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!

Shirley Carnival

Hundreds of families turned out to enjoy the Shirley Carnival this Saturday

On Saturday 9th July the Shirley Carnival took place with hundreds of families turning out to enjoy the fun-filled event. The event sponsored by Smart Homes estate agent was a real successes bringing the community together.

The fun began with line dancing seniors and youngsters displayed dance routines to country and western music. Followed by gun slinging, Punch and Judy, and some of the younger dance academies showing us all how to do it. Whilst the sun wasn’t out the rain held off.

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Weekly Bulletin 4th July 2016

Whilst some agents are suggesting it’s a little quieter this is something we just are not experiencing, having agreed over 23 sales in two weeks and receiving 14 applications the Smart Homes team are as busy as ever.

Yes, we have had a handful of people attempt to use the Brexit to renegotiate, but as we have explained the fundamentals of this business are the same we still live in an area with outstanding schools, it is still aspirational, people still need a roof over their head, mortgages are still historically low and outside of our business trade policies have remained the same.

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Weekly Bulletin 19th June 2015

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

17 sales, 9 pending offers, 9 new instructions for sales and 8 applications received and 6 new instructions for lettings!! Superb week team – well done to you all!

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Weekly Bulletin 9th March 2016

A little quieter this week although the team have still agreed 12 sales over the past ten days & instructed 17 new properties to sell…

Lettings are still receiving a superb level of instructions

Some of you may remember that last year the Smart Homes team were awarded a long weekend in Marbella for their production and customer feedback.
This weekend is the weekend!!!

“Thank you guys for your ongoing commitment to Smart Homes enjoy your well-earned break… The remainder of us oldies will hold the fort in your absence!”

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 websites and Rightmove are updated every weekday. 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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the last bulletin of 2015

The smarthomes team have enjoyed both personal and professional achievements and have attained many accolades of which we are immensely proud. I personally have enjoyed writing each and every weekly bulletin and have appreciated this time to reflect upon our year…

January
We opened the Dickens Heath office and as a result of Sarah Jenkins’ hard work and commitment, she happily accepted her Directorship.

February
Joshua Field achieved his target based upon both sales and customer feedback and he has enjoyed his welldeserved reward happy motoring in his new BMW.

March
Stephanie Douglas returned to the sales team after her maternity leave and the sales team reached the highest pipeline in the Companies history.

April
Stephanie Douglas tied the knot at Hogarths and became Stephanie Johnston.

May
Senka Dragicevic and the rest of the lettings team had their best month on record, achieving 33 move ins for the month!

June
Isobel Carter achieved her IAB Bookkeeping Level Two, whilst David Mcloughlin achieved his LLB Honours in Law. Jackie Jenkins moved from Lettings to put her conveyancing skills into practice by joining Helen Sizer in the Sales Team.

July
Kelly Cartwright joined smarthomes to head up our Property Maintenance Department and Emma Daffurn secured her promotion to the role of Instructions Manager.

August
We released a performance related competition for the staff to win a holiday in a luxury villa in Marbella, with the benefits of their own chef! They all achieved their relevant targets, whilst maintaining excellent customer feedback and now look forward to their well-deserved break in early 2016.

September
smarthomes were the main sponsor of the Dickens Heath Festival on the Green. Sarah Jenkins worked her fingers to the bone ensuring the smooth running of the whole day, whilst staff, friends and families helped man the stalls raising £174.00 for Operation Christmas Child. Jenny Collet officially became the “Mary Berry” of accounts to support the Pete Symes Charity by baking cakes and donating all the proceeds to help a very close friend.

October
smarthomes were awarded Estate and Lettings Agent of the year for Customer Experience for the 2nd year running! Paul Whitehead joined the team as Valuations Manager for Dickens Heath.
Hannah Smart joined the lettings team at Dickens Heath to assist Senka Dragicevic. Staff completed an 8 mile walk for “Jeans for Genes” starting at our very first office in Kings Norton, through to Hall Green, onto Shirley and finishing at our Dickens Heath office, raising £210.00. The company experienced its most productive month ever since it started in 1998.

November
We supported Operation Christmas Child and were very proud to be able to donate 38 boxes to the Appeal thanks to our fundraising efforts at Festival on the Green, staff, friends and family.

December
To thank the staff for all their efforts, our Christmas Party saw us on the Magellan Cruise Liner in London where we ate, danced and drank the night away in style. It also saw the retirement of Gill Smart after 15 years of loyal service to Smart Homes. Thank you Gill.2015 has been our most successful year to date. We have continued to raise our profile and exceed customer 2015 has been our most successful year to date. We have continued to raise our profile and exceed customer expectation, whilst building a stronger business on solid foundations.

2015 has been our most successful year to date. We have continued to raise our profile and exceed customer 2015 has been our most successful year to date. We have continued to raise our profile and exceed customer expectation, whilst building a stronger business on solid foundations.

Sarah and I wish to thank all of our loyal staff, vendors, landlords, contractors, advisors and all who have been instrumental in the smarthomes success.

Bonfire Night Birmingham

Bonfire Night Events in Birmingham

The nights are getting shorter and colder, Bonfire Night gets closer and Birmingham is ready to celebrate. In the city itself, there is the annual Birmingham Fireworks Spectacular in Pype Hayes Park, with the additional bonus of live music, dancers and a fairground on Thu 5 Nov. Gates open at 5pm, which is also when the shuttle service from Fort Shopping Centre starts. Fireworks start at 8pm.

