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Reeds Rains estate agents has found that 69% of people in Britain have a neighbour they never say ‘hello’ to and that 78% of people find that it brightens up their day when they do, which can make them feel as though they have a greater attachment to their local community. (*) 

The study has revealed that the easiest way to start a conversation is to ask about a person’s well-being (43%) followed by the weather (27%) and holidays (7%).

John Wetherell regional managing director for Reeds Rains says: “Having good neighbours is becoming more important to buyers when they look for property. During viewings, questions they raise are about the neighbours and this is something which they often explore in detail before an offer is made. 

When considering a property to purchase for example, it might be worth introducing yourself to the people who live nearby. During a quick chat on the door step you can gather useful insights by dropping in questions, such as: What do you like about living here? Do all the neighbours get along with each other? And do you know why the seller is moving? 

Introducing yourself early on will make it easier to develop these relationships in the longer term.” 

When people were asked in the survey, what stops you from talking to your neighbour? Responses people gave included: ‘I am out at work and not familiar with them’, ‘lack of time’, ‘there has never been a need’ and ‘they keep themselves private’.

If you would like to find our more how Reeds Rains can help you about buying or selling a property, visit to find your local branch.

(*) Reeds Rains online survey – 103 respondents August 2015

Tom Culshaw performs live in support of The World's Biggest Coffee Morning



Tom Culshaw - Reeds Rains Formby

Local estate agents Reeds Rains Formby is hosting a Macmillan Coffee Morning where the staff will be joining with many other people across the UK by baking cakes, providing coffee and competitions to help raise much needed funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Reeds Rains’ very own negotiator Tom Culshaw will also be performing live in the branch who will be singing a selection of well-known classic hit songs from Michael Bublѐ to Frank Sinatra, and Reeds Rains is inviting everyone in Formby to come to their branch at 18 Chapel Lane, Formby, Liverpool, L37 4DU on Friday 25th September 2015 between 10.00am and 2.00pm and show their support for Tom and for the work which Macmillan do.

The World's Biggest Coffee Morning is Macmillan's biggest fundraising event where people across the UK hold a coffee morning and donations made on the day go towards supporting the fantastic work that Macmillan do. 

In the UK, there will be a record 2.5 million people living with cancer in 2015 which is an increase of almost half a million people in the last five years. (*) 

Tom Culshaw, negotiator at Reeds Rains says: “The team at Reeds Rains Formby are really looking forward to the Macmillan Coffee Morning on the 25th September 2015 and I’m personally excited to be performing at the event. Macmillan is a great charity which in some way has touched all of us. We hope to raise some money to help Macmillan continue the great work they do for cancer sufferers and all those that it affects.

The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is not only a great fund-raising event but also an exciting opportunity to meet the team at Reeds Rains Formby who will be happy to answer any questions you may have on the day.”



Buy-to-Let Index - August 2015


Rents retreat in August

  • Rents drop on a monthly basis, down 0.1% since July to stand at average of £803 per month in August
  • Annual pace of rental growth tempers to 5.5% over the last twelve months, down from 6.8% in July
  • While London and the South East slow, rents across the Midlands and East of England hit all-time highs
  • Despite slower rent increases, tenant finances worsen – as the proportion of rent in arrears rises to 9.9%
  • Landlords see gross yields steady at 5.1% while total annual returns stand at 9.3% including capital growth

Rents across England and Wales have fallen on a monthly basis for the first time since March, despite fresh records in three regions, according to the latest Buy-to-Let Index from Reeds Rains.

Average rents fell by 0.1% on a monthly basis, down from £804 in July to stand at an average of £803 in August. On an annual basis rents are now 5.5% higher than in August 2014, representing a slowdown since July when annual rent rises stood at an all-time record of 6.8%, 

Adrian Gill, director of estate agent Reeds Rains comments: “August has witnessed a break in a series of blistering rent rises. 

“Yet this mild correction comes on the back of a whole year of acceleration. Rents are rising rapidly on an annual basis, underpinned by an improving economic picture for many potential tenants – and the peak lettings season is only just about to start this autumn.”

“There is also no major change to the fundamentals of supply and demand. This means that in the longer-term, faster rent rises may become a semi-permanent feature of the British property market. Alongside purchase prices, rents will continue to rise rapidly until something happens to address a drastic shortage of homes in the UK.”

