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February 27, 2017

A word from Oliver Griffiths

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Oliver Griffiths, Sales Manager, Richmond

Oliver Griffiths, Sales Manager, olivergriffiths@jackson-stops.com 

020 8940 6789 3 Lichfield Terrace, Richmond, TW9 1AS

After a challenging 2016, there has been much cause for optimism about the Richmond market this year. Activity improved significantly in January, with a 100% increase in the number of sales agreed by our office when compared to the same period last year.

Despite a strong start to 2017, however, I believe there is still reason to be cautious about the months ahead. The higher end of the market will continue to face its challenges: the increased levels of stamp duty are not going away for the time being, Brexit is never too far from people’s minds and we, along with the rest of the world, will watch to see how the ‘Trump effect’ continues to play out.

That said, the local market ranging from £500,000 to c. £1,000,000 remains buoyant, fuelled by a lack of available properties to view, much to the frustration of a significant number of motivated buyers we have registered.

New Road, Richmond, TW10

As winners of the ‘UK’s Best Estate Agent’ at last year’s British Property Awards, we are perfectly placed to assist with all your property requirements, whether you are serious about selling or simply considering your options at this stage. Please do pop in for a conversation and a coffee, or call to arrange a time for us to visit you at home. We would be delighted to be of service.

A charming three bedroom period cottage full of character and situated on the highly desirable New Road moments from Ham Common.  Set over three floors, the accommodation comprises entrance, living room, kitchen family room, three bedrooms and newly refurbished family bathroom.

 

 

February 22, 2017

Coombe: an area steeped in history…

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Coombe is an historic neighbourhood within the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames.  Roman coins and ancient remains have been discovered in the area and it even appears in the Domesday Book.  Nowadays, Coombe is a prestigious residential location, and house prices in the area commonly run into the millions. Located just 10.8 miles from central London and surrounded by acres of beautiful parkland, the area is also home to some stunning Grade II listed buildings such as Warren House and Cedar Court.  Notable residents, past and present, include Prince Adolphus, Duke of Cambridge, great-great-grandfather of Queen Elizabeth II, Ronnie Wood of The Rolling Stones and television personality Jimmy Tarbuck.

 

The area also boasts one of England’s most highly rated and traditional golf courses.  Coombe Hill Golf Club opened on 30th May 1911.  The Rt. Hon. Winston Churchill, then Home Secretary, was an early member of the Club, and he was known to have played the occasional round of golf with Herbert Henry Asquith, Prime Minister at the time.

Detached House for sale Henley Drive

If the idea of residing in an area with such a rich history appeals to you, then you need look no further: these stunning, newly-built, detached family homes are set on a private, tree-lined road in Coombe. They have been designed meticulously for the modern family and provide light and airy living spaces, striking fixtures and fittings, all with a superb quality finish.

Why not pop into Jackson-Stops & Staff in Wimbledon Village and we’d be delighted to show you round the properties and answer any questions you may have.

 

 

 

 

February 14, 2017

Why not make a Big Splash in Teddington?

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David Hockney, one of Britain’s most popular and influential living artists, brings his most comprehensive exhibition to the Tate Britain this month, which will run from the 9th February through to the 29th May 2017.

Hockney’s works are always bright and uplifting and feature a variety of subjects, including his love of water. In 1967, he started a collection of works based around swimming pools, which is entitled the Big Splash.

Terraced House to rent Fairways, Teddington, TW11

Terraced House to rent Fairways, Teddington, TW11

Flat to rent Mallard Place, Twickenham, TW1

Flat to rent Mallard Place, Twickenham, TW1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If the artworks leave you feeling inspired to make your own splash, our Jackson-Stops & Staff Teddington branch is currently marketing two wonderful properties which have the added benefit of being set beside the River, or feature a communal swimming pool to take a dip in. We have a fabulous riverside townhouse which is spread over four floors and located in a tranquil setting between parkland and the river, available to rent for £2,650 per calendar month (fees apply); we also have a beautiful apartment to rent in Mallard Place, a riverside development that also includes a heated swimming pool within the communal gardens. The apartment is available to rent for £1,675 per calendar month (fees apply). Do get in touch with our team in Teddington, who would be delighted to help you make your own splash this month!

