas (sorry), is officially on when it comes to buying and selling homes. With the autumn popularity we've seen some great new homes come to the market, along with some brand new developments which offer fantastic incentives. This week's blogs go into further detail and hopefully, have something for everyone.

Vicky Jarman
Marketing Manager

The Thistleblower

Published: 07/09/2017 17:32:51

Welcome to this week's edition of The Thistleblower.

Not only is this the first Thistleblower of the school year and of a new season, but it also happens to be a Yateley special, celebrating the long-awaited opening of our sixth branch.
Yateley is a natural fit for us as a business, continuing our coverage in the Hart district. We have already been selling and letting in the area for some time, but as of September 1st, now have a brand new town centre branch to showcase our available properties, providing a great space to meet with clients.
We're thrilled to be joining such a vibrant community in our 25th year of business, and look forward to what the future holds.

Vicky Jarman
Marketing Manager

The Thistleblower

Published: 24/08/2017 17:30:00

Welcome to this week's edition of The Thistleblower.

We're officially on countdown to our brand new branch opening in Yateley, so in this week's Thistleblower you'll find out a little more about what's to come, along with an introduction to another member of our new team in the spotlight article.

Even though the summer holidays are still ongoing, we've seen some really busy weeks across our branches ahead of the bank holiday weekend and schools returning. We've launched a diverse selection of properties, as usual, mirroring the thoroughly varied markets we operate in, highlighting the benefits of buying in the area for both commuters and families.

Vicky Jarman
Marketing Manager


The Thistleblower

Published: 10/08/2017 17:30:00

Welcome to this week's edition of The Thistleblower.

Next week will see our first event focusing on offering advice to First Time Buyers, a great introduction to the world of property. We're also gearing up for our Yateley launch, so if you're local to the area, chances are you'll start seeing a lot more of us.

Our branch network is buzzing with activity, whether it's new builds, competitions, or a selection of stunning houses for sale and let. See what's going on in your area in the blogs below.

Vicky Jarman
Marketing Manager


The Thistleblower

Published: 27/07/2017 17:30:00

Welcome to this week's edition of The Thistleblower.

Schools might be out for summer, but we're still in session with lots of news to share. From new homes developments with incentives for both First Time Buyers and Investment Buyers, to internal company and recruitment news. Just in time for the summer holidays, we've also listed a great selection of local activities to help keep the children entertained over the next 6 weeks.

We've also taken a moment to highlight one of our branch towns, Farnborough. With an increasing demand for homes in the area, we asked our Branch Manager to shed a bit of light on what's happening in the local market.

Vicky Jarman
Marketing Manager

The Thistleblower

Published: 13/07/2017 17:30:00

Welcome to this week's edition of The Thistleblower.

This week's collection of articles is a bit of a mixed bag, which is probably an accurate reflection of the variety of properties we currently have on the market, and new homes that are in the pipeline.

With Wimbledon heating up, the summer holidays easing in and our Yateley office on the horizon, there's lots to celebrate. So we've collected a selection of lifestyle and property articles for you to sit back and enjoy this week.

Vicky Jarman
Marketing Manager


The Thistleblower

Published: 29/06/2017 17:33:44

Welcome to this week's edition of The Thistleblower.

With June drawing to an end, we're looking forward to July, and what a month it's shaping up to be already.

In this week's newsletter you'll find information on a variety of events taking place over the next few weeks, from Open House events on both new builds and homes for sale, with such benefits as Stamp Duty paid and Help to Buy, to local festivals.

In line with the theme of this week's newsletter, we're also inviting local communities and fundraisers to share their events with us, read on for more details.

Vicky Jarman
Marketing Manager

The Thistleblower

Published: 15/06/2017 17:32:21

The Marketing team here are continually looking for new ideas on how we can progress and evolve, using the best collection of promotional tools to assist our agents in the sale and let of a home. 

In the past week we have introduced an exciting new concept with Virtual Reality tours. The technology is really impressive and we've all been blown away by the potential it offers to thoroughly show off a house. 

When it comes to the Marketing team here, we've also taken the opportunity to introduce Nosheen, our Marketing Assistant who helps curate a lot of our blog content each week.

With new homes, a look at an impressive character property and some local news from Fleet and Hartley Wintney, there's plenty of choice in this week's Thistleblower.

Vicky Jarman
Marketing Manager


The Thistleblower

Published: 01/06/2017 17:30:00

So here we are, a brand new month, the sun's shining and perhaps, just maybe, we might have a proper summer this year (wishful thinking I'm sure).

