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April 28, 2017

Fit for a King!

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Kingston Lane, Teddington

If you’re in search of a bit of cultural enrichment for you and the family this Bank Holiday weekend, then you need look no further than historical Hampton Court Palacewhich was of course once home to King Henry VIII. 

If the thought of living in the local area takes your fancy, why not arrange a viewing of this wonderful property we are marketing to Let through our Teddington office at the moment. Like the Palace, the property provides spacious accommodation, which includes five bedrooms, as well as a contemporary interior which is truly fit for a King! Located in Kingston Lane in nearby Teddington, the property is available to rent for £5,700 per calendar month (fees apply). Do get in touch with our Lettings team to arrange a viewing.

 

April 21, 2017

What home means to me

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Camilla Molyneux, Lettings Manager

In the first of a series of posts from our team about what home means to them, Camilla Molyneux, who heads up our Mayfair Lettings department, tells us how moving home frequently as she grew up has given her some useful skills to pass on to clients in her current role.   

As a child we moved house a lot so I learnt from a young age to see a house only as bricks and mortar. With this is mind one of our family mantras was – and still is – ‘home is where the heart is’ and that it is family and friends that makes the home, not the structure of the house itself. This outlook has meant that I have grown up with a resourceful and pragmatic approach when working with new spaces and I am able to create a home quickly.  Even now I still love the well versed process of packing and unpacking boxes and the exciting challenge of creating a new home. This has proven to be really useful in my role in Lettings, as I enjoy helping others to create a visual image of how a space can be used in the shorter term. It’s always extremely satisfying to be able to help somebody picture themselves moving happily into a new space and creating a happy environment in which to spend time.

If you would like to discuss your Letting requirements with Camilla, please do get in touch, she would be delighted to be of service.

 

April 7, 2017

Wimbledon Village is named as one of the best villages to live in Britain by The Sunday Times.

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Wimbledon Village has long been attracting families, young professionals and many celebrities such as June Whitfield, the actress and Darcy Bussell, the former ballerina, who can now be seen as a judge on the hugely popular show, Strictly Come Dancing.

With over 1,000 acres of Wimbledon Common to explore (where you might just spot a “Womble”), an abundance of good schools and the charming High Street lined with boutiques, chic shops, restaurants and traditional pubs, the Village has started to attract increasing numbers of international buyers in recent years. It’s no surprise when you consider that Waterloo Station is just 17 minutes away by train. Quite simply, Wimbledon Village offers the perfect balance of town and country living.

As well as hosting the most famous tennis championships in the world every year, the Village also hosts one of London’s largest free outdoor events. The annual Wimbledon Guild Village Fair on Wimbledon Common is a landmark in the local social calendar and attracts more than 35,000 people to Wimbledon Common each summer.

Wimbledon Village really is a great place to be…but don’t just take our word for it…iconic brand, The Ivy Café, clearly agreed with us when they decided to open their newest restaurant in the Village last year, bringing a touch of glamour to the Village.

Church Road, Wimbledon Village

If you’d like to live in one of the best Villages in Britain why not pay a visit to our branch and we’d be delighted to show you what we have on offer. We are currently marketing this delightful maisonette in the heart of Wimbledon Village, just a stone’s throw away from all the action.

This is just one of a range of properties on offer, please do register with us so we can stay in touch and help you make the perfect move.

April 6, 2017

Love them or loathe them….

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Whether you love them or loathe them, one thing that London is not short of is foxes. We captured this image of an urban fox curled up on one of our property boards this morning, looking very cosy and comfortable. You may think that our logo depicts a fox, but it is in fact a wolf holding a chopper in its mouth. We are often asked by our clients about the meaning behind our logo, with its distinctive image that is affectionately referred by staff as the ‘dog and chopper’. In fact, the logo is taken from the Jackson-Stops’ family crest and depicts a wolf carrying an axe. The coat of arms is a modern one and was created in the late 1920s or early 1930s, commissioned by our company founder, Herbert Jackson-Stops.

Do you know the meaning behind the symbols?

BATTLE AXE: symbolises the execution of military duty

WOLF: reward of perseverance and hard work

…and duty to clients, perseverance and hard work are all values that we hold dear at Jackson-Stops & Staff to the present day!

