St.Albans and Harpenden high streets set for a Harrison Murray boost

The high streets of St. Albans and Harpenden are set to benefit from our new-look, modernised estate agency branches that are coming soon.

Thanks to substantial investment by The Nottingham Building Society (for which we are a part of), by as soon as mid-January (earlier in the case of St. Albans) the areas will be boosted thanks to the revamped premises.

Work begins in St. Albans this Friday (21st November) and a week later in Harpenden, with the former set to re-open week commencing 15th December and Harpenden in early 2015.

Customers should be assured that whilst the branches are closed they will still be able to access our expertise and services.

Our branch teams that are familiar to people in those areas will be contactable via existing phone numbers – (01727) 863114 for St. Albans and Harpenden on (01582) 766161 – and are being relocated to temporary office accommodation.

The Nottingham’s Head of Estate Agency Su Snaith explains: “The investment across both branches is substantial and represents the commitment of Harrison Murray to its loyal customer base in both locations.

“Customers in St. Albans and Harpenden will benefit from a continuous service whilst their branches close for refurbishment and they will be able to contact the teams.”

The St. Albans branch of Harrison Murray is on St. Peters Street and the Harpenden branch can be found on Church Green.

Our Market Harborough branch sell properties of a different kind to help Children in Need

Nov 14 - Market Harborough Children In Need event

Our Market Harborough branch certainly have the expertise when it comes to selling properties, but the team is facing a new challenge for Children in Need.

Properties of the paper and painted variety are being raffled by the estate agents in support of Pudsey-backed good causes, thanks to the efforts of budding artists from the Little Angels Day Nursery.

Creative youngsters are painting pictures of their dream home, which our branch in Market Harborough will frame and raffle off during a charity open evening next month. The finished results are now on display in the branch.

Proceeds will be added to the money raised from a Children in Need themed coffee morning for staff and customers, when the team popped on the kettle for tea and cakes.

Our estate agency manager Kameron Hutchinson said: “As everyone in the town is well aware by now, we are hugely community spirited and have become well known for our various fundraising initiatives.

“We were delighted, with the support of our customers, to do our bit for Children in Need – as usual, it was a lot of fun!”

Meanwhile, the branch will be welcoming customers to its second Christmas Soiree to join the team for festive refreshments on Friday 5 December from 4pm – where the painting will be raffled off.

And as part of our on-going support of the local community, we are sponsoring the goodie bags being distributed at Santa’s Grotto at the town’s Old Grammar School.

Our East Hunsbury branch lift the company Challenge Cup

Nov 14 - East Hunsbury Challenge Cup champs

Christmas has come early for our branch in East Hunsbury – proud winners of our Challenge Cup trophy.

Branch manager Ian Simons and the team lifted the coveted trophy for the month of October, in honour of East Hunsbury being the best performing branch.

The silverware will remain on display in the branch, which is to become its new home for the next month, with Ian clinching the title from three-times consecutive winners at our Melton Mowbray branch.

East Hunsbury saw off competition from our 20 other branches to be presented with the award for overall performance and excellent customer care.

Delighted Ian said: “We’ve had a fantastic month during October and really upped our game. We have a great team in place here at East Hunsbury and I am very proud of each and every person who has worked so hard towards this achievement.”

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We are the champions! East Hunsbury challenge cup winners (L to R) Annette Dyson, sales progressor; Claire White, sales and lettings negotiator; Lekeisha Dixon, lettings new business manager; Andrew Turner, senior negotiator; Ellie Palmer, weekender; Ian Simons, manager; Sean Perry, senior valuer and Julie Ashmore, administrator.

Back of the net! Football club scores sponsorship deal with our Grantham branch

Nov Grantham football club sponsorship

Our Grantham branch have taken their team colours from the branch window onto the sports fields – thanks to their local football club sponsorship.

Players from Caythorpe Sports & Social Football Club proudly wore their new blue and yellow kit at their recent 1-0 victory over Nobody Inn Reserves.

The club has been running successfully for eight years, and has become popular among Sunday morning players and supporters, being seen as a huge part of the local community.

Run jointly by managers Richard Welby and Garon Harrison, the team is hoping that the new look Harrison Murray kit will bring continued good fortune throughout the season.

Richard said: “Clubs are run on a very tight budget and with running costs rising each year, it is very hard to try and save for additional equipment and with the kit being the costliest item, clubs often have to search and work hard to get this sponsored by a company or carry on wearing a worn kit.

“We consider ourselves very fortunate to have found a generous sponsor in Harrison Murray, they could not have been more helpful or willing to help our club than they have been, and we are extremely grateful for this and would like to send a big thank you to everyone at Harrison Murray Estate Agents Grantham.”

Our Harrison Murray team joined our Nottingham Building Society branch in Grantham earlier this year, and the venture has been going from strength to strength.

