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Meet Louise, PHM’s newest team member!

We’re delighted to introduce our new Account Executive, Louise Jarvis, who joined the Property House Marketing team in October.
Louise graduated from the University of Surrey this year with a degree in English Literature. Having worked in marketing and events throughout her time at university, she is already experienced in promoting people and products.
Louise has a keen interest in property, and her passion for writing means she already shares PHM’s ethos – doesn’t hurt either that she knows where to put an apostrophe!
Louise describes her dream home as “an old barn conversion in the heart of Surrey’s countryside, with a mixture of modern and rustic furnishings. If it’s got bundles of character and a big garden with a comfy bench where I can drink a cup of tea and read my favourite book, I’m sold.”
To learn more about the rest of our team visit our bio page, and, while you’re on our website, check out our blogs to find out what we’ve been up to.

Glorious Guildford up for sale

Our CowParade cow Glorious Guildford is back in the UK ready to go to auction this Thursday with some of her bovine buddies after a busy month of globetrotting.

 

Over the last six weeks, Glorious Guildford has visited a host of wonderful countries including Egypt, Australia and Rome – where she met up with fellow Challengers cows, Roman Cow and Doctor Moo. Our Instagram competition was hugely popular and we are delighted to announce Sian Johns as the winner of the prize draw!

 

The fun isn’t over yet… we still have the auction to look forward to. It is hoped each cow will raise a beefy sum which will be split between her sponsors’ chosen charity – in our case, the disabled children’s charity Challengers – and the Surrey Hills Trust Fund.

 

By taking part in the bidding, Glorious Guildford’s new owner can not only take home a piece of art by renowned, award-winning artist, Colette Clegg, but also raise money for a vitally important local charity. If you’re interested in buying Glorious Guildford, or know anyone who might be, please register your bids online here ahead of the auction that takes place at Sandown Park Racecourse on Thursday 20th October at 8:00pm.

 

For more information about Challengers or Glorious Guildford, please visit our blog page to find out more about the auction and don’t forget to like and share our Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn posts.

Cause for celebration at the National Housing Awards

Last Thursday was a successful day for Property House Marketing and our clients, Network Homes and Affinity Sutton, who between them picked up a hat trick of gongs at the National Housing Awards.

Hosted by Pointless presenter, Alexander Armstrong, the glittering awards ceremony was held at the Lancaster Hotel in London. Hundreds of guests were in attendance, including some of the UK’s biggest and most well-known housing associations, all hoping to bag an award.

The atmosphere was electric as the results were announced, especially at our table as we celebrated the victories for our clients. Affinity Sutton scooped Best Customer Care, and Electric House by Network Homes won Best Small Development – they also came out on top with the Overall Winner prize!

At Property House Marketing, we pride ourselves on our unparalleled awards writing. Our attention to detail is second to none and we produce award-winning, reputation-enhancing entries for our clients, highlighting key aspects of a development or property, an initiative or the company itself.

Over the next couple of months, there are more awards in store including the British Home Awards ceremony on Friday 14th October, as well as the What House? Awards ceremony on Friday 18th November when we hope to celebrate more success with our clients.

If you’ve worked on a project for which you are particularly proud and would like to shout about it, please call us on 01483 561119.

Metro and Mail focus on Metis Homes

Journalist Andrea Dean zoomed in on Dorchester, the little-known setting for scenes recently shot for two top TV series, Broadchurch and Wolf Hall, for her weekly area focus in the Metro this week.

The spotlight feature highlighted new homes available in the area, including Eastgate, a collection of luxury townhouses by Metis Homes. You can read our blog about the development here.

Andrea notes that Dorchester is rightly revered for its “stunning scenery and great transport links”. Eastgate comfortably ticks these boxes as it is only 0.7 miles away from Dorchester’s two rail stations, Dorchester South and Dorchester West, which provide regular links to Bristol and London Waterloo. As for stunning scenery, the balconies at Eastgate provide striking views of Mill Stream and the surrounding countryside.

Back on home ground, Catherine’s Walk, a development in Guildford featuring lovely townhouses and modern apartments, also by Metis Homes, starred this week on the front page of The Location, a property supplement distributed with the Daily Mail, under the title The Ultimate Combination of Town and Country. The development, which is sure to have caught the eye of readers due to the advert’s prominent position, is soon to be released so those interested best get in touch with Metis Homes right away.