You could also head to Sparks in the Park at the West Midlands Travel Sports and Social Club on Sat 7 Nov for a family friendly evening of fireworks, a fun fair and plenty of food and drink to keep everyone happy. Plus, special family prices are available and all proceeds are donated to local communities and charities. Also in the city is the Moseley Fireworks and Bonfire (Sat 7 Nov) with food stalls, a licensed bar and a live band. Bonfire is lit at 6.30pm, fireworks start at 7.30pm

Here in Solihull, is the Solihull Round Table Fireworks Display (Sat 7 Nov), it’s the largest in the area and free! There’ll be plenty of food stalls and local PTAs selling toys, plus teenagers will enjoy the Radio Entertainment stage. Get there at 5.30pm for the 6.30pm display. If you want to try something a little more intimate, The Bulls Head is hosting a free live music, a BBQ and craft stalls from 7pm before the fireworks provide the main event from 9pm. The Edwardian Football Club is putting on a Firework display from 7.30pm with the bonfire being lit at 7pm, there will be an outdoor real ale bar along with a BBQ and hog roast, entry is £5 per person and free to under 12s.

Outside the city in nearby Tamworth you can try something a bit different at Tamworth Castle which is hosting its own celebrations (Sat 7 Nov, fireworks start at 8pm) with a fun fair, plenty of food and drink stalls and even fire eaters.

In Bewdley, West Midland Safari Park Firework Festival Weekend promises a two-day celebration (Sat 7 Nov–Sun 8 Nov) with African themed music, late night rides and fireworks displays to set this one apart.

If your youngsters aren’t keen on all the loud noise and banging that comes with fireworks, head to No Bangs Bonfire Night in Bromsgrove (Thu 5 Nov, gates open at 6.30pm). This traditional bonfire party replaces fireworks with sparklers, and costumed characters will tell the story of the gunpowder plot. There’ll be hot food and traditional music to keep adults entertained too.

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Spooktacular Events for Halloween in Solihull

Hello, our pretties! T’is the eve of Halloween just a few days beyond, and as the witching hour approaches, we will see many a wicked creation cast a spell across our very newsfeeds.

If you’re brave enough, you can check out some of the spooky events in Solihull below….

Wicked Workshop and Terror Trail on Wednesday 28 October
Follow the spooky terror trail around Elmdon Park from 11.00am to 1.00pm if you are brave enough, then take part in a creepy craft activity and wear your most frightening Halloween costume for a chance to win our fancy dress competition – there are prizes for the most horrifyingly dressed boy and girl! £1.00 per child for the terror trail and crafts. Meet by the car park on Tanhouse Farm Road.

Shirley Spooky Halloween Trail on Thursday 29 October
Starts at Early Years on the Stratford Road. Come along and take the trail around shops and business’ in Shirley collecting treats. Start times are staggered, at 11.00am, 11.30am, 12.00pm and 1.30pm. Fancy dress is optional. No booking needed.

Crafty Drop-in Day on Thursday 29 October
Drop in at The Parkridge Centre, Brueton Park, B91 3HW from 10.30am to 12.00pm & 1.00pm to 2.30pm and choose from a selection of crafts. You can make a kite or maybe a glass lantern – the choice is yours! Suitable for children aged 2+. All children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. £2.00 per craft. Booking recommended – contact the Parkridge Centre on 0121 704 0768.

Prickly Friends for Tots on Friday 30 October
Come along to The Parkridge Centre, Brueton Park, B91 3HW from 10.30am – 12.00pm and discover the life of the prickly hedgehog, build a lovely home for them, make your very own hedgehog friend and play lots of prickly games. Suitable for children aged 2-4 – price £4.50 for non-members and £3.50 for members. All children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Booking recommended – contact the Parkridge Centre on 0121 704 0768.

Haunting Halloween on Saturday 31 October
Make your way to Brueton Park, B91 3HA at 5.30pm, 5.50pm, 6.10pm, 6.30pm or 6.50pm if you dare to join in the Haunting Halloween event. Are you scared of the dark? There are creatures and monsters that could jump out at any time, and our resident witch, Smelly Nelly, will be lurking about! Come along in your most frightening fancy dress for a chance to win our competition, listen to some spooky stories as you walk around the park and take part in a creepy craft activity. Bring a torch and warm clothing. Pre-booking is essential – £3 per adult, £2 per child. Book your tickets via the Contact Centre on 0121 704 8000 as this event sells out quickly! Meet by the car park.

Playhouse Parties on Saturday 31 October (Something for the Adults)
Held at the Tidbury Green Golf Club in Solihull, This event has a minimum age of 18, but Play House Parties promises to be one of the best nights of the year. With 2 Rooms of Music playing House, RnB and Classics prices are £15 per person.

Farmer’s Market on Friday 6 November
Why not support our local farmers by visiting this popular market? Solihull Market opens at 9.00am to 5.00pm and offers a tempting range of local produce sourced from within a 30-mile radius of Solihull, on the first Friday of every month.

For full details visit: Solihull Borough Council