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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

BURRY PORT RAFT RACE

Schools out for Summer – Week 3

We are so excited to be, not only Principle Sponsors, but also entrants in this year’s BURRY PORT RAFT RACE, happening today 12th August at 7pm.

Once again we are raising funds for Burry Port RNLI and Afia Children’s Football Academy Foundation.
SHOUT OUT to the other local firms sponsoring the event:

  • Burns Pet Nutrition,
  • Celtic Couriers,
  • Barberry Construction,
  • The Marine Group – Burry Port Marina
  • Burry Port Co-Op
  • Llanelli Star
  • LBS Builders Merchants
  • Pembrey & Burry Port Town Council
  • Parker Plant Hire

So the raft building is complete.  I am a little worried (although I am not on the raft so it will be quite funny if we sink) but one of our building team mentioned the lack of silicon used to secure the framework, I am thinking “9 hours to build and 9 seconds to sink” but will wait and see or sea….

So the raft to look out for, either flying past the finishing line or flailing around in the water is this little beauty.  I am thinking that the theme could be ‘Who wants to live on a desert island?’ and I understand the crew will be suitable attired, so let’s hope the sun shines or they may be a little chilly…

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FINALLY

In our usual fashion, we like to give you something to keep the children amused over the coming week, and whilst we would have loved to remain on theme with a picture of a raft, we stretched it one step further with a fabulous schooner!

Colouring in boat from Dawsons

NOW please remember to send us a pic of your finished efforts, and we’ll let you off if you don’t want to share your age!

If you do not have a printer at home, just pop down to our stall at the Raft Race from 2pm to collect one.

See you next week,

 

Jane

 

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Summer Round-Up

It sure has been a busy month for the Dawsons team and such gorgeous weather to put everyone in a happy mood and, of course, bring more visitors than ever to some of the events we have been attending!

Here’s our roundup of the month for you to see what’s been occurring!

SUMMER FUN

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Our staff have enjoyed attending school fetes and fayres across Swansea and Llanelli this month helping raise much needed funds for the PTAs by bringing along one of the DAWSON’s brightly coloured pool cars, filled with balloons to provide a ‘guess the amount’ game.

We are already looking at how we can bring Dawsons to schools during ht enxt academic year, so if your local school could benefit from Naomi attending with the marketing team, then just drop her an email:  naomi@dawsonsproperty.co.uk

TOP TIPS

Buyers:  Make sure you seek independent financial advice to understand your borrowing limits.

First Time Buyers:  You may be eligible for the HELP TO BUY scheme whilst it’s still currently available.

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RELOCATION NETWORK

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David & Callum of ur Killay Sales Office are pictured above holding their certificates – having just been accredited ‘Relocation Specialists’.

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What is the Relocation Agent Network?

Relocation Agent Network (RAN) is a network of carefully selected agents from across the UK, hand picked for excellence in customer service, who provide a personal touch to each and every client they meet.  We all work closely together to deliver expert advice to all our clients who are relocating throughout the UK.

Did you know?

  • Relocation Agent Network is part of Cartus, market global leaders in relocation.
  • There are currently 784 agents who form the RAN network in the UK.
  • Network members have helped over 18,500 people to relocate over the past 24 months.
  • Dawsons have been invited to represent the network with each of their eight sales offices covering Swansea & Llanelli.

If you would like to know how Dawsons and the Relocation Agent Network can help you, please call your local office today!

REWARD CARD NEWS

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

AUCTION NEWS

We are delighted to be approaching our 4th auction of the year and one of our favourite acutions being in the midst of Summer.  In this auction we have covered a wide area of South West Wales from Ammanford to Swansea City Centre.

 

We are pleased to offer a luxury apartment, spectacular barn conversion in North Gower (pictured) and everything in between!  The Summer months will inevitably be over shortly andno one wants a property empty throughout the Winter period so contact Dawsons today for your own market appraisal.

Judge hammer on an old desk

 

Click to see all of the properties in our next auction!

Venue –  The Marriott Hotel, Swansea Marina 
Date – Wednesday 8th August 2018
Start time – 3pm

 

Download a print out of this month’s NEWSLETTER here.

 

Dawsons' Safe As Houses campaign to keep children safe during the Airshow

Estate agent sponsors special ‘Safe as Houses’ scheme to keep children safe at Wales Airshow 2018

Dawsons estate agents are sponsoring special wristbands to keep children safe at this year’s Airshow based on the Swansea sea front.

In a campaign named ‘Safe as Houses’, Dawsons’ wristbands will be handed out by Swansea Council officials to 1,000s of children attending the event over the weekend.

