Monthly Archives: January 2013

Humphrey visits Hayfield Primary

(L-R) Lorraine Batty, Harry Batty-Stokes, Humphrey, Thomas Reimann-Jones & Jenny Clarke

Students from Hayfield Primary and staff from Gascoigne Halman’s seventeen offices, accompanied by Humphrey, donned their walking boots, along with their families and canine friends, to complete the challenging 8 mile Kinder Scout Walk in October. Student Harry Batty-Stokes and his friend Thomas Reimann-Jones were surprised with a visit from Humphrey, in recognition of the two boys raising the most money for the walk.

Harry, Humphrey and Thomas give the thumbs up to fundraising

The enthusiastic walkers met Humphrey at the Sportsman’s Inn at Hayfield on a wet Sunday but the rain didn’t put them off and they put their best feet forwards to head up Kinder Scout, taking in the stunning scenery as they went. This was the generous estate agent’s fifth fundraiser in their 2012 quest to raise money for this very worthwhile charity.

Commenting on the event, Hayfield Primary’s Headmistress Claire Fisher said, “The children were extremely excited to take part in the Kinder Scout Walk and raise money to help poorly children. Despite the poor weather, they had a super day and Humphrey really enjoyed the outing. We were so glad he was able to join us, he’s really fit!”

For more information on buying or selling your home, please call Lorraine Batty at Gascoigne Halman in Whaley Bridge on  01663 719500 or visit

2012 proved a good year for sellers in Didsbury



Recent figures from Gascoigne Halman should help build confidence for people looking to sell their home this year. In 2012 the estate agent reported that they sold 86% of the Didsbury properties they took on.

There are several reasons why buyers continue to be attracted to premium properties in Didsbury. Essentially it’s just one big village ‘Didsbury is to Manchester what Muswell Hill is to London’. The leafy suburb has a real sense of community, with plenty of ever changing and improving independent amenities which are strongly supported by the residents and enable the town to keep its well-known character and charm.

Manager of the Didsbury branch of Gascoigne Halman, Markus Jolleys, commented, “The number of properties we’ve sold has increased by 8% in the last year, a significant figure given market conditions. We have noted that more people seem to be actively on the hunt for houses, which is evident from the increased number of buyer inquiries. This is a good sign that there is improved confidence in the housing market and with house prices looking to remain fairly static and more first time buyers set to step onto the property ladder, some aided by the Bank of England’s’ Funding For Lending’ scheme, it looks like extremely good news for people wanting to sell in the area.”

Markus continues, “Didsbury has always been a very sought after location due to the number of excellent schools and the array of restaurants, bars and cafes which span across the East and West sides of the town. However, with the relocation of the BBC to Media City, superb bus links to Manchester and the highly anticipated Metrolink service set to begin operation in the summer, there are strong suggestions that the demand for properties in Didsbury is set to further increase.”

For more information on buying or selling your home, visit or call the Gascoigne Halman team in Didsbury on 0161 445 7474.

Photo Caption:  Gascoigne Halman Estate Agent, Markus Jolleys

Gascoigne Halman crowned Sunday Times silver winner


Local independent estate agent, Gascoigne Halman, has once again been successful at the Estate Agency of the Year Awards which are run in association with The Sunday Times and The Times.

Gascoigne Halman collected the silver award for Best Medium Sized Estate Agency (Northern). This latest win comes hot on the heels of the estate agent winning Relocation Agent Network’s prestigious 2012 Best Agent Cheshire & North Wales Regional Award in November.

John Halman, managing director and fellow director Peter Higham travelled to London to collect the award at a glittering ceremony at the Lancaster Hotel. The pair were delighted to be presented with their award by Olympic swimmer, Rebecca Adlington, OBE.

The awards ceremony was the culminating event of a rigorous and thorough judging process carried out over a four month period by a panel of industry experts who assessed initial entry submissions before conducting an extensive review of the entrants which included hundreds of telephone interviews and mystery shopping exercises.

In making the award to Gascoigne Halman the judges commented on the company being ‘an extremely professional agency which has profound understanding of how to make a business work well.’ They also noted Gascoigne Halman’s commitment to customer service and their customer service charter. The judges went on to comment on the team being ‘prolific fundraisers’ and ‘working hard for charity’.

Commenting on the win, John Halman said, “We are absolutely delighted to once again have our work recognised by these prestigious awards. Receiving the award was a fitting end to what has been another successful year.

“The award bears testament to the dedication and hard work of the team and is a ringing endorsement for everything that we do.”

A website listing all the winning companies with comments from the judges as to why they won can be found at

Photo caption: Rebecca Adlington OBE, John Halman, Peter Higham and Athena Hubble, Sales Director Zoopla Property Group.

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