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Dawsons April 2019 Newsletter

May Newsletter 2019

Community:

We are thrilled to have collected sanitary products to help support girls in our local comprehensive schools under the “Period Poverty” campaign! Thank you to everyone who contributed, it is greatly appreciated by Dawsons and, of course, the local schools.

Period Poverty collection for local schools from Dawsons Property
Beth & Nicky proud of their ‘period poverty’ collection for local schoolgirls

Industry News:

Dawsons Property has announced the acquisition of the ‘We Will Homes’ property portfolio, that had previously been managed from their central offices based at Orchard Street, Swansea.

The acquisition sees two well established, local and trusted companies working together with the intention of enhancing the customer experience and professional services to clients within the city.

This has been a seamless transition as a result of much preparation, ensuring that the `We Will Homes` clients were unaffected by the change of agent and that they were being guided and supported through every step of the process.

Dawsons Property have acquired We Will Homes in Swansea

Top Tips:

Now that Spring is here and the weather is getting warmer gardens are starting to come back to life. Remember to weed the patio, trim that out of control hedge and cut the grass.  Basically, make the garden look manageable because a well-presented garden will be one less job for a prospective purchaser.

Top Sales Tips from Dawsons Property Swansea

Auction News:

The auction market in Swansea is booming currently. We had a total of 24 properties for Aprils auction with 16 already (at the time of writing) for June’s auction. If you have a surplus property, if you are working to a short timescale, if you want to take the stress away from selling then you need to call our auction department on 01792 478904. We will give you the platform you need in order to sell your property.

Dawsons Property Auction April 2019

Dawsons Auction going, going, GONE!

F & C Property Focus:

Dawsons Fine & Country are selling Mumbles Hill House Mumbles Hill House, Mumbles, Swansea

For Sale £1,500,000

Mumbles Hill House is a truly amazing and extremely rare opportunity, to acquire a property where it’s outstanding position and incredible views are unparalleled. Set in approximately 1.43 acres of grounds, the existing house is nestled amongst mature trees and woodland, overlooking the totally breathtaking, triple aspect sea views. Here you have the option to completely renovate the existing substantial, detached house. Or completely redevelop, to build your dream home, subject to the necessary planning consents. This truly is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Business Link:

Gomer Williams are April's business link company with Dawsons PropertyGomer Williams is part way through a very exciting year for the business. Not only are they celebrating their 100-year centenary but their Pontarddulais branch office is celebrating its first year anniversary! Kate Clarke who one of the directors says “To mark the occasion, we are excited to be hosting a charity race day at Ffos Las on Sunday 15th September in aid of our charity partner of the year, Maggies cancer centre Swansea. Tickets and tables still available.”

With a sterling reputation for customer service and with Juliet Phillips-James the award-winning Welsh Businesswoman of the Year 2019 (less than 50 employees) at the helm, the firm continues to go from strength to strength. There are strategic plans for future growth and business development and team are excited to make new connections.

Gomer Williams are April's business link company with Dawsons Property
Juliet Phillips-James Owner of Gomer Williams & Welsh Businesswoman of the Year 2019

Careers @ Dawsons:

WE ARE HIRING

Are you considering a career in Estate Agency, Property Management or Surveying, check this link for our current vacancies

A career at Dawsons Property Swansea

Reward Card:

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

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

Relocation Agent Network:

DOUBLE CELEBRATIONS FOR APRIL……

Sam and Kelly have passed the tests to become our 2 most recent Relocation Specialists

Dawsons are Swansea's Relocation Agent Specialists
Sam Singh & Kelly Israel are accredited Relocation Agent Network Specialists in our Dawson’s Mumbles Office

Both based in our Mumbles branch,  Sam Singh (LHS) is one of our most experienced and knowledgeable Property Consultants and spends the majority of her time passing on her vast knowledge in providing market appraisals to our valued clients, when not in work you may find her running the odd ‘marathon’ or two.

Kelly Israel is one of our highly regarded negotiators and knows all about the importance of customer service and takes pride in delivering excellence every time.  Kelly loves cooking and you will often find her providing a feast for her team.

