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Gascoigne Halman Named Best Agent in the Cheshire & North Wales Region

Photo Caption (L-R): Stephen Mangan, The Gascoigne Halman Team, and Richard Tucker. Independent estate agent, Gascoigne Halman is delighted to announce that they have won Relocation Agent Network’s prestigious 2014 Best Agent Cheshire & North Wales Regional Award at the Network’s annual National Conference, held at the Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel, London on Friday 14 November.

The annual prize gives the winning agency the title of ‘Best Agent in the Cheshire & North Wales Region’ and is awarded on a number of criteria measuring the agent’s overall contribution to Relocation Agent Network, their ability to achieve customer satisfaction, a strong market share locally and a proven record of helping relocating buyers move both in and out of the area.

The National Conference culminated in an evening black tie Awards Dinner hosted by acclaimed comedy actor, Stephen Mangan, best known for his role as the delusional and arrogant anesthetist, Guy Secretan in the hit Channel 4 hospital sitcom, Green Wing. Currently he stars in the BBC 2 comedy, Episodes with Matt LeBlanc. Stephen announced Gascoigne Halman’s award win.

John Halman comments, “We are really proud to be named the region’s best Relocation Agent Network member as it recognises the hard work and combined effort of everyone here at Gascoigne Halman. The award win clearly demonstrates to our buying and selling customers that we are one of Cheshire’s leading estate agents.”

Richard Tucker, Relocation Agent Network’s Managing Director said, “Gascoigne Halman’s outstanding customer service, independent business initiatives, local market share and commitment to our Network principles means that this award is thoroughly deserved. Congratulations to all the team at Gascoigne Halman.”

Information about Gascoigne Halman can be found by visiting their website http://www.gascoignehalman.co.uk/

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Gascoigne Halman’s Lee Tickle Wins National ‘Employee of the Year’ Award

Lee Tickle and TM training and development’s Peter Chapman

Lee Tickle from Gascoigne Halman in Stockton Heath is celebrating after being awarded Relocation Agent Network’s Employee of the Year Award 2014. The accolade acknowledges the individual’s ability to continually go above and beyond their daily duties in providing the highest service to their customers.

The Employee of the Year Award, sponsored by TM training and development, was announced at the Network’s annual National Conference, held this year at the Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel in London on Friday 14 November. The Annual Conference and Awards Dinner includes an industry leading trade exhibition and has become one of the UK’s most prestigious estate agency events and a calendar highlight for Network members.

John Halman said, “Gascoigne Halman is delighted that Lee Tickle has been named Employee of the Year 2014. Lee is an invaluable member of the Stockton Heath team, continually demonstrating the highest standards of professionalism and continually going the extra mile for his customers.”

Relocation Agent Network’s Managing Director, Richard Tucker said of the win, “The Employee of the Year Award recognises the high calibre of staff employed by our members. It’s a fantastic accolade for Gascoigne Halman and a great achievement for Lee, who has worked hard to be crowned 2014’s Employee of the Year.”

For further information, please contact Gascoigne Halman, 01925 860 400 or stocktonheath@gascoignehalman.co.uk

Gascoigne Halman shortlisted for 2 national estate agent awards

Gascoigne Halman is delighted to have been shortlisted for two national estate agent awards.

The leading independent estate agent has been shortlisted in the Relocation Agent Network (RAN) 2014 Best Agent in Cheshire & North Wales and Lee Tickle from the company’s Stockton Heath office has been shortlisted in Relocation Agent Network’s 2014 Employee of the Year Award.

RAN is an affiliation of the country’s leading independent estate agents who together make up the most influential estate agency force in Britain. RAN is backed by Cartus, the world’s largest relocation company.

By being part of the RAN alliance, Gascoigne Halman has the first opportunity to access the large number of purchasers moving into the area from other parts of the country through over 620 offices nationwide.

The Best Agent award is an annual prize for the agent that has consistently made the best overall contribution to the Network throughout the year. To reach this stage of the award agents must demonstrate excellent customer service, independent business initiatives, local market share and a commitment to the Relocation Agent Network principles.

Lee Tickle’s award acknowledges individuals who go above and beyond to provide the highest levels of customer service in their estate agency.

John Halman, Gascoigne Halman’s Managing Director said, “We are delighted to be shortlisted, especially as the awards recognise the hard work and combined effort, commitment and enthusiasm of our entire team.”

The winners will be announced on the 14th November at the RAN Awards Dinner in London.

Cheadle estate agent get thumbs up

Cheadle estate agent, Katy Bowden is celebrating after becoming an accredited Relocation Agent Specialist.

The accreditation was awarded to the Gascoigne Halman employee by Relocation Agent Network and is achieved by completing a comprehensive training programme, The Importance of Service.