February 10, 2017

Actions speak louder than words

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Tim Firth, Sales Director

Here at Jackson-Stops & Staff we work hard to stay true to our values of trust and service. These are values that are often talked about, but they are themes that run through all levels of our business and the importance of them is engrained into every member of staff on a regular basis. So naturally we were delighted when Tim Firth, Sales Director of our Weybridge office, received this wonderful email from a client recently, extolling the virtues of the service he had received throughout the complex sale of his property:

‘’Tim, you have convinced me to stay with the deal, you have been very candid with me. I have stuck with this deal because I think the price is good, I think highly of you, and I think that you have been clever in looking for unusual ways to keep the deal alive, and fundamentally I trust you. I thought your creativity was worthy of me writing to your superiors, if you have any, or your peers, in their absence, to share my praise of your abstract thinking, and patience.’’

Do get in touch with your local Jackson-Stops & Staff office if you would like to discussing your property requirements, we would be delighted to be of service.

February 8, 2017

Our Chairman comments on the Government’s latest Housing White Paper

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Nicholas Leeming, Chairman

Nicholas Leeming, National Chairman

Following on from yesterday’s Housing White Paper, here are our National Chairman, Nick Leeming’s thoughts in response to the latest initiatives that have been put forward by the Government:  

“Today the Government has thrown in the towel on Britain as a nation of home owners. The emphasis on help for people renting their homes is positive, but is in apparent contradiction with the 3% stamp duty surcharge introduced on second homes in April 2016, which was intended to deter buy-to-let investors to the benefit of first-time buyers. The change in tone from the Housing Minister heralds the death knell for the flexible ownership model that benefited the baby boomers and Generation X. However, Prime Minister Theresa May’s Government has a real drive to build more homes, which we haven’t seen in a while, so I hope that this new age of tenure neutrality won’t just replace 30 years of failings to build enough homes for people to buy.

“Measures focused on providing bespoke housing for older people and consideration of how to promote efficient use of existing homes are a positive, but it would have been refreshing to see stamp duty addressed, for example a stamp duty holiday for first-time buyers to aid overall affordability. It would have been even better to see an easing across the board of stamp duty levels to really rejuvenate the property market. The high value property market continues to suffer, particularly in London, which reduces liquidity across all levels.”

You can read the white paper in full here.

February 7, 2017

All you need to know about keeping your laundry smelling fresh

Filed under: Latest News — Tags: , , , — JSS London @ 2:43 pm

clothesline-1285248_1920Handy Hints for keeping your laundry fresh, from our Property Management department

There’s nothing nicer than the smell of freshly laundered clothes that hits you when you take out a wash from the machine.

However, if the scent of your clothes isn’t quite the ‘fresh cotton’ or ‘sea breeze’ you’d been hoping for, it’s likely that a build-up of mouldy detergent has occurred in the inner pipes of the washing machine. In our increasingly eco-friendly world, we are told to wash our clothes on 30 or 40 degree washes; whilst we obviously all want to help the environment as much as we can, it’s also the case that we should be doing a hot wash every once in a while to flush out the remains of detergent that gets left in machine pipes. It’s a good idea do this when washing bed linen, towels or tea towels, to avoid shrinking your clothes or doing an empty wash (of course, always check the label washing guidelines to see whether your item can withstand a hot wash).

Using eco-friendly biological powder or capsules for hot washes will help flush the pipes through. Check your filter regularly, as powder, fluff and other small objects do sometimes get stuck here. If this doesn’t help, you may find that the appliance is in need of a good clean. Try an empty hot wash with eco-friendly biological powder/capsule and once this has finished you should clean the filter. Carry out an empty wash with no powder immediately afterwards and then clean the filter once again. You may need to repeat this a few times. Although, you are using more energy for the hot washes, you are ultimately making your appliance last longer, which saves the environment in an alternative way. A great number of appliances are dispensed with and replaced with a brand model when a proper clean of the pipes may well have done the trick. To avoid against mouldy detergent building in the pipes you can also try buying eco-friendly detergent that is placed straight into the drum.

clothes-line-379975_1920If your laundry is still not smelling as fresh as you would like, it may mean that the pipes leading from the kitchen sink are blocked (if your appliance lives in the kitchen). Try putting the plug in the sink and filling it up half way. Remove the plug and check whether the water flows easily down, or whether it bubbles. If it bubbles you may need to use some drain un-blocker, which you can purchase from your local supermarket or DIY store.

