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The Thistleblower: New homes, Help to Buy and local updates

20/09/2018
Welcome to this week's edition of The Thistleblower.

This week we're pleased to bring you some new homes information, in particular we look forward to hopefully welcoming many of you at our launch of Bridge House, Fleet this coming weekend. We'd also like to take a moment to congratulate Ash Vale's Jason on 10 years at Mackenzie Smith, a great achievement. 
My colleague Rowena has also been taking some time to review the local Ofsted reports, looking at the new homes in the vicinity to showcase some fantastic options for families.

Vicky Jarman
Marketing Manager

Market comments, new home incentives and much more

06/09/2018
Welcome to this week's edition of The Thistleblower.

With the summer finally over, it's back to school and back to routine for many of us. However, having reflected on what August meant for us as a business, it doesn't really feel any different! Take a look at the market comment below from our Managing Director to see how we got on and what our thoughts are on current market conditions.
This week we have lots of new homes news, there are such a diverse selection available at the moment with some great incentives and open events.

Vicky Jarman
Marketing Manager

Thistleblower: Christmas countdown & Help to Buy

23/08/2018
Welcome to this week's edition of The Thistleblower.

It's been another week of defying the seasonal trend, with some fantastic properties coming to the market and a buzz of sales, in our Fleet branch they've even had their best week of the year so far (with one day remaining). 
I apologise in advance for the seasonal message below, but the deadline for moving really is looming when you take into account the relevant timescales. 
It's the final week to catch the summer safari in Fleet, so if you've not yet met the newest member of our team, make sure to stop by the branch before the summer holidays are over!

Vicky Jarman
Marketing Manager

The Thistleblower

09/08/2018
Welcome to this week's edition of The Thistleblower.

This week we've got some exciting company announcements below, I'd also like to take this opportunity to welcome our newest recruits, Luke Morgan and Kevin Harford (Fleet and Hook). 
Whilst the summer holidays are in full swing, this seems to be having little to no impact on how busy we are across all branches. The new homes sector is also buzzing, with some fantastic opportunities for first time buyers, families, downsizers and investors alike!

Vicky Jarman
Marketing Manager

The Thistleblower

26/07/2018
Welcome to this week's edition of The Thistleblower.

This week we're pleased to bring you a selection of articles; investment advice from our Lettings Director, Michael Clarke, some new homes and remarkable properties and a couple of ideas to keep the children entertained this summer. On the topic of summer holidays, those with little ones should head over to our Fleet branch, where we have a new resident outside and some competition booklets available to collect!

Vicky Jarman
Marketing Manager

Exclusive offers at Pembroke Manor, Hook

17/07/2018

The Thistleblower

12/07/2018
Welcome to this week's edition of The Thistleblower.

This week we've got some fantastic new homes in store, with each of our branches also seeing a flurry of homes coming to the market. We're wishing our colleague, Andy, a huge good luck for his Ironman challenge on Sunday, detailed below, whilst the rest of us are looking forward to another weekend of community events, with Hook Village Show taking place this Sunday!

Vicky Jarman
Marketing Manager

The Thistleblower

28/06/2018
Welcome to this week's edition of The Thistleblower.

What an exciting two weeks it's been, regardless of the unexpected weather and even more unexpected world cup results!
We've been working on some upcoming new homes sites, including Nursery Gardens by Bewley Homes - launching this weekend, which we're looking forward to sharing with you. The location and variety of homes on offer make for a really appealing opportunity. 
We also had a fantastic time at Yateley's Gig on the Green, it was wonderful to see so many of you there, enjoying the sunshine and live music. A huge thanks to the organisers for putting together such a memorable fundraising event.

Vicky Jarman
Marketing Manager

Open House with incentives tomorrow

22/06/2018

The Thistleblower

14/06/2018
Welcome to this week's edition of The Thistleblower.

It's been a fantastic few weeks across our branches, with some truly remarkable homes coming to the market and a wide variety! We're also pleased to be working with some fantastic developers across a range of new homes sites in the area, one of which is introduced below, with more information coming soon. 
As it's summer, it's also sponsorship season, we're proud to be supporting a wide range of local family events, including Yateley's Gig on the Green next weekend and Lowde Fest in early July, both brilliant events that are huge assets to their local communities in terms of fundraising and well worth checking out.

Vicky Jarman
Marketing Manager

The Thistleblower

31/05/2018
Welcome to this week's edition of The Thistleblower.

In a week that's probably brought us all more spam emails than ever before, we're hoping this is one you're happy to receive. If not, please take a moment to update your preferences below and we'll ensure we only ever send you relevant information and updates. This week we've heard from our Lettings Director following a record month within our Lettings department, along with highlighting the number of properties currently for sale with unique incentives such as; Help to Buy, part exchange, stamp duty paid and much more.

Vicky Jarman
Marketing Manager

The Thistleblower

17/05/2018
Welcome to this week's edition of The Thistleblower.

We've had an exciting few weeks here at Mackenzie Smith, with the introduction of some new members to the team who you can meet in the blog below. We've seen lots of new buyers coming to the market, often seen at this time of year but by no means guaranteed, which has created some great sales for both our residential vendors and across our new homes developments. We've also been taking some giant leaps towards our GDPR compliance which will be in effect from next week, please do take a moment to update your contact preferences to ensure you're receiving our latest property updates before anyone else.

Vicky Jarman
Marketing Manager

The Thistleblower

03/05/2018
Welcome to this week's edition of The Thistleblower.

Excellent activity levels are being recorded by all of our offices, whether in the form of new buyers registering, or those viewing homes. Based on our own data, the numbers are the largest we’ve seen since January 2015. However, despite this, there is a greater need for homeowners to price the asking price as accurately as possible. The common practice of quoting a much higher figure and waiting for offers is, in my opinion, the wrong way of approaching the sale and marketing of property at this moment in time. Underlying values are still strong, but the method of achieving a sale is different than adopted over the last few years and as such, requires a different approach. Our view is that the asking price has to be as close as possible to the estimated real value. This turns buyers who view, into buyers who buy. Because most buyers search online, they are often unaware whether a vendor will accept an offer, so the asking price needs to convey the correct signal. Accurate pricing will always result in sales, however difficult any marketplace may be.

Ed Mackenzie Smith
Managing Director

The Thistleblower

19/04/2018
Welcome to this week's edition of The Thistleblower.

Spring has finally arrived, but the spring market has been heating up for quite some time now. This week we're thrilled to have proven to be the most popular agent of choice for vendors across the majority of our branches and it's showing no sign of slowing down. If you're thinking of selling your home, give our expert team a call or drop into one of our branches to find out what's going on in your local property market, click here for individual branch contact details.

Vicky Jarman
Marketing Manager

Bespoke new build homes

13/04/2018

The Thistleblower

05/04/2018
Welcome to this week's edition of The Thistleblower.

Last week saw one of our busiest weeks in the lead up to the Bank Holiday, showing that the spring market is definitely here. There are a great selection of homes available at the moment, combined with record numbers of applicants, it's positively buzzing.
In this week's Thistleblower, you'll find our most active open house events to date, along with a wide range of properties covering many styles and buying requirements. We've also included some company news to keep you up-to-date with our goings on, plus for anyone looking for a new career within the industry, a link to our recruitment page as we are currently hiring across many roles.

Vicky Jarman
Marketing Manager

The Thistleblower

22/03/2018
Welcome to this week's edition of The Thistleblower.

The Beast from the East may have returned for the sequel, but other than the unfortunate cancellation of the Fleet Half Marathon, we've remained unaffected with plenty of new homes being brought to the market.
This week we're thrilled to introduce two new properties from Edison Homes, who we've recently acted for in the sale of Jenny's Cottages in Yateley. We're also in the final stages of refreshing our head office on Fleet Road which we look forward to sharing with you all soon. 

This week's Thistleblower shares some words from our Lettings Director, a vast selection of homes and some great local community updates. 

Vicky Jarman
Marketing Manager

The Thistleblower

08/03/2018
Welcome to this week's edition of The Thistleblower.

It's been a busy couple of weeks across our branch network, regardless of the threat posed by the "Beast from the East", with the introduction of a new homes development in Ash Green, The Gables, along with our company conference detailed below.

Our local communities have been rather busy too, with final training plans underway for the Fleet Half Marathon and tickets now available for Yateley's Gig on the Green.

With plenty going on, hopefully you'll find a diverse overview in this week's Thistleblower.

Vicky Jarman
Marketing Manager

The Thistleblower

22/02/2018
Welcome to this week's edition of The Thistleblower.

This week has seen plenty of press coverage regarding the housing market, some quoting Rightmove's House Price Index update, which presented some phenomenal results. Our Sales Director, Steve Tetlow, has delved into the detail in our latest blog.
It's been a great week for Fleet and Lettings who are reaping the benefits of their newly refurbished office, take a look in the photos below, or pop by to see it for yourself!
With plenty of new builds, homes and land for sale and a busy month for lettings, there's certainly a lot going on across our branch network, with just a small glimpse in this week's news items.

Vicky Jarman
Marketing Manager

The Thistleblower

08/02/2018
Welcome to this week's edition of The Thistleblower.

Our various branches and departments have certainly hit the ground running this month, with a high level of activity; plenty of property coming to the market and sales across the board. It's also been a great start with new homes, having introduced a variety of new developments including our Taylor Wimpey and Bellway Homes sites detailed below. Along with high quality homes and great locations, there are some strong incentives on offer that are definitely worth checking out.

Vicky Jarman
Marketing Manager

The Thistleblower

25/01/2018
Welcome to this week's edition of The Thistleblower. 

It's been a busy start to the year so far across all of our branches, with new team members, new homes and of course a new selection of buyers and sellers coming to the market throughout January.
The end of January marks the end of our 25th year of business, we've celebrated throughout the year with parties, a new branch and to finish the year of celebrations, a full refurbishment of our Fleet office, the last of our branches to take on our up-to-date branding.
We look forward to welcoming you to our newly refurbished branch soon.

Vicky Jarman
Marketing Manager

The Thistleblower

11/01/2018
Welcome to this week's edition of The Thistleblower.

More importantly, welcome to our first Thistleblower of the year, though you're hopefully settled back in now following a relaxing break. It's been a quick start to January with lots of new enquiries and properties coming to the market within the first week or so, hopefully a positive sign of what's to come for the year ahead.

Starting the year as we mean to go on, we've introduced a brand new referral scheme, rewarding our valued clients for any sales referrals sent our way. Our new system makes it simple and straightforward to refer and claim rewards, read the blog below for further details and to try it for yourself!

Here's looking forward to another successful 12 months.

Vicky Jarman
Marketing Manager

The Thistleblower

14/12/2017
Welcome to this week's edition of The Thistleblower.

We seem to be hurtling towards the Christmas break at an unforgivable pace now, but with another week to go, there's still plenty of opportunity to discuss your moving arrangements, as are many! In fact, our Fleet branch are celebrating an incredible month, having finalised reservations on all plots at Blue Prior and arranging sales for many buyers.
It's been a phenomenal year, from celebrating our 25th anniversary, opening a new branch, and of course helping many local buyers and sellers achieve their moving goals. In this week's content you'll find details of our opening hours over the Christmas break, a brief look back on the year that's passed and plenty of ideas to help plan your festive break.

As the last Thistleblower of the year, I'd like to thank you on behalf of the team for all your support this year, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

Vicky Jarman
Marketing Manager

The Thistleblower

30/11/2017
Welcome to this week's edition of The Thistleblower.

It's incredible to think we're coming into December already, but with our local towns all lit up and our branches all dressed for Christmas, the season is definitely nearly upon us. 
To mark the occasion, we're launching a new competition on Facebook tomorrow, details in our blog below. Regardless of the upcoming festivities, it is business as usual, with plenty of homes continuing to come to the market and indeed selling.
We have had a fantastic end to November, with particular note to Yateley, our newest branch who as of today have just had their first exchange with many more Sold STC, a brilliant way to close the month and their first 3 months in business.

Vicky Jarman
Marketing Manager

The Thistleblower

16/11/2017
Welcome to this week's edition of The Thistleblower.

This week we've seen incredible incentives applied to some of our new homes developments, further details in the blogs below. We've also helped many to reach exchange and completion, getting them into their new homes in time for Christmas. With the festive season approaching, we're also working hard to help 2018 movers reach their goals, keep an eye on next week's Thistleblower for more details there. 