To find out more about Catherine’s Walk or Eastgate, call Metis Homes on 01962 893535.

PHM’s clients enjoyed diverse coverage in March’s edition of Showhouse magazine

Receiving press coverage always puts a spring in our step and to our delight, news of Pelican Media’s new property marketing app, which was recently showcased for the first time at an off-plan sales launch at Searcys at the top of the Gherkin, made it into this month’s Showhouse.

The piece focuses on the app itself, designed specifically for the iPad Pro, which provides users with an CGI plan of the apartments. It also give sales advisers all the information they need right at their fingertips, meaning the app is a great tool for both buyers and sales agents. Gary Patrick, regional sales director for Barratt London, the first developer to use the new technology, acknowledges that the app: “really does help the selling process as it engages interactively with the potential purchaser – we are delighted with the results”.

In addition, Pelican’s ‘Turning Heads’ advert featured in journalist Ginetta Vedrickas’ marketing column, Ad of the Month, for its simple, yet effective headline. A Q&A with director Tony Nicol, on how Pelican came up with the concept, accompanied the piece. For more information about Pelican visit pelican.gb.com.

Also featured in this month’s issue was journalist Michael Dineen’s one to one interview with Adam O’Brien, managing Director of Metis Homes. Organised by PHM, the interview covers Adam’s understated entrance into the field of housebuilding, and his rise to managing director at Metis Homes. Michael explains how Adam’s education in psychology has filtered into Metis Homes’ style of operation, which focuses on building both homes and success: “Listen to the neighbours; listen to the planning officials; listen to the customers”. To find out more about Metis Homes visit metishomes.co.uk.

Prime Place permeates the press!

Prime Place has recently celebrated a successful sales launch for three of its new developments – Prime Place, Kensal Rise, Prime Place, Maida Hill and Prime Place, Sevenoaks but the achievements don’t stop there as it’s also enjoyed a bumper crop of press coverage!

Horticulture Week featured Aberfeldy Village, a joint venture between Prime Place and Poplar HARCA, and highlighted the landscaping efforts at the scheme, including the linear park running through the development’s centre as an “integral part of the new neighbourhood”.

Plans by Prime Place to deliver 648 one to three-bedroom apartments and a new football stadium for Brentford FC caught the eye of Evening Standard journalist David Spittles, who suggested in an article called Property goes to the top of the league table that homes near football stadiums, like Prime Place, Kew Bridge, are more highly sought-after than ever before.

Evening Standard featured Prime Place, Maida Hill and Prime Place, Kensal Rise, located in W10, in its weekly On The Tube piece, which showcases the best new homes available near London underground stations.

WhatHouse? Magazine also featured both these developments, praising Prime Place, Kensal Rise for its setting on “the hippest street in Europe” and Prime Place, Maida Hill for its closeness to the 30-acre green space of Queen’s Park.

And to round off a great week of press coverage, Prime Place, Sevenoaks not only featured in Metro’s Launch Pad, it also featured in Ginetta Vedrickas’ article in the Evening Standard about new homes near new schools. The collection of one and two-bedroom apartments, which has now launched, is located near the first new Grammar School in 50 years.

For more information about these developments, visit the Prime Place website, or call 01892 313002.

Parliamentary prestige project peeked in the press

As the mainstream media focuses on Westminster to cover Britain’s potential exit from the EU, the property pages have honed in on the area for a completely different reason.

With the final phase of apartments at Berkeley Homes’ Abell & Cleland now launched, the development, in John Islip Street, is rightly being recognised as one of the most desirable collection of apartments now available in London.

In addition to The London Economic coverage Berkeley Homes’ Abell & Cleland achieved last month, it also featured in the Homes and Property Supplement of The Evening Standard, and MoveTo London Magazine.

In the Evening Standard article, Will apartments near Parliament get your vote?, Abell & Cleland was highlighted for its setting in a “remarkably quiet corner” of the “Parliamentary Quarter”.

MoveTo London Magazine chose Abell & Cleland to feature in its New Homes Round-up and also celebrated the location, close to Tate Britain, saying that “apartments at this new development are well placed, whether it’s fine art or political intrigues that set your heart racing”.

Prices at Abell & Cleland start from £1.15 million, and for further information or to book an appointment please call 0203 813 5884 or visit Berkeley’s website.