With more than 250,000 visitors expected to gather on Swansea’s promenade and waterfront for the action-packed weekend of June 30 and July 1, Dawsons felt it important to support the wristband campaign.

“We are delighted to be sponsoring a campaign that will help to keep safe all those children who will be visiting the Airshow on the Saturday and Sunday,” said Dawsons’ Senior Partner Chris Hope.

“The weekend is a fun-filled, family affair and anything we can do to keep children safe and eliminate any worries for parents then all the better.”

On entering the event a wristband will be given to each child can be collected from various information points, the park and ride drop off location or our car parks staff. The parents’ mobile number will be written on the back of the wristband before being put on the child’s wrist.

Losing a child, even for a few moments, can be very distressing and the Tag Your Tots scheme can help reassure and get help fast. Parents are being advised it they lose a child or need to report an incident to look for the nearest steward who will talk directly to the security and events team via radio.

Added Chris: “The Airshow just gets bigger and better and showcases Swansea at its best and we are delighted to be associated with it especially as this year the even takes on extra significance as it is celebrating both the RAF’s 100th anniversary and the Army commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One.”

Councillor Robert Francis-Davies, Swansea Council’s Cabinet Member for Investment, Regeneration & Tourism, said: “We are delighted that a Company with such local recognition and familiarity as Dawsons Estate Agents have decided to become a sponsoring partner for the Wales Airshow 2018.  The Wales Airshow is Wales’ largest, free event for the public to enjoy.

“The show attracts record numbers of visitors to the area, with children’s safety being of paramount importance throughout the weekend. With Dawsons’ contribution, we can effectively manage the number of families with children at the event, allowing everyone to relax and enjoy this fantastic two-day spectacle.”

The Airshow has grown in popularity from 75,000 visitors in 2009 to an audience of 250,000 last year and even more people are expected this year.

Full details about the event, road closures and other information is available at walesairshow.co.uk.

PICTURE: Swansea Uplands RFC Under 7s interrupted their training session on the beach to show off the bright orange wristbands that will be used during the Airshow

Burry Port Raft Race

Dawsons to sponsor Burry Port Raft Race again

Dawsons is delighted to be the principal sponsor of the Burry Port Raft Race for a second year.

The event this year takes place on Saturday, August 11.

“We sponsored the event last year and we had no hesitation in doing it again this year, especially as it raises valuable funds for both Burry Port RNLI and Afia Children’s Football Academy Foundation in Africa,” said Dawsons’ Senior Partner Chris Hope.

Burry Port Raft Race poster
Burry Port Raft Race poster

“We have an office in Llanelli and many of our staff are from the Burry Port area and again we will be entering our very own Dawsons raft. We are just hoping that, despite great efforts by our crew, they go a bit better that they did last year!”

There are plenty of prizes for those involved including best dressed raft, first raft to sink, best dressed crew, last raft over the line and worst dressed raft.

If you need any further details or an entry form you can email burryportraftrace@yahoo.com

L-R Naomi Webborn, Dawsons’ Lettings Department Coordinator, Chris Hope, Dawsons’ Senior Partner, and volunteers at Swansea Foodbank at City Church in Dyfatty.

Dawsons supporting national food collection campaign

Dawsons Property is supporting a week-long campaign to collect items for Swansea Foodbank next month.

The special collection, which is part of Relocation Agent Network’s national fundraising event called #OneThousandItemsofFood, will take place between June 14 and 21 in conjunction with the Trussell Trust.

During the week there will be collection points in all of Dawsons’ branches across Swansea & Llanelli with special bins to be provided by their Dawsons’ reward card partner Exall & Jones.

The foodbank has become part of the social landscape of society with one in five people living below the poverty line in the UK.

Chris Hope with Kristina Williams of Swansea Foodbank
Chris Hope with Kristina Williams of Swansea Foodbank

“We are very grateful to Dawsons to their commitment to this food collection campaign,” said Kristina Williams, Assistant Manager at Swansea Foodbank.

“We tend to have a lot of contributions around Christmas time and harvest festival, but contributions tend to tail off a bit during the spring and summer so Dawsons’ commitment is both timely and welcome.”

Swansea Foodbank, which provides emergency food and support to local people in crisis, is open in several locations around the city on different days and times.

Swansea Foodbank is part of the Trussell Trust’s national foodbank network and is supported by churches across the city to help people in times of crisis.

Swansea Foodbank volunteers
Swansea Foodbank volunteers

Dawsons is asking customers and staff to donate two items each of non-perishable food such as tins and packet food.

Chris Hope, Senior Partner at Dawsons, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be part of this campaign as part of the Relocation Agent Network which is running #OneThousandItemsofFood throughout the UK.