You may have noticed our Children in Need blog last week, at the time of sending this e-mail, myself and the Mackenzie Smith cycling team will be donning our jerseys to help the Aldershot Garrison Sports Centre reach their £1000 target and attempt to break a Guinness World Record at the same time! Fingers crossed we can help them get across both finish lines for a very worthy cause. 

Vicky Jarman 
Marketing Manager

The Thistleblower

02/11/2017
Welcome to this week's edition of The Thistleblower.

Whilst the clocks have gone back, it feels like we've launched into November with a real spring in our step. 
We're thrilled to be celebrating a 15th anniversary within the company today, a great achievement which has been celebrated throughout the day, along with seeing some truly unique homes being brought to the market.
Our Lettings Director, Michael Clarke has contributed some top tips for landlords, whilst our Yateley Branch Manager has reflected on the story so far in our new branch.
November is no doubt going to fly by, as each month seems to be this year, but with some great homes, new developments, properties to let and community events keeping us busy, we're thoroughly looking forward to it.

Vicky Jarman
Marketing Manager

The Thistleblower

19/10/2017
Welcome to this week's edition of The Thistleblower.

I think we can safely say that autumn is definitely here, whilst that does mean earlier nights and dimmer days, the market is buzzing with the fresh lease of life that the autumn often brings. Whilst September is always a great month for property sales, with the back-to-school routines back in play, October tends to be one of the busiest months of the year, with people eager to move, or at least secure a property or buyer before Christmas. Along with our sellers, we also have a host of new homes developments that are finishing up this side of the year, combining to create a great selection of properties for sale.

Vicky Jarman
Marketing Manager

The Thistleblower

05/10/2017
Welcome to this week's edition of The Thistleblower.

As September came to an end, we've been able to reflect on what was a superb month across the board. We've seen successes at each of our branches, with a new homes site at Hook being completely sold off plan. Fleet saw two sales on Ancells Farm within a week, along with many other sales agreed. Some astonishing homes are currently available to let with our Lettings Department, including The Chapel House, featured below, along with some stunning homes from our Hartley Wintney branch. Farnborough had one of their most successful months to date, a testament to the continued hard work from our dedicated team there and Ash Vale brought several new homes, including The Gables, to the market, introduced by our skilled Land Department. A fantastic month with great team work across our branch network, not to mention the introduction of our brand new Yateley office, which not only celebrated its first month but agreed sales as well. A promising start.

When it comes to the local housing market, we've noticed a steady rise in property sales and enquiries across the board, a trend often seen with the return to schools and daily routines and hopefully a promising indication of what's to come.

Vicky Jarman
Marketing Manager

The Thistleblower

21/09/2017
Welcome to this week's edition of The Thistleblower.

With our brand new Yateley office officially open, it's been an exciting start to September.

The month seems to have flown by, meaning the countdown to Christmas (sorry), is officially on when it comes to buying and selling homes. With the autumn popularity we've seen some great new homes come to the market, along with some brand new developments which offer fantastic incentives. This week's blogs go into further detail and hopefully, have something for everyone.

Vicky Jarman
Marketing Manager

The Thistleblower

07/09/2017
Welcome to this week's edition of The Thistleblower.

Not only is this the first Thistleblower of the school year and of a new season, but it also happens to be a Yateley special, celebrating the long-awaited opening of our sixth branch.
Yateley is a natural fit for us as a business, continuing our coverage in the Hart district. We have already been selling and letting in the area for some time, but as of September 1st, now have a brand new town centre branch to showcase our available properties, providing a great space to meet with clients.
We're thrilled to be joining such a vibrant community in our 25th year of business, and look forward to what the future holds.

Vicky Jarman
Marketing Manager

The Thistleblower

24/08/2017
Welcome to this week's edition of The Thistleblower.

We're officially on countdown to our brand new branch opening in Yateley, so in this week's Thistleblower you'll find out a little more about what's to come, along with an introduction to another member of our new team in the spotlight article.

Even though the summer holidays are still ongoing, we've seen some really busy weeks across our branches ahead of the bank holiday weekend and schools returning. We've launched a diverse selection of properties, as usual, mirroring the thoroughly varied markets we operate in, highlighting the benefits of buying in the area for both commuters and families.

Vicky Jarman
Marketing Manager

The Thistleblower

10/08/2017
Welcome to this week's edition of The Thistleblower.

Next week will see our first event focusing on offering advice to First Time Buyers, a great introduction to the world of property. We're also gearing up for our Yateley launch, so if you're local to the area, chances are you'll start seeing a lot more of us.

Our branch network is buzzing with activity, whether it's new builds, competitions, or a selection of stunning houses for sale and let. See what's going on in your area in the blogs below.

Vicky Jarman
Marketing Manager

The Thistleblower

27/07/2017
Welcome to this week's edition of The Thistleblower.

Schools might be out for summer, but we're still in session with lots of news to share. From new homes developments with incentives for both First Time Buyers and Investment Buyers, to internal company and recruitment news. Just in time for the summer holidays, we've also listed a great selection of local activities to help keep the children entertained over the next 6 weeks.

We've also taken a moment to highlight one of our branch towns, Farnborough. With an increasing demand for homes in the area, we asked our Branch Manager to shed a bit of light on what's happening in the local market.

Vicky Jarman
Marketing Manager

The Thistleblower

13/07/2017
Welcome to this week's edition of The Thistleblower.

This week's collection of articles is a bit of a mixed bag, which is probably an accurate reflection of the variety of properties we currently have on the market, and new homes that are in the pipeline.

With Wimbledon heating up, the summer holidays easing in and our Yateley office on the horizon, there's lots to celebrate. So we've collected a selection of lifestyle and property articles for you to sit back and enjoy this week.

Vicky Jarman
Marketing Manager

The Thistleblower

29/06/2017
Welcome to this week's edition of The Thistleblower.

With June drawing to an end, we're looking forward to July, and what a month it's shaping up to be already.

In this week's newsletter you'll find information on a variety of events taking place over the next few weeks, from Open House events on both new builds and homes for sale, with such benefits as Stamp Duty paid and Help to Buy, to local festivals.

In line with the theme of this week's newsletter, we're also inviting local communities and fundraisers to share their events with us, read on for more details.

Vicky Jarman
Marketing Manager

The Thistleblower

15/06/2017
The Marketing team here are continually looking for new ideas on how we can progress and evolve, using the best collection of promotional tools to assist our agents in the sale and let of a home. 

In the past week we have introduced an exciting new concept with Virtual Reality tours. The technology is really impressive and we've all been blown away by the potential it offers to thoroughly show off a house. 

When it comes to the Marketing team here, we've also taken the opportunity to introduce Nosheen, our Marketing Assistant who helps curate a lot of our blog content each week.

With new homes, a look at an impressive character property and some local news from Fleet and Hartley Wintney, there's plenty of choice in this week's Thistleblower.

Vicky Jarman
Marketing Manager

The Thistleblower

01/06/2017
So here we are, a brand new month, the sun's shining and perhaps, just maybe, we might have a proper summer this year (wishful thinking I'm sure).

It might just be the weather, but there seems to be a spring in our step having come out of great month of sales, new homes on the market, lettings and generally a really productive few weeks. Considering the upcoming election, bank holidays and school holidays, we have remained consistently busy, showing that people still need to move.

With informed lettings advice, buyer incentives and some great new homes on the market, hopefully there might be something in this week's newsletter that might inspire a summer move.

Vicky Jarman
Marketing Manager

The Thistleblower

18/05/2017
Whilst the weather outside might not agree, summer is on it's way.

At least it looked like it was when we prepared our articles showcasing a great selection of homes with unique conservatories and garden rooms. The British weather may be living up to expectation right now, but it doesn't mean you can't prepare for sunnier days. This week's articles show how to make the most from a garden room, and also how to plan for one.

I'd like to thank Sainsbury's Bank for contributing to this week's content, along with our Lettings Director Michael Clarke.

Vicky Jarman
Marketing Manager

The Thistleblower

04/05/2017
Welcome to this week's edition of The Thistleblower.

Along with a wide selection of second hand properties being brought to the market across all five of our branch towns, we've also recently seen the introduction of several new homes sites which we've detailed in this week's issue alongside the benefits of buying a new build.

We've also focused our editorial efforts on Hook and Fleet in particular this week, from new builds, rental opportunities and commute options.

All of this in addition to our regular spotlight series and open house event listings.

If there are any blog topics you'd like us to feature in the future; from land to lettings, new builds to renovations and First Time Buyers to Retirement Homes, do let us know.

Vicky Jarman
Marketing Manager

The Thistleblower

20/04/2017
Welcome to this week's edition of The Thistleblower.

This week we've had input from some of our Managers with their market comments, a great insight into the current lettings and residential sales markets. 

You'll also see that returning from the Easter break we've hit the ground running, with some unique properties introduced to the market and a selection of Open House events lined up for this coming weekend, including the new apartment complex Providence House, which is also offering added incentives.

If you are currently searching for a home, our Open House selection is likely to have something of interest, and our buyers comment from Fleet Branch Manager, Jon Lacey, will certainly prove useful.

Vicky Jarman
Marketing Manager

The Thistleblower

06/04/2017
Welcome to this week's edition of The Thistleblower.

It's been an exciting couple of weeks here at Mackenzie Smith as we continue to see the spring sales blossom. We have also been fortunate to be involved with a number of varied new homes sites, including a new launch from Taylor Wimpey, Pembroke Manor in Hook, which was introduced to the market on Friday.

As April is National Home Improvement month, we have put together some advice blogs with contributions from experts in the field, along with a market comment from our Lettings Director, Michael Clarke.

As this is our last Thistleblower before the Easter break, please be aware that we will be closed for all upcoming Bank Holidays, including Good Friday and Easter Monday. 

With a wealth of advice and market insights, hopefully you'll find something useful in this week's featured articles.

Vicky Jarman
Marketing Manager

The Thistleblower

23/03/2017
Welcome to this week's edition of The Thistleblower.

With the new season springing forward, along with longer days and warmer weather, we're also seeing more For Sale boards pop up on our local streets.

Spring is always a popular time for buying and selling, and this year is no exception. In this week's Thistleblower you'll find a range of articles designed to help maximise your sale potential this peak season. We've also highlighted the importance of getting your property noticed, which in a busy market is more important than ever.

Continuing our Land theme from the previous edition, we're also shining the spotlight on our Land Manager, Katherine Gray, who this week successfully completed our sponsored event, the Fleet Half Marathon.

Whether you're interested in land, lettings or are looking to buy or sell, this week's selection of articles should prove useful.

Vicky Jarman
Marketing Manager

The Thistleblower

09/03/2017
Welcome to this week's edition of The Thistleblower.

This week we've put together a Land and New Homes special for you, highlighting a different aspect to our business, but one of great importance.

The reason you probably haven't seen much regarding our Land Department before is because their work is confidential. The sales and negotiations they are working on at any time are treated in the strictest confidence, and as such, we can't always shout from the rooftops about how brilliant they are, or what they've been up to. 

With a stronger department than ever before, it seemed the perfect time to re-introduce our Land Department, and I've certainly learnt a thing or two whilst putting the content together for you, hopefully you might too.

Vicky Jarman
Marketing Manager

The Thistleblower

23/02/2017
Welcome to this week's edition of The Thistleblower.

This week sees the usual diverse selection of articles but with particular attention to New Homes.
We have a selection of developments currently under construction, some just starting out, some with just a few homes remaining, but all presenting a great opportunity to buy a brand new, high specification home within the area.

We are looking forward to launching the brand new development from TA Fisher next week, Blue Prior at Church Crookham, which will offer an exclusive selection of just 13 homes. Our final phase at Ewshot Gardens, just down the road, is selling fast with only a few homes remaining, and with Bellway Homes currently working on two sites from our Ash Vale office there is a wealth of choice available with some unique buyer incentives.

From brand new homes, to homes that offer the potential to refurbish, we have a property to suit every need, many featured in our articles below.

To be the first to hear of new properties coming to the market, be sure to register your requirements with your local Mackenzie Smith branch.

Vicky Jarman
Marketing Manager

The Thistleblower: 25th Anniversary edition

09/02/2017
Welcome to this week's edition of The Thistleblower.

Since our last edition we've celebrated our 25th anniversary. Some of our clients will remember our early years and I'm proud that we have represented many individuals and families on several occasions over the years.