Our Estate Agency Manager, Sarah Monteith said: “We are delighted to be able to offer this sponsorship deal to the football club, which is such a big part of the local community – not just for the players, but for their friends, families and supporters.

“As a business at the heart of the community ourselves, Harrison Murray values the importance of clubs, groups and organisations which brings local people together.”

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Estate agency manager from the Harrison Murray Grantham branch, Sarah Monteith – officially presents Caythorpe Sports & Social Football Club manager Garon Harrison with the new kit. Pictured with the team is club mascot Josh Welby.

The chaps at our Grantham branch have also been raising money in aid of Movember – here they are sporting their lovely attempts at facial hair.

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We celebrate our new look estate agency team in Market Harborough

Nov 14 - Mkt Harb new team

We have strengthened their office line up – with a new look team now in place.

Remaining at the helm of the successful and community-minded branch is manager Kameron Hutchinson, along with existing negotiator Claire Appleby.

Joining the team is negotiator Kirsty Baird and estate agency newcomer Shanice Johnson, who has chosen to start her career with Harrison Murray – taking on the role of branch administrator.

Former Uppingham Community College student Shanice (18) originally studied beauty therapy, with an ambition to work on the cruise ships, before ending the course early when she decided it wasn’t for her.

She explained: “In all honesty I didn’t even think about becoming an estate agent until I met my now colleague Kirsty in college and she told me all about the job and then alerted me to an opportunity within the branch.”

Shanice was offered the role of administrator and took up the post just a few weeks ago. She added: “I have a great relationship with the whole team and personally wouldn’t consider any other agents as I have felt so comfortable and made to feel so welcome in such a short space of time.

“I’m eager to learn and very keen to rise to the challenge that this new exciting opportunity presents.”

Kameron said: “I am delighted to welcome both Kirsty and Shanice to the team, alongside myself and Claire – giving us a mix of strengths within the branch ranging from expertise and local knowledge to fresh ideas and enthusiasm.

“Our commitment to our customers remains as before, with Harrison Murray offering a first class, personal service to seller and buyers in and around Market Harborough.”

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New look team in place for Harrison Murray estate agents in Market Harborough. Pictured left to right Kirsty Baird, Kameron Hutchinson, Claire Appleby and Shanice Johnson.

Harrison Murray In The News

From a former RAF serviceman turned Harrison Murray estate agency manager to HM Lettings leading the way when it comes to new tenant immigration checks, the media have had it all covered of late.

If it’s happening at your local branch we want to make sure you can ‘read all about it’, whether that be in your local paper or online.

Why not set up a Google alert* with the search term ‘Harrison Murray’ and you’ll see what we mean.

You’ll be able to peruse stories, sent directly to your inbox, on a plethora of subjects including how our branches go to great charitable lengths to support talented young athletes bidding for Olympic glory one day via SportsAid.

Another story, carried in the Nottingham Post and Leicester Mercury recently, detailed the free prize draw entry for a £100 luxury hamper available in all our Harrison Murray branches (and Nottingham Estate Agency branches for those who live in Nottinghamshire) to anyone who instructs us to sell their property before 15 December**.

Here is a selection of some of the coverage we have received recently:

Landlords and agents must be ready for tenant checks – Nottingham Post

Wisbech estate agent appoints new manager – Fenland Citizen

Agents do charity… yet again – Estate Agent Today

Youngsters let their creativity run wild for Harrison Murray Halloween competition – Cambs Times

Move to a more environmentally friendly home – Leicester Mercury

How to prevent a DIY disaster – Derby Telegraph

Staying safe when selling your home this autumn – Property Reporter

Bland or bold for a successful property sale? – Hertfordshire Life

Heroic efforts at Harrison Murray raise vital funds for SportsAid athletes – SportsAid.org.uk

Christmas comes early at The Nottingham – Nottingham Post

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Our Market Harborough branch are bearing up to their latest fund raising challenge

With the countdown to this year’s Children in Need now well underway, Pudsey is making way for another bear in Market Harborough.

Our estate agency mascot – the Harrison Murray Bear – will be making an appearance in the High Street branch on Friday November 14, when the team is staging a fundraising Children in Need coffee morning.

Customers, shoppers, local businesses and youngsters from nearby Little Angels Day Nursery are among those invited to join the team for coffee, cake and refreshments between 10am and 12 noon.

There will also be a raffle of homemade cakes, as the team will be staging its very own Bake Off style tasty production line in time for the coffee morning, which is open to everyone.

Our Estate Agency Manager Kameron Hutchinson said: “As everyone in the town is well aware by now, we are hugely community spirited and minded and have become well known for our various fundraising initiatives and support.

“We look forward to seeing lots of people during Children In Need – and invite anyone who wishes to wear something yellow to feel free to do so, or bring along their own Pudsey or other preferred bear.”

