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It’s a double win for Reeds Rains

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From the left: Entrepreneur Michelle Mone, Reeds Rains Managing Director Oliver Blake, and Zoopla Commercial Director Jon Notley

Reeds Rains  have been successful at the Estate Agency of the Year Awards 2014 where it won the Silver award for Best Estate Agency National  and the Bronze award for their Financial Services despite tough competition from some of the leading names in the market. The awards, sponsored by The Sunday Times and The Times, are some of the most sought after in the estate agency industry and to be acknowledged as a winner is seen as a major triumph and reflects the professional services available for customers from Reeds Rains.

Now in its twelfth year as a dedicated competition, these awards have become widely recognised as the most prestigious and difficult to win. With more entrants than ever before, over 5,000 offices were represented this year, but only the very best of the best were crowned as winners.

The awards were presented by Michelle Mone, one of the UKs leading entrepreneurs who is the co-owner of Ultimo Brands International and founder of Ultimo, one of the UKs leading lingerie brands.

 Left to right: Entrepreneur Michelle Mone, Reeds Rains Financial Services Director John Hargreaves, and Mid West Displays Michelle Farnsworth

The Judges report on Best Large Estate Agency recognised Reeds Rains’ long history of trust and reliability along with their culture of continuous development and acknowledged that the entire team are property industry experts. They highlighted the great passion within Financial Services and their dedication within the organisation to ensure that transactions are progressed as professionally and ethically as possible for each client. They acknowledged Reeds Rains’ high level of customer service which has resulted in a satisfaction ratio of 97% of clients serviced and a feedback score of 98% who would recommend the services across the board.

Oliver Blake, Managing Director at Reeds Rains says: “It is a great achievement to win both awards and they are a real testament to all the hard work and dedication from the staff at Reeds Rains. Well done everyone!”

Christmas starts early for Acomb Primary School

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Left to right - Anna Townsend, Samuel Townsend and Ruth Betts from Acomb Primary School

Acomb Primary School based in York have hosted their Christmas fair which brought together families and the Acomb community to start the festive period which included games, mince pies, tombola, cake sale and a visit from Santa.

Local estate and lettings agent Reeds Rains supported the event and hosted a game at the fair which involved guessing which door Santa was hiding behind.

Andy Jacques Branch Manager for Reeds Rains in Acomb says: “We asked Acomb Primary school to help us by decorating the game and they did a great job. The board of houses looked fantastic and we provided prizes for the lucky winners.

The event was hugely successful and it was great to see the Acomb community come together to support it. There are always fun activities taking place in Acomb and supporting the local community is something we are passionate about.”

Elsewhere in Acomb, Reeds Rains also work closely with the Acomb Cricket Club by officially sponsoring their kit and their ‘Player of the Month awards’ which is also part of their drive to build greater links with the Acomb community.

First Captain Andy Tute from Acomb Cricket Club adds: “We value the support Reeds Rains provides and it is great to have them alongside us. We have been promoted from Division 1 of the York & District Senior League into the Premier Division and with Reeds Rains support we will continue to be successful.”

If you would like to find out how Reeds Rains can help you buy or sell your property then visit the Acomb branch at 1 Carr Lane, York, North Yorkshire, YO26 5HT or call 01904 782621(*) for more information.

 

 (*)Calls maybe recorded for training and/or monitoring purposes.

Winter property maintenance advice from Reeds Rains...

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Winter can be tough on properties. From heavy rain to snow and frost , this weather can really cause damage to your property. Reeds Rains has put together a list of things you can do to make sure your property is ready for winter.

Protect your pipes from freezing

When water freezes it expands, so cold weather means water in your pipes can freeze and this could result in the pipe bursting. You can help prevent this by insulating pipes with pipe insulator.

Check drains and gutters

Rain and wind can lead to flooding so make sure you check your drains and gutters for any debris and blockages which could prevent water from draining away.

Clear paths from debris

Wet weather and frost can lead to extremely slippery pathways. It is important to clear leaves and any other debris from paths - especially if your house is for sale, you don’t want any potential buyers slipping!

Tidy your garden and cut down any loose branches

If you have any kids’ toys, trampolines, and barbeques  in your garden, now is the time to put them away in the garage or shed safe for the Winter. You also need to check fences and branches to make sure nothing is loose and could cause damage in high winds.

Bleed your radiators

To get the best from your radiators you should bleed them every now and again. To check which radiators bleeding you should check that all parts of the radiators are warm, if not the radiator needs bleeding. Bleeding a radiator is a simple process, find out how to do it here.

Get your boiler checked

The weather is only going to get colder and colder, now is the time to get your boiler checked to make sure it is going to last you the winter.

Put together an emergency kit

Things like power cuts are more common at this time of year, make sure you have an emergency kit somewhere containing things like candles, matches, a torch and batteries, blankets and some sort of food that doesn’t require cooking!

Check for any external peeling paintwork

If your house is painted it may be worth getting it repainted before the frost sets in, water gets in the cracked paintwork and freezes, damaging it even more.

Get your chimney swept

There are many reasons to get your chimney swept regularly including; reduced risk to your families health through things like gases, improved safety, reduced risk of chimney fires and improved fire efficiency.

Check your Insurance

It might be a good idea to check your Insurance covers you for things like flooding and other damage caused by the weather.

Reeds Rains Support Mission Christmas – Cash for kids

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Left to right - Helen Grieve with Paul Kozyra Mortgage Adviser Reeds Rains Macclesfield

 

Research shows that 150,000 children in Manchester are living in poverty and will not be expecting a visit from Santa this year, and it’s because of this that local estate and lettings agents, Reeds Rains, are encouraging people to visit their branch with a gift to help make Christmas special for these disadvantaged children. (*)

The appeal called Mission for Christmas – Cash for kids is the brain child of radio station Key103 and aims to raise £1 million worth of toys suitable for babies, toddlers, children and teenagers aged 0 to 18 years. Reeds Rains is supporting the appeal by providing drop off points for people to make donations from 21of their branch locations around Manchester.

Regional Operations Manager Steven Cooke explains: “Mission Christmas – Cash for kids is a hugely popular event in Manchester which has a lot of support from local people. We are encouraging people in Manchester to buy an extra gift to help make this Christmas happy for local sick and disadvantaged kids. The mission is to make a happy Christmas for all children.

Reeds Rains are providing a selection of drop off points to help make it easier for people in Manchester to make sure their gift is delivered with a number of our branches taking part.

 

Reeds Rains Bramhall
5 Ack Lane East, Bramhall, Stockport, SK7 2BE
Collection date: Monday 15th December

Reeds Rains Cheadle
2 The Crescent, Cheadle, SK8 1PU
Collection date: Thursday 11th December

Reeds Rains Didsbury
713 Wilmslow Road, Didsbury, Manchester, M20 6RE
Collection date: Monday 15th December

Reeds Rains Heald Green
254 Finney Lane, Heald Green, Cheadle, SK8 3QD
Collection date: Thursday 11th December

Reeds Rains Manchester
29 Whitworth Street West, City Centre, Manchester, M1 5ND
Collection date: Wednesday 17th December

Reeds Rains Sale
76 School Road, Sale, M33 7XB
Collection date: Friday 12th December

Reeds Rains Salford
167 Langworthy Road, Salford, Manchester, M6 5PW
Collection date: Monday 15th December

Reeds Rains Salford Quays
2 Anchorage Quay, Salford Quays, M50 3YW
Collection date: Tuesday 16th December

Reeds Rains Stretford
139 Barton Road, Stretford, Manchester, M32 8DN
Collection date: Tuesday 16th December

Reeds Rains Timperley
 98 Park Road, Timperley, WA15 6TE
Collection date: Tuesday 9th December

Reeds Rains Walkden
2C Memorial Road, Walkden, Manchester, M28 3AQ
Collection date: Monday 8th December

Reeds Rains Hazel Grove
159 London Road, Hazel Grove, Stockport, SK7 4HH
Collection date: Monday 15th December

Reeds Rains Offerton
213 Hall Street, Offerton, Stockport, SK1 4JG
Collection date: Tuesday 16th December

Reeds Rains Hyde
102 Market Street, Hyde, SK14 1ES
Collection date: Friday 12th December
 

Reeds Rains Reddish
420 Reddish Road, Reddish, Stockport, SK5 7AA
Collection date: Wednesday 17th December

Reeds Rains Heaton Moor
12 Moorside Road, Heaton Moor, Stockport, SK4 4DT
Collection date: Wednesday 17th December

Reeds Rains Marple
11 Stockport Road, Marple, SK6 6BD
Collection date: Tuesday 16th December

Reeds Rains Wilmslow
32 Alderley Road, Wilmslow, SK9 1JX
Collection date: Wednesday 10th December

Reeds Rains Macclesfield
37-39 Church Street, Macclesfield, SK11 6LB
Collection date: Monday 15th December 

 

Reeds Rains Edgeley
126 Castle Street, Stockport, SK3 9JH
Collection date: Wednesday 17th December


If you’d like to make a donation, simply call in at one of the Reeds Rains branches which are open weekdays and every Saturday.

 

 

(*)http://www.key103.co.uk/charity/missionchristmas/

Stamp duty will be cut for 98% of people who pay it

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In George Osborne’s Autumn statement, it was announced that from Thursday 4 December stamp duty will be cut for 98% of people who pay it.

What does this mean?

Under the old rules if you bought a house for £185,000, you would have had to pay 1% tax on the full amount – a total of £1,850. From tomorrow, under the new rules, for the same property you’ll pay nothing on the first £125,000 and 2% on the remaining £60,000. This works out as £1,200, a saving of £650.

In Scotland the new rates will apply until 1 April 2015, when the Land and Buildings Transaction Tax replaces stamp duty in Scotland.

The new rates of stamp duty are:

Purchase price of property (£) 

New rates paid on the part of the
property price within each tax band 

 0 - 125,000

 0%

 125,001 - 250,000

 2%

 250,001 - 925,000

 5%

 925,001 - 1,500,000

 10%

 1,500,001 and over

 12%

Looking for further advice about what you should be paying?

If you are in the process of buying a property, your solicitor or a Reeds Rains conveyancer will work out the stamp duty you have to pay. 

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