Our affordable housing clients prove there is a way out of the rent rut

In the same week that research by the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) revealed that by the time UK residents buy their first home they would have spent, on average, £50,000 on rent, we secured some fantastic press coverage in March’s edition of First Time Buyer Magazine for three of our affordable housing clients.

The developments featured in the magazine – schemes by Affinity Sutton, Network Living and Thames Valley Housing – prove it is possible to get on the property ladder sooner and prevent years of renting with the help of shared ownership.

One buyer who has done just that is Bunmi Odubanjo, who initially purchased a 5% share in a two-bedroom flat through Thames Valley Housing at The Serpentine. Just two years after putting down her original deposit, she had saved up enough money to put down a deposit on the remainder of the apartment to own it outright – a process known as staircasing.

Bunmi told FTB magazine: “It’s funny to look back three years to when I started the process and to realise that I’ve actually done it.”

Another Thames Valley Housing development, Westfield House in Earlsfield, also featured in a separate article about affordable homes in Zones 1-3, because of its great location for commuters and reasonable pricing, thanks to shared ownership.

In this same article, Thomas Odlum and Olivia Tinker also featured as a couple who overcame another of the barriers which first time buyer’s sometimes face – self-employment. However, thanks to Network Living’s help and understanding, Thomas and Olivia were able to secure a two-bedroom shared ownership apartment at Warehouse, in Streatham. Read more about their story here.

Last but by no means least, Affinity Sutton was not only mentioned as being on the shortlist for the 2016 First Time Buyer Awards’ Affordable Housing Provider of the Year (which you can vote for here), the magazine also featured a number of the housing association’s developments – The Meridian in Lewisham, Arun Place in Barnham and Oakgrove Village in Milton Keynes, thanks to their great commuter links and more importantly, their availability to purchase now!

To find out more about these fantastic shared ownership homes, call Affinity Sutton on 01252 320994, Thames Valley Housing on 020 8607 0550 and Network Living on 0300 373 3000.

These couples have been able to share Valentine’s Day together thanks to shared ownership!

PHM are feeling the love and want to show off some couples’ shared ownership successes – we hope you enjoy this trio of love stories as the perfect tonic to warm the cockles of your heart in what is proving to be a cold February.

Let’s check in on last year’s lovebirds – On Valentine’s Day last year, Olivia Tinker and Thomas Odlum went to visit a two-bedroom shared ownership apartment at Warehouse, a Network Living development in Streatham. They loved it so much that they put down a holding fee the same day. Brilliantly, Network Living lowered the minimum share from 50% to 40%, after reservations from Thomas’ mortgage company about his self-employment. Happy house-buying-anniversary Olivia and Thomas! Read our blog post about them here.

Stuart and Melanie Wynne were living in a two-bed property in Dee Park in Reading when baby Mia arrived. Naturally they moved into a bigger house… but on the same development! We are so happy that the Wynnes loved Dee Park so much that they chose to continue living there, raising their family! You can find out more details here.

Of course, love spans all ages. In her retirement, Christine Winch wanted to be able to live closer to her family, but not have to worry about a new mortgage. Christine and her partner Michael Frances were able to achieve this goal through shared ownership, paying £160,125 for a 75% share of a two-bedroom apartment at Russell Square, a Thames Valley Housing development.

Another “Wynne” for Property House Marketing!

Melanie and Stuart Wynne’s story featured in yesterday’s Metro, having bought at Dee Park in Reading – a development by one of clients, Prime Place. With a readership of around 2 million, we’re always so pleased to see our clients in the property section, and this week’s did not disappoint!

In the piece, “The Next Step”, journalist Andrea Dean described how Melanie and Stuart Wynne used a forerunner of Help to Buy, called First Buy, to buy a two-bedroom house at Dee Park in Reading. They loved living here so much that when baby Mia arrived they knew they needed to upsize but wanted to stay in Dee Park. By using Help to Buy again, they were able to afford a spacious three-bedroom townhouse for £320,000 at the same development.

It’s great that the Wynnes loved Dee Park so much that they wanted to stay – its testament to the homes’ quality and the development’s lovely community feel. “The new homes at Dee Park are modern, finished to a high quality and the layouts are well thought out” explains Stuart. In fact, he was so confident buying in Dee Park again that he was even happy to buy off-plan.

Dee Park, based in Reading, is just 26 minutes from London by train. The development includes a host of community amenities, sports and play areas, and retail facilities such as a convenience store.

For more information visit the website here, or call Prime Place on 0118 942 0292.

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