Full circle for Northampton manager Alan


Estate agency manager Alan Young

Having started on the estate agency path with Harrison Murray almost six years ago, things have come full circle for Alan Young.

After a short break, Alan has returned to head up our George Row branch in Northampton – where he previously worked as a sales manager.

Alan has lived in the area for more than 20 years, and has an excellent understanding of the housing market and property trends, as well as being a well-known professional face in the town.

Taking up his new post of estate agency manager, Alan is now in the process of finalising his new look team at the branch.

Relishing the new challenge, he said: “I took some time out of the George Row branch to assist Harrison Murray colleagues at the company’s Harpenden and St Albans offices, but I am really delighted to be back in Northampton.

“My aim is to build on the success of the branch and continue to meet and exceed our customers’ expectations through the range of estate agency services we are able to provide.

“As a team, we want to fulfil the buying and selling goals of our customers in a professional and friendly way.”

For a full list of Harrison Murray estate agency services visit www.harrisonmurray.co.uk

Rothley estate agents are on the ball

Rothley Imps sponsorship

Harrison Murray estate agency senior negotiator Jamie Biggs (back left) with members of the Rothley Imps JFC in their new-look strip.

Sporting youngsters from Rothley have been showing off their new football kit on and off the pitch, thanks to sponsorship from Harrison Murray and the Nottingham Building Society (The Nottingham).

Around 120 players – aged between seven and 18 – currently play for the long-established Rothley Imps JFC, which runs six teams to hone in on the talent of Leicestershire’s budding young players.

The sponsorship deal sees their  shirts, both the white and red/black kits, emblazoned with the company logo.

Jamie Biggs, senior negotiator at our Rothley office, said: “We are thrilled to be supporting the club and the many young players who enjoy its facilities on a regular basis, and of course the many people who give their time to run it.

“For Harrison Murray and The Nottingham, it give us the chance to continue and expand our support within the community. We wish all the teams within the club every success for the remainder of the season.”

Don’t hibernate! Autumn is a great time to go house hunting

AutumnWith the onset of autumn and the darker nights not too far away, don’t be tempted to go into hibernation when it comes to house hunting.

Whether you are thinking about selling your property or buying a home, now is the perfect time to get ahead of the game – particularly if you are first time buyer.

And with a number of great mortgage offers also available, moving house before winter sets in has never been easier.

“Autumn is a great time to get out there and see what is available before everyone gets bogged down with thinking about Christmas,” said Su Snaith, Head of Estate Agency for Harrison Murray (part of The Nottingham Building Society).

“There are so many reasons why autumn has traditionally been a popular time to move house. The summer holidays are over, the children are settled back at school and Christmas seems far enough away to be able to concentrate on something else.

“Therefore our message to buyers and sellers is ‘don’t hold back’ – if moving is on your mind then take steps to make it happen!”

For sale board with RobinWe assist numerous customers through the selling and buying journey, with access to up-to-the-minute mortgage deals, lender information and finance packages to help make it as smooth as possible – with some mortgages designed with first time buyers in mind, including a number of 95 per cent mortgages currently available.

Su added: “Getting a mortgage can be a daunting proposition when it’s your first time, but we’re here to help you through the whole process.

“Also for those homeowners that already have a mortgage, there are some great deals out there at the moment. And with the cost of living not getting any cheaper, maybe it’s a good time to consider switching your mortgage to a better deal. It’s never been a more important time for people to check how much they’re paying for their mortgage.”

Here are a few pointers to consider if an autumn move is on your wish list:

Seasonal sellers:

  • Sell your property through a reputable agent, preferably one who is like Harrison Murray, a member of the Property Ombudsman scheme.
  • There are lots of spiders around at this time of year, and the last thing a viewer wants is to come face to face with one in the doorway or porch. Add ‘clearing cobwebs’ to your to do list – along with cleaning windows and replacing outside light bulbs.
  • Ensure your home is ‘viewing ready’ at any time of the day, particularly if you are at work and your agent is conducting the viewing. And if you are planning a half term break, make sure your agent has a key to your property.
  • If it is a particularly cold day when viewers arrive, put on the heating to warm up the house a little. Offering your visitors a hot drink is also a nice touch – don’t forget to find a convenient place to put their coats or brollies!