Relocating? Dawsons can cater for all your relocation needs in conjunction with Relocation Agent Network, we are Swansea’s only agent to provide this unique service.  To find out more follow the link or pop into your local branch where you will find a Relocation Specialist on hand to deal with any enquiry.

#weheartrelocation

Mortgage Advice Bureau:

Dawsons Mortgage Advice BureauWhat can we do for you?

Dawsons Mortgage Advice Bureau is part of the leading mortgage network, as well as the most recognised intermediary consumer brand, winning over 70 national awards for the quality of its advice and service during the last five years.  So what sets us apart?

  • 12,000 mortgage deals are available via our network.
  • We have over 90 lenders who have chosen to work alongside us, allowing us the ability to adapt based on your situation and needs.
  • Exclusive deals from some of the major high street banks and building societies, that will not be available to the open market.
  • Mortgage protection insurance, exclusive to our network.
  • Expert advisors with in-depth knowledge of the market, who aim to assist you with the purchase of your new home.

For your free advice, please do not hesitate to call your local Dawson’s office today to make an appointment or click this link.  Please remember that your home can be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage.

Why you should sell your home at Auction by Dawsons

The benefit of choosing to sell by Traditional Auction

Here is an example of why Auction can be the best method of sale if you are looking for fast, secure results.

21 Brookville Road was brought to the market in March 2019 in readiness for our last auction on April 17th.

The vendors chose auction as they wanted a quick sale, it was a rental property for themselves and the property had deteriorated over the last couple of years.  Instead of spending a lot of money on a revamp of the house, they made the decision to sell it in a pretty run-down condition.

We began marketing the property and within 3-weeks we received an offer, at first the offer wasn’t quite what the vendors were looking for, however, thanks to our awesome auction negotiators a deal was agreed and both purchaser and vendor were really happy.

Even though the vendors accepted a pre-auction offer, it remained under auction conditions of an immediate exchange and completion to happen in 28 days. The property completed on the 18th of April a day after it was meant to go to the auction room, the whole process took 8 weeks from start to finish.

If you have a surplus property that is playing on your mind please let our Auction Department take your stress away give a call on 01792 478904 for your free valuation.

Dawsons Auction Going Going GONE!

Our Auction Listings are here

Dawsons Property Auctions Swansea

Top tips on what to do before bidding at Auction

It is so important to do your due diligence before you take the plunge and bid at an auction, so here are some top tips from our Auction Company EIG:

When considering purchasing a particular property at auction it is essential that you prepare by doing your due diligence research in advance. It is your responsibility to be completely satisfied with the property before the auction so you can make an educated decision whether to bid for the property or not and what your maximum bid would be.

Doing your due diligence includes:

  • Viewing the property
  • Ascertaining the likely sale price
  • Reading the legal pack

Then, if it is a property you wish to pursue it is prudent to:

  • Instruct a property survey
  • Ask your solicitor to review the legal pack
  • Viewing a property

It is important to view every property you are interested in prior to the auction.  Contact the auctioneer to arrange the viewing which may be arranged as fixed time slots for group viewings (open house viewings) or individually arranged.

It may be useful at this point to bring an experienced builder or knowledgeable friend with you to the property who can spot any potential problems that would need to be included in your financial calculations or may mean the property is no longer of interest to you.

When looking at buying any property it is advisable to view it at least twice, during the daytime and at night which may be just a ‘drive by’ viewing.  The plans and photographs published in the catalogue are there to aid identification of the property only, the plans may not be to scale so you need to verify them.

What to take to a property viewing:

  • Camera
  • Tape measure (preferably a laser as much quicker especially if viewing is busy)
  • Notepad or iPad
  • Torch
  • Binoculars (to check roof, gutter and chimney)
  • Portable ladder (to access loft space)
  • Suitable footwear (you may need to climb!)
  • Contact details of the auctioneer and research notes for further investigation in the area e.g. an unidentified building(Important #: Don’t forget to follow up and ask questions that arise from the viewing)

Points to evaluate:

  • Leasehold or freehold property, any additional ground rent or service charges?
  • Parking, garden, access and property boundaries?
  • Neighbours, traffic and noise?
  • Nearest shops and public transport?
  • Heating, insulation, plumbing, electrics?
  • Council tax band, energy efficiency rating?
  • Any structural issues or recent extensions?
  • Vacant or tenanted and history of the property?

Viewing in an unfamiliar area?

If an area is new to you, speak to the auctioneer and ask as many questions as you can.  It is also advisable to look online at crime sites, google the address and street, using some of the best online platforms, for example:

  • www.checkmystreet.co.uk – average rentals
  • www.streetcheck.co.uk – nearest schools
  • www.checkmyarea.com – area profile
  • www.police.uk – crime rate
  • www.rightmove.co.uk – for rental and sales prices
  • www.gov.uk/find-government-property – find government owned property
  • www.gov.uk/private-renting – private renting

Still interested?

If you decide that you are still interested in the property after viewing it, then now is the time to contact your solicitor and arrange a property survey in advance of the auction.

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Article Written By Beth Fox

 

 

See what is coming up for sale in this week’s Swansea Auction by clicking here

https://www.dawsonsproperty.co.uk/auctions.php

The Marriott Hotel, Swansea Marina
Wednesday 27th February 2019
Start time – 3pm

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Monthly Round-up

Community News: Rugby & Rafts

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

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

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

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

naomi.webborn@dawsonsproperty.co.uk.

Industry News: Want a better mortgage deal?  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Top Tips” for Buyers & Tenants

CHOOSING THE RIGHT AREA

View from new Mumbles development
View from new Mumbles development

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

All of our branches listed here

AUCTION NEWS

Dawsons Auction Swansea Oct 2018

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

Get in touch today on 01792 646060.

RELOCATING?  

Relocation Agent Network

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

Read more about our relocation service here:

FOR A DOWNLOAD OF OUR SEPTEMBER NEWSLETTER,

CLICK THIS LINK

NEW STARTERS

Dawsons expanding staffing levels in readiness for 2018

While many businesses wind down at the end of the year, Dawsons have been increasing their staffing levels in readiness for another busy New Year.  With more than 13 sales and lettings branches throughout Swansea and Llanelli, Dawsons were looking to recruit staff for several new roles within the company which will bring their staffing levels to more than 120.

Dawsons are a locally-owned business, established in 1991 with many years’ experience in the field of Residential and Commercial Property Sales and Rentals, together with their highly successful Auction Department,  Land and New Homes, Survey, Financial Services and Fine and Country Departments.  2017 proved to be another very successful, busy year with the acquisition of a smaller local letting agent and to top it off winning the Relocation Agent,  Best Agent Regional Winner 2017.

The new staff (pictured above) were all employed in the last quarter of the year and are spread throughout the company covering several different roles from Administrators, Sales and Lettings Negotiators, Inspectors to Mortgage Advisers,. They bring  with them a diverse wealth of knowledge and experience within their field.

Dawsons Sales Director Jo Summerfield said: “We strive to employ the highest, quality staff to ensure we uphold Dawsons core value in delivering excellence.  Customer service is key to our hugely successful operation, therefore maintaining, year on year our No 1 position of independent agents.”

Tim Kostromin, Partner at  Dawsons, said: “We invest in invaluable external and internal training for all our staff thereby ensuring their career development within Dawsons and equally rewarding them for always going that ‘extra mile’, our Rateragent reviews are testament to this.  Staff moral is critical to a successful business as they are the fore front of all we do.”

Chris Hope, Senior Partner, added: “Helping to support our local economy whilst providing a much needed service for those living in the area is a key factor in our business.”

Dawsons’ marketing team came up with a great initiative for 2017  in supporting local businesses in the use of their Reward Card, which has proved to be a huge success, so much so, Dawsons have received a flood of enquiries from other local business’s as to how they become involved in our Reward scheme.

With charitable organisations also being at the forefront of Dawsons’ priorities, already foundations have been laid for many planned fundraising events……….2018 is looking to be another exciting year for all those involved in the company.

