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25Mar

From the whole team here at Royston & Lund, we would like to wish you a very Happy Easter.

Please note that our offices will be operating slightly different opening hours over the Easter period.  Please see below:

Good Friday: 9am - 4pm

Saturday: 9am - 4pm (Keyworth branch 9am - 1pm)

Easter Sunday: CLOSED

Bank Holiday Monday: CLOSED

Tuesday: Normal Hours Resume


24Mar

Please note that our offices will be operating slightly different opening hours over the Easter period.  Please see below:

Good Friday: 9am - 4pm

Saturday: 9am - 4pm (Keyworth branch 9am - 1pm)

Easter Sunday: CLOSED

Bank Holiday Monday: CLOSED

Tuesday: Normal Hours Resume

When our offices are closed, should you be a tenant of one of our managed properties with a potential emergency call out request please contact one of the listed contractors relevant to your emergency and leave a detailed message for them to return your call:

For general builders please try Matthew Hayes – 07980113746, Mark Adamson – 07973659775 Linton Vickers – 07800532269.

Boiler/heating or plumbing emergencies Matthew Heather 07879 897 437, Chris White 07403330745

Steve Rollason for plumbing and drains on 07948406537

Electricians  Andy Beever @ ARB Tel: 07966246727  or Paul Revill @ Lambley Electrical Tel: 07805246943

Please understand that a contractor will only attend to genuine emergency concerns at their own discretion, with attendance being if there is a risk of further damage to a property or danger to tenant/life (this does not include the facility of attending to tenants being locked out).

We would also request that you check your move in letter for individual property information as to whether your landlord has got British Gas or Homeserve call-out cover or a similar policy in place with a preferred tradesman. If this is the case please contact them direct and quote your postcode and the membership number. Royston & Lund are unable to authorise a contractor attending to any property where a landlord has their own cover in place.

Although harsh, we must state that if a call out request is non emergency upon the contractor attend, the cost will be bound to the tenant.

We would like to take this opportunity to wish you a very Happy Easter.

06Mar

Today the doors opened at our brand new Keyworth office, come in and see us at 7 The Square!

06Mar

We are incredibly proud to announce that we have been shortlisted for THREE awards at this year’s ESTA Awards. To be recognised for our outstanding customer service to our clients by the biggest award scheme in the UK residential property industry is a huge achievement. 

The ESTAS determines the best Estate Agent along with the Best Lettings Agents in the UK through research carried out amongst customers who are asked a series of questions about the service they have received from their agent during the home moving process.  The regional and national winners will be announced at the annual ESTAS ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on 20th April. The awards will be presented by TV property expert Phil Spencer in front of 1,000 of the UK’s top property professionals.  Gary Lund said “We’re absolutely delighted to have made it on to this year’s shortlist. We are passionate about the level of service we deliver to our clients and this proves all the hard work the team put in has paid off”

27Feb

Former Notts County star Gary Lund’s estate agency is expanding with a second office in Nottinghamshire.

Royston & Lund, based in West Bridgford, will open a new branch in Keyworth next month, creating four jobs.

The company, which was established in 1994, has been keen to expand into Keyworth for a number of years.

Director and co-founder Mr Lund, who made 392 Football League appearances during the 1980s and 1990s, said: “We have been selling and renting properties in the Rushcliffe area for many years so understand the property industry very well – Keyworth was our first choice when it came to looking for new office space.

“Our expansion was prompted to meet demand. We identified a need for an agent with experience and one which provided a high quality and professional service in the area so jumped at the opportunity when the right unit became available.

“With a growing customer base we knew we needed to extend our presence to ensure that we were continuing to deliver the high quality service we’re known for.”

The agency’s West Bridgford office, in Fountain Court, employs more than 25 staff and had its new look unveiled by Rushcliffe MP Ken Clarke in 2008.

It offers sales and lettings services – an offering that will be replicated at its new branch in The Square, Keyworth.

Mr Lund added: “The new branch has created four new jobs and I’m really pleased with the team we will have in place.

“We pride ourselves on providing an unrivalled package that benefits our clients and it’s all down to our dedicated, professional and approachable staff who are responsible for getting us to where we are today.

“I’m incredibly proud of the team and have complete faith that our next office will be just as successful as our first.

“We've been wanting to open an office in Keyworth for some time so, after almost a quarter of a century in business, we thought it was time to secure a new premises there.