  • Decide on a definite location – how far are you willing to commute, what are the local schools like, is there a GP surgery on your doorstep, is there a bus service into town?
  • Always take a list of questions with you to ask at a viewing, or ask your agent to find out the information on your behalf.
  • Think about the changing seasons and the impact it may have on the property. Rooms that are light and appealing during the summer months may take on a new feel in the winter months.
  • Do your homework – take a drive around the area as well as checking out the local amenities.
  • If you know it is right, move fast and put in an offer.
  • Above all, liaise closely with your estate agent.

Louth link-up with local builder to aid first time buyers

Carl Smith (left), estate agency manager at the Louth branch of Nottingham Estate Agency, with developer Chris Fairburn.

Carl Smith (left), estate agency manager at the Louth branch of Nottingham Estate Agency, with developer Chris Fairburn.

Home buyers in Lincolnshire have received a potential property boost after the Louth office of the Nottingham Estate Agency (NEA) – which, like Harrison Murray, is part of The Nottingham Building Society – linked up with a local builder to offer a modern new development at affordable prices.

NEA has joined forces with well-known local builder Chris Fairburn to market the complex of eight new two and three bedroom townhouse properties – perfect for first time buyers – his company has built on the site of an old swimming pool just off Riverhead Road.

Mr Fairburn wanted to instruct NEA due to the added advantage they are able to offer a route in to the Government’s Help to Buy Scheme, via Nottingham Mortgage Services* (a wholly owned subsidiary of the Nottingham Building Society)*.

Carl Smith, estate agency manager at NEA’s Louth and Skegness offices, said: “This is an exciting coming together of experts in the property sector to offer the full range from the first brick being laid through to completion on sales. The complex is an attractive and affordable way for people to get onto the housing ladder.

“Mr Fairburn was eager to instruct us to help sell the properties as he knew that we had a link in to Help To Buy via Nottingham Mortgage Services, and that anyone buying will be able to complete the purchase ‘all under one roof’ here at The Nottingham.

“It’s fantastic to be linking up with his company to together play our part in helping people in Lincolnshire own their own property.

“There is a well-publicised shortage of homes across the UK so this kind of development is absolutely vital and we want to support the house building effort by offering our sales and mortgage products and services.”

Anyone interested in viewing the properties should call 01507 600944.

*Nottingham Mortgage Services will search, fee-free, over 40 lenders to find the most suitable mortgage** for the customer depending on their requirements. This may or may not result in a mortgage via Help To Buy.

**Your home may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage.

Touchline support for Narborough’s footballing ‘foxes’

Estate agency manager Teana Hampson (fourth left, back row) with Narborough Foxes U-15s

Estate agency manager Teana Hampson (fourth left, back row) with Narborough Foxes U-15s

Swapping her estate agency desk for the touchline of Sunday league junior football recently was our Enderby office senior residential manager, Teana Hampson.

From selling houses to cheering on the winning team, Teana showed her support for the Narborough Foxes Under-15s at their recent home game with Houghton Rangers.

As her office are ongoing supporters of the team, Teana says she was delighted to see the players in action – and even more thrilled at their 2-0 victory.

Harrison Murray has been sponsoring the team, which plays in the Leicester and District Sunday League, and is currently in fifth position, for the past 12 months.

Teana said: “It was great to see the players in action, and I felt very proud seeing them in their Harrison Murray kit. Hats off to coach Rich Gillett and everyone who supports and steers the team.

“As a local business, we are thrilled to have the opportunity to support this fantastic local community club and wish everyone the very best for the remainder of the season.”

School welcomes life saving equipment donated by Herts estate agent

Staff at a Watford primary school who last weekend accepted a defibrillator from a caring Hertfordshire estate agent have expressed their thanks for the life-saving piece of kit.

On Saturday The Orchard Primary School received the potentially vital equipment from Glynn Pope, who is estate agency manager at our St Albans office.

The Orchard Primary School head teacher Paul Sutton receives the defibrillator from Glynn Pope, watched by the school’s business manager Germaine Matthews.

The Orchard Primary School head teacher Paul Sutton (left) receives the defibrillator from Glynn Pope, watched by the school’s business manager Germaine Matthews.

It is the 45th defib that the charity Wayne’s Fund, founded by Glynn, has placed in public places across the county since 2005 – the year his brother Wayne tragically died, aged just 30, from cardiac condition Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome.