Read the full report >

Reeds Rains are proud to support Gas Safety Week 2015


Gas Safety Week is an annual safety week co-ordinated by the Gas Safe Register. The aim is to raise awareness of gas safety and the importance of taking care of gas appliances. 

Gas Safety Facts

  • 23 million households in the United Kingdom, Isle of Man and Guernsey use gas for heating, hot water and cooking.
  • Every year 1000’s of people across the UK are diagnosed with carbon monoxide poisoning. Remember that you can’t see it, taste it or smell it but it can kill quickly with no warning.
  • Gas Safe Register estimates that there are around 7,500 illegal gas fitters operating across the UK*
  • Gas appliances need to be checked annually, 24% of Britons don’t do it and 10% have appliances that have never been checked.

Gas Safety Tips

  • Only ever use a Gas Safe registered engineer to fit, fix and service your appliances. You can find one here.
  • Always ask to see your engineer’s ID card.
  • Get your appliances checked every year.
  • Know the signs of carbon monoxide poisoning – headaches, dizziness, breathlessness, nausea, collapse and loss of consciousness.
  • Fit an audible carbon monoxide alarm.
  • Get your chimney swept. Blocked chimneys can result in carbon monoxide building up in your home.
  • Beware of the warning signs that your gas appliance isn’t working properly such as a lazy yellow flame, black marks or stains, increase in condensation and a pilot light that keeps going out.

If you are a landlord or a tenant and you have any questions about gas safety in your property email

*Gas Safe Register Research 2009


Widnes Vikings officially launch new Reeds Rains Office


Hep Cahill, Windes Vikings, with Reeds Rains branch manager Joanne Woodward

In response to the increased activity and demand for its services, Reeds Rains has chosen its Widnes office to benefit from a major refurbishment. They held a special launch event at Reeds Rains Widnes, 58 Albert Road, Widnes, WA8 6JT where they were pleased to welcome Hep Cahill from the Widnes Vikings rugby league team to launch the new office. 

Hep Cahill began playing rugby league in New Zealand with the Otane Sports Club. Having represented the New Zealand Maori side in 2008 Hep made his National Rugby League debut for the Melbourne Storm in 2009 and was a member of the successful Storm team that defeated Leeds in the 2010 World Club Championship. 

In a debut season with the Vikings in 2012 Hep collected both the Player of the Year and Players’ Player of the Year awards. During an injury-hit 2013 he further enhanced his reputation at the highest level, while also passing 50 Super League appearances.

Joanne Woodward branch manager for Reeds Rains in Widnes explains: “It was great that Hep Cahill could come along to the office and officially launch our refurbished office.

Reeds Rains Widnes

The new office features eye catching custom made wallpaper highlighting the Silver Jubilee Bridge crossing the river Mersey, which reinforces Reeds Rains interest in its local area. The new Reeds Rains logo has also been designed to highlight its long standing position in the property market but also its forward thinking approach to residential sales and lettings and is a key feature within the office.

We’ve had a Reeds Rains office in Widnes for many years and while we’ve been able to help hundreds of customers during that time in selling, buying and renting houses it’s only now - as the brand is going through a major transformation - that we are celebrating. 

The fact is that Reeds Rains was established more than 140 years ago which in itself brings the peace of mind and reassurance that, we know, many people seek when choosing an agent. By combining this with our great local team who have vast experience in residential sales, lettings and financial services; we think we’ve got a winning combination. And it’s this, as well as our new refurbishment, that we think puts us in the perfect place to respond to the increase in local market activity.

Reeds Rains Widnes

We're just delighted to see Reeds Rains take such a major step forward in rebranding itself at a time when there is a lot of interest in the property market. 

This provides us with a great opportunity to really stand out from the crowd and encourages not only sellers and landlords to market their properties through us but also, of course, attract the buyers and tenants they need. 

The market itself seems to have a greater enthusiasm and confidence generally from people looking to buy or rent. We now believe we not only have the products and services to support them but also a more visible and eye catching brand to help in the promotion of properties — which is good news for all.” 

If you would like to find out more about how the local Reeds Rains team can help you please contact them at Reeds Rains Widnes, 58 Albert Road, Widnes, WA8 6JT or call them on 0151 424 3024.(*)

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