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First time buyer success story seen in the Metro

With Great Britain storming up the medal charts at the Rio Olympics, it seems as if the whole of England is celebrating. This is particularly true for Alex Garguilo, 20, and Hannah Sanders, 21, who must have felt like they have won gold; getting engaged and securing their first home.

Not only did they get engaged in January but, with support from the Help to Buy scheme and Hannah’s parents, they’ve also bought a fabulous new one-bedroom apartment at Prime Place, Godalming, in the heart of the town.

Here at PHM we’re also celebrating as our write-up on their lovely story featured in this week’s Metro’s Property supplement. Journalist Andrea Dean featured the story in the ‘First-time Buyer’ section, where Alex and Hannah spoke about how fantastic Prime Place was in helping them secure their new home.

Alex and Hannah both studied at Godalming College so know the town well and already enjoy its great facilities and semi-rural setting. After driving past Prime Place, Godalming, a number of times and seeing that the show apartment had opened, they decided to stop in and find out more. Keen to settle down in their own home before they marry next year, to them it seemed the perfect choice.

Alex said: “This was the first and only development we looked at – it’s exactly what we needed. We love the central location and the specification of the apartments is great.

“When Help to Buy was explained to us, it quickly became obvious that this was our best route. Without Help to Buy we would have struggled to buy our first home. Our apartment is brilliant – we couldn’t be more thrilled.”

For more information, contact Hamptons International on 01483 351933. Help to Buy is available on all the apartments and on townhouses priced less than £600,000; and is not limited to first-time buyers. Part Exchange is also available for second buyers.

Currently available at Prime Place, Godalming are one, two and three-bedroom apartments starting from £277,995 and three and four-bedroom townhouses starting from £574,995.

‘You won’t miss it when you give it’ *

#Missingtype is the latest campaign to take over twitter this week, trending worldwide in one morning, in order to raise awareness of giving blood. Companies have been dropping the letters; A B and O from their logos to encourage people to sign up because shockingly the number of blood donators in the UK has dropped enormously in recent years. As a result the NHS is currently hoping to recruit 204,000 new donors this year alone to meet with demand, according to

This cause is particularly close to our hearts here at Property House Marketing as we strongly support the ‘Smile from Hatti’ campaign originally started by our friend and colleague Hatti Sandall who tragically lost her life to cancer last year and knew all too well how important blood donations were.

Many people would not be alive today without the generosity of blood donors, and so Hatti started a “give blood” campaign in August 2014, to help save the lives of others. Her initial target was 100 people, which she impressively doubled! We would love to increase her target to 500+ people. Just remember: each blood donation can help as many as 3 people (and you get a free chocolate biscuit). If you decide to help with this cause, please take a photo of yourself with #igavebloodhats and post it on social media, preferably instagram if you have an account.

You can read more about Hatti’s story on her web page

Help fill in the gaps and save lives by donating blood!


I spy… familiar names in First Time Buyer Magazine

Despite prolonged uncertainty for the property market and mortgage approvals following the referendum result, the first-time buyer market seems to be buzzing with activity. More mortgages were handed out to first-time buyers in June than in any other month since 2007, according to research by the Council of Mortgage Lenders. So why not pick up a copy of First Time Buyer magazine to see what great properties are available? We were delighted to spot a few familiar names in this month’s edition.

The Bureau in Colindale by Network Homes is a new collection of 33 one, two and three-bedroom apartments showcased in an article about Shared Ownership. These beautiful new apartments, due to launch in September, are located just a one minute walk from Colindale tube station on the Northern line, equipping residents with easy access to all the capital has to offer. Prices start at £73,750 based on a 25% share with a full market value of £295,000. For more information, call Network Homes on 0208 782 4213.

Aberfeldy Village by Prime Place, was featured in the column House Hunter, where First Time Buyer went on the hunt with Liam and Nick, a computer programmer and software engineer from East London looking to buy their first home together. Their requirements include one or two bedrooms, proximity to local amenities, and a garden or balcony. The Poplar development encompasses all of these and more. Prices from £364,995, available with help to buy. For more information, call Prime Place on 0207 515 1491.

Thames Valley Housing’s Woodbridge in Frimley, was featured in an article explaining the benefits of Help to Buy schemes. The development comprises a mix of refurbished and new one and two-bedroom apartments and four-bedroom houses, and is situated opposite Waitrose and near Frimley train station. Prices from £299,995 for a two-bedroom apartment, and £495,000 for a four-bedroom, end of terrace house with Help to Buy options available. For more information, please contact Thames Valley Housing on 01276 538 991.

Thomasons and Clear Structures rebrand reflects business growth

Civil and structural engineering firm Thomasons is one of our most established clients, having formed in 1947. After decades of success, it has recently undergone an exciting new rebrand to reflect its ongoing business growth and future direction.

