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Rugby Six Nations at Dawsons

Our Dawsons Welsh Update of the Rugby Six Nations Championship

Of course, at Dawsons, we are all rugby mad and will be supporting Wales with great enthusiasm throughout the Six Nations Championship.  We have asked one of our most enthusiastic supporters, David Parton, the manager of our Killay office, to keep us up to date after each match, read his updates further down.

A bit of History:

The Six Nations is a historic tournament dating back to 1883 when Wales, England, Scotland and Ireland hosted their own ‘Home Nations Championship’. The format we know today was formed in 2000 with the addition of Italy (with France being part of proceedings since 1910).

This year’s tournament is the 19th edition of the modern format and after the 1st round of matches, the favourites and holders (Ireland) are no longer in contention for the Grand Slam. In recent years the title has been won by either Ireland or England however Wales are now in contention with an impressive 24-19 victory away to France in the opening round. This year’s tournament is particularly important as the Rugby Union World Cup takes place at the back end of the year.

Match Schedule February / March 2019:

  • Fri 1st: France v Wales 8.00pm
  • Sat 2nd: Scotland v Italy 2.15pm
  • Sat 2nd: Ireland v England 4.45pm
  • Sat 9th: Scotland v Ireland 2.15pm
  • Sat 9th: Italy v Wales 4.45pm
  • Sun 10th: England v France 3.00pm
  • Sat 23rd: France v Scotland 2.15pm
  • Sat 23rd: Wales v England 4.45pm
  • Sun 24th: Italy v Ireland, 3.00pm March
  • Sat 9th: Scotland v Wales 2.15pm
  • Sat 9th: England v Italy 4.45pm
  • Sun 10th: Ireland v France, 3.00pm
  • Sat 16th: Italy v France 12.30pm
  • Sat 16th: Wales v Ireland 2.45pm
  • Sat 16th: England v Scotland, 5.00pm

Match Update Italy v Wales Sat 9th February:

A wins a win! I think that’s the best we can say after that performance!? 

Two wins away from home to start the Six Nations Championship against France and Italy which takes us up to a record 11 wins in a row! 

This now sets up a mouthwatering encounter with a very strong looking English team at Home in a fortnights time! England thumped France this week in Twickenham! Wales will need to improve to be in with a chance of competing with them! 

It will be a top of the table clash, with England being just ahead of Wales on Points. Both teams will be determined to win to continue their unbeaten run in the competition and keep the Grand Slam dream alive!

I’m not worried! You’re worried! Shut up!! 

Cymru am Byth!!!”

David is the manager of the Dawsons Killay office

David Parton, Branch Manager Killay Office

A snowy scene in Swansea Wales

February Newsletter 2019

Dawsons supporting local communities

We pride ourselves in not just having local offices, but our staff within those branches being part of the community in which they are placed.  As a company, we support many different charities, both local and national, local schools, social and sports clubs, as well as local businesses and events.

Our community contributions in 2018 were by far one of our busiest years to date.  To name but a few, we were involved in: sponsoring the Wales Airshow, Burry Port raft race, DJM Charitable trust, Macmillan, Save the Children, Swansea City DSA, Mr X, Trussell Trust, Cariad defib, friends of Mumbles parks, alongside many local primary school fetes, local litter picks, and many more.

Dawsons Property in Swansea raise over £14,ooo for charitable causes in 2018We proudly raised a grand total of £14,106.00 in 2018 alone, for which we are extremely thankful to all our staff who got involved.  Whilst day to day we are an award-winning estate agent, we are also team Dawsons supporting in any which way we can.

Industry News:

Dawsons celebrate their win at the EA Masters with new window displays

Dawsons placed in top 0.1% of agents in the UK after winning gold and silver.  Our Sales & Lettings teams are celebrating their achievements after winning both gold and silver in the Estate Agents Awards (EA Masters) in October 2018 placing us within the top 0.1% of estate agents throughout the UK.

Ricky Purdy, our lettings director commented:  “The judging of this prestigious accolade takes place over a 12 month period, involves in-depth research, many statistics and mystery shops”

Jo Summerfield Talbot, our sales director commented:  “These awards are attributed to the sheer hard work and outstanding customer service all our team members display by always going that extra mile helping and supporting our clients through their journey”

Take a look as you drive by our local offices this month and see all our windows which are now splashed with awards and celebration.

Top Tips: Declutter

Declutter those cupboards and drawers, tidy up and remove excess items that might give the impression of cluttering. You may want to remove any large bits of furniture (such as a clunky wardrobe) in order to make a room look bigger.  Check out our ‘declutter blog’ here.

Declutter your home is the advice of Dawsons in Swansea

Auction News

Alltiago Road, Pontarddulais goes up for Auction with Dawsons Property in February

“2018 was an amazing year for Dawsons Auction Department! Selling 90% of everything that we took to the room. Proving that buying and selling via auction is the most secure method of sale, the national average of selling via private treaty is only 65%.

