Leon Atolagbe, Dawsons Senior Negotiator. talking to new landlords at an open evening at the Marina Office

Dawsons hosts successful open evening to welcome new landords

Dawsons has held a very successful open evening at their Marina Office to welcome new landlords.

Dawsons acquired Marina & SA1 properties in mid-June, and it seems the landlords and tenants alike have taken to this merger with ease.

“It has been a very smooth transition for all involved and we have very much enjoyed meeting our new customer base in recent weeks both by phone, email and face-to-face in our office,” said Ricky Purdy, Dawsons Director of Lettings.

“Our most recent event saw our newly-acquired landlords relaxing and enjoying a nice glass of Pimms with nibbles, and catching up with Irene, who has joined us in the merger with Marina & SA1 properties, and also meeting our well established rental team.

“It was a very busy evening, full of positive discussions on how Dawsons will continue to manage the landlords’ properties with the great customer service they had previously received.

“Along with that there are some extra benefits which include: access to a wider scope of contractors, our links nationwide with other well established agents and our technical reporting system providing the landlords with online property visit reports, giving them the ability to see the internal condition of their property throughout the tenancy.”

Dawsons Senior Lettings staff member Leon was there to welcome all Dawsons’ guests and talk them through all aspects of the transition in management.

Also on hand was Legionella Risk Assessor Ian who was able to answer any questions regarding the recent need for risk assessments of property water supplies.  Dawsons’ Marina office senior administrator Laura was able to assist some landlords with any Rent Smart Wales queries.

Added Ricky: “Our staff in the newly merged Marina office have worked extremely well together throughout the coalition of both companies and look forward to the future as one even bigger team with even greater experience and property knowledge to boot.”

Slade House, Newton

Final countdown begins to Dawsons’ next auction at the Marriott Hotel

There are now less than two weeks to go until Dawsons’ next auction on Wednesday, August 2.

This auction comes on the back of a successful event in June which was a complete sell out, with 100 per cent of the available stock being purchased, including a Grade Two listed church and a large run down Manor House in Mayals.

A modern auction is great for people looking for unusual properties and they have become increasingly popular with buyers who want to avoid the traditional house buying chain.

“The auction in June was a fantastic success and we are confident that the August event will replicate that,” said Corey Ashford, Dawsons Sales Negotiator.

“Already we are building a very interesting sales list and I’m sure it is going to attract a lot of interest.”

Here are a few of the auction lots.

Slade House, Slade Road, Newton (main picture) – GUIDE PRICE £450,000

A substantial seven-bedroom detached home set in a popular spot within Newton. It is close to the local amenities in Mumbles. A short drive away from Gower. The accommodation comprises of an entrance hallway, TV room, office, lounge, shower room, kitchen and breakfast room, utility room and formal dining room to the ground floor. To the first floor there are seven bedrooms, family bathroom and a walk-through dressing area. There is potential off-road parking and access to a double car port. There are front and rear gardens.

 

Manor Road, Manselton
Manor Road, Manselton

27 Manor Road, Manselton, Swansea – GUIDE PRICE £35,000

Traditional mid terraced property in need of total renovation is situated close to local amenities and Swansea City Centre. The accommodation comprises of two reception rooms, kitchen and bathroom to the ground floor with two bedrooms to the first floor. This is an ideal investment property.

Crown Road, Morriston
Crown Road, Morriston

11 Crown Street, Morriston, Swansea – GUIDE PRICE £45,000

This is a three-bedroom end of terrace property in a popular location. It benefits from being close to local amenities. The property comprises entrance hallway, lounge, day room, dining room and kitchen to the ground floor. To the first floor there are three bedrooms, master with ensuite. Externally there is an enclosed rear garden with an outside toilet.

 

Burry Port Raft Race

Countdown to the Dawsons-sponsored Burry Port Fun Raft Race

Dawsons is looking forward to being the main sponsor of the Burry Port Fun Raft Race which is now only days away.

The race takes place on Saturday, 22nd July at 6pm and is in aid of Burry Port RNLI & Afia Banjul Children’s Football Academy, The Gambia and promises to be a fantastic day out for the family.

“We are delighted to be sponsoring the Raft Race especially as it is raising money for such good causes,” said Chris Hope, Dawsons Senior Partner.

