Stuart Qualifies as a Relocation Agent Network Specialist

Stuart North 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.

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 the local area, 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.

Richard Powell Director of Ryder & Dutton said, “We take staff development very seriously and Stuart’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 a 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 their local area, Ryder & Dutton have proved themselves as the area’s Local Expert. So with the addition of an in-house Relocation Agent Specialist, they have gone one step further to provide relocating buyers and sellers with the very best customer service.”


‘Under 1 Roof’ Event in Halifax

On Wednesday 19th October Ryder & Dutton will be attending the annual Under 1 Roof event, run by Calderdale Council, at The King’s Centre in Halifax, to help turn Calderdale’s empty houses into homes that feel loved again.


The event runs between 2pm & 7pm and offers owners of empty properties the advice they need from a range of organisations on how to help bring their empty property back into use.

Calderdale Council staff, the Police, the Fire Service will also be there to give advice and answer questions on a range of issues.

You can visit us at The King’s Centre in Halifax, HX1 2TS between 2pm & 7pm to talk to us about your empty property.

St Augustine’s Open Day

St Augustine’s is a new and exciting scheme of 3 and 4 bedroom mews, semi detached and detached homes, situated in the heart of the sought after Coppice.

To find out more join us for our open afternoon on Saturday 8th October 2pm – 5pm at our Oldham office at 7 Union Street, Oldham.


We will have plans and images of the plots on offer to help you decide, as well experts from Ryder and Dutton and the developers Linden Homes on hand to guide you through the moving process and the schemes on offer to get you moving.

If you are not able to make it on Saturday but would still like the opportunity to discuss St Augustine’s with a member of our New Homes Department please call us on 0161 925 3235

Our new Lindley branch is officially open!

Our new office in Lindley is now officially open!

We are delighted to have opened the doors on our new Lindley office on Monday 3rd October.

The vibrant village of Lindley is situated on the North West side of Huddersfield, only a couple of miles from both the town centre and M62 motorway network. Our office is situated on the busy A640 road between Huddersfield Town Centre and Junction 23 of the M62 motorway, being seen daily by thousands of passing cars.


With a thriving high street and a real community feel, the village is home to Royal Huddersfield Infirmary, which was opened by Huddersfield born Harold Wilson, a range of boutique shops and highly regarded restaurants

Lindley appeared top in a survey carried out in 2006 by the Royal Bank of Scotland. By creating an algorithm factoring aspects such as desirability, return on investment and affordability, the survey results listed the top 10 locations throughout the UK for first time buyers to get on the property ladder.

We are looking forward to providing residents of Lindley, Marsh, Oaks, Salendine Nook and surrounding villages with a strong local presence that will give your property the maximum possible exposure.

Managed by Director Lee Whitehead, Lindley is our fourth office across Huddersfield and along with our busy town centre branch will ensure clients receive unrivalled coverage and service.

Lee Whitehead, Director of Ryder & Dutton comments, ‘On the back of a very strong year across West Yorkshire, we are delighted to be in a position to open our Lindley office, which is our 4th office within the Huddersfield area, along with the town centre branch, Holmfirth and Skelmanthorpe. Our strategically placed offices ensure we provide unrivalled coverage across the town, ensuring your property is seen by as many buyers as possible, which will result in us gaining you the best possible price’.

You can talk to our Lindley office about your property needs on 01484 506 407.

Help to Buy Scheme update

Help to buy hit the headlines recently when it was announced on 29th September 2016 that the scheme would be closing later this year.
Help to Buy
This announcement has led to some confusion about the Help to Buy scheme however, following the information portrayed in the headlines, we can confirm that only the Help to Buy Mortgage Guarantee scheme is going to cease at the end of 2016 as planned.
The Mortgage Guarantee Scheme meant that buyers only needed to find a deposit of 5% of the value of their home, with a mortgage covering the remaining 95%.Figures reveal that more than 86,000 households have been supported by the initiative however the Government says it is no longer needed as confidence has returned to the market, with more private lenders offering 90% to 95% mortgages.

Other Help to Buy schemes including the Help to Buy Equity Loan scheme available on new build only, shared ownership and the Help to Buy ISA bank account – will continue to operate for the foreseeable future. The Help to Buy Mortgage Guarantee scheme was always intended to only be available until 31st December 2016.

