Valuation Clinic – Dickens Heath Thursday 8th September

Smart Homes are offering a FREE valuation service to the residents of Dickens Heath and we promise there will be no sales pitch, no fee and no obligation!

Thursday 8th September 2016 1pm till 8pm

The Valuation Clinic will consist of a 15 minute appointment where we will not sell you any of our services…  It is literally an inspection of your property and we will email you the valuation within 24 hours!

Call the office now on 0121 744 4144 or email shirley@smart-homes.co.uk to book your appointment!

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Home supply falls to new low

The average asking price for homes in England and Wales has increased by 8.2% year on year, while the total stock of property has dropped to a new record low, according to the latest residential index.

Just 386,000 properties are currently up for sale in England and Wales – that’s 47% fewer than in 2008.

The index report comes from property search engine Home, which says that growth in the property market is due to a lack of supply and low mortgage rates and the typical time on market is some 117 days across England and Wales, that’s nine days less than in January 2015.

Despite a small proliferation in supply, the total number of properties on the market has fallen to a new low. Just over 386,000 properties are currently for sale, equating to 47% less than in 2008. This trend looks set to dominate the UK property market in 2016, the report says.

Doug Shephard, director of Home.co.uk said, “Given such high levels of interest in property investment by both large and small investors, it is difficult to imagine prices going anywhere but up.

“Moreover, interest rates, another key market driver, remain at historic lows. First-time and next-time buyers are finding it nearly impossible to compete with the buy-to-let sector and renters look set to endure a wave of rent rises over the next couple of years.

“The ultra-low interest rate environment is allowing the gap between earnings and house prices to widen to historically dangerous levels, mainly in the south and east. This is clearly one of several, unsustainable trends in the current booming market”, he concluded.

It is going to be an interesting year for the property market in 2016, one thing that will certainly happen in England and Wales is that from April, stamp duty rates will be jacked up for anyone buying a home that is not their main residence – a similar change will happen in Scotland.

This will make things more expensive for second-home buyers and buy-to-let landlords and probably deter some potential buyers altogether.

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Smart Homes wins multiple awards for Customer Experience

We are proud to announce that Smart Homes has recently been awarded the Gold Award for Best Letting Agent in Solihull for Customer Experience, a Gold Award for Best Estate Agent Award in B90 for Customer Experience, a Silver Award for Best Estate Agent in Solihull for Customer Experience and finally a Bronze Award for Best Letting Agent in West Midlands for Customer Experience in the annual AllAgents Awards.

Individually, Senka Dragicevic has been awarded the Gold Award for Letting Agent of the Year in B90, Helen Sizer was awarded Gold Award for Individual Estate Agent of the Year in B90 and Jamie Smart has been awarded the Silver Award for Estate Agent of the Year in B90.

To top it off, our Lettings Department has won Residential Letting Agent of the Year 2015, for the second year running! This means that Smart Homes has won every award available for the B90 postcode!

We feel our customer service and image is superior to any of our competitors, this is now proven with our award-winning formula that gives our sales and lettings customer’s the edge when selling with Smart Homes.

Senka and Helen Winners of Peoples Choice Awards

It has been a whole year since Smart Homes were awarded the prestigious accolade of Estate Agent and Letting Agent of the year 2014, and what a wonderful year it has been. Statistically the team have produced some fantastic results…  They have seen the successful opening of their Dickens Heath office along with the recruitment of four new staff members and the promotion of two other team members. They have also maintained their Number One position on RightMove for both Sales and Lettings and now they have learnt the great news that for their second year running, Smart Homes have been awarded Estate Agent and Letting Agent for customer experience in B90 for 2015!

Allagents.co.uk has now become a recognised body for both Vendors and Landlords to obtain an unbiased, independent opinion on the Agent they are considering selling or letting with.  More and more clients are now referring to allagents.co.uk before making a final decision on the Agent they choose.

