All of the Dawsons offices are taking part in the #RANFoodbank10k along with our industry charity Agents Giving for a fabulous fundraising event to support the nation’s food banks & tackle poverty in the UK.
We’re asking all of our local friends to help us to collect items of food between 13 – 20 June with the aim of collecting 10,000 items across the Relocation Agent Network!
All of the offices will have collection bins, even one tin of food will help so please support us so please do what you can.
SUGGESTED ITEMS: Breakfast cereals • Soup • Pasta • Rice • Pasta sauce • Tinned beans • Tinned meat • Tinned vegetables • Tinned fruit • Tea or coffee • Sugar • Biscuits • Snacks
Hospitals can seem like scary places and there is nothing worse than being cooped up in a hospital ward when all of your friends are enjoying a special occasion, such as celebrating Easter.
That is why 2 of the dedicated Dawsons marketing & charity team, Callum Thomas (Swansea Auctions) and Gemma Savage (Mumbles Lettings) headed to Morriston Hospital Children’s Ward with a little Easter treat this weekend gone.
Dressed like a beautiful Easter Bunny and armed with lots of goodies, including colouring & craft kits, and eggs (of course) the dynamic duo put a smile on the children’s’ faces (and, admittedly, terrified a few too!).
We really care about our local community and love to get involved with helping out. The guys were buzzing when they returned and hope they made some of the Children’s Easter special.
You can find out all about visiting the Children’s Ward at Morriston on this link.
If you are interested in our Charity & Community work, please get in touch with Callum Thomas on
Llanelli’s Matthew Whitehead run his first half marathon in aid of a fellow staff member:
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.
Keeping learning local but global, introducing Dawsons Training Wales:
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
“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
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:
Period Poverty has a very low profile, yet it causes a huge impact on a girl’s school attendance, affecting education and causing mental health issues due to the stigma attached to menstruation.
Today, we know that 48% of girls aged 14-21 have been made to feel embarrassed by their periods, while 71% have felt embarrassed buying sanitary products. It is estimated about 137,000 girls in the UK will miss school each year because of a lack of sanitary products or access to them. Feminine hygiene costs approx. £400 per female per annum and many young girls or their families cannot afford this expense.
More than two-thirds of women have had to use improvised menstrual protection at some point, while 51% of women have either suffered from period poverty or know someone who has.
Firstly, talking about periods, and ending the taboos that surround them, means we can better equip every girl with the products and information she needs to manage her periods effectively, without shame or embarrassment. This is something that every girl growing up in the 21st century doesn’t just deserve, but should be able to expect.
On top of that, we can help to ensure that all of the local senior schools have a supply of free sanitary products to hand out to those in need. To this end, we have decided to use all of our Dawsons offices as Donation Points and we urge you to give us help with a cause, which simply does not get talked about.
Our aim is for all of the Dawsons Office to collect feminine hygiene products throughout March and all products collected will be distributed to local comprehensive schools by our staff.
Drop in products up until March 31st 2019
Sanitary pads, tampons and panty-liners of all shapes and sizes, please. Along with plain cotton briefs, opaque black or navy tights, deodorants and wet wipes.
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.
We 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.
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.
“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
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.
Would you like to work out for just 20 mins a week? Through efficient electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) training you can with Body Street.
Dawsons would like to introduce our local branch of Body Street, visit their website for introductory offers.
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.
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
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 +.
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!
Christmas Jumper Day in aid of ‘Save the Children’
Our Valentine competition winner enjoying breakfast at The Optimist
Our branches collecting for the West Wales Poundies
Climbing Pen Y Fan for the Neonatal Unit
Several 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.
Our ‘Sell your home for free’ competition winner
#OneThousandItemsOfFood for Trussell Trust Food Bank via Agents Giving & Relocation Agent Network
“Safe as Houses” supporting the child safety wristbands at Wales Airshow
Sponsoring and taking part in the Burry port Raft Race in aid of the RNLI and Afia Banjul Football Association
Macmillan coffee mornings across the branches
Dawsons Langland Litter Pickers.
Sam’s curry night as she heads off on Maternity leave, whilst undergoing chemotherapy for Breast Cancer.
Mr X Donations for underprivileged local children.
Hi all, for those of you who know me well will already know the details of what I am about to share with you all. After careful consideration I thought that sharing my story online may help others who might go through the same situation as me.