Katy, a mother of two has worked at the Cheadle office of Gascoigne Halman since it opened nearly ten years ago.

Gascoigne Halman is part of Relocation Agent Network, a national network of independent estate agents who assist people to find a house when they are relocating. The Network introduced the training programme to ensure each of their members provides the very highest customer service to those relocating around the UK.

To gain her accreditation, Katie completed three phases of learning, starting with four training sessions on the importance of customer service. This was followed by three online seminars covering how best to help customers who are relocating around the UK.

Finally, Katie converted her theoretical learning into a practical skill set by delivering assistance to three relocating customers.

Peter Higham of Gascoigne Halman said, “We take staff development very seriously and Katy’s accreditation is a great example of what can be achieved when staff are supported properly to improve their skills. Of course, having a Relocation Agent Specialist in the team is also great for our relocating customers.”

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Peter presents Katy with her award

Estate agent zips it for charity

Didsbury estate agent, Markus Jolleys of Gascoigne Halman, took to the air on a zip wire once again last weekend, when he zipped 250 metres across Manchester’s iconic Ship Canal in aid of Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.

MJ Zip Wire

The daring feat saw Markus jump off the Air Shard at the Imperial War Museum, which is almost 100 feet high, zip across the Manchester Ship Canal and land right in front of the Lowry. The zip wire formed part of Markus’ year long campaign for Royal Manchester’s Children Hospital and raised over £100 for the charity. 

Commenting, Markus said, “Even though I’ve done a zip wire once before, I could feel that familiar feeling in the pit of my stomach and my legs turn to jelly as I looked down to observe the ground below. However, when you see the amazing views across Manchester and Media City you soon forgot about it – it’s such an exhilarating experience.”

Markus is also continuing to support local children’s hospice, Francis House, and is due to participate in their Festival of Christmas trees next month. The Festival of Christmas, which is being held at the Lowry Outlet Mall, will see over 40 decorated trees on display with a chance to bid for your favourite.

For more information on buying or selling your home, contact Markus at the Didsbury office of Gascoigne Halman on 0161 445 7474, or visit www.gascoignehalman.co.uk

What’s happening to the value of your home?

John Halman of Gascoigne Halman

At long last there is some improvement in the level of confidence and activity in the housing market. Gascoigne Halman is represented by seventeen offices across the region and, as such, our activity levels provide a useful barometer for what’s happening with the property market in your local patch.

I am sure you will be pleased to read that last month we saw not only increased enquiries but also the highest number of agreed sales since 2008.

Rightmove, the country’s most popular property portal has recently announced that average asking prices in England and Wales have passed £250,000 for the first time.  They have also stated that this is a 2.7% increase on a year ago and a 1.2% increase from the month before.  This was the sixth consecutive monthly rise.

Rightmove statistics also indicate that whilst prices in the South East were racing away climbing 14.8%, those in the North, which not only reflect our area but the wider region, rose by 9.2%. Rightmove said that this represented the possibility of a broader housing market recovery and this has certainly been reflected by the activity levels and number of sales generated across our offices in South Manchester, North Cheshire and the High Peak.

The good news for home buyers is that prices have adjusted significantly and, according to the Nationwide Building Society, have fallen 20% in real terms since the autumn of 2007. According to Oxford Economics and the Institute of Fiscal Studies’ Green Budget, prices are now below their long term trend.  They also point out that this is further backed up by the House Price Earnings Ratio which has fallen a quarter since the crisis and is now in line with its average since the period of low interest began in the 1990’s.

One of the recent factors that has had a positive impact on the market has been the increased competition among many lenders enabling more competitive mortgage deals for first time buyers and those requiring a high loan to value. These groups have been penalised over the last few years and this in itself has been a factor in slowing down the property market.

So we are seeing welcome and noticeable improvements in the property market but there are words of caution.  The Intermediary Mortgage Lenders Association says that post-recession home ownership levels have fallen dramatically and transactions are still operating at only 60% of those at the peak.  As a consequence it is likely that the private rented sector will continue to satisfy a significant part of our housing needs over the coming years.

The future sees the introduction of the Government’s Help to Buy Scheme for second hand homes next January and this is a 95% tax payer backed mortgage scheme.  Whilst this has attracted some criticism as it could provide an artificial stimulus to the market and cause prices to rise, it appears that some buyers are pre-empting any potential scheme-induced price rises by doing a deal now.

After several years of having to deal with a significant slump in confidence in the housing market, and with a lack of available funding, this commentator is certainly relieved that on this occasion there appears to be sound reasons for optimism for the market in our area.

John Halman

John Halman is Managing Director of Gascoigne Halman, an estate agent with seventeen offices in South Manchester and is the North West Regional Residential Spokesman for the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

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 www.gascoignehalman.co.uk

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