The Help to Buy Equity Loan will continue to be available and is excellent for those looking to move home into a new build property that is no more than £600,000.

For the Help to Buy Equity Loan, as long as you have a 5% deposit, you can borrow 20% of the purchase price, interest-free for the first five years. After five years, the interest rate will be 1.75% by RPI, increasing by another 1% each year.

Ryder & Dutton currently have a number of new developments offering the Help to Buy Equity Loanscheme – allowing purchasers to buy a brand new home with only a 5% deposit, and then borrow up to 20% of the property price through an equity loan.

Rebecca Heselwood, New Homes sales Manager from Ryder & Dutton comments, ‘The Help to Buy Equity Loan Scheme has and still is proving to be a very popular scheme with over 80% of all our purchasers taking advantage. Please call our New Homes Department now on 0161 925 3235 for further information about the developments we currently have available that are offering Help to Buy and we would be happy to answer any of your questions about the scheme’.

For details of all our New Homes sites currently available you can also CLICK HERE. 

Ryder & Dutton’s new branch in Lindley

We are delighted to be able to reveal that our new office will be in Lindley, close to Huddersfield town centre.


Lindley is situated just a couple of miles  Huddersfield town centre and the new office will perfectly compliment our existing West Yorkshire offices in Halifax, Holmfirth, Skelmanthorpe and our busy Huddersfield town centre branch.

The new office opens on Monday 3rd October and we are looking forward to provide residents of Lindley, Marsh, Oaks, Salendine Nook and surrounding villages with a strong local presence that will give your property the maximum possible exposure, ensuring more viewers and a higher price for your property.

Becoming a Landlord

There are often different circumstances that cause people to become landlords. Sometimes this is a conscious decision to invest in purchasing buy-to-let property, although sometimes people can also find themselves in the position of being an accidental landlord.

A change in circumstances such as inheriting a property, moving into a partner’s property, wanting to keep hold of your current property whilst purchasing a new home or even moving away, could result in you having a property that is surplus to requirement.

For a quick move, renting out a property is ideal as there is a constant stream of prospective tenants out and about looking for a home as, regardless of any economic or seasonal implications, people still need somewhere to live.
For those that have never rented a property out before this could be a daunting prospect. So what can Ryder & Dutton do to help guide you through the process?

Rental Appraisal
One of our dedicated rental specialists can visit your property and advise on maximising your rental potential and achievable rental income.

Marketing Your Property
We can advertise your property in the local press, our own website and on Rightmove, providing you with the widest possible marketing exposure for your property.

Ryder & Dutton compile an extensive list of prospective tenants actively seeking properties to rent who we can market your home to.

Mortgage Advice Bureau
Having a mortgage broker you can lean on will give you invaluable advice and guidance as to what buy-to-let mortgage deal is right for you. We can arrange an appointment with one of our Mortgage Advice Bureau advisors so that you can find out more about your financial responsibilities when renting out a property, or speak to a mortgage adviser who can give professional advice around buy-to-let properties.
With a network of over 90 different lenders, Mortgage Advice Bureau have access to over 11,000 products so we can help you find the right mortgage to suit your needs.

Peace of Mind
We are members of NALS (National Approved Lettings Scheme) and ARLA (Association of Residential Lettings Agents). We are also members of Ombudsman Services : Property for independent redress. Deposits are protected by DPS (Deposit Protection Scheme).

Secure Rent 1-2-3?
Ensure you no longer need to worry about rent arrears with our exciting new scheme for Landlords called ‘Secure Rent 1-2-3’ that launched on 1st August 2016.
With our fully managed or rent collection services, if your tenant falls into arrears, Ryder & Dutton will pay the rent due and also pay it every month until the tenant pays the arrears or is evicted. The first month’s rent will be paid to you 10 working days after it is due but subsequent months rent will be paid as normal.
The legal costs of eviction are covered and after eviction we will also pay 75% of the rent for up to two months until another tenant is found.

Finding the Right Agent
Whether you have a single property or a portfolio, you need a team you can trust. Ryder & Dutton will make letting your property as easy and stress free as possible. Our aim is to do the simple things right; maximising your income, lowering your risk and giving you peace of mind.
We can provide a full management service or a tenant find only service.

To book your free market appraisal, call 0161 626 6800 or visit our online enquiry form HERE.