Charity success for Morgan!

On Sunday 3rd May 2015 a Charity Walk and Afternoon Tea event was held in Holmfirth to support  The Teenage Cancer Trust and Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.

The event was organised by local teenage cancer patient Morgan Sykes. Morgan has been bravely battling cancer after being diagnosed with a rare form of blood cancer just weeks after her 18th birthday.

Ryder and Dutton were delighted to be able to support Morgan by providing raffle prizes and a donation towards the cost of the afternoon tea.

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The family hoped the event would raise £2,000 however they managed to raise an incredible £10,000 which has enabled them to hand over a cheque to The Teenage Cancer Trust and Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research for £5,000 each.

173 people attended the event that was held in Holme Valley starting from Holmbridge Church and ending with afternoon tea in the Parish Hall.

Morgan also has a donations page available here;  www.justgiving.com/Morgan-Sykes/

Number of transactions increase in March

Both property transactions and mortgage lending have increased in March, reducing fears of a seasonal slowdown.

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The number of transactions in March were up 4% compared to the beginning of the year, suggesting the seasonal slowdown in activity levels is coming to an end.

After an incredibly buoyant start to 2014 the second half of the year saw activity levels reduce with the number of monthly property transactions dropping below 100,000 for four consecutive months, however 2015 appears to be somewhat more settled. The provisional seasonally adjusted UK property transaction count for March 2015 was 100,790 residential transactions, according to the latest HMRC UK Property Transactions Count.

Mortgage lending also increased in March with the latest data from the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) showing that lending rose by 21% in March to £16.5bn. This is 7% higher than the same time in 2014.

The CML’s chief economist Bob Pannell said: “The underlying lending picture is stabilising. Sentiment and activity are showing early signs of improvement, and should be further supported by the effects of stamp duty reform.

“We expect to see lending strengthen over the next few months, albeit from a relatively sluggish start in 2015.”

The forthcoming General election has been cited as a major factor in any seasonal slowdown. Traditionally general elections can cause some uncertainty in the housing market, however this does not seem to be the case as transactions levels stand just 2.5 per cent below levels in March 2014.

Sophie qualifies as a Relocation Agent Network Specialist

Sophie Hutchinson 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 .

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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 Sophie’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.”

Professional Lettings Agents unite for SAFEagent Awareness Week 2015

SAFEagent Awareness Week 2015 (June 1st – June 5th) will see over 3,000 professional lettings agents unite across the UK for what will be the 4th annual initiative that looks to drive awareness amongst consumers of the importance of choosing a lettings and management agent who is part of a Client Money Protection (CMP) Scheme.

The timing is auspicious because, from 27 May 2015, all lettings and management firms will be required to display their fees and charges to landlords and tenants as well as displaying whether or not they are part of a CMP Scheme.

Agents, consumer bodies (Citizens Advice Bureau, The Property Ombudsman, Ombudsman Services:Property,  My Deposits, TDS and DPS) and the wider property community traditionally support this campaign, both on and off-line.  The Government has also given its support to SAFEagent Awareness Week since its launch in 2011.

Tenant and landlord financial protection remains in the media spotlight in 2015 in the wake of a few high profile instances of where lettings agents misused funds. However, despite this, SAFEagent feels that the message is still not getting through that consumers’ finances are at risk if their chosen agent does not subscribe to a CMP scheme.

‘There are still too many people who are not aware of the potential pitfalls of choosing an agent who doesn’t have CMP”, says John Midgley, Chair of the SAFEagent Steering Group.

Midgely maintains that whilst awareness of the SAFEagent mark is increasing, consumers are not always aware of the fact that if an agent were to abscond with a landlord or tenant’s money without CMP in place – there would be little chance of retrieving those funds.   And, as a result – consumers are still not always asking the right questions at the onset.

 

He says: “Whilst the last few years have seen the Government move to tighten regulations around letting agents, it is also important that tenants and landlords understand that the right to redress only goes so far, and they need to choose wisely by asking a few simple questions.  It can make all the difference”.

“As it stands we welcome the requirement for all agents to display whether or not they are part of a CMP scheme but we want to see inclusion in such a scheme a mandatory requirement for all agents.”

Tenants and landlords / consumers are encouraged to go on-line and check out www.safeagents.co.uk to find an agent in their area and the advice is to always look for the SAFEagent mark, an easily identifiable consumer mark denoting agents subscribed to a Client Money Protection (CMP) Scheme.

Sellers Springing into Action

The Spring weather has arrived and NOW is the time to get your house on the market!

That’s according to a recent Relocation Agent Network survey taken amongst its estate agency members across England, Scotland and Wales.

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In fact a staggering 99% of the survey’s estate agents said so, with over half (51%) citing a ‘high level of buyer activity’ as the main reason why. An additional 36% indicated that – in addition to a high level of buyer activity – sellers should enter the market due to an increase in consumer confidence and more availability in the mortgage market, which is attracting more potential buyers.

It helps that the warmer weather and lighter evenings also make house hunting far more appealing, so why not put your house on the market now to make sure you don’t miss out on these buyers.

Thinking of selling in 2015?

Ryder and Dutton is a selected member of Relocation Agent Network, who has chosen us as the area’s Local Expert, based on our customer service and a variety of other criteria. Not only does this prove our credentials as one of the area’s leading estate agents, but through our Network membership, we are able to offer sellers a completely unique channel of buyer that no other estate agent in our area can provide.

Visit our website HERE to find our more or alternatively contact us today on 0161 925 3255.

Ryder and Dutton in Skelmanthorpe is now open

Ryder and Dutton in Skelmanthorpe is now open!

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Ryder & Dutton Estate Agents opened their newest office in the local village of Skelmanthorpe on Friday 15th May.

The Skelmanthorpe office occupies a prominent location on the busy Commercial Road running through the centre of the village.

Meet the Shelmanthorpe team!

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Pictured are Matthew Barrett, Georgina Raffle, Sharon Day and Sarah Plaatsman, who bring with them a wealth of sales and rental experience to be able to deal with any sales or rental enquiry within Skelmanthorpe and its surrounding villages.

You can visit the office on Commercial Road, or alternatively contact them by email at skelmanthorpe@ryder-dutton.co.uk or telephone on 01484 500 288.

Oldham Business Awards 2015

 

Ryder and Dutton are delighted to be attending the Oldham Business Awards on Friday 15th May 2015, after being nominated in the Large Business of the Year category.

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The One Oldham Business Awards is now in it’s seventh year of celebrating the success of the Business community in Oldham.

Held at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in Oldham and attended by over 500 business leaders, entrepreneurs, politicians and media representatives, the Oldham Business Awards really is a celebration of the business community in Oldham.

James Roberts of Ryder and Dutton comments, ‘Ryder and Dutton are delighted to have been shortlisted for an award at the 2015 One Oldham Business Awards.

We are looking forward to Friday nights celebration of all that’s great and good in the town and having the firm short listed in large firm of the year is a fantastic honour’.