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So Resi Sutton

Homes in desirable South West London are made affordable with shared ownership

If you think that buying a high-quality new home in Sutton, South West London, is unaffordable, So Resi Sutton may change your mind. This collection of one, two and three-bedroom apartments is part of the landmark development Sutton Point, and you could buy a 25% share in a one-bedroom home for as little as £73,750 (full market value £295,000) with a ten per cent deposit of just £7,375.

Through shared ownership, homebuyers pay straightforward monthly payments, which combine the mortgage on the share they have purchased and a payment to So Resi on the rest. They also pay a service charge.

The homes at So Resi Sutton are in the West Tower of Sutton Point, an exciting £90m mixed-use development by CNM Estates. Due for completion later this year, Sutton Point will include shops, restaurants, a health and fitness centre and children’s play area.

Inside the homes, the contemporary open-plan living/dining space is light and airy with full height windows; the area opens out onto a balcony. The excellent specification includes an elegant white Symphony Manhattan kitchen fitted with the latest appliances, including ceramic floor tiles in the kitchen and bathroom, fitted wardrobes in the master bedroom as well as underfloor heating throughout.

On selected homes, allocated parking spaces are located in the underground car park and a cycle store is also provided.

Commuting could not be easier from Sutton Station, which is just a couple of minutes’ walk away. Trains to London Victoria take as little as 25 minutes and direct trains reach Gatwick in around 45 minutes.

The High Street, full of restaurants and shops, is just a few minutes’ walk from So Resi Sutton. Also nearby is a number of green open spaces and outstanding schools, including grammars, which rank among the highest performing schools in the UK.

For more information call 0208 607 0550 or visit www.soresi.co.uk.

Starting a career in PR

Starting out in PR? Top tips to get you started…

Senior Account Executive Louise Jarvis remembers when she joined PHM after university and shares her advice on starting out in PR.

For many, this time of year signals new beginnings; students are set to start a new academic year, while those saying goodbye to education (whether it be college, sixth form or university), are looking to step into the world of work.

For those wanting to kick start their PR career, here are some essential top tips which will help you on your way, because it’s a jungle out there…

  1. Ready…set…adapt

You may have mastered the art of essay-writing at school, but be prepared for your work to receive a lot of amends. Don’t worry, this doesn’t mean you’re a bad writer, it’s because every brand has a style to which you’ll have to adapt. Similarly, every strategy and campaign will require a different style of approach and execution depending on your objectives – be ready to switch it up, there’s no room for one-trick ponies in PR.

  1. Keep your eyes and ears peeled

Stay on top of the news. A great way to do this is to set up Google news alerts for your company and/or clients. Not only will this keep you sharp on what’s current, it will allow you to be quick off the mark when it comes to distributing a responsive comment or positioning your company and clients as part of the relevant and topical conversations being had in the media.

  1. Put your creative hat on

It may sound cliché, but think outside the box. It’s really easy to get into the same routine and way of thinking. In an age where journalists and consumers are time-poor, it’s never been more important to embrace creativity and think of ways to make your company and clients stand out in the everyday sea of content.

  1. It’s ALL in the details

Human error is inevitable, but there really isn’t room for sloppy mistakes in PR. Your role is to maintain and promote your company’s and clients’ brand or products, and nothing can sabotage credibility quite like an easily avoidable grammar or spelling mistake. Proof and proof again. Take five minutes out and come back to it. Ask a colleague to review with a fresh pair of eyes.

  1. Embrace the list

Working a PR job, especially in an agency, is a juggling act – there are always multiple things going on at once; events to organise, strategies to write and releases to distribute. One simple way to keep on top of your workload is by writing everything down, this will help you prioritise your tasks, because there are only so many hours in a day.

Need a fresh and creative take on your PR strategy? Give us a call on 01483 561119 or email info@housegroup.co.uk.

 

The swimming pool at Alfold Cross

Make a splash this summer: Fabulous swimming pools

It’s certainly been a scorching summer so far thanks to a series of heatwaves around the UK, what better way is there to cool down than in your own private pool? Whether you’re planning to have a gentle swim, tan at the waterside or throw a pool party, these homes will fit the bill:

Barnfield is one of Surrey’s most attractive small estates. To one side of the house lies a croquet lawn with a summer house and an apple orchard and on the other, approached by Yorkstone pathways, is a large terrace and the beautiful swimming pool area and changing room. There is also an all-weather tennis court, vegetable garden and a modern ten-stable barn.

Alfold Cross is a beautiful, six-bedroom Victorian house arranged over three floors. Not only is there a swimming pool and sun terrace, but a set of stables have been converted into an office, games room and log store. This home is perfect for family living and set within 1.35 acres of landscaped grounds.    

