SHORTLIST

Award Shortlist for Dawsons Customer Service

We are over the moon to be shortlisted for the EA MASTERS, which is a Nationwide competition measuring every single Estate Agency Branch in the UK.  The organisers, The Property Academy in conjunction with Rightmove, analyse:-

  • Over 25,000 estate agent branches
  • 1 million properties listed on Rightmove at any one point in time
  • 1.5 million property transactions
  • 25 million sales or lettings leads
  • 1.5 billion property views
  • 50,000 mystery shops (whole of market)
  • Market share score

You can probably imagine how extensive this competition is, how difficult it is to be on the shortlist for a chance to win a REGIONAL OR NATIONAL AWARD and find out if Dawsons have been ranked “Exceptional” (top 5%), “Excellent”(top 10%) or “Highly Rated” and listed again on the bestestateagentguide.co.uk.

DAWSONS SHORTLISTED FOR THE EA MASTERS

So on the 12th of October 2018 the Dawsons team will be heading down to the Intercontinental Hotel at Excel in London Docklands, for a full day of learning from some amazing presenters, and then the highlight is the Awards presentation with our sporting favourite Gabby Logan.

Watch this space or check out our social media pages on the day, for news of how we have fared.  We are keeping everything crossed, and we thank all of our amazing customers for just being GREAT!

DAWSONS SHORTLISTED FOR THE EA MASTERS

DAWSONS ESTATE AGENTS KILLAY OFFICE

High Street versus Online Estate Agents

We’ve been looking into the reasons why using High Street Estate Agents offers property sellers a lot more to consider when selecting the right agent.

Catchy Window Display

Richard Tucker, Managing Director of Relocation Agent Network, says:

“High street presence means you can see how an agent presents properties for sale in their window. What is it about the display that catches your eye? How involved is the agent in the local community? And of course, you have a place to meet with your agent.DAWSONS ESTATE AGENTS MUMBLES OFFICE

Local Area Information

Local knowledge is a must for someone looking to move into a new area. The agent will be able to share key information about the neighbourhood with potential buyers.

Realistic Outlook

A can-do attitude provides the assurance that your sale is in a safe pair of hands. The agent is realistic and will explain to you the challenges that may occur and the solutions available to overcome them; the key point is that you are in the hands of a professional who is proactive and knows how to help their customers make a successful move.  If you are choosing a pay-upfront option to sell your home, what is the incentive for the agency to get the price right in the first instance and keep you informed of anything?.”

Reviews and Recommendations

Going on, Richard explains:

“Client testimonials tell you about the quality of the service and the impressions left on both buyers and sellers who have used the agent previously. Selling a home is not only a financial transaction, but an exchange between real people.

Friendly Face

Face-to-face support brings us back to the people aspect; seeing a familiar face, someone you can trust when you need advice can really help reduce the stress associated with certain elements of selling and buying a property.

Estate Agent on the Phone to a property seller in Killay Swansea

Sales Progression

By taking personal ownership of your sale and purchase it means that the agent is dedicated to finding you the best buyer for your property and the right property for you to move to. The agent is willing to invest their time and resources to be your advocate and to give you the support you need to make a successful move.”

 In conclusion

Having a real person to talk to, a friendly face, a true connection with your agent, rather than dealing with a “person” online (or doing it all yourself) can make the sales process a lot easier to handle and keeps you in the loop.  That way you are more likely to have a smooth and speedy transaction, and there is always someone available to answer your questions or ease a tricky situation.

Thinking of selling?

Dawsons is a selected member of Relocation Agent Network, who has chosen us as Swansea’ s Local Expert, based on our customer service and a variety of other criteria.  Not only does this prove our credentials as one of the area’s leading estate agents, but through our network membership, we are able to offer sellers a completely unique channel of buyer that no other estate agent in the Swansea area can provide.

Visit http://www.dawsonsproperty.co.uk/relocation.php for more information about the Relocation process.

Dawsons Cake Smash Competition

Dawson’s Cake Smash Competition

It’s competition time and this one is for anyone who has a baby or toddler in the family or friends group.  We are absolutely delighted to team up again with Safelight Images in Swansea, who are going to give our competition winner a FREE Cake Smash photo shoot (worth £150) – or voucher equivalent – for those who want to gift it as a birthday or (dare we say it) Christmas present.SAFELIGHT IMAGES SWANSEA

CAKE SMASH IMAGE DAWSONS

So firstly, for those who haven’t heard of a Cake Smash, here’s what it entails:

Cake Smash sessions are probably the most fun-filled events for any birthday girl or boy to part-take in.  The best age for a cake smash shoot is usually a 1st or 2nd birthday.  The little one will be sat in front of a birthday cake* for them to get messy with, eat and demolish – all in front of the camera!  Do not worry, the team at Safelight have a lot of baby wipes on hand to clear up the mess.