I'd like to say a special thank you to three developers who trusted us when we first opened in February 1992, namely Mr Colin Brooks of Bewley Homes, The Grant family of Martin Grant and Graham Cowdery of Ashridge Homes, who despite the fact that we were only weeks old entrusted my company to handle the sale of their developments in Fleet.

There are, of course, many private home owners who did the same and I thank them for this. At the end of the day, we must always respect that every client has a choice, it is our responsibility to deliver on that by providing outstanding customer service.

Despite all the changes that the industry and society have seen since our launch, our firm and staff remain true to our belief of being professional estate agents.

As I see it, this means accurate advice, quality marketing, skillful negotiation, all backed up by hard work for the clients we represent and deliver for on a consistent basis. There are no short cuts to doing this job properly and thoroughly.

On a final note, a big thank you to all our staff, past and present, who have helped us to get where we are today.

Ed Mackenzie Smith
Managing Director

The Thistleblower

26/01/2017
Welcome to this week's edition of The Thistleblower.

It's been a busy start to the year with more clients than ever looking to move forward in January.

We've got some exciting projects in the pipeline over the next few weeks; including new build projects in both Fleet and Hook. You'll notice within the broad selection of our blogs below, that we have a lot going on within our branch network at the moment. Our lettings department have some great properties and advice for prospective tenants, we have a variety of Open House events with some unique incentives and we are continuing to grow the business with career opportunities across the company. 

Keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter accounts for all our updates, you'll be the first to know what we have planned. You can find us at facebook.com/mackenziesmithestateagent and on Twitter @mackenziesmiths.

Vicky Jarman
Marketing Manager

The Thistleblower


Welcome to this week's edition of The Thistleblower.

As we approach the end of the year, it's a great time to not only reflect on the year that's been, but also to consider what may happen in the year ahead. 

Whilst there have been challenges this year, (isn't there always?), as time passes, people are focusing on the future rather than the past.

Aside from the challenges we have faced this year, there is one remaining factor which is determining the market; demand is outweighing supply. Does this mean values will soar? In my opinion, this is unlikely due to three factors; affordability, Brexit concerns and a realistic approach from current sellers. However, seasonality often brings about peaks and lows in terms of values, so we may see a rise for the first quarter of 2017 before the market stabilises.

My take on 2017 is that I believe it will offer much more modest increases, in comparison to the rate of growth we have seen in the last few years, despite the lack of supply we may be experiencing.

In conclusion, whether you are planning to buy, or sell, there's not a lot of point in sitting on the fence. I certainly feel very confident about the market we're moving forward with. 

Have a great Christmas and a successful New Year!

Ed Mackenzie Smith
Managing Director

The Thistleblower

01/12/2016
Welcome to this week's edition of The Thistleblower.

Despite the fact that the housing market has had to overcome some major challenges this year, what with the increase in stamp duty for second home and investment buyers, Brexit, the American election and most recently, the Autumn budget, it's been quite clear over the last few weeks in particular that the local market is made of much sturdier stuff.

Having arranged over 70% more sales this November as against last, as well as having conducted more market appraisals and launching more houses for sale, we believe that the general public, whilst very aware of what is going on in the world, are taking the decision that moving home must still happen, irrespective of the many economic and political distractions.

Looking ahead to the new year, we are confident that locally, the balance between supply and demand will ensure that anyone looking to moving home should do so with confidence.

Steve Tetlow
Sales Director

The Thistleblower

17/11/2016
Welcome to this week's edition of The Thistleblower.

If you are local to our branch network, you may have seen our recent leaflet through your door, "The perfect time to get your home on the market with Mackenzie Smith". Whilst we successfully assist in the buying, selling and renting of homes all year round, there are indeed "peak" times to start considering whether to put your home on the market, now is certainly one of them. With the festive season on the horizon, it would be easy to sit back and wait until the New Year, however, Rightmove report their busiest time of the year during the Christmas break. It's no coincidence that those two weeks see the most web traffic to property pages, when people have the time to dedicate to a house search. This poses a prime opportunity for your property to be viewed online.
With that in mind, now is the perfect time to put your home on the market with Mackenzie Smith.

Vicky Jarman
Marketing Manager

The Thistleblower

03/11/2016
Welcome to this week's edition of The Thistleblower.

I'm often asked how I think technology affects our business.

My view is, the more advanced the technology, the greater the need to continue providing outstanding customer service.
We are a business focused on delivering great service, mainly because as a collection of individuals, that's what we are passionate about. We take a great amount of pride in each recommendation, 5* Trustpilot review and repeat business opportunity. Some of our clients have returned after first working with us 20-25 years ago.
There are no shortcuts to being a successful agent, you have to be willing to work hard, apply a great level of determination and never stop striving for the best results for your client.

All the technology in the world won't replace that.

Ed Mackenzie Smith
Managing Director

The Thistleblower 

20/10/2016
Welcome to this week’s edition of the Thistlebower.

From a marketing perspective, I always find it fascinating to see the homes that come on the market with us. Our homes, both rental and for sale, range from first buys to large family homes, country cottages to new builds and everything in between.

This week we have been inundated with a wide variety of homes, with Open House events across the area this weekend and such a diverse selection, this seemed the perfect opportunity to introduce them in a more creative and opinion led way than you might find in a standard property listing. In addition of course to our take on the hot topics in the market (Help to buy, Buy to let etc).

So whether you enjoy reading about property, you're looking for a bit of inspiration, or would like to see what's going on in the local market, you're sure to find something interesting in this week's newsletter.

Vicky Jarman
Marketing Manager

The Thistleblower

06/10/2016

Welcome to this week's edition of The Thistleblower

At a time when the rental property market is a hot topic and more people are considering letting property, now more than ever, it is essential to seek professional advice, particularly due to the recent changes in legislation.  

This week the BBC lead with the story that there aren’t enough rental properties to fill demand, whilst this is clearly a concern we’re also seeing the rise of the secret landlord.  

There are obviously landlords who purchase property for the sole purpose of letting as an investment, but more and more owners are finding themselves in a position where they have a property that they need to let out. In any circumstantial situation, an informal chat with some professional and experienced advice could be just the ticket, it’s important that potential landlords are aware of property demand, rental value but most importantly the legal obligations involved.

It can be a daunting prospect to consider letting out a property, and challenging to even know where to start. Our lettings team are on hand to help in any way we can.  

Michael Clarke MARLA  

Lettings Director

The Thistleblower

22/09/2016

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Thistleblower.

 

Today marks the unofficial start of autumn, with the Autumn Equinox marking a transition to the new season.

 

A new season brings a new chapter to the year; whether that’s back into routine or quite possibly the start of something new. With children heading back to school, or perhaps off to University, and summer sun seekers retiring back to the comfort of a warm home, autumn poses a prime opportunity for getting your home valued and considering a move.

 

A new season has certainly brought about some change here at Mackenzie Smith, as personally I have recently joined the team, whilst my colleague Steve Tetlow, who has been in the business for over 35 years, has been recently positioned as our new Sales Director.

 

Before joining Mackenzie Smith, my knowledge of the housing market was restricted to what I had heard in the news, however, the knowledge of our expert team has brought to light the true reality that the North Hampshire housing market is absolutely thriving. Hopefully you'll find some new advice, ideas and knowledge in our newsletter which will offer you a different opinion to what you may be hearing from the media.

 

With a new line-up we’re approaching this new season with enthusiasm and expertise and look forward to what autumn has to offer.

  

Vicky Jarman

 

Marketing Manager

The Thistleblower

09/09/2016

Welcome to the latest edition of the Thistleblower

 

I am always keen that an accurate picture of the market is communicated to our clients.

 

Clearly Brexit has been at the top of the media agenda, but in truth, apart from the first month post referendum, most property professionals have reported ‘business as usual’. Here at Mackenzie Smith our experience continues to be very positive but we have noticed that a number of vendors who are new to the market had slightly negative perceptions about the industry as a result of media coverage on this point.

 

The reality is that there are sellers who want to sell and buyers who want to buy. Asking prices should be accurate and provided this is all backed up with good marketing and selling skills, property is selling. August, seen by many as quiet month, actually ended up at 14% higher based on property sold during the month than the same period for last year. This is at odds with media coverage regarding Brexit.

 

Our message is simple, if you want to sell then you can. There is nothing wrong with the housing market and all the fundamentals that were in place pre – Brexit are still there now.

 

Ed Mackenzie Smith.

Managing Director

The Thistleblower

25/08/2016

As the normality of the back to school week comes ever closer, you may be thinking of moving or improving.  Either way we have some useful advice from how to tile to your bathroom to tips on selling your home and tax information for both buyers and investors.

If you are looking for your forever home, we have some lovely properties in this week’s addition, including details of the stunning new neighbourhood of just 37 properties at Ewshot Gardens in Church Crookham.

Our offices are manned by extremely experienced, knowledgeable and friendly staff, if you are thinking of moving or investing in property, why not give them a call and see how they can help.

Kind regards

Tara Skinner

Marketing Executive. 

Lettings – 01252 514000, Ash Vale – 01252 353030, Farnborough – 01252 375999, Fleet – 01252 812121, Hook – 01256 764666, Hartley Wintney – 01252 844015, Land – 01252 762007.

The Thisleblower

11/08/2016

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Thistleblower.

The summer sun and school holidays have not impacted on the Land Department and we are as busy as ever.  Demand from Developers for opportunities from unique bespoke developments, to strategic swathes of land, with or without planning permission remains high.

We represent land and property owners whose land has the possibility of residential development, either in the long or short term; as well as landowners who have already achieved planning permission on their land and anything in between.

We have one such development in Ash Green detailed below.  If this is of interest to you, or you have any query on a land related matter, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kind regards

Katherine Gray

Land Manager

01252 762007

The Thistleblower

28/07/2016

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Thistleblower.

This week you will find articles on an exceptional Taylor Wimpey development - The Hawthorns at Crookham Park, an excellent refurbishment opportunity, character and family homes and an update from our Lettings Director.

As you are looking forward to your summer holidays, you may still be considering placing your home on the market.  If this is the case, please speak to your local Mackenzie Smith office and rest assured that you can relax in the knowledge that your property sale is in safe, experienced hands.

Kind regards

Tara Skinner

Marketing Executive

The Thistleblower

14/07/2016

Welcome to this week's edition of the Thistleblower, where you will find guidance on Landlord Law, tips on securing your property over the summer and details about a fantastic refurbishment opportunity at a large Victorian property, as well as a selection of homes under £300,000.

Vendors, across all property types and price ranges, are continuing to place their properties on the market, bolstered by buyers and in particular first time buyers, who are keen to take advantage of the excellent mortgage products available.  

Our flag ship office in Fleet is open 6 days a week, providing you with the perfect place to come and discuss buying, selling, renting or letting property.  Alternately, please contact myself and my team on the number below, so that we can provide you with an up to date valuation and advise you on the best way to market your home.

Kind regards

Jon Lacey

Branch Manager – Fleet

01252 812121

The Thistleblower

30/06/2016

Last week’s result on this country’s decision to leave the EU has been – understandably – the subject of much debate and speculation on ‘what next’?

As agents we are quite literally ‘on the High Street’ and as such, close to what I believe is the real market.  Of course, much of the speculation has been negative but this is not supported by what is actually happening in the market place.  We have been saying that there needs to be more accuracy in pricing for months, as a 10% jump in values across certain price bands since last summer cannot be sustained indefinitely.  Any changes occurring in the market were and are taking place irrespective of Brexit.

I believe there is more speculation taking place within the industry than with the customers – be they buyers or sellers – and this has been backed up by the high levels of activity since last week, with contracts being exchanged on a number of deals as well as just normal trading including valuations, property coming to the market and new sales being agreed.

One client rang me to say he was concerned that the out vote may affect his business, but then went on to say a new site launch of five properties at the weekend, had resulted in all five houses being reserved!

I clearly remember in September 2008 being told the ‘worst was to come’.  All I knew was that we were valuing, taking instructions to sell, agreeing deals and getting on with life.  2009 proved to be a record year for Mackenzie Smith.

Ed Mackenzie Smith

Managing Director

The Thistleblower

16/06/2016

As we kick our off our country's challenge in Europe, you may be thinking about kicking off your own challenge and perhaps looking at investing in the property market.

If this is the case, or maybe you have inherited a property that you want to let, we can advise you on all aspects of letting and management.

We provide everything from an accurate rental valuation, to how to best present your property for letting and of course, information on all the legislation landlords need to be aware of.

I hope you enjoy the articles in this week's edition of the Thistleblower and if you would like some advice on letting a property, please do not hesitate to contact myself and my team on 01252 514000.

Michael Clarke

Lettings Director

 

The Thistleblower

02/06/2016

Welcome to this week's edition of the Thistleblower.

As we are now into meteorological summer, you may be thinking of going on holiday.  If you are going away, but are still looking to place your home on the market, you can relax in the knowledge that you are selling or letting with Mackenzie Smith.  With our excellent care and attention and our five star rated customer service, you can be sure your property is in good hands.

Please contact your local office for more information;

Ash Vale (01252) 353030,  Farnborough (01252) 375999,  Fleet (01252) 812121,  Hook (01256) 764666,  Hartley Wintney (01252) 844015.

Kind regards

Tara Skinner

Marketing Executive

The Thistleblower

19/05/2016

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Thistlebower.

The Land and New Homes Department has been busy in 2016 and I am delighted to report that many of our client’s residential development sites have secured planning permission in recent months, resulting in what can only be described as very happy customers.

The Land and New Homes Department is always ready to represent land owners, to secure them a successful sale; whether planning permission has already been granted, they are looking for a developer to attain planning permission on their land before purchase, or indeed, an unconditional purchase.

Please contact me if you have a site with planning permission that you are looking to sell or think you could have a site with development potential and are looking to explore the avenues open to you. 

Kind Regards

Katherine Gray

Land Manger

01252 762007

The Thistleblower

05/05/2016

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Thistleblower.

After running the Farnborough office for five years, it is a personal honour to be asked by the Directors to return to Fleet and manage Mackenzie Smith’s flag ship office.

I have been very touched by the ‘welcome back’ messages I have received from previous clients and look forward to making new working relationships with the residents of Fleet and Church Crookham.

I hope you enjoy the articles in this week’s edition, which include useful tips for Landlords and also details of Ewshot Gardens, a tremendous new development of homes in Church Crookham that greatly enhance an already sought after area.

Please do hesitate to contact our offices about any aspect of buying, selling, renting or letting.

Kind regards

Jon Lacey

Branch Manager Fleet

The Thistleblower

21/04/2016

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Thistleblower.

If you are reading this straight away, you may like to know that we are currently holding an Open Evening at Providence House in Hook, until 6pm, giving you the chance to view the stunning Show Apartment.  Please call our Hook office for directions on 01256 764666.

If you are looking to rent out a property we have some useful tips below and there is also an article about an amazing opportunity to convert barn, as well as featured properties and Open House Events.

Don’t forget, our offices are always on hand to offer advice on selling, letting, buying and renting.

Best wishes

Tara Skinner

Marketing Executive 

Ash Vale – 01252 353030:  Farnborough – 01252 375999:  Fleet – 01252 812121:  Hook – 01256 761444:  Hartley Wintney – 01252 844015:  Lettings – 01252 514000:  Land – 01252 762007

 

The Thistleblower

07/04/2016

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Thistleblower.

As a landlord, it has always been important to get professional advice but with so much new legislation, it is even more important to get the right advice.

For example, did you know that if you haven’t given your tenant a copy of the latest gas safety certificate you can’t serve them notice if you need the property back?  And if you have taken a deposit from a tenant and not protected that deposit correctly, then the tenant is entitled to three times the amount of the deposit as compensation?

It is this sort of thing that can catch out a landlord that has not done their homework, this is where having a knowledgeable agent is imperative.

It doesn’t matter why you are renting out your property, you still need to get the right advice.  If it is an investment property then you need to know about the new stamp duty implications, or if you have inherited a property that you want to let out, you need to know about the gas and electrical regulations. For example if the property has an open fire or a wood burning stove you will need to provide a CO2 detector.

At Mackenzie Smith we can advise you on all aspects of letting out your property and help you stay on the right side of the law.

Best wishes

Michael Clarke

Lettings Director

michaelc@mackenziesmith.co.uk

The Thistleblower

24/03/2016

With the Bank Holiday Weekend upon us, you may be thinking of getting out into the garden, if so we have some ideas on sprucing up your outside spaces.

On the New Homes side, we have details of a brand new neighbourhood being created by Bellway Homes and a report from last weekend's Show Apartment launch at Providence House in Hook. 

The property market continues to remain strong and as usual, we have a selection of properties to take note of that include an exceptional Chapel House to let.

We also saw the Budget confirm the new Stamp Duty terms, if you are looking to buy a second property, we have a useful article of the changes and what you can now expect to pay.  In addition to this, we have included details on the Help to Buy scheme for those looking to buy a property for residence.

All of us at Mackenzie Smith wish you an enjoyable and restful Bank Holiday Weekend and as ever, please do not hesitate to contact our offices should you need any property, land or rental advice.

Kind regards

Tara Skinner

Marketing Executive

The Thistleblower

10/03/2016

With Spring just around the corner, things are certainly warming up within the property market.

This has always been an excellent time to place your home for sale and we have some useful tips if that is what you are looking to do.

Next week see's the launch of the stunning Show Apartment at Providence House in Hook and last week we saw the first buyers move into Ewshot Gardens in Church Crookham.  This healthy activity in the new homes sector is extremely encouraging and you can read about these exceptional properties within this weeks edition.

As ever, our offices are always on hand to provide first class advice on all aspects of the property market, whether you are buying, renting, selling or letting, so please do give us a call.

Best wishes

Tara Skinner

Marketing Executive.

 

The Thistleblower

25/02/2016

February has been a month full of enthusiasm for the housing market, from sellers and buyers.

Fervour from buyers wishing to secure a property in the run up to Spring is at extremely high levels with both first time buyers and movers registering their details on a daily basis.  There is also great confidence from sellers whose homes are achieving sales at the desired price. 

As always, we have a large collection of properties on the market, a selection of which you will find in this week's edition amongst the usual hits and tips; this week we have some valuable information regarding leases.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about the housing market.

Kind regards

Jon Lacey

Branch Manager, Farnborough 

The Thistleblower

11/02/2016

Welcome to the latest edition of the Thistleblower, January has been an exceptionally busy moth and we have plenty of excellent properties to bring to your attention.

Within this week's edition, you will also find a great article explaining stamp duty, advice for first time buyers and some helpful seasonal tips for landlords.

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we have some lovely homes to fall in love with, from character cottages, to a truly stunning six bedroom detached house in Crookham Village.

Our offices are always on hand to answer any questions you have, whether you are selling, buying, renting or letting, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Best wishes

Tara Skinner

Marketing Executive  

The Thistleblower

28/01/2016

In this week's edition of the Thistleblower you will find some great advice, from information on the new Right to Rent legislation to how to optimise viewings at your home.

There is also exciting news about two new developments; Providence House in Hook, a chic collection of apartments and Ewshot Gardens, Church Crookham that is home to some simply stunning new houses.

As ever we have details of some great properties to bring to your attention and also a special feature from Katherine Gray, our Land Manager, who recently ran a succession of marathons in Disney Land, Florida.

I hope you enjoy this week's articles.

Tara Skinner

Marketing Executive 

The Thistleblower

14/01/2016

Welcome to the first edition of the Thistleblower of 2016.

I have to say, I’m encouraged by the level of activity since the turn of the year with plenty of people obtaining valuations which is always the start of the house selling process in our business.  We have also agreed a healthy number of new sales as buyers recognise supply is still tight and likely to remain so. Our Lettings Department are also very busy and have let three apartments in Hartley Wintney in the first week of the month.  January can sometimes be a little slow to get going so this is all very encouraging.  

Our Land Department has followed suit with a number of successes.  The largest of these being an appeal win for the construction of 84 houses in the Woking area along with favourable planning committee decisions on sites in Yateley, Fleet and Sherfield on Loddon.  These sites will produce much needed housing for the area and further information will follow once construction starts.

Whether you are selling, letting or just requiring advice on any property matter we’d love to hear from you to see how we can help.

The very best to everyone for 2016.

Ed Mackenzie Smith

Managing Director

The Thistleblower

10/12/2015

Welcome to the last Thistleblower of 2015.

As the year draws to an end, it feels appropriate to say thank you to all our clients for the confidence they have placed in us and my colleagues, for all their hard work in representing our clients to the best of their ability.

Our Land Department has built an enviable pipeline, but at the same time have been frustrated by delays on planning consents and construction starts, which has meant that many new homes that were planned to complete this year, will now be pushed into 2016.

Our Lettings & Management Department has continued to grow steadily with the emphasis on quality and service.  As far as we are concerned there are no shortcuts to achieving this but as a result of our growth in this sector we are now recruiting to enable the current team to cover the area more effectively.

The residential offices of the company have all undergone major refurbishment as we recognised that this was overdue.  We have received some great feedback from present and past clients which underpins our belief there is a role for the high street Estate Agency office.

Lastly, may I take this opportunity to wish everyone a very happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

Ed Mackenzie Smith

Managing Director

The Thistleblower

26/11/2015

Welcome to this weeks edition of the Thistleblower.

After yesterday's Autumn Statement, many of you have questions related to the housing market and how the changes will affect you.  We have an article within which we hope you will find useful and our branches are on hand to give helpful advice.

As usual we have a selection of properties and new developments for you to read about, current information on mortgage rates and also details of a local event.

If you would like to speak to one of our local property experts about the property market, the value of your home or for rental advice, please contact your local office who will be glad to assist you.

Best wishes

Tara Skinner

Marketing Assistant

The Thistleblower

05/11/2015

Welcome to this month's edition of the Thistleblower.

It’s a popular misconception that this time of year is quieter than say, the spring.  However, I have always found that the autumn and winter are busy periods and based on our October results this has proven to be the case yet again.

We might not see quite as many buyers, but the ones that are in the market are serious.  As most buyers conduct their search online, the mistake could be made that if you are not experiencing demand there isn’t any.  The reverse is the case.  Anytime we have marketed a property either new to the market or with an adjusted accurate price, the enquiries occur quickly.  The simple fact is that there is still a shortage of property available, although as mentioned in previous editions, accuracy is required when pricing.

Demand for new homes also remains strong and we will be posting news of some new developments we have been appointed to sell for 2016 in the next edition.

Ed Mackenzie Smith

Managing Director

The Thistleblower

22/10/2015
Welcome to this weeks edition of the Thistleblower, with the clocks going back this weekend (don't forget) we have included a useful article on energy saving ideas.  The lettings market has continued to feature in the press as demand stays strong in this sector as well as in residential sales of new and existing homes. 

The number of people who are becoming landlords that previously would not have considered this option in the past is also on the increase.  For example young couples setting up home together for the first time who each own a property, are being tempted into keeping both properties and letting one of them out to keep as an investment.  Another recent trend is for the families of elderly relatives who have gone into residential care to let out the vacant property creating an income that can be used to part fund the cost of the residential care.

Owning an investment property appeals to a broad band of people as it gives them control over their investment.  They can see what is happening to property prices and if required they can sell to release the equity should it be required.

For advice on all aspects of letting a property, including Buy to Let mortgages, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to go through all the options with you.

Michael Clarke

Lettings Director

The Thistleblower

08/10/2015

With the summer now drawing to a close we turn our thoughts to the final quarter of the year. The theme throughout 2015 has been based on a lack of available property; however this is due to sales being agreed very swiftly. This trend is still very much apparent as we move into the autumn market and whilst the seemingly limited supply poses a problem to buyers, it’s important to note that 2015 has seen an increase in units sold, year on year.

2015 has been a very fast paced market with high demand, enabling clients to agree sales incredibly quickly. This type of market in itself can lead to the belief that there is a little supply, when in fact, the reality is that the supply simply doesn’t stay available for very long.

This highlights the importance more than ever, that anyone who wishes to move house must put themselves in a position buy first.

If you are considering moving home, 2015 still offers a fantastic market place in which to sell, but it is important to note that Christmas will be upon us before we know it. With this in mind I would encourage anyone considering a move, to act now.

Simon Dredge

Branch Manager, Hook.

The Thistleblower

25/09/2015

As we look towards the incoming autumn months, it provides time to reflect on 2015.

Farnborough has prospered in 2015 and not just in the property sector.  Our area has welcomed major blue chip companies, new high street stores have opened following the rejuvenation of the main town centre and also we have seen the arrival of a new multi-screen cinema complex.  Next year will see a major chain of hotels, which is currently under construction, open its doors.  This just reaffirms that coupled with Farnborough’s excellent commuter links and exceptional schools, it is a place where people want to live and work.