On the 4th April I found out that Luke, my husband, and I were expecting our first baby! We were so excited that our Christmas present was going to be a newborn and we told our family and friends straight away, never one to keep a secret! However, it wasn’t all good news because a week earlier I had found a small lump in my breast and had been referred to the hospital as an ‘urgent case’ by my local GP. Luckily Luke and my mum had made me go to the doctors straight away, even though I was pretty convinced this was a hormonal lump which was down to my pregnancy.
After two weeks of waiting, I still didn’t have an appointment letter for the chest ultrasound, so I called the hospital. The receptionist told me that due to being under 30 years of age I had been downgraded to ‘non-urgent’ and the wait would be up 8 weeks or more. I was so confused about how they could do that!
Another 7 weeks later I finally had an appointment scheduled at the hospital, at this point, I was 9 weeks pregnant and still confident that it was a pregnancy related lump. However, the ultrasound showed that the lump was “suspicious” and I had an immediate biopsy. The next week felt like a year-long, the waiting was excruciating. A week later I found myself sitting in a small room with my husband and the doctor explained that I had BREAST CANCER, to be exact, ‘Invasive Ductal Carcinoma’!
I was sent for a mammogram straight away to check whether the cancer was in both breasts or just one. The doctor said that moving forward there would be a lot to consider and the main thing being whether we could proceed with the pregnancy in order for me to have the treatment I needed.
Trying to stay positive in a crappy situation, I was so happy to have a call from my amazing breast care nurse Heather whom I’d met for the first time that day. She called to tell me the results of the mammogram: the cancer hadn’t spread, it was only one lump which hadn’t changed in size since my previous ultrasound (any news was good news at that point and I was super grateful for the call as I wasn’t expecting to have the results until a week later).
My next appointment was at the outpatient clinic where the treatment plan was explained. The surgeon was great, I brought both my mum & Luke’s mum along just to reassure them and so that they could ask any questions. The consultant was confident that having a lumpectomy at this point was the best option. Radiotherapy would also definitely be on the cards after surgery but I was reassured that they would take every precaution and adapt my surgery and treatment to what was best for me and our baby. My breast care nurse has been amazing throughout the whole process answering all of my silly questions and calling me regularly to check everything is ok.
My 3-month baby scan was surreal and I got to see the baby move so finally knew that everything so far was okay and the baby was healthy! BEST DAY EVER !!
Getting off a plane at 4.30am after a lovely relaxing holiday with friends in Cyprus, I headed straight to the hospital as that was the day I had surgery to remove the cancerous cells! I had an incision at the top of one breast and one under my armpit, where they removed the lymph nodes and then I was on bedrest for 2 weeks (it was perfectly timed for me to indulge on Love Island and have Luke wait on me hand and foot). The amazing nurses made me so at ease and I knew they were not only looking after me but my baby as well. They organised for a midwife to come up from the Antenatal Unit to check that the baby was okay, as it was literally the only worry I had through the whole thing. This also meant I got to hear the baby’s heartbeat ️ for the first time and it was such a special moment that I will never forget.
At 6 months through the pregnancy, I started chemotherapy, which is pretty rotten, but I have a little life inside me, so I have to be strong and positive.
On the 12th September after my 2nd chemo session, my hair started to fall out rapidly. It was time to brave the shave! So it all came off, it felt so weird and took some getting used to but it was good to take things into my own hands, especially when so much is out of my control at the moment. My husband has been amazing and also shaved his head and messed up his eyebrows. I can’t thank him enough for always keeping my spirits high and making me laugh through the hardest times.
On 1st November I finished work and went onto maternity leave. Luke is self-employed so he is going to take some time off once the baby is born and help me with our baby daughter (yes I found out it’s a girl!!). We wish to embrace normal family life even though I will be continuing with my chemotherapy and going onto radiotherapy too.
Sam’s leaving do at Rose Indienne in Swansea
I want everyone to know how important it is to check yourself for lumps or anything abnormal and just get anything suspicious checked by your doctor, no matter how small it is or how you can convince yourself it’s nothing serious! This link can show you what to look out for and how to check properly I found mine whilst checking in the shower!
Baby pics to follow in December!
