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Scotland House Price Index - January 2014




Scottish house prices show no negative response to Independence debate

  • House prices up £1,680 in January – largest monthly increase for 50 months
  • Average Scottish prices rise by £6,073 – largest annual increase since September 2010 

Donald MacLellan, Chairman of Walker Fraser Steele Chartered Surveyors, part of LSL Property Services, comments: “The enthusiasm of property investors suggests the Independence debate is having no impact on confidence within the Scottish housing market. Scottish prices are up £1,680 in January. Five consecutive months of rising prices indicate the market has bounced back fast as it gathers the fruits of the wider economic recovery. Whether or not the possibility of Scottish Independence throws up all sorts of question marks, such as the economic cost of a separate monetary system for Scotland, currency risks, changes to stamp duty and land tax, the property market seems currently unaffected. And whether some businesses are alarmed by the prospect of the use of a currency other than sterling, a development that might lead to a rise in transitional risks as well as large business costs, with corresponding implications for jobs, as yet there is little obvious impact. Banks such as RBS and Standard Life have threatened to leave Scotland altogether and decamp to England, possibly causing a drop in net lending. But if a yes vote for independence looked like the more probable outcome, we would expect this uncertainty to have manifested itself in property prices. As we can see, there has been no such impact on the housing market.

“2014 recorded the highest volume of sales in a January since 2008. Increased lending and mortgage availability are reaching heights not seen since before the recession as first-time buyers return to the market en masse. Mortgage finance – for those who can access it – is at its cheapest for some time. This is sustaining activity in all sections of the market, specifically buy-to-let investors and homeowners looking to upgrade. The spring market in Scotland will see more lending to first-time buyers thanks to cheaper rates, a boost in high loan-to-value mortgages and the support of Help to Buy. The lack of supply in properties in Scotland is boosting competition between new and previous buyers, propping up prices. The property market doesn’t appear to think things are set to change any time soon.”

Read the full LSL Scotland House Price index 

Reeds Rains Goes Back to the Future for New Customer Concept


Following extensive research, Reeds Rains has created a new consumer experience in St Helen’s as part of an entire brand transformation, which aims to distinguish the company from its competitors.

The modern, welcoming environment - which boasts an entire wall dedicated to an image of the Dream sculpture - will represent one key aspect of an overall revamp, which also includes a new logo, imagery and a nod to the company’s traditional, solid values and longevity.

The team at St Helen’s aim to build on the levels of trust and reliability associated with the company, which have been cornerstones of the business ever since founder Samuel Rains opened his first office 145 years ago.

Reeds Rains’ Managing Director Oliver Blake said: “To re-launch the brand on the doorstep of where we were founded as a company is no coincidence.

“The foundations of our business are entrenched in the local area and they underpin our modern new concept, which has been a long time in the making.”

Reeds Rains’ research revealed that many house-hunters felt a sense of intimidation when visiting an estate agent, with no discernable difference between competing brands in the market.

Respondents also claimed that estate agents didn’t care about their customers as being unique clients, as they often felt like ‘tiny cogs in a machine which they can’t control.’

Reeds Rains is now taking a lead from some of the UK’s most successful High Street retailers, creating more open spaces, an ambient environment and an overall attempt to break down a ‘them and us’ atmosphere.

The mayor of St Helen’s, Councillor Andy Bowden, will be present to cut the ribbon and other activities will also take place during the evening, including a raffle in aid of the Estate Agency Foundation.

Oliver Blake added: “Customers have told us that the overall experience of visiting an estate agent can feel a little overwhelming."

“Our new St Helen’s design is the first tangible response to this feedback and we feel we have a result that people will really appreciate.”

More information about Reeds Rains St Helen’s.

Reeds Rains Strikes Again in Lettings Industry Award


Reeds Rains’ extensive efforts to create a memorable customer experience at its network of branches have received the ultimate endorsement, courtesy of a coveted industry accolade.

The historic estate agent has won the silver award for property manager of the year at the Negotiator Awards 2013, to further vindicate its attempts to leave lasting impressions on tenants and landlords alike.

