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Help Us Raise Money For The Royal Marsden!

Published on 19th May 2015

The Personal Agent have been hitting the treadmills once more to raise money for charity. This time it is Cat, Charlotte and Susan from the Sales team that are gearing up to run the Bupa London 10,000 on the 25th May.

Their inspiration for doing so is a special little boy called Lewis who was recently diagnosed with Stage 4, Burkitt’s Lymphoma, a particularly aggressive form of cancer, for which he is receiving intense chemotherapy over the next few months.

Lewis and his family wanted to raise money for The Royal Marsden, who are giving excellent care and support to Lewis and his family and we wanted to show are gratitude and support so that other children can also receive the help and treatment they need.

You can donate to the cause by visiting our JustGiving page, where you can also see how close they are to reaching their target and the words of support left by everyone who’s given money so far!

You can find out more about The Royal Marsden, how their pioneering research helps them to treat and learn more about cancer, how it develops and what can be done to stop it in the future by visiting their website.

To find out how they got on and during the event, and to check on their fundraising progress, visit our Facebook page for regular updates.

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Published on 8th May 2015 – the new property portal launched as a rival to Rightmove and Zoopla where The Personal Agent is listing all of its properties – is pleased to announce it has achieved 10 million visits to the site with 90 million page views in just three months.

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21 Things That Could Be Holding Back Your House Sale (And How to Avoid Them)

Published on 1st May 2015

For many people now is the time of the year when they decide to sell their home. However many home sellers often run into problems, whether it’s holding out for too much money, not presenting their home in the right way, or overlooking seemingly minor details in the paperwork. So we’ve compiled a list of 21 of the most common things that are stopping people from selling their home and how you can avoid these little setbacks in the first place. So have a read of our list and we guarantee that you’ll be kicking back in your new property in no time.

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Lettings News Roundup! 24th April

Published on 24th April 2015

Here’s our collection of the latest news from the world of lettings including the success landlords are enjoying, the continued increases in rental demand, how letting properties are forming the bulk of people’s pensions and how buy to let has provided the greatest return in the past 18 years.

Buy-to-let landlords benefit from booming property market as returns of nearly 1,400% since 1996 beat all other investments
 Mon, 13 Apr 2015

Halifax said its latest Generation Rent report strengthened the view that more people may be giving up on owning their own home and were instead accepting long-term renting. It found that the proportion of people aged between 20-45 putting money aside

Investing in property started to become popular in 1996 with the launch of the buy-to-let mortgage initiative by the Association of Residential Letting Agents and leading buy-to-let mortgage lenders.

Rented property demand rises and so do rents, says Sequence
Thu, 02 April 2015

Demand for rented property has increased, according to new research from Sequence. The latest report from the organisation, which has been highlighted by Property Reporter, shows the number of people looking for a rental home has grown by seven per cent over the past year.

Supply has fallen by 17 per cent in the same period, meaning an average of five tenants are in competition for every property on the market, up from just over four in March 2014.

Buy-to-lets are sole pensions for most landlords
 Mon, 13 April 2015

The new pension freedoms that came into force last week, could trigger a huge interest in over 55’s becoming buy-to-let landlords for the first time. New research shows that for 70 per cent of younger landlords, their buy-to-let portfolio is their only pension fund.

18 year comparison index shows UK buy to let outstripping other asset classes
 Mon, 13 April 2015

Buy to let in the UK over the past 18 years has provided average returns that outstrip those of other major asset classes, new research shows.

Every £1,000 invested in an average buy to let property purchased with a 75% loan to value (LTV) mortgage in the final quarter of 1996 would have been worth £14,897 by the final quarter of 2014, a compound annual return of 16.2%.

Rents up 15% since last election Thu, 24 April 2015

A study by Your Move and Reed Rains has shown that the average cost of rent has increased by 15%. The price of rented accommodation has rise from £667 to £768, which works at 3.6% higher than the rate of inflation.

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London to Paris: Fundraising with Shaun Young

Published on 15th April 2015

In February The Personal Agent was contacted by Shaun Young who explained that he was aiming to raise money for charities and after mentioning that he’d used us to buy his second home he asked if we’d be interested in sponsoring him.
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Winners of the Grant and Valentine Rocking Horse

Published on 8th April 2015

Back in December The Personal Agent celebrated its 10th Anniversary by giving away a host of great prizes, one of which was a handmade rocking horse crafted by the good folks at Grant and Valentine.

The lucky winners were Mr & Mrs Ramsey, who were over the moon with the rocking horse saying, “The horse will come in handy as we are expecting a baby in May, thank you again!”

The horse took 3 months to build and looks fantastic. For those interested in owning their own hand-made, luxury rocking horse, we encourage you to visit our friends over at Grant and Valentine for a wonderful selection of lovingly crafted, traditional rocking horses.

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Looking at the Surge in the Lettings Market

Published on 19th March 2015

With the increase in the number of people renting and the amount of people looking to let out their properties following suit, we’ve looked at what’s driving the surge in popularity and why more and more people are looking to the private rented sector as their long term means of accommodation.

People Looking for Alternatives to Home Ownership

Due to rising house prices, the amount of time and money it now requires to save for a home and the stricter lending criteria for receiving a mortgage, many have seen renting a far more attractive proposition. In comparison to the housing market, the availability of properties in the PRS is far greater and the barriers to getting the property you want, far fewer, and this has to the rapid numbers of people going down the route of renting.

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Buying or Selling This Spring? Why using an Estate Agent is still Vital

Published on 13th March 2015

In today’s property landscape there’s an ever increasing number of ways to buy or sell your home; with the emergence of online property portals and even online estate agents, many have been quick to cast doubt over the continued importance the traditional agent has in the real estate process. But the reality is that to receive the most effective, professional and – what we consider – the best real estate service, there’s still no substitute for hiring a dedicated agent.

While the internet has become a huge part of the buying and selling process, with house hunters across the country scouring every available portal and listing in a bid to get the edge over their competition, it is the vital role of the estate agent to ensure that all that available information is turned into practical, actionable advice, and ensuring the client makes the right decision and ends up with the outcome they want.

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How To Find Your Perfect Property In 2015

Published on 6th March 2015

With the increasing availability of mortgages in the New Year, more and more people are now looking to buy again. But in such a competitive environment it’s now become more important than ever for house hunters to find a property that’s perfect for them.

So we’re here to tell you how to find the right property in five easy steps, helping you to speed up the buying process without having to break the bank once you move in.

1. What to Consider

Getting a Mortgage

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We’re Up And Running For This Year’s ‘Race for Life’

Published on 17th February 2015

We’re pleased to say the ladies in our lettings office will be taking part in this year’s Race for Life charity event, which is helping to raise money for Cancer Research UK. Cheryl, Ria and Lily will all be joining this year’s event which has been running since 1994 and has had over 5.4 million participants, raising over £362 million. You can read about their reasons for taking part on their page at JustGiving as well as showing them your support by making a donation.

Race for Life is one of the nation’s best loved fundraising events with thousands of women taking part each year. The event raises vital money for the life-saving work done by Cancer Research UK each year in preventing, diagnosing and treating cancer.

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