New let­tings manager all set to help Or­chard grow

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Harefield Gazette - - PROPERTY -

may be quite an un­der­stated word but it is one of great sig­nif­i­cance and should not be un­der­es­ti­mated, es­pe­cially when it is ap­plied to the hous­ing mar­ket.

One con­di­tion the mar­ket re­ally doesn’t like and that’s doubt and now that the post elec­tion dust has been swept up the out­look is far more pos­i­tive.

This is be­cause the “mind’s been made up” and has re­sulted in that much needed sta­bil­ity word and there is dis­tinct move­ment in all ar­eas, es­pe­cially at the high-end.

This more se­cure feel­ing is equally true in re­spect of the rental mar­ket, in fact prob­a­bly more so.

There was lit­tle ques­tion that rents would have in­creased if the re­sult had been dif­fer­ent, this is be­cause there were plans on the ta­ble and pens in hand to change the law; es­sen­tially, to make 3-year ten­an­cies the stan­dard rather than the 6 or 12-month shor t-term ten­an­cies that most renters have.

The is­sue with that idea is that in re­al­ity it would, and not too much of a shock, have re­sulted in land­lords (know­ing they would have been un­able to levy an in­crease for 3 years), tak­ing the op­por tu­nity in fac­tor­ing in a rise to cover this rule change, so they would al­most cer tainly have gone up from day one.

It is a wide­spread view that nei­ther land­lords nor ten­ants want to be tied-in to a long-term ten­ancy. This is be­cause, in prac­tice, year-long ten­an­cies give land­lords the flex­i­bil­ity that they need and like­wise with renters.

It is wor th bear­ing in mind that the av­er­age length of a ten­ancy is 2 to 3 years, rather than 12 months, be­cause ten­ants do want the se­cu­rity this brings but they don’t wish to be tied-in longer than is nec­es­sar y or, nat­u­rally, with the prospect of pos­si­bly pay­ing higher rents.

How­ever, as this is now not the case it means that, ar­guably, the most ef­fec­tive con­trol method of all – that of “mar­ket forces” – will be al­lowed to take over and reg­u­late the com­pe­ti­tion, the qual­ity, and the con­di­tions, which has to be a good and sound state of af­fairs for all.

PAUL GILLE­SPIE; 020 8426 1972; pgille­spie@gibbs-gille­spie. co.uk; www.face­book.com/ gibb­s­gille­spie;Twit­ter: @ gibb­s­gille­spie

HE team at Or­chard Prop­erty Ser­vices are de­lighted to in­tro­duce their new part­ner, Christo­pher Foster. Christo­pher is join­ing the Or­chard team as our Let­tings Manager bring­ing 10 years of ex­pe­ri­ence gained pri­mar­ily in the Lon­don Bor­ough of Hilling­don.

Chris says: “I am equally de­lighted to be join­ing the team at Or­chard. My fo­cus is in pro­vid­ing ex­cel­lent cus­tomer ser­vice and de­liv­er­ing true value for money.

“Or­chard has a very com­pet­i­tive fee struc­ture, ri­valling our com­peti­tors, af­ford­ing sales and let­tings clients the chance to ex­pe­ri­ence a first class ser­vice com­bined with fair and trans­par­ent fees.

“I look for­ward to forg­ing long and last­ing busi­ness re­la­tion­ships with new and ex­ist­ing land­lords in the bor­ough and sur­round­ing ar­eas.” CON­GRAT­U­LA­TIONS to Mr & Mrs Kreamer from East­cote who were the lucky win­ners of Gibson Honey’s re­cent Prize Draw.

In re­turn for dis­play­ing one of their boards ad­ver­tis­ing their 0.5% sales fee, par­tic­i­pants had the chance of win­ning £500 cash plus an ad­di­tional £500 to be do­nated to a char­ity of their choice.

Here are the cou­ple’s daugh­ters, Isha, six, and Mahi, three, re­ceiv­ing the cheque on be­half of their cho­sen char­ity, RNIB Sun­shine House School, North­wood.

“Rob and I wanted to specif­i­cally do­nate to a char­ity in the lo­cal com­mu­nity and the girls wanted to choose a char­ity for chil­dren.” Mrs Kreamer ex­plained. “We did some lo­cal re­search and found out about this won­der­ful school and its con­tri­bu­tion to th­ese spe­cial chil­dren.”

RNIB Sun­shine House School is a spe­cial­ist school which ed­u­cates blind and par­tially sighted chil­dren with sig­nif­i­cant learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties and dis­abil­i­ties be­tween the ages of 2 and 14 years.They also of­fer sup­port and

Christo­pher is fully ac­cred­ited with the As­so­ci­a­tion of Res­i­den­tial Let­ting Agents (ARLA) and is able to as­sist you with ev­ery as­pect of the let­ting process. If you are look­ing to let your prop­erty or are dis­ap­pointed with the level of ser­vice your cur­rent Let­tings agent ser­vices for fam­i­lies.

The school works hard to cre­ate a fun filled wel­com­ing place for chil­dren to de­velop and grow. From the smell of pine trees placed in the re­cep­tion area to the gur­gle and flow of the cool wa­ter foun­tain, they are al­ways try­ing to think up new and ex­cit­ing sen­sory ex­pe­ri­ences for the chil­dren to in­ter­act with the world around them. Chil­dren ben­e­fit from fa­cil­i­ties such as a soft play area, pool, sen­sory theatre and mu­sic ther­apy which are made more pos­si­ble by the gen­eros­ity of the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

Mr & Mrs Kreamer are also clients of Gibson Honey, hav­ing ex­pe­ri­enced both Sales and Let­tings ser­vices. Here’s what they had to say about their ex­pe­ri­ence: “Over the last cou­ple of years, we have had con­tact with many es­tate agents in Ruis­lip.We have found that Gibson Honey ac­tu­ally care about their cus­tomers and their needs/re­quire­ments rather than just ex­pect­ing in­ter­est to be gen­er­ated by web­sites such as Right­move and Zoopla.

“When our cur­rent house came up is pro­vid­ing, please do not hes­i­tate to con­tact him on 01895 623 666 to dis­cuss your op­tions.

Or­chard Prop­erty Ser­vices have of­fices sit­u­ated in prime High Street lo­ca­tions, close to trans­port links and shops and have care­fully cho­sen our in­ter­net and news­pa­per for sale in East­cote, Kevin was quick to con­tact us and tell us he had found our dream house – he was ab­so­lutely right and we are now so­happy in our ‘for­ever’ home.

“With our rental prop­erty in Ruis­lip, Laura has been a great sound­ing board ad­ver­tis­ing to en­sure that we have the abil­ity to gen­er­ate more en­quiries for our prop­er­ties, which in turn gives our clients more op­tions when se­lect­ing a po­ten­tial ten­ant.

Let­tings fees start from 5% + VAT, Sales fees from 0.75% + VAT. and is never too busy for a chat and to help with some much needed ad­vice.

“Gibson Honey are an ab­so­lute gem to deal with and whilst they con­tinue with th­ese val­ues, we would never choose an­other agent.”

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