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


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


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.

Dawsons Property Blog August 2019
“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:  


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.


Dawsons Swansea Auction Time

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.

Dawsons Auction Going Going Gone.

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.

Business Link:

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.


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:

Dawsons Property Blog August 2019

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.

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Dawsons in top 3% of Estate Agents in England & Wales


Whole of Market

Annually over 25,000 estate agents are assessed to create a useful tool designed to help customers choose an estate agent for the sale or let of their most valuable asset.  The Best Estate Agency Guide is compiled by independent industry experts the Property Academy with the support of the UK’s largest property portal, Rightmove. They compare performance at a hyper-local level and rate estate agency branches in order to recognise differences in service standards and any disparities in regional property markets.


To choose which agents are listed in the Best Estate Agent Guide, each branch is scored against a unique set of performance and customer service criteria, using a combination of data analysis and mystery shopping.

Over a 6-month period, this involves analysis of:

  • Over 25,000 branches
  • 1 million properties listed at any point in time
  • 1.5 million transactions
  • 25 million leads
  • 1.5 billion property views
  • 50,000 mystery shops

Estate agent branches that display a Best Estate Agent Guide rating are among the best in the country. The marks provide a useful indication of the quality of the agent, which can help when choosing an agent to value your property and when choosing which agent to instruct.

Dawsons are in the Best Estate Agent Guide 2020
Our invitation arrived to attend the 2019 EA Masters Ceremony as one of the top 3% of Estate Agents in the UK

Last year the Dawsons team were named in the Guide and this year are the only agents in the local catchment with both Sales & Lettings branches in the Guide.  We are delighted to be within the top 3% (750 agents nationally) out of all 25,000 branches assessed and will be heading to London to find out if we have hit the jackpot by being a GOLD winner as THE BEST in our region.

Sales Director Jo Summerfield-Talbot said of the announcement “Being confirmed as a winner in the Best Agent Guide 2019 is a proud moment for Dawsons, and a great achievement that follows on from our successes in 2018”.  Lettings Director Ricky Purdy added, “Knowing the criteria involved in the process this year and that measuring performance and service was set even higher than in 2018, makes the hard work and dedication of our staff an even greater reassurance and recognition of their continued service on behalf of our clients.”

So if you are thinking about selling or renting your home in the Swansea, Llanelli, Mumbles, Sketty, Killay, Morriston or Gorseinon areas, why not give us an opportunity to showcase our services?



charity skydive Dawsons Property Agents for Ty Olwen

We Jumped for Charity

Last Sunday the 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.

The Team:

Calloum Thomas Dawsons Property Skydiving for Ty OlwenCallum Thomas

Joe Chiffi Dawsons Property Skydiving for Ty OlwenJoe Chiffi

Ricky and James Dawsons Property Skydiving for Ty OlwenRicky Purdy & James Bolan

Gemma Dawsons Property Skydiving for Ty OlwenGemma Burgin

Bronte Dawsons Property Skydiving for Ty OlwenBronte Evans Hope

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.

Joe Chiffi Dawsons Property Skydiving for Ty Olwen

Callum, our Auction Negotiator, said “What a truly amazing experience! What made it even better was raising money for a charity that is close to a lot of people’s hearts in Swansea Ty Olwen.”

67963093_2821717801189586_3396398019564797952_o Joe Chiffi Dawsons Property Skydiving for Ty Olwen

Well done guys!

Aims of the Ty Olwen Charity

Registered Charity Number 511339 founded in 1981

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.