The property market has continued to grow in strength with prices rising above the national average.  With confidence in the economy buyers are keen to purchase a home, whether that is for a first-time buyer, investment buyer or quite simply people looking to step up the property ladder.

Buyers have been missing out on properties due to houses and apartments selling within a matter of days, not weeks and as such, there has never been a better time to buy and sell your home with Mackenzie Smith.

Jon Lacey, Branch Manager, Farnborough.

The Thistleblower

10/09/2015

When is the best time to sell your home? The time is upon us.

Based on several factors including typically higher buyer activity, the average time to sell a property, the weather, school admissions deadlines and the Christmas countdown; September is the key month in the latter part of the year to get your property on the market.

Letting property is less seasonal with renters moving throughout the year, that said, we are witnessing a shortage of rental property coming to the market and properties are letting quickly as demand remains consistently strong.

We have the pleasure of receiving many very complimentary reviews from our clients and would invite you, if considering a move to a new property or to a new agent, to take these reviews into consideration when deciding who you would like to manage your sale or let.

Please contact us if we can be of any assistance

Roxanne Lewington, Marketing Manager

P.S. Don't miss Location, Location, Location on Channel 4 at 8pm tonight, featuring a property on the market with the Ash Vale office (now sold STC)!

The Thistleblower

27/08/2015

A busy August has left stock levels diminished as we move into the usually active Autumn market so we urgently require more property to sell and let across the area.

The mortgage market is favourable with many good rates around for buy to let investors and home buyers, and Help to Buy is still in play, leading to a significant rise in Mortgage approvals during the first half of the month.

Although buoyant, the pricing of property is still sensitive, with sensibly priced property drawing the greatest level of interest, often leading to greater competition between buyers and above asking price offers.

Keen pricing in the selling and renting markets is ever more important, as the Mortgage Market Review rules are firmly in place with stricter limitations on borrowing.

If you would like to speak to one of our local property experts about how the property market is behaving in your area, the value of your home, or for rental advice, please contact your local office and we will be glad to be of assistance.

Best Wishes,

Roxanne Lewington, Marketing Manager

The Thistleblower

13/08/2015

Welcome to our newsletter,

We hope you are enjoying the summer!

Lettings is thriving throughout the summer as tenants need opportunities to find property all  year round. We continue to be on the look out for new Landlords and properties to help us meet the high demand for rental accommodation.

Enquiry levels were high in July and pent-up demand from buyers is growing as they continue to seek out the right property for their move. We have been busy so far in August with valuations and are looking forward to bringing more fresh property to the market.

If you are thinking of moving this year then please contact us for valuation and market advice now so we can ensure to maximise the opportunity of selling your home this autumn.

Kind Regards

Roxanne Lewington, Marketing Manager

The Thistleblower

31/07/2015
Welcome to our newsletter, 

July has been a great month for selling or letting property and I expect this to continue into August. True, there won’t be as many buyers around due to holidays but those that are will be serious and based on July’s activity keen to find a home either as a buyer or a tenant.

I don’t think there is the hype in the market we had in early 2014 but more of a steady realisation that the economy seems to be going in the right direction and that all round things are just picking up in a sensible way.

Developers are always a good barometer of how the market is viewed and my Land Department has never been busier. We are asked on a daily basis to provide advice and guidance on new schemes coming through and based on what we know there will be a healthy and much-needed supply of new homes being built throughout our area. 

This is great news and show the confidence the house building sector has in this part of North East Hampshire. The various schemes coming to the market are all individual and the build quality is immeasurably better than say a decade ago.

These new homes will help unlock the supply of second-hand property, assisting the owners of those homes in moving and providing a vital supply to buyers. The overall investment in this part of the world cannot be underestimated in the benefits brought to our local economy.

Ed Mackenzie Smith, Managing Director

The Thistleblower

16/07/2015

Welcome to our latest newsletter,

The message and advice we have been conveying to our clients of late is the need to strike the right balance between an asking price designed to achieve the best price possible but at the same time pricing correctly so that buyers aren’t deterred from viewing in the first instance.

Having successfully secured a number of sales for clients by also taking a fresh look at the prices we are quoting, combined with listening carefully to buyers and getting accurate feedback we have been able to provide the right advice so that our clients are benefitting sooner rather than later.

I believe we are operating in a healthy market but one that has settled down. 

There are still plenty of buyers but they need and want to know they are paying the right price. 
Indeed in our experience buyers will always stretch to pay the maximum price for the right property if it’s at the right price. It’s not an exact science but as a rule we reckon that the correct asking price should be within two or three percentage points of the real value. 

Clients are often concerned that if they don’t add a large premium to what they want they will potentially end up with a lower offer. We find that the reverse is actually the case. If the price is correct you attract more buyers and more importantly create more competition and as such we can often end up in a situation where we secure a higher price than the one we were actually quoting.

Based on activity levels over the last month or so I’d say the rest of July and August could be very busy and whilst there will be fewer people about, those that are will be serious about buying so maybe it’s not that bad a time to think about securing a sale ahead of the September and October market.

Ed Mackenzie Smith, Managing Director

The Thistleblower

06/07/2015

Despite the heat buyers and tenants are out in force looking for property.

This summer is set to continue as a period of stability and steady growth in the property market, making this an ideal time to sell your home.

Preparation when selling your home is key so please contact us for advice on values but also on market conditions, our extensive marketing packages and how to make sure you have everything in place to smooth out the whole process.

We have been achieving full asking price sales in short timescales for many of our clients and need more property across all price ranges for waiting buyers.

With transactions taking months to reach completion it is vital to get ahead of the game and market your property in the busy window that is now upon us.

Supply of property to let is also dwindling against the number of applicants so we urge anyone considering a buy-to-let investment to contact us to assist and advise on both your property purchase and rental opportunity to bring urgently needed new stock to the rental market.

We look forward to hearing from you if you are looking to buy, sell, let or rent.

Roxanne Lewington, Marketing Manager

The Thistleblower

29/06/2015

Welcome to our latest newsletter,

We have been incredibly busy with valuation appointments on properties of all shapes and sizes recently.

The number of these properties actually coming straight to the market is still relatively low and not enough to meet demand.

Although demand is high and stock is tight, buyers are better informed than ever; doing lots or research on property prices and their affordable price range before considering viewing, so pricing a property accurately is essential to generate interest as there are less buyers around willing to pay ‘over the odds’.

The mortgage market remains competitive and continues to attract people keen to buy-to-let or buy to occupy.

The time between accepting an offer and moving home is now longer (roughly 4 months+) so if you are hoping to move home this year we would urge you to contact us for a valuation and market appraisal at your earliest convenience so you can make your decision sooner rather than later.

Tenant demand continues to be strong so we are seeking new landlords and rental property for our waiting list of tenants, particularly in proximity to road and rail links.

Contact us now to take advantage of the active pre-summer holiday property market.

Kind Regards

Graham Tufnell, Branch Manager, Fleet

The Thistleblower

04/06/2015

Welcome to our latest Newsletter, 

This edition we celebrate the 3rd Birthday of The Thistleblower and take a moment to ask you for your feedback in our short survey which you will find below.

Transactions are taking much longer to progress so if you are looking to move this year you need to start making plans now.

We are selling correctly priced property quickly and close to asking prices as locals continue to compete with London buyers.

If you are thinking of selling we may already have a suitable buyer for you so why not contact us for a free property valuation and advice.

Our Lettings department continues to enjoy success, we have many tenants waiting and are keenly seeking new Landlords to provide much needed rental stock.

Kind Regards

Roxanne Lewington, Marketing Manager

The Thistleblower

21/05/2015

Welcome to the latest Thistleblower,  

Now the dust is settling and life is getting back to normal after the election we are seeing a renewed appetite from buyers but still need more second hand and new property to come on the books to satisfy demand.

Our lettings team have been successfully letting property across the area, demand here is not abating, particularly for two and three bedroom houses and apartments in Farnborough, Hook, Fleet and Hartley Wintney.

As always we are here for any of your land, residential sales or lettings needs so don't hesitate to get in touch.

Roxanne Lewington, Marketing Manager

The Thistleblower

08/05/2015

Welcome to the latest edition of the Thistleblower.

It’s not our policy to comment on political matters, but we do feel that a result of the decision taken by the electorate, the property market should enjoy continued stability.

Whether the fact that this process is now behind us enables more property to come to the market remains to be seen.

I can say that my colleagues who are selling and letting property throughout the area all confirm that the market for both sale and letting of property remains strong.

We have also completed our integration of the Fine & Country (Fleet and North Hampshire) brand into the Mackenzie Smith business as well as completing our brand refit of our Fleet property showroom. We are due to start our Hook office refurbishment shortly which will complete the upgrading of all our branches. The decision to invest in this area of the business underlining our belief in the importance of providing high street representation for our clients.

Best Wishes

Roxanne Lewington, Marketing Manager

The Thistleblower

23/04/2015

Welcome to our latest Newsletter, 

Property sales are pushing ahead in the run-up to the election despite a continuing lack of new property stock coming to the market.

Many sellers are taking advantage of the shortage of supply to secure strong, but not overly ambitious prices from the many able and willing buyers.

Over the past few weeks, we have secured buyers for many homes in an exceptionally short time frame and would urge those who are serious about moving to contact us.

The lettings market is decidedly less affected by the coming election as tenancies expire throughout the year so there is always a strong demand for family homes, executive apartments and character property.

We are pleased to announce we are now working closely in association with Fine & Country, enabling us to extend our already excellent suite of marketing opportunities for clients’ property.

Read on to find out more or contact one of our offices if we can be of assistance.

Roxanne Lewington, Marketing Manager

The Thistleblower

10/04/2015

Welcome to the Thistleblower, 

Quite simply we need more property to sell or let.

Our Lettings department recorded its best ever month in March and our six residential offices all reported strong sales results across a wide range of properties throughout our office areas.

Demand remains strong but this needs to be tempered with an accurate approach to pricing as the pacier conditions of last year have eased slightly.

If the timing is right please give us a call and we’ll do our best to provide you with the right advice to plan and make your move.

Roxanne Lewington, Marketing Manager

The Thistleblower

26/03/2015

Welcome to our latest edition,

As we anticipate to the clocks going forward one hour this Sunday, the brighter evenings have begun to lift spirits and this is being reflected by increased activity in the local housing market.

Property has been selling quickly, our accurate valuation advice and sale strategy paying dividends for our clients. The lettings department has also witnessed an uplift in demand so we are now in need of more property both to sell and let.

New Homes have also been selling well with only one plot left at Cresley Drive, the last few at Evergreen Copse (Open House event comings soon), plots available at The Croft and one of the last few plots released at The Convent.

I hope you enjoy reading our updates on the local property marketplace, feature properties, and events.

Roxanne Lewington, Marketing Manager

The Thistleblower

12/03/2015

As the evenings are beginning to become notably lighter it feels spring is truly on the way.

We are continuing to be busy with many people requesting fresh valuations to establish the current value of their home. Buyers are out viewing property in force and tenant demand is growing so we are still in need of new property to sell and let to meet the demand.

Fleet’s pre-London Half Marathon is taking place in just over a week, local residents should note the road closures on Sunday 22nd and I invite everyone to read our below blog on how Mackenzie Smith are involved this year.

I hope you enjoy the articles below highlighting some newly available property, open houses and insight for selling, letting or buying property.

Roxanne Lewington, Marketing Manager

The Thistleblower

26/02/2015

Welcome to the latest Thistleblower, 

We continue to bring fresh property to buy and rent to the market across our patch of Hampshire and Surrey to a growing database of buyers and tenants seeking property.

I would urge those unsure about finding a property to take the first step and put their house on the market; stock shortages are a continuing issue which, by acting as a deterrent, is creating a negative in what would otherwise be a stable and healthy property market.

We are working on an exciting proposition to enhance the power and reach of Mackenzie Smith to sell and let property even more effectively for our clients so please keep an eye out for news on this or call into any of our offices for more information.

As always we look forward to providing advice and service to help you achieve your moving goal.

Roxanne Lewington, Marketing Manager

The Thistleblower

12/02/2015

Welcome to the Thistleblower,

We have been pleased to see positive signs that decisions deferred are now being made by both vendors and buyers. 