Smart Homes are always hugely proud of their successes, but more so the successes of their staff.  Helen Sizer and Senka Dragicevic have been awarded the People’s Choice Estate Agent and Lettings Agent of 2015 in B90 for customer experience.  Director Jamie Smart says, “This facility which is available to all will not only review the Estate Agency branch, but also the individual.  Whilst it takes all team members to work hard for the branch recognition, some of our staff have been individually highlighted too. Senka Dragicevic has been awarded the Gold Award for top Letting Negotiator in 2015 and Helen Sizer was awarded the Gold Award for number one Estate Agent in B90 for 2015.  It recognises the fact that they go above and beyond for our Clients”.

A truly amazing result for Smart Homes who, for the second year running, have been recognised as offering the very best customer service in their field.  Well done Team!

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Weekly Update 28th July 2015

I have covered the area for 22 years now and I have experienced three property booms, however Shirley certainly seems to be “a hot potato” at the moment.

A combination of the stamp duty alteration, school catchment adjustment, Ofsted reports and Park Gate are certainly fuelling the desire for people wanting to move within or to Shirley.

Smart Homes experienced another superb week again instructing 18 new homes for sale and agreeing 9 sales with a further 14 offers pending!!

Lettings continues to grow at speed, congratulations to the team for securing another landlord with 11 properties. This landlord had been using a local corporate agent to manage his portfolio, but after experiencing the superior customer service of smart homes he decided to move his complete portfolio to our management centre.

According to Price Waterhouse Coopers the forecast for the lettings market remains optimistic for investors suggesting that half of all under 40s will be tenants by 2025 taking the total to 7.2 million.

For selling, buying or letting please remember our Shirley and Dickens Heath offices are open 7 days a week 9 till 6 Monday- Friday, 9 till 5 Saturday and 10 till 2 Sunday for both sales and lettings and our web sites; www.smart-homes.co.uk, www.rightmove.co.uk and www.onthemarket.com are updated every week day. If you require a free market appraisal on your property for either rental or sale please contact 0121 744 4144 where we would be
delighted to discuss the service that Smart Homes has to offer, which in our view is second to none.

Make the Smart Move…

Jamie Smart & Sarah Jenkins
Co Directors

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Weekly Bulletin 22nd July 2015

What a week!!! 20 sales agreed from the Shirley branch over the last 10 days – Fantastic!!

Activity is extremely high on the majority of properties for both sales and lettings.

A message to the team “This could be the week guys when you hit that magic figure, start packing your cases!!”

A great week for the lettings too who are on for another record month for move ins.

Keep up the good work ..

For selling, buying or letting please remember our Shirley and Dickens Heath offices are open 7 days a week 9 till 6 Monday- Friday, 9 till 5 Saturday and 10 till 2 Sunday for both sales and lettings and our web sites; www.smart-homes.co.uk, www.rightmove.co.uk and www.onthemarket.com are updated every week day. If you require a free market appraisal on your property for either rental or sale please contact 0121 744 4144 where we would be
delighted to discuss the service that Smart Homes has to offer, which in our view is second to none.

Make the Smart Move…

Jamie Smart & Sarah Jenkins
Co Directors

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Weekly Bulletin 15th July 2015

An unbelievable week receiving over twenty offers on twenty different properties well done everybody!!!

A good level of new instructions coming to market again and activity is remaining extremely strong in Shirley.

Dickens Heath again producing superb levels of business with 14 applications received over the last 10 days and they are forecasting 26 move-ins for this month!!!

For selling, buying or letting please remember our Shirley and Dickens Heath offices are open 7 days a week 9 till 6 Monday- Friday, 9 till 5 Saturday and 10 till 2 Sunday for both sales and lettings and our web sites; www.smart-homes.co.uk, www.rightmove.co.uk and www.onthemarket.com are updated every week day. If you require a free market appraisal on your property for either rental or sale please contact 0121 744 4144 where we would be
delighted to discuss the service that Smart Homes has to offer, which in our view is second to none.

Make the Smart Move…

Jamie Smart & Sarah Jenkins
Co Directors

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Weekly Bulletin 8th July 2015

Well what started to be a slightly quieter week ended up a superb result, well done team.