It might just be the weather, but there seems to be a spring in our step having come out of great month of sales, new homes on the market, lettings and generally a really productive few weeks. Considering the upcoming election, bank holidays and school holidays, we have remained consistently busy, showing that people still need to move.

With informed lettings advice, buyer incentives and some great new homes on the market, hopefully there might be something in this week's newsletter that might inspire a summer move.

Vicky Jarman
Marketing Manager

The Thistleblower

Published: 18/05/2017 17:30:00

Whilst the weather outside might not agree, summer is on it's way.

At least it looked like it was when we prepared our articles showcasing a great selection of homes with unique conservatories and garden rooms. The British weather may be living up to expectation right now, but it doesn't mean you can't prepare for sunnier days. This week's articles show how to make the most from a garden room, and also how to plan for one.

I'd like to thank Sainsbury's Bank for contributing to this week's content, along with our Lettings Director Michael Clarke.

Vicky Jarman
Marketing Manager

The Thistleblower

Published: 22/09/2016 17:20:51

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Thistleblower.

 

Today marks the unofficial start of autumn, with the Autumn Equinox marking a transition to the new season.

 

A new season brings a new chapter to the year; whether that’s back into routine or quite possibly the start of something new. With children heading back to school, or perhaps off to University, and summer sun seekers retiring back to the comfort of a warm home, autumn poses a prime opportunity for getting your home valued and considering a move.

 

A new season has certainly brought about some change here at Mackenzie Smith, as personally I have recently joined the team, whilst my colleague Steve Tetlow, who has been in the business for over 35 years, has been recently positioned as our new Sales Director.

 

Before joining Mackenzie Smith, my knowledge of the housing market was restricted to what I had heard in the news, however, the knowledge of our expert team has brought to light the true reality that the North Hampshire housing market is absolutely thriving. Hopefully you'll find some new advice, ideas and knowledge in our newsletter which will offer you a different opinion to what you may be hearing from the media.

 

With a new line-up we’re approaching this new season with enthusiasm and expertise and look forward to what autumn has to offer.

  

Vicky Jarman

 

Marketing Manager


The Thistleblower

Published: 09/09/2016 15:12:55

Welcome to the latest edition of the Thistleblower

 

I am always keen that an accurate picture of the market is communicated to our clients.

 

Clearly Brexit has been at the top of the media agenda, but in truth, apart from the first month post referendum, most property professionals have reported ‘business as usual’. Here at Mackenzie Smith our experience continues to be very positive but we have noticed that a number of vendors who are new to the market had slightly negative perceptions about the industry as a result of media coverage on this point.

 

The reality is that there are sellers who want to sell and buyers who want to buy. Asking prices should be accurate and provided this is all backed up with good marketing and selling skills, property is selling. August, seen by many as quiet month, actually ended up at 14% higher based on property sold during the month than the same period for last year. This is at odds with media coverage regarding Brexit.

 

Our message is simple, if you want to sell then you can. There is nothing wrong with the housing market and all the fundamentals that were in place pre – Brexit are still there now.

 

Ed Mackenzie Smith.

Managing Director


The Thistleblower

Published: 25/08/2016 17:30:00

As the normality of the back to school week comes ever closer, you may be thinking of moving or improving.  Either way we have some useful advice from how to tile to your bathroom to tips on selling your home and tax information for both buyers and investors.

If you are looking for your forever home, we have some lovely properties in this week’s addition, including details of the stunning new neighbourhood of just 37 properties at Ewshot Gardens in Church Crookham.

Our offices are manned by extremely experienced, knowledgeable and friendly staff, if you are thinking of moving or investing in property, why not give them a call and see how they can help.

Kind regards

Tara Skinner

Marketing Executive. 

Lettings – 01252 514000, Ash Vale – 01252 353030, Farnborough – 01252 375999, Fleet – 01252 812121, Hook – 01256 764666, Hartley Wintney – 01252 844015, Land – 01252 762007.


The Thisleblower

Published: 11/08/2016 17:30:00

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Thistleblower.

The summer sun and school holidays have not impacted on the Land Department and we are as busy as ever.  Demand from Developers for opportunities from unique bespoke developments, to strategic swathes of land, with or without planning permission remains high.

We represent land and property owners whose land has the possibility of residential development, either in the long or short term; as well as landowners who have already achieved planning permission on their land and anything in between.