*If you wish for us to provide a cake for you, you will need to inform us when booking the photo shoot, but you are VERY welcome to bring your own.  We’re sure in the spirit of this competition, you will be happy to bake a cake for such an event as this!

What is included in the Cake Smash session?

Safelight Images will provide you with the cake, balloons and bunting, an outfit and a 12×8 print of your favourite image from the shoot. We will also present you with a keepsake wooden spoon engraved with your little ones name on, that you can take home with you as a memento of their cake smash. Any further prints that you would like to purchase will be at an additional cost that we can discuss together, in the studio.

THE COMPETITION 

1. BAKE A SHOWSTOPPING CAKE

2. TAKE A PHOTO

3. UPLOAD IT TO THE DAWSON’S FACEBOOK PAGE in the comments section under the competition post

WRITE YOUR NAME IN THE BOX IF SOMEONE ELSE IS UPLOADING THE PICTURE FOR YOU! https://www.facebook.com/DawsonsPropertySwansea/

4.  ALL PHOTOS MUST BE UPLOADED BY MID-DAY ON TUESDAY 25/9/2018 – Any uploaded after this time will not be entered into the competition

5.  SHARE THE POST AND ASK ALL OF YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY TO LIKE YOUR PICTURE. Please use the hashtag #dawsonscakesmash

6.  AT 4PM ON FRIDAY 28/9/2018 THE CAKE WITH THE MOST LIKES OR LOVES WILL WIN THE PRIZE:

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ONE POINT PER LIKE 

 

 

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If anyone gets a laughing ‘ha ha’ we will count it as a LIKE…!

FINALLY, for the astute amongst you.

Yes on Friday 28/9/18 it is the Worlds Biggest MacMillan Coffee Morning.  SO… If you are tempted to bake a cake and don’t really want to eat it yourself, or feel it would be better to go to a good cause… You can pop it into your local DAWSON’S office – they are all listed on the link below – where they will happily sell all cakes no matter what shape or size that has been donated, and ensure all proceeds from cake sales will be presented to the much-needed charity Macmillan.

Dawsons Macmilan Coffee Morning


Of course, before we eat the delicious cakes on offer, we will take a photo and upload it to the competition for you.  Please, therefore, if you are leaving cakes at our offices, put your name and contact details with the cake, so that we can get in touch if you WIN the PHOTO SHOOT.

DAWSONS OFFICE LIST HERE

Before you switch the oven on and pick up your apron, here are some amazing Macmillan inspired recipes for you to try!

Martha Collinsons Chocolate and Pomegranate layer cake

https://coffee.macmillan.org.uk/baking-recipes/Martha-Collinsons-Chocolate-and-pomegranate-layer-cake

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https://coffee.macmillan.org.uk/baking-recipes/Greg-Rutherfords-Salted-Caramel-and-Peanut-Brittle-ShowstopperCoffee Walnut and Cardamom Cake

https://coffee.macmillan.org.uk/baking-recipes/coffee-walnut-cardamom-cake

Terms of Competition:  Click here to read the small print prior to this competition.  Thank you.

DAWSONS ESTATE AGENTS IN KILLAY

Killing It In Killay

Going the extra mile is our motto at Killay Branch.  It is an absolute pleasure to make our clients happy, that’s what our jobs are all about after all.

It is probably due to this fact that our Killay branch is absolutely “killing it” and smashing our targets for sales and lettings.

Watch Callum Thomas (our sales negotiator) on his very first video, talking about the property current market, the asking prices being achieved, the speed at which property is being sold, some of the best areas (for instance Gowerton, Elmer Estate, North Gower) and how Dawsons are the market leaders.  We think that Callum is a total pro in front of the camera, so watch out for many more videos to come!

Callum and Sharon from our Killay Branch pictured on a valuation and measure-up at a property in Penclawdd North Gower.  The house had so much land that the vendor requires 4 tractors! Of course, the Dawsons guys had to have a go and get a picture with them!

