Team Expends With New Appointment
Holroyd Miller welcomes Jessica Rusdale to their busy residential sales team as she starts her new role responsible for booking viewings, property appraisals and co-ordinating property marketing.
Jessica says: "I was ready for a new challenge and have always liked the thought of working at an estate agents, so when the position become available I jumped at the chance to apply."
"The team are all very dedicated and hardworking. I love how everyone pulls together, I’m really looking forward to building my knowledge within this field and becoming a valued member of this great team."
Holroyd Milller Sponsor Local Youth Team
Wrenthorpe Rangers Football Club U15’s are fully kitted out and ready for their overseas tour thanks to financial support from Holroyd Miller.
Sponsorship from Holroyd Miller has contributed towards the clubs fundraising efforts to fund the team’s tour of Portugal this summer and was used to purchase the team’s football kit which will include the Holroyd Miller logo.
Simon Miller, Partner at Holroyd Miller says: “It’s a pleasure to support a local team and make a positive contribution with a donation that will enable the team to wear their shirts with pride whilst on tour.”
Sue Pretty from Wrenthorpe Rangers Football Club says: “Many thanks for your kind support and sponsorship it is very much appreciated. The team is very much looking forward to wearing their kit on tour.”
Properties sell fast
We’re in the fortuitous position of attracting buyers looking for a cheaper alternative to Leeds. Professionals and first time buyers are attracted to the suburbs of Wakefield, which are ideally placed on direct commuter links to Leeds without the premium price often seen in the suburbs of Leeds. We’ve also seen an increase in the number of professionals relocating here as they embark on new jobs in Leeds.
The suburbs of Sandal, St John’s and Wrenthorpe are areas where properties sell quickly. Re-furbished semi-detached bungalows are always an extremely quick sell usually taking only two weeks to sell. Generally speaking though, any re-furbished property, or incredibly looked after/furnished property offered at 200 thousand pounds or less in these areas will sell between four to six weeks. Our properties tend to move quicker than the local average, which is 12- 16 weeks, but that’s because we only market properties we know people will buy.
New builds definitely sell quicker, especially the ones we market. New builds are offered with incentives galore so it’s no surprise. From financial incentives like Help to Buy, Sales Assist Scheme, and Stamp Duty paid, to the security of the guarantees you receive, not to mention other offers such as part exchange, furnished kitchens, carpets etc. the benefits go on, it’s minimum effort for maximum return.
Generally people are drawn to the practical benefits of Wakefield. From good schools, to leisure facilities and pursuits, and excellent transport links to the rest of the country, this attracts professional couples and families, of which we tend to deal with the most.
Success as Holroyd Miller Win Silver at The Negotiator Awards
Holroyd Miller wins at the most popular awards scheme in residential property, The Negotiator Awards, with a Silver Award for Website of the Year.
Hosted by the hilarious stand up comedian Ed Byrne, hundreds of property professionals took their seats in the hope of walking away with an award to recognise the good work they do.
In what must have been hard to judge Holroyd Miller were yet again shinning stars in what is an extremely competitive event.
Holroyd Miller were commended for consulting with their customers to develop a customer focused website that provides easy access to information, making the process of buying and selling a house simpler and easier.
Simon Miller, partner at Holroyd Miller says: “We are extremely proud and happy to be recognised with this award. We invested heavily in our digital communication with a new website launched earlier this year. The site reflects our devotion to Wakefield and best practice in customer service and high street estate agency.
“We wanted our website to not only promote everything that is good about Wakefield, but promote everything that is good about meeting customers’ expectations, namely providing and demonstrating our professionalism, expertise, and knowledge.
Voted Silver winner 2016 for Best Website, North East Estate Agency Silver winner 2015, and Estate Agent of the year 2013 the Holroyd Miller team is one of the most skilled, knowledgeable and dedicated integrated property specialists in the Wakefield area.
Stable Property Market Makes It Time to Move
Its time to get moving our property market is still one of the most stable I know. No major local redundancies, stable property prices, and plenty of mortgage options available, it’s never been a better time to move.
Yes, Help to Buy will end this year but there are plenty of high loan-to-value products available and alternative options to focus on. The Help to Buy ISA and the Help to Buy Equity Loan will continue to offer you the opportunity to get on the ladder with government help and support.
For those of you waiting for the perfect home to come on the market before instructing your own for sale – think twice.
Most people employ this strategy because they don’t want to sell quickly without finding one to buy. The problem with this technique is it prevents new properties coming through, and quite possibly the owners of the home you’re waiting to discover.
We have a solution to help with this stalemate, sell your property without the pressure of it being on the open market. We call it a soft launch and effectively it allows you to ease into the selling process whilst looking for your new perfect home.
We have a network of buyers and sellers who prefer not to be so public about their intentions to move, they entrust us to find the right buyer or property in a timeframe they find more comfortable. We can achieve this because we have relationships with many potential buyers, just like you, waiting for their perfect home to come along.
If this sounds like a process you’d be happy with, pop in to the office or give one of our knowledgeable team members a call to discuss your next move.