For any further information, please do get in touch with the Jackson-Stops & Staff Property Management department, we would be happy to help.

January 30, 2017

Take a Teddington walk on the wild side

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We’re sure that the BBC’s wonderful series of Winter Watch will have captured your imagination and fuelled your enthusiasm for the wonderful array of wildlife that lives all around us.

Our Teddington team is spoilt with the incredible amount of rare birds and other animals living nearby in Royal Bushy Park. If you would like to view wildlife a little closer to your own home, we have a range of properties available to rent in TW11 that feature private gardens and communal spaces.

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Terraced House to rent Arlington Road, Teddington, TW11

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Flat to rent Hampton Road, Teddington, TW11

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Flat to rent Harrowdene Gardens, Teddington, TW11

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Why not ‘duck’ in the next time you’re ‘flying’ past our office on the high street and arrange a bird’s eye view of one of these lovely properties?

 

Sales Market Update January 2017

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2016 saw the London property market rise overall in value while the more prime markets experienced continued reaction to increased taxation and uncertainty.

Over the course of the year the Greater London market appreciated in value with latest Land Registry figures recording an increase of 3.7% (Jan 16 – Oct 16) and an annual change of 7% (Oct 15 – Oct 16).

The year involved a number of circumstances which dampened market activity, from the additional 3% Stamp Duty on second property acquisitions introduced in March, concern surrounding June’s EU Referendum, the ongoing hesitancy over the higher Stamp Duty levels for property worth over £1,000,000 and America’s presidential election in November.

We have therefore seen the more expensive properties in the market evidence below average price increases and in some cases fall in value marginally. The more peripheral, lower-value markets continue in stable momentum realising further gains in average prices, responding to continued strong domestic demand aided by the very low interest rate environment.

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The graph to above displays the five most expensive and five lowest value London boroughs (as per average price in Oct 16). It lists the price growth for each over a one and ten year period.

The London property market in 2017 is likely to sustain the trends seen over 2016, but will be somewhat bolstered by reduced uncertainty. With demand for residential property across Greater London remaining above the level of supply, the outlook for 2017 is a continuing increase in average house prices and rents. As 2016 demonstrated, however, growth will be strongest for the mid to lower value properties with high end values and rents being affected by weak demand. We see this as an important period for adjustment which will support future price stability for the market as a whole

The market for sales is likely to see a small increase in transaction volumes as serious vendors adjust asking prices to ease the burden of higher Stamp Duty levels and a degree of pent-up demand should feed through to the market which will translate into an increase in the number of sales, providing more realistic asking prices are set.

Activity in both markets will reflect the national and Capital’s economic position and sentiment over leaving the EU. Post Referendum the market did not go into freefall as some predicted and demand is likely to improve should a Brexit plan become clear, with Article 50 expected to be triggered by the end of March. The most commonly used word Brexit became relegated by the word uncertainty but despite the guy-kelsey-posingnegative affect on the market, record prices were still achieved during 2016 for the more sought after properties and we anticipate competitive interest for well-presented and realistically priced properties in 2017.

If you or any client is looking to purchase a property or investment in the London market then do not hesitate to contact me.

Guy Kelsey  guykelsey@jssprivateclient.com
Head of Search & Acquisitions

January 26, 2017

Stephen Pamnani comments about the Market

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Stephen Pamnani Lettings Manager, Chelsea

Stephen Pamnani
Lettings Manager, Chelsea

Whilst 2016 will go down as a year of the unexpected, experience tells us that, at times like this, Clients will seek out an experienced and trusted agent who is able to meet their needs: welcome to Jackson-Stops & Staff, Chelsea.

There has already been a dramatic surge in the number of properties available to let across prime central London, which has impacted upon on rental prices. Property data source, Lonres, reported recently that increased numbers of rental homes have put tenants in a better position to negotiate on rental prices.

Landlords are responding to this and, in some cases, reducing rental prices to prevent void periods. We have seen greater flexibility around break clauses, upgrades being made to properties and higher-quality furnishings being provided. Some Landlords, however, are choosing not to reduce their rental price, even if this means that the property might remain on the market for slightly longer.

