Home buying comes with a number of different questions that you want answering yet there is no reason why home sellers won’t also have unanswered thoughts running around their head. Whilst the selling and buying of homes are completely unique processes, with a little preparation both can be stress and hassle-free.
From 1st April 2019, it has become mandatory that all property agents hold a registered membership with a certified money protection scheme. This is by way of insurance for landlords and tenants, to prevent rogue agents from keeping back money from deposits and rents if something goes wrong. Let’s look at what this means for landlords, and what you should be looking out for when you...
In December 2011, West Lancs Council introduced an Article 4 Direction to control changes of use from dwellings to Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) in Ormskirk, parts of Aughton and Westhead. As a result, planning permission is required to change from a dwelling to an HMO in these areas.
Properties that didn't require a license previously, now do. If you have an...
When you move home, the decision of what to do with your existing property is a very important one. Most people find that they have to sell their current property, especially if extra money is needed to buy a new one. However, what is the best decision for you – selling or letting?
As house prices rocket and children are staying at home longer, these days it makes more sense to dig down into the basement rather than move, allowing extra space for a growing family - from a wet room to a family room, the possibilities are boundless. A decade ago it was principally the mega-rich who were creating what were then known as ‘iceberg homes’ but now...
In our previous blog about this subject, we detailed some of the preventative measures a landlord (or any homeowner) can take to ensure they avoid the costly problems caused by damp and condensation. Fixing vents and extractor fans while ensuring your radiators are positioned correctly and your water outlets don’t leak should prevent the build-up of fungal spores. However, as anyone who...
Over the past few years the team here at NSW Properties have made regular efforts to raise money for a range of worthy causes. This year we were approached by the family of Charley-Weston Smart and we were so touched by his story that we decided we simply had to help in any way we could.
The next four years will see the UK’s house prices rise by over six percent, according to research recently published by Barclays Bank. By 2021, the research states, the average house price in the UK will hit £300,000.
London and the South are set to continue being the healthiest property spots, however the report projects that new employment opportunities –...
A landlord has every right to increase the rent as they see fit and in accordance with contracts still active between landlord and tenant. As explained in general above, if the tenant deems the rent rise to be unfair, there are options open to them
Liverpool has been identified as the best place for a buy to let investment, according to research published by mortgage broker Private Finance. Their analysis revealed that landlords can expect a rental yield of 8% from properties in Liverpool once mortgage costs are factored in.
A new study has revealed a variety of financial benefits gained from adding an extra bathroom to a property, depending on the type of property and the area it is located in. It is believed that on average, an extra bathroom can add as much as £12,000 to the value of a standard three-bedroom house.
The researchers did point out that the best two options for increasing property value...
A survey is an evaluation of the property with a view to discovering any potential problems. People sometimes confuse it with a mortgage valuation, which provides no information on the property except for its expected value.
It is widely accepted that a stylish, well-designed kitchen can help sell a home. A modern, practical and aesthetically pleasing kitchen can help make or break a sale or rental contract and generally improve the living standards of a home. If you are looking to sell or rent a property this year, then modernising the kitchen could be a smart move. To ensure your new kitchen is at the height of...
Your deposit usually amounts to around one to one-and-a-half months’ rent, depending on the property and the landlord. It’s purpose is to ensure that you look after the property while you live there and to provide a fund for repairs to damage that you cause. Before you settle in, make sure that a full inventory is done of the property, this is a list of all of the...
You’ve bought a new house and you’re ready to move in – but this empty, echoing space that you’ve purchased feels nothing like the home you were imagining and you spent most of your budget on the property itself. How can you make it feel like it’s truly your home?
House prices have been slowly increasing over the last few months, but there’s uncertainty ahead due to the impact of Brexit. So, whether the prices continue to rise organically, or the housing market takes a bit of a whack in the short term, it’s still a good moment to dedicate a little bit of time to ensuring you are maximising the value of your home.
As the seasons come around, we often feel like freshening things up a little around the home. Maybe not a complete overhaul every time, but sprucing up a room or two or adding a new something or other to update the style always brings a little extra joy into your home life. If you haven’t felt that urge to freshen things up yet, then the grey clouds of winter are probably still looming a...
Whether you’re planning to live in your house indefinitely or sell it on at some point in the foreseeable future, making sure it’s damp free is absolutely crucial for both quality of life and resale value. But this condition can be insidious and difficult to manage, leading to costly consequences that will mean a big loss of time and money to put right.
NSW have devised the top...
Being a tenant and renting your home has plenty of advantages, but one of the main disadvantages is the fact that you’re always living in somebody’s property and thus are subject to their whims when it comes to interior design. As a tenant, there is little you can do to alter the main style of the home without the risk of losing your deposit. However, there are plenty of tweaks and...
Buying a property is a massive commitment, and one that could affect your economic status and the quality of your life for decades to come. Therefore it’s incredibly important to make sure that you’re making the right choice before you commit to a purchase. There are some common major issues that arise in buildings, all of which should make you pause and reassess before considering...
