2015 has been a highly successful year for Ryder & Dutton which has seen us continue with our expansion plans and scoop another three respected industry awards. We would like to share some highlights of 2015 with you.
Ryder & Dutton have opened two new branches in 2015, one in the heart of Royton town centre, and one in Skelmanthorpe situated on the busy Commercial Road running through the centre of the village.
In July Ryder & Dutton acquired Eley Long & Co, a successful family run estate agency that has been established for over forty years in the Rossendale Valley. Ryder & Dutton have acquired Eley long’s two branches in Rawtenstall and Bacup, which perfectly compliments our existing branch network particularly in Heywood and Rochdale, and allows us to expand our current business further allowing us to help even more people sell or let their properties. In October Ryder & Dutton also acquired the sales and lettings portfolio from Hazeldene Estates in Haslingden, complimenting our presence within the Rossendale Valley.
The New Homes Market has improved beyond all recognition over the last 18 months with continued low mortgage interest rates and the Help To Buy incentive encouraging purchasers, particularly first time buyers, to consider new build as they only need to save as little as a 5% deposit to get onto the property ladder. Local developers have been encouraged by this and have started to develop on land that they had been reluctant to build on over the last few years. Ryder & Dutton are one of the few agents to have a dedicated New Homes department. We work closely with our developers dealing with over 20 new developments this year with some exciting projects on the way on 2016.
This brings Ryder & Dutton’s branch network to an impressive 19 branches bringing buyers, sellers, tenants and landlords together, across Northern and Eastern sectors of Greater Manchester, West Yorkshire, North Derbyshire and more recently the Rossendale Valley.
Our Commercial and professional teams are completing the finishing touches to a very busy 2015. The residential valuation and survey team have completed 1250 reports for a variety of clients around the North West and Yorkshire. The commercial valuation team have completed 200 reports valuing over £50 million pounds of property assets!
The commercial agency unit at Ryder and Dutton has had a very busy year leasing and disposing on a full range of assets including significant residential development sites and at the end of the year Roscoe Mill, a substantial asset in Oldham Town Centre for our clients the Oldham Chronicle Group which will form a central part of the Princes Gate Retail Development Scheme which is to be anchored by Marks and Spencers.
Perhaps the finest accolade of 2015 was being crowned the Large Estate Agency of the Year for the second year running, as well as collecting the regional awards for the Negotiator North West Agency of the Year and Relocation Agent Network’s North West Agent of the Year.
The Directors of Ryder & Dutton said ‘2015 has been a year to be incredibly proud of, as our expansion plans have increased our network to a total of 19 branches and broadened the areas in which we operate. The awards are simply an outstanding achievement and one which cements our position as the area’s leading agent. To be recognised as the Best Agent in the Country two years running is an incredible accolade and it is a great honour that we can bring the National title of Large Estate Agency of the Year back to the North.
We now look forward to the new year and the indication that 2016 looks set to be a slightly better market. More property transactions are expected and we could even see prices start to rise as the year goes by!