School head teacher Paul Sutton said: “The school learned about Wayne’s Fund through a life that was saved at another school in the area and when we initially met with Glynn to discuss the charity we had no idea that such an amazing gift would be bestowed on us that day!

“The work Glynn is doing in memory of his brother Wayne is truly amazing. We recognise how valuable the defibrillator will be not only to our school but also our local community.

“We will of course ensure we make a donation to Wayne’s Fund to support another school or organisation in the future.”

Each defibrillator costs £2,000 and thus far Wayne’s Fund has placed them in many public buildings including schools, a police station and an ice rink.

Glynn added: “I was delighted to go along to The Orchard Primary School to present the defib, which takes the tally we have donated across Herts to 45 now.

“Over the last ten years they have been used to help save many lives. We all hope The Orchard never have to use theirs but the teachers, parents and pupils have the reassurance that it is there should they ever need it.”

For more information about Wayne’s Fund visit www.facebook.com/waynesfund

Skittles challenge for Leicestershire judo star

Sept 2015 - Enderby skittles game

Left to right: Teana Hampson, senior residential manager, Trilby Brown, sales negotiator, skittles match winner John, Valerie Putnam, sales negotiator, and Joanne Harbottle, from the conveyancing team at the skittles event.

On the back of his recent gold medal in the Heart Of England senior ranking competition, Leicestershire judo star Isaac Gagin has received a SportsAid funding boost.

The latest £135 was raised by colleagues at our branch in Enderby, Leicestershire.

The estate agency team organised a skittles match as part of their ongoing support of the 19-year-old international hopeful.

Isaac, who aspires to one day winning a gold Olympic medal for his country, is also a 2015 Scottish Open International bronze medal winner and a 2015 Scottish Open International Senior bronze medal winner.

He said: “I will use the SportsAid support to enter more European competitions abroad, to further my experience. I will also use it on a competitive international training camp – possibly in Japan should I get selected.”

Teana Hampson, senior residential manager at Harrison Murray (part of the Nottingham Building Society) in Enderby, said: “We had a great evening and a lot of fun – and we are delighted to be assisting Isaac in his judo journey through the SportsAid Award initiative.”

Well done to John – winner of the match and friend of a member of the team, who also celebrated his 84th birthday on the day.

Strengthening our offering with new-look Enderby office

Enderby branchLeicestershire locals are set to celebrate the doors having opened to our latest branch – a move which further strengthens the offering of one of the region’s largest estate agencies.

The relocated Enderby office – one of ten Harrison Murray branches across Leicestershire – has a modern new look that has proved popular with people in the village since opening in mid-August.

On Wednesday (16 September) Estate Agency Senior Residential Manager Teana Hampson and her team are inviting members of the public to visit the King Street branch from 3-5pm to meet them, see the new premises and ask any property related questions they may have.

Those attending will be able to mingle with VIP guest the Chairman of Enderby Parish Council, Mrs Sylvia Conway, and what’s more there will be free food and drink on offer and, for younger visitors, a special visit in the form of The Nottingham’s mascot Robin Hood and face painting available too.

Teana said: “It’s fantastic to be in a new-look, modernised office right at the heart of Enderby. Many people in the village have already said they think it brings an added touch of style to the high street.

“We want to celebrate being so well received by holding a relaxed event that allows people to have a drink and bite to eat on us whilst finding out more about our services and asking us any property-related questions they may have.”

Harrison Murray Estate Agency Area Manager Tim MacIntosh added: “We are the ‘one stop shop’ for clients as we not only help people to buy and sell property but also offer conveyancing, mortgages, lettings and even advice on home insurance and financial planning.

“Just as important as the expertise and products we offer is the excellent customer service and community engagement we pride ourselves on. This event is the latest example of that ethos.”

The Enderby office can be found at 2 King Street, Enderby, LE19 4NT.

Bushmead “pulled off little miracle”

Valuer Ann Clark can be seen holding a bottle of the sparkling stuff, brought in for the team by an extremely appreciative client, Mr Hiley.

Retired Alan Hiley spent over 20 years in the advertising industry and knows a thing or two about what makes a successful brand/company.

That’s why it’s extra pleasing he believes our Bushmead office produced the right ‘pitch’ in helping him sell his property and help he and his wife fulfil their dream of moving closer to their grandchildren.