A misconception is that auction properties are in disrepair or requires work, last year we found that its the vendors circumstances that determine whether a property is to be sold at auction not the finish of the property e.g. shorter timescales, security of sale, speed of sale and ability to sell with discretion in certain situations debt, separation, emigration, death.

Going into the first auction of 2019 we have very diverse stock located all across Swansea (which includes the property pictured in Alltiago Road, Pontarddulais).  Come down to the Swansea Marriott Hotel on the 27th of February and start your investment with us. If you want a free valuation on any property/land that you want to sell please give Dawsons Auction a call 01792 478904.”

F & C Property Focus:

Ryelands, Bishopston. Offers Over £800,000

Ryelands, Bishopston. Offers Over £800,000 For Sale with Fine & Country Swansea Office

A prestigious & recognisable home which has marked the entrance to the village of Bishopston since 1905. With it’s prominent stature & handsome exterior, Ryelands is a striking and property. Offering an array of beautiful original features & magnificent size rooms made up of 5 receptions, 5 beds & 3 baths. Fantastic size south facing gardens & ample parking.

Business Link:

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Careers @ Dawsons 

WE ARE HIRING

Are you considering a career in Estate or Letting Agency, Property Management or Surveying? Visit our careers page for all of the current vacancies.

Reward Card:

Dawsons Property have an exclusive reward card for their clients in Swansea

Ask a member of our team for information on how to get one of our exclusive Reward cards providing you with discounts and offers in many local companies throughout Swansea & Llanelli

Staff News:

Tom Hope celebrates 10 years of service with Dawson property in Swansea

January has seen us celebrate Tom Hope’s 10th year anniversary within Dawsons.  Tom is now based in our Fine & Country department in our Mumbles office, Congratulations from us all @ Team Dawsons, here’s to the next 10 years +.

Sketty Renovation Project

A Sketty Renovation Project

Firstly, thank you to James Matthews of JM BUILDING CONTRACTORS, for coming along and allowing us to video him (on our phone) about the amazing renovation project he has been working on over the past 2 years:

Secondly, we hope that if you are inspired to take on a renovation project, that you will contact us in the first instance and let us guide you to the right project for your budget & skill-set.

Thirdly, watch James talk about his first renovation project and take a look at the amazing before and after photos, from his work at 26 Beaconsfield Way, Sketty.

James put his unique stamp on the property, which he purchased in March 2017, opting for a large open plan design with a large rear extension.  Due to his tight budget, it was imperative for James to rely upon his relationship with Alison, the associate valuer at Sketty office, who went out on a limb to ensure that James got hold of the property for the best price, in order to utilise his savings for the work!

James and his family moved into their newly renovated home in March 2018 and are now working on the garden & garage, before the project is complete and the property can be sold.   Here are some of the photos from the project so far.

Refurbishment project in Beaconsfield Way Sketty
Before Photos
Refurbishment project in Beaconsfield Way Sketty
Roof being refurbished
Refurbishment project in Beaconsfield Way Sketty
Kitchen & Lounge almost completed

We are sure you will agree it is, indeed, an amazing project and showcases the work James & his building team can do.  If you are considering a renovation project there are 2 contacts to add to your planning list:

Alison Morris
(Associate and Valuer)

90 Gower Road
Sketty
Swansea
SA2 9BZ

Tel: 01792 299655

JM Building Contractors

Tel:01792 201 448
Tel: 07837 488 350
Email: info@jmbuildingcontractors.co.uk

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Winner of the Dawsons car wrap competition

Bishop Gore Pupil wins Dawsons ‘Wrap a car ‘ competition

Cora of Bishop Gore School entered the Dawsons Estate Agents competition in October to see her design wrapped around Dawsons newest fleet car this November.

Winner of the Dawsons car wrap competitionOur marketing coordinator Naomi Webborn explains:

“We held the social media competition throughout October inviting any young person to submit a design using the blank canvas of a white ‘VW up’ car.  Whilst we were overwhelmed with the entries received from local schools, girl guides and scouts and other local community groups throughout Llanelli and Swansea, Cora’s innovative design stood out greatly with her use of paint and imagination.  We thank all children who took part and urge all children to submit designs when we host similar competitions in the future.”

Both Cora and Helen (Bishop Gore’s head teacher) were so proud to see the design on the car when Dawsons visited recently.  When Cora was asked how she came up with her design she answered:

“As it’s an estate agency, I thought a key idea would be a good as it links the design to houses.  I’m very proud to have won the competition and I felt very excited to see the car as it’s my own design.”

Mrs Helen Bergum also commented: “We are very proud of Cora’s achievement.  Her creativity and enthusiasm for art have been magnificently embodied in this design. It’s fantastic for Cora and the community in Swansea to be able to see her design on a daily basis.”

