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Exclusive offers at Pembroke Manor, Hook

Published: 17/07/2018 12:30:00


The Thistleblower

Published: 12/07/2018 17:59:23

Welcome to this week's edition of The Thistleblower.

This week we've got some fantastic new homes in store, with each of our branches also seeing a flurry of homes coming to the market. We're wishing our colleague, Andy, a huge good luck for his Ironman challenge on Sunday, detailed below, whilst the rest of us are looking forward to another weekend of community events, with Hook Village Show taking place this Sunday!

Vicky Jarman
Marketing Manager

The Thistleblower

Published: 28/06/2018 17:30:00

Welcome to this week's edition of The Thistleblower.

What an exciting two weeks it's been, regardless of the unexpected weather and even more unexpected world cup results!
We've been working on some upcoming new homes sites, including Nursery Gardens by Bewley Homes - launching this weekend, which we're looking forward to sharing with you. The location and variety of homes on offer make for a really appealing opportunity. 
We also had a fantastic time at Yateley's Gig on the Green, it was wonderful to see so many of you there, enjoying the sunshine and live music. A huge thanks to the organisers for putting together such a memorable fundraising event.

Vicky Jarman
Marketing Manager

Open House with incentives tomorrow

Published: 22/06/2018 10:30:00


The Thistleblower

Published: 14/06/2018 17:30:00

Welcome to this week's edition of The Thistleblower.

It's been a fantastic few weeks across our branches, with some truly remarkable homes coming to the market and a wide variety! We're also pleased to be working with some fantastic developers across a range of new homes sites in the area, one of which is introduced below, with more information coming soon. 
As it's summer, it's also sponsorship season, we're proud to be supporting a wide range of local family events, including Yateley's Gig on the Green next weekend and Lowde Fest in early July, both brilliant events that are huge assets to their local communities in terms of fundraising and well worth checking out.

Vicky Jarman
Marketing Manager

The Thistleblower

Published: 31/05/2018 17:33:50

Welcome to this week's edition of The Thistleblower.

In a week that's probably brought us all more spam emails than ever before, we're hoping this is one you're happy to receive. If not, please take a moment to update your preferences below and we'll ensure we only ever send you relevant information and updates. This week we've heard from our Lettings Director following a record month within our Lettings department, along with highlighting the number of properties currently for sale with unique incentives such as; Help to Buy, part exchange, stamp duty paid and much more.

Vicky Jarman
Marketing Manager

The Thistleblower

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

Welcome to this week's edition of The Thistleblower.

We've had an exciting few weeks here at Mackenzie Smith, with the introduction of some new members to the team who you can meet in the blog below. We've seen lots of new buyers coming to the market, often seen at this time of year but by no means guaranteed, which has created some great sales for both our residential vendors and across our new homes developments. We've also been taking some giant leaps towards our GDPR compliance which will be in effect from next week, please do take a moment to update your contact preferences to ensure you're receiving our latest property updates before anyone else.

Vicky Jarman
Marketing Manager


The Thistleblower

Published: 03/05/2018 17:30:00

Welcome to this week's edition of The Thistleblower.

Excellent activity levels are being recorded by all of our offices, whether in the form of new buyers registering, or those viewing homes. Based on our own data, the numbers are the largest we’ve seen since January 2015. However, despite this, there is a greater need for homeowners to price the asking price as accurately as possible. The common practice of quoting a much higher figure and waiting for offers is, in my opinion, the wrong way of approaching the sale and marketing of property at this moment in time. Underlying values are still strong, but the method of achieving a sale is different than adopted over the last few years and as such, requires a different approach. Our view is that the asking price has to be as close as possible to the estimated real value. This turns buyers who view, into buyers who buy. Because most buyers search online, they are often unaware whether a vendor will accept an offer, so the asking price needs to convey the correct signal. Accurate pricing will always result in sales, however difficult any marketplace may be.

Ed Mackenzie Smith
Managing Director

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: 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