This is really good news as this was causing problems particularly in relation to the supply of available property. This has a knock on affect as would be sellers are also buyers.

Other good news is that our Land Department is a continued success with a number of new homes currently on the market and more sites due for release during the course of 2015.

I hope that the articles featured are of interest and we look forward to being of help with any property requirement you have.

Roxanne Lewington, Marketing Manager

The Thistleblower

29/01/2015

The New Year market is always a little difficult to predict and it needs a few weeks to 'get going' to enable agents to start to understand how business is developing.

At Mackenzie Smith, we found that very high activity levels experienced in the first half of January were not necessarily converting into action from would-be buyers and sellers; however, as we have moved through the month that activity is now being matched by commitment from buyers.

Although there is still a shortage of property coming to the market, buyers are not anticipating values increasing and therefore accurate valuation advice and pricing is even more important than say this time last year. We are predicting a busy but stable market, particularly in the first half of the year.

We have a number of new homes sites due for release this year in Fleet, Odiham and Farnborough and more details will be available via our website. Our Lettings Department is also extremely busy and predict a similarly busy period. Our Land Department has had a very successful year with a large number of sites secured either with planning or sold subject to consent being achieved and we continue to seek out land for our extensive database of developers.

As ever we look forward to assisting and advising you on any property matter.

On a final note the company is celebrating its 23rd birthday this Sunday - thanks to all clients and colleagues - past and present.

Ed Mackenzie Smith, Managing Director

The Thistleblower

15/01/2015

January has got off to a great start with a steady stream of property instructions coming to the market and sales being agreed. An increasing number of call outs to value property indicates a renewed interest in moving home in 2015 and that more people want to get a handle on the current value of their property after the strong growth in values during 2013 and the first half of 2014.

2015 promises to be an eventful year with an election forthcoming with different housing promises from all parties, growing consensus interest rate rises may be pushed back even further, the mortgage market review fully embedding as the new norm and the changes in stamp duty beginning to affect pricing in the market.

The fact remains whatever happens to rates and prices a proportion of people will move; for education, for work, to suit a growing or shrinking family so whatever your needs contact your local branch of Mackenzie Smith for frank accurate advice and friendly professional service.

Roxanne Lewington, Marketing Manager

The Thistleblower

18/12/2014

Welcome to the Thistleblower – the last of the year

This time of year I try to figure out what the market has in store for us in the New Year.

There is no doubt this year’s market has been one of two halves (apologies for the football cliché). Entering 2014 there was no doubt we were going to be selling property quickly and for higher values. Very much a sellers’ market. The second half of the year has eased, through a combination of the mortgage market review, talking up of interest rates and I think a natural adjustment to ever increasing values which could not be sustained.

However, where popular opinion may have been that this easing was mainly driven by buyers taking a more cautious, considered approach, recognising values had stopped increasing; the reality is that it is vendors who have decided to sit tight and defer marketing their property until the New Year.

This process kicked in around the middle of September which is much earlier than normal and has seen the rate of property entering the market for this time of year reduce by about 50%. This puts a considerable strain on the market, in that those people who are thinking of selling, are discouraged from doing so as they can’t see any evidence of property they can buy! The classic ‘chicken and egg’ scenario.

What this proves is that whether prices are increasing, decreasing or remaining stable, what the market needs first and foremost are sellers. A healthy supply of property gives people the confidence to think about moving which in turn creates more supply. Of course every market needs buyers but without property to buy you can have all the buyers you need but you won’t get very far.

The government’s initiative on Stamp Duty Land Tax is to be welcomed. This is a big improvement on the previous unfair system of penalising buyers at certain price ranges in the market. Pressure for new homes continues and it’s good to see planning permissions coming through to deliver much needed housing for the area either for first time buyers or those looking to trade up to a larger home. Anything that can improve the supply of property has to be welcomed.

There will be more property coming to the market in the New Year; the question is will the number of properties coming to the market increase or remain the same that we’ve seen over the last five years or so? What we do know is that there is a strong underlying group of people who want to buy and I don’t think this is going to change.

A very big thank you to all our clients for favouring Mackenzie Smith with your business this year and our best wishes for Christmas and the New Year.

Ed Mackenzie Smith, Managing Director

The Thistleblower

04/12/2014

Good News for Buyers!! 

The key announcement of long needed reforms to Stamp Duty rates are, in the main, being welcomed by most people in the industry.

As we enter the last few weeks of the year this latest news can only help as it means lower costs for most buyers in this area. What we now need is more property to sell as buyers are still in the market demonstrating confidence by reserving property and exchanging contracts.

It’s understandable that sellers want to hold off given the time of year but if your reason is that you think the market’s quiet then talk to us – we’ll have the buyer for your home.

See our article on the Stamp Duty reforms but please do contact any of branches if you need more information. 

Ed Mackenzie Smith, Managing Director

The Thistleblower

20/11/2014

Welcome to the latest issue of the Thistleblower,  

We have had an exciting month with our new responsive website now live and lots of new homes, sales and lettings activity.

There is still time to get a property consultation and find out how Mackenzie Smith can help you sell or let your home within a short time frame by taking advantage of serious buyers in December and peak audience levels during the Christmas holidays.

We require more property for both buyers and tenants and now is a good time to start the process if you are thinking of moving; stay ahead of the crowd.

Best Wishes,

Roxanne Lewington, Marketing Manager

The Thistleblower

07/11/2014

Welcome to the latest Thistleblower,

We have an enticing selection of property and some exciting news for Land and New Homes in the area within this edition.

Best Wishes,

Roxanne Lewington, Marketing Manager

The Thistleblower

28/10/2014

Hello from Mackenzie Smith and Welcome to the latest Thistleblower Issue,

Demand remains strong but values need to be more accurate than earlier in the year.

It’s not because there is more property available; far from it.

However, it’s understandable that the growth in values had to slow down and this has occurred for a number of reasons. These include the mortgage market review, talk of climbing interest rates during the summer months, mansion tax proposals on more expensive property as well as a general election looming next May.

The threat of increasing interest rates has receded, the supply of property has not increased and if anything is tighter, the mortgage market review slows mortgage approvals but does not prevent well qualified buyers from buying. The UK (and in particular London and the south east) remain a very good bet for investment.

In my view property remains a solid investment providing many people the ability to boost their pension fund with an asset they understand or just enabling them to step in to the market with confidence.

What we are experiencing is a continuing demand for property and land often from buyers relocating from London who see this area as good value offering, great countryside, excellent schooling and good transport links.

If you own property or land and want to sell or let but are concerned about the time of year – don’t be. There are buyers and tenants who want and need to move.

Ed Mackenzie Smith, Managing Director

The Thistleblower

09/10/2014

Welcome to the new look Thistleblower,

Activity in the property market remains stable and demand continues but needs to be balanced by accurate asking prices. Our experience is that the market has steadied since the spring / early summer and buyers could be put off by over ambitious pricing. Invariably the price quoted is achieved provided it accurately reflects the true value of a property.

We have some very appealing property coming to the market this month in both our sales and lettings departments which I hope you will enjoy perusing in our newsletter and on our website.

We are available to offer high quality valuation advice for home owners and landlords so please contact your local office to arrange your free consultation and appraisal if you are considering moving home.

Roxanne Lewington, BA (Hons) Cert DDM. Marketing Manager.

The Thistleblower

25/09/2014

Welcome to the Thistleblower,

This time of year has always proved to be a very busy time for Mackenzie Smith.

There is something about the mid – September to November period that really focuses peoples mind on making decisions that have been deferred due to holidays or just because….

October in particular has always been a strong month for sales of property with a convergence of sellers who adopt a realistic approach and buyers who want to ‘clear the decks’ before the new year. October has often delivered our strongest selling month of the year and I don’t see why this should be any different this year. We are enjoying the benefits of a relatively strong economy and a settled market still requiring more supply of property. The market has eased back from the slightly crazy levels of the beginning of the year which is no bad thing.

If you are selling, letting or just need some advice we will be very pleased to hear from you.

Ed Mackenzie Smith

The Thistleblower

15/09/2014

Welcome to The Thistleblower,

September has started promisingly with an increase in the number of properties coming to the market as well as sales and lettings experiencing an increase in activity. 

The month of September has traditionally set the tone for the remainder of the year so this a positive sign.

We look forward to being of service,

Ed Mackenzie Smith, Managing Director

The Thistleblower

28/08/2014

Welcome to The Thistleblower,

We hope you had a good summer!

We have had a lot of activity in both sales and lettings departments and are looking forward to what we think will be a very busy autumn with more new homes to be released and clear demand for property to rent and buy.

As always we are on hand to offer advice should you be selling or letting so please get in touch.

Best Wishes

Roxanne Lewington, BA (Hons) Cert DDM, Marketing Manager

The Thistleblower

14/08/2014

Welcome to the latest issue of the Thistleblower.

 

Although we are in the middle of the holiday season we are still selling and letting property throughout the area.

 

As ever we require more property and now is a good time to start the process if you are thinking of moving before the end of the year.

 

Please call us for a valuation and advice on how to plan your move.

 

Ed Mackenzie Smith

The Thistleblower

31/07/2014

Welcome to the Thistleblower,

The local press as well as property related web sites, have all featured a number of articles commenting on the various stresses affecting the supply of property entering the market.

Whether it’s local communities concerned about a raft of proposed new developments, calls for stamp duty changes or EU legislation affecting the ability of local authorities to grant much needed planning consents, there is one common theme running through all these stories – the need for change.

A very good example of this are the genuine concerns raised by local communities about impending development. Whilst all – in most cases – agree the desperate requirement for much needed housing this is invariably followed by ‘not in our area’. The problem is that the development has to be in someone's 'back yard'. This will require compromise.

As local agents we confirm demand for housing in this area remains very strong and will, in our opinion, continue to do so due to the acute shortage of available property coupled with the popularity of this desirable area.

Ed Mackenzie Smith
Managing Director

The Thistleblower

17/07/2014

Welcome to the latest Thistleblower newsletter,

We hope you can take the time to cool off and enjoy having a read and seeing some of our latest properties. This edition we have a new feature, a survey question for you, and we hope you would like to take part.

Best Wishes

Roxanne Lewington, BA (Hons) Cert DDM, Marketing Manager

The Thistleblower

25/06/2014

Welcome to the latest edition of the Thistleblower.

It’s been interesting talking to my many colleagues who are involved day to day in property transactions in this part of North Hampshire.

There is a feeling that values have started to flatten out; hardly surprising given extremely strong increases over the last year.

So where are we headed? The Bank of England has stated that interest rates will rise but earlier this month voted to retain the current 0.5% rate which has been in place for five years. However, there are clear indications that the rate will increase possibly this year, more likely next.

Our view is that values will remain at current levels until there is a significant improvement in the number of properties coming to the market. There will always be exceptions to the rule but our general advice to home owners looking to sell, is to do so now – we don’t believe we will see further material changes in values - either way - for the remainder of the year.

Ed Mackenzie Smith
Managing Director

The Thistleblower

03/07/2014

Welcome to the latest Thistleblower,

A couple of months ago it was proving quite difficult to pin down an accurate value when advising clients on the sale of their property. This was largely due to the very strong demand and lack of supply of fresh property coming to the market. There was always the feeling that as time passed the price would rise.

We have noticed that this has eased to a degree and in certain sectors values now need to be more accurate. I’m not suggesting values have fallen – far from it. In fact we continue to secure full asking prices in most cases where the asking price was pitched correctly in the first place.

Given we have seen up to 20% increases in property values over the last year it’s natural that values had to steady off at some point. This, by the way, not a result of more property being marketed; property supply remains an ongoing issue and unlikely to change in the short / medium term.

Demand is still high but more accuracy is needed on asking prices.  We see current values and demand remaining the same for the remainder of this year.

We look forward to being of service,

Ed Mackenzie Smith
Managing Director

The Thistleblower

19/06/2014

Welcome to the latest edition of the Thistleblower.

It’s been interesting talking to my many colleagues who are involved day to day in property transactions in this part of North Hampshire.

There is a feeling that values have started to flatten out; hardly surprising given extremely strong increases over the last year.

So where are we headed? The Bank of England has stated that interest rates will rise but earlier this month voted to retain the current 0.5% rate which has been in place for five years. However, there are clear indications that the rate will increase possibly this year, more likely next.