Willowhayne is a five-bedroom house situated in the highly sought-after village of Wonersh. The property has stunning landscaped gardens expertly created by an R.H.S award-winning garden designer. A heated pool (a handy feature for the chillier months), hot tub and sauna are also set within the picturesque grounds.

High Barn is a striking property, offering 8,000 sq. ft. of living space including 10 bedrooms and eight bathrooms. A leisure complex sits adjacent to the main house and is set around a sheltered south-facing terrace, swimming pool and Jacuzzi. It includes an apartment with two bedroom suites, a gymnasium and even a suite of offices with a boardroom. High Barn boasts wonderful gardens, paddocks and woodland.

If you’re a property developer or an estate agent looking to maximize coverage for your homes in the press and on social media, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team to discuss how we can help, on 01483 561119 or email info@housegroup.co.uk.

 

How to keep your PR campaign entertained during the summer holidays

– By Harriet Bolt, senior account manager

Much like children, your PR campaign needs constant attention. Although it won’t be asking you to play outside or demanding a lolly every time it hears the chime of the ice cream van, a PR campaign still requires nurturing and special attention during the summer holidays.

The six weeks from when children break-up from school and before they start the new academic year can traditionally be a tricky period of time for PR campaigns – especially for the property industry. Like the rest of the working world, many journalists will also be taking time off having filed their stories in advance, making the chances of securing new editorial coverage that bit slimmer. Your target audience may also be enjoying some R&R, meaning the opportunity to encourage them to sell/buy a new home becomes harder.

So what can you do to ensure your PR campaign is kept happy and busy? Consider these three steps and we promise it won’t be repetitively saying ‘I’m bored!’ in your ear…

  1. Choose a different game (alter your objective)

It’s unlikely that your campaign will be able to assist in drawing large numbers of leads as it can in peak home buying season (before the summer break), but it can still play a crucial role. Brand awareness is key – focus on reaching those who may not be sat in the office receiving emails, but perhaps poolside with a cocktail in one hand and a smartphone in the other.

For example, consider increasing your advertising spend on any social media posts, and optimise them for brand awareness or mobile devices to reach a wider audience than before. If you’re relying on organic (unpaid) content, make it engaging and interesting with less emphasis on the hard sell. A competition can get everyone’s attention.

2. Take it to a summer event (consider sponsorship opportunities)

If you feel like it might be difficult encouraging potential homebuyers away from their holidays to your house/development – find them at a local event instead, such as a summer fair. Opting for sponsorship opportunities can be a great way of increasing brand awareness, and provides the chance to meet the community in a relaxed environment.

The chances of a direct sale might be lower than if you had a visitor to the marketing suite, but any friendly conversations had at the event help to sow the seed for a potential sale. Especially if anyone you meet then decides that they actually do want to put their house on the market come September.

3. Take it shopping for new stationery (get it ready for a new term)

Use the quiet time wisely. Reconsider the objectives of the PR campaign for the next term – who are you trying to target, how, why, when etc. Making full use of the time to put together reports of the success to date or strategies for the approach going forward, having learnt from what has or has not been working for the past few months, can be incredibly useful.

A fresh perspective will leave you better prepared for the new term in September, one of the busiest months in the property calendar.

Still struggling with how to keep your PR campaign happy this summer or don’t have the time? Let PHM help – call us on 01483 561119 or email info@housegroup.co.uk.

New four-bedroom houses and showhome now available at Wexham Green in Berkshire

With 90 per cent of the first phase of homes at Wexham Green in Berkshire now sold, a new collection of four-bedroom houses has been released; and a stylish showhome, that showcases the high specification of these excellent family homes.

The semi-detached Foxglove houses are priced from £555,000 and are available to purchase through the Help to Buy equity loan scheme.

The Foxglove has a classic cream rendered exterior with a square bay to the ground floor and a dormer window within the roofline. Comprising over 1,200 sq ft of well-proportioned living space it is perfect for a growing family or a couple downsizing but who still want space when the family comes to stay. On the ground floor the open plan kitchen/dining room extends to some 16ft with the dining area benefitting from the bay window. The living room is a similar size and runs the full width of the house with French doors opening on to a rear garden; there is also a large window to ensure this room is filled with natural light.

On the first floor there are two double bedrooms and a large single – perfect as a good-sized nursery or as a study for someone who works all or part of their week at home. On the top floor the impressive master bedroom suite spans the whole floor – some 22ft in length – and benefits from its own shower room. Although ideally suited for parents who’d appreciate a peaceful space to relax, this bedroom is equally ideal for teenagers who seek independence away from the rest of the home.