Thomasons has been continuously expanding since its inception, and has refreshed not only its own brand and website, but that of its off-shoot glass engineering consultancy Clear Structures, showcasing the extensive range of services across all the sectors in which they boast expertise. Each company also has an exciting new logo, to coincide with the refreshing of the brands.

Nick Russell, Senior Director at Thomasons, who recently won an Expert Witness Award, says: “Our business has grown and matured significantly in recent years and it felt the right time to signal the changes in our practice with more dynamic and modern corporate identities. The new websites give an insight into the breadth of our work and the many high-profile projects in which we are involved.  We have exciting plans for the future and look forward to working with our many partners as we continue to develop our business and services, both in the UK and internationally.”

Thomasons isn’t the only company that has rebranded recently – you’re reading this on our dynamic new website, and our client Ecoled has also redesigned its website and logo too.

#GloriousGuildford winner, you’ve won a steak dinner!

In latest Glorious Guildford ‘moos’, you might have seen she was transported to Newlands Corner in time for the recent Prudential RideLondon cycle event. If you were in attendance, you might have spotted her chewing the cud in prime (rib) position as the speedy cyclists flew ‘pasteurise’.

The event also coincided with the end of our #GloriousGuildford selfie competition, and after careful ru-moo-nation, we’re delighted to announce Lydia Frew (above centre) as the winner of the £100 CAU voucher! We thought she was very brave going head-to-horns with Glorious Guildford, which made a fantastic picture.

We’ve loved seeing all the funny, silly and crazy selfies on our Twitter and Facebook feeds, so if you find yourself in Guildford’s Castle Grounds over the summer holidays please feel free to keep sending them in!

The next event booked in Glorious Guildford’s dairy is the Surrey Hills Food, Drink and Music Festival on Saturday 3rd September, where she will be judged alongside her bovine buddies. The pick of the herd will then go on to auction where it is hoped they will raise a heff-ty sum for the Surrey Hills Trust Fund and each sponsors’ chosen charity; in our case, Challengers.

For more information on CowParade visit or visit our Challengers blog page to see what else Glorious Guildford’s been up to.

Let the games begin!

The 2016 Olympics begins in Rio tomorrow – one of the most exciting, widely-celebrated sporting events in history – has it really been four years already?

The athletics extravaganza will be sure to inspire the less active among us, so we thought we’d show off a handful of our clients’ properties near some fantastic sporting facilities.

The following are not in podium order, they all get a gold medal from us!

Prime Place, Kensal Rise is a collection of beautifully-designed one and two-bedroom apartments and four-bedroom townhouses built around a new multi-million pound sports centre, on Chamberlayne Road, ‘the hippest street in Europe’ according to Vogue. Prices at Prime Place, Kensal Rise start from £526,000. Call selling agents Hamptons international on 020 7758 8487 for more information.

Oakhill Park is an exclusive gated development of mansion-style apartments and penthouses in Putney – the place famous for being the start point of the Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race, but rowing here is popular all-year round. Thames Rowing Club, just over a mile away is one of the oldest rowing clubs in London and caters for a variety of standards from novice to international.

Prices start from £860,000 for a two-bedroom apartment. Call Savills on 020 3430 6920 to find out more.

Vista – a collection of luxurious one, two, and three-bedroom apartments – marries iconic architecture and a top specification with unparalleled views over Battersea Park, which is home to the Millennium Arena; a 400m running track and athletics venue. Any fitness fanatic will enjoy living so close to these facilities, as track and field is the heart of the historic competition.

The final phase of Vista has now launched, so call Berkeley on 020 3053 6900 to book an appointment now – prices from £895,000.


Stunning sky garden the jewel in the crown for homeowner who swaps old for new at Park Heights, Stockwell

Matthew Lumb and Catherine Ross had been living together in Matthew’s Stockwell apartment for a number of years when they decided that it was time to buy their first home together.

So, the couple bought a two-bedroom apartment at Park Heights. Their apartment – purchased for £550,000 – is on the sixth floor and includes an en suite shower room to the master bedroom and a balcony.

“Buying this apartment makes practical sense in so many ways,” says Catherine, a copywriter for a large hotel chain. “I’ve now taken my first steps on the property ladder, and Matthew has upgraded to a smarter property and is now able to rent out his former apartment.”

Matthew’s previous apartment was in a block built over 70 years ago, so this time around he was drawn to the idea of moving into a newly built home.

“This apartment is much bigger and brighter than our old one as well as being much more economical to live in,” says Matthew, a freelance photographer. “We also don’t have to worry about repairs as everything is new.”

“It is very flash with all the latest mod cons – including touch screen ovens,” he continues. “Network has paid a lot of attention to detail and my apartment is finished to a really high standard.”

“We also love the fact that we are the first people to live in this apartment,” says Catherine.

