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September Newsletter

Community:

On Sunday 4th of August a team of brave souls from Dawsons took to the sky in a small aircraft and threw themselves out at 12,000ft with Skydive Swansea.

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The reason for this brave feat was to raise money for local charity hospice Ty Olwen. After the jump, delighted and relieved, the team met up with Dawsons Senior Partner Chris Hope to present Helen from Ty Olwen with a cheque for £2,567.

The aims of the Ty Olwen Trust are:

  • To relieve patients of the Ty Olwen Palliative Care Service who are suffering from cancer and life-limiting diseases by the provision of amenities, equipment, services and facilities not normally provided by the National Health Service.
  • To extend such service and amenities to patients suffering from cancer and life-limiting diseases who require medical and nursing support in all care settings.
  • To assist the family or dependents of patients suffering from cancer and life-limiting diseases who are in necessitous circumstances in particular as a result of these illnesses.
  • To promote and support research into the causes and treatment of cancer and life-limiting diseases at Ty Olwen and to assist in the dissemination of the results thereof.
  • To award bursaries to enable nurses and other staff and helpers to undertake specialised training courses.

Industry News:

On the 4th and 5th of September, Team Dawsons canoed 31 miles down the River Wye from Hoarwithy to Monmouth, fundraising for industry friend Dom Subbiani and The Huntington’s Disease Association.

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There were over 100 property professionals who joined together for the challenge and it turned out to be one of the biggest charity events the industry has ever seen. By day we took to our canoes, covering 31 miles of river and rapids, by night we continued to raise money with a charity auction and games to help raise more funds.

Dom is loved by many in the industry, due to his easy-going nature, his kind and thoughtful approach and fantastic sense of humour. He has has been in the property industry for many years and runs a successful estate agents and holiday lets business, called FBM in Haverfordwest.  The agency is also part of the Fine & Country network, alongside Dawsons, so we all know Dom very well and are delighted to take part in this amazing event. If you are able to spare a few pounds, please click HERE. All donations are hugely appreciated, it is hoped that Do It For Dom 2019 will bring the fundraising total over £100,000.

August Top Tip:

REALISE YOUR LAND’S POTENTIAL!

Your agent can advise you on the best local solicitors. They speak to them daily and understand which will work the best with you. The last thing you want is a lengthy conveyance.

Auction News:

With only two auctions left this year, do not miss your chance to buy or sell. This year we have sold over £3,000,000 worth of properties and land. If you have any surplus houses, commercial units, yards, plots, fields etc. we can sell them. Giving you money in the bank before Christmas.

c1b7f27be1e0aef73ddbd5500eb1fb2d92ee16f9 2On the other hand, if you don’t want to be renovating a property in the cold early months of 2020 this is your last chance to buy. We have yet another full auction list of properties and land, ranging from a £500,000 plot in Three Cliffs to a £40,000 two bed end terrace in Morriston.

Please call our auction department on 01792 478904 before its GOING GOING GONE.

F & C Property Focus:  

The Cabin, Three Cliffs

The sea and Three Cliffs views from this plot are simply breath-taking!

60dfdf723460211378cfb7613ea682d81ed081a2The Cabin will not fail to impress you, from the moment you step into the grounds you feel like you have just entered a different land. This spectacular waterside location offers a superb chance to purchase a development opportunity. It’s just a stone throw away from the intoxicating, award-winning beach of Three Cliffs Bay and steps away from Gower coastal and countryside paths.

Approved full planning for a 3-bed bungalow. Possibly with scope to apply for a more adventurous, grand designs style build (subject to planning).

* GOING TO PUBLIC AUCTION ON WEDNESDAY 2nd OCTOBER 2019 AT 3PM IN THE MARRIOTT HOTEL SWANSEA MARINA *

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Café Play Mumbles

7 Castleton Walk Arcade, Newton Road, Mumbles SA3 4AX

Licensed cafe at the old Bentley’s Nightclub in the heart of Mumbles, Swansea. By day soft play, by night, Comedy, Live Music, Pop-Up Kitchens, Cinema & Private Hire. Also available to hire with some great party packages!

RAN:

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 Wouldn’t it be great to have a friend already living in the area you are moving to?  Someone who could provide trusted advice on the up and coming areas, school catchments, local shops and restaurants, or real-world commuting.

Relocation Agent Network members have been selected because they can bring that personal touch to their professional services. Our national network of hand-picked Relocation Agents work together to deliver expert advice whatever your budget.

Sounds expensive? Actually, it costs you nothing and is a standard part of the enhanced service offered by your local Relocation Agent Network member. Our difference is in the service, not the price.

Mortgage Advice Bureau (MAB) update:

DTOne of our resident mortgage advisers David Treharne has recently taken part in a mammoth charity event. David and his friends cycled 100 miles through London and the outskirts. They started at the Olympic stadium cycling through central London onto Richmond then out to Surrey and the outskirts of Surrey villages then back into London finishing on the Mall. As a group they raised £2,500 -£3,000.

As well as raising money for charity, David is also very good at raising extra funds for your property purchase. He has access to over 10,000 mortgages and 95 different lenders, please call one of our offices for your mortgage appointment today.

Reward Card:

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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.

Careers @ Dawsons:

WE ARE HIRING

Are you considering a career in Estate Agency, Property Management or Surveying?

If so, Click HERE.

Dawsons sponsor the MUMBLES RFC Crackers Sevens

Dawsons Property at The Cracker’s 7’s

Dawsons at the 2019 cracker 7's

Dawsons Property continued their longstanding sponsorship of the ever-popular Cracker Sevens at Mumbles RFC this year.