“One of our offices is in Llanelli and many of our staff are from the Burry Port area, so we had no hesitation in getting involved.

burryportraftfb“It promises to be a fun day for everyone and I know many of our staff are looking forward to getting involved and raising valuable money for charity.”

Added Chris: “Why not come down and support the raft race in the beautiful harbour setting of Burry Port.”

The event is being covered by TV, radio and the written media and promises to be a memorable evening.

You can enter a team made up of 4 to 10 adults, aged 16 years and over. Entry is £50 and each team is being asked to raise a minimum of £100 deposit.

All crews are required to design and build their own rafts and paddles using begged, borrowed but not stolen materials.

Awards are on offer including best dressed raft, last raft over the line and first to sink.

There will be food and drink available, live music and special guests: Cyril The Swan, Cochyn The Dragon (Scarlets mascot) and your favourite characters from The Party Factory. There will also be children’s inflatables there.

As well as Dawsons the event is also being sponsored by the Llanelli Star, JR Events & Catering, Burns Pet Nutrition and Burry Port Co-op.

CAPTION: Chris Hope, Senior Partner at Dawsons, with organisers Isabel and Craig Goodman and Burry Port RNLI crew members, officials, and fundraisers

Dawsons' auction at the Marriott Hotel

Going, going… all gone – Dawsons enjoy 100 per cent success at auction

To buy or sell at an auction is proving a popular choice among Swansea property owners as was proved at Dawsons Property’s latest event.

To mark the half year position with a bang, Dawsons’ recent auction was a complete sell out, with 100 per cent of the available stock being purchased, which included a Grade Two listed church and a large run down Manor House in Mayals.

A modern auction is great for people looking for unusual properties and they have become increasingly popular with buyers who want to avoid the traditional house buying chain.

One of the main lots at the auction was St Paul’s Church in Plasmarl.

Dawsons Sales Negotiator Corey Ashford said: “St Paul’s Church was quite an unusual and quirky lot – not a lot of Grade II churches come up in the area.  We set the guide price at £75,000 and were absolutely thrilled to see if reach £90,000 on the day”

Property auctions are in vogue and are becoming an increasingly popular avenue for buyers and sellers and are fast catching up with the more conventional ‘private treaty’ route for homeowners.

This was proved at their recent event when many of the lots under the hammer went for considerably more than their guide price “In fact, two of the auction lots – 2-3 Llewellyn Circle and 30 Parkway both went for twice their guide price.

Dawsons Senior Partner Chris Hope insists: “Nowadays it’s a successful way of selling properties and getting the full price the market will pay. It is not all about a property which is battered and bruised, which no-one wants to buy “a property auction provides a rich variety of property types.”

Dawsons’ auction department has sold 94 per cent of the properties they have marketed so far in 2017. With an ever growing team, the auction department is thriving. Having had three auctions under the hammer so far, 2017 looks to be Dawsons’ greatest year to date for the team.

Dawsons Property sponsor Newton Primary Summer Fair

Primary school delighted with Dawsons Summer Fair sponsorship

Staff and pupils at Newton Primary School are getting ready for their Summer Fair which is being sponsored by Dawsons Property.

The estate agent has donated £250 towards the fair, which will be held at the school on Sunday, July 16 from 12pm, will help the school’s fundraising efforts.

“We are delighted to be sponsoring this year’s school fair and Dawsons believe the link we have within our communities is paramount to our businesses success, so therefore we make a conscious effort to support local events,” said Dawsons’ Senior Partner Chris Hope.

“All three of my children went to Newton School and we had no hesitation in deciding to sponsor the Fair.”

Newton Head Teacher Helena Rees said: “We are very grateful for Dawsons continued support and sponsorship for this summer’s fair.

“As well as Dawsons’ contribution I am extremely grateful to our PTA who have raised a lot of money for the school, which with budget cuts and the age of austerity is very welcome.

“I am very pleased with what we have in store for the Fair – there is something for everyone. It should be a great day.”

On the day, there will be visits from the Fire Service and the RNLI, with a bouncy castle, face painting and sumo wrestling, as well as a Pimms and beer Tent for the adults.

As well as sponsoring Newton School Fair, Dawsons is also sponsoring Burry Port Raft Race, in Burry Port Harbour on July 22 starting at 11am.

