Manor Farm Development in Oldham

We have a beautiful development at Manor Farm in Oldham holding an open weekend on 29th and 30th November 2014. This is the final open weekend of 2014, so be sure not to miss the opportunity to view.

Manor Farm is set within walking distance of Lees village and is an exclusive private gated development of just ten 3 & 4 bedroom semi detached houses.

These stylish family homes provide spacious and flexible accommodation and have been finished to a high specification to include integrated kitchen appliances and quality bathrooms.

Depending on the build stage purchasers can choose from a range of kitchen unit doors, handles and worktops and tiling to the bathroom so register your interest early to avoid disappointment.

 

Manor Farm

 

The good news for purchasers in Manor Farm is also a registered Help to Buy development and so you can purchase a property with just a 5% deposit.

The SHOW HOUSE IS OPEN SATURDAY AND SUNDAY BETWEEN 11AM – 4PM.

Prices start at £179,950.

For more information you can also contact the New Homes Team on 0161 925 3235 or alternatively check the website here. 

Number of mortgage arrears falls to lowest ever levels

The number of borrowers that find themselves in serious arrears with their mortgage has fallen to its lowest level since records began in 2008, according to the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML).

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Serious arrears, defined as arrears equivalent to a minimum of 2.5 per cent of the mortgage value, were down by 1.12 per cent at the end of the third quarter.

Also during the third quarter, the proportion of mortgage properties taken into possession was 0.04 per cent – the lowest ever quarterly proportion and number.

CML director general Paul Smee says: “Low interest rates, supported by intelligent communication and forbearance, mean that mortgage arrears and repossessions continue to decline.

“Encouragingly, recent research also suggests that many households are preparing themselves for the prospect of higher interest rates, so we expect any uptick in payment difficulties to be relatively muted if and when rates do begin rising.

“But a key activity for lenders now is considering how best to support their borrowers in planning ahead for a time when debt servicing costs are higher than they are now.”

Original Article: Mortgage Advice Bureau

Ryder and Dutton scoops prestigious National Award

Ryder and Dutton have scooped two awards in the Negotiator’s annual prestigious awards Ceremony for 2014, held at The Grand Ballroom at the Hilton on Park Lane. The event is now known as the Property Party of The Year, celebrating the very best estate agencies, lettings agencies, auctioneers and property industry suppliers from across the United Kingdom.

The glittering event was sponsored by Zoopla Property Group, with supporting sponsors Let Alliance and Property Redress Scheme. The host was Alexander Armstrong, star of the television quiz, Pointless, who gave a highly entertaining speech and then presented the 30 Negotiator Awards with the help of Grant Leonard from The Negotiator and an array of generous Award sponsors.

We were shortlisted for two categories the North East and North West Agency of the Year and notably Large Estate Agency of the Year 2014.

To make the shortlist was an honour, however the evening turned out to be truly memorable for Ryder and Dutton as we were voted Best Agency in the North East and North West.

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Having been recognised as the best agent in the region, the company then went onto win the main award of the evening as they were crowned Large Agency of the Year 2014.

To scoop the coveted National award for Estate Agency of the Year is a phenomenal achievement. Traditionally the award has been retained by agents in London and the South of the country, so for a Northern  based firm to be recognised by leading industry experts as the best agent in the country is an outstanding achievement.

The Negotiator Awards 2014

The Directors of Ryder & Dutton said ‘This is an amazing achievement and one which confirms our position as the area’s leading agent. To be recognised as the Best Agent in the Country is an incredible accolade and it is a great honour that we can bring the National title of Large Estate Agency of the Year to the North. It recognises the hard work and combined effort of everyone within our organisation and we wish to thank every member of our team who has helped make 2014 a year to be extremely proud of!’

Ryder and Dutton is re-affirmed as the area’s Local Expert

Local independent estate agent, Ryder and Dutton has been re-affirmed as their area’s Local Expert by Relocation Agent Network.