Pic cap: Paws-ing before their Children In Need coffee morning on Friday 14 November – The Nottingham customer services advisor Megan Marlow and Harrison Murray estate agency manager Kameron Hutchinson with Harrison Murray bear at the Market Harborough branch.

As the nights drawn in – seasonal tips on staying safe when selling your home

With the darker nights creeping in and the nip of autumn in the air – many of us are happy to close the curtains and lock the front door once we get home from work.

However for some sellers, the early evening may be the only chance they have to show potential buyers around their home.

Whatever the time of year, showing off your property’s best assets is a vital element of the selling process – but allowing strangers into your home without an appointment could place you in a vulnerable position.

A For Sale board is a great way of marketing a property, but occasionally it may mean someone knocks on the door and asks to view there and then.

In line with advice from the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA), we have some top tips for conducting a safe and confident viewing.

Our head of estate agency, Su Snaith said: “There is a very fine line between showing off your home in the best light possible without divulging all your personal information. We are able to advise our sellers of some basic do’s and don’ts if they want to conduct the viewing themselves.

Otherwise, we have our own staff in our branches who are happy to conduct the viewing on the seller’s behalf, particularly if they are nervous about strangers coming into their home.”

For a safe and confident viewing:

– Firstly, if someone turns up to view your home without an appointment, politely refer them to your agent to arrange a time that suits you.

– Be sure to obtain the viewers details from your agent when arranging times and dates.

– Check you have the right name and contact details of each viewer and ask them to confirm the details on their arrival.

– If you are going to be alone in the house during a viewing, don’t be afraid to ask a friend or neighbour to accompany you.

– Be friendly whilst conducting viewings, but don’t give away too much personal information and be cautious of conversations that may tell people your holiday, work or other plans of when the property is likely to be empty.

– If in doubt – always ask your agent to conduct the viewing on your behalf, ensuring they have the keys and that your home is prepared for a viewing at any time of the day.

– Don’t be afraid to ask your agent for advice about conducting viewing if you want to go it alone.

Harrison Murray’s heart equipment donation to St Albans school

Our kind-hearted estate agency manager Glynn Pope has donated potentially life-saving heart equipment to a local school – in memory of his brother who died from a rare condition.

Wayne Pope passed away from the rare heart condition sudden arrhythmic death syndrome nine years ago, just 10 days after his 30th birthday.

To help with the grieving process, brother Glynn – who works at our branch in St Albans – and the rest of the family began raising money in Wayne’s memory.

Nine years on, and a number of cycle rides and sponsored walks later, some 34 defibrillators worth £68,000 have been donated to schools and other groups in Watford and St Albans.

The cost of providing each piece of equipment and the training of someone to use it correctly is £2,000.

The latest donation of the defibrillator, a device used to send energy shocks to the heart following cardiac arrest, was made to St Peter’s School in St Albans.

The school contacted Glynn after reading about Wayne’s Fund, the charity he set up in his brother’s memory.

Glynn said: “Wayne was more than my brother, he was my best friend and his sudden death was a huge shock to us all.

With the help of my family, I set up Wayne’s Fund, and friends and supporters have helped to raise an incredible amount of money so far – and we have been delighted to donate 34 defibrillators to those who have requested them.

On behalf of the fund, and Harrison Murray estate agents supporting the local community, it has been a pleasure to present the latest defibrillator to St Peter’s School.

We hope they never have to use it, but we know that this equipment certainly does save lives.”

In 2011, one of the defibrillators was used to save the life of a teacher at a St Albans school who suffered a cardiac arrest. Ironically, the teacher – Anthony Taylor – had once taught Wayne during his school years.

For more details about Wayne’s Fund visit

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Harrison Murray branch manager Glynn Pope presents the defibrillator to St Peter’s School in St Albans to pupils and school business manager Vitina Thwaites.

Harrison Murray appoints new manager in Wisbech

We have appointed a new manager at our Wisbech branch.

Former RAF serviceman Martin Hallett has taken up the reins as our office manager in Wisbech, with a wealth of estate agency experience to his credit.

Martin (50) has worked in all aspects of the industry, starting his career as a negotiator and senior negotiator before progressing to branch manager with agents in around Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire.

He will be leading an established team at the Bridge Street office, and says he is relishing the challenge of taking the branch from strength to strength.

Martin said: “I really like the fact that Harrison Murray’s strong estate agency reputation is complemented by the long established Nottingham Building Society.

There is a great team already in place here at Wisbech which provide a first class service to customers in the town and surrounding areas.

My aim is to take this office up to number one in the town by further improving on that, and treating our customers very much as individuals. The personal touch is something I believe Harrison Murray offers over and above some of our competitors.”

Martin lives locally and knows the area and the housing market in and around Wisbech well. As a former servicemen, he was stationed at RAF Marham in Norfolk, and has also lived in and worked for estate agents in Peterborough.