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Cracking Community Spirit


 Jan Johnson - Halifax branch manager

Branches across Reeds Rains are enjoying Easter by supporting their local primary schools through a very special Easter competition.

Halifax, Morley and Bamber Bridge provided Easter packs for the pupils which included a blank Easter egg template the students were asked to design along with an invitation to valuation flyer for the parents.

The students created their own Easter themed picture for the competition and over the Easter holiday, the artwork is being displayed in the branches. The branches are welcoming parents to see for themselves the work which their kids had done.

Prizes are available where the winner will receive a £25 Smyths Toy Voucher and the runners up an Easter egg. (*)

The competition is part of the Reeds Rains drive to support the local community and create greater links with it.

Cairn Morrison, the Morley branch manager for Reeds Rains says: “The pupils really enjoyed the competition and the Easter egg designs look fabulous. There are so many designs to choose from and picking a winner is difficult. We managed to hold the competition with 3 local primary schools who have been very supportive and we have found this a great way to engage with the local community.

If you would like to find out how Reeds Rains can help you buy or sell your property then visit:

Reeds Rains Halifax, 16-18 Bull Green, Halifax, HX1 5AB
Telephone: 01422 348989 (**) 

Reeds Rains Morley, 88 Queen Street, Morley, Leeds, LS27 9EB
Telephone: 0113 252 0181  (**)

Reeds Rains Baddeley Green, Stoke-On-Trent, ST2 7HA
Telephone: 01782 544133 (**) 

(*) Terms and Conditions - The competition will run between Monday 16th March and Thursday 2nd April 2015 and is open to children between the ages of four and eleven. The 1st prize is a £25 Smyths Toy Voucher. Each of five runners up will receive an Easter egg. To enter, simply use this template to design an Easter egg. Only one entry per child. Winner will be decided by Reeds Rains branch staff. Prizes will be awarded in assembly after the Easter holidays. The promoter is Reeds Rains.

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

First Time Buyer Opinion Barometer - March 2015


First-time buyers demand housing action as half are forced to consider homes with no natural light

  • First-timers increasingly willing to compromise living space to get on the ladder: 51% say natural light isn’t vital in a first home, 63% would go without a bath, 93% happy without an ensuite bathroom
  • First-time buyers want to clamp down on land banking and make it easier to convert buildings to residential use, while one in ten want to build over high streets and golf courses
  • However, February sees 21,000 first-time buyer completions, up 11% from 19,000 in January

The housing crisis is creating growing anger and desperation among would-be first-time buyers, with over half now willing to forgo natural light in their search for an affordable first property, according to the latest First Time Buyer Opinion Barometer from Reeds Rains.

When asked about the requirements that they consider to be ‘vital’ in a first home, only 49% of first-timers cited natural light as essential. Just 54% said a garden as mandatory, and 55% a car parking space.

With the average price of a first-time buyer home now £143,767 as of February, first-timers are more willing to sacrifice spaces including garages, dining rooms and utility rooms in order to save on costs. 

Just 7% of first-time buyers said an ensuite bathroom was an essential requirement to a first-home; while 14% said a garage was mandatory, and just a third (30%) viewed having a dining room as vital. Staggeringly, 11% of first-time buyers said a kitchen wasn’t vital in a new home.

Adrian Gill, director of estate agent Reeds Rains, comments: “First-time buyers are willing to sacrifice space and comfort in their quest to buy a first home. But this shouldn’t be such an arduous task – these findings should send a warning flare out to our politicians that many first-timers are tripping up along the path to homeownership, despite much improved access to finance. 

“There is only a finite stock of housing on the market, and unfortunately, first-time buyers are the least prepared in the current scramble for property. The lion’s share of new housing policy has been stoking demand, rather than supplementing supply, with the Help to Buy ISA the latest in a host of flagship first-timer policies. But building initiatives remain largely untouched, leaving enormous potential to revise and improve housing policy.

“Of course, there is a flipside. Such strong buyer demand means now is a fantastic time for sellers to put property on the market, with affordable properties likely to be snapped up quickly.”

In their bi-monthly survey, Reeds Rains asked first-time buyers what policies they would accept to encourage more housebuilding. Four in ten first-timers (41%) would accept legislation to prevent land banking – when developers buy a plot of land for development but don’t build on it straight away. And over a third (37%) think it should be easier to convert existing buildings to residential use.

Some Egg-cellent ideas for Easter!


Easter is one of the biggest celebrations here in the UK, for many it's a weekend full of tasty treats and catching up with family and friends. On average each child living in the UK recieves an average of 8.8 eggs1- that's a lot of chocolate! With all the treats and events it's easy to forget why we even celebrate Easter. Do you know where the name Easter even comes from? The name Easter came from Eastre, the Anglo-Saxon goddess who symbolizes hare and egg2?

Find below our list of things to keep you occupied and ensure you have an egg-cellent Easter!

Arts and Crafts

Children love Easter, with the extra chocolate and fun activities it's no wonder. From decorating eggs to making traditional Easter bonnets, take a look at these fun ideas to keep children occupied.

You can also print and colour your very own Reeds Rains Easter egg here - don't forget to share the finished product with us on Facebook or Twitter!

Find out more >

Easter Baking

Easter isn't just about Easter eggs, other treats enjoyed over the Easter period including scrumptious bakes like chocolate nests, creme egg brownies and hot cross buns to name a few.

Find out more >

Be charitable

Find out if your local schools or clubs are doing anything over Easter or even your local supermarket. These days a lot collect Easter eggs to send to those less fortunate and you can also buy eggs where a contribution is made to charity. 

Easter Egg Hunt

It wouldn't be Easter without a traditional Easter egg hunt, fun for all the family with delicious treats at the end. Take a look at these ideas to create your own egg hunt or find out if there's one going on in your local area.

Easter Movies

Unfortunately we can't guarantee sunshine and blue skies this Easter, so if you find yourselves stuck indoors hiding from the rain and wind then pop on one of these Easter movies. Our favourites include; Hop, Yogi the Easter bear, Bugs Bunny's Easter funnies and Winnie the Pooh.

Pack a picnic

If the sunshine does come out you could pack a picnic and take all your Easter treats with you. There are lots of lovely parks around if you take a ball or other toys this makes a really fun, cheap day out for the family.

Visit local attractions

Easter is a wonderful time for visiting local attractions. Lots put on special events to celebrate or offer discounts to encourage visitors.

Get gardening - you could win £250 worth of gardening goods with Reeds Rains and CJ Wildlife

The long Easter weekend presents the opportunity to get on top of your garden in time for the Spring. Be inspired by our top 10 Reeds Rains gardens here or if you need some supplies you might want to enter our competition with CJ Wildlife, there's £250 worth of gardening goods to be won and they are also offering Reeds Rains customers a 10% discount, find out more and enter here

Start your property search

Maybe now is the time to get moving, take a look at the properties Reeds Rains has to offer here. If you are looking to sell your home then you can also book a FREE valuation. 




An invitation to join the Reeds Rains Buyer and Sellers Event


Eccleshall branch staff

In response to increased activity in the local market and demand for its services, estate and letting agents Reeds Rains has chosen three of their local offices to host a major event dedicated to buyers and sellers. 

Then event is for buyers and sellers to meet and find out about property that is available in the local area and will be held at the following locations:

• Reeds Rains Eccleshall 26th March 2015 - 5.30pm-7.30pm

• Reeds Rains Stone 24th March 2015 - 5.30pm-7.30pm

Reeds Rains Stafford 31st March 2015 - 5.30pm-7.30pm

Nicola Jane Dyson the branch manager for Reeds Rains in Eccleshall says: “We are passionate about property and are excited about welcoming buyers and sellers to our office. Whether you are currently on the market with another agent, a first time buyer or looking to sell quickly, our experts will be on hand to explain a range of topics we think will be of interest. For example, Help to Buy, tips on the best places to buy and how to get the best exposure for your property. We will explain the range of services which are on offer and demonstrate how we match people to the right property.

In Eccleshall, we are also excited to showcase our updated office with its modern new furnishings and high tech LED displays to enhance the on-going display of properties. 

Eccleshall Branch

The new office also features eye catching custom made wallpaper featuring the bespoke railings outside The George Inn reflecting the coaching history of Eccleshall, which reinforces Reeds Rains interest in its local area. Inside the office, 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 can be seen as a key feature within the office.

This new office makes it the ideal setting for us to help buyers find the property which is right for them and equip sellers with effective ways to market their property.

All in all we hope the event proves useful and we look forward to welcoming buyers and sellers to find out for themselves what great services Reeds Rains can offer.” 

For further details of the event – or for more information about Reeds Rains generally – simply contact the local teams at:

Reeds Rains Eccleshall 1 High Street, Eccleshall, Stafford, ST21 6BH
Tel: 01785 850241 (*)


Reeds Rains Stone 67 High Street, Stone, ST15 8AD
Tel: 01785 813501 (*)


Reeds Rains Stafford 11 Mill Street, Stafford, ST16 2AJ
Tel: 01785 258888 (*)


 (*) Calls may be recorded and/or monitored for training and/or data protection purposes.

Gardening with wildlife in mind


Our friends at CJ Wildlife, Europe’s leading garden wildlife specialists, are encouraging gardeners to think ahead to the needs of their wildlife this year as they plan which plants to add to their garden this spring.

Wildlife friendly plants can provide suitable nesting sites, shelter and a source of food for beneficial insects, birds and mammals in your garden. Although offering nesting boxes, additional food and water year-round is essential to caring for your local wildlife, creating a wildlife garden with longevity will help sustain your garden visitors across the seasons too.

When creating your wildlife haven select your plants based on the size of your garden and the species you wish to attract. The plants will help to attract more wildlife to your garden, and providing nest boxes close by will encourage the wildlife to stay.

The wild plant experts at CJs work with the growers to hand-pick plants that are beneficial to native UK wildlife. They make selections based on attributes such as dense foliage, edible berries and nectar rich flowers so that their range of close to 250 varieties has a broad appeal to a variety of species.

If you don’t already have an abundance of bees in your garden, you can purchase Red Mason Bee Cocoons from CJ Wildlife each spring. The cocoons come from their own breeding and research programme based in Shropshire, and are available for a limited period of time in March and April. 

Gardening with wildlife in mind means not being obsessively tidy; reducing the use of chemicals to a minimum; and providing habitats for a wide range of different creatures. Features such as log piles, areas of unmown grass or suitably planted ponds with shallow sides to allow wildlife to enter and escape, are some of the simple ways that we can all increase the wildlife value of our gardens.  

Choose plants that will offer food for pollinators and seed or fruit eating species, and perhaps also provide shelter for roosting or nesting, and add to that by providing nest boxes, bat boxes and insect shelters.
Don’t forget that birds and other wildlife such as hedgehogs also benefit from a regular supply of good quality supplementary food.

To view the complete collection and start attracting wildlife to your garden click here.


CJ Wildlife are giving away a wildlife garden pack worth over £150 to one lucky winner, and 2 runners up will each receive packs worth £50. 


**Terms and conditions can be found here.

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