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Ryder and Dutton were re-affirmed at the 2014 Relocation Agent Network Conference, which took place at the Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel in Central London on Friday 14 November.

 

Ryder and Dutton were originally handpicked to be a member of Relocation Agent Network based on strict criteria such as quality of service, local knowledge and professionalism. Through its affiliation to Cartus, the premier provider of relocation services, Relocation Agent Network members help Cartus assist relocating families, offering Ryder and Dutton customers an additional channel of buyer when selling their property.

 

In addition, Relocation Agents also help their customers through their ‘Referral Network’, which allows Ryder and Dutton to help people who are looking to move out of the local area by referring them to a Relocation Agent in the location they are moving to.

 

The Conference day included leading business expert speakers, interactive Conference sessions and a trade exhibition. The event culminated in an evening black tie Awards Dinner hosted by acclaimed comedy actor, Stephen Mangan, best known for his role as the delusional and arrogant anaesthetist, Guy Secretan in the hit Channel 4 hospital sitcom, Green Wing. Currently he stars in the BBC 2 comedy, Episodes with Matt LeBlanc. Stephen presented awards to the night’s winning estate agents, including the most coveted Agent of the Year accolade.

 

Relocation Agent Network Managing Director, Richard Tucker said, “We are thrilled to have re-affirmed Ryder and Dutton’s membership with our Network. They were specially invited to join us and in our opinion, are the area’s Local Expert for buying and selling.”

 

We have another Relocation Agent Network Specialist at Ryder and Dutton

Amy Morgan from Ryder & Dutton is celebrating after becoming an accredited Relocation Agent Specialist.

 The accreditation was awarded by Relocation Agent Network and is achieved by completing a comprehensive online training programme, The Importance of Service .

 Amy Morgan Accreditation
A national network of independent estate agents (of which Ryder & Dutton is a member), Relocation Agent Network introduced the training programme to ensure each of their members provides the very highest customer service to those relocating around the UK.

 

To be successfully accredited, participants must complete three phases of learning, which begins with four training sessions on the importance of customer service. This is followed by three online seminars covering the Relocation Agent Network Referral Process and how best to help customers who are relocating around the UK. Finally, participants must convert their theoretical learning into a practical skill set by delivering assistance to three relocating customers.

 

By working with fellow members across England, Scotland and Wales, Relocation Agent Network members provide an exclusive relocation referral service to customers. For those relocating to North East Manchester & West Yorkshire, Ryder & Dutton guides their customers through the daunting task of moving to an unfamiliar location. This includes local area information on schools and amenities, popular neighbourhoods and (of course) finding the right property for them. The introduction of a Relocation Agent Specialist to the Ryder & Dutton team, ensures that this process is made even smoother.

Ryder & Dutton Director Richard Powell said, “We take staff development very seriously and Amy’s Relocation Agent Network accreditation is a great example of what can be achieved when staff are supported properly to improve their skill set. Of course, having another Relocation Agent Specialist in the team is also great for our relocating customers.”

Relocation Agent Network’s Managing Director, Richard Tucker said, “Selected by us as the best independent estate agent to represent the Network in North East Manchester & West Yorkshire, Ryder & Dutton have proved themselves as the area’s Local Expert. So with the addition of another in-house Relocation Agent Specialist, they have gone one step further to provide relocating buyers and sellers with the very best customer service.”

The first families move into the Bakestones

The first family has been welcomed to their new home at the exclusive Bakestones development, a £12m scheme of high quality new properties in the village of Delph.

Situated off Huddersfield Road, close to the centre of Delph, the Bakestones is a stunning development in of 46 stylish new homes comprising of a range of contemporary property styles, including 2, 3 and 4 bedroom mews houses, semi detached and detached houses finished in a complimentary blend of natural stone, brick and render, in keeping with the surrounding area.

The development of 46 stylish two, three and four bedroom homes for sale, has proved hugely popular since the release of the first 18 homes, with 14 reserved to date and the first new owners moving in.