Finals success for Holroyd Miller
We’ve made it to the finals of the premier awards in UK residential estate agency –The Negotiator Awards 2016.
Making the finals in not one but two categories, the Humber Agency of the Year, and Website of the Year, we have been recognised for the investment made in our digital technology and the dedicated focus we constantly give our customers.
The 2016 entry list was the biggest in the history of the Awards – which continues to grow in stature and importance with each year.
We’re very much looking forward to being part of the finals in November at the five star London Hilton on Park Lane. We’re dusting off our tuxedos and little black dresses for the event, which will be the perfect opportunity to celebrate the hard work and success of our team whose enthusiasm for excellence doesn’t falter.
POST BREXIT - It’s never been a better time to move
So the world didn’t end, businesses didn’t stop trading, and… people didn’t stop buying houses.
It’s definitely the right time to move, money is cheap, and the Bank of England has held interest rates at 0.5%, with a potential reduction in the coming months.
House prices in our area have been incredibly stable with no major shift, up or down, for a good few years. The media hyped post Brexit panic didn’t hit that market; the fact is people still want to move.
We can report good sales figures this year; in fact instructions are much higher than they were this time last year. So don’t panic, first time buyer incentives are still there with Help to Buy, good mortgage deals are still being offered, and the housing supply is still strong.
We have an incredibly stable base, so if you’re in the market we have a good mix of quality new build and established properties available. From well-specified new developments within walking distance of local leisure and commuter amenities, to luxury stone built rural properties, we have something for everyone.
We’re also showcasing a first! We are the only estate agents in Wakefield to use area films and interactive floor plans providing enhanced visual and factual information about the property you may be thinking of purchasing. So what’s stopping you, it’s time to move.
Why 95% of home-owners still use traditional estate agents
The broadcast media is awash with new online estate agents who claim to sell your house for a fraction of the costs. Calculations of the potential savings are being distributed with abandon. The current statistics show that over 95% of home-owners still use the tried and tested estate agency model.
So are the new kids on the block just starting to attract smarter consumers, or is the enticement of a potentially cheaper fee covering over potholes that carry potentially serious consequences for the vendor?
The first crucial point is motivation. With a physical estate agent you only pay a fee when they successfully sell your property; and the agent will usually earn more commission for achieving a higher price. Therefore, there is a mutual interest in securing the best possible result. With many of the new models you pay a significant up-front, non-refundable amount even if you never receive a single offer on your home.
Secondly, selling a property is much more than just putting it on the internet. Markets are constantly changing and a good agent will constantly evaluate the price and marketing based on the latest conditions. This might include the mood of the market and what is available locally.
The best estate agent will utilise a wide variety of personalised tools, such as contacting their extensive database, distributing leaflets, communicating via social networking, and facilitating ‘open house’ events. These elements can be crucial in generating the best offer. Yet very few, if any, of the new online estate agents offer such services to their clients.
The next key stage in selling your home is qualifying the offer.
Almost a third of agreed sales fail to complete, and one key reason is that the buyer may struggle to access the necessary finance. A local professional agent will have established the motivations and financial status of the applicant, thereby reducing the likelihood of disappointment and further delays.
Negotiating the sale of your own home can be a tricky business. Again, you need the help of someone who can use local knowledge and experience, together with insights into the relative situations, and of the parties involved, to craft a mutually acceptable position.
One of the biggest difficulties in moving is managing complicated chains. Chains require the involvement, and sometimes coercion of many separate parties, such as other estate agents and their solicitors. Many leading agents now assign their most talented employees to progressing pending sales, even on behalf of the other agents in the chain who may not be so diligent. This can literally make or break a sale, it makes sense to seek out an estate agent who knows all the parties involved - and who is strongly financially motivated to complete the sale as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Selling and renting property has become increasingly regulated, trust and confidence flows from dealing with an individual who can offer expert and appropriate advice. The best local agents will employ staff who have proven expertise and achieved recognised qualifications in their particular specialisms. Some of the newer models employ so-called local experts who are in truth, neither of the two, and so may fall short on offering the help when you most need it. A local expert could advise confidently on local schools and catchment areas, dentists and hospitals, commuting times, potential new developments in the area, or seasonal factors such as tourism and special events.
When it comes to the move there are many other services that the purchaser or investor may require; the more obvious are a solicitor, a removals company, and maybe a mortgage provider, but you may also want specialist tax advice, the name of a trustworthy builder, plumber of electrician, gardener, or interior designer…or just a key holding service and a locksmith! The best agents will know local professionals who are proven and trustworthy.
Many local agents will also be part of a national network such as the Guild of Professional Estate Agents, offering joint marketing for your property across up to a thousand other similar offices. Almost 10% of buyers come from outside the area, and agents will have established this as part of their conversations and can, therefore, put together purchasers and sellers who otherwise may not have connected.
Marcus Whewell, CEO of The Guild of Professional Estate Agents believes that the true points of difference are not technology or enticements of low fees, but a proven network of local professionals who are connected into their local communities, and are financially committed to successfully selling your property. He says: “You won’t find this on the TV adverts, but the really smart money will look for strong personal commitment, experience and expertise, great levels of service, and consistent positive outcomes for clients”.
Getting into the flow for good causes
Supporting the Wakefield Hospice, Wakefield District Down’s Syndrome Support Group, and the Round Table Community Service, we are the main sponsor for the fourth annual Wakefield Festival of Beer.
Following the success of last year’s event we will gladly be supporting this bigger and better event that not only puts Wakefield on the map but supports local good causes and our local breweries and burgeoning brewing scene.
During last year’s festival raised just under £10,000 for very worthy local causes. This year we’re hoping everyone will work hard to raise a staggering £15,000 for local good causes, and the much-needed service provided by Wakefield Hospice.
Whilst at the beer festival, do be on the lookout for the Holroyd Miller Brucey Beer, produced by Rat Brewery, pictured.
Spring into our new look website
Welcome to our new look website, a complete no jargon, comprehensive hub for removing the complexity and pressure of property transactions.
We’re also showcasing a first! We are the only estate agents in Wakefield and Dewsbury to use area films and interactive floor plans providing enhanced visual and factual information about the property you may be thinking of purchasing – just take a look on our homepage to view.
With its quick search feature, and go-to one click request a free valuation option, we’re getting to the heart of what our customers really want, and it’s all there at the touch of a button.
For those looking for a fuller service we have a complete team to handle any property request. Whether you are a landlord, investor, or first time buyer looking for a mortgage, expert advice, valuation or survey, we have the complete package.
Make sure to have a good look around and take your pick from the information in its many formats. When you are ready for a face to face, we’ll be here for you at one of our offices to discuss how we can help you.
Voted North East Silver winner of 2015 and winner of Estate Agent of the year 2013 in the North by the Guild of Professional Estate Agents the Holroyd Miller team is one of the most skilled, knowledgeable and dedicated integrated property specialists in the Wakefield area. With a strong desire to set industry standards and provide the best possible customer service Holroyd Miller enable clients to achieve their aims quickly, efficiently, cost effectively with the minimum of fuss and effort.
Simon Miller wins silver at the Regional Agent of the Year North award
Holroyd Miller win silver at a prestigious industry award ceremony held by The Guild of Professional Estate Agents.
Held at the Millennium Hotel in Grosvenor Square, Mayfair, London, the awards are designed to recognize outstanding performance and innovation from a carefully selected network of over 790 independent estate agents. The judges who awarded Holroyd Miller were particularly impressed by the way the agent demonstrated marketing innovation, expert market knowledge, a commitment to high standards of knowledge and expertise, and outstanding customer service.
Members of The Guild of Professional Estate Agents from across the UK attended the awards ceremony dinner following the most important day in the year for The Guild – its Annual Conference – the theme of which was ‘Communication in the Modern Era’.
Marcus Whewell, CEO of The Guild of Professional Estate Agents, presented the awards to Simon Miller, Partner at Holroyd Miller, commented:
“Rewarding outstanding achievement within our network is an honour and a privilege. The quality of award entries this year is the highest ever, reflecting how our organization is moving forward and assisting its agents to provide a truly unique and exceptional service to the public. My sincere congratulations go to Holroyd Miller who should be very proud of winning this hard-fought and prestigious award...”
Simon Miller, partner at Holroyd Miller says:
“This award is testament to the drive and expertise of each and every one of our staff which is second to none. We constantly endeavour to provide our clients superior service which is possible through our access to high quality marketing tools. We could not be more proud to receive this award and thank everyone at The Guild for the professional support they have provided us over the past twelve months”
Holroyd Miller launches a brand new TV Channel
Watch stunning location films and property tours in our brand new TV Channel, by Home on Film.
Nichola Wallis wins the Rising Star of the Year award
Wakefield Lettings Manager, Nichola Wallis, wins the Zoopla sponsored industry award for Rising Star of the Year at The Negotiator Awards 2013.
The UK estate agency event recognised the highest of industry standards and service during a black tie dinner hosted by the hilarious Mock the Week star Hugh Dennis.
From the overall 179 shortlisted entries, Nichola beat off stiff competition to win the Rising Star of the Year for the exceptional drive, dedication and customer service she displays working for Holroyd Miller.
Simon Miller, Partner at Holroyd Miller says:
“We are overjoyed; Nichola is a credit to our team and the industry. She deserves this recognition.”
Nichola'’ been part of the Holroyd Miller team for 26 months and during that time has increased the lettings division turnover by nearly 300 hundred percent which has been attributed to her caring attitude and genuine interest in customers.
“I'm overwhelmed, it was a fantastic event and wonderful experience, I still can't quite believe it. Thanks to Holroyd Miller for the huge support they give to all of us.”
Holroyd Miller wins 'Regional Agent of the Year North'
Holroyd Miller become 'Regional Agent of the Year North' during The Guild of Professional Estate Agents prestigious awards ceremony at the Millennium Hotel