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Nominated for The Estate Agent of the Year Awards 2013

ESTAS 2013

Great news today, BigBlackhen.com has been nominated for the Estate Agency of the Year Awards for 2013.

This is fantastic news as the ESTAS are the only awards voted for by people who bought and sold with us – each one has to fill out a questionairre asking how happy they were with the level of service we provided across a whole range of areas, initial marketing, general helpfulness, follow up once a sale is agreed, chasing solicitors, etc, etc. So it is fantastic that we’ve scored well enough to reach the shortlist.

We have form in these awards – our Exmoor office was voted the 20th best estate agent in the UK at the 2010 awards, so lets see if we can do just as well or even better this time around!

Get me out of Jail – and help Isabel Hospice!

Jail & Bail

On Friday the 1st of March I’m going to jail (many would say about time!) and I need your help to raise the £1,000 bail needed to get me out.

All the money goes to the Isabel Hospice who help care for local people with terminal illness, so a very good cause. If you can spare a fiver or even better tenner, please go to my Just Giving web page:

http://www.justgiving.co.uk/BigBlackHen

Thanks in advance for any help you can give to this worthy cause.

 

Brilliant map showing what areas are hot in terms of house prices

I’ve just discovered a really neat little app on the multimap.com website that allows you to look at a map of an area in terms of relative house prices with red areas being the most desirable (and hence expensive) and green/blue areas being the least desirable (hence least expensive). Either go to multimap.com put in your post code and click on the map – where you can move around to look at other towns or zoom in/out to see larger of smaller areas. Alternatively, try the link below to see house prices in Hertford.

http://www.mouseprice.com/property-information/ref-12277038/60%20harmer%20green%20lane%20al6%200aw#tabsinfo

Convert your empty office block into residential apartments? Now you can!

The Government are going to introduce new permitted development rights for owners of commercial office blocks to convert them to residential apartments. Sounds like a good idea. They should extend it to High Street shops as the blight of empty shops needs a solution and it’s not going to come from more reatil outlets!

http://propertydrum.briefyourmarket.com/Newsletters/JUNGLEdrum—the-newsbeat-from-PROPERTYdrum41/New-office-to-residential-changes-announced.aspx

Housing market recovery underway say Council or Mortgage Lenders

More positive news, this time from the Council of Mortgage Lenders who cite the fiollowing reasons for optimism in the housing market:

1. The availability of 90%-plus LTV mortgages has more than doubled in the past two years
2. There is ‘much more’ lending at higher LTV levels
3. More first-time buyers are entering the market without assistance
4. Lenders expect to offer more high LTV mortgages this year
5. NewBuy – the controversial taxpayer-backed scheme whereby purchasers of new-build properties only are able to get 95% mortgages – is being extended
6. Lenders are innovating responsibly – the CML cites Lloyds lend-a-hand mortgage, Nationwide’s save-to-buy scheme and Barclays’ new Family Springboard mortgage
7. There is ‘constructive’ forward planning going on within the mortgage industry
8. The outside world is beginning to notice the improvement in lending conditions. The CML says that people are beginning to notice that lenders are open for business.

Read the full article here: