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Today we caught up with Sarah Brown who is Head Of Property at Sexi Property Group, this is the latest of our interviews with different property experts across the country, lets find out what Sarah had to say!

Can you tell us about yourself and how you got into your current role and what you like about your job?

Working in the property industry for the last 18 years,  I’m a ‘property person’ through and through spending any spare time I have looking into another idea or project to increase our portfolio and enhance service levels. I started my property journey very early on at school age helping out on evenings/weekends at a firm owned by friends of our family, so it’s safe to say from an early age I was hooked by the desire of helping people and of course the hustle and bustle that the property world brings. Every day offers a new relationship which keeps it exciting.

What is that your company currently does and what sets them apart from their competitors? 

We were founded due to the common pitfalls of being a landlord, tenant and agent. We all had an overall desire to know we could do better and give landlords and tenants what they actually deserve opposed to receiving a commission focused service from an agency. We give our tenants a genuine 24 hour service offering hotel standard living in a residential property, they get free cleaning, same day maintenance, anything to make their experience the best, we can offer it. It’s so important to be diverse and think outside the box in our competitive industry.

How has Covid-19 affected the company? 

It has proved how great we are, our occupancy rates smashed UK averages, our teams continued to work at full capacity communicating with our customers regularly as we were clearly aware our clients needed us more than ever! Through our proactive approach our customer satisfaction and our occupancy rates are better than ever. Demand for living in our properties is at an all-time high, it has brought more business from landlords and tenants. Our motto is ‘Look after your customers and they will look after you.’ Whilst other companies closed their doors or offered reduced services, we opened our services wider by adding a 24 hour dedicated Covid response line to all of our customers offering services such as groceries, study supplies and tutor support for any students we have. Such a small gesture from us staples why we are the best that what we do. 

What would you say your local property market is like at the moment? 

Liverpool is a global brand, due to the affordability it offers Liverpool has always been a top pick for investors. There is huge opportunity for investors to take advantage if given the correct guidance.

Can anything be done to help the property sector at this moment in time? 

There has been some great initiatives already the property market is very buoyant. There is mixed views on how things will go next year with some experts predicting a downturn but let’s see. After huge changes to the way our industry operated this year, we led the way and hope others follow Sexi Property Group in embracing technology to move forward with how we as an industry give a more remote service but keep that personal touch.

Do you think Covid-19 will have a lasting effect on the property market? 

We are hugely optimistic for the future and constantly evolving. We are proof that acting outside of the box instead of just thinking outside of the box can produce amazing results. Sexi Property Groups clients and customers will continue to benefit as we evolve. 

Where do you see yourself and the company this time next year? 

Our growth over this past decade has been a phenomenal achievement. We don’t see the next decade being any different. As our CEO always says “we all are 100% responsible for our own successes or failures” Sexi Property group have a winning formula and we look forward to major success in the future with our clients, business partners and customers. We are available for any queries and invite all new enquiries from investors.

If you would like to find out more about Sarah or Sexi Property Group you can find their website here:

www.sexipropertygroup.co.uk

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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We've decided for our 3rd interview it would be great to get a local view point on the property market of Hull, who better to ask than local property investor and developer Aaron Sutherland? He's what he had to say....

Can you tell us about yourself and how you got into your current role and what you like about your job?

My name is Aaron Sutherland, 29 (soon). So I suppose it stems back to the last recession really. I was doing my apprenticeship in bricklaying when the recession hit, which left me without a job. I was actually told by college to stop going in as no one was paying for my course! Anyways I got a job with a company who did alterations, new bathrooms, conversions of barns and general building really. Learnt a lot there, and after a couple of years went on to start my own business doing the same. But something twigged where I was getting paid to do the work for people (investors), yet they were still making more money that there were paying me. So after some time I became the investor and still the builder also, like getting paid twice really. Here I am today and what I really like about it is the transformation! What I love the most is the reaction I get when the agents come back in and see the finished product! Somehow I can walk into somewhere and picture it in it’s finished product!

What is that your company currently does and what sets them apart from their competitors?

So we buy properties and land. We renovate properties and sell them back on and, we look to build on the land. We are also building our investor base as we’re starting to source and move on what don’t fit our strategies. But our finished product doesn’t look like your generic one what others do. We don’t use white or magnolia paint on walls! In our last renovation we actually had a Matt black kitchen, black oak floors and pink walls. We like a better visual finished product, nothing is rushed. We also document everything and show the process on our social media platforms, for everyone to see.