The announcement underlines an ongoing success story for the brand, which includes a 20 per cent growth in turnover and a 14 per cent rise in managed clients in the past 12 months.

Reeds Rains has invested heavily in training and development across all areas of the company, to provide the most professional service possible.

Mark Chatterton, Lettings Operations Director said: “To be recognised by one of the industry’s most influential publications means a great deal to everyone at Reeds Rains.

“We have always prided ourselves on advising confidently in each local area, the types of property on the market and the rental marketplace as a whole.

“Winning this award reassures us that we are continuing to do the right things and on behalf of everyone at the company, we are absolutely thrilled.”

The event, which attracted a record number of entries was hosted by comedian Hugh Dennis, and was held at the Park Lane Hilton hotel in London on November 5.

Mark said: “We believe we provide an invaluable service for landlords and tenants, ensuring that all legal safety obligations are met protecting both parties.

“Routine repairs and emergencies are attended to with speed and care, because we understand that these are an inconvenience to tenants and an unwelcome expense for landlords.

 “It appears that The Negotiator Awards acknowledged these facts when judging, which is great news for us, in such a high profile event that is attended by the nation’s top property agents.”

Reeds Rains’ latest honour adds to a Sunday Times bronze accolade for property management in the national publication’s prestigious lettings agency of the year awards in March during which the judges praised Reeds Rains excellent rent collection facility and low default rates. 

Reeds Rains City Living Liverpool win Best Letting Agent 2012


The Reeds Rains team from our recently opened flagship City Living Liverpool Branch, attended the prestigious '"Your Move Magazine Property Awards" on Thursday 1st November.  Staged at the Metropolitan Cathedral, the awards are the most talked about event in the industry's calendar and are attended by all that contribute to Liverpool's vibrant property market. 

Reeds Rains City Living were awarded 'Best Lettings Agent 2012' which is a great achievement by the team in their first year of trading.  All of the city agents were mystery shopped on their service by an independent company and this award is a real testament to all the effort that has been put in by everyone at the branch. Darren Carter, Branch Manager commented, 'I'm so proud of my team, to achieve something so respected within the area in our first year is fabulous!" 

From Left to Right Maria Coran from Let Support ( award sponsor) with Ian Taylor, Darren Carter and Kelly Drummond 

So if you are a seasoned landlord looking for a proactive agent to source tenants, or a first time landlord that requires an agent to give guidance throughout the letting process, our award winning Liverpool team are here to help. Reeds Rains products range from 'Let Only', 'Rent Collection' and 'Full Managed'.  All you have to decide is what level of involvement you would like.

The City Living Liverpool branch is situated on North John Street within walking distance of Liverpool ONE shopping quarter and nestled close to the heart of the city's business district, primarily dealing with the sale and letting of City Centre apartments and flats in the core postcodes of L1, L2 and L3. Darren adds "We also have houses to sell and let in all compass directions from the city centre, as well as offering a prestige service for the more challenging and executive market of the L17 and 18 postcodes.

To contact our award winning lettings team please call 0151 227 2027   or email




Come Dine With Terry


Terry Robinson, Sales Director for Reeds Rains Estate Agents in Leamington Spa and Kenilworth is to appear on the Channel 4 TV programme Come Dine With Me.

When not selling properties, Terry, who has been a local estate agent for over a decade, is also a very keen chef and spends lots of time cooking and hosting dinner parties.

Terry commented: “I have always loved cooking and eating in good restaurants. I love trying new dishes and so when the opportunity came up, I couldn’t say no!”

“I have made four great friends (yes we really did get along) and it was a wonderful experience so I am looking forward to it going out on TV.”

Reeds Rains' Terry Robinson

The five dinner parties will be shown at 5:30pm each night next week, 22nd to the 26th of October, with Terry hosting the second night on Tuesday with a rather interesting theme.

To mark this occasion, Reeds Rains Estate Agents in Leamington Spa and Kenilworth are offering a 50% discount on their standard fees for anybody that books a valuation between the 19th and 27th of October 2012.

Article featured in Warwick Courier on 20/09/2012 @Warwick_Courier

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