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Winners for the 4th year in a row!

Our Award Winning team have again been rated in the top 5% in the country for Marketing, Service and Results.

The BEAG awarded prizes to both our sales and lettings departments at Hackney & Leigh based on the “outstanding level of service and care they have shown towards their clients”.

Competition for the awards was fierce, with more than 25,000 estate agents across the country being assessed.

We are so proud of our team, who are the people who really deserve the credit for this award. Having won the award for the last three years, we had high hopes for this year, but to be confirmed as winners for the fourth year in a row is incredible, and a true testament to all the hard work and effort everyone dedicates to helping our clients.” – Derrick Hackney

“This year will be our 40 year anniversary in business, and never did Derrick and I expect that 40 years on, not only would we have a network of nine local offices across this beautiful part of the world, but that we would be winning awards as one of the best estate agents in the country. It makes us both immensely proud and we want to say a big thank you to all of our colleagues, some of whom have been by our side for over 30 years, and without whom we wouldn’t be where we are today.” – John Leigh

According to the BEAG website, the assessment, which was conducted by Rightmove and the Property Academy, looks at over 1.5 million transactions, 25 million leads and 1.5 billion property views, and by winning the awards, puts Hackney & Leigh in the top five per cent of UK Estate Agents for their ability to provide the best marketing, services and results.

Economic Update – October 2021

What next? (and no, I’m not talking about the fuel crisis!).

‘What next?’ is a question being asked by many at the moment, and particularly within the housing industry given the ‘triple whammy’ that arrived today.

The combination of the end of the Furlough Scheme, the end of the Stamp Duty Holiday, and the changes for Tenant Evictions, all came to an end overnight, and has left some wondering how it will impact the housing market and wider economy.

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Best Estate Agents Guide 2021/22

It’s official! For the 4th year running we’ve been awarded the highest rating in estate agency in the Best Estate Agents Guide 2021/22!

Each year The Property Academy work alongside Rightmove to create a definitive guide to the best estate agents.

Every agency in the country is rated on their property marketing, customer service and results, through a combination of performance analysis and mystery shopping – we’re very proud to be in the top 5% of the entire country!

Westmorland County Show 2021

A wonderful time was had by all at this year’s county show!

All sorts of people attended (including the lovely Sophie, Countess of Wessex), enquiring about the fabulous properties we have for sale and let, getting advice, and talking all things property!

We hope to see everyone at next year’s show, but in the meantime our friendly, knowledgeable team are here for you whether you are buying, selling, lettings or renting.

Caring about you and your property!

Economic Update – June 2021

This week, we were again privileged to hear the latest thoughts from our friendly behavioural economist Roger Martin-Fagg.

Roger uses his study of human behaviour to predict economic trends, and the impact they will have on UK industries. Regular readers will remember me saying that Roger describes himself as being “…broadly right, the majority of the time…”, and his predications for the last year or so have followed this pattern, despite many of them not being widely held views at the time!

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Off the beaten track…

A thought or two on the current property market in the lakes and surrounding areas of north Lancashire and the western fringes of Yorkshire.

Many people in Britain would probably be able to name Windermere, Ambleside, and Keswick. Others might know Kirkby Lonsdale and the Lune Valley. Some perhaps, may know of the simply delightful towns & villages along the Kent estuary and Morecambe Bay, from Bolton-le-Sands to Grange-over-Sands.

Perhaps what you might not expect would be for the village of Warton, situated between Carnforth and Silverdale, to be the number one staycation destination in Britain!

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Market Update

Buying & Selling in a fast-moving market.

Buyers

Firstly, what is a buyer in today’s fast-moving market?

The vast majority of those currently buying, are people who are able to exchange contracts quickly, either because they are first time buyers with a mortgage offer already in place, or because they have sold their own home and are renting (or staying with family), or they simply have the cash to exchange and complete!

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B4RN

For those living in the more rural parts of this beautiful region, who haven’t heard of B4RN before, I would like to suggest that you look into it a little further, as it could well be of benefit both to you now, and for your property should you decide to sell or let it out in the future.

Along with all the other changes we have seen over the last year, there has been a huge increase in the number of people requiring better and faster internet connections, both for home working and for watching the likes of Netflix and Amazon Prime.

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The Budget

Like I am sure many of you, we have been looking at the implications from the Budget announcements on Wednesday, and like us, I suspect most of you thought it didn’t hold too many surprises, given the government’s recent pattern of ‘leaking’ information ahead of time, and then confirming their plans.

Whilst there were lots of very big (and quite scary!) numbers, certainly in terms of the country’s debt, following all of the various support packages for the pandemic, there were also a number of very positive and encouraging signs, with the economy predicted to rebound to pre-covid levels later this year, as the vaccine rollout continues, and life get back to some sort of normality.

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