CAPTION: Dawsons’ Senior Partner Chris Hope (left) with members of Newton Primary’s school council and PTA member and school governor Claire Davies (right).

 

Dawsons aquisition of SA1 & Marina Properties

Leading Swansea estate agent announces acquisition of marina property firm

Dawsons Property has announced a merger with Marina & SA1 Properties.

The takeover sees two well established, local and trusted companies combining in a bid to enhance customer experience and other professional services to clients in the Maritime quarter.

The merger has been a seamless transition which sees the Marina & SA1 Property clients benefit from the thorough planning and cooperation of both teams from the very outset, and as the summer months move forward.

“What a great acquisition this has already proven to be, and we are already looking to the future and building what will be a special team and presence in the Marina for the exciting times ahead,” said Ricky Purdy, Director of Residential Lettings.

“The transition has been a smooth one, with our new clients at the forefront of our objectives.

“We hope to continue this process during the weeks ahead at several open evenings and meet-the-team events that we are to hold over the summer months.

“We know how important continuity is, and agent/client rapport, so meeting in person makes for a great start to our long term working relationships.”

The Marina & SA1 Properties will now display the Dawsons brand.

The Marina and SA1 staff along with Dawsons’ Marina staff, who have been with us since the opening day at the Marina six years ago, have already formed a formidable team focusing on customer service.

Having already established a strong presence in the Marina, supported by their four other rental offices elsewhere within Swansea and Llanelli, the Dawsons brand looks to establish itself further within the Marina in readiness for the continued developments both independent and those related to the University.

With the merger, coming over to Dawsons are Irene Williams and Delyth Evans.

Irene has extensive customer service and lettings and sales negotiation experience. She is knowledgeable about the local area and property values in Swansea. She is motivated to help you sell or rent your property as quickly as possible by providing a knowledge-based valuation together with a friendly and informative service.

Delyth provides bookkeeping and accounts support. She is the “go to” lady for people who have queries about your statements or rent payments and is providing invaluable back office support to the busy front office team.

CAPTION: Tim Kostromin (Dawsons Partner) shaking hands with Roger Blakeborough-Pownall (Director of Marina and SA1 Properties) and behind left to right are Ricky Purdy (Director of Dawsons Residential Lettings), Leon Atolagbe (Dawsons Senior Negotiator and Valuer), Laura Carver (Negotiator and Senior Administrator), Naomi Webborn (Residential Lettings Department Coordinator), Michelle Ireland (Negotiator), Irene Williams (Negotiator and Administrator) and Pauline Blakeborough-Pownall (Director of Marina and SA1 Properties).

Emma Bolton

Dawsons manager celebrating becoming Relocation Agent Specialist

Emma Bolton, the manager of Dawsons Branch in Mumbles, is celebrating after becoming an accredited Relocation Agent Specialist.

The accreditation was awarded by Relocation Agent Network (RAN) and is achieved by completing a comprehensive online training programme, The Importance of Service.

RAN is a national network of independent estate agents (of which Dawsons is a member), and introduced the training programme to ensure each of their members provides the very highest customer service to those relocating around the UK.

Dawsons Senior Partner, Chris Hope said: “We take staff development very seriously and Emma’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.”

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.
Relocation Agent Network’s Managing Director, Richard Tucker said: “Selected by us as the best independent estate agent to represent the Network in Mumbles and Gower, 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.”

Dawsons auction: your chance to own grade two listed church

The former St Paul’s church in Plasmarl, Swansea goes under the hammer at Dawsons Property Auction on Wednesday June 14 at 15:00 in Swansea Marriott Hotel.

The Grade II listed building is expected to ignite a lot of interest as it is such an unusual property.

Dawsons Sales Negotiator Corey Ashford said: “It’s quite an unusual and quirky lot – not a lot of churches come up in the area. There’s a guide price of around £75,000 on this so it’s a good price bracket for a lot of potential buyers.

“The church probably dates back to the end of the 19th to early 20th century, and retains quite a lot of original materials including the organ, stone walls, suspended wooden flooring and the original roof.

“It has D1 planning permission which would allow a number of uses such as a day nursery, education or training centre or medical centre. Its grade II listing means it is of historical importance, so there are restrictions as to what you can do with the building externally and internally.

“Overall it’s a great lot with plenty of potential, and it will be interesting to see who buys it and what it becomes.”