To buy or to rent? That’s often the question for many of us who are confronted with the difficulty of getting into today’s challenging property market. Deciding can be difficult, with myriad factors to consider. NSW are here with some pros and cons to help you out.
It’s true that renting accommodation in university can be a fun and exciting experience. Renting offers you the opportunity to meet new people, enjoy living with your friends and overall become a more independent person.
NSW Properties is a growing company with a growing portfolio. As such we are looking to recruit motivated and enthusiastic individuals, ideally with experience in property lettings or sales and good customer service skills, to join us.
NSW Properties congratulates Rainbow House volunteer Graeme Ballard, on finishing 5th in the Paralympic men’s 100m T36 race. What a fantastic achievement! Graeme, from Chorley, was awarded a silver medal in London 2012.
We are delighted to offer a brand new student rental property to the market. The Elms offers comfort and style in a sought after town centre location close to the university. All rooms are ensuite and fully furnished with use of a large open plan communal area and modern full fitted kitchen. Perfect for the busy day to day life of students!
National property market experts are predicting confidence is returning to the market as post-referendum fears subside. Lucian Cook, head of residential research at Savills said, "After the knee jerk response of buyers and sellers to the Brexit vote, the RICS survey indicates a slowing house price growth rather than anything more dramatic, given less aggressive falls in new buyer inquires than...
For a limited time we’re offering a £50 cash back offer if you refer a friend or family member to us. We’ll also give your family member or friend £50 cash back too! So it’s a win-win for everyone. T&Cs apply.
August represents one of the busiest times of the year for us, especially in student lettings, as many of our existing students leave their properties and we prepare the properties ready to welcome the new, incoming student tenants. It is the culmination of all of the hard work from everyone in our lettings and property management departments over the past few months that enables us to...
Two of the our local parks have been awarded the Green Flag by Keep Britain Tidy in recognition for the hard work of council staff and volunteers who keep the parks clean, tidy and such fantastic green spaces for us all to use. Beacon Country Park near Up Holland and Coronation Park in Ormskirk have both been given the accolade.
Now entering its fifth year, Ormskirk MotorFest is this year predicting over 30,000 visitors will come to soak up the atmosphere and take in the sights of hundreds of cars and motorcycles, lining the town’s streets.
In the weeks since the country voted to leave the EU, we have been monitoring customer confidence and our view so far is that there has not been a huge difference in customer confidence since the decision was made. This view is backed up by national house builder Taylor Wimpey, which has stated that trading was normal for this time of year and in the short term at least it was business as usual.
Congratulations also go to our talented Lettings Negotiator Sarah Reid and her horse Elvis who competed in the British Dressage event at Bold Heath Equestrian Centre in Widnes along with 30 other competitors. Well done Sarah!
Congratulations to Team NSW – AKA Rachel, Steve, Andrew, Ciaran, Jessica and Harry who all completed the Southport 10k and have currently raised a fantastic £1096.50 for local charity Rainbow House. The team smashed their initial fundraising target of £500 by over 200%, with the donations still rolling in!
We’re so busy with all of the fantastic properties we have for sale, so we decided to invest in a new company car which means we can offer viewings of properties even more quickly.
So whether you’re a vendor or a potential buyer it’s great news… Look out for us in your area….we don’t think we’ll be hard to spot!
Tenants could have access to a database of ‘“rogue’” landlords and letting agents, under a bill which has just passed its second reading in the House of Lords. The Renters’ Rights Bill, introduced by Liberal Democrat Baroness Olly Grender, proposes to ban letting agents’ fees and publish a public list of criminal landlords.
Thank you everyone who has sponsored Team NSW in the 10k run in Victoria Park in Southport in July. So far the team of six staff have raised nearly £300 of their £500 target for local disabled children’s charity Rainbow House.
NSW Properties guarantees landlords that their rent will be paid in full every month through its ‘Rent on Time’ service. NSW Properties are the only property company in the area to offer this service and since it was launched late last year, over xx landlords have decided to join the scheme.
Hot on the heels of Rachael Carragher’s success becoming the first staff member at NSW to become member of the National Association of Estate Agents, fellow Sales Negotiator Steven Lynch has also been awarded membership.
We’d like to introduce our new apprentice Harry Lea who joined the team in April. Harry is 16 years old and a local lad from Ormskirk. He has joined us as a Property Management Apprentice. Harry attended St Bedes High School and left there last summer with 11 GCSEs. He briefly attended Runshaw College before realising that what he really wanted to do was an apprenticeship, so that he...
Sales Negotiator Rachael Carragher has been awarded membership of the prestigious National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA). Rachael has been studying for a number of months to achieve the technical award in the sale of residential properties and passed all four of her exams in March.
