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The Thistleblower

Published: 19/04/2018 17:30:00

Welcome to this week's edition of The Thistleblower.

Spring has finally arrived, but the spring market has been heating up for quite some time now. This week we're thrilled to have proven to be the most popular agent of choice for vendors across the majority of our branches and it's showing no sign of slowing down. If you're thinking of selling your home, give our expert team a call or drop into one of our branches to find out what's going on in your local property market, click here for individual branch contact details.

Vicky Jarman
Marketing Manager

Bespoke new build homes

Published: 13/04/2018 11:37:02


The Thistleblower

Published: 05/04/2018 17:30:00

Welcome to this week's edition of The Thistleblower.

Last week saw one of our busiest weeks in the lead up to the Bank Holiday, showing that the spring market is definitely here. There are a great selection of homes available at the moment, combined with record numbers of applicants, it's positively buzzing.
In this week's Thistleblower, you'll find our most active open house events to date, along with a wide range of properties covering many styles and buying requirements. We've also included some company news to keep you up-to-date with our goings on, plus for anyone looking for a new career within the industry, a link to our recruitment page as we are currently hiring across many roles.

Vicky Jarman
Marketing Manager

The Thistleblower

Published: 22/03/2018 17:30:00

Welcome to this week's edition of The Thistleblower.

The Beast from the East may have returned for the sequel, but other than the unfortunate cancellation of the Fleet Half Marathon, we've remained unaffected with plenty of new homes being brought to the market.
This week we're thrilled to introduce two new properties from Edison Homes, who we've recently acted for in the sale of Jenny's Cottages in Yateley. We're also in the final stages of refreshing our head office on Fleet Road which we look forward to sharing with you all soon. 

This week's Thistleblower shares some words from our Lettings Director, a vast selection of homes and some great local community updates. 

Vicky Jarman
Marketing Manager

The Thistleblower

Published: 08/03/2018 17:42:15

Welcome to this week's edition of The Thistleblower.

It's been a busy couple of weeks across our branch network, regardless of the threat posed by the "Beast from the East", with the introduction of a new homes development in Ash Green, The Gables, along with our company conference detailed below.

Our local communities have been rather busy too, with final training plans underway for the Fleet Half Marathon and tickets now available for Yateley's Gig on the Green.

With plenty going on, hopefully you'll find a diverse overview in this week's Thistleblower.

Vicky Jarman
Marketing Manager

The Thistleblower

Published: 22/02/2018 17:30:00

Welcome to this week's edition of The Thistleblower.

This week has seen plenty of press coverage regarding the housing market, some quoting Rightmove's House Price Index update, which presented some phenomenal results. Our Sales Director, Steve Tetlow, has delved into the detail in our latest blog.
It's been a great week for Fleet and Lettings who are reaping the benefits of their newly refurbished office, take a look in the photos below, or pop by to see it for yourself!
With plenty of new builds, homes and land for sale and a busy month for lettings, there's certainly a lot going on across our branch network, with just a small glimpse in this week's news items.

Vicky Jarman
Marketing Manager


The Thistleblower

Published: 08/02/2018 17:30:00

Welcome to this week's edition of The Thistleblower.

Our various branches and departments have certainly hit the ground running this month, with a high level of activity; plenty of property coming to the market and sales across the board. It's also been a great start with new homes, having introduced a variety of new developments including our Taylor Wimpey and Bellway Homes sites detailed below. Along with high quality homes and great locations, there are some strong incentives on offer that are definitely worth checking out.

Vicky Jarman
Marketing Manager

The Thistleblower

Published: 25/01/2018 17:46:15

Welcome to this week's edition of The Thistleblower. 

It's been a busy start to the year so far across all of our branches, with new team members, new homes and of course a new selection of buyers and sellers coming to the market throughout January.
The end of January marks the end of our 25th year of business, we've celebrated throughout the year with parties, a new branch and to finish the year of celebrations, a full refurbishment of our Fleet office, the last of our branches to take on our up-to-date branding.
We look forward to welcoming you to our newly refurbished branch soon.

Vicky Jarman
Marketing Manager

The Thistleblower

Published: 11/01/2018 17:30:00

Welcome to this week's edition of The Thistleblower.

More importantly, welcome to our first Thistleblower of the year, though you're hopefully settled back in now following a relaxing break. It's been a quick start to January with lots of new enquiries and properties coming to the market within the first week or so, hopefully a positive sign of what's to come for the year ahead.

Starting the year as we mean to go on, we've introduced a brand new referral scheme, rewarding our valued clients for any sales referrals sent our way. Our new system makes it simple and straightforward to refer and claim rewards, read the blog below for further details and to try it for yourself!

Here's looking forward to another successful 12 months.

Vicky Jarman
Marketing Manager

The Thistleblower

Published: 14/12/2017 17:30:00

Welcome to this week's edition of The Thistleblower.

We seem to be hurtling towards the Christmas break at an unforgivable pace now, but with another week to go, there's still plenty of opportunity to discuss your moving arrangements, as are many! In fact, our Fleet branch are celebrating an incredible month, having finalised reservations on all plots at Blue Prior and arranging sales for many buyers.
It's been a phenomenal year, from celebrating our 25th anniversary, opening a new branch, and of course helping many local buyers and sellers achieve their moving goals. In this week's content you'll find details of our opening hours over the Christmas break, a brief look back on the year that's passed and plenty of ideas to help plan your festive break.

As the last Thistleblower of the year, I'd like to thank you on behalf of the team for all your support this year, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

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