Shorelands in Penmaen, Gower

Dawsons Auction lot: Shorelands in Penmaen, Gower

Here’s a sneak preview of one of Dawsons’ lots ahead of our next auction at the Marriott Hotel on Wednesday, October 4 at 3pm.

The video is of an impressive lot: Shorelands situated in Penmaen, Gower with a guide price of £450,000. The property, which is a three-bedroom detached, benefits from stunning views across from Three Cliffs Bay to Oxwich Bay.

Dawsons believe the true market value of the property is between £600,000 to £650,000.

Dawsons' auction at the Marriott Hotel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dawsons auction: your chance to own grade two listed church

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Auction lot: The Grange

Property auctions bidding to be as popular as conventional house sales

Just ask Dawsons: the increase in the popularity of the property auction is there for all to see.

With TV programmes like the BBC’s Homes Under the Hammer increasing its profile, the property auction provides an interesting and exciting environment for buyers and sellers.

And on Wednesday afternoon (October 5th) at the Marriott Hotel in Swansea Dawsons are expecting plenty of interest in their latest auction, especially as they have a variety of lots on offer.

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 ‘for sale’ route for homeowners.

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 now not all about a property which is battered and bruised, which no-one wants to buy.

“Not only that but a property auction provides a rich variety of property types.”

That is reflected in some of the lots up for offer in Wednesday’s auction, which includes both houses, flats and commercial property.

Here is a selection of the lots going up for auction:

74a + 74b Port Tenant Road: Mid-terrace property comprising of two self-contained flats, one with a sitting tenant. The ground floor flat is a one bed while the first floor flat is a two bed. Other benefits include gas central heating, double glazing and a single garage. Current rental income of £395pcm for the ground floor flat and £400pcm for the first floor flat, with potential to increase. Ideal investment opportunity.

Auction lot: Glanmor Road
Auction lot: Glanmor Road

Mayals Road: three-bedroom traditional semi-detached property located on the gateway to the Gower. Ideally situated to take advantage of all local amenities of Mumbles. The property briefly comprises of hallway, lounge, extended dining room, kitchen/breakfast room to the ground floor with three well-proportioned bedrooms and family bathroom to first floor. The property also benefits from large front and rear gardens, a single garage and a driveway providing off road parking.

Auction lot: Mayals Road
Auction lot: Mayals Road

 

Imperial House: offered for sale this large investment opportunity on Neath Road, Plasmarl. The property comprises 14 self-contained flats all varying in size which have been recently renovated to an extremely high standard. We have been advised there are parking facilities for each flat and the potential for additional development. All 14 flats are currently occupied under Assures Shorthold Tenancy Agreements, all varying in lengths and rents. There is currently an income of £75,000 per annum exclusive with the potential to achieve based on the current guide price, a Gross Initial Yield of 11.54%.

Auction lot: Imperial House
Auction lot: Imperial House

Glanmor Road: semi-detached three-storey property offering versatile accommodation. Currently utilised as two flats, the ground floor flat comprises of entrance hall, two bedrooms, lounge, kitchen and a bathroom. The first floor flat comprises of three bedrooms, lounge, bathroom, w.c and kitchen. Ideal investment opportunity.

Auction lot: Glamor Road
Auction lot: Glamor Road

The Grange: This two-storey mixed use building has recently been renovated to a high standard and is occupied by local covenants. The ground floor is predominantly occupied by a café and restaurant, and a child day care centre. The first floor is used as office space. There is currently an income of £126,000 per annum exclusive with the potential to achieve based on the current guide price, a Gross Initial Yield of 18%. This large investment opportunity is situated on Vauxhall Road, Llanelli approximately two minutes from Llanelli town centre.

Auction lot: The Grange
Auction lot: The Grange

Here are a couple of useful auction tips:

  • There are a number of builders and developers who attend auctions looking for properties that is in need of refurbishment. Therefore, if your property falls into this category, you might well achieve a higher price at auction than by way of a private sale.
  • Auctions are useful for selling properties which are difficult to value. From a realistic reserve price, the auction process allows bidders to compete with each other based on their own impressions of the property’s value. This generally results in the property achieving its market price.