As always, the 3-day festival of rugby took place over the Bank Holiday weekend, August 24-26, in Underhill Park, Mumbles.

The Dawsons loyal sponsorship spans more than two decades and partner James Dawson has been associated with the tournament for many years, having played in the event in his youth and continuing as a sponsor.

“Being a player in the Cracker Sevens and to then go on to sponsor the event year on year is a privilege,” said James. “The event is an annual must for the Dawsons partners, their families, our employees and our business associates.  It really is a thoroughly enjoyable event come rain or shine…  but we were extremely lucky this year to have a scorcher!”

Dawsons at the 2019 cracker 7's

CRACKER 7’s 2019 Matches

Friday 23rd August – 1st XV .v. Swansea Uplands.

Saturday 24th August – U16’s .v. Swansea Uplands

Youth-friendly .v. Swansea Uplands

Charity game organised by Huw Evans and Stephen Hughes.

The Sweet William Invitation XV managed by Wales International Paul Moriarty vs. Rockefeller Rugby XV managed by former Wales Head Coach Mike Ruddock.  Many former players on the pitch!

Sunday 25th August – The 31st Jimmy Cracker 7’s!

Dawsons at the 2019 cracker 7's

Dawsons at the 2019 cracker 7's

Deceased Estate Sales with Dawsons Property

Deceased Estate Sales

It can prove a stressful and distressing time when you are responsible for arranging the deceased estate of a loved one.  It is important for us to provide you with a realistic market price (upon which any inheritance tax liability will be calculated) and this probate valuation will be carried out with a sympathetic and caring approach.

If selling through private treaty you must wait for probate to be granted. Once granted, we will be able to place your property onto the market for sale.  If the property is to be sold by auction we can actually sell before the grant of probate, another reason why we sell so many deceased estates sell in this way. If probate is still not granted by the 28 day completion period, there is a clause in the contract stating that completion will happen 7 days after the grant of probate.

Deceased Estate Sales with Dawsons Property

So we feel that selling by Auction is perfect for deceased estate sales for the following reasons:

  • Demand is very high for properties requiring refurbishment or renovations.  Often a deceased sale property has been lived in by an elderly relative and may not have been updated to modern standards.
  • Low priced properties often achieve much higher figures than they would on the open sales market, due to the excitement of the bidding process and the expertise of the auctioneer.
  • Auction sales exchange on the day and complete within 28 days.  On top of the stress of losing a loved one, there is no worry about sales falling through, chains collapsing or surveys being under-valued.

Dawsons are the only Swansea agent with an in-house Auction Team and we run auctions at the Swansea Marriott Hotel every 2nd month.  In 2019 we have run 4 auctions with 60 lots sold totalling £1,274,000. At our August Auction 21/21 properties sold, a number of which were deceased estate sales.

Examples of 2 Recent Deceased Estate Sales

Glantawe Street, MorristonExecutors should take legal advice on the title to the property and the taxation aspects of selling before placing the property on the market.

  • Went to Auction without viewings
  • Reserve £10,000
  • Sold £39,000

Gelli Glas, Morriston

Executors should take legal advice on the title to the property and the taxation aspects of selling before placing the property on the market.

  • Went to Auction had severe cracking throughout but was priced accordingly
  • Reserve £63,000
  • Sold £94,500

Timeline:

1. Grant of probate (2-3 months)

Required to enable executors to sell or transfer the property. The grant is a form of certificate issued by the court that confirms the validity of the will and gives the executors authority to deal with the deceased’s estate.

2. Probate valuations (2 weeks)

The executors should obtain two or three estate agents’ valuations and take the average as the value of the property, or obtain a surveyor’s valuation.

3. Title and deeds (1 hour to weeks if not registered)

The executors should also check the title to the property. If the property is registered with the Land Registry, this is a straightforward matter of downloading a copy of the title entries and plan from the Land Registry website, checking that the property is in the deceased’s name and that the plan shows the full extent of the property.

If the property is not registered, the executors will need to locate the paper title deeds, which hopefully are held safely by the deceased’s solicitor or their bank.

Preparing the Legal Documents (4 weeks*) Once the title and deeds are located, the executors should ask a solicitor to check them for any restrictions affecting the property, or defects in the title, which will need to be dealt with before the property can be sold. If the property is going to the Auction House, a legal pack will need to be prepared prior to listing the property.  One issue which often arises is when the property was not transferred to the deceased on the death of a spouse so this will add time to the process.

*Timescale depends on the solicitor, so we always  recommend people who know and understand the process

4. Marketing for Auction (Dawsons 6-8 weeks )

5. Marketing for Sale on the Open Market (National average 6-8 weeks)

Other Considerations:

Property Clearance

The deceased’s property will need to be cleared of all its contents before the property is sold and this is often a sticking point for the executors or family.

Capital Gains Tax

For the year of death and the following two years, the executors have a CGT allowance of £12,000 (for 2019-20).  Executors should take legal advice on the title to the property and the taxation aspects of selling before placing the property on the market.

If you would like to speak to one of our deceased estate sale experts, we’d be delighted to hear from you ☎︎ 01792 478903 or 04.

See our upcoming auction properties here.

 

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August Newsletter

Community:

Wales Air Show 2019

On the weekend of the 6th & 7th July the Dawsons Property team of volunteers headed down to Swansea Bay to work at the Wales Airshow for the 2nd year running.