When the branch initially found a buyer for the couple’s detached property everything seemed to be moving slickly – that is until the potential buyer (who visited the house on three occasions he seemed so interested) pulled out with little reason.

The duo were understandably gutted, but the Harrison Murray team pulled out all the stops in putting the property in front of another prospective client and, within 24 hours of the initial withdrawal, the home was sold for close to asking price. And this time everything went through perfectly.

Alan takes up the story: “It was a pleasure dealing with Harrison Murray from day one and when we accepted the offer from the previous gentleman – who visited the house no less than three times – we thought we had the missing piece of the jigsaw.

“We had found a bungalow, in the Fens just 15 minutes outside Peterborough and closer to our grandchildren, and were looking forward to moving. But then the sale fell through.

“However what happened next is that the Harrison Murray Bushmead team pulled off a little miracle. They put the property back on the market and lo and behold managed to sell it within one day and for very close to the asking price.

“My wife and I are so happy. Because of the team’s professionalism, expertise and pride in their work we have now been in the bungalow for two weeks and are absolutely loving our new life there.

“I can’t thank Harrison Murray enough and would recommend them to anyone.”

Bushmead office estate agency manager Alan Cave explains how important it was to him and his team to support Mr Hiley when the initial sale fell through.

He added: “The team all felt the pain when the sale fell through, but not as much as the Hileys of course. Selling a property can be a stressful and emotive thing to do.

“We were absolutely determined to sell the property for them and called Mr Hiley to reassure him that we would do exactly that and that when we did the deal would be one he would be completely happy with. And that has proven to be the case.

“To be able to sell the house within a day was a bonus and my team and I are delighted to hear the couple are now settling into their new home and really happy with the move they have made.”

Don’t overlook the garage when selling your home


If the house you are interested in buying has a garage, don’t forget to check it’s big enough for your requirements

Storing the bikes and the BBQ, creating a cosy home for the pet guinea pigs or hoarding family heirlooms – what do you use yours for?

In a property climate where every space counts, sellers are being urged not to overlook the garage when selling their home.

But according to research, many home owners use their garage to store a treasure trove of belongings – with the average garage hoarding around £2,000 worth of contents.

The study estimates that UK garages and sheds are worth a collective £35 billion, with an eclectic mix of family valuables, musical instruments, DIY kits, cycles and over £1 billion worth of alcohol contributing to the total.

Sellers are urged not to over look their garage – and its contents – when moving.

Our Head of Estate Agency, Su Snaith, says: “The house may be clutter-free, freshly painted, sparkling clean and ready for potential buyers to walk in the door – but while most sellers will happily spruce up their home and even their garden ready for a sale – many forget about the garage.

“And in many cases, this could provide extra space a buyer craves. In this day and age, it is fair to say that the garage is used less and less for its intended purpose of storing a car.

“The modern family has a range of uses for the garage. While the car stays parked on the drive, the garage offers the chance to use that extra space as a play area, an additional domestic area for tumble dryer or chest freezer or just a secure place to store garden tools or cycles.

“An integral garage could provide future extra living space, as the family’s requirements alter, subject to local planning regulations.”

Su added: “At some point, the prospective buyer will want to look in the garage, so don’t be tempted to use it as a place to store unwanted items from the house! Show it off to its true potential – it’s a valuable space.

“And if you do have anything of worth stored in the garage, it may be wise to think about insurance.”

Top tips to prepare your garage for sale:

  • De-clutter. This serves as a good exercise for getting rid of unwanted items before you move to a new house, and saves the expense and time of taking it with you. And if you do have any breakables/valuables, pack them up and store them in a safe place.
  • Try to make your garage look bigger – and tidier – by moving everything off the floor and onto shelves or hooks.
  • Make sure that all flammable items, tools and chemicals are stored away and out of reach of children.
  • Dust everything – as you would another other room in your house – and remove things like spider webs.
  • Make sure floors are clean, removing any oil stains.
  • If possible, apply a new coat of paint – preferably a neutral, light colour to make the space look bigger.
  • Ensure the garage door is working properly – and that it looks as good as the rest of your house, giving it a fresh coat of paint if necessary.
  • If you don’t already have one – install a smoke detector in your garage – and a lock.