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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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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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Say goodbye to damp in your home!

05.04.15

When you’re renting, a common problem which can occur in your home is damp and mould. It’s not only unsightly, it smells, it can ruin your belongings and it makes your rooms feel clammy and uncomfortable.

Not being the landlord, it can sometimes feel like a good enough reason to move elsewhere, but, before you start packing your bags, there are some small and easy steps you can take yourself to stop damp being an issue!

Check out our short video for some helpful pointers on how to tackle damp first-hand by changing some of your small lifestyle habits within the home.

To stop damp, some don’ts within the home are:

  • Don’t use portable gas or paraffin heaters, as they put a lot of moisture in the air.
  • Don’t dry wet clothes on heaters, do it in a room with the door closed and the window or fan on.
  • Don’t block ventilation e.g. covering air vents, putting furniture right up to an outside-facing wall, overfilling cupboards etc. Ventilation is needed in your home to get rid of moisture.
  • Don’t cook or shower without the fan on and, afterwards, leave the fan on or the window open with the door closed so the moisture doesn’t spread throughout the house.
  • Don’t dry your clothes in a room with door open – open the window instead.
  • Even in winter and if you leave for work in the dark, don’t leave your curtains closed. Let air circulate and escape through the window vents.
  • Keep a constant temperature throughout the home, don’t restrict the heat to one room.
  • Lastly, don’t turn the heating off at night because you have a duvet – we give off lots of moisture as we sleep, it needs to be circulated and not sit in the air of the bedroom.

If the problem is persistent or appears to be getting worse, you should talk to your landlord as there are several reasons why this could be happening, and they need to step in. With repairs for damp costing anything from £200 on one wall of a terrace house to £150,000 for a whole house in a detached home, as reported by Which?, it is worth their while to repair it as it progresses.

There are many reasons for worsening damp:

  • There could be a crack in a pipe
  • There could be a leak around any of the various water outlets in the home
  • There could be a blockage in the drains with something as simple as moss or leaves
  • A roof tile may have slipped on the roof which is now allowing water through
  • You may need an extractor fan to ease circulation if you don’t already have one

Don’t let ‘damp’ ruin your home. You have the power to implement little changes that will ease the effects this could have, so why not give our tips a try now and share any more ideas you have with us.

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5 ways to avoid tenant disputes

05.04.15

Dealing with tenant disputes is one of the main challenges letting agents must overcome in their day-to-day work. Whether it’s concerning a deposit or a problem with property maintenance, these incidents can prove both expensive and time-consuming if handled incorrectly.

How can you keep disputes to a minimum ‘ The best course of action is to adopt a ‘prevention is better than cure’ approach and do your utmost to nip minor issues in the bud before they have the chance to become major problems. Read on for five tips on how this can be achieved.

The importance of an inventory
Research from The Online Letting Agents has revealed that damage to rental properties is the number one cause of tenant disputes, with renters often objecting to deductions from their deposits. Putting together a detailed inventory at the start of the tenancy is the best way to prevent deposit-based disputes from occurring. That way you have a clear record of the property’s condition that has been agreed by all parties.

This makes it far easier to calculate accurate charges at the end of the tenancy – something the Association of Independent Inventory Clerks has described as the “holy grail of lettings”.

The organisation’s chair Pat Barber recently stated: “If agents and landlords can prove how they arrived at the proposed deductions from their tenants’ deposits, all parties involved will be happier to accept the decisions. Fewer disputes cause less headaches in terms of wasted time, money and effort all round.”

Checking in and out
The ideal time to lay the groundwork for avoiding disputes is by carrying out a check-in. That way you can make sure the tenants are aware of their responsibilities and what constitutes wear and tear, as well as answering any questions they may have. Completing a check-out is of equal importance. This allows you to discuss the state of the property in person and this makes it far easier to talk about what may need to come out the tenant’s deposit than trying to have the conversation when they have already left the property.

Reinforce responsibilities
The check-in and check-out are ideal times to ensure tenants are aware of their responsibilities, but this are not the only situations in which you should look to get this message across. Exactly what is expected of renters need to be clear in their contract and it’s worth reminding them at certain points, such as when a tenancy renews or they hand in their notice.

Keeping up contact
You don’t need to speak to your tenants every day, but keeping up fairly regular contact my come in handy when it comes to dealing with disputes. If renters feel they know you they are more likely to bring an issue such as damage to your attention immediately rather than wait until their tenancy ends. There is a much better chance of things coming to an amicable end if you and your tenants have some form of relationship.

Total transparency
One of the main reasons letting agents have developed a negative reputation in some sections of the media is due to a feeling that they lack transparency and regularly hit tenants with hidden fees and charges.

Being as upfront and open as possible is the best way for the industry to shake this perception and also to prevent disputes. Tenants are far more likely to be angry if they feel they are being presented with an unexpected charge, so taking the time to spell out their responsibilities as clearly as possible at the start of a tenancy can go a long way to stop time-consuming and expensive incidents occurring later on.

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Tenants do not like cleaning report?

05.04.15

Cleaning is the main cause of tension between landlords and renters at the end of a tenancy, new research has revealed.

A survey carried out by My Property Inventories has revealed 95 per cent of landlords believe their tenants also complain about the cost of cleaning work when their contract has come to an end. Furthermore, some 80 per cent of respondents claimed renters are “lazy” and don’t like cleaning.

Danny Zane, director of My Property Inventories, stated “Cleaning is a great bone of contention between tenants and landlords and remains the biggest cause of deposit disputes (53 per cent). Unfortunately, it is a growing problem and we have seen a sharp rise in cleaning issues over the last 12 months.”

Close to two-thirds of landlords said their tenants do not communicate enough, while half said they believe renters expect too much of them.

One in ten respondents said tenants often try and conceal damage they have caused, while the same number think renters expect repairs to be carried out too quickly. Some four per cent of landlords claimed tenants are slow at letting them know when there are problems with paying their rent.

To overcome these issues, Mr Zane highlighted the importance of creating a detailed inventory at the start of a tenancy and stressed that tenants must be made aware of their responsibilities in regards to cleaning and maintenance.

“Very often, tenants just aren’t aware of the importance of cleaning,” he stated.

Being aware of these landlord gripes is useful information for letting agents, who can ensure they offer a service that takes care of these problems.

Courtesy of rentman.co.uk

Go to the ‘Tenants’ or ‘Maintenance’ pages to see how we eliminate any confusion and disputes regarding cleaning.