Dawsons pair Chris Hope (Senior Partner) and Ricky Purdy (Director of Lettings) enjoyed their time on the Swansea Bay TV sofa today talking about the esate agent’s client and staff reward card.
So far Dawsons has joined up with a wide variety of well known local Swansea firms including Exall &Jones, The Yankee Shop; Candles & Co., The Optimist, 57 Barbers, Mr Jones of Mumbles, ND John Wine Merchants, Café Play, The Rose Indianne, and The Clothes Clinic and many others soon to be confirmed.
Chris features on the whole show, while Chris and Ricky are both on in part two talking about the reward card.
Dawsons is pleased to announce they have been shortlisted by Relocation Agent Network, a national network of selected estate agents, for the 2017 Best Agent South Wales Region Award.
The winner will be announced at a gala awards dinner held at London’s Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel, on Friday, November 17 hosted by comedian and TV presenter Sue Perkins.
Dawsons’ Senior Partner Chris Hope said: “We are so proud to be shortlisted for this year’s Relocation Agent Network’s Best Agent Regional Award. It really does highlight the effort, commitment and enthusiasm demonstrated by our team here at Dawsons.”
Relocation Agent Network’s 2017 Best Agent South Wales Region Award is an annual prize for the agent that has consistently made the best overall contribution to the Network throughout the year and offers nominees the chance to become the Network’s ‘Best Network Agent in the South Wales Region’.
To reach this stage of the award programme, agents must demonstrate excellent customer service, innovative business initiatives and a commitment to the Relocation Agent Network principles.
Richard Tucker, Relocation Agent Network’s Managing Director said: “Our Best Agent Regional Awards recognise those agents that go above and beyond when it comes to customer service and business innovation and network participation. Congratulations to Dawsons for their well-deserved nomination.”
Swansea City legend Alan Curtis is among scores of generous people who have donated unwanted boots to an African football academy.
Dawsons estate agent was among the main sponsors of this year’s inaugural Burry Port Raft Race, an event organised by Isabel and Craig Goodman to raise funds for the Burry Port RNLI and the Afia Banjul Children’s Football Academy in Gambia.
Further to the success of the raft race the organisers asked if Dawsons was able to collect any unwanted football boots, trainers or togs, and any kit for the Afia Banjul academy.
Dawsons were kindly donated buckets from another Swansea company: Exall & Jones, to collect boots in all of the sales and lettings offices throughout August.
“After having such a great day at the raft race raising funds for both the Burry Port RNLI and the Afia Banjul Children’s football academy it is great to continue our involvement in the fundraising,” said Dawsons Senior Partner Chris Hope.
“And it’s equally as great to see such amazing follow-up support after receiving the request for kit from the football academy by our staff, customers and contractors alike which included some donations from some well-known local faces such as Alan Curtis and Richie Pugh (Rugby Wales Sevens), and we look forward to seeing our donations arrive where they are much needed.”
Isabel said: “We are so grateful for this donation and it will now be shipped out to Gambia asap. The football academy is extremely grateful for all they receive, and are always needing new kit so if you anyone has any donations please feel free to drop them to Dawsons who can of course still pass them on.”
CAPTION: Swansea City legend Alan Curtis with some of the football boots being donated to Afia Banjul Children’s Football Academy in Gambia
It’s not often a property as unique and charming as 2 Pen y Waun cottages comes onto the market. Jenny White paid a visit.
It’s hard to believe a home as tranquil and picturesque as 2 Pen y Waun Cottages could exist just a mile and a half from the M4 and a short drive from Swansea City Centre and other key locations including Morriston Hospital and Swansea University’s Bay Campus.
Set in pretty Felindre, the house has the added benefit of stunning reservoir walks nearby and a pub in the village – yet it feels as though it exists in its own rural idyll, with green fields all around, a pond and nearly an acre of gardens.
Sian O’Neill and her husband Hugh have helped raise ten grandchildren here, and it’s been a wonderful place for the children to play and explore. The house itself was originally a barn for the adjoining farmhouse and later became a row of miners’ cottages, before being converted into the four-bedroom family home it is today.
“It’s a wonderful home as it is but, there is potential to do so much with it,” says Sian. “We have space to add more bedrooms, and it could quite easily be converted into two properties, or into a B&B.”
In its present form, the house is a spacious and truly characterful family home that combines the charm of a cottage with the all luxury of space. From the large, light entrance hall to the vast main lounge, it really allows space to spread out and unwind. It’s also wonderful for entertaining.
“We’ve had some great parties here,” says Sian. “We can easily feed 15 in the lounge, and the garden makes it easy to hold bigger gatherings: we had our wedding reception here and Hugh, who was a member of Morriston Orpheus Choir, has hosted choir barbeques here. We have a lot of land for parking and in the evening it’s lovely to sit people around fires in the garden.”
Another huge bonus is that the property is so tranquil. A tall hedge separates it from the neighbouring house, meaning you feel entirely secluded, and the garden backs onto green fields.
“We’ve really enjoyed the peace and quiet,” says Sian. “We’ve also loved that it is such an interesting house – it has a lovely interior.”
The accommodation is highly flexible: as Hugh now has difficulty getting around, he has his own ground floor room and bathroom, and the first floor has a long walk-in attic running alongside the hallway which could easily be converted to add more bedrooms.
After spending a quarter of a century there, Sian and Hugh will be sad to leave, but the need to be closer to family is forcing the move.
“It’s been a perfect place to live, and I think it will appeal to a lot of people, from a multigenerational family to someone who wants to develop it or turn it into a business,” says Sian. “The lovely thing about it is that you have all the benefit and seclusion of living in the country but you have the city and excellent transport links nearby.”
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.”
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 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).
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.
Swansea boasts some of the most desirable postcodes in Wales to live. In fact, three of those postcodes appear in a new list of the top 10 postcodes in Wales.
Dawsons is proud to be offering some very desirable properties from within those three postcodes – SA1, which ranks as the third top postcode in Wales; SA5, which is ranked as the fourth top postcode in Wales, and SA6, which is ranked as the 10th.
The survey, carried out by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) on behalf of Royal Mail, found that those three postcodes scored well on such factors as quality of schools, access to green spaces, good employment prospects, working hours, affordable housing and average commuting times.
In particular, Dawsons has some much sought after sales and letting properties within the SA1 postcode, which comes third in the survey behind the Vale of Glamorgan and Cardiff Central.
“We have an impressive portfolio of both sales and rental property across the city but we do have some fine examples within those top-rated postcodes and specifically within SA1,” said Chris Hope, Senior Partner at Dawsons.
For example, Dawsons have a particularly impressive apartment in the Meridian Tower which is up for let at £1,500 per month and another apartment in St Christopher’s Court, for sale at £259,950.
Meridian Tower, Trawler Road, Swansea, SA1 1JW
(Under Offer £1,500 PCM)
This is a luxury two-bedroom apartment situated on the 17th floor with stunning views over Swansea Bay.
The apartment (pictured at the top) comprises of open plan lounge/diner, fitted kitchen, en-suite to master bedroom, walk-in wardrobe and family bathroom. It benefits from underground parking, lift access and being set close to the city centre.
St Christopher’s Court, Swansea, Swansea, West Glamorgan, SA1 1UA
(For Sale £259,950)
This is a two-bedroom property on the first floor offering views of Swansea Bay.
The apartment consists of a master bedroom with en-suite and Juliet balcony, an open plan living/dining room with a sit pout balcony. It also has a fitted kitchen with integrated appliances. It includes a family bathroom and allocated parking.