We have one such development in Ash Green detailed below.  If this is of interest to you, or you have any query on a land related matter, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kind regards

Katherine Gray

Land Manager

01252 762007


The Thistleblower

Published: 28/07/2016 17:28:13

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Thistleblower.

This week you will find articles on an exceptional Taylor Wimpey development - The Hawthorns at Crookham Park, an excellent refurbishment opportunity, character and family homes and an update from our Lettings Director.

As you are looking forward to your summer holidays, you may still be considering placing your home on the market.  If this is the case, please speak to your local Mackenzie Smith office and rest assured that you can relax in the knowledge that your property sale is in safe, experienced hands.

Kind regards

Tara Skinner

Marketing Executive


The Thistleblower

Published: 14/07/2016 17:00:00

Welcome to this week's edition of the Thistleblower, where you will find guidance on Landlord Law, tips on securing your property over the summer and details about a fantastic refurbishment opportunity at a large Victorian property, as well as a selection of homes under £300,000.

Vendors, across all property types and price ranges, are continuing to place their properties on the market, bolstered by buyers and in particular first time buyers, who are keen to take advantage of the excellent mortgage products available.  

Our flag ship office in Fleet is open 6 days a week, providing you with the perfect place to come and discuss buying, selling, renting or letting property.  Alternately, please contact myself and my team on the number below, so that we can provide you with an up to date valuation and advise you on the best way to market your home.

Kind regards

Jon Lacey

Branch Manager – Fleet

01252 812121


The Thistleblower

Published: 30/06/2016 17:00:00

Last week’s result on this country’s decision to leave the EU has been – understandably – the subject of much debate and speculation on ‘what next’?

As agents we are quite literally ‘on the High Street’ and as such, close to what I believe is the real market.  Of course, much of the speculation has been negative but this is not supported by what is actually happening in the market place.  We have been saying that there needs to be more accuracy in pricing for months, as a 10% jump in values across certain price bands since last summer cannot be sustained indefinitely.  Any changes occurring in the market were and are taking place irrespective of Brexit.

I believe there is more speculation taking place within the industry than with the customers – be they buyers or sellers – and this has been backed up by the high levels of activity since last week, with contracts being exchanged on a number of deals as well as just normal trading including valuations, property coming to the market and new sales being agreed.

One client rang me to say he was concerned that the out vote may affect his business, but then went on to say a new site launch of five properties at the weekend, had resulted in all five houses being reserved!

I clearly remember in September 2008 being told the ‘worst was to come’.  All I knew was that we were valuing, taking instructions to sell, agreeing deals and getting on with life.  2009 proved to be a record year for Mackenzie Smith.

Ed Mackenzie Smith

Managing Director


The Thistleblower

Published: 16/06/2016 17:00:00

As we kick our off our country's challenge in Europe, you may be thinking about kicking off your own challenge and perhaps looking at investing in the property market.

If this is the case, or maybe you have inherited a property that you want to let, we can advise you on all aspects of letting and management.

We provide everything from an accurate rental valuation, to how to best present your property for letting and of course, information on all the legislation landlords need to be aware of.

I hope you enjoy the articles in this week's edition of the Thistleblower and if you would like some advice on letting a property, please do not hesitate to contact myself and my team on 01252 514000.

Michael Clarke

Lettings Director

 


The Thistleblower

Published: 02/06/2016 17:00:00

Welcome to this week's edition of the Thistleblower.

As we are now into meteorological summer, you may be thinking of going on holiday.  If you are going away, but are still looking to place your home on the market, you can relax in the knowledge that you are selling or letting with Mackenzie Smith.  With our excellent care and attention and our five star rated customer service, you can be sure your property is in good hands.

Please contact your local office for more information;

Ash Vale (01252) 353030,  Farnborough (01252) 375999,  Fleet (01252) 812121,  Hook (01256) 764666,  Hartley Wintney (01252) 844015.

Kind regards

Tara Skinner

Marketing Executive


The Thistleblower

Published: 19/05/2016 16:56:11

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Thistlebower.

The Land and New Homes Department has been busy in 2016 and I am delighted to report that many of our client’s residential development sites have secured planning permission in recent months, resulting in what can only be described as very happy customers.

The Land and New Homes Department is always ready to represent land owners, to secure them a successful sale; whether planning permission has already been granted, they are looking for a developer to attain planning permission on their land before purchase, or indeed, an unconditional purchase.

Please contact me if you have a site with planning permission that you are looking to sell or think you could have a site with development potential and are looking to explore the avenues open to you. 

Kind Regards

Katherine Gray

Land Manger

01252 762007