The couple especially enjoy relaxing in the stunning residents’ sky garden on the 20th floor. “Since we moved in, we’ve been up there many times,” says Catherine. “It is tremendous – especially on a nice day or a warm evening when you can see for miles. It really is the cherry on the cake.”

Park Heights also has its own 24-hour concierge, which the couple find extremely useful. “The customer service is fantastic and it’s great to know that they will take care of deliveries,” says Matthew.

“Network Homes has obviously invested a lot in this regeneration and the area is really changing for the better as a result,” he adds. “Park Heights is a key part of that change: it is a very elegant building that’s totally transformed the look and feel of this part of Stockwell.”

A limited number of two-bedroom homes remain for sale at Park Heights, where prices now start at £675,000. For more information, contact selling agents Site Sales on 0344 809 2026.
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‘Check out’ these super homes benefiting from The Waitrose Effect

It’s not even been a year since Guildford’s very own Waitrose and Aldi opened but here at PHM the excitement has not waned, especially since we read the news this week which has revealed that living near a supermarket could boost the value of your home – on average by £22,000.

In light of this, we thought we’d pick out some homes currently on the market for you to ‘check out’, which benefit from not only the ‘Waitrose Effect’.

Bury Fields, a beautiful Arts & Crafts property by renowned architect Hugh Thackeray Turner, is situated just moments from Guildford High Street (within a 10-minutes’walk of a Tesco, Waitrose and Sainsbury’s and Marks & Spencer) in a stunning Grade-ll listed communal courtyard garden. Bury Fields is priced at £675,000. For more information, call Chantries Independent Estate Agents on 01483 405222.

Prime Place, Godalming offers a centrally-located, stunning collection of contemporary townhouses and apartments, which are conveniently situated directly opposite Waitrose, Godalming. Prices for a one-bedroom apartment start from £277,995, available with Help to Buy. For more information, contact Hamptons International on 01483 351933.

Thames Valley Housing’s Woodbridge development in Frimley, comprises a mix of refurbished and new one and two-bedroom apartments and four-bedroom houses, is situated opposite Waitrose and near Frimley train station. Prices for a two-bedroom flat apartment start at £299,995, and for a four-bedroom, end of terrace house at £495,000. For more information, please contact Thames Valley Housing on 01276 538991.

Hard work worth it as ‘Awards Season’ comes to a close

Pinch, punch first of the month! It’s August, which means the deadline for the What House? Awards has now closed, but luckily all the 23 entries we produced on behalf of our clients made it on time.

The What House? Awards, which are now in their 35th year, honour enterprising, customer-focused housebuilders. Last year our clients won a total of seven awards, including one gold and four silver winners, so we can’t wait for the glittering awards ceremony on Friday 18th November, at Grosvenor House Hotel in London, when this year’s winners will be revealed.

Although the What House? Awards deadline has passed, there is still plenty of opportunities all year round including the upcoming London Planning Awards, now in its 14th year, which is in partnership with the Mayor of London and London Councils to recognise and reward best practice in planning in the capital. The ceremony will take place at City Hall next February. The deadline is Friday 16th September, so it’s not too late to enter if you think you have a project worthy of recognition.

At PHM, we pride ourselves on our unparalleled awards writing and attention to detail. We produce reputation-enhancing entries for our clients in national competitions which applaud key aspects of a new development one-off property, an initiative or the company itself.

To find out more, get in touch with us today on 01483 561119.

Latest Glorious Guildford coverage ‘moosic’ to PHM’s ears

If you keep up with Property House Marketing ‘moos’, you may have noticed we’ve been ‘milking’ our CowParade PR campaign, which recently caught the attention of Rupert Bates, editorial director at Show House.

Writing in his Squirrel column, about our cow, Glorious Guildford, he said “Now when a leading property PR company sponsors a cow at a local show, it seems ‘udderly’ predictable to ‘milk’ the puns; something Squirrel would never do.”

However, our managing director, Nikki Ackerley refused to be drawn into the pun fight. “When PHM ‘herd’ that CowParade was coming to Surrey, it jumped ‘over the moon’ at the chance to sponsor a cow in aid of Challengers, the disabled children’s charity,” she said.

Glorious Guildford will be moved from Guildford Castle Grounds on Saturday morning and taken to Newlands Corner in time for the Prudential RideLondon cycle event on Sunday to cheer the cyclists on. If you’d like a bit of help finding her, download CowParade’s ‘on the moove’ app where it’ll show you where all the cows are in Surrey. Both cyclists and spectators can admire Glorious Guildford while she is enjoying the view out over the hills.

For more information on how to find all the CowParade cows around Surrey, their final appearance at the Surrey Hills Food, Drink and Music Festival on Saturday 3rd September, or their final auction on the 20th October, visit: If you’re interested in how Glorious Guildford was made, you can watch her come to life in this time-lapse video which documents Colette’s work from start to finish: