Book a Property Valuation

Call Us for a Market Appraisal

contact us today
 

 

Find Your Perfect House & Home
 

 

20Oct

It’s almost that time of year again to wrap up warm, get your wellies on and get ready for mushy peas, fireworks and family fun!

We’ve put together a list of all the local Bonfire and Fireworks parties. 

Forest Recreation Ground – Sunday 5th November – From 5.30pm 


• £ - Free of Charge 
• Bonfire and fireworks
• Fairground rounds (charges payable)

5.30pm - 10.30pm Funfair
7.15pm Children's fireworks display
7.45pm Bonfire lit
9.00pm Main fireworks display

Wilford Village Robin Hood Festival of Fireworks – Saturday 4th November - Gates Open 5pm
Nottingham’s biggest Charity Firework Display held at Nottingham Moderns Rugby Ground, adjacent Wilford Village tram stop, next to the Ferry Inn and Victoria Embankment Toll Bridge. 

• £ - Adult tickets £7, Children £2, Family ticket prices also available
• Bonfire and Fireworks
• Mini Fair
• Food includes hog roast, hot dogs, burgers, fish & chips, mushy peas, teas, coffee, doughnuts, candy floss, ice cream etc.

5pm – Gates open, hog roast and mini fair.
5pm-9.30pm Real ale marquee plus two local bands
6.30pm – Children’s fantasy fireworks
7.15pm – Bonfire Lit
8.30pm – “Crescendo of Galactic Fireworks!”

The White Horse Ruddington – Sunday 5th November – From 5pm


• £ - Free of Charge
• Fireworks Display
• Face painting
• Sweet Shop
• Roast Pork Cobs

Great Central Railway – Nottingham (Ruddington)– Saturday 4th November – Gates Open 5.30pm 


• £ - Adult tickets £5 (£4 advance) Children £3 (£2.50 advance) Family £12.50 (advance only)
• Hot food
• Funfair
• Miniature Railway
• Licensed Bar
• Chocolate Fountain
• Live music from “Firestone”

Keyworth United Football Club – Saturday 4th November – Gates Open 6pm


(Tickets on sale from Keyworth United Football Club as well as The Plough, Normanton)
6pm - Gates Open 
8pm – Fireworks

• £ - Adult tickets £7.50, children £5, under 3’s Free
• Food includes BBQ, giant chilli, jacket spuds and mushy peas
• Glow Entertainers 
• Inside and outside bar
• Music by “Toasted Frog”

20Oct

We are delighted to announce that Royston and Lund are this year’s main sponsors for the West Bridgford Christmas Lights Switch On.  On Saturday 2nd December the Christmas lights will be switched on by the Mayor of Rushcliffe alongside Gem 106’s Jo and Sparky; this will be followed by a spectacular firework finale. There will be seasonal festivities throughout the day on both Central Avenue and Gordon Square and the fun includes a food and gift market with over 60 stalls, children's fairground rides and amusements, live music, a free mini ice rink, free Santa’s grotto as well as Mr Balloony’s Christmas Roadshow. 

Gary Lund, Director, said: “We are delighted to be involved in this year’s West Bridgford’s Christmas Lights Switch On. Having seen the event grow over the years, it is fantastic that we can play a part in this year’s offering. As a local business and an already integral part of the Rushcliffe community, we are keen to play an active role in supporting local events.”

Make sure you pay a visit to our offices on Gordon Road on the day as we will be taking part in the fun and festivities with our competition “Guess the price of the house” to be in with a chance of winning a fantastic prize!

17Oct

Congratulations to both Terriann and Danny on the lovely news of the birth of Annie.  

We wish you all the love and happiness for the future. 

Terriann and Annie are both well and enjoying their bonding time together.  The team are looking forward to meeting Annie and having lots of cuddles.

Hurry up and pop in to see us Terriann!


17Oct

Would you pay an estate agent NOT to sell your home?

It might sound like an absurd question, but there are plenty of companies ready to market your home for an upfront fee without offering any guarantees for your money.  We aren’t one of them.

We won’t ask for money and then sit back and relax: ‘no sale, no fee’, that’s our guarantee to you.  Our fees reflect the time and attention we put into you and your property to secure the right result for you.  You don’t pay us until we successfully sell your home, because we think that’s fair/

Get in touch with us today to see exactly what we can do for you.