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“Tag your Tots” was the theme, and positioned at the entrance, the staff were on hand to get all of the children wristbands with their parent’s emergency contact details secured on their arms, so that, heaven forbid, they wandered off during the excitement,  their parents or guardians could easily be contacted and traced….. especially with all eyes raised up to the sky for the aerobatic entertainment.

On top of this, there was lots of face painting, aeroplane stencils and glitter at the ready, plus selfie frames for photos and lots of advice about the events happening over the 2 days.

We took so much pride in being a part of the anniversary celebrations for Swansea City’s 50th birthday.

Industry News

Whether you’re over the moon or underwhelmed, Boris Johnson is now Prime Minister of the UK.

boris johnsonHe’s got form in the housing sector including his relatively unsuccessful attempt to introduce a minimum ‘rental standard’ in London when he was mayor, but now takes charge of a government that has several flagship housing market measures underway.

Will Bojo keep his housing team as it is? Will he alter James Brokenshire’s plans to reform Section 21 evictions, reform leasehold ownership, regulate estate agency and set up a publicly-available database of rogue landlords and agents? And will he follow through on his promise to reform Stamp duty? It will be an interesting few weeks. Effectively we here in Swansea have Rent Smart Wales (RSW) which already has in place a number of the suggested processes – in simply terms policing the PRS and looking at continued ways to improve standards across the board without the unexpected and detrimental financial consequences.

(The Negotiator, Nigel Lewis)

August Top Tip:  

CHOOSE THE RIGHT SOLICITOR

Your agent can advise you on the best local solicitors. They speak to them daily and understand which will work the best with you. The last thing you want is a lengthy conveyance.

AUCTION NEWS:

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The auction department has grown from strength to strength over the last six months. With the average number of properties going to each auction rising from 19 to 22.

We have found that more and more vendors are preferring the auction method of sale. The transparent, no-nonsense approach is becoming all the more common amongst sellers and purchasers alike.

If you have a surplus property, a property with issues e.g. short lease, knotweed, structural issues, neighbour disputes or need to sell due to legal reasons, an auction can be a great tool. From the beginning of marketing to completion the auction process is roughly 8 weeks.

Please give us a call on 01792 478903.

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F & C Property Focus:  

Welcome to our newest team member at Fine & Country SwanseaLindsey Harrison, Client Relationship Executive

Lindsey joined our Fine and Country department after working as a visual merchandiser for Debenhams. Graduating with a BA (Hons) in fashion construction and design, Lindsey’s artistic eye and creativeness is the reason why she is a perfect fit for our marketing team and the source of some of the most impactful brochures you will see. She has the ability to highlight features and create a visual lifestyle for prospective buyers to aspire to. In her spare time, Lindsey enjoys spending time with her two horses and competing in local show jumping competitions.

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The Optimist Bar and Kitchen, 59 Uplands Crescent SA2 0EZ Swansea

The Optimist Bar in Swansea are on the Dawsons Reward Card

The ever-popular, uplands bar and kitchen The Optimist has been a part of the Dawsons reward card scheme from the very beginning. With quality food and drink, excellent service and upbeat vibes The Optimist has established itself as one of Swansea best venues, whether it’s for mid-week brunch or weekend drinks, The Optimist is the place to be.

RAN:

Summer is upon us and the buyers are out and about, so it seemed a good time to introduce another RAN Focus Day to help not just local buyers with a property to sell but those from out of the area as well.

Dawsons Property Blog August 2019It took place on Wednesday 17th July. All of our sales offices worked frantically, helping clients with their relocation to new areas. We managed to assist 13 different clients to relocate and find their dream homes both in and outside of Swansea.

These focus days are a great opportunity to build relationships between agents and let everyone know how the Network helps customers relocate across the UK, whilst delivering great service.

Dawsons helped 13 clients relocate both in and out of Swansea, we are extremely pleased with that figure. Remember if you are thinking of relocating please call us.

Mortgage Advice Bureau (MAB) update:

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Our Mortgage Advisers all pride themselves on speed and service when it comes to arranging your mortgage. Last week Shaun Sturgess submitted 5 Applications, 7 days later the happy customers now all have full Mortgage Offers and are speeding along the road to owning their dream home! All this after negotiating with local estate agents and achieving the best price for the customer.

To see if Shaun or our other advisers can help you with the same level of service please get in touch.

Careers @ Dawsons:

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Dawsons Property June Newsletter 2019

July’s Newsletter

Community

We sponsored the race shirts for the runners from the Paul Popham Running Club in 2019 Swansea half marathon and not only helped Underhill Park, Mumbles Community Council to get their Aviva grant in order to update their playground, we also got our very own picnic bench in the playground too!

Dawsons Sponsored the Paul Popham Running Club

Industry News

After winning gold in lettings and silver in sales at the 2019 EA Masters, we have now been assured that we are already in the top 3% of England & Wales for the 2020 awards.  We won’t find out if we are medal winners, but our clients can be assured our service is of the highest standard in the industry according to Rightmove & The Property Academy.

EA Masters Dawson win 2019

Formed in 1991, with 5 lettings and 8 sales branches along with our commercial, auction, land and new homes departments, as well as our Mumbles branch housing Fine & Country, we are now experts in all thing’s property. As our branches are based within our local communities throughout Swansea and Llanelli, we are the approved RAN agent for our area, ensuring each branch can offer the best possible customer service.

Financial Advice

If you are looking to buy your first property or your fifth one, there is one thing that you must do. Check your finances. Whether you’re a first-time buyer or a cereal mover you should always you’re your finances in place before you start your search. We here at Dawsons offer a free consultation with financial experts that have access to around 95 different lenders. Considerably more than our competitors. Our advisers can help you increase your budget, have cheaper monthly payments and help you manage investments. Don’t delay speak to one of our offices and get your finances sorted today.

Auction News

At the time of writing, we have a total of 14 properties ready for our next auction on the 14th of August. The properties are diverse and very popular: 4 bedroom detached in Llanelli, 2 bedroom mid terrace in mumbles, 3 bedroom semi in Ystralyfera and a 1 bedroom flat in Sketty. If you are thinking of investing your money, do it, why leave it in the bank at 0.7% interest. Invest in buy to let with a 9% return, buy a property with a view to getting a £20,000 return on investment.

There is money to be made in the auction room strike before the deals are Going Going GONE.

Fine & Country Property Focus

Fine & Country Swansea

The Fort, Port Eynon

Offers Over £650,000

The Fort at Port Eynon on for sale with Fine & Country Swansea

The Fort has been a family home for past 40 years for the current owner, has been a wonderful, joyful home with incredible views and proximity to Port Eynon beach, they will be extremely sad to move on.

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to acquire a home in a truly incredible private position, nestled in generous immaculate grounds of just over an acre. The Fort sits proudly in an elevated, private position commanding beautiful sea views, ocean sounds and is perfect for those that enjoy the outdoor lifestyle.

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Exall & Jones

Exall & Jones are on the Dawsons Reward CardBuilders and timber merchants based in the heart of Swansea City centre and in Killay with easy access to and from all the surrounding districts and the M4 motorway. 25,000 square feet of undercover storage area, a large heavy goods yard and car park.

Dealing with everyone from the occasional DIY’er to professional housing developers & a healthy business relationship with numerous major contractors across South Wales.

If you hold a Dawson’s reward card you automatically get a special price list – please call ☎︎ 01792 473748 for more information.

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Spotlight on Rees Little Removals

Rees Little Removals Swansea on Dawson's Reward Card

An added bonus of being Dawson’s customer for sales or lettings means that you get to use the Dawson’s Reward Card.

Rees Little Removals a professional business helping the people of Swansea & the surrounding areas to move home and with your Dawson’s Reward Card you get a whopping 20% discount!

Rees Little Removals work on the basis of giving their customers exactly what they want in a removal firm:

  • Offering 100% confidence that the removal men turn up on time, on the right day!
  • Competitive quotations
  • Smart & well presentable young & fit team where uniform is compulsory
  • A happy can-do attitude
  • An upbeat positive workforce of “yes” men
  • Fully insured
  • Treat your items with the utmost care
  • Packing service
  • Catering for anything, they are just a question away.

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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

Relocation Agent Network

10,000 items of food campaign

2661 items for Dawsons Food Drive

Last month all of the Dawsons offices became collection points for a special estate agency incentive across the UK, headed by our agency charity Agents Giving and the national Relocation Agent Network. The goal was to collect 10,000 items of food across the UK. The target was reached with the final total being 10,600 items with Dawsons collecting a HUGE 2,661 items! Over a quarter of all items raised came from us.

This annual event is incredibly important because Foodbanks across the UK are being used more than ever before.  During the week, at Dawson’s, we collected for Trussell Trust foodbanks in Swansea and Llanelli.

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Dawsons Mortgage Advice Bureau

Mortgage Success story 

Mr W. and Miss S. offered on a property with our Gorseinon branch however, after visiting their bank, they were not able to borrow the amount they needed and therefore their offer was unsuccessful.

Then after accepting advice from Dawsons Gorseinon Matthew Jones, the clients agreed to meet and speak with Dawsons financial advisors – Mortgage Advice Bureau. Upon delving deeper into their financial situation, the advisor was able to identify a lender from an extensive panel which would allow them to borrow in excess of £200,000…..some £100,000 more than their Bank would allow! Our clients then went on to purchase a home via a new build developer, at a much higher price than they ever thought possible… What could we be doing for you?

Dawsons food drive 2019 for the Trussell Trust

RAN Foodbank 10,000 items to the Trussell Trust

Last week all of the Dawsons offices became collection points for a special estate agency incentive across the UK, headed by our agency charity Agents Giving and the national Relocation Agent Network.

This annual event is incredibly important because Foodbanks across the UK are being used more than ever before.  During the week, at Dawsons, we collected for Trussell Trust foodbanks in Swansea, Llanelli & Lifepointe.

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2661 items for Dawsons Food Drive 2019

The Trussell Trust charity supports a nationwide network of food banks and provides emergency food and support to people locked in poverty, along with campaigning for change to end the need for food banks in the UK.

In the UK, more than 14 million people are living in poverty – including 4.5 million children. The Trussell Trust supports more than 1,200 food bank centres in the UK to provide a minimum of three days’ nutritionally-balanced emergency food to people who have been referred in crisis, as well as supporting people to try and resolve the crises they face.

Between April 2018 and March 2019, food banks in the Trussell Trust network provided a record 1.6 million food supplies to people in crisis, a 19% increase on the previous year.

It takes more than food to end hunger but helping with food donations is a start and that is why this annual campaign is of huge importance to use at Dawsons.


Collection Day

Firstly we head to Morriston sales, to pick up 341 items, including a cheeky monkey.

Next to Morriston lettings, to pick up 189 items
Andrea is a cheeky monkey!

Next to Morriston lettings, to pick up 189 items

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Sarah hopped into the collection bucket but just couldn’t give her away!

and then to Gorseinon office to collect 105 Items.

