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The Thistleblower

Published: 21/03/2019 17:58:27

Welcome to this week's edition of The Thistleblower.

This week we've got a real focus on our local communities, with a look back on last weekend's Fleet Half Marathon, an upcoming production from Hook Players and some ideas to stay local this Mother's Day. 
If you're a local community organisation or group with news to share, feel free to e-mail marketing@mackenziesmith.co.uk. We'd be happy to share via social media, on our website and in future editions of The Thistleblower.

Vicky Jarman
Marketing Manager

The Thistleblower: Market comment from our Chairman

Published: 07/03/2019 17:34:39

An introduction from our Chairman: Perception vs Reality

In the course of reviewing our own performance and comparing with the same period last year, I was pleasantly surprised that we were up across all fields. The fact that I was surprised demonstrates that perception often has a greater impact than that of cold hard facts. If I, as a reasonably experienced property professional of 47 years standing, can be affected, then I’m confident that sellers and buyers may feel the same way, given they have less hard facts to work with. It is true, we are having to work harder and smarter, but there is an active market out there. My message to buyers in particular, is that there are some great properties for sale and priced to sell. In my opinion, In the not too distant future this period will be recognised as having been a good time to buy.

Ed Mackenzie Smith
Chairman

The Thistleblower

Published: 21/02/2019 18:04:05

Welcome to this week's edition of The Thistleblower.

I think it's fair to say it's been a bit of a whirlwind start to the year, writing this I'm not entirely sure how the next Thistleblower will be in March, but as they say, "time flies...". Not only has it been busy, but it's also been fruitful, with plenty of sales on the horizon for our sellers. In particular, kudos to our Yateley team who have lead the way in their local market for sales so far this year; a promising sign of things to come! If you're thinking of selling, it may be worth taking note of some of the market and business stats in our January performance blog, the research for which certainly proved enlightening!

Vicky Jarman
Marketing Manager

The Thistleblower

Published: 07/02/2019 17:30:00

Welcome to this week's edition of The Thistleblower.

This week is all about new homes; with special focus on our Bewley Homes sites thanks to some unique incentives available until the end of the month. We're also pleased to have launched the second phase at T A Fisher's Bridge House, 15 apartments in the heart of Fleet, all of which benefit from Help to Buy!

Vicky Jarman
Marketing Manager

The Thistleblower

Published: 24/01/2019 17:30:00

Welcome to this week's edition of The Thistleblower.

As the month rolls on, we're seeing a great number of properties come to the market and, encouragingly, a real increase in buyer activity. We'd also like to welcome new joiner, Lloyd Clarke to our Hartley Wintney team, who has already settled in alongside Senior Client Negotiator, Mark Wilson, featured in this week's spotlight article below.

Vicky Jarman
Mackenzie Smith


The Thistleblower

Published: 10/01/2019 17:30:00

Welcome to this week's edition of The Thistleblower.

So, a new year it is! Have you set any resolutions? Perhaps the Christmas break provided a time to sit back and reflect on your moving plans for the year ahead. If you're contemplating a move in 2019, the below blog with assistance from one of our Senior Client Managers may be helpful, alternatively, do of course speak with your local branch, they'll be happy to help start the process with some informal advice.
Whatever the new year brings for you, we look forward to providing all matter of news, tips and updates along the way. 

Vicky Jarman
Marketing Manager

The Thistleblower

Published: 13/12/2018 17:43:24

Welcome to this week's edition of The Thistleblower.

Somehow this is the final Thistleblower of 2018. How did that happen? It has been a bit of a "blink and you'll miss it" year, but thinking back to the snows of March and the summer of football and heatwaves, perhaps it has been 12 months after all... Whilst it does seem to have flown by this year, we've certainly fitted an awful lot in, not only have we helped a huge number of you achieve your moving goals, but we've also had plenty going on internally and within our local communities. There have been almost 200 Trustpilot reviews, 13 local sponsorships, 11 new homes developments, 10 new colleagues, 6 internal promotions, 2 branch refurbishments... and a partridge in a pear tree. 2018 has truly been a memorable year, following some R & R over the Christmas period, we look forward to what the new year may bring.

Vicky Jarman
Marketing Manager


The Thistleblower

Published: 29/11/2018 17:15:00

Welcome to this week's edition of The Thistleblower.

This week we have seen the return of our popular Christmas Colouring Competition, visit your local branch to enter, with a chance of winning a £50 Argos voucher.
We've got a fantastic event coming up at Fleet, Bridge House, in just a couple weeks, but if you're looking for a family home we have plenty of other options, including the upcoming launch of Ash Lodge Park from Bewley Homes.
Whatever your requirement, with six branches and a wide variety of homes on the market, do get in touch and you'll be the first to hear when your dream home becomes available. Click here to speak with your local branch.

Vicky Jarman
Marketing Manager

The Thistleblower

Published: 15/11/2018 17:48:02

Welcome to this week's edition of The Thistleblower.

Along with a wide selection of homes being brought to the market for sale and to let, we have also been introduced to some more fantastic new homes with great incentives and events lined up.
This week, my colleague Rowena has pulled together the upcoming local Christmas events, which believe it or not start next week! We've also spent some time with the MD of a reputable local developers to understand his thoughts on the home building process.
If you have a Christmas community event coming up, please let us know and we'll be happy to include in our social media posts and within our e-newsletter!

Vicky Jarman
Marketing Manager

The Thistleblower

Published: 01/11/2018 18:09:31

Welcome to this week's edition of The Thistleblower.

All of a sudden it does feel like winter is upon us; the nights are easing in a little earlier, the first frost looked ever so pretty earlier in the week, but there is still plenty to remain positive about, with a wide selection of incentives on new homes, some really exciting properties coming to the market and some fantastic community activities with Children in Need, Bonfire and, dare I say it, Christmas events looming.
If you have a community event you would like to promote, please do e-mail it across and we can feature it across our social media pages and within our local news stories.

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