Amidst the Brexit and wider global uncertainty, our Chelsea office has found that more tenants are choosing to stay on in their current property for longer, which provides them with greater stability within a changing world. Our Clients are also recognising the importance of retaining good tenants during such times, with renewal levels in the Chelsea office increasing significantly as a direct consequence.

London remains one of the most sought after and dynamic cities in the world. Its role as Europe’s financial and creative services’ hub continues to attract international residents and investors alike; we remain confident that the lettings market will continue to grow.

Jackson-Stops & Staff offers a fully tailored service to suit our Client’s individual requirements, whether you have one property to let or a broader portfolio, we are here to be of service.  We understand that the lettings process is a fast-paced and competitive market but we are here to provide honest, reliable and professional advice, which is imperative for a successful long-term result.

Stephen Pamnani
Lettings Manager, Chelsea

January 23, 2017

William’s Wimbledon

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Our Wimbledon Lettings Negotiator, William Kerr, takes a nostalgic look back at his time growing up in SW19 and how it led him to enter the world of Lettings at Jackson-Stops & Staff

I was fortunate enough to grow up in Wimbledon, a wonderful place to live for many different reasons. During my time here, there have been all sorts of different shops and businesses operating in the Village. When I was younger, I clearly remember being dragged into Estilo by my Mum, eagerly waiting to visit the Village toyshop, or better yet, the sweetshop further down the High Street!

Only as I got older did I start to notice that the make-up of the High Street was changing. Businesses such as Roots began being replaced by larger, more widely recognisable chains. Expensive fashion boutiques began springing up and coffee shops such as Starbucks  became the new heart of Village life. Apart from a few of the larger chains, only a small number of shops have really stood the test of time and there has been continual change in the retail outlets over the years.

William Kerr, Lettings Negotiator

William Kerr, Lettings Negotiator

What I did notice, however, were the businesses that did stand the test of time. I’d always been curious as to why names like Jackson-Stops & Staff, Robert Holmes, Savills and Knight Frank seemed to remain a constant presence on the High Street, when everything else seemed to come and go. Now that I’ve started working in the estate agency business, I understand why.

Since starting my career in Lettings with Jackson-Stops & Staff in the Village, there have been many interesting property trends. As an Arts degree graduate back in 2014, I didn’t find many other career paths offering the same, relatively large number of job opportunities available for people of my age. Property, it seems, is going to be a successful, active industry in London for the long term.

I’ve learnt a lot in such a short space of time, not only about how the business works and the various legislative, legal formalities within it, but also some valuable life lessons: judging where a parking ticket is likely to be issued has proven to be a steep, expensive learning curve in recent weeks; back in the office, learning what variety of sweets are favoured by my colleagues (Sour Wine Gums have proven to be been a real hit) and whose mug belongs to who are both worth knowing, in order to retain harmony within the office.

But as well as these vital lessons, I’ve learnt firsthand how an effective team works – by being polite, organised and hard working. As negotiators, we are marketing a wonderful product and a service, catering to many different people’s desires and requirements. By treating each landlord and tenant with respect, going out of our way to provide the best service possible, we build our client relationships and our business. I’m continuing to learn all aspects of this fast-paced, challenging business, and I’m excited that there is much more to come. I feel lucky to be working in the world of Lettings, within a great team and for a company as established and prestigious as Jackson-Stops & Staff.

January 18, 2017

Why Jackson Stops & Staff?

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Margaret Heath, Property Manager

Margaret Heath, Property Manager

Our Property Manager, Margaret Heath, takes a personal look at why she believes Jackson-Stops & Staff offers the best service to clients

Choosing an estate agency to sell, let and/or manage your property can be a daunting task. There are so many choices out there, with most agencies claiming to be the cheapest and the best, that the decision can feel fairly overwhelming.

The value of service

As a client-focused company that values the quality of service we provide above all other areas of the business, we cannot always claim to be the cheapest agency (though we are certainly not the most expensive, either); however, I can honestly say I personally believe that we are the best!