Unfortunately, we live in times when foodbanks have become a necessity for a part of our society, so we are determined to make this campaign as successful as possible, therefore all our branches will be collecting items between June 14 and 21.”

To find your local foodbank visit www.trusselltrust.org. Find out what supplies they are currently in need of and what items they have enough of.  Foodbanks also accept essential non-food items such as toiletries and hygiene products. They also accept clothes and toys.

 

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.

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Dawsons staff get in the festive spirit on Christmas Jumper Day

Dawsons staff have got into the festive spirit and come to work in their best Christmas jumper to raise much needed funds for the charity Save the Children.

Tim Kostromin, Dawsons Partner, Dawsons Partner, said: ”As a company we carry out many fundraising events throughout the year for local charities, and our staff have taken part in the annual national Christmas jumper day for some years now.

“With many offices also having their Secret Santa exchange on the same day, so the day for us all really is an enjoyable one.  We are lucky to have so many staff within the company willing to get involved in raising the much needed funds for all the charities we help.

“With Christmas Day just around the corner we know that while there are many children excited for the presents they will find under the tree there are many who will go without, so raising money for Save the Children at this time of year is crucial across the nation.”

Pictured are staff at the Marina Lettings office sporting their festive jumpers

Dawsons hand over cheque to Wales Air Ambulance

Dawsons hand over cheque to Welsh Air Ambulance after charity abseil

Dawsons staff are delighted to have handed over a cheque for £1,314.98 to the Welsh Air Ambulance following a charity fundraising abseil.

The team of staff from the sales, auction and lettings departments abseiled down a 200ft cliff at Port Eynon on Gower.

Jo Summerfield, Director of Sales at Dawsons, said: “Wales Air Ambulance is a fantastic charity saving lives daily in Wales and transporting those in need to hospitals all over the country.

“We were very keen and pleased to be able to raise as much as possible especially as WAA runs purely on donations.”

Steffan Anderson-Thomas, WAA’s Community Fundraising Co-coordinator, said: “We are extremely grateful to the intrepid staff from Dawsons for their very generous cheque following their abseil.

“With the money they have generously donated Dawsons has funded a mission for one of our helicopters and the money will also go towards funding life-saving equipment and crew.”

Naomi Webborn, from Dawsons lettings department, said: “A big thank you goes to all those who took part and those who sponsored us and especially to the very kind donations from JCP solicitors, Keith Norris of Noble Harbour, Graham Kirby of Benson Watkins, Andrew Davies of Peter Lyn & Partners, Eastside Insurance and Exall & Jones builders merchants.”

PICTURE CAPTION: L-R Andy Iceton, WAA Pilot, Hannah Hearn, Dawsons, Kelly Israel, Dawsons, Corey Ashford, Dawsons, Dewi Thomas, WAA Helicopter Transfer Practioner, Callum Thomas, Dawsons, Amanda Bamford, Dawsons, Naomi Webborn, Dawsons, Natalie Dare, Dawsons, Ben Seabourne, Critical Care Practioner.

 

Swans legend Alan Curtis helps Dawsons football boot campaign

Swans legend involved in Dawsons’ campaign to donate football boots to Africa

Swansea City legend Alan Curtis is among scores of generous people who have donated unwanted boots to an African football academy.

Dawsons estate agent was among the main sponsors of this year’s inaugural Burry Port Raft Race, an event organised by Isabel and Craig Goodman to raise funds for the Burry Port RNLI and the Afia Banjul Children’s Football Academy in Gambia.

Further to the success of the raft race the organisers asked if Dawsons was able to collect any unwanted football boots, trainers or togs, and any kit for the Afia Banjul academy.

Dawsons were kindly donated buckets from another Swansea company: Exall & Jones, to collect boots in all of the sales and lettings offices throughout August.

“After having such a great day at the raft race raising funds for both the Burry Port RNLI and the Afia Banjul Children’s football academy it is great to continue our involvement in the fundraising,” said Dawsons Senior Partner Chris Hope.

“And it’s equally as great to see such amazing follow-up support after receiving the request for kit from the football academy by our staff, customers and contractors alike which included some donations from some well-known local faces such as Alan Curtis and Richie Pugh (Rugby Wales Sevens), and we look forward to seeing our donations arrive where they are much needed.”

Isabel said: “We are so grateful for this donation and it will now be shipped out to Gambia asap. The football academy is extremely grateful for all they receive, and are always needing new kit so if you anyone has any donations please feel free to drop them to Dawsons who can of course still pass them on.”

CAPTION: Swansea City legend Alan Curtis with some of the football boots being donated to Afia Banjul Children’s Football Academy in Gambia