 

March 29, 2017

All about ARLA

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Tracey Cumming, Head of Lettings

Tracey Cumming, our Group Head of Lettings for Jackson-Stops & Staff London, was delighted to attend this year’s Association of Residential Letting Agents’ (ARLA) Propertymark Conference at London’s ExCel yesterday, along with over 1,000 other delegates and exhibitors.

Among the many hot topics discussed during a content-packed day were Client Money Protection insurance becoming compulsory; the amount of new legislative measures being introduced; the contentious issue of banning letting fees – and its implications for the industry – and, of course, the impact of political uncertainties that continue around the globe.

Take a look at the Property Eye’s round-up of yesterday’s conference for further details. If you have any questions about the topics raised we would be delighted to discuss them with you. Please do contact your local branch to talk to a member of our experienced team, who would be delighted to be of assistance.

March 2, 2017

Introducing Caroline Ormonde, our new Head of Property Management

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Caroline Ormonde, Head of Property Management

We’re delighted to welcome Caroline Ormonde to Jackson-Stops & Staff, as our Head of Property Management. Caroline will be based at our long-established and successful department in Wimbledon Village; read on below to find out more about Caroline and her take on this evolving industry:

  1. What attracted you to this area of the property industry?

Over the years I have found that, like me, most people tend to start working in property management when they realise it draws together a number of their working skills; property managers are generally extremely organised people – this is particularly true of my wonderful new Jackson-Stops’ team – who love arranging and organising their day! They also tend to enjoy working under pressure, which can prove quite useful when considering some of the situations in which we find ourselves, as well as the tight deadlines we frequently need to work to!

  1. Has there been much legislative change for Landlords in recent times?

I have worked in property management since I was eighteen years old, so I have accrued over twenty-three years of experience. When I consider the massive changes we have seen in legislation during those years, I, as a landlord, would never consider trying to manage a property myself. A frustrating aspect of any policy change within the property sector is when the government introduces changes without giving due consideration to how the new rules will be policed.  Inventory clerks now have to be involved to check smoke alarms, CO alarms and blind cords; this means that for us, as agents, we need to update contracts with our contractors to ensure that they are complying with the changes. I was around when HMO’s were first introduced and local Councils had no idea how to process them; we were all on a learning curve at that stage and the rules were changing weekly, Council by Council.  I recall a local Council representative raising the fact that tenants had placed a box of matches just inside the front door. The representative considered this to be a fire risk and asked me what I thought. I replied that I thought it meant the tenants were smoking outside the front door, on the street, my idea of perfect tenants. As professional agents we obviously welcome any legislation that protects landlords and tenants; I’m lucky to have joined a team that understands all of these changes and works incredibly hard every day to ensure our clients are fully compliant with latest legislation.

  1. What should landlords look for when choosing their property management company/agent?

I think the most important thing to consider when choosing a property management agent is the set-up and structure of the department itself. Firstly, you want a property manager with experience, preferably experience that’s been gained within a smaller firm so they have an appreciation of what the other departments do and have an understanding of boilers, heating systems, damp issues and so on. A good property manager is there to look after you and your property, to ensure that any works carried out are actually required, carried out by a professional tradesperson and are priced competitively. Finally, it’s important to build a good working relationship with your property manager, to feel that person is there to support you and that the relationship is based upon trust and respect.

  1. What are the most popular types of rental property for tenants at the moment?

It’s tricky to pinpoint one particular type of property to be honest, we deal with such a huge variety of homes for every type of lifestyle within London. The common theme is that every property can present a different type of challenges, from snagging issues on new-builds to large refurbishments on period properties. All of our property managers have to be experienced in dealing with all types of management; they must be knowledgeable about all aspects of maintenance, from different heating systems to the latest technology in lighting. The department I am heading is constantly updating its contractor database to ensure that we have the best tradespeople available for the job. I’ve realised that I’ve inherited a fantastic little black book of trusted contacts, built up over many years by the team!

  1.  What’s the single most useful piece of information you would give to a private landlord?

The best piece of information I could give to a landlord is that if you are considering managing your own property, always bear in mind that you have to be contactable 24 hours day, 365 days of the year! If you are looking to appoint a managing agent, do make sure you search for one who is very hands on; you do not want to be paying for a call-centre management level of service.

If you would like to discuss any aspect of our property management services with me or a member of our friendly, professional team then please do get in touch, we would be delighted to be of service.

 

 

 

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

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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!

Filed under: Latest News — Tags: , , , — JSS London @ 9:07 am

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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