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How much paper have we saved in the digital revolution?

27.05.16

It would be lovely to know, since we started doing everything online, how much this has contributed towards protecting the environment. It’s said that 40% of people say that they are “paper people”, preferring to see something in front of them on paper, instead of looking at a screen. However, according to the ONS (Office for National Statistics), consumption of paper and cardboard in the UK began to decline in 2001.

It is uncertain exactly how much paper has been saved in recent years in comparison to the times when computers were just big calculators. In this day and age, there seems to be an app or an online method for doing everything we’ve always done on paper, like getting our news, reading our books and even keeping track of our finances etc, with banks offering online statements instead of monthly paper statements in the post. Even weekly and monthly fashion magazines are available on your smartphone. A number of clothing stores have eliminated paper receipts for online orders, too, providing an e-receipt instead.

Here at Davidson Estates, we do our best for the environment. We send all of our waste paperwork to a paper shredding company, who then recycle the paper once shredded. We also encourage paper-saving when it comes to tenancy paperwork. Before a tenancy commences, we instruct inventory specialists, Skribes, to carry out the inventory and schedule of condition. This is then shared with us via email as a PDF, and we then share the report with our tenants. They can then use the PDF viewer on their phone/tablet/laptop to make any comments necessary and even sign the document. Inventory reports, depending on the size of the property, can sometimes be quite sizeable documents, so giving out paper copies of these would obviously be a waste when they can be shared online. There are some documents that do need to be signed with a handwritten signature, however, such as tenancy agreements. But, we have no doubt that these will one day be in digital form, too!

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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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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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Our new home

21.03.16

You may remember us mentioning our big move not so long ago, from our home of 4 years on Calthorpe Road, to Frederick Road. Well, you’ll be happy to know we made it here in one piece, and the office looks fab! There’s finally enough room for our growing team, and even space for a couple more. We also have a lovely seating area for visiting clients, right in front of the big arch window, and a luxurious meeting room on the second floor.

We are continuing to offer our outstanding lettings, sales and property management services, in addition to our investments department offering a wide variety of exciting opportunities for investors all over.

As you can see, our new location is every bit as pretty and picturesque as the majority of the premium Edgbaston addresses that we typically operate in. Our heart is and will always be in this beautiful district of Birmingham and its ever-buoyant property market.

If you’re in the area, feel free to pop in and say hi 🙂

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We’re moving home

07.03.16

Here at Davidson Estates, we’ve decided to up sticks and relocate, pack our bags and start afresh in a brand new location………2 minutes down the road. That’s right: on Wednesday 9th March, we will be leaving our Calthorpe Road office to move to our new home in Frederick Road.

Whilst staying within the beautiful B15 area of Edgbaston, we will have our very own office, which has been fully renovated and decorated throughout and looks just lovely. It’s the perfect bright and cheery environment for our bright and cheery staff. The office is also situated right next door to our favourite solicitors, Seymour Luke, which we’re super pleased about.

Situated in an executive period building within the Calthorpe Estate, our heart remains in the B15 Edgbaston property market; and our lovely new location is even more telling of the type of area we operate in.

Our new address will be: The Coach House, 14a Frederick Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 1JD. Why not pop in and see us some time?

Now – does anyone fancy giving us a hand with the move?….

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The new Edgbaston Village

19.02.16

Plans for the new Edgbaston Village are well underway, as planning permission has been granted to Calthorpe Estates to create six brand new retail units, premier student apartments and Grade A offices on Greenfield Crescent. As well as this, just around the corner, on Harborne Road, works will soon commence on properties opposite Morrisons supermarket to convert them into luxury one and two bedroom rental apartments, and the Birmingham Medical Institute Conference centre will be being transformed into an attractive new restaurant and wine bar called The Physician.

If you check out the Edgbaston Village website, you can see an artist’s impressions of what the new retail units on Greenfield Crescent and Harborne Road will look like. The units will be available from Autumn 2016, and are anticipated to welcome even more visitors to the area, which is already home to many charming bars and eateries such as El Borracho de Oro (exquisite Spanish restaurant and tapas bar), The Edgbaston Boutique Hotel and Cocktail Lounge and The Blue Piano, which serves an enchanting mixture of Thai food and live jazz music – played on an actual blue piano by guest musicians.

At Davidson Estates, we’re already ecstatic to be able to call Edgbaston home, and we’re super excited for things to come. With so many improvements having taken place in the city recently, we can’t wait to see what more Edgbaston has to offer us.