House prices rose 5.34% in the Ormskirk area in the year ending in March according to data from property website Rightmove. The average asking price in the local area at the end of last year stood at £243,545. This is slightly more than the 5% increase experts predicted nationally last year.
At NSW Properties we know that Burscough is a great place to live and work. With history and heritage aplenty, this summer there are plans afoot to make the most of what the village has to offer. The ever popular Burscough Heritage Weekend, this year on 18 th /19 th June, will become a big joint celebration with the H&R Ainscough barge restoration project, The Wharf...
Team NSW will be taking part in the 10K run in Victoria Park in Southport on Sunday 3rd July to raise money for local disabled children's charity Rainbow House. The team of six staff members; Andrew, Rachael, Ciaran, Jessica, Steven and Harry hope to raise £500 for the charity.
The Government’s Help to Buy ISAs savings scheme for first time buyers is proving very popular, with a quarter of a million people opening one of these products since their launch in December 2015. More than half of the first time buyers opening an ISA are aged 30 or under.
As a result of business growth, we are looking to recruit number of apprentices immediately to our exciting Apprenticeship programme . All will be based at our office in Ormskirk. At NSW we are already benefitting from an Apprenticeship programme.
Many in the UK property industry are calling for a relaxation of mortgage affordability rules to help more lifetime mortgage customers take up the option to make interest repayments initially before switching to a roll-up arrangement.
Our huge congratulations go to Edge Hill University for their outstanding achievement of being awarded the UK’s Top Employer in the European Business Awards. NSW Properties work closely with Edge Hill, providing high quality accommodation for students in the local area. NSW Properties’ success is closely intertwined with the success of the university so we are delighted that this...
The appearance of the town centre is being examined by the Ormskirk Town Centre Management Group to see what improvements can be made to help complement the work which has already been done to Moor Street to help make the town centre be even more attractive and encourage shoppers and visitors.
We’re celebrating a fantastic end to 2015! November was unusually busy in property sales and residential/student rentals and the start of December is heading in the same direction, with lots of property on the move over the festive period.
In the Autumn Statement, the Government has introduced a 3% additional stamp duty on properties bought as a buy to let or as a second home which will mean major increases for Landlords who may need to pay thousands more in tax, for example the tax on a £175,000 purchase jump six fold from £1,000 to £6,250.
Big congratulations go to two members of the team who have just completed their apprenticeships and been awarded an NVQ Level 2 in Business Administration. Sarah Reid, the company’s Sales and Lettings Administrator and Ciaran Lea, Property Management Consultant, were presented with their NVQ awards after studying part time for a year. The pair completed regular coursework with monthly...
Landlords in West Lancashire are benefiting from a unique scheme offered by NSW Properties which gives them peace of mind that their rent will be paid every month and makes rent arrears a thing of the past. Since it was launched just a few months ago, the vast majority of landlords have decided to join the scheme.
A BIG thank you to our colleagues, customers and friends who took part in the NSW charity golf day held at Hurlston Hall Golf Club and raised a fantastic £3,180.00 for local charity The Legacy Rainbow House.
NSW Properties is predicting that local property prices will rise with the opening of the new Moor Hall restaurant and hotel in Aughton planned for 2016. Moor Hall is a Grade II listed sixteenth century gentry set in five acres of breathtaking gardens and a lake. The house will have a beautiful restaurant with luxury rooms whilst the converted barn will follow later as a contemporary...
A recent survey published by The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has shown that the recent increase in house prices shows little sign of abating, with prices set to continue to rise for the foreseeable future.
Here at NSW we can offer you specialist Landlord Insurance
With a bespoke range of insurance services tailored specifically for Landlords via Let Alliance; comprehensive cover means you can place your worries aside .
You can recieve a fantastic 50% off Domino's pizza when you present your NSW Rewards Card!
We are pleased to announce that Dominos, Ormskirk is now part of our rewards card scheme and have some fantastic offers available for card holders.
As of October 2015 Landlords will be required by law to install working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in their properties.
This new legislation which is subject to parliamentary approval, will help prevent up to 26 deaths and 670 injuries a year.
NSW Properties Golf Day 2014
2nd Golf Day Builds on Success of Previous Year
Friday, 22nd August we were pleased to host 2nd annual golf day. Building on the success of last year the Company recently hosted a thoroughly enjoyable day at Hurlston Hall Golf Club.
NSW Properties would like to congratulate Town Green FC on their recent accomplishment in winning the Mid Lancs Football League!
Town Green pipped Preston Wanderers to the title on the final day of the season by overcoming Southport & Ainsdale Amateurs 6-0. In their inaugural year being sponsored by NSW Properties, Town Green finished the season with 55 points from a possible 66,...
NSW Properties Golf Day 2013
1st GOLF DAY A RESOUNDING SUCCESS
Friday, 30th August we were pleased to host our first ever golf day. After months of organising the teams & prizes, we were finally free to enjoy a glorious day, and watch as those who attended had a great day and evening.