The specification is excellent throughout: the fully-fitted kitchens come with a range of practical and stylish integrated appliances which are included as standard while the master bedroom includes fitted wardrobes and there are additional useful storage cupboards in the eaves and understairs. Last but not least, The Foxglove includes a garage with the added bonus of its own electric car charging point, as well as driveway parking for two cars.

For more information or to book a viewing to visit the new showhome, please call the Wexham Green marketing suite on 01753 468578.

 

The Townhouse Collection – stunning new homes launches at Trinity Walk in Woolwich

Situated just a mile from the future Crossrail station in Woolwich, a range of 12 contemporary three and four-bedroom townhouses with prices starting from £650,000 is launching for sale on Saturday 21 July at Trinity Walk by Lovell Homes. In addition, a stylishly dressed three-bedroom townhouse showhome will be available to view, showcasing the high specification and light and airy living areas of these contemporary homes.

Each townhouse has elegant facades in a yellow stock brick with subtle detailing, that complements the historic walls which surround the former barracks nearby and reflect the area’s rich military architecture.

Inside, each townhouse has a modern and flexible layout. The three-bedroom showhome incorporates a sleek open-plan kitchen/dining room on the ground floor, as well as a downstairs cloakroom and separate storage cupboard. The specification is excellent in every home: Symphony kitchens are included and appliances include a stainless steel Bosch oven, an integrated fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washer/dryer, as standard. Each home has a designated parking space in a secure undercroft car park and a bicycle storage is also available.

On the first floor, there is a living room which can also be used as a more formal dining area, study or guest bedroom. It extends onto the residents’ own two-tiered terrace, which leads to a communal podium garden with mature planting. There is also a double bedroom, along with a family bathroom featuring a Kohler bathroom suite, full height tiling and chrome mixer taps. The second floor comprises two further double bedrooms, and a ‘Jack ‘n’ Jill’ shower room.

The ongoing regeneration in Woolwich has already led to the delivery of new green areas and amenities. The arrival of Crossrail later this year will provide quicker journeys into the centre of London; with 12 train services an hour, passengers from Woolwich will be able to reach Canary Wharf in eight minutes, Liverpool Street in 14 minutes and Bond Street in just 22 minutes. From Woolwich Arsenal station, London City Airport is only two stops away on the DLR, ideal for trips abroad.

Prices start from £650,000 for a three-bedroom townhouse. To visit the new showhome, contact the sales team on 02031 318 511 or visit www.trinitywalk-woolwich.com.

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PHM’s clients scoop 11 prizes at the Evening Standard New Homes Awards

The Evening Standard New Homes Awards is always a highly-anticipated date in the property calendar and Friday’s celebrations did not disappoint, with it being one of our most successful competitions to date.

11 of the 23 entries we prepared on behalf of our clients scooped a prize at this year’s ceremony, which took place at the Dorchester Hotel, London. A whopping seven of our clients’ developments took home the winning prize, while four were highly commended in their category.

Our clients won the following prizes at the ceremony:

Winners

Highly commended

  • Kidbrooke Village by Berkeley East Thames was highly commended in the Best Regeneration Project category
  • Victory Pier by Berkeley West London was highly commended in the Best First Time Buyer Home category
  • Streatham Hill by London Square was highly commended in the Best Large Development category
  • Star and Garter by London Square was highly commended in the Best Conversion category

Awards are a brilliant tool for marketing and promotion, offering a respected third-party endorsement as well as the prestige of industry recognition. If you’re considering entering awards for a development or project of which you’re particularly proud but not sure where to start, speak to the PHM team today on 01483 561119.

SPRING

Spring clean your social media

Warmer temperatures and longer days mean it’s time to blow away the cobwebs. Here are our tips for getting your social media channels spick and span for a summer of success.

Digital marketing plays a vital role in supporting many of our clients’ communications objectives, making social media an integrated part of PR and our everyday lives at PHM.

To truly get the best out of social media, it’s incredibly important to understand that time, commitment and consistency is key – this will build your following and increase audience engagement. However, there’s a whole range of tools which can help with the time-costly day to day tasks and keep channels alive and thriving.

Here come our four top tips on how to do just that:

  1. Scheduling platform

If like us you manage more than one social media channel, it’s probably worth investing in a scheduling platform where you can manage multiple accounts from one, secure place. These platforms can help with optimising posts for engagement, reporting and publishing, and doing so consistently and efficiently.

  1. Canva

Canva is very user-friendly – we can safely say it’s become one of our most-used tools for creating visual, interesting content for social media. The website is home to thousands of social media graphics and layouts suited to every kind of platform, which you can design and personalise to integrate into your strategy. As social media is a place where visually led-content thrives, this is a great way to mix up how you present your message.