My role is within the established Property Management department of Jackson-Stops & Staff, based in Wimbledon. I work as part of a great team and we all complement each other brilliantly. I feel we go above and beyond the call of duty when dealing with our portfolio of properties because we feel emotionally attached to them, rather like a child who needs constant nurturing and attention. We all work within the same office, which means we can help and support one another easily – like parents swapping tips on how to get their children to sleep peacefully! Additionally, we are all entrusted with a sensibly-sized portfolio of properties to manage, which allows us to give each ‘child’ the attention it deserves.

It’s all about teamwork

We work very closely with our Lettings colleagues in offices across south west and central London, who are passionate about what they do and work hard to deliver a truly amazing, personal service. It’s their job to demonstrate that your valued property will be looked after from start to finish and I believe that they do an exceptional job for their Clients.

There are also sad times too, when we sometimes have to pass the responsibility of one of our brood over to our wonderful Sales department, who are experts in finding a new loving family for our Landlords’ most important assets. However, we always seek to help our Clients with their changing property requirements and we are proud of how many long-term relationships we have built over the years.

Please do get in touch to find out how we can help with Letting, Managing or Selling your property, we would love to help.

January 2, 2017

Our Weybridge Senior Sales Negotiator, Sean Thomas, discusses why his New Year’s resolution is to obtain a professional RICS qualification

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Sean Thomas Sales Negotiator

Sean Thomas
Senior Sales Negotiator

I have always really enjoyed my job. In a nutshell, it comes down to working with a great team, meeting new people and trying to secure amazing houses for them – and often their families – to enjoy. It’s always incredibly rewarding to receive the call from a solicitor confirming that it’s time to hand over a set of keys to a new buyer, particularly when you know they absolutely love the property and it’s the beginning of a new and exciting chapter for them. I find the work/life balance of my job great as well; I don’t like to be sat behind a desk all day and I’m fortunate that I am often out and about within the local community. That said, I do appreciate my desk and our excellent office coffee machine when it’s freezing cold and pouring with rain outside. I am lucky enough to live locally, just a short distance from the train station, in fact. I do feel fortunate whenever I spy a rather weary bunch of London commuters wending their way home from a long day in the Capital. Living close to the office gives me a real understanding of all that the area has to offer and I fully appreciate why people are so keen to move into this area – one of those reasons being the great commuter links to London, I will admit!

I’ve always enjoyed trying to improve myself as a person, which is why I like to try my hand at a variety of new hobbies (some of which have been rather short lived), but I like to feel I’m always learning new things. This year I’ve learnt to shoot (Clays) and build computers; I’ve even had flying lessons, which was a fantastic experience and made me realise how much I enjoy learning new skills. In the coming year I want to focus on taking the next steps in my career, which is why I have decided to expand my professional skills and knowledge in a more structured way.

Having spent six years as a Sales Negotiator and progressed to Senior Sales Negotiator, I’m not wishing to progress into management positions and am now looking for a way to take my role forward in a slightly less conventional capacity. Our Weybridge office is home to one our RICS qualified Surveyors, Hugo Stuttaford MA MSc BSc MRICS, Director of Residential Development; like me, Hugo splits his time between working in the office and being out and about with Clients, undertaking a wide spectrum of tasks on any given day. The variety of Hugo’s role appeals to me and it made me take a look into surveying more seriously. After doing some research, I feel now that obtaining RICS status seems to be like earning your professional badge of honour, granting access through many doors if one wishes to move into other areas of the property industry. Perhaps one day I would like to become a professional Valuer or a Residential Surveyor; perhaps I would like to help Developers with their new build schemes, or work on Lease Extensions or Party Wall Agreements. The possibilities seem endless at this point in time, and not just in the UK; a RICS qualification is respected all over the world.

On the other hand, I may decide not to move into any of these roles. I may choose to continue doing what I love doing at the moment – continuing to help Clients find the house of their dreams, but happy in the knowledge that I will be be able to offer the expertise and professional insight that comes from being RICS qualified.

Wish me luck…and watch this space!

Sean Thomas
Senior Sales Negotiator, Weybridge

December 28, 2016

“Do you want to build a snowman?”

Filed under: Latest News — Tags: , , , — JSS London @ 1:39 pm

snow-161423_1280Raymond Briggs, the author perhaps best known for his wonderful Christmas story, The Snowman, was born in Wimbledon in 1934.  He attended the Wimbledon School of Art  from 1949 to 1953.  The Snowman book was entirely wordless and illustrated beautifully with pencil crayons.  It was adapted as an animated cartoon in 1982 and, incredibly, it has since been shown every year, with the exception of 1984, on British television.