DAWSONS KILLAY ESTATE AGENTS

If you have a property (or a farm!!) to sell or rent in the Killay area, why not contact Callum or his colleagues:

419 Gower Road
Killay
Swansea
SA2 7AN

Tel: 01792 298014

Email: ki@dawsonsproperty.co.uk

http://www.dawsonsproperty.co.uk/killay-branch.php

DawsonsBurryPortRaftRace2018

Monthly Round-up

Community News: Rugby & Rafts

Our Llanelli and Mumbles branches along with our marketing team have been busy during August with sponsoring two prestigious local events: the 2nd annual Burry Port Raft Race and the 30th annual Crackers 7’s rugby tournament.  

Earlier in the month our Llanelli office took to the water in the raft race while the marketing team manned the guess the balloons car, and even though the event had to be postponed from the Saturday to the Sunday due to poor weather conditions, there was a fantastic turn out for the day with all proceeds raised going to the RNLI and Afia Banjul Football Academy.

Crackers 7's Dawsons SponsorshipFurther into the month our staff and customers enjoyed a Bank Holiday Sunday full of rugby, family entertainment, a new bar and an evening of music.  For some years now Dawsons have sponsored the Crackers 7’s, bank holiday event in Underhill Park, hosting a hospitality tent, Hog Roast and some great company with a pitchside view of the day.  The sun has shone for many years, but this year the rain certainly didn’t dampen the spirits.

If you are looking for sponsorship for 2019, please get in touch with Naomi from our marketing team by email:

naomi.webborn@dawsonsproperty.co.uk.

Industry News: Want a better mortgage deal?  

As many of us will now know on August 2nd the Bank of England raised the base rate from 0.5% to 0.75% – only the second rise in over a decade

Dawsons mortgage advisors 2018The base rate is the Bank of England’s official borrowing rate – i.e., what it charges other banks and lenders when they borrow money – and it influences what borrowers pay and savers earn.

What does this mean in real terms to those of us who currently have a mortgage and those looking to get on the property ladder and take out their first mortgage?

For current homeowners with a mortgage now is the time to check the status of your current mortgage, if you are linked to base rate you can look to re-mortgage to a fixed deal.

If you are a first-time buyer you will now benefit from some great deals on offer, our in-house mortgage advisors can offer deals fixed for 2 or 5 years with rates starting from 1.89% on a 90% LTV and 3.17% on a 95% LTV.

Despite this slight increase all is still positive within the property market, current mortgage lenders will no doubt continue to offer very good fixed deals, for further information contact your nearest Dawsons team and book your appointment now with one of our Mortgage Advisors.

Our in-house mortgage advisors are: James Boland, David Treharne and Shaun Sturgess

“Top Tips” for Buyers & Tenants

CHOOSING THE RIGHT AREA

View from new Mumbles development
View from new Mumbles development

Local amenities, schools and transport links can be the top priority when choosing your perfect location. Make a list of your specific requirements. Speak to a member of staff, who will be able to offer local advice and suggest the right area for your needs.

All of our branches listed here

AUCTION NEWS

Dawsons Auction Swansea Oct 2018

Seafront properties, funeral directors to executive apartments, we have it all this Auction! Block viewings are underway and registrations are open for our next auction which will take place at the Marriot Hotel Swansea on Wednesday 3rd October 2018 at 3pm.  

Get in touch today on 01792 646060.

RELOCATING?  

Relocation Agent Network

Sam Partner achieved her Relocation Agent Network accreditation this month, so our Llanelli sales team are now ALL fully accredited agents, alongside Danielle Thomas, sales administrator within our Mumbles office.  So if you need to relocate and are considering moving to or from the Swansea area, make sure you speak to the Dawsons team who are the exclusive RAN agents for this area.

Read more about our relocation service here:

FOR A DOWNLOAD OF OUR SEPTEMBER NEWSLETTER,

CLICK THIS LINK

Back to School with Dawsons Property

Back to School

My goodness gracious, where did that holiday go?

Hopefully, everyone has had an amazing time, whether staying at home in Swansea, visiting some of our amazing beaches and attending all of the events that have been going-on or heading abroad to foreign shores.

Now, however, is the time to get prepared for the schools going back for the Autumn term and, in order to assist, we have made a checklist for you to download and tick off as you complete each of the tasks.

BACK TO SCHOOL CHECKLIST

Just remember that once the kids are back at school, you do not have to worry about how to entertain them every day.

Maybe think about putting your property on the market, and moving somewhere larger, or even closer to their school, to make your life easier come the Christmas holidays!  (Oops sorry to mention the ‘C’ word)!

Good luck with it all, remember we are always here if you need us!