 

Matt & George trying to get taken away from Gorseinon office
Matt & George trying to get taken away from Gorseinon office

635 items delivered to Lifepointe.

Next, we headed to:

Sketty office to collect 107 items

2661 items for Dawsons Food Drive 2019
Collecting from Sketty office

Killay office to collect 43 items

2661 items for Dawsons Food Drive 2019
Collecting from Killay office

Llanelli office to collect 174 items

2661 items for Dawsons Food Drive 2019
Collecting from Llanelli office

Deliver to Llanelli Foodbank 324 Items (Met with Claire & Colin who were so incredibly grateful)

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Claire & Colin, volunteers at Llanelli Foodbank receiving their items

Final trip:

Mumbles office to pick up a whopping 798 items

2661 items for Dawsons Food Drive 2019
Mumbles Office Collection

Marina office to collect 158 items

2661 items for Dawsons Food Drive 2019
Collecting from Marina office

Swansea sales office to collect 450 items

2661 items for Dawsons Food Drive 2019
Swansea sales collection

Swansea lettings office to collect 269 Items

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Swansea lettings collection with Kate & Kelly

And with a hugely packed van

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Barely any room left in the delivery van

Our final delivery was made to Swansea foodbank  of 1675 items

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From L to r: James, Gemma, Kate & Simon at Swansea Foodbank

We’d like to say a massive thank you to our board man Adrian from who drove from branch to branch last Friday along with our amazing food drive co-ordinator Gemma.  Plus, of course,  a huge well-done to all of our friends and local contacts who got involved and helped to achieve the amazing total of:

2661 items for Dawsons Food Drive 2019
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Why Landlords prefer to use a High Street Agent to rent their property

5 Key reasons why landlords prefer to use a high street agencyAlthough landlords want the fee to be as reasonable as possible, 81% are willing to pay a fair fee for the service they receive.

5 Key reasons why landlords prefer to use a high street agency5 Key reasons why landlords prefer to use a high street agency41% of landlords visited the local agency before inviting them to value the property.  This ‘pre-check’ is not possible with an online agent.

The ability to meet face to face was the primary reason that 38% of landlords chose a local high street agent rather than going with an online agency.

5 Key reasons why landlords prefer to use a high street agency59% of landlord would not use an online agency or consider using an agency without a local office.

5 Key reasons why landlords prefer to use a high street agencyTo avoid the inconvenience of dealing with maintenance issues and arranging contractors, 61% of landlord chose a local agent with their own property management team.  Just like Dawsons!

Statistics provided by The Property Academy landlord survey 2018 from a survey of over 2000 landlords.

With 5 local offices from Swansea to Llanelli, a specialist in-house accounts and maintenance teams and over 25 years in the property business are the reasons we are the local leading letting agency.  

SPECIAL OFFER FOR LLANELLI PROPERTIES

IF YOU QUOTE RL01 WHEN YOU BOOK YOUR FREE VALUATION YOU WILL BE ENTITLED TO A 15% DISCOUNT ON YOUR INITIAL TENANCY SETTING-UP FEE.*

☎︎ 01554 784400 Llanelli Lettings

mailto:rll@dawsonsproperty.co.uk

* Finders Fee for Let-Only Landlords = £358.80 (inc VAT) or 2 weeks rent, whichever is the greater amount.

Tenancy Set Up Fee for Managed & Rent Collect Landlords = 1.5 weeks rent + VAT 

Only one offer per property, not in conjunction with any other offer. Available until 19th July 2019. 

 

Dawsons Property June Newsletter 2019

June’s Newsletter 2019

Community

For this month’s community news, we wanted to showcase some of the achievements of Dawson’s extended family.

Amanda, of our Gorseinon branch, has written about her family. Her daughter Hollie who is 10 has recently represented Wales on behalf of her club West Street Gymnastics in Gorseinon. She competed in two competitions in Albershausen Germany and Scotland. She obtained a silver medal in Scotland but did not medal in Germany due to tough competition and her placing 10th out of 17. She has only been doing gymnastics for just over 2 years and trains for over 14 hours a week after school and once a month with the Welsh Squad for 6 hours.Amanda from Dawsons Property Daughter competing in gymnastics tournament

Ian, Amanda’s husband, started his journey in 2013 to become a 6 Star Medal Holder running Marathons in Tokyo, Boston, New York, Berlin, Chicago and London. He has raised over £14k for The Kids Cancer charity based on Walter Road Swansea and even though he has fulfilled his dream he continues to raise much-needed funds for the charity. Whilst running in Boston he had the three names of the victims tragically killed in the Boston bombings in 2013, Krystle Campbell, Martin Richards and Lu Lingzi printed on his running vest as a reminder to him why he was running.

Amanda from Dawsons proeprty team supports her husband running 6 marathons

Industry News

The hottest topic in the industry news for the last 6 weeks has been the very public fall of one of the biggest worldwide online agents. The stock price has fallen, they have pulled out of several countries and things aren’t looking very good for the agent which, to be fair to them, did hold a decent section of the market for the last 10 years. We wanted to list a few reasons as to why you should choose Dawsons over online agents.

chief executive and founder Michael Bruce stepped down and Purplebricks scaled back its international operations.

  • Paying up front

In most cases, you have to pay online estate agents up front, rather than on completion of your sale. If your property doesn’t sell, you want to switch from the online estate agent or they go out of business (like eMoov did in 2018, and House Network in 2019), then you’ll lose your money.

  • Valuing your home

Even those online agents with “local property experts” often aren’t local enough to know your area and your road well enough to value it accurately.

  • Unusual properties

If your home won’t be easy to sell, you may struggle without the expertise of a local, high street agent such as ourselves.

  • Conducting viewings

Where you opt not to pay extra to have viewings conducted for you, you need to be comfortable showing people around your home.

  • Time commitment

Managing everything yourself can take up more time than if you had a very good high street estate agent dealing with everything for you

  • In house services

Check the fee advertised isn’t conditional on you using the agent’s in-house services, like their recommended mortgage broker or conveyancer. 

3 top tips for choosing the right estate agent

  1. Sometimes the highest price can be quite attractive, however, for some estate agents, this can be used as a trick to win an instruction and there is nothing worse than a property having to drip-drop their price over months.
  2. Choose an agent with a large local presence & proactive staff because it is the team or the team members who ultimately do the work and get the deal done.  The more local the staff, the more they can sell the benefits of the location.
  3. A well-recommended brand and ultimately an agent that will sell your home so ask around for recommendations from local friends or the online community for success stories.

Auction News

The upcoming auction on June 12th has already had lots of interest.  At the time of writing, we have 17 properties available, with 4 already sold before auction day.

Remember all we need to sell is a buyer who is ready to proceed and a completed legal pack. Pre-auction sales are under the same auction conditions of a 10% deposit + any fees listed in the contract at the time of exchange, with a 28-day completion.

Click HERE for Auction Listings.

dawsons property are independent auctioneers in swanseaOur next auction is August 14th so if you are looking to sell a surplus property in any condition, or if you are looking for a quick sale, and don’t want the hassle of buyers messing you around, get in touch!

Dawsons Auction Department ☎︎ 01792 478903/4 for your free valuation.

Fine & Country Focus

Brandy House, Landimore, North Gower

Offers Over £699,995

Magically situated on the water’s edge providing astonishing panoramas across the great salt marsh and estuary. On a clear day, you have vistas as far across the estuary to Burry Port. You also have the joy of observing woodland backdrop, wildlife such as birds, herons, ducks, and much more.

Brandy House would be perfect for anyone who appreciates a peaceful countryside and water’s edge setting and those who enjoy an outdoor lifestyle thanks to the glorious Gower being on your doorstep.

Business Link

57 Barbers, Vivian Road, SA2 0UN

www.57barbers.nearcut.com

57 Barbers are on the Dawsons Property Reward Card

Part of our reward card scheme, if you have a Dawsons reward card you can get 10% off your hair cut. Either book online, call or pop in to see Darren, Callum and Tash.

Career Update

Are you considering a career in Estate Agency, Property Management or Surveying? Click HERE for current vacancies.

Reward Card Update

Dawsons run a reward card scheme with local businessesK&R Construction: 10% discount on labour costs (we purchase all materials via Exall & Jones so your card can be used here with us).

K&R Construction on the Dawsons Property Reward Card

http://www.kr-constructionltd.com/quote

Exall & Jones: Variable % discount on many products

Exall & Jones are part of the Dawsons Property Reward Card

https://www.exalljoneskitchens.co.uk/

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 or click HERE.

Relocation Agent Network

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Take part in our #RANFoodbank10k fundraising event and help us support the nation’s food banks and tackle poverty in the UK. We are asking participating Relocation Agent Network members to collect items of food, and other supplies, between 13 June and 20 June 2019, with the aim of collecting 10,000 items!

You can drop long life items of food into any one of our Dawsons Offices. Last year we raised an amazing 2,400+ of food for local food banks. This was a third of all food raised by all Relocation Specialist Agents across the UK. This year we want to double what we did last year. Help us do that.

Dawsons Mortgage Advice Bureau

 Dawsons Mortgage Advice Bureau

Not all advisors offer the same service

Speaking with an independent financial advisor is often the last steppingstone that buyers take before settling on a mortgage deal that they wish to pursue.

But why stop there? A common misconception is that all independent advisors offer the same service, as well as having access to the same number of lenders and deals.  However, this is just not the case!

Dawsons Mortgage Advice Bureau is part of a leading mortgage network, with access to over 12’000 mortgages from over 90 lenders, can you advisor offer the same? Just by comparing different advisors, you could save hundreds of pounds, making the process of buying a property a little less challenging, and it’s free to out!

Find out how much you could be saving by calling your local Dawsons office today. We can help with first-time buyers, re-mortgages, buy-to-let, help to buy & more.  Click HERE for information on our mortgage advisors. 

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Dawson’s April Newsletter

Community News:

Dawson’s have proudly sponsored the Swansea City AFC disability supports associationDawson’s have proudly sponsored the Swansea City AFC disability supporters association for some time now, regularly attending events and raising awareness of the group where we can. The SCAFCDSA was set up in 2013 and is the recognised representative body of the disabled Swansea City AFC supporters, they work hard to ensure they; bring together the disabled supporters into one group including their family and friends, put the views of SCAFCDSA members to Swansea City AFC and other bodies along with improving facilities and policies that affect the disabled supporters.

This is very much an inclusive club, and extremely welcoming. They hold events throughout the year for their members and families. Our marketing teams Naomi Webborn and Joe Chiffi recently attended the latest event and very much enjoyed taking part in the raffle, Q & A session and quiz.