10 sales agreed and 11 instructions, a great result.  We are speaking to a lot of vendors at the moment who are wanting to sell but are concerned that they will not find ”

We feel that we have found a compromise to deal with these concerns and the results are its working ”

Whilst we can not promise to find every vendor a property we are seeing positive results, call the Number 1 agent In Shirley to find out more.

A superb week for lettings who are set  for a record July. Keep up the good work!

For selling, buying or letting please remember our Shirley and Dickens Heath offices are open 7 days a week 9 till 6 Monday- Friday, 9 till 5 Saturday and 10 till 2 Sunday for both sales and lettings and our web sites; www.smart-homes.co.uk, www.rightmove.co.uk and www.onthemarket.com are updated every week day. If you require a free market appraisal on your property for either rental or sale please contact 0121 744 4144 where we would be
delighted to discuss the service that Smart Homes has to offer, which in our view is second to none.

Make the Smart Move…

Jamie Smart & Sarah Jenkins
Co Directors

Biggest rise in mortgage approvals in six years

The number of mortgage approvals from high street banks has seen its biggest monthly increase in six years.

Research from the Bank of England shows more than 68,000 loans were approved in April across the UK, the highest monthly figure in over a year. Statistics from the previous month saw just less than 62,000 loans approved which highlights a monthly increase of 9.9% in April, the largest rise month-on-month since 2009. The news follows on from record low mortgage rates in the UK, with some lenders offering a five year fixed rate loan at less than 2% in recent months.

Landlords in particular are reaping benefits of cheap mortgage deals as it was recently reported that buy to let mortgage lending is increasing by as much as 12% month-on-month, with the total value of loans standing at £2.7 billion in March.

Graham Davidson, Managing Director of Sequre Property Investment, comments on the rise of mortgage approvals: “The Mortgage Market Review (MMR) may have deterred some from trying to get a mortgage in the past year or so, but this report indicates that the housing market is very much moving forward.” “There was a slight uncertainty in the run-up to the General Election, and many experts believed that house prices and general sales would slow down as a result of potential home buyers and investors holding off on purchasing. Looking at the market and the statistics now, this doesn’t appear to be the case and with mortgage approvals continuing to grow at this rate, prices will continue to improve, which is great news for investors who particularly look for capital growth on their assets.”

With rates currently at an all-time low, there has never been a better time to consider a mortgage.

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Weekly Bulletin 1st July 2015

A slightly quieter week this week for the team but I guess 25 busy weeks so far this year the odd one or two quieter weeks is to be expected.

We like to pride ourselves on achieving good sale prices for our vendors, taking into account market demand as well as comparable evidence, however I certainly have witnessed some ridiculous prices quoted this week by some of the lesser experienced individuals.  It is paramount that your property enters the market at the correct figure and whilst we are experiencing some fantastic sale prices, there obviously has to be justification of the figure you are advised.  It is worth asking the agent what experience they have in your immediate area, how long they have been valuing, where is their company placed as far as their competition is concerned and how often will i be updated on the progress or marketing and the sale of my home???
If you were to ask smart homes the same questions the answers would be ..

20 Years ,18 Years, Number 1*  and every week “..

“Getting off my soap box; whilst the phones were a little quieter productivity was still reasonable with 8 sales agreed with a further 5 offers pending.
Lettings had a busy weekend and as a result of Saturday and Sunday they received 6 applications .

Well done Sarah Jenkins and the team.com

I would like to take this opportunity of wishing Denise all the very best for the future and I am sure I speak on behalf of everybody at smart homes  in thanking her for all her hard work and commitment over the last 12 months, it has been an absolute pleasure to work alongside you.

For selling, buying or letting please remember our Shirley and Dickens Heath offices are open 7 days a week 9 till 6 Monday- Friday, 9 till 5 Saturday and 10 till 2 Sunday for both sales and lettings and our web sites; www.smart-homes.co.uk, www.rightmove.co.uk and www.onthemarket.com are updated every week day. If you require a free market appraisal on your property for either rental or sale please contact 0121 744 4144 where we would be
delighted to discuss the service that Smart Homes has to offer, which in our view is second to none.