10Oct

Our Residential sales department in West Bridgford are currently recruiting for a highly motivated and enthusiastic full time Sales Negotiator. Experience is preferred although not essential.

You will be working within a team of negotiators and the role will include registering new applicants, booking property viewings and negotiating offers between applicants and vendors as well as dealing with sales progression.  Daily duties will also include meeting with and welcoming clients, managing and dealing with to telephone, website and email leads and using internal software.  Therefore being able to provide excellent customer service at all times is essential.

If you are organised with excellent communication skills and have a passion for the residential property industry, this opportunity could be for you!

Hours of work: 8.30am –5.30pm weekdays, and 9am-4pm every 3rd Saturday on rota 

In order to apply for this position, please e-mail your cv with covering letter to val@royston-lund.co.uk or contact Val Shakespeare for more information on 0115 9811888.

06Oct

 
British parents are prepared to do whatever it takes to get their children into a new school, including moving into a new home, according to a recent study by Santander.

One in four parents with school age children said they had either bought a new home or rented one in order to be in their desired school’s catchment area, with an additional 20% saying they were forced to change jobs. 44% of those asked said they would leave the area once their child had finished school.

Anyone who has tried to register their child for a new school will know how competitive it can be if the school has a good OFSTED rating and is well-regarded in your local area. Parents are willing to do whatever it takes to secure their child a spot.

Whilst this might seem like a big step to take – especially in terms of cost – the only other option is educating your child privately, which carries a considerably higher price tag.

The demand for property within the catchment areas of sought-after schools means existing homeowners and those who are only choosing to move to the area temporarily can charge a significant premium should they decide to sell.

Half of those who made the move said they sold their home and purchased a new one, 30% said they bought a second home and 19% chose to rent.

The average premium added to the price of a London property in a good catchment area was a shocking £81,800, followed by those in the south east and east which both commanded just under £29,000.

Northern Ireland is the cheapest location for making a catchment move, with those properties worth £6,400, while parents in Wales paid an extra £12,100 and those in Yorkshire paid £15,800.

25Sep

Royston & Lund are delighted to announce that along with other Guild Members in the Midlands area, on 17th October we will be holding an Exhibition at our associated Office in Park Lane, London. The exhibitions are part of the ‘London’s Looking’ campaign, which is designed to showcase properties to buyers looking to move out of the capital.

We are the exclusive members of the Guild of Property Professionals for the West Bridgford/South Notttinghamshire area and are hosting this property exhibition at the Guild’s Head Office on Park Lane. The Guild are a national network of approximately 800 independent estate agents, delivering local, regional and national property exposure.

Gary Lund, Director said “We are excited about bringing our properties to the London market. It’s a great chance for us to interact with London buyers, and for the buyers to see what we have to offer in the Park Lane setting.  We urge any home movers to contact us in order to take advantage of this opportunity to access the lucrative London Market.”

Contact us today in order to arrange for one of our Valuer’s to visit you in your home with a view to discussing the marketing of your property, which will include showcasing the details at our London Exhibition. 

18Sep

It appears that the continuing rise in house prices and numerous reports on affordability have not deterred first-time buyers from entering the market.

According to new research from Connells, 49% of all property purchase valuations carried out in July were made on behalf of first-time buyers, a figure which has risen 6% on the five-year average.

The latest Survey and Valuation report from Connells detailed a considerable rise in transactions from first-time buyers as it showed 36,000 loans taken out in the month of June, this is the highest number seen from the demographic in 11 years with a huge 22% month-on-month rise and 6% year-on-year.

Corporate Services Director, John Bagshaw, commented on the findings of the report, stating that “Demand from first-time buyers is supporting the housing market at the moment. People are eager to get on the property ladder, with record high employment and competitive mortgage rates. But this doesn’t mean it’s an easy task to get a foothold in the market. Economic conditions are still tough”

Bagshaw suggests that while many first time buyers are eager to get on the housing ladder, the market can still be tough and feels they should receive further assistance; “With the value of a typical property rising £10,000 in a year, first-time buyers still need help. Perhaps they could be given an exemption from stamp duty”

This recent report also shows that there has been a small drop in new landlords entering the market, and suggests that “Government policies, including the stamp-duty surcharge and reduction in buy-to-let mortgage relief” have most likely made potential new property investors slightly hesitant to get involved in the buy to let market.

“People are still investing in the buy to let sector, but they’re typically existing landlords looking to expand their portfolio and increase profits to offset increasing tax bills. But the stamp duty surcharge, combined with the reduction in buy to let mortgage tax relief is potentially dissuading new small scale, amateur landlords from entering the market,” Bagshaw added.

The property market has also seen a rise in remortgaging to 36%, 10% higher than the five-year average as consumers are securing more long-term fixed rate deals as they take advantage of the competition amongst lenders when refinancing their home.

08Sep

If you’re interested in renting a property, you’re not alone. More people than ever have chosen to rent homes or flats rather than buy them. Over the past few years, the letting market has been changing constantly. In a changing market, staying ahead of the trends is the secret to success. The Guild's agents weigh in on the trends they’ve seen in the rental market over the past few months. 

1. Well-presented properties are letting faster than budget options

If you’re a landlord, it may be time to consider updating your rental property. According to Sawyer & Co. Lettings Negotiator Kerry-Anne Holland, “the rental prices in properties in Brighton and Hove have dropped slightly this year. However, quality well-presented properties tend to be let a lot quicker than something than is cheaper and less desirable (i.e. dated properties).” While an update will require a financial investment at the outset, letting property that is highly desirable means that you’ll have more potential tenants, and could potentially raise the letting price. 

2. Smaller properties are more popular

Smaller properties for single-occupants are becoming very popular, and for good reason. A one-bedroom or studio means fewer tenants, making rental agreements easier for landlords and tenants alike. Phillip Jackson, the Director of Maguire Jackson in Birmingham, has noticed this trend, saying that “recently, there has been an increase in demand for smaller properties, like one beds and studios.” Kerry-Anne of Sawyer & Co. agrees, noting that “one-bedroom flats in the city always tend to be let very quickly, more so than the two bed or studio properties.”

3. More tenants are renting properties while they search for homes to buy

This year, more tenants are looking for places to rent while they search for a home to buy. Many people look for contracts with six-month breaks, but find permanent homes sooner. Nick Goodwin of estate agency John Goodwinweighs in, saying “this year, we’ve had experiences with people wanting to ‘buy’ themselves out of a tenancy agreement. When they sign up for a tenancy, it is explained this is a six-month fixed term let. However, when they find a property to purchase they no longer require the property and so want to get out as quickly as possible. Same when people fall out during the fixed term, they no longer want to stay. Some find they don’t like the accommodation as much as they thought, so we sometimes find that six-month tenancies turn into just a few months.”

4. Tenants are paying more for access to prime locations 

While prime locations have always had a hefty price tag, tenants have started paying more for areas with easy access to prime locations. Robert Leight, Lettings Director at Victorstone, attributes this new trend to shifts in employment. According to Robert, “tenants are willing to pay more for a location that offers easy access to both London’s Docklands, City and the West End. This is largely down employment changes. Whether it be a career change or job security, accessibility to prime locations is paramount. When tenants are unable to plan ahead regarding their employment with long term tenancies, at least their worry of rent increases, protracted negotiations, admin fees and of cost the cost of moving is all but diminished.”

5. 
Demand for high-end flats has decreased

While quality, well-presented flats are seeing increase popularity, the demand for luxury lets is decreasing. Phillip of Maguire Jackson defines a high-end let as one that “costs more than £2,000 per month. We really haven’t had a high demand for high end rental properties in Birmingham recently.”

6. Unfurnished properties remain more popular than furnished ones

There’s a great debate about furnished properties versus unfurnished ones. Furnished properties allow tenants to move in quickly, and can cost a bit more than their unfurnished counterparts. However, unfurnished properties give tenants free reign to make the property their own. Kerry-Anne of Sawyer & Co. says, “when it comes to the furnished/unfurnished debate, unfurnished properties still tend to be more popular than those that are furnished, with furnished properties not being of any more value than those that are not.”

7. More quality housing is becoming available

James Kimmitt, Director of Kimmitt Lettings, has noticed that homes of high quality are coming on to the market. James says, “better accommodation is becoming available as sellers opt to rent out their homes rather than sell, so above average accommodation becomes available but on a reduced timescale. Stamp duty increases are causing evictions for good tenants who want longer than 3-year tenancies.” If you’re viewing a high-quality property in pursuit of a long-term tenancy, check with the landlord to see if they are considering selling the property. 

