Trusted local estate agents for Edgbaston and Birmingham City Centre since 2008

Category: Investments

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Our office-warming

27.04.16

In light of our recent relocation and new staff members joining our team, we are inviting all of our valued landlords, vendors, buyers, investors and homeowners who are looking to sell/let their property to join us for an office-warming on Saturday 4th June 2016. The event will take place at our office on Frederick Road, between 12pm and 2pm. We will be welcoming our guests with Champagne & canapés, and even a close-up magician to dazzle us all with his mind-boggling slight of hand tricks.

The gathering will provide us all with a great opportunity to put faces to names, and to have a chat about the local property market with our property professionals. There is ample availability for parking outside of our office for the duration of the event. The full address for our office is:

The Coach House
14a Frederick Road
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 1JD

Feel free to get in touch should you require any further information about the event, or you would like to let us know that you will be attending. We look forward to seeing you all there!

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Property Investors Show London

20.04.16

Last weekend, our very own Director, Ben, and our Investments Manager, David, were flying the Davidson Estates flag alongside Pinnacle Alliance at the Property Investors Show at the ExCeL in London. The event took place over two days – Friday 15th and Saturday 16th April, and brought together estate agents and property investors from all over the country. Approximately 70 seminars, presentations and panel debates were held, bringing us face-to-face with 5000+ serious property buyers. Ben and David set off for the Big Smoke on Thursday afternoon to set up the stand and prepare themselves for the crowds of property enthusiasts flooding the convention centre over the two days. From what we’ve heard, it was hard but rewarding work, and they both feel that they gained some valuable contacts.

Pinnacle Alliance, a leading property company in the UK with whom we are working very closely, offer a selection of off plan student accommodation and residential developments across the UK, with current developments located in Salford Quays, Liverpool, Manchester, Bradford, Chester, Canterbury, Leeds and Sheffield. Paul Renton, Business Development Manager at the company, is pictured with Ben and David at the show.

If you are interested in property investments including off-plan developments nationwide, or you would like more information to explore the opportunities we and Pinnacle Alliance have to offer, give us a call and ask to speak to David Ashley.

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The latest at Davidson Estates

12.04.16

The last couple of months here at Davidson Estates has seen a few changes. We’ve moved to our shiny new office, and we’ve also gained 3 new members of staff.

Taking care of the property management side of things is Andrew, our new Property & Maintenance Manager. Andrew has come to us from a background of high volume and complex maintenance issues, and brings with him 5 years of experience in nationwide property management. He is responsible for the day-to-day running of our portfolio of fully managed properties and, having worked with him for a month now, we can honestly say he never stops going the extra mile to keep our tenants and landlords happy!

Additionally, as of Monday this week, we have had a new Sales Manager and a Sales Assistant join us – David and Tanya. Together, they will be in charge of sales appraisals and negotiations, and will be the first point of contact for any sales enquiries.

We’re thrilled to see our team growing, and to see our company moving forward. We’re very excited for what the future holds for us, and we look forward to building many new relationships as well as continuing the ones we have built over the years with many valued contacts.

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Fully managed, or let only?

11.02.16

According to a survey carried out by Romans Property Group in January 2015, 75% of people would prefer to rent an agent-managed property.

In the residential lettings game, there are many types of landlords out there. Some prefer to leave their property in the hands of their local estate agent, while others would much rather keep a closer eye on things and manage the property themselves, appointing contractors they already know and trust for any maintenance issues that crop up.

The majority of landlords (on our books anyway) have entrusted their favourite estate agent to look after their property, find them good tenants and collect their rent every month, and then manage the property throughout the tenancy, taking care of maintenance, cleaning and inventory reports. This service is obviously offered for a small percentage of the monthly rent, and allows the owner to enjoy their investment, hassle free. This does appear to be favoured by many tenants as well as landlords, being as there will usually be one point of contact for them at the agency who is dedicated to looking after move-ins, move-outs and everything in between, not to mention a middle-man between themselves and the landlord, someone who knows what they’re talking about, should disputes ever arise. However, some landlords prefer to have a much more hands-on approach with their properties, and will happily roll up their sleeves and fix any maintenance issues themselves. These, the more attentive landlords, will usually always maintain their property to a high standard in order to achieve the kind of rental prices they desire. So, in these cases, your home is sure to be well looked after.

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Propcision

21.01.16

Word of a new add-on for the Rightmove website has been announced, a service called Propcision. This service will be available as an add-on to the website for Chrome and Firefox internet browsers, and Microsoft Internet Explorer soon enough, and will allow users to view extra statistics on properties for sale. The tool is only available to use for properties for sale in London at present.

For buyers in the market, this must sound like an incredible tool, and will surely save so much time in your search, especially when all you want to find out is the estimated rental income of a property. However, if a property has been unfortunate enough to have had a couple of drastic price reductions or a sale which fell through, statistics such as these will also be on show for all to see. Of course, price reductions don’t always mean bad things. The conclusion that most people jump to when they see price reductions is that the agent has been struggling to sell it, which may lead to suspicions that the property is not in the best condition and needs some work, thus incurring more costs post-sale for renovations. This (obviously) isn’t always the case, and there’s often a story behind the marketing history.

To conclude, in our opinion, good, old-fashioned communication with the estate agent will always give you the best idea of the property, its surrounding area and why it’s an all round good purchase.

What are your thoughts?

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Market your property this Christmas

01.12.15

We know, sounds crazy! Right?

Well, Rightmove seem to think it’s a splendid idea; especially being as, last year, they had over one million visitors to their website on Christmas Day alone, and it appears that millions of property hunters visit the site throughout the whole Christmas period. It seems that, as soon as the dinner’s been eaten and the Queen’s speech is over, people jump straight back into the property search. Perhaps it’s because the Christmas period is actually the only free time they have had to have a proper look at the market. Or, maybe they feel that they make their best decisions after a couple of glasses of mulled wine. Either way, the statistics show that December and January are not as quiet as you may think, and that it may just be a great idea to pop your property on the market for the festive season.

When you think about it, it makes sense to get your property out there for people to look at over the festive period, when everyone is home from work and generally not as busy as usual. People tend to just find themselves half watching what’s on TV and half browsing through properties for sale on Rightmove and Zoopla. Well, it makes sense to us, anyway.

If you are considering putting your property up for sale, simply contact us to arrange for a visit from our Sales Director for a valuation. Similarly, if you have a property to rent out, our Lettings Manager will provide you with an estimation on rental income and guide you through marketing the property through us.

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Invest with us

25.11.15

Are you interested in purchasing a property as an investment? Maybe 2 or 3? Well, we may have a few tricks up our sleeves!…

We are currently involved with developers across the country, and they all have some exciting things in the pipeline. Whether you’re looking to expand your portfolio of properties, or would like to give the investment game a go for the first time, we can advise you on the whole process of investments and property management with us. Armed with our new Investment Sales Manager, David, our investments department is growing, and we are exploring some fantastic opportunities on offer from a number of national developers, selling to investors far and wide.

We know as an investor that you’ll want to see a quick return on your investment, and with exclusive access to over a thousand discounted luxury apartments nationwide, now has never been a better time to invest in property with us. With returns of up to 30% within 12 months we are able to offer you a risk free investment with fantastic rewards.

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Living The Mailbox Life

18.11.15

Since first opening in 2000, the Mailbox has been the epicentre of style and extravagance for frequent shoppers, diners and socialites. Now, this year, Birmingham’s most desirable retail and social destination reopened it’s doors to the public after a two year-long refurbishment, making it only more luxurious.

The Mailbox has a new concept – The Urban Room – a skylit space which is home to many luxury retailers such as BOSS, Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger, with more top names arriving in early 2016. It is a space for shoppers to enjoy during the day, as well as an impressive destination for Birmingham’s events, exhibitions and social activities after retail hours.

Also in 2016, The Mailbox will be bringing out an app, which will include features such as a reward scheme for points earnt when you spend, ability to book tables and access to the Mailbox Life magazine. 

The refurbishment of The Mailbox is certain to add even more appeal to living and investing in this fantastic city and the surrounding areas. The city is currently thriving, with redevelopments taking place all over, reminding us all how lucky we are to be able to call this amazing city “home”, and to be living amongst such exciting experiences.

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Grand Central, Birmingham

11.11.15

On Thursday 24th September, New Street station’s fabulous make-over was unveiled to the public, revealing a fantastic new shopping and dining destination housing over 40 premium retailers including clothing stores such as Monsoon and Fatface, jewellers, homeware stores and, of course, the John Lewis store.

The new-look train station anticipates over 50 million visitors per year. It certainly provides an enjoyable travelling experience for anyone passing through on their daily commutes or big trips away, as there are also more than 20 restaurants to choose from ranging from cafés and burger places to tapas and sushi bars.

Around the station, there are also a number of interactive internal displays providing information on many of the attractions and things to see and do around the city.

One thing is for sure, with so many developments around the city undergoing make-overs and transformations, Birmingham is certainly living up to its “Second City” status. And with Grand Central being our very own gateway to the rest of the country, Birmingham has never been a better place to live and invest.

If you’d like to find out more about Grand Central, visit the website: http://www.grandcentralbirmingham.com/

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We’re expanding

29.10.15

October has seen us gain two new members of staff: David and Rhianna.

Rhianna is our Sales Coordinator, and it is her responsibility to monitor the progression of sales and to ensure a smooth transition between the point of agreeing the sale right through to completion for both the seller and the buyer.

David is our Investment Sales Manager, and he will be working closely with national property developers which will enable him to source the best investment opportunities for our clients before they reach the open market. If you are interested in taking advantage of any of the incredible investment opportunities he is currently involved with, just give him a call on 0121 455 7727 or email him at david@davidsonestates.co.uk.