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Paradise Circus, Birmingham

13.01.16

As many of you may already be aware, the grand redevelopment of Paradise Circus is well underway. Now, for many drivers, this is quite bothersome, and just the thought of driving through the centre of Birmingham right now may cause them to snarl a little. But, it will all be so worth it when the works are finished and the transformation is complete, and visitors to Birmingham will be able to enjoy an exciting new leisure and retail space which will reshape the city centre as we now know it.

The company responsible for the redevelopment – Argent, are also responsible for other impressive mixed-use spaces including our very own Brindleyplace, and Kings Cross in London. Their vision for the transformation of Paradise Circus is that it will revamp the area as much as it will complement the historic buildings there such as the Council House, the Town Hall and Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. The redevelopment plans to introduce up to ten new buildings, housing many new restaurants and cafés, shops, Grade A offices and a 4* hotel with 250 rooms. There will be three new public squares and new pedestrian streets, as well as the redesigning of the existing Chamberlain Square. The Central Library has finally met its demise, and is currently being demolished to make way for the first two new buildings, after a campaign which has been running for several years to save it. Although, Prince Charles famously once said that it looked more like  “a place where books are incinerated, not kept”. Well, it kinda does…

The Midland Metro tram is also being extended to run from Snow Hill to New Street station and on to the eastern end of Broad Street, providing immediate access to Paradise, with its own dedicated stop.

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Happy New Year, folks!

07.01.16

By now, we expect most of you will be very much back at the grindstone after a well-deserved break over Christmas and new year, trying to at least make a start on your new year’s resolutions (don’t pressure yourself too much – according to research by the University of Scranton, Pennsylvania, only a tiny 8% of people actually succeed in keeping theirs!)

2015 exceeded all of our expectations, and was actually a really really good year for us. We’ve made a bunch of new friends with whom we hope to build long-lasting relationships, we had a great year for property sales and an absolutely fantastic one for residential lettings and management. We gained two new members of staff – Rhianna and David, and both have settled into our team splendidly. We are thoroughly looking forward to continuing our fantastic relationships with all of our existing clients, and anticipate that we’ll begin many new relationships with buyers, sellers and investors alike.

We expect that 2016 will be even better than last year, and we can’t wait to tell you all about it at the end!

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It’s December – Christmas movie time!

09.12.15

It’s officially an acceptable time of year to start watching your favourite Christmas movies to get you in the festive mood. Here are our top 10 reasons why we love the run-up to Christmas:

  1. First of all, let’s start with a clear favourite of everyone’s – Love Actually. Because we all actually love love, don’t we? And who doesn’t love a film which tells a bunch of heartstring-tugging love stories all at the same time, the majority of which we can all relate to. You’ve got the cute schoolboy with a huge crush, you’ve got the unrequited love situation (which actually turns out not so unrequited, when she gives him that much needed peace of mind by planting one on his lips), and you’ve got the one where the handsome Prime Minister falls for a member of the household staff, then fires her, then goes knocking the doors of every house in the road she lives in to get her to be his girlfriend. Oh, you’ve never had that?… Well, anyway, this brilliant film just seems to touch so many emotions all at the same time. And the best thing about it is that not all of the tales told are the usual stereotypical love stories, but they still manage to warm our hearts all the same, and remind us that love is always present in one form or another.
  2. It’s A Wonderful Life – what is Christmas without this classic? This one is always high on people’s list of festive favourites, instilling the beauty of humanity in all of us.
  3. Home Alone – just a staple must-watch for every 90s kid at Christmas, this movie brings floods of nostalgia every time.
  4. Elf – Will Ferrell is simply hilarious in everything he does! What a genius. And what better way to fill your heart with that good old Christmas spirit than a grown man who was raised as, and still very much is one of Santa’s elves?
  5. The Holiday – because Jude Law.
  6. The Grinch – because of Jim Carey and the constant energy he brings to every character, not even just this one. And, because the Grinch eventually finds the true meaning of Christmas, AND he gets the girl!
  7. The Muppet Christmas Carol – you can learn a lot of important lessons from this film. Like: don’t be a mean boss! Jim Henson’s adaptation of the 1843 Charles Dickens novel A Christmas Carol was a great way to bring the story to kids of the 90s.
  8. Miracle On 34th Street – another childhood classic, nostalgic and magical.
  9. The Santa Clause – just imagine if your dad became Santa Clause, wouldn’t it just be the best thing ever!?
  10. Die Hard – we just love this romantic, action-packed heart warmer of a movie.

How warm and fuzzy do you feel right now? Bet you can’t wait to get into your fluffy slippers and whack on a Christmas film when you get back home tonight!

NB: The writer of this blog really loves Loves Actually.

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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.