Any disabled supporter is welcome to join, more info can be found on their website:

http://www.swansdsa.org.uk/

Industry News:

Dawsons Wins ‘Feefo Gold’ Trusted Service Award 2019

feefo_rt_gold_service_2019_yellowWe are so delighted to announce we have won the Feefo Gold Service award in February 2019, an independent seal of excellence that recognises businesses for delivering exceptional experiences, as rated by real customers.

Created by Feefo, Trusted Service is awarded only to those businesses who use Feefo to collect genuine reviews and insights. Those who meet the high standard, based on the number of reviews they have collected, and their average rating, receive the award.
The Feefo Award is a badge of honour, and this accreditation remains unique, as it is based purely on the interactions with real customers.

As all reviews are verified as genuine, the accreditation is a true reflection of a business’ commitment to outstanding service. Dawsons have met the criteria of collecting at least 50 reviews between January 1st 2018 and December 31st 2018, with a Feefo service rating of between 4.5 and 5.0.

Chris Hope, our Senior Partner commented: “We’re thrilled to receive this award from Feefo. It recognises how hard we’ve been working to give great experiences to all our customers, who are the most important judges of what we do. We’re committed to delivering the highest quality of service, so it’s important for us to listen, understand and respond to all our customers. Feefo enabled us to consistently improve throughout 2018 and now we’re looking forward to another successful year ahead.”

Top Tips:

Recycling Nation – Get involved
Get everyone in the household involved in recycling Swansea City AFCevery day – it’s not one person’s responsibility.
Recycle ♻️ your cooking water to feed plants

Auction News:

Dawsons Action an iconic beach hut in Langland,Dawsons Auction Department invite you to attend our biggest ever auction.  At the time of typing, the Dawsons Auction Department are taking 25 properties to the auction room, all but one are located in the Swansea area. Properties vary from an array of brilliant investment opportunities from Port Talbot to Pontardulais. We also have quirky properties that offer either investment, pleasure or the possibility of a second home: an iconic beach hut in Langland, Ship and Castle Public House in Loughor with plans to develop and a property on the seafront of Port Eynon.

The Auction Department here is growing from strength to strength, please see below some of the glowing reviews that we have received.

5 Star Independent Reviews for DAWSONS“Selling the property could not have been easier. From the outset, they have been friendly and hard working. Selling my deceased brothers property could not have been easier.”

“Overall a great service. Thankfully due to Dawson’s establishes customer network we were able to auction our property. We did have our challenges through the process but thankfully through hard work it all turned out ok in the end.”

“Efficient and effective, positive experience. I dealt with the auction team together with one of the managing directors. Everyone in the team is very efficient always willing to assist, prompt with replies. First ever sale at auction, daunting experience, would recommend this team. Excellent service.”

If you want a free valuation on any property/land that you want to sell please give Dawsons
Auction call 01792 478904

Fine & Country Property Focus:

Bellendaine, Middleton, Rhossili
Offers Over £699,950

Bellendaine, Middleton, Rhossili Offers Over £699,950
Bellendaine is an absolute gem, full of character and surprises, sat in 1.8 acres of beauty in
Middleton, Rhossili. You have stunning countryside and sea views with an opportunity to have
additional income with it's large annexe/holiday let. It really is quite special. Absolutely perfect for
those, who enjoy the outdoor lifestyle twinned with peace and quiet.

Business Link:

Introducing
Christian Jones
For all your Wealth management and Financial investment advice
Christian Jones Financial Services work with Dawsons Estate Agents
Contact Christian on 07786 038555
Email: c.jones179@btinternet.com

Careers @ Dawsons:

Are you considering a career in Estate Agency, Property Management or Surveying?
Visit our website

A career at Dawsons Property Swansea http://www.dawsonsproperty.co.uk/career.php

for current vacancies.

Reward Card:

Dawsons Property have an exclusive reward card for their clients in SwanseaAsk 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.

Relocation Across the Nation:
#weheartrelocation

RELOCATING FROM SEVEN OAKS TO SKETTY

Mortgage Advice Bureau (MAB) update: 

Dawsons Mortgage Advice BureauDawsons Mortgage Advice Bureau – What can we do for you?
Man entering figures in speadsheet on laptop
This week presented a great example of what Dawsons Mortgage Advice Bureau are doing for our clients day in and day out, and what we could be doing for you! After speaking to one of the major high street banks, a disappointed customer seeking to purchase for £250,000 was left £50,000 short on the mortgage they required. However, after visiting and discussing his needs with Dawsons Mortgage Advice Bureau, we have carefully sourced a mortgage that will secure him his dream home at £250,000, which will also be available at no extra cost with his monthly repayments. Not only did we get the required
mortgage, but we also saved our client payment of £100 per month against the original mortgage payment figure he was offered by his bank.

Your home may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage.

MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT Dated this WHEREBY it is agreed by and between the Landlord * and the Tenants * in respect of the Premises situate at and known as * that the Tenancy hereinbefore created on * shall be extended for a further term commencing on and including * and teminating on and including * on the same terms and conditions as contained in the existing tenancy agreement (save that the rent shall be £ per calendar month) (save that the Landlord may at any time give not less than two months notice to the Tenant to terminate the tenancy and the Tenant may at any time give one months notice to the Landlord to terminate the tenancy and for the avoidance of doubt such notice may expire during or at the end of a rental period) SIGNED Tenant …………………… Tenant ……………………….. (By)(For and on behalf of) the (Landlord)(Tenant) Signed…………………………………………………………………… IN THE PRESENCE OF Witness Signature ……………………………………………….. Name and Address ………………………………………………………………. ………………………………………………………………. Occupation ………………………………………………

March Newsletter

Community News:

Llanelli’s Matthew Whitehead run his first half marathon in aid of a fellow staff member:

Matthew Whitehead ran the Llanelli half marathon in aid of a sick colleague at Dawsons

Our very own Matthew Whitehead decided to take up running in 2018 and signed himself up for the Llanelli half marathon, which is a tough goal for a regular runner let alone a beginner.

With this in mind, Matthew wanted to run to raise funds for something worthwhile.  Last year Sam James of our Mumbles lettings office was diagnosed with breast cancer only weeks after discovering she was pregnant with her first child.  As a company we decided to give Sam the financial support she would need to be able to recover and enjoy her maternity alongside her partner Luke by fundraising as much as possible. Now baby Maiya is here and is a beautiful, healthy little lady, and Sam herself is also doing so well with her treatments and remaining positive.  As Sam’s recovery is not over yet we are still looking to raise what we can for her with further fundraisers planned through the year.  If you would like to donate or help fundraise please let us know.

Industry News:

Keeping learning local but global, introducing Dawsons Training Wales:

landlord training wales by Dawsons Property

As most of us in the property industry will know, a regulation was introduced in Wales which applies to all landlords and agents of private residential property. The regulations became enforceable by Rent Smart Wales (RSW) in November 2016, requiring landlords and agents to comply with the new legislation, licensing those who deal with letting and management activities of properties within the private rented sector throughout Wales.

To obtain a license both landlords and agents have to undergo training from a Rent Smart Wales (RSW) approved trainer.  This training can be classroom or online based.  As a local agency discovered when looking to train new staff, the online course is extremely accessible and suited to an agents working environment, as part of this busy fast moving life we all lead.

With the increase in purchases online in recent years and the now daily use of PayPal for most, the need for a safe, quick and easy transaction at any time of day or night, outside of the usual business hours has become the norm.

There are many bonuses to completing an online training course, with the main benefit being the opportunity to complete the course from any part of the world in your own time, at your own pace.  With online courses being easily accessible to all with the click of a button, it makes sense to learn at your leisure.

With this in mind Dawsons Training Wales was born in January 2019.  Having acquired a former training provider (A19), Dawsons Training Wales has been set up to ensure the ease of online training for landlords and agents remained available from a local business provider.

The learning portal, designed by Picselli a Swansea based web design company, with the assistance and approval of RSW is one of the most up to date approved online course’s available.  At an affordable, and competitive cost for both landlords and agents to complete the course, Dawsons Training Wales has become a success since its birth.

With an easy-to-access website, office hours helpline and around the clock email response, Dawsons Training Wales is very much the ideal training tool for all those requiring an RSW license.

Contact our team on 01792 633270 or visit  WWW.DAWSONSTRAININGWALES.CO.UK for more information.

Top Tips:

Donate your parking space Dawsons Blog

Sacrifice your parking space
If your home comes with an allocated parking space, leave it free for prospective buyers/renters to use. It’s convenient and offers an experience that’s closer to the reality of what it’s like to live in your home.

Auction News:

 auction success for Dawsons in Swansea

From Auction Negotiator Callum Thomas: 

“What a fantastic start to 2019 from the auction department. Having sold 10 properties in the first auction of the year. The high flyer was 15 B+C Trewyddfa Terrace which achieved £81,000 off of a £55,000 Guide Price. We have 15 properties, at the time of writing, all ready for April’s auction which is on the 17th so be sure to keep an eye out for those. We have created a real property network at our auctions now with building suppliers, surveyors, solicitors and rentals professionals there on the day. If you are interested in buying or selling with auction please do not hesitate to call us on 01792 478904.”

F&C Focus:

95 Pentre Nicklaus, Machynys, Llanelli

Machynys LlanelliFor Sale £575,000

This truly wonderful four bedroom family home is superbly positioned on the edge of Machynys Golf Course, boasting incredible panoramic views across the lake, golf course and towards the estuary. Located in the award-winning Pentre Nicklaus village, with palm tree-lined streets and authentic timber clad New England style houses. With the vast open plan living accommodation on the first floor, making the most of the panoramic views.

Business Link:

Introducing

richard savage photography logo 2019

‘Wedding and Lifestyle Photographer’

www.richardsavage.co.uk

Instagram: richsavagephotographyrichsavagephotography

Contact:  07817596189

Careers @ Dawsons

WE ARE HIRING

Are you considering a career in Estate Agency, Property Management or Surveying?


Visit our website for current vacancies:

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

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.

DJW Restoration are one of our newest Reward Card Partners for getting your home back into ship-shape condition.

RAN update: 

Relocation Across The Nation from Dawsons Property

“Relocation Across the Nation”

Relocation Agent Network together with their partner agents was eager to share the love on Valentine’s Day by focusing and helping our clients with their relocation needs across the UK.  It provides us with a great opportunity to identify those clients either looking to move into our area and equally those moving out by referring them to one of our partner agents, handpicked by RAN for our outstanding customer service.

Here at Dawsons, we have at least one accredited Relocation Specialist working out of each of our branches who will provide all the help and support needed with a proposed relocation which can be quite daunting, especially when it comes to choosing the best areas, schooling, etc.

So Valentines Day saw every agent partnered with RAN across the UK,  tweeting, posting and sharing the love ……#weheartrelocation

Relocation Across The Nation from Dawsons Property

Mortgage Advice Bureau (MAB) update: 

Dawsons had 4 branches in the top 13 of the UK’s best agents in February for referrals to our financial services team.  You can contact our financial experts on the link:  

Dawsons Financial Services