Our view is that values will remain at current levels until there is a significant improvement in the number of properties coming to the market. There will always be exceptions to the rule but our general advice to home owners looking to sell, is to do so now – we don’t believe we will see further material changes in values - either way - for the remainder of the year.

Ed Mackenzie Smith
Managing Director

The Thistleblower

05/06/2014
Welcome to the latest Thistleblower, While there is news from the capital that the sky-rocketing property market may be beginning to see natural correction to a more healthy steady pace, in the North Hampshire and Surrey border area where we sell and let property we are continuing to observe strong prices as demand remains high. When speaking to Mortgage Adviser Andrew Fagg last week he commented that regardless of some public concerns about the impact the Mortgage Market Review he is still arranging mortgages as usual and despite a few extra questions from mortgage providers business carries on. Public perception may be worse than the reality based on our experience so far. So we continue with the status quo, with multiple buyers registered with us for every property we have for sale and a thirst from buyers for property across the area. If you are thinking of selling or letting a property please contact us. Best Wishes Roxanne Lewington BA (Hons) Cert DDM Marketing Manager

The Thistleblower

22/05/2014
Welcome to the latest edition of The Thistleblower...

The Thistleblower

09/05/2014
Welcome to the latest edition of out Thistleblower Newsletter. Demand for property to rent and buy has not abated so applicant levels are swelling and competition for property remains heightened. We are in need of more property to fulfil this requirement from people looking to move to or within this desirable area, so please contact your local Mackenzie Smith office where we can offer free valuation and market appraisal to those looking to sell. We can also advise buyers how they can be in the best position to secure a property. We have some great success stories in this issue which I hope you enjoy. Best Wishes Roxanne Lewington BA (Hons) Cert DDM Marketing Manager

The Thistleblower

28/04/2014
Welcome to the latest edition of The Thistleblower, Competition for property to buy and let remains fierce as the shortfall in available property continues. I hope you enjoy the below articles and of course please don’t hesitate to contact us if we can be of assistance to you. Best Wishes Roxanne Lewington BA (Hons) Cert DDM Marketing Manager

The Thistleblower

11/04/2014
Welcome to the latest Thistleblower, As the area comes into bloom and we head towards Easter the challenges of meeting demand for property continues. Today RICS comments hit the headlines as they announced the British property market has, over the first three months of this year, recorded the highest level of sales in over six years but the lack of homes for sale is a major concern and they highlight the need for more. This buoyant market, full of confidence, is apparent to us as we are selling and letting many properties we take on in a matter of days of them becoming available; fuelled by the chronic shortage of available property prices are strengthening in this desirable area as mortgage availability and low interest rates stay favourable. Much needed new homes which are coming to the market are being snapped up quickly with all 4 apartments released at the launch of the exclusive refurbishment of The Convent, being reserved during the weekend. Applicants for property to let and buy are exceeding available property so if you are considering selling your property please contact us and we would be happy to advise you. Roxanne Lewington BA (Hons) Cert DDM Marketing Manager

The Thistleblower

27/03/2014
Welcome to the latest Thistleblower, The budget confirmed the extension of the Equity Loan Help to Buy until 2020. This commitment from central government to supporting the house building industry is good news as the need to address the shortage of housing becomes increasingly apparent. Property remains an attractive investment to both buyers and investors and demand fuelled by access to the Help to Buy scheme has continued. There is also a greater amount of confidence and sentiment about and that has definitely influenced the very positive selling and letting market this year. Buyers need to be in a position to take advantage of property when it comes to the market and I urge home owners who need to sell first to at least take advantage of our free valuation service. Roxanne Lewington, BA (Hons) Cert DDM, Marketing Manager

The Thistleblower

11/03/2014
Welcome to the latest issue of the Thistleblower. Very strong demand for property to buy and to let remains very high throughout our office area. This a result of increasing buyer and tenant confidence not being matched (yet) by a distinct shortage of property coming to the market. Apologies in advance for repeating the same message but if you are a home owner either thinking of selling or letting then, of course, we’d like to hear from you…. Ed Mackenzie Smith

The Thistleblower

21/02/2014
Welcome to the latest Thistleblower. Latest news from the Bank of England indicates that interest rates are likely to remain at current levels and this will continue to provide stability in the property market. We have seen some phenomenal sales over the last month and the number of prospective buyers on our database is growing. The number of visitors to our website www.mackenziesmith.co.uk has increased by 50% reflecting the underlying interest and demand for property. First time buyers and buyers looking to upgrade are seizing the opportunity to make the move and we have also seen an increase in private investors identifying property as an appreciating asset stepping back into the market. There is strong demand for more property and the market now needs to see vendors and landlords enter to satisfy this demand. We look forward to being of service if you are considering selling or letting your home. Roxanne Lewington BA (Hons) Cert DDM Marketing Manager

The Thistleblower

07/02/2014
Welcome to the latest issue of the Thisleblower. I am really pleased to announce that Mackenzie Smith has been appointed as Sole Agents to handle the sales at The Convent, Farnborough. More information and detail about this very individual development will be made available in the coming weeks and please read our editorial in this issue. I have just visited the site again today and the quality and individual nature of each apartment is going to appeal to buyers looking for something that’s different and special. We’re into the New Year now and we are busy with very strong demand for property throughout the area. Forgive the same message but if you are thinking of selling please let us know; we are here to help and really want your business. Ed Mackenzie Smith

The Thistleblower

24/01/2014
Welcome to the latest issue of The Thistleblower. We have experienced an excellent start to the year with plenty of activity throughout our office area which we expect to continue into the spring and the remainder of 2014.

The Thistleblower

10/01/2014
Happy New Year to everyone and whether you are buying, renting, selling or letting property the very best for 2014! This is the first time in many years where the entire industry has entered the New Year with so much confidence. December was a busy month for us in that although the overall level of enquiries was down, the people we dealt with made decisions and we sold property right up to Christmas Eve. Historically if December is a busy month January onwards follows suit. The key requirement for the market is supply as we are confident we can sell or let any property given the instructions to do so. I hope that with greater confidence and stability Vendors who have held off now make that move. More property will unlock the huge reserve of buyers either buying for the first time or those that are stuck in their current home due to lack of choice. We also have a number of exciting new developments coming on stream this year – this is great as developers plan these schemes years ahead and it’s another vote of real confidence in the UK housing market. Let’s all make it happen! Ed Mackenzie Smith, Managing Director

The Thistleblower

19/12/2013
Welcome to the last Thistleblower of 2013. May I extend my thanks and appreciation to all our clients past and present who have supported us. It’s been a good year for the Company and we are looking forward to representing you in 2014. There is more confidence around which is great as it’s infectious and a reminder that it’s people who make things happen. Finally, a thank you to all my colleagues who have worked very hard throughout the year to ensure we deliver the results and the standards our clients require. Have a great Christmas. Ed Mackenzie Smith, Managing Director

The Thistleblower

05/12/2013
Welcome to the latest Thistleblower. December has arrived. This is normally the period when Agents try to convert theirs sales into exchange of contracts and completions as many sellers and buyers like to get this done for Christmas. This December won't be any different other than sales will continue to be agreed as buyers entering the market want to agree terms this side of the end of the year, recognising there will be more competition for property in the New Year. Ed Mackenzie Smith, Managing Director

The Thistleblower

21/11/2013
Welcome to the latest issue of the ‘Thistleblower’. I can report that, although sellers may be anticipating the end of year, buyers are very much in evidence but face a lack of choice resulting in a busy sales period. At this time of year it’s natural for the market to operate this way but sellers who think that there might not be a buyer for their home are wrong! I believe that buyers will remain in the market for opportunities right up until the Christmas break. Ed Mackenzie Smith, Managing Director

The Thistleblower

08/11/2013
As we really enter the Autumn we have noticed that some sellers are holding off putting their property on the market. We can report that we have consistent demand from purchasers who want to buy and are not influenced by the time of year. If you are concerned that now is the wrong time to sell then I can reassure you that’s not the case. This is not ‘spin’ but an accurate reflection of current market conditions. If you need advice then please contact us when we’ll do our best to help and advise you. Ed Mackenzie Smith, Managing Director

The Thistleblower

29/10/2013
Welcome to the latest issue of The Thistleblower. Continuing positive press coverage is undoubtedly helping the market as buyers recognise that it’s not ‘hype’ but a reflection of what’s going on in their market. Demand remains strong and there is evidence that this is now starting to spread across higher ranges as the activity at the lower end of the market feeds through. Ed Mackenzie Smith, Managing Director

The Thistleblower

10/10/2013
The market comment has been very much dominated by the Government’s ‘Help to Buy’ scheme which has been brought forward to enable buyers to purchase property with a 5% deposit. There is no doubt that this has continued to drive a market that had already seen considerable sales activity during August and September. Our own research on web traffic shows a significant increase in the number of hits to our own website. The supply of property (or lack of) continues to cause difficulty for purchasers and this has not improved but tightened in the last few months. My own view is that although there are benefits to the ‘Help to Buy’ scheme there are other issues affecting the market. One of the fundamental problems is Stamp Duty. This was raised during the last property boom and not in my view challenged enough. This cost needs to be addressed as in many cases represents a considerable percentage of the costs of moving. I have just carried out some quick calculations and based on a range of examples the Stamp Duty Tax comes out at 70% of the total cost of moving. Even at the entry level for a first time buyer it’s about 55%. Most people see this as ‘dead money’ and choose to stay put and extend. That way they know they are at least getting some return on what they spend. This is one example of what is causing a lack of supply and needs to be addressed. Ed Mackenzie Smith, Managing Director

The Thistleblower

26/09/2013
As we enter the Autumn market I can report that we do so off the back of the strongest sales market since 2006. There is a very positive mood in the property industry with buyers particularly active in August and September. If you are Selling or Letting your home it’s a good time to take advantage of strong market conditions. Ed Mackenzie Smith, Managing Director

The Thistleblower

12/09/2013
With confidence growing throughout the economy generally, the increasing feel good factor has without doubt in part been led by the number of buyers returning to the house market and seeking to move before the end of the year. As a result we are experiencing an unprecedented demand for homes throughout our office network and in particular noticing that both local buyers and those seeking to relocate from the likes of London are willing to pay a premium to secure the right home. Whilst there will always be those who cast doubt on whether this momentum can be maintained I am of the opinion that providing both the correct marketing strategy and pricing policy are recommended when placing a property on the market there is absolutely no reason why sustainable growth will not be maintained. Having seen many changes in the housing market over the last 30 years the one factor that has remained consistent is that buyers always gravitate to the those houses that are presented and priced accordingly, irrespective of what might be going on elsewhere. Stephen Tetlow, Sales Director

The Thistleblower

29/08/2013
The last month has seen continued positive signs throughout the economy, including reports that mortgage lending in the second quarter of 2013 was its highest since 2008 in addition to the Governor of the Bank of England's speech yesterday where he stated his belief that Britain needs a prolonged period of low interest rates, all of which we see adding to the improvement within the housing market. Our branches are reporting increased demand from buyers, which has impacted on our levels of properties for sale due to the reduced number of new instructions coming to the market in the traditionally quieter holiday period. This will undoubtedly lead to a strong start to September by the combination of this pent up requirement being met by owners placing their property on to the market looking to secure a move prior to the year end. As always accurate pricing is essential to reap the benefits of this increased activity and our recent evidence shows that if this part of the selling process is managed correctly then the turnaround time from instruction to sale agreed is being accelerated without necessarily affecting the price agreed. If you are looking to move in 2013 I would suggest starting the process as soon as possible to benefit from the current market conditions. Michael Lloyd, Sales Director

The Thistleblower

15/08/2013
Welcome to the latest edition of The Thistleblower.

