If you're looking for an agent that responds quickly to an enquiry, results from the Rightmove Mystery Shop suggest you should look no further than Granger & Oaks. 

In a sample Mystery Shop of companies attending Rightmove's Nottingham Breakfast Seminar for member agents, Granger & Oaks were rated 2nd in Sales, and 3rd in lettings for the time it took to respond to an enquiry. Hardly scientific we know, but it shows how hot we are at responding to leads that are looking to buy or rent!

We thought it was worth some bubbles to celebrate on a wet October morning. 

 Granger & Oaks top 3 agent

Pic. Nicole Edwards, the fastest phone in the West. 

With the vast majority of property commentary being London and the South East focussed, it is refreshing to see a propery portal taking notice of what is going on around the country, so here at Granger & Oaks HQ we were thrilled to be asked to comment on what is going on in the area by fast growing new property portal On The Market.

Nottingham OTM

"With England winning the Ashes at Trent Bridge in the summer, and the release of 'I Believe in Miracles' this week it is great to see Nottingham in the news for the right reasons again. Add to that, the opening of the tram extension, a rash of new bars and restaurants, and the long overdue revamp of the shopping centres, and Nottingham is starting to feel like it is on the up again" comments Jonathan Detheridge, Head of Granger & Oaks.

You can read the blog here 

Granger & Oaks sell, let & manage property across Nottinghamshire. The company is independent & in 2013 celebrated it's 10 year anniversary. We are licensed by ARLA & the NAEA, and offer a high quality service that is competitively priced.

 

Nicole Star Performer 03.09.15

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’.

With the summer letting season in full swing, this month’s winner has seen a huge increase in their workload, but has remained calm and focused to get the job done for the benefit of clients, tenants and colleagues alike.

Yes this month’s winner, as voted by her colleagues is none other than Property Administrator extraordinaire, Nicole Edwards.

Well done Nicole, we know you’ve taken on a lot this month. Your hard work and dedication has allowed a very busy month to run smoothly for all concerned. You are an example to us all.

Special mentions this month go to Senior Property Manager, Lauren Veale, who as always, stepped up admirably to fill in for the Office Manager, Diane Bown whilst she took a well deserved holiday. Having a very full workload to return to, Diane was thoroughly prepared and had the office running like clockwork even before her return. A thank you also goes to Property Manager, Giulia McDonough, who as always has worked exceptionally hard and everyone continues to appreciate her positive “can do” attitude, a very useful trait in property management.

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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 is well known that this person always strives to do their best for landlords and treats every property as if it were their own, but this month’s winner has surpassed even themselves this month by driving a very steady ship through a period of what is traditionally a very busy period in the lettings cycle. They have been a rock to colleagues and covered the entire spectrum of lettings activities whilst her fellow team members take much deserved holidays. She even volunteered to dispose of some rodents that were causing mischief at one of our clients properties, now that really is ‘treating it like your own!’

The winner of this month’s Star Performer, as voted by her colleagues is none other than Office Manager extraordinaire, Diane Bown.

Great work Diane, your hard work and commitment to great customer service is highly commendable. You’re an example to us all.

 

income-tax 1

 

There were a number of measures annouced in the Summer Budget that will impact the taxation of property income and which landlords should be aware of.

These will include:
1. The abolition of the 10% wear and tear allowance (see details below)
2. The restriction of tax relief to the basic rate (20%) for loan interest on funds raised to purchase residential property for letting. This will be phased in over four years from April 2017; and the current £4,250 rent-a-room allowance is to be increased to £7,500 from April 2016.

The abolition of the wear and tear relief will apply from April 2016. It will be replaced by a new replacement furniture relief. The new relief will be available to landlords of unfurnished, part furnished and furnished properties. The relief will not apply to ‘furnished holiday letting’ (FHL) businesses and letting of commercial properties, because these businesses receive relief through the Capital Allowances regime. The new replacement furniture relief will only apply to the replacement of furnishings. The initial cost of furnishing a property would not be included.

Under the new replacement furniture relief landlords of all non-FHL residential dwelling houses will be able to claim a deduction for the capital cost of replacing furniture, furnishings, appliances and kitchenware provided for the tenant’s use in the dwelling house, such as:

  • movable furniture or furnishings, such as beds or suites,
  • televisions,
  • fridges and freezers,
  • carpets and floor-coverings,
  • curtains,
  • linen,
  • crockery or cutlery,
  • beds and other furniture

Landlords of furnished residential let property considering the replacement of these qualifying items in the current tax year, 2015-16, may be advised to defer expenditure until after 5 April 2016. In this way they will still maximise their claim to the present wear and tear allowance of 10% of rents for 2015-16, and be able to claim the new replacement furniture relief from 6 April 2016.