Make the Smart Move…

Jamie Smart & Sarah Jenkins
Co Directors

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Weekly Bulletin 23rd June 2015

Another great week for the team.  Thank you so much for all your hard work during my break, 10 lets agreed and 12 sales !!! It doesn’t get better than that well done.

Exciting times ahead for the smart homes team as we strive to achieve our next target.

Lots  of valuations booked in for this week so we will hopefully see good sales and let figures again this coming week.

Keep up the good work guys!

For selling, buying or letting please remember our Shirley and Dickens Heath offices are open 7 days a week 9 till 6 Monday- Friday, 9 till 5 Saturday and 10 till 2 Sunday for both sales and lettings and our web sites; www.smart-homes.co.uk, www.rightmove.co.uk and www.onthemarket.com are updated every week day. If you require a free market appraisal on your property for either rental or sale please contact 0121 744 4144 where we would be
delighted to discuss the service that Smart Homes has to offer, which in our view is second to none.

Make the Smart Move…

Jamie Smart & Sarah Jenkins
Co Directors

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Weekly Bulletin 16th June 2015

With over 20 new properties on the market within the last ten days no wonder we are set to sell 24 properties over the same period of time from the Shirley branch!!!!

A big well done to Helen exchanging on 8 house sales last week, a very big welcome back to Jackie, Helen is certainly over the moon to have you back.

A huge thank you to Emma Daffurn although on a week’s holiday she still worked remotely to ensure all new instructions hit the market within the right time scale, another example of the team’s commitment!

After reporting their best ever month last month for the lettings team, this month is shaping up to be just as busy and we have some fantastic “quality properties ” coming to market, our managed portfolio has seen circa 23% growth this year alone.

Once again thank you to the team.

For selling, buying or letting please remember our Shirley and Dickens Heath offices are open 7 days a week 9 till 6 Monday- Friday, 9 till 5 Saturday and 10 till 2 Sunday for both sales and lettings and our web sites; www.smart-homes.co.uk, www.rightmove.co.uk and www.onthemarket.com are updated every week day. If you require a free market appraisal on your property for either rental or sale please contact 0121 744 4144 where we would be
delighted to discuss the service that Smart Homes has to offer, which in our view is second to none.

Make the Smart Move…

Jamie Smart & Sarah Jenkins
Co Directors

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Weekly Bulletin 3rd June 2015

I’d like to start this week by saying a big thank you to all the team for the extra mile /miles you are going to at the moment to produce the record breaking level of business we are experiencing .

Lettings have had there most productive month ever recorded over the last nine years and sales have more sold properties than we have ever had in the last eighteen years of trading .

Our company policy is and always has been to attempt to deliver the very best in customer service within our control and to exceed many of our customers expectations which we are achieving time and time again visit www.allagents.co.uk to read our customer feed back .

With an extensive data base of purchasers and tenants looking to be part of the Shirley life style  ,we are achieving some superb sale and rental yields for our clients , in some cases out performing many of our competitors on achieved prices . ….

For selling, buying or letting please remember our Shirley and Dickens Heath offices are open 7 days a week 9 till 6 Monday-Friday, 9 till 5 Saturday and 10 till 2 Sunday for both sales and lettings and our web sites;
www.smart-homes.co.uk, www.rightmove.co.uk and www.onthemarket.com are updated every week day. If you require a free market appraisal on your property for either rental or sale please contact 0121 744 4144 where we would be delighted to discuss the service that Smart Homes has to offer, which in our view is second to none.

Make the Smart Move…

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Weekly Update 27th May 2015

Another superb week for the sales team with 10 sales agreed and 12 new instructions.   5 of our 10 sales went to best and final offers and in many cases resulting in a sale price above the asking price.  A superb result for the lettings team too who will have had their most productive month ever on record for May!!!