  1. Link shorteners

We use link-shortening services, such as Bitly, in almost everything we publish online. This not only makes the most of your content on platforms like Twitter, where you’re limited to 280 characters, but creates a slick and professional aesthetic for your posts – when links stretch over two or three lines it can look untidy and dare we say, un-clickworthy.

  1. Unsplash

We cannot stress enough how important visuals are when it comes to online content. We always make the most of sites such as Unsplash, which enable you to browse and download images for free. This really helps in implementing fresh and exciting content without becoming too repetitive in your use of imagery.

If you’d like to talk to PHM about how we can freshen up you social media channels – and take on the time commitments you can’t fit into your calendar –  call us on 01483 561119 or email info@housegroup.co.uk.

 

 

So Resi Wokingham

There’s still time to buy a Crossrail home

We’ve heard and read a lot about how the arrival of Crossrail will impact the property market. With the first Crossrail line set to open next month, entering passenger service between Liverpool Street and Shenfield, Essex, it seems those who have bought along the line are finally set to reap the benefits. However, there’s still time to invest in a Crossrail home, even on a budget!

We’ve found a selection of homes available through Help to Buy and shared ownership that enjoy ideal locations nearby to upcoming Crossrail stations. Buyers will find themselves ideally positioned for fast-track travel in and around the capital, and as a homeowner be able to benefit from growth on the value of their property too.

Trinity Walk is a distinctive new neighbourhood of stylish one, two and three-bedroom apartments and three and four-bedroom townhouses, located just a mile from the new Crossrail station in Woolwich. With 12 services an hour, homebuyers from Woolwich will be able to reach Canary Wharf in eight minutes, Liverpool Street in 14 minutes and Bond Street in just 22 minutes, when The Elizabeth Line opens later this year. Each home is completed to the same high specification with a private outdoor area and to top it off, London Help to Buy is available which means buyers only need a 5% deposit.

Enjoying a more rural location, So Resi Wokingham will be just a ten-minute journey away from Reading’s Crossrail station which is opening in December 2019, ideal for commuting homebuyers. The development comprises a new collection of one and two-bedroom apartments and two to four-bedroom homes in Wokingham which are available to purchase through shared ownership with So Resi. The homes are built to a high specification, with spacious living areas and stylish fittings adding a touch of luxury.

Last homes remaining: Live well at Alton Court, Copley Hanwell W7

Over 90% of homes have now sold at Alton Court, the first phase of private-sale houses and apartments at Copley Hanwell W7 in Ealing. This is the final chance for potential buyers to register their interest and to call Broadway Living’s exciting regeneration development home.

Alton Court combines high-quality, stylish homes with a well-connected London location.

Every apartment incorporates spacious entrance halls and open-plan layouts featuring vast floor-to-ceiling, triple-glazed windows and ample kitchen and living space. The kitchens provide a sleek, modern appearance and come equipped with fully-integrated appliances. Bedrooms feature similar expansive light-filled space, and the apartments feature contemporary en suite shower rooms and/or bathrooms. Regardless of apartment size, every home has a private balcony.

In addition, buyers at Alton Court have the opportunity to purchase using London Help To Buy; the government will lend 40 per cent of the home’s value – interest free for the first five years – meaning that buyers only need a mortgage for 55 per cent and a deposit of just 5 per cent.

Castle Bar Park train station is located just a few minutes’ walk away and offers direct services to London Paddington in just 22 minutes. Hanwell station, West Ealing and Ealing Broadway stations are all located less than 1.5 miles away from Copley Hanwell W7 and will offer high-speed services into central London. The opening of Crossrail will also mean a door-to-door journey to Heathrow from Copley Hanwell W7 of less than 30 minutes, good news for the thousands of people in the borough who work at or near the airport. Services from Ealing Broadway to Bond Street will take just 12 minutes, while trains travelling west to Reading will take under 45 minutes.

In addition, planning approval has been granted for more affordable new homes and residents’ amenities at the development. Phase 6, currently known as Copley Castle Bar, will comprise a collection of contemporary new homes of mixed tenure surrounding a landscaped central square, a first for the neighbourhood. This residents’ hub will form the heart of the development, centred at the halfway point of the linear regeneration project and offering a place for the community to meet, socialise and integrate.

Prices start from £415,000 for a two-bedroom apartment at Alton Court, which means buyers will need a deposit of £20,750. To view the show home or any of the last remaining apartments visit copleyhanwellw7.co.uk or call 0207 846 0291.

If you’re a property developer or an estate agent looking to maximize coverage for your homes in the press and on social media, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team to discuss how we can help.