Dawson’s company car fleet has become something of a blank canvass for local artists and photographers to show their work of late.  Since early 2016, Dawsons have wrapped their fleet with a number of unique and innovative designs from children’s drawings (competition designs), the work of two local photographers who we spotted on social media, local maps and throwback photos supplied by a local author.  We will be on the lookout for even more designs in 2019, so watch this space and keep your eyes out for the fleet in your local community.

angelina chugh winner of Dawsons Van wrapFor more information please contact:

Naomi Webborn on 01792 633267

 

Looking Back as we look forward into 2019

Round-up of 2018

As we head into a brand new year, we look back over the past year at Dawsons and all of the amazing community events we have been involved with, money raised for so many good causes, and a wonderful team of people, all of whom have given their time & effort voluntarily.  Thank you Dawsons Team and to everyone who has donated!

Happy 2019, let’s hope it’s an amazing one!

January

Christmas Jumper Day in aid of ‘Save the Children’

Save The Children Christmas Jumper Day 2017

February

Our Valentine competition winner enjoying breakfast at The Optimist

valentine competition at The Optimist 2017

March

Our branches collecting for the West Wales Poundies

EASTER FUNDRAISER for west wales poundies

April

Climbing Pen Y Fan for the Neonatal Unit

pen y fan climb for Neonatal Ward WALESSeveral of our Dawsons babies have spent time in the unit, not least George on the left whose life was saved there seven years ago and completed the strenuous walk with the Dawsons banner in his rucksack.

May

Our ‘Sell your home for free’ competition winner

SELL YOUR HOME FOR FREE

June

#OneThousandItemsOfFood for Trussell Trust Food Bank via Agents Giving & Relocation Agent Network

Thousand items of Food for Trussell Food Bank

Collecting food for the homeless

July

“Safe as Houses” supporting the child safety wristbands at Wales Airshow

Children's Safety Wristbands

WRIST BANDS FOR CHILD SAFETY AT WALES AIR SHOW

August

Sponsoring and taking part in the Burry port Raft Race in aid of the RNLI and Afia Banjul Football Association

burry port raft race for RNLI 2017

September

Macmillan coffee mornings across the branches

MACMILLAN COFFEE MORNING

October

Dawsons Langland Litter Pickers.

litterpick langland 2018

November

Sam’s curry night as she heads off on Maternity leave, whilst undergoing chemotherapy for Breast Cancer.

SAM & LUKE BRAVE THE SHAVE

Sams Breast Cancer curry night

December

Mr X Donations for underprivileged local children.

MR X COLLECTION FOR UNDER PRIVILEGED CHILDREN

Halloween Trick or Treat

Our Halloween Story

It has been a strange week at the Dawsons HQ, let us tell you about it….

Last week we had a call from a lady, addressing herself as Mrs Addams (she was rather particular about the spelling), and she said that she had a property she wanted to have valued, in order to put it on the market for sales, or for rental.

She stated that the property was vacant, but she would meet our valuers Chris & Ricky there and show them around.  She also mentioned that another agency had been instructed to sell the property, but they had not been very good – apparently, none of the staff wanted to come and do the viewings!

So Ricky & Chris set off to their viewing at Brynhewlog, The Mayals, Swansea and we captured their visit on film, have a watch:

AFTERWARDS:
As if that wasn’t scary enough, on their return to the office, they found that Naomi and her son George (pictured) had picked and carved jack o’lantern pumpkins for the offices so they were all decorated ready for Hallowe’en. Despite being rather spooked, Ricky & Chris saw the funny side of our little prank!

Thanks go to Kevin Chellew for allowing us to film in his property, and for the fine “acting” by the spooky cast:-

  • Chris Hope & Ricky Purdy (Directors) as themselves
  • Jane (Marketing Team) Gardner as Mrs Addams
  • Naomi Webborn (Marketing Team) as Granny NomNom
  • Natalie Dare (Sketty Sales) as Camilla
  • Amanda Bamford (Gorseinon sales) as Naughty Daughter
  • Callum Thomas (Auction Team) as HorseHead Boy
  • Halee Miller (Marketing Team) as Wednesday
  • Cameraman George from JP Gardner & Associates

Dawsons Swansea Haloween OfficeDawsons Swansea Haloween Office

George in the pumpkin patch

 

Halloween at Dawsons Property

Naomi's Jack O Lantern for Dawsons Halloween Decorations

Naomi's Jack O Lantern for Dawsons Halloween Decorations

Cake entries for Dawsons Cakesmash competition

Cakesmash Competition Winner Announced

Firstly thank you to absolutely everyone who entered a cake for our Cakesmash competition this year.  Genuinely we have a lot of amazing bakers in our location, I think we should consider The Great Wales Bake-Off #GWBO and see if the BBC are interested!  (Not C4).

So please put your hands together and give a warm round of applause to our most liked and loved cake, the CHOCOLATE OVERLOAD by Amanda Morgan!

Dawsons CAKESMASH competition winner

❤️❤️❤️❤️ Andrea has won a FREE Cake Smash photo shoot (worth £150) with the amazing Safelight Images of Swansea – or voucher equivalent – to gift it as a present.  We must say a huge thank you to Safelight Images, who have been incredibly generous and we cannot wait to see the results of the photo shoot!

Thank you again to everyone who participated, we hope that you all had a good time baking and we very much enjoyed seeing your designs!

 

 

 

 

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:

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