“We hope that we bring something new and innovative to Keyworth and the surrounding area’s property market."

Mr Lund, a striker, spent eight years at Notts County from 1987 to 1995, scoring 62 goals in 248 appearances, which included a season in the top flight under Neil Warnock.

He also played for Grimsby Town, Lincoln City, Hull City and Chesterfield, as well as winning three England U21 caps, before retiring in 1997.

06Feb

We are delighted to have been commended for Best Estate Agent 2018 as well as Best Lettings Agent 2018 for the Midlands region by the Guild of Property Professionals at a gala dinner and awards ceremony, which was held at Country Hall, Westminster Bridge in London on 1st February 2018.

The awards were presented after a full day at the Guild of Property Professionals annual conference, where new strategies were revealed to keep the brand at the cutting edge. Estate agents also heard from motivational speakers and industry experts.

The awards were sponsored by The Telegraph. “It is with great pleasure that The Telegraph is able to support The Guild of Property Professionals in celebrating excellence at their annual awards ceremony.”

Once dinner had been served, the awards were announced, presented by CEO Iain McKenzie alongside Chris Watkin.

The West Bridgford branch were proud to be chosen to receive the Gold Awards for both Sales and Lettings which were collected by Gary Lund, Val Shakespeare and Stephanie Caine on stage at County Hall in front of nearly 300 estate agents.

“We are thrilled to receive these two awards, which is a culmination of all our hard work over the last 12 months,” said Gary Lund, Director.  “We are honoured to be members of the Guild which is a selection of the best independent Estate Agents in the country; to then be voted the best amongst these agents in our region is a real delight.”

Iain McKenzie, CEO of The Guild of Property Professionals, said: “This was my first year at the annual conference and the awards and gala dinner was a huge success. It was great to be able to get together and celebrate excellence within our network. Congratulations to all the award recipients.” 

06Feb

We'll be exhibiting at the Help to Buy Show for Nottinghamshire on Saturday 10th February. Come and say hello and explore your home ownership options.

The Help to Buy Show brings together a whole host of housing professionals to help you unlock your buying potential and get onto the property ladder.

With new house builders, mortgage advisors and solicitors available you’ll be able to increase your property knowledge and come away with lots of useful information.   The Help to Buy Midlands team will also be there to explain more about what Help to Buy is and to give information about the different home buying options that are available.

Exhibitors include house builders with new-build properties for sale through the Help to Buy Equity Loan and Shared Ownership schemes, and financial advisors who will be providing free mortgage assessments and advice throughout the day. There will also be solicitors on hand to guide you through the conveyancing process.

Royston and Lund will be there on the day to offer their knowledge of the Shared Ownership Scheme as well as showcasing the properties which we are currently selling on behalf of Metropolitan Housing Association.

Help to Buy Shows are not just for first-time buyers, they are also for people thinking about moving up the property ladder, or downsizing to a smaller place.The Help to Buy Show for Nottinghamshire will be at: Nottingham Conference Centre, Burton Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU from 10am to 3.30pm. 

Entry is free. Avoid the queues by registering for your free tickets today. Online registration is open at: https://www.helptobuymidlands.co.uk/roadshow 

Further information is available on the Help to Buy Midlands website www.helptobuymidlands.co.uk or by calling Help to Buy Midlands on 03458 502050 and selecting option 2.

26Jan

At the beginning of a new year we can always expect to hear many opinions on where the property market will go over the next 12 months.   We, at Royston & Lund, ended 2017 needing more stock as there continues to be a high demand for properties in the area.  We are therefore, anticipating that house prices will rise during 2018 due to the high levels of demand and we expect to still see predominately a sellers’ market. 

Nationally house prices increased last year by 5% according to House Price Index which is in-line with the increase which we have seen locally in West Bridgford and the surrounding areas. 

The local developments of new homes are giving more choice and in turn aiding the market in stabilising; there are likely to be more properties coming to the market as many buyers begin their search with upsizing and in some cases downsizing. 

It’s not all doom and gloom for first time buyer’s as regardless of the increase in interest rates, mortgage rates are expected to remain favourable, with any further rises expected to be minimal over the next 12 months.  Buyers are increasingly taking advantage of the Help to Buy Scheme as well as Shared Ownership Schemes and therefore this is expected to continue to drive the market forward.