Somerset House

Somerset House

If building snowmen is your passion then we have the perfect property for you!  Set in the prestigious Oakfield Estate in Wimbledon Village and located on the same road as the All England Lawn Tennis Club, this two bedroom apartment is surrounded by approximately five acres of landscaped communal gardens, which originally formed part of Wimbledon Park.

Lancelot Capability Brown was commissioned to landscape Wimbledon Park in 1768, so it’s likely that many of the Estate’s magnificent old trees were planted by him.

Jackson-Stops & Staff, Wimbledon, have enjoyed considerable success in selling no less than seven apartments in the Oakfield Estate in the last two years.  Please visit our office in Church Road and we’ll be delighted to show you around the stunning apartment in this much sought after location.

All we need now is a white Christmas season, for you to build your very own snowman!

 

December 23, 2016

London at its festive finest!

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We have just taken on a beautiful apartment on iconic Old Bond Street where the Christmas lights are currently in all their festive glory!

The property is located just a short distance from the wonderful, world-renowned The Royal Arcade on Old Bond Street, which was constructed in 1879 and leads onto the fabulous Albemarle Street. Interestingly, it is the Capital’s oldest purpose-built shopping arcade…this was here long before the days of Westfield over in West London, and perfect for a spot of Christmas shopping at its very best.

Specialist shops include the beautiful perfumery Ormonde Jayne  and the delicious delights of chocolatier, Charbonnel et Walker.  Please do get in touch with our Mayfair Lettings department, we would be delighted to help.

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December 21, 2016

Have you thought about Short Lets?

Filed under: Latest News — Tags: , , , — JSS London @ 9:58 am

house-1407562_1920Our dedicated Short Let department specialises in offering short-term rental properties and serviced apartments to the corporate and private sector alike. Our coverage extends across the City, the West End, south west and central London, as well as Weybridge, Surrey and the surrounding areas of Elmbridge. We work in association with a number of short-term rental providers to offer a wider range of properties that extend beyond our office network.

How a Short Let benefits you, as Landlord:

  • A short let generates a greater return on rental income than a longer term let;
  • A short let can generate a regular rental income to those Landlords living in an area that plays host to high-profile events, such as Wimbledon Tennis or international Rugby tournaments;
  • A short let allows Clients who spend part of their year abroad to generate a rental income whilst being away and to keep their property occupied, which can enhance security;
  • Payments are generally made upfront together with the deposit.

To find out more about our Short Let department, please click here.

December 20, 2016

The ghost of Christmas past…

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A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens is without doubt one of the nation’s favourite festive stories. Set in Victorian London, barely a year goes by when the story is not recounted in some form or another, either on our TV screens or played out to theatres across the country.

But did you know that Charles Dickens sent four of his seven sons to school in Wimbledon Village?

If you are looking for a beautiful property for your own family this Christmas, we have the perfect property for you. It may not be Victorian, but this delightful detached Edwardian family home in Wimbledon Village offers charm and a wealth of period features; perfect, in fact, for snuggling in front of the fire and reading one of Mr Dickens’s classic novels.

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Detached Edwardian family home

 

Wimbledon Village has attracted many celebrities to the area over the years; previous residents include Martin Clunes and Lord Horatio Nelson!

Why not pop in to visit our team in Wimbledon Village, we’d be delighted to show you a range of beautiful properties we have available to buy or rent in and around the local area. We’re sure you will love the relaxed atmosphere and the many delights of the Village that first attracted Dickens all those years ago.

December 19, 2016

Strictly provides all the right moves!

Filed under: Latest News — Tags: , , , , — JSS London @ 12:58 pm

dancing-929818_1920This weekend saw the sparkling finale of Strictly Come Dancing on our television screens – a race, or rather, a quick step, between Danny Mac, Ore Oduba and Louise Redknapp. The hot-footed winner, Ore, was the dancer who lifted the coveted Glitterball Trophy and described his win afterwards as being the ‘most unexpected moment of my life’.

Has the hard work of the contestants left you feeling inspired to learn the difference between the Rumba and the American Smooth? Wanting to dance the Maypole or the triple step?

