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The Thistleblower

Published: 14/11/2019 17:30:00

Welcome to this week's edition of The Thistleblower.

Hot on the success of last month (our most successful month for completions ever), we've hit the ground running in November with a number of properties coming to the market.
Coming up this weekend we have two new homes events; Forest Chase and Bartley Square, we'd love to see you there.
We're also soon to be launching our annual children's colouring in competition - if you have a school, nursery or group that would like to take part, please e-mail marketing@mackenziesmith.co.uk. 

Vicky Jarman
Marketing Manager


The Thistleblower

Published: 31/10/2019 17:30:00

Welcome to this week's edition of The Thistleblower.

Another week, another Brexit ‘development’. For as long as I have been in the property industry, we have been ‘Brexiting’.
I joined shortly after the referendum, 3 years later and on the day we were supposed to leave...again, here we are. With the recent goings on it certainly feels like 'one step forward and two steps back', but don’t fret, this isn’t going to be another lengthy Brexit analysis.

Since I started with Mackenzie Smith, we have promoted over 40 new homes sites which are either sold or selling, we've expanded from 5 to (soon) 7 branches, enhanced the size of our teams, invested in our people, invested in our marketing, and on top of all that we’ve today celebrated our most successful month of business ever - in 27 years! But most notably, we’ve helped countless people achieve their moving goals.

Brexit may be here, but people still want to move. As long as we’re realistic, positive and driven, Brexit can carry on… but so will we! 

Vicky Jarman
Marketing Manager

The Thistleblower

Published: 17/10/2019 17:29:11

Welcome to this week's edition of The Thistleblower.

It's been a busy few weeks across our branch network. If you're an Aldershot local you may have noticed our new High Street office getting a makeover, we look forward to sharing more details with you soon!
Our new homes have certainly proved popular recently, with a wide range available, including the upcoming site in Ash Green from Vanderbilt Homes - we hope you can join us for the launch this weekend. 

Vicky Jarman
Marketing Manager

The Thistleblower

Published: 03/10/2019 17:30:00

Welcome to this week's edition of The Thistleblower.

As autumn edges in, we've seen some fantastic new homes come to the market; just today I've seen a beautiful home about to go live with a fantastic home office set-up! There's always something new ready to view, so if you are searching, be sure to register your requirements with your local branch to be the first to know. When it comes to new homes, we have a wide selection with something for everyone and a number of events over the coming weekends detailed below. 

Vicky Jarman
Marketing Manager

The Thistleblower

Published: 19/09/2019 17:50:16

Welcome to this week's edition of The Thistleblower.

From all of us at Mackenzie Smith, we hope you enjoyed your summer, however it was spent. With the children back to school and routines back in place, it might be that you're now taking the time to consider your moving plans? If that's the case, I'd recommend checking out our latest Trustpilot reviews to see just how we've been able to assist our previous clients, along with the great success stories featured below. 
This month we've been getting involved on Instagram, you can find a selection of our latest properties along with local news and images on @mackenziesmithagent

Vicky Jarman
Marketing Manager

The Thistleblower

Published: 05/09/2019 17:30:00

Welcome to this week's edition of The Thistleblower.

I think it's fair to say that there's a certain amount of crystal ball reading going on right now (where's Mystic Meg when you need her...?). Whilst we're certainly not placed to provide political insight, we can comment on the housing market updates.
Last week, HMRC reported that property transactions are down 12%. This, of course, was fairly alarming and entirely surprising, given that as a company we're 26% up on sales at the half year point.
It is therefore crucial not to take statements, regardless of the source, at face value. I would strongly recommend speaking to an experienced individual to get the real facts and the local market situation, as it will absolutely differ depending on where in the country you are. We are still selling (more so than last year), people are still moving and there are some fantastic opportunities on the market.

Vicky Jarman
Marketing Manager


The Thistleblower

Published: 22/08/2019 17:43:45

Welcome to this week's edition of The Thistleblower.

This week we've seen some 'fake news' regarding stamp duty changes and plenty of press reporting a "slow summer", we're certainly not finding that to be the case, with consistent sales and new properties coming to the market (remarkable considering we're in the midst of the summer holidays). Our Managing Director, Stephen Tetlow, is in the process of putting some stats together for the next edition, so keep your eyes peeled for that. Our advice to anyone considering their moving options is to speak with your local branch, we're more than happy to offer informal advice in the first instance which may help you to see the wood from the trees.

Vicky Jarman
Marketing Manager

The Thistleblower

Published: 08/08/2019 17:21:56

Welcome to this week's edition of The Thistleblower.

Our summer of sales continues with some great successes for local clients, including a record number of sales agreed before properties even made it online! It goes to show that if you are actively searching for your dream home, you really should register your requirements with your local agent, they may be able to give you exclusive information ahead of the rest of the market. 

Vicky Jarman
Marketing Manager

The Thistleblower

Published: 25/07/2019 17:32:46

Summer is officially here! Whilst we're enjoying this beautiful weather (and ever so grateful for our air conditioned offices today), the sun is not stopping us selling. Our Managing Director, Steve Tetlow, has offered his take on the current market conditions, which could help to add some clarity to your moving plans. 

This week we've got some news that is 'hot off the press', pun firmly intended (sorry). We're pleased to announce a new branch opening, you can find out where and why in the blog below from our Chairman, Ed Mackenzie Smith. 

Vicky Jarman
Marketing Manager

The Thistleblower

Published: 11/07/2019 17:42:19

Welcome to this week's edition of The Thistleblower.

We've celebrated some great success for our clients over the past week, particularly in Fleet where our team sold (stc) two family homes within 24 hours of launching. If you're waiting until summer is over to sell, our advice would be to speak to your local team, it may well be that we have prospective buyers already looking for a home like yours. Why wait?

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