How has Covid-19 affected the company?

Well it’s certainly made some things more difficult. We had a spout where materials were really sparce, we were relying on relationships we have to get a hold of certain things to get things finished. Obviously made things longer to finish, which means takes longer to get paid. But we’re still here and still going strong, in fact relationships made in this time will be better for the future to come. Always a silver lining! Of course we try to help others in the industry where we can or would, just have to give us a shout.

What would you say your local property market is like at the moment?

Manic! Prices are inflated due to the demand at the moment, people are paying them too. Everything is flying out just as fast as it’s coming in. Deals are harder to come by but, it’s helped when we sold our last. It went for more than we planned so can’t complain too much.

Can anything be done to help the property sector at this moment in time?

In terms of help in this moment I think the banks need to sort out this deposit problem. First time buyers are shook from the availability of mortgage products, basically it’s 15% deposit, unless you fit the tight criteria for the other products. The stamp duty holiday can stay a while too, maybe even forever ha!

Do you think Covid-19 will have a lasting affect on the property market?

I suppose it all depends on the banks and what they choose to do. If the market doesn’t open up for first time buyers soon it could change things. I know people who are now renting because of the deposit scenario. No one really knows what’s going to happen to the prices. Some are saying Q1/Q2 there will be a drop, then some forecasts show no drop whatsoever. No body really knows.

Where do you see yourself and the company this time next year?

Thriving still! We’ve made some new relationships and a form of partnership this year, which should really open new doors for the next year. Obviously in my opinion (and others) continue to be the best in offering renovated properties to the market. We’d love to be really up there in terms of number of properties and land plots bought or sold to our investors, which we’ve now branched out to do. Recently we sourced on something over 3/4 of a million pounds, in this climate. So getting out of this who knows what’s next. 

Aaron Sutherland

If you have your own questions for Aaron why not contact him at AWS Developments?

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In the second of our most recent interviews we caught we author of Alderley Edge Property Blogger Katie Orr and this is what she had to say. We'd like to thank Katie for taking part and letting us know her expert views on the current property market.

Can you tell us about yourself and how you got into your current role and what you like about your job?

 Of course, I am Katie Orr author of Alderley Edge Property Market, CEO and founder of KO Estates. Having always been interested in property I started my journey online writing a blog all about my local market.

 This along with other social media platforms including Instagram, Facebook and email marketing allowed me to provide helpful information for others in the area.

This helped to establish myself as a leader in this field which lead to people reaching out to me for help with property sourcing, home finding, property management and sales. I then decided to run with this momentum and founded KO Estates.

 A house is one of the biggest investments most people make and I honestly love being able to be part of my client’s journeys. I love my job and I am grateful I have been able to create an income from something that just started as a passion for me.

What is that your company currently does and what sets them apart from their competitors?

We are a property management agency, what makes us different is our mission and values…

“Everything we do is driven by our mission to improve the quality of living.

We exist to provide the greatest possible service to our customers and deliver excellence.”

I personally live by the motto “the secret to living is giving” Which is why for every home we manage sponsor a young homeless person to have somewhere to stay too, it’s a charity I deeply believe in. It was so important for me from the start to incorporate a giving pledge. I know our industry unfortunately does not always get the greatest reputation and it was important for me to create an ethical company where we can give back.

Knowing our work can make a real difference drives us to provide a better service for our customers by adding tremendous value, providing the best service and over delivering so we can have a greater impact on our community.

How has Covid-19 affected the company?

 COVID 19 affected everyone in some way whether that was financially, emotionally, physically. So as a company we had to adapt to the new environment, our main priority was our customers and we recognised early on our customers needed more support than ever. This really meant more communication, we provided as much information and clarity as we could to our customers. As and when the rules started to change, we helped our clients understand what it meant and how it would affect their personal situation.

 This extra support and increased communication created a sense of community and helped us to build really great relationships with our customers. They really appreciated the time we spent in helping them to relieve any stress they were facing during this time.

 COVID was not all bad news as it positively affected our plans for our future. Lockdown highlighted to us that our proximity to the properties we manage is not as important as we once believed it was and with the advances of technology Physical location does not have to determine our customer base. This has helped us create some really exciting ideas for expansion.

 What would you say your local property market is like at the moment?

Busy! And it is great to see, there is a lot of movement at the moment which has been helped by the waived stamp duty holiday and the built-up demand from lockdown. With the increased activity we are finding houses are being sold and let out much quicker than normal so it can really help if you are in a position to buy.