If so, why not enquire at Kelly’s Dance Studios on Park Road in Hampton Wick, located nearby to our Teddington office on the High Street. The Studios were established 35 years ago and provide the opportunity to take your first steps in many different dance styles.

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Detached House to rent Park Road

Our Teddington Lettings team is currently marketing a wonderful seven bedroom house on Park Road,  just a few short (dance) steps from the Studio. The property was originally formed of two dwellings and now boasts c.4,400 sq ft of accommodation. With a reception room measuring c.40ft by c.23ft you could transform it into your very own private dance space.

The property enjoys a wonderfully creative past and previous residents have included Joan Armatrading, the legendary, three times Grammy nominated British singer and songwriter.

Why not waltz on down to our Jackson-Stops & Staff Teddington Team, we would be delighted to quick step you over to the property in double time.

 

December 15, 2016

Taking your first steps as a Landlord…

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hand-376212_1920If you’re now a seasoned property investor it might seem a long time since you took those significant first steps to becoming a Landlord. If you are just starting out, here are some important points to consider at the beginning of your journey.

  1. One of the most important things to consider is whether or not you plan to manage all aspects of the tenancy yourself, or simply hand things over to us to take care of instead. Our dedicated and highly experienced Property Management Department is here to help at every stage; here’s a checklist of things to consider:

Your own Property Management Checklist

  • Sign and return Terms of Business
  • Organise an Energy Performance Certificate
  • Arrange a Gas Safety Certificate
  • Make sure all electric appliances and installations are safe and compliant
  • Provide manuals of all appliances to tenants
  • Arrange any pre-tenancy works
  • Purchase items requested by tenants
  • Book a professional clean
  • Arrange for extra sets of keys
  • Source an inventory company, book the inventory and check-in appointments
  • Open utility accounts for the property
  • Send rent demands when necessary
  • Check rent is paid on time
  • Chase unpaid rent
  • Arrange day-to-day maintenance and repairs
  • Arrange for access for contractors via tenants when works are required; attend when necessary
  • Arrange payment of contractor invoices
  • Retain invoices for tax purposes
  • Visit the property regular
  • Be on call 24/7 to deal with any emergency
  • Deal with any insurance claims
  • Send all statements to accountants
  • Arrange payment of all service charges, if applicable
  • Pay all Insurance Premiums for building and contents insurance
  • Work with third parties such as building managers or party wall surveyors
  • Book an end-of-tenancy inventory check-out
  • Close all utility accounts
  • Put together a deposit claim and negotiate deductions with tenant directly
  • Carry out necessary works at the end of the tenancy
  • Replace missing or damaged items ahead of the new tenancy

The alternative Jackson-Stops & Staff Property Management checklist:

  • Instruct Jackson-Stops & Staff to manage your property/properties
  • Sign and return our Terms of Business
  • Fill out and return our Client Information Form
  • Give us manuals of all the appliances at the property

…then sit back, relax and let us take care of the rest.

  1. Are you legally and legislatively compliant? Keeping abreast of all the recent legislative changes within the private rental sector is becoming increasingly time-consuming. However, it’s extremely important that new Landlords remain fully up to speed with all aspects of health and safety legislation that they are ultimately responsible for. This includes, but is not limited to, being compliant with gas, electrical and fire regulations; you will need to provide an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) for your rental property and you must provide Tenancy Deposit Protection for your tenant. You must comply with Right to Rent, which means it is your responsibility, as Landlord, to ensure that any tenant renting your property is legally allowed to rent property in the UK. We are always here to provide information and support to you and to guide you through all the legal and legislative aspects of becoming a Landlord.
  2. Let your mortgage provider know that you are letting out the property
  3. If you are an investment landlord you are likely to have secured a specific buy-to-let mortgage product for your property; however, if you are an ‘accidental’ landlord, your lender will need to know that you are not the person living in the rental property and must be advised that it is being let out. This point is generally contained within your mortgage company’s terms and conditions and you would be at risk of being penalised by them if you do not make them aware of the property’s rental status.
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Energy Performance Certificate

Make sure you have the right insurance

  1. You will need to make sure that you have specific Landlord Insurance in place before your tenant moves into your rental property. This is likely to cost more than your standard household insurance but will protect you and your property in the event of accidents and/or damage occurring.
  2. Be aware of the tax implications of renting out property You might have to pay a percentage of tax on the rental income you receive and it makes sense to set a proportion of your income aside each month in anticipation of your tax bill. There might be certain aspects of your rental income that you can offset and a tax or financial advisor can provide further details about this. If you would like more information, please get in touch with Private Finance, our associated Financial Advisors.