The Thistleblower

01/08/2013
More Buyers More Confidence The launch of a number of New Homes sites at the weekend generated a very large number of enquiries some of which resulted in sales being agreed. One notable factor that is becoming more evident is the more positive, confident approach displayed by purchasers. This is supported by better general economic news and a real belief that the economy is improving. The sale of second hand property has improved as well; particularly sub £500,000 where demand is strong. Property sales above this level are slower and Vendors need to be careful with their pricing as demand from buyers – whilst still there – is more patchy and cautious. Ed Mackenzie Smith Managing Director

The Thistleblower

18/07/2013
Welcome to the latest edition of 'The Thistleblower’ There is no doubt that there is an improving level of confidence in the market. Demand from buyers has increased and from a slow start the Government’s ‘Help To Buy Scheme’ has gathered pace over the last few months. Lack of property coming to the market coupled with increased demand has seen values improve but this varies from property to property, road to road and area to area, as well as boosting demand in the rental sector. Accurate advice and valuations are still key as specific market conditions for different areas and sectors of the market still influence buyer demand. On a general note it can’t be denied market conditions have improved; sellers who may have held off concerned about their ability to sell, can be more decisive and make that move confident a buyer can be secured. Ed Mackenzie Smith Managing Director

The Thistleblower

14/06/2013
Welcome to the latest edition of the Thistleblower. We've been extremely busy throughout the Company. We made the decision at the beginning of the year to increase the size of our teams at Farnborough, Fleet and Ash Vale and I am delighted to welcome to Mackenzie Smith David Jones, Steve Panther & Francis Williams. They are all experienced, professional Estate Agents and will complement our existing teams. Securing good people is really important and I am very pleased that we have been able to do so. Our Land & New Homes Department continues to grow and we have completed on two significant deals - one with planning for 50+ quality homes in a sought after village location and a 100 unit scheme in Surrey that awaits planning. We have launched a number of new homes developments which are going well and set to release more over the next few months. Ed Mackenzie Smith Managing Director

The Thistleblower

03/06/2013
Welcome to the latest edition of The Thistleblower. Confidence in the market continues to improve. This is a result of a number of factors including better press, government schemes to kick start demand and a recognition that there is stability in values. I also feel that people understand that whilst no one is forecasting major increases in prices they don't see a risk of values falling. This is underpinned by an increase in investment purchases this year. Having said that our research shows values up for New Homes by about 5 - 7% against the same period last year. This is a result of a continuing shortage in supply of property coming to the market. Ed Mackenzie Smith, Managing Director Why not like and follow us on twitter and facebook: facebook.com/mackenziesmithestateagent twitter.com/MackenzieSmiths

The Thistleblower

10/05/2013
Better News Underpinning Confidence In my mind there is no doubt that there is more confidence from buyers than say this time a year ago. This is being driven by more upbeat news from a variety of media sources. Everyone is still wearing their realistic hat; but even the most hard-nosed of us has to recognise that buyers have stepped up a gear in decision making. A note of caution; values still need to be accurate and asking prices can't be too far off real values. Ultimately, the price will be decided on the amount of choice. The less there is the stronger the value and this will apply no matter how tough or good the market is. Ed Mackenzie Smith, Managing Director Why not like and follow us on twitter and facebook: facebook.com/mackenziesmithestateagent twitter.com/MackenzieSmiths

The Thistleblower

26/04/2013
Welcome to the latest issue of The Thistleblower. Demand continues to exceed supply. We are registering more buyers and seeing activity across all price ranges. Although lack of supply undoubtedly drives demand I believe there is also an underlying improvement in confidence. This is best demonstrated in the new homes market where buyers have confidence to reserve 'off plan' sometimes with completion six months away. This I think displays confidence in future values remaining stable. My message to sellers - look and listen to your local market rather than general national news which by it's very nature is just that - general. Ed Mackenzie Smith, Managing Director. Why not like and follow us on twitter and facebook: facebook.com/mackenziesmithestateagent twitter.com/MackenzieSmiths and don't forget to update your email preferences too.

The Thistleblower

12/04/2013
As we progress into April demand for property in this area continues to improve. Whilst seasonality can be cited as one reason there is no doubt that there is an underlying improvement in the volume of enquiries but also more importantly the quality of those enquires as well. New Homes are particularly sought after complimented by more optimism from Investors who clearly have confidence in house price stability. The choice of residential property is still restricted making it, in many ways, a very good time to sell. Hart District remains a very popular place to live with good schooling, transport links and complimented by beautiful countryside. Should you be considering a move and require advice please feel free to contact us. Best Wishes Ed Mackenzie Smith, Managing Director Why not like and follow us on twitter and facebook: facebook.com/mackenziesmithestateagent twitter.com/MackenzieSmiths and don't forget to update your email preferences too.

The Thistleblower

28/03/2013
Cold Weather But A Hot Market Despite the annoyingly persistent cold weather this has not dampened demand for property throughout our area. I am not, for one minute, attempting to hype up the market but consistent data and market intelligence confirm that there is a positive underlying demand for property. This has been fuelled – to a degree – by more positive announcements in relation to lending, but I believe we are also seeing a realisation from purchasers that they cannot sit tight for ever. Decisions need to be made and they can only be put off for so long. Investors who have held off are now back in the market and I think this reflects their confidence in a stable housing market. Do you leave your money in the bank or invest in bricks and mortar? Returns on rental income clearly outweigh any interest on deposit. Most of these investors seem to be taking a long term, thought through approach to buying property. Clearly the shortage of property favours sellers but only if what they offer is presented well, priced correctly and marketed in a professional manner. This is why developers who have managed to secure planning and are delivering what buyers want to buy, are doing well and in some cases benefiting from ‘off plan’ sales. The market in this area has resilience and I think the next 3 – 4 months will be extremely busy with purchasers who realise that values are holding up and choice will remain restricted. Best Wishes Ed Mackenzie Smith, Managing Director Why not like and follow us on twitter and facebook: facebook.com/mackenziesmithestateagent twitter.com/MackenzieSmiths and don't forget to update your email preferences too.

The Thistleblower

21/03/2013
Sales in the property market are really underway now and I can report our offices are very busy dealing with strong demand from purchasers keen to buy. The key problem is the ongoing shortage of property restricting choice. Property drives the market, and correctly priced and maintained properties, in sought after locations, attract buyers and sell quickly at values that have held up or have increased on last year. We have a number of New Homes developments coming through and I recommend you visit our website for further information. My message to anyone who is seriously considering a sale but might hold reservations about the strength of the market is to talk to us. Despite the general media message the market is busy and there is more confidence than the national media portrays. We have so much property and new homes news coming through we thought it best to break it up into smaller snippets that are easier to digest. Don’t forget to adjust your newsletter preferences to ensure you only receive the articles of interest to you. I hope we can be of assistance to you whether you are thinking of selling or buying. Best Wishes Ed Mackenzie Smith Why not like and follow us on twitter and facebook: facebook.com/mackenziesmithestateagent twitter.com/MackenzieSmiths

The Thistleblower - February

28/02/2013
Welcome to the latest edition of the Thistleblower. Mackenzie Smith turned 21 years of age on February 1st and I would like to thank all past and present clients, customers and staff who have supported us over the years. It was and is still very much appreciated. I hope that this latest issue is of interest and is informative. On to the next 21…… Best Wishes Ed Mackenzie Smith Why not like and follow us on twitter and facebook: facebook.com/mackenziesmithestateagent twitter.com/MackenzieSmiths

The Thistleblower - January 2013

22/01/2013
A Belated Happy New Year! The demand from buyers to view property has started quickly with viewings being booked on the first day back into the New Year. Despite the snow many buyers pressed on with their property visits subsequently submitting offers and agreeing terms. We have also seen a corresponding increase in requests for valuations from home owners so it appears that decisions are being made by sellers and buyers alike; this is good news as a solid start to the year often sets the tone for the market going into the spring. It’s a bit early to make predictions but we expect the market will be consistent backed up by slightly better news generally. We have also seen improved news for funding and access to mortgage finance has eased with help from Government and the house building industry. My message to sellers is that we have serious purchasers who want to move to your area and if you are thinking of making a move contact any office for advice and information. Remember this area has been voted - for the second year in a row – as the ‘best place to live in the UK’ by the 2012 Quality of Life survey. Best Wishes Ed Mackenzie Smith Why not like and follow us on twitter and facebook: facebook.com/mackenziesmithestateagent twitter.com/MackenzieSmiths

The Thistleblower - December

20/12/2012
This is the last issue of the ‘Thistleblower’ for 2012. It has been a hugely successful marketing tool for Mackenzie Smith to promote our clients’ properties as well as our own brand. We have made a considerable effort to embrace a digital marketing strategy that delivers fantastic coverage for our clients. Roxanne Lewington, who manages our marketing set up, will be joined by colleague Tara Skinner in the New Year to ensure that our clients benefit from all our marketing channels. The connectivity and ability to reach as wide and relevant audience as possible will be further enhanced by our decision to incorporate Social Media into our marketing package. There is an ever changing choice of channels to utilise and recognising that digital will continue to innovate, we will ensure that the Company continues to research and assess the various options. We have recently upgraded our clients' property brochures; this allows us to not only create a brochure online or in print, but also to quickly generate an editorial piece for the property to feature on the Blog, be include within the Thistleblower, released to local press and communicated to a wide network through social media, within minutes of a property coming to the market. Whether you are selling or buying I hope that you have found the newsletter informative and helpful. On behalf of everyone at Mackenzie Smith I wish you a very Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year. Ed Mackenzie Smith, Managing Director

Thistleblower - November

29/11/2012
The market has quietened down as we enter the final period of the year, but opportunities exist for sellers to take advantage, as there are quality purchasers still in the market willing to buy. In the past the market was governed much more by seasonal periods and whilst this is still relevant it’s less of a factor these days. The activity is not confined to buyers, as we are still receiving valuation requests from sellers who anticipate selling their property in the New Year. Some of these sellers have decided to pre-empt this by making the decision to get on with things now. This continuing supply of Sellers and Buyers is encouraging, as it indicates an underlying trend. We anticipate a solid and busy start to the New Year. Ed Mackenzie Smith - Director

The Thistleblower - October

06/11/2012
We are finding that due to the unusually short supply of properties being available at this time of the year, buyer’s are being more diligent in their search if they still harbour plans to move before Christmas. Whilst this continuing strong demand is completely out of balance with the limited choice of properties for sale, buyers still need to feel that they are getting value for money, but that doesn't mean that they won’t agree to pay the asking price if they feel that the property is priced competitively. Two recent sales have been agreed within 48 hours of the properties being promoted for sale and in both cases very small discounts were negotiated to reflect the fact that the buyers were able to proceed quickly. As always the benefit of operating in such close proximity to the M3 motorway, as well as main line railways stations with excellent access to London ensures our offices enjoy constant demand from both local families and those looking to relocate to the area. In our view these market conditions will remain certainly for the next 4/6 weeks and therefore we would encourage potential sellers not to assume that the market for 2012 has ended just yet. Stephen Tetlow, Director

The Thistle Blower - September

02/10/2012
As we enter the last quarter of the year we are pleased to report a high demand from buyers looking to secure a property before the year end. This demand has been seen by all our offices, meaning there is still a strong marketplace if you are considering a sale in the near future. Unusually for this time of year there is a shortage of new property coming available and this lack of supply combined with the demand from buyers is speeding up the length of time taken for correctly priced properties to achieve a sale. We are seeing buyers make decisions quickly and paying market value to ensure they secure the right property so if you would like to sell your home in 2012 please contact our network of offices to receive an accurate valuation and tailored marketing advice. Michael Lloyd Associate Director

The Thistle Blower - August

30/08/2012
We have seen an uncharacteristically busy selling market throughout August, leaving the supply of stock for sale somewhat diminished for the usually very active autumn market. Our database of prospective buyers continues to grow making this an ideal time to put your home on the market, especially if you are hoping to sell in 2012. The local property market is very active so don’t be put off by any broader sweeping claims about the nation’s housing market, contact your local branch for advice, and to arrange a free market appraisal and valuation if you are thinking of moving. Ed Mackenzie Smith

The Thistle Blower - July

01/08/2012
Welcome Mackenzie Smith's 'The Thistle Blower' Newsletter. July has been a tremendous sales month. Although enquiry levels have been inconsistent the results haven’t. We have been very busy and agreed many sales throughout our office area across all price ranges. The demand for property remains strong; although funding can be difficult and slow there are many quality purchasers who are well placed to buy correctly priced and marketed homes. Despite gloomy national press coverage, at a local level the market is very active. Of particular note is the demand for Land and New Homes which has been very encouraging. I hope you enjoy reading about some fantastic second hand and new homes we have for sale and about how the market is performing in your area. Ed Mackenzie Smith

The Thistle Blower

04/07/2012
Welcome to The Thistle Blower, the Mackenzie Smith Newsletter. This month we have continued to be very busy with a lot of sales going through despite a general shortage of property coming to the market. Many new homes are coming to the market in the area which is helping with the supply situation, but read on below to find out more. Please remember to log in and check your preferences so the newsletter you receive is tailored to the articles of most interest to you.

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