8. ‘Accidental landlords’ are becoming a thing of the past 

Robert Leight of Victorstone has noticed plenty of change in the lettings landscape, particularly with landlords. According to Robert, “today’s current market sees the return of large investors’ interest in the market with a view to expand their portfolios. Whilst smaller ‘accidental Landlords’ appear to be looking to off load their properties. The number of “new” properties coming the market for let appears to be low at this stage, however demand is steady and increasing. The result of this will inevitably be an increase in rent prices as more people want less property.” James agrees, saying that “many self-maintained landlords have now come to us asking us to manage their properties for them.”

9. Long-term tenancies are becoming more common
 
While many people rent for the short term to keep their living situation flexible, long-term tenancies are becoming more popular. Robert of Victorstone has noticed that “students, whether they are under- or post-graduates, are quite keen to let long-term as long as there’s a possibility to re assign the tenancy should one their flat mates wish to vacate early.” Many professionals with stable jobs are also willing to enter long-term letting agreements. “I personally think it is win-win for both the tenants and landlords as the Private Rental market has become very competitive, especially with increasing number of properties remaining on the market for sale that are now being offered for rent. Long term tenancies offer landlords security of regular income without the need to source new tenants and the costs that are associated with it.”

10. Most tenants are offering six months’ worth of rent in advance

If you’re trying to gain a competitive edge in the lettings market, you’re not alone. Many tenants are offering six months’ worth of rent to landlords before the tenancy begins. Nick of Jon Goodwin comments on this trend, saying “there are a great many tenants opting to offer six months’ rent in advance, (still subject to satisfactory references) but feel they can make this offer to be ahead of other suitable applicants. This is mostly made up of people selling and requiring a property to live in while they look around for another property to purchase as it gives them bargaining power for a purchase. Other cases are people relocating from abroad where they have no credit history here, or older people selling to enjoy their capital.” 

Are you thinking of letting or renting a property? Get in touch with us on 0115 9141122.

07Sep

 Whilst your tenancy agreements may not differ too much from one agreement to the next, no two tenants are the same.

The priorities of one cannot, and should not, be taken to be the requirements of them all. To do this would be very dangerous, as it could lead you to become disconnected and alienated from what your tenants really want and need from you.

New research carried out by Upad, an online letting agent, sheds some light on just how far the chasm between expectations of tenants’ needs and their actual needs can be.

The results speak for themselves… 
Unsurprisingly, the study found that the most popular priority among tenants was the allowance of pets. In total, 1 in 4 survey participants would be willing to pay more rent - or a greater deposit - for the approval of their favourite pooch or feline friend in their rental property.

Pet ownership is a notoriously sore spot for many landlord-tenant disputes. Yet for landlords, this could mean up to an additional £50 per month, according to Upad’s report.

The next highest-ranking priority was a garden, with 18% of the total vote, and guaranteed parking as a close third with 17%. For these amenities, tenants would be happy to pay £69 and £50 extra per month, respectively.

Furnished properties also demonstrated a high demand with 15% of the overall vote, and with tenants willing to pay an average of £163 a month more.

The remaining percentage of voters opted for the following features as their top priority; other (12%), high-speed internet (6%), house cleaning services (4%), balcony (3%), satellite/cable TV (3%), and bike storage (1%).

Reassess your approach

Are there certain rules that mean less to you than they once did, and would you concede on them if it meant making your tenants happier, or if it could increase your property’s worth in their eyes? These are just a few of the questions that you need to be asking yourself the next time that your rental property is back on the letting market. 

Pets, gardens, parking, and furnishings. Granted, some of these cannot be as easily amended as others! Nevertheless, that does not mean that you cannot re-evaluate your tenancy agreement, or have an open a discussion with your future tenants about their individual priorities.

Whether you decide to alter your rental rules or not, think about how you can show your tenants that you are interested in making their experience with you a positive one.

What this means…

The bottom-line is that you pay for what you get, and tenants are becoming increasingly aware of this. In this day and age, people expect speed, efficiency, and a tailored service, and they are much more willing to pay additional fees for an easier life than you might think.