What rental income can you expect from your property?

Make sure you spend time looking into the rental yield you are likely to achieve on your tenanted property. Get in touch with your local Jackson-Stops & Staff team to arrange a visit to your property; they will be able to offer excellent advice based on their years of experience of letting comparable properties in the local area. It’s also worth visiting some of the main property portals, such as rightmove.co.uk and OnTheMarket.com to give you further examples of properties for rent that are similar to your own.

And finally…

Remember we are here to answer all your questions and help guide you through every stage of the rental process.

November 23, 2016

Jackson-Stops & Staff comments on the Autumn Statement

Filed under: Latest News — Tags: , , — JSS London @ 2:37 pm

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Nicholas Leeming, Chairman

Nick Leeming, Chairman at Jackson-Stops & Staff, comments: “Today’s Autumn Statement announcement was good news for the new homes sector, with the Government showing that they are now prioritising housing for those who need it most with huge funding boosts given to support the building of more new homes.

“The statement didn’t go far enough however and it was disappointing that there was no reform to stamp duty, despite industrywide concerns, with our recent research showing a 14% reduction in housing transactions year on year and a £400 million shortfall in stamp duty revenue from residential property transactions against predicted revenue this financial year. A cut in current prohibitive stamp duty levels would get the market moving at all levels and give welcome relief to first-time buyers, who are having to grapple with a multitude of costs including saving for a deposit. This reform would have resulted in a chain reaction up the housing ladder, spurring current home owners to take their next step and freeing up housing suitable for first-time buyers and second steppers.

“While the announcement of the abolishment of lettings fees appears to be good news for renters, experience shows that any savings to the tenant will likely be passed on to the landlord who in turn could then pass them back on to the tenant through increased rent as they seek to cover their costs. This legislation is short sighted and is yet a further challenge to landlords who have faced a barrage of increased costs over recent months, including the additional 3% SDLT levied when they purchase a rental property and also the abolishment of mortgage interest rate relief which is set to commence in April next year.

“Although the ban on lettings fees still requires a Government consultation before it is implemented, its impact on the UK housing market could be far reaching. Affordability issues which surround purchasing homes means that for many, the only option is to rent. We’ve seen a consistent reduction in the number of landlords buying investment properties since April this year which means that fewer rental properties are now coming on to the market to serve the growing rental population. A better solution would have been to create a more competitive fee environment and ensuring that landlords are not further discouraged from the market.”

“We look forward to seeing further measures announced in the upcoming Housing White Paper in a few weeks’ time.”

November 4, 2016

‘There is more to life than simply increasing its speed’ – Mahatma Gandhi

Filed under: Latest News — Tags: , , , — JSS London @ 2:27 pm

antiqued-image-1036665_1920This Sunday,6th November, the road leading from Mayfair to Brighton will be awash with 650 fabulous veteran cars, all participating in the annual Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run. Motoring enthusiasts will begin their journeys early on from London’s Hyde Park and continue their sixty-mile adventure through south London and Surrey, eventually completing the route in Brighton.

Speed is not the main objective of this wonderful spectacle; instead it’s more about enthusiasts enjoying the motoring experience – and, of course, attempting to complete the course with their beloved vehicles still in one piece.

If you are planning to attend an exciting fireworks display the night before, this would be the perfect way to slow down the pace and enjoy a wonderful day out with all the family.

Established in 1910, we at Jackson-Stops & Staff consider ourselves to be experienced veterans within the property industry, combining traditional values with modern technology and forward thinking ideas in today’s changing market.

If you are lucky enough to own your own pride and joy in the form of a veteran car, or simply just in need of some extra storage for the bikes, we have a number of properties with garages to rent or sell; these range from grand period properties through to 1970’s apartments…something for everybody. Do get in touch with your local office to find out more.

Jackson-Stops & Staff: a well-established company with a fine vintage of properties

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