A big well done to Sarah and the team congratulations …

For selling, buying or letting please remember our Shirley and Dickens Heath offices are open 7 days a week 9 till 6 Monday-Friday, 9 till 5 Saturday and 10 till 2 Sunday for both sales and lettings and our web sites; www.smart-homes.co.uk, www.rightmove.co.uk and www.onthemarket.com are updated every week day. If you require a free market appraisal on your property for either rental or sale please contact 0121 744 4144 where we would be delighted to discuss the service that Smart Homes has to offer, which in our view is second to none.

Make the Smart Move…

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Weekly Update 20th May 2015

The smart homes team just keep on going.  Now recognised by rightmove.co.uk as the highest listing agent in the B90 postcode, but to be recognised as the agent with highest number of sales in B90 is just another reason to choose smart homes as your agent!! A fantastic week again for both sales and lettings last week with sales agreeing 12 sales and listing 10 new properties to sell and lettings having 8 new properties to let and agreeing 7 property lets.  We have some beautiful homes coming to market at the moment that are creating a superb level of interest.
Lettings are experiencing the same success with the highest level of instructions we have experienced year to date.
Due to our success we are currently seeking an experienced lettings person who is compliant, motivated and has a real understanding of customer service.  If you are interested in talking to us about this role please contact Sarah Jenkins Lettings Director .

Well done Team Smart !!

For selling, buying or letting please remember our Shirley and Dickens Heath offices are open 7 days a week 9 till 6 Monday-Friday, 9 till 5 Saturday and 10 till 2 Sunday for both sales and lettings and our web sites;
www.smart-homes.co.uk, www.rightmove.co.uk and www.onthemarket.com are updated every week day. If you require a free market appraisal on your property for either rental or sale please contact 0121 744 4144 where we would be delighted to discuss the service that Smart Homes has to offer, which in our view is second to none.

Make the Smart Move…

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Weekly Update 14th May 2015

Well the warmer weather is hopefully upon us bringing a positivity to the market in Shirley and the rest of the Borough…  The Smart Homes sales team have had a storming week, I would even go as far as saying record breaking, with a massive 15 sales being agreed and 9 new instructions coming to the market! May I congratulate the team on a superb result with a special thanks to Emma and Josh.  You should all be very proud of yourselves.
It has been a steady week for our lettings department and although we have seen a slight downturn in new enquiries, we have already booked in 27 move ins for the month of May, with another two weeks to go!  With another 11 new instructions coming to the market, it shows no sign of being a quiet month!  Well done!

It is now a great opportunity to re-evaluate the marketing of your property whether it’s for sale or to let.  To enjoy the benefits of a local, pro-active Agent who truly care about their clients, call us for your free market appraisal on 0121 744 4144.

For selling, buying or letting please remember our Shirley and Dickens Heath offices are open 7 days a week 9 till 6 Monday-Friday, 9 till 5 Saturday and 10 till 2 Sunday for both sales and lettings and our web sites;
www.smart-homes.co.uk, www.rightmove.co.uk and www.onthemarket.com are updated every week day. If you require a free market appraisal on your property for either rental or sale please contact 0121 744 4144 where we would be delighted to discuss the service that Smart Homes has to offer, which in our view is second to none.

Make the Smart Move…

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Weekly Bulletin 5th May 2015

Bank holidays normally prove to be quieter but true to form smart homes have maintained productivity reporting 12 sales and 12 instructions for the week!

We now have more sales agreed subject to contract than we have ever recorded in smart homes 18 years  of trading!

Lettings remains extremely busy reporting 18 new properties under management !!” Thank you to Mr H ”

On a personal note whilst I am lucky with all of my staff, some of which have been with me from the beginning, I would like to give a special thank you to Sarah Jenkins for her constant support, without her smart homes would not be in it’s No1 position that it is today.

For selling, buying or letting please remember our Shirley and Dickens Heath offices are open 7 days a week 9 till 6 Monday-Friday, 9 till 5 Saturday and 10 till 2 Sunday for both sales and lettings and our web sites;
www.smart-homes.co.uk, www.rightmove.co.uk and www.onthemarket.com are updated every week day. If you require a free market appraisal on your property for either rental or sale please contact 0121 744 4144 where we would be delighted to discuss the service that Smart Homes has to offer, which in our view is second to none.

Make the Smart Move…