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According to research by Endsleigh Insurance, one of the country’s leading specialist insurance providers, landlords who use a letting agent save £1910 a year compared to those who market their properties directly to tenants.

The survey of has uncovered many misconceptions about the value offered by letting agents. Most of the savings relate to services which help guard against costly void periods. Three in four (76 per cent) respondents reported that their agent helps them proactively find tenants, as well as other services, such as help with legal and financial matters, which contribute to a reduction in overall costs.

The survey also shows that the relationships between letting agents and landlords are not just about the financial benefits. The findings show that of those who use an agent, half (50 per cent) were most attracted to their current agent because of their local knowledge and more than two in five (44 per cent) claim that excellent service is a deciding factor. Quality of life has also proved to be a factor with two in five (41per cent) feeling that the main benefit of working with an agent is that it provides peace of mind.

Head of Property at Endsleigh, David Hadden, said, ‘Landlords who use letting agents find them very useful – especially before a letting – and state they help to reduce stress, free up time and, critically, save them money. The perceived cost of using a letting agent is among the biggest deterrents for many landlords, but those that do use an agent are on average reporting significant savings. Landlords considering letting their properties directly to tenants in light of changing legislation must seek advice to avoid potentially compromising their income, their quality of life and the provision of support and service that agents can offer.’

Director at Granger & Oaks, Andrew Sainsbury commented, ‘this survey proves what we have always believed to be true, that using an agent with expertise and a thorough understanding of the local market ultimately provides a better return for landlords. And also comes with the added benefit of peace of mind and time saved. Using an agent should really be a no-brainer for landlords, but it is up to individual agents to prove this to their clients.’

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Every month we like to highlight all the great work done by all the wonderful property professionals at Granger & Oaks during the previous month. ‘Treating it like our own’ has always been our guiding principle, so each month we like to put the spotlight on the individual that has done the most to go the extra mile for clients and really ‘treated it like their own’.

Lots of nominations again for great work and service to clients this month. Property Manager, Ravinder Rathour was nominated for continuing to progress and deal with some complex issues whilst treating 'it' as his own and thinking out of the box in order to get things best resolved for clients. He had some challenging discussions, but always remained calm and professional and focused on the end goal throughout.

Property Administrator, Barbara Marshall was nominated for her excellent handling of property inquiries by doing her utmost to get prospective tenants and purchasers to see properties they’ve not necessarily enquired about. And let us not forget she is also a letting machine when the need arises!

Property Administrator, Bernadette Cunnane was nominated for her quick thinking during a particularly busy start to a Saturday, by re-organising herself and the team to ensure customers and clients got the best service we could provide.

Lettings Manager, Diane Bown was also nominated for taking on others workloads at short notice, which again helped to deliver the excellent customer service Diane and all the team at Granger & Oaks are so well known for.

After lots of very careful consideration (you can see how hard it was to decide), the decision has been made and the winner for November’s Star Performer Award goes to Property Administrator extraordinaire, Bernadette Cunnane!

Well done to all that were nominated but extra congratulations go to Bernadette. It’s amazing to see how much progress you’ve made during the time you’ve been with us, you’re an example to us all.

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Every month we like to highlight all the great work done by all the wonderful property professionals at Granger & Oaks during the previous month. ‘Treating it like our own’ has always been our guiding principle, so each month we like to put the spot-light on the individual that has done the most to go the extra mile for clients and really ‘treated it like their own’.

This month several people have stood out for recognition, however, there can only be one winner. This month’s winner has only joined Granger & Oaks recently, but has quickly fitted in and become a very valued member of the team. They have worked extremely hard during one of our busiest times and performed like a seasoned property professional dealing with some complex scenarios within only a short period of time.

Yes, this month’s winner is Apprentice Property Administrator extraordinaire, Abbey Renshaw! Well done Abbey your hard work and dedication is an example to us all.

A special mention this month also goes to Property Administrator, Bernadette Cunnane for helping colleagues with some difficult procedures and issues recently. Your knowledge and understanding of industry practice has grown vastly and is immensely helpful to all.

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Every month we like to highlight all the great work done by all the wonderful property professionals at Granger & Oaks during the previous month. ‘Treating it like our own’ has always been our guiding principle, so each month we like to put the spot-light on the individual that has done the most to go the extra mile for clients and really ‘treated it like their own’.

Lots of nominations this month for the Star Performer award, but there is one stand-out this month with several nominations from fellow colleagues. This person has worked very hard getting to grips with their new role, and whilst being thrown into the deep end a little has taken to it like a duck to water.

Yes, this month’s Star Performer is Property Manager extraordinaire, Ravinder Rathour.

Very well done Ravinder, you’re doing a brilliant job and seem to be really embracing the role and quickly picking up new pieces of the jigsaw as you go along.

Special mention also goes to Property Manager, Nicole Edwards, who has done a grand job of training in recent months as well as supporting everyone in the team.

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Every month we like to highlight all the great work done by all the wonderful property professionals at Granger & Oaks during the previous month. ‘Treating it like our own’ has always been our guiding principle, so each month we like to put the spot-light on the individual that has done the most to go the extra mile for clients and really ‘treated it like their own’.

It’s been a very busy month at Granger & Oaks and there have been many nominations for Star Performers for outstanding work and effort. However, there can only be one winner and though this month has been hotly contested, there is a stand out… and that person is Sales Negotiator extraordinaire Bali ‘sold it’ Sidhu!

Well done Bali, you continually go the extra mile for clients, proven by not 1, not 2, but 3 FIVE STAR reviews on facebook and google this month! As we've been so busy, you've been gleefully helping the lettings team all whilst juggling with your sales role... a grand job, well done!

A special mention this month goes to Senior Property Manager, Lauren Veale, for keeping everyone organised and motivated and dealing expertly with some ‘challenging’ tenants for the benefit of clients. Another special mention also goes to Tenancy Coordinator, Nicole Edwards, who as always provides a level head in the face of a challenge and has been fitting in some excellent training around the many tasks of a Tenancy Coordinator. 

Very well done all!