Matthew Whitehead from our Llanelli office is running in the Llanelli half marathon next February for Sammantha & Luke. He wishes for them to be able to embrace family life and not have to worry about anything other than themselves for a few months. So he is hoping to gather a little fund to ease any financial stress allowing them to focus on parenthood and recovery. The target is £500 through this crowdfunding page if you are able to donate it is much appreciated.
Dawsons staff carry out a litter pick sweep of the Langland Bay
Several of our team donned blue gloves and set out to litter pick at one of Swansea’s most used beaches on the last day of the school holidays. Several bags of rubbish were collected, which included glass, plastic and unwanted clothes. We hope that we didn’t walk off with anyone’s clothes whilst they were out swimming….!!
Dawsons reached new heights
Our lettings director Ricky Purdy braved the heights and climbed Mount Snowdon to raise money for a friend and work associate Dominic Subbiani who has recently been diagnosed with Huntington’s disease. Ricky, and several other agents and industry suppliers, braved the Welsh mountain along with Dom himself, to raise funds for the Huntingdon’s Disease Association. They are still fundraising should you wish to donate please do so via Just Giving.Raised at time of publishing: £37,486
Facebook launch property platform
August saw the collaboration of property platforms such as Zoopla and On the Market begin advertising all available properties For Sale or Rent on Facebook platform ‘Marketplace’.
Customers can now complete their property searches as they scroll through their profile feeds, giving another alternative of property searching at any hour of the day. You can even send a request directly to our sales or lettings teams, and we will be in contact with you during office hours to discuss your requirements and arrange viewings.
Our last Auction of the year is fast approaching on the 21st November get those empty properties moved before the Winter period hits us! Contact Dawsons Auction Team today on 01792 646060 and save on the heating bills plus have the money in the bank by Christmas!
Our next auction will take place at the Swansea Marriot at 3pm. All types of property considered, residential, commercial and land.
Relocation Agent Network Update:
Huge congratulations to Naomi Smythe, (our fastest ever employee to pass her @RelocationAgent exams) and George Richards of our Mumbles sales team who are now accredited Relocation Agents!
We’re the only agent in Swansea to have relocation specialists working out of all of our branches, working with “RAN” Relocation Agent Network, the world’s largest relocation company, with a UK network of some 700 offices.
You can find out all about the Dawsons relocation service on our short video:
The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning takes place annually and this year the date was Friday 28th September. It is Macmillan’s biggest fundraising event for those who support cancer patients in the UK and people all over the Country are asked to host their own Coffee Mornings and donations on the day are made to Macmillan. Last year (2017) alone they raised over £27 million and I’m sure that this will be another successful year.
How did it start?
The first ever Macmillan Coffee Morning happened way back in 1990. It was a rather a small affair with a simple idea: guests would gather together, drink coffee and donate the cost of their cuppa to Macmillan in the process. It was so effective, they did it again the next year – only this time nationally. Since then, Coffee Morning has raised over £200 million for Macmillan, what an amazing achievement.
What does it mean to Dawsons?
With 150 staff, we have so many people whose lives have been touched by cancer, and at the moment one team member is undergoing treatment, so it really does mean the world to us. Macmillan do an amazing job and they are truly special nurses and support teams who face a lot of heartache every day, but with positivity and smiles on their faces.
(Winner of competition to be announced on our FACEBOOK PAGE
Each of the Dawsons offices was tasked with making their coffee morning the best ever, and to be honest, I was blown away by the results and the tremendous effort put in by the team members. So let’s have a run-down on how each office got on last Friday:
Marina office kicked off their morning at 9am with a veritable feast of baked goodies, and had their sales negotiator Laura Jayne Davies serenading the visitors with her amazing voice! As you will see from all of the photos below, there were so many cakes made or donated, in all of the Dawsons offices, and visitors flocked in with their charity money, and were blown away with the efforts, look and taste of all these treats.
Personally, I think we could consider a new type of estate agency with a tea and cake shop on the side. Now that would be a great idea, don’t you think? Although, after watching how the cakes disappeared so fast, I have a feeling the staff may worry a little about their waistlines if this was an everyday occurrence.
Whilst we are still tallying up the proceed for Macmillan, with a number of donations from local businesses yet to come, I have noted the running totals for some of the offices, under their branch names, so you can see it’s at least £700 so it really has been a worthwhile event, for our community networking and for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Well done to everyone who baked, donated, supported and enjoyed the morning! Bring on 2019…
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.
Further 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:
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
The 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
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.
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.
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.