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The Thistleblower

Published: 01/11/2018 18:09:31

Welcome to this week's edition of The Thistleblower.

All of a sudden it does feel like winter is upon us; the nights are easing in a little earlier, the first frost looked ever so pretty earlier in the week, but there is still plenty to remain positive about, with a wide selection of incentives on new homes, some really exciting properties coming to the market and some fantastic community activities with Children in Need, Bonfire and, dare I say it, Christmas events looming.
If you have a community event you would like to promote, please do e-mail it across and we can feature it across our social media pages and within our local news stories.

Vicky Jarman
Marketing Manager

Help to Buy events, local news and new homes

Published: 18/10/2018 17:30:00

Welcome to this week's edition of The Thistleblower.

This week we're showcasing a wide selection of new homes, with many featuring events over the coming weekends - the perfect opportunity if you would like to know more about Help to Buy or the options available with new build homes for you. We've also given some tips and local event news for Halloween and Bonfire Night, it's nearly that time again! You'll also find some internal news with promotions, new starters and 1 year anniversaries.

Vicky Jarman
Marketing Manager

The Thistleblower

Published: 04/10/2018 18:00:59

Welcome to this week's edition of The Thistleblower.

It's incredible to think that it's October already, the autumn market is certainly stepping up with a wide selection of properties available, including some fantastic new homes incentives. 
Our lettings team recently celebrated a successful summer, you can find out more below, whilst our Land Director was celebrating personal achievements.
If you're currently searching for a home, be sure to check out our Open House Events as we have a few dates for the diary.

Vicky Jarman
Marketing Manager

The Thistleblower: New homes, Help to Buy and local updates

Published: 20/09/2018 17:45:00

Welcome to this week's edition of The Thistleblower.

This week we're pleased to bring you some new homes information, in particular we look forward to hopefully welcoming many of you at our launch of Bridge House, Fleet this coming weekend. We'd also like to take a moment to congratulate Ash Vale's Jason on 10 years at Mackenzie Smith, a great achievement. 
My colleague Rowena has also been taking some time to review the local Ofsted reports, looking at the new homes in the vicinity to showcase some fantastic options for families.

Vicky Jarman
Marketing Manager

Market comments, new home incentives and much more

Published: 06/09/2018 17:45:00

Welcome to this week's edition of The Thistleblower.

With the summer finally over, it's back to school and back to routine for many of us. However, having reflected on what August meant for us as a business, it doesn't really feel any different! Take a look at the market comment below from our Managing Director to see how we got on and what our thoughts are on current market conditions.
This week we have lots of new homes news, there are such a diverse selection available at the moment with some great incentives and open events.

Vicky Jarman
Marketing Manager

Thistleblower: Christmas countdown & Help to Buy

Published: 23/08/2018 17:26:42

Welcome to this week's edition of The Thistleblower.

It's been another week of defying the seasonal trend, with some fantastic properties coming to the market and a buzz of sales, in our Fleet branch they've even had their best week of the year so far (with one day remaining). 
I apologise in advance for the seasonal message below, but the deadline for moving really is looming when you take into account the relevant timescales. 
It's the final week to catch the summer safari in Fleet, so if you've not yet met the newest member of our team, make sure to stop by the branch before the summer holidays are over!

Vicky Jarman
Marketing Manager

The Thistleblower

Published: 09/08/2018 17:40:27

Welcome to this week's edition of The Thistleblower.

This week we've got some exciting company announcements below, I'd also like to take this opportunity to welcome our newest recruits, Luke Morgan and Kevin Harford (Fleet and Hook). 
Whilst the summer holidays are in full swing, this seems to be having little to no impact on how busy we are across all branches. The new homes sector is also buzzing, with some fantastic opportunities for first time buyers, families, downsizers and investors alike!

Vicky Jarman
Marketing Manager

The Thistleblower

Published: 26/07/2018 17:30:00

Welcome to this week's edition of The Thistleblower.

This week we're pleased to bring you a selection of articles; investment advice from our Lettings Director, Michael Clarke, some new homes and remarkable properties and a couple of ideas to keep the children entertained this summer. On the topic of summer holidays, those with little ones should head over to our Fleet branch, where we have a new resident outside and some competition booklets available to collect!

Vicky Jarman
Marketing Manager

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: 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