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.”
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.
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.”
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 (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
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.”
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.