The church is one of a huge range of properties being auctioned on June 14.

Medieval title up for grabs with sale of historic Gower Manor House

Ever fancied having your own medieval title of Lord of Lady of the Manor? Well, a very rare opportunity has arisen: the prestigious manorial title of the Lord and Lady of Horton.

The Manor House in Horton is now on the market and with it comes the legal right to the title which dates back to at least the early 1300s.

Fine & Country have the Manor House up for sale for £785,000, which includes the title and various other ancient rights.

“The Manor House is a very impressive property by itself but the fact that it comes with a title dating back to medieval times is a fantastic added extra,” said Emma Bolton, Branch Manager of Fine & Country in Mumbles.

“We have to stress that this is a genuine title and not one of those manufactured ones you can buy relatively cheaply on the internet.

“I’m sure there is going to be a lot of interest in this property because of the quirky nature of what is on offer here. This is, after all, an incredibly unique opportunity for the next owner of the beautiful Manor House to enjoy a title as well.”

Sea views from the Manor House in Horton
Sea views from the Manor House in Horton

And the manorial rights do not end with just a title. Also included in the sale are the maritime rights of wreck within the coastal boundaries of the Manor of Horton.

That means in legal terms that any wreck above low water mark, subject only to the Merchant Shipping (Registration etc) Act 1993 and the Merchant Shipping Act 1995. A wreck would include jetsam, flotsam, and anything that is derelict.

Swansea solicitor Edward Harris is an expert in medieval manorial rights which came to prominence during feudal times.

“In 40 years as a solicitor it is only the second manorial title like this that I have come across that comes with the sale of a property. This is something of a rarity,” admitted Edward.

“If say for instance David Jones takes the title he will be entitled to call himself David Jones, Lord of Horton, but unfortunately it would not entitle him to a place in the House of Lords and it is not a hereditary title.”

“This title would be worth something between £20,000-30,000 which is reflected in the total price of the property. You can buy some less impressive title for a few thousand pounds but this one, which is reflected in its price, has good history and good provenance.”

Apart from the title one of the big selling points of the Manor House, which is situated right in the middle of Horton, is its elevated position commanding beautiful views across the Bristol Channel.

The property itself consists of four bedrooms, two of them ensuite, a total of three bathrooms upstairs, while the ground floor comprises an entrance hallway featuring wooden flooring and open fireplace. There is also a light and open lounge dining room with the kitchen set off from the area.

Externally, the property offers a patio area with lawned gardens, mature trees and flowering shrub. There are various out buildings including a garage and there is driveway parking for approximately three cars.

 

 

 

 

Burry Port Raft Race

Dawsons delight at being main sponsor of Burry Port Raft Race

Dawsons Property is delighted to be the main sponsor of the Burry Port Harbour Raft Race on Saturday, July 22.

The estate agency, which has one of its main branches in Llanelli, is heading up the event which is raising money not only for the Burry Port RNLI but also the Afia Banjul Football Academy in Gambia.

“We are absolutely thrilled to be sponsoring this event in Burry Port but we will also to be taking part in the raft race itself,” said Dawsons Senior Partner Chris Hope.

“Many of our staff are local to Burry Port so it was natural for us to support this fun and very worthy event which is going to be a great day for the family.

“The Llanelli and Burry Port areas are very important to our business and we cover right down to Carmarthen.”

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Added Chris: “Why not come down and support the raft race in the beautiful harbour setting of Burry Port.”
You can enter a team made up of 4 to 10 adults, aged 16 years and over. Entry is £50 and each team is being asked to raise a minimum of £100 deposit.

All crews are required to design and build their own rafts and paddles using begged, borrowed but not stolen materials.

Awards are on offer including best dressed raft, last raft over the line and first to sink.

There will be food and drink available, live music and special guests: Cyril The Swan, Cochyn The Dragon (Scarlets mascot) and your favourite characters from The Party Factory. There will also be children’s inflatables there.

As well as Dawsons the event is also being sponsored by the Llanelli Star, JR Events & Catering, Burns Pet Nutrition and Burry Port Co-op.

CAPTION: Chris Hope, Senior Partner at Dawsons, with organisers Isabel and Craig Goodman and Burry Port RNLI crew members, officials, and fundraisers

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