The Bakestones Plot 1

Teresa Lee and her husband Wayne secured a new home at The Bakestones through the government’s Help to Buy scheme, administered in the North West by Plus Dane Group as the region’s Help to Buy agent. The couple, along with their three daughters, didn’t think they would be able to afford a family home in the area they wanted, but, through Help to Buy, which enables buyers to access the support of up to 20% in the form of an equity loan from the government with only a 5% deposit, they were able to get back onto the property ladder.

Teresa, said: “I heard about Help to Buy on the news and I knew it would be perfect for us and the only way we could afford to buy a family home. Before the foundations were even laid I had reserved on plot 1 at The Bakestones, the development was immediately attractive to us, the location was ideal and we really wanted to move here. It’s perfect for us and feels like a happy home already, we couldn’t be happier back in the village community, we’re within walking distance of the school and the children are near their friends which has made a big difference, and it wouldn’t have been possible if it wasn’t for Help to Buy.”

Prices at The Bakestones range from £230,000 to £389,950 and the show home is available to view every Saturday and Sunday between 11am and 4pm. Appointments for viewings can also be made by contacting Ryder and Dutton on 0161 925 3235.

 For more information visit our website. 

New Scheme offers protection for Tenants

New Government legislation came into force on 1st October 2014 that is set to have an important impact on the residential lettings market as all Lettings and Property Management Agents follow Estate Agents in joining a Government authorised Consumer Redress Scheme. It is now a criminal offence for agents not to belong to a consumer redress scheme and failure to do so could result in a £5,000 fine for agents.

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There are currently three redress schemes available to join, the Property Ombudsman, Ombudsman Services Property and the Property Redress Scheme.

We also have a new voluntary code of practice that has been developed and issued by leading industry bodies including the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA), the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) and The National approved Lettings Scheme (NALS), all of which Ryder and Dutton are members of.

Having been issued by such leading industry experts and agreed by the major stakeholders as a code that represents good practice, it is expected that members of all professional organisations will accept and adhere to the voluntary code. The introduction of such a code is designed not only to drive up standards within the industry, but also reduce consumer complains by ensuring agents have clear standards and guidelines to adhere to.

If agents do fail to deal with complaints in a professional and timely manner, then the compulsory redress schemes will now provide the consumer with an escalated complaints procedure. Complaints can be submitted to the redress schemes if the consumer does not accept an agents final response to their complaint, or an agent has failed to respond to a complaint within eight weeks.

Richard Powell FRICS, Director of Ryder and Dutton comments ‘Having specialised in Lettings for many years Ryder and Dutton welcome the introduction of such redress schemes that will protect consumers and raise standards and particularly welcome the new Private Sector Code of Practice published by the RICS which provides a model for best practice. Landlords and Tenants should ensure they choose and Agent who has signed up to this code’’.

Lettings fees have also been in the spotlight recently as charities such as Shelter, The Housing and Homeless charity, have expressed their concerns over excessive application fees. Here at Ryder and Dutton we take this issue very seriously and have taken steps to become more socially responsible in how we deal with our tenants by offering all of our tenants a free pre application credit check. By offering this service tenants are able to obtain an initial pass of the necessary financial checks. We can therefore establish if they will be likely to be able to proceed with their application before they incur any costs, meaning we are not leaving tenants out of pocket unnecessarily.

All agents had until 1st October 2014 to join a relevant scheme and the Governments advice is that you should check with your letting agent which scheme they belong to.

The Government (The Department for Communities and Local Government) has issued a new ‘How to Rent’ guide aimed at people who are looking for a house or flat to rent. This is recommended by Ryder & Dutton as it provides a good and clear explanation of the process and the responsibilities of both the Landlord and Tenant. A copy of the web link or a printed copy is available on request from any Ryder & Dutton office.

To speak to our lettings team contact us on 0161 626 6800.