In addition to this, the abolition of stamp duty for first time buyers on all properties up to £300,000 was announced in November, this move is expected to save the average first-time buyer £1,660.  We feel this may provide additional motivation to those considering making 2018 the year to become a homeowner again adding strength to the market locally and nationally. 

Due to the facilities on offer along with the wealth of employment in the wider south Nottingham region, West Bridgford is still a magnet for buyers who know Nottingham, as well as people relocating into the area.

Gary Lund said, “We expect the market to follow a similar pattern to that of 2017, while there is still some uncertainty given the current political climate, the number of buyers still outweighs the level of available properties and as a result house prices are expected to continue to rise.”  This was echoed by the RICS forecast for 2018 who have suggested that nationally we will see similar numbers in activity as shown in 2016/17 with property transactions reaching approximately £1.2 million.

Stephanie Caine, Head of Lettings says, “During 2017 a shortage of property to let in the area has left many tenants feeling disappointed and frustrated. There has been huge demand for all types of property and we have seen an increasing number of properties being snapped up as soon as they are listed and in some cases before they can be actively marketed. This demand has been consistent over the last 2 years and stock levels have remained low, especially during certain months

We have also seen an increase in monthly rental rates for new tenants of approximately £65.00 pcm compared to the end of December 2016. During 2017, we have seen tenants’ expectations raise significantly in terms of requirements for modern décor, fixtures and fittings and this has helped us to advise more landlords to invest in their rental properties to raise the standards of rental property in general. 

With the continued legal obligations being placed on landlords within the private rented sector the industry is becoming more and more regulated. During 2017 we have seen the changes in tax exemptions and stamp duty for landlords/investors, Legionnaire risk assessments as well as The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Regulations 2015 becoming mandatory.

2018 is likely to be a challenging year for letting agents, as we still await confirmation of when the Tenant fee ban will be in place. Changes to EPC regulations in private rented properties is pending for April and there is talk of electrical periodic inspections becoming a legal requirement on all private rented properties, {which as a professional agent we do agree with and actively discuss with landlords we work with}.

It’s likely that as we move into 2018, tenants will continue to see rent increases as supply starts to reduce, high demand continues, and legislative changes increase costs for landlords.

We are delighted that we have retained our position as top Lettings Agent in the Rushcliffe area for 2017. Figures produced by Rightmove.co.uk show we gained the most Lettings Instructions and Lets Agreed throughout 2017 which we put down to our expertise and professionalism.”

23Jan

We're really excited to finally share our news...we're soon to be opening in Keyworth! We are soon to be opening in Keyworth at 7 The Square. Watch this space for more info! 

15Jan

Work has commenced on phase two of the Trent Basin development after amost all the homes and apartments in Phase One, were snapped up.

Builders Willmott Dixon, have now moved on to the next 31 homes, which will feature balconies and roof terraces, providing views across the river, to Lady Bay or a cityscape to the north.

The Trent Basin development will comprise 500 low energy homes when complete and this second phase of 31 properties will comprise a mix of 2, 3 and 4 bedroom houses along with 2 bedroom maisonettes, ranging from £195,000 up to £450,000. The first of these new homes will be ready to move into in 2019

Nick Ebbs, Chief Executive of Blueprint, the multi award­winning Nottingham­based developer of Trent Basin, said: “We’ve been delighted with the popularity of this unique location to date. Feedback from those residents now settled in at Trent Basin is that this is a unique neighbourhood, where residents share a sense of commitment to using energy responsibly and see the natural beauty surrounding their homes.

 “The tall, elegant houses in Phase One fronting well­designed streets with open views over water and green spaces create an instant sense of calm, while Trent Basin’s green energy credentials – it being home to Europe’s largest community energy battery fed by solar photovoltaic panels – put it on the map for residents who have one eye on their environment. Phase Two has been designed to build upon this now well established sense of place and will offer a broader range of property types and styles.” “There’s already a commitment to low energy living shared among the residents, with many of them embracing electric cars, car­sharing and cycling to work. We plan to install additional electric car charging points at Trent Basin and are looking forward to the completion of Nottingham’s first Eco Expressway along Daleside Road which will complement our ambitions for the community by giving buses, bikes and electric vehicles priority along one of Nottingham’s busiest routes.”

For more information contact Val Shakespeare on [email protected] or Liz Owen on [email protected] or contact the office on 0115 9811888.