Can anything be done to help the property sector at this moment in time?

The governments scheme was a great initiative to really kick start the industry. I would personally like to see the March cut off extended so that we will continue to see the rewards

Do you think Covid-19 will have a lasting affect on the property market?

Short term absolutely despite governments efforts inevitably the property market as every other market will take a hit and we can already see property values decreasing. I think we are yet to see the real effects of COVID on the property market as we are all still adapting to a new normal. People have found they don’t need to live near offices (major cities) because of working from home so I predict we see a shift from city living and people opting to move a bit further out. Unfortunately, a lot of business are struggling which mean further redundancies which again has a huge impact on the industry.

Having said this ultimately, I have every confidence the market will come back to be as strong as it was. As we saw in 2008 the economy will recover. I think it’s really important at this time to not fear the market but instead see it as a great opportunity for investment

Where do you see yourself and the company this time next year?

We have big plans for the next year I want to see our impact expand. We are shaking up the tradition methods of property marketing we want to integrate modern technology and utilize the power of social media to become one of the industry leaders for our area. So, keep a look out for the things we have coming up.

Katie Orr

Want to keep up to date with Katie's blog? You can find it here www.alderleyedgepropertymarket.com or her Instagram www.instagram.com/alderleyedgepropertymarket/?hl=en

 

What is the stamp duty holiday? 

The Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a measure that could save the average home-buyer over £2,000. It means that buyers of homes across England and Northern Ireland, valued up to £500,000 will no longer pay stamp duty. Rishi Sunak stated at the time he hoped this would see a kick start in the property market and as you can see below it seems to be working. 

According to figures released earlier this month the average cost of a home in the UK is 5% higher than it was this time last year, which is an acceleration 3.7% in the previous month. 

Looking back over recent years prices have not risen that fast since the same period of time in 2016, this if you remember was immediately after the Brexit referendum 

The pent-up demand that was created during lockdown has created a wave of activity through the property market, mainly people deciding they need a bigger property, this was encouraged by the stamp holiday. 

Mortgage providers all across the UK are saying the same thing, we’re seeing a mini-boom of people looking to push property purchases over the line that they current do during lockdown and many taking advantage of the stamp duty holiday. 

What does in mean for properties over £500,000? 

They will remain pretty much unchanged; the stamp duty holiday will remove the 2% band but the 5% and 10% slices will remain the same. 

Peregrine Property 

If you are looking at up-scaling the size of your property in the Wakefield and Hull areas then we are the estate agents for you. We’re a team that prides ourselves on not only expert knowledge but our outstanding customer service. 

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Of course, we don’t know if the country will go into a second lockdown but we do find ourselves asking the question, what if? The demand for properties across the country since we eased lockdown measures has risen dramatically, RightMove even reporting a 2.4% increase in asking prices. 

This boom could be short lived as it’s unlike a standard economic boom which occurs by growth over a period of time. It could be a short-term boom caused by the stamp duty holiday. This mini boom is potentially unstable and open to being volatile unlike a boom caused by years of growth and foundations being put in place. 

Does this mean if we are placed into another lockdown would house prices begin to drop? 

Some of the financial impacts caused by the last lockdown was how quick it all happened, meaning industries such as that of the property market could not take relevant steps and measures to lessen the impact a lockdown imposed meant. Hopefully now the government has learnt a few lessons and we’ll be able to adapt and have some preparation time. 

What could the impacts be? 

  • Less property viewings – A restriction on viewings would of course have a huge impact on the property market. Most of us would like to view a property before submitting an offer. Virtual viewings could be something we see more and more of, but are viewers going to feel the same impact a viewing in person could have? 
  • Potential viewers could be made redundant as companies across the country face greater financial troubles, meaning less buyers being able to prove a long-term income. Mortgage lenders could see this a risk factor. 

The process takes longer 

Selling a property is one thing, getting the sale done is another, a second lockdown could potentially see more people being placed on furlough or working from home. This will affect time-frames of the process as estate agents, mortgage lenders and solicitors have an increased workloads and harder communication processes taking place with everyone involved working differently to how they have ever before. 

Peregrine Property

If we are placed into a second lockdown or not here at Peregrine Property one thing, we pride ourselves on is our customer service and honesty, we’re here to support you all the way with our expert knowledge we’ll be able to advise you with the best options available for you. 

To find out more contact us online or call us directly. 

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