JANE OUR BLOG QUEEN

 

 

 

 

http://www.dawsonsproperty.co.uk/selling.php

 

Relocation Agent Network

2 Relocation Agent Specialists Join DAWSONS

Please join us in saying a big congratulations to Danielle Thomas from Dawsons in Mumbles and Sam Partner from Dawsons in Llanelli who are both celebrating after becoming accredited Relocation Agent Specialists.

Relocation Agent Network

The accreditation is awarded by the Relocation Agent Network and is achieved by completing a comprehensive online training programme, entitled, ‘The Importance of Service’.

A national network of independent estate agents (of which Dawsons is a selected member), entitled the “Relocation Agent Network” introduced the training programme to ensure each of their members provides the very highest customer service to those relocating around the UK.

To be successfully accredited, participants must complete three phases of learning, which begins with four training sessions on the importance of customer service. This is followed by three online seminars covering the Relocation Agent Network Referral Process and how best to help customers who are relocating around the UK. Finally, participants must convert their theoretical learning into a practical skill set by delivering assistance to three relocating customers.

By working with fellow members across England, Scotland and Wales, Relocation Agent Network members provide an exclusive relocation referral service to customers. For those relocating to Mumbles and Gower, Dawsons guides their customers through the daunting task of moving to an unfamiliar location. This includes local area information on schools and amenities, popular neighbourhoods and (of course) finding the right property for them. The introduction of a Relocation Agent Specialist to the Dawsons team, ensures that this process is made even smoother.

Dawsons Chris Hope said, “We take staff development very seriously and Danielle’s Relocation Agent Network accreditation is a great example of what can be achieved when staff are supported properly to improve their skill set. Of course, having a Relocation Agent Specialist in the team is also great for our relocating customers.”

Relocation Agent Network’s Managing Director, Richard Tucker said, “Selected by us as the best independent estate agent to represent the Network in Mumbles, Dawsons have proved themselves as the area’s Local Expert. So with the addition of an in-house Relocation Agent Specialist, they have gone one step further to provide relocating buyers and sellers with the very best customer service.”

Selling through Dawsons Property

Why should you use a High Street estate agent?

Traditional agents have evolved hugely over the past decade, blending technology and good customer service; so what do Dawsons do in order to give you the right balance?
As an estate agency customer we always prefer to speak with you in person, face-to-face or on the telephone, however, we appreciate email is easy, quick and great for confirming any points discussed. We also have our social media messages manned outside of office hours, so you can reach us at a time convenient to you.
Every member of Dawson’s sales team takes personal ownership of the transaction process.  We do everything possible to manage your sale through to exchange of contracts and, ultimate completion.  When choosing an agent, many sellers overlook this area of huge importance, which can determine whether you end up moving or not.  It really is where Dawson’s service comes to the forefront.
When starting the marketing process, this may seem far off, but just as we plan your marketing strategy together, (online, in print, by video),  we also need to think about what happens once you have an offer agreed.   What are your expectations and what will Dawsons be doing for you, in comparison with other agencies you may be considering?
Looking even further ahead, it’s also worth thinking about completion and the process for handing over of keys on moving day. Dawsons is a one-stop-shop in terms of mortgage and insurance advice as well as conveyancing and survey services, plus we have recommendations available for all of the associated moving services. This will take away the headache of a stressful time.
Thinking of selling?
Dawsons is a selected member of Relocation Agent Network, who has chosen us as Swansea’s Local Expert, based on our customer service and a variety of other criteria.
Not only does this prove our credentials as one of the area’s leading
estate agents, but through our Network membership, we are able to offer sellers a completely unique channel of buyer that no other estate agent in Swansea can provide.
Relocating?
Visit http://www.dawsonsproperty.co.uk/relocation.php to
find out more.

proud sponsors

THE MUMBLES RUGBY CLUB CRACKERS’ 7’S WEEKEND

Friday 24th August 2018 to Sunday 26th August

Preparations are in full swing for the 30th annual legendary rugby festival The Crackers’ 7’s over the August Bank Holiday in Underhill Park, Mumbles.  The schedule is as follows:

Friday 24th August from 6pm

  • Mumbles Youth .v. Swansea Uplands Youth
  • Tom Pugh Memorial Game – Mumbles XV .v. Swansea Uplands XV

In memory of Swansea Uplands player Tom Pugh who tragically passed away at such a young age. Proceeds of Programme sales on the night will go to the chosen charity of Tom’s family

Saturday 25th August from 9.30am

  • Mumbles RFC Junior Section morning of rugby fun & games
  • Mumbles RFC Youth hosting a 7’s Tournament k.o. 12.00 Noon

Sunday 26th August from 11am

  • Crackers’ 7’s with the Men’s and Women’s tournaments running in parallel during the day.
  • Live entertainment from 7pm from local band ‘The Contenders’  in the Premier Marquee

There will be a beer tent and BBQ on all 3 Days plus loads of family entertainment including a bouncy castle, giant children’s slide and (wait for it….) zumba classes with Sion throughout the day

 

We at Dawsons are, again, so proud to be headline sponsors of this event and our director James Dawson explains why

Having sponsored this event for many years as a company, and I myself playing in the tournament many times over the years, never successfully I might add, we understand the importance of the annual event to those living locally and those who travel from further afield to take part. The Crackers’ 7’s is a firm date in our calendar, for which we are proud to be the principal sponsor.  The work that the rugby club do for the local community and for various charities is second to none and that is why we look forward to supporting MIND, this year’s chosen charity, to raise both awareness and much-needed funds for the work they do.’

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Please try to come along if you are local, and share this with your friends as you wouldn’t want to miss such a great event!

 

proud sponsors

Schools out for Summer – Week 4

We hope that you are having an amazing Summer and that the slight drop in temperature this week has not affected your plans!  As you know, we had the Raft Race in Burry Port last weekend, and it was postponed from Saturday to Sunday, which caused us some last minute panic, but all turned out perfect in the end.

We had so many people say what a fabulous time they had and our team of ‘Paradise Bananas’ stayed afloat and managed a very respectable 6th place.  We were raising funds for the Burry Port RNLI and Afia Children’s Football Academy Foundation, so we are waiting on the final tally, but from the turn-out, we hope they have done well.  It is always amazing when staff happily turn up and volunteer for out of business activities in the name of community spirit, so huge thanks to our Dawsons team:  Callum Joe, Matthew, Ian, Kim & Aimee in the raft and Naomi for all the organisation  – Top Bananas indeed!

You can see the Burry Port Raft Race gallery of pics at the bottom of the page.  Hope they make you smile as much as they did us!

So what is coming up next weekend for your entertainment…?

THE MUMBLES RUGBY CLUB CRACKERS’ 7’S WEEKEND

Preparations are in full swing for the 30th annual legendary rugby festival The Crackers’ 7’s over the August Bank Holiday in Underhill Park, Mumbles.  The schedule is as follows:

Friday 24th August from 6pm

  • Mumbles Youth .v. Swansea Uplands Youth
  • Tom Pugh Memorial Game – Mumbles XV .v. Swansea Uplands XV

In memory of Swansea Uplands player Tom Pugh who tragically passed away at such a young age. Proceeds of Programme sales on the night will go to the chosen charity of Tom’s family

Saturday 25th August from 9.30am

  • Mumbles RFC Junior Section morning of rugby fun & games
  • Mumbles RFC Youth hosting a 7’s Tournament k.o. 12.00 Noon

Sunday 26th August from 11am

  • Crackers’ 7’s with the Men’s and Women’s tournaments running in parallel during the day.
  • Live entertainment from 7pm from local band ‘The Contenders’  in the Premier Marquee

There will be a beer tent and BBQ on all 3 Days plus loads of family entertainment including a bouncy castle, giant children’s slide and (wait for it….) zumba classes with Sion throughout the day

 

We at Dawsons are, again, so proud to be headline sponsors of this event and our director James Dawson explains why

Having sponsored this event for many years as a company, and I myself playing in the tournament many times over the years, never successfully I might add, we understand the importance of the annual event to those living locally and those who travel from further afield to take part. The Crackers’ 7’s is a firm date in our calendar, for which we are proud to be the principal sponsor.  The work that the rugby club do for the local community and for various charities is second to none and that is why we look forward to supporting MIND, this year’s chosen charity, to raise both awareness and much-needed funds for the work they do.’

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Please try to come along if you are local, and share this with your friends as you wouldn’t want to miss such a great event!

FINALLY

In our usual fashion, we like to give you something to keep the children amused over the coming week, and this colouring pic is for the toddlers, or those who may have over-indulged in the Crackers’ 7s beer tent!  Happy colouring

Dawsons colouring pic

NOW please do not forget to show us your efforts!

See you next week,

JANE SIG2

 

 

 

 

 

BURRY PORT RAFT RACE 2018 GALLERY PICS

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