Although the UK is officially coming out of recession, many people are still either unwilling or unable to take on a mortgage and are choosing to rent rather than buy. The availability of finance for first-time buyers has not improved significantly since last year and is still stifling the sales market, leading to increased demand in the rental sector.
Says Leaders lettings manager, Jacqui Budd: “We have had an incredibly busy start to the year, with particularly high demand for all types of properties in Fleet – from small flats to large houses and everything in between! We are finding that good quality properties are being snapped up quickly, with many people looking to rent for longer than ever before. This is an excellent time for anyone considering buying a property to let, or renting out their home, to enter the lettings market.”
Since Mackenzie Smith Lettings became Leaders in June 2008, their reputation for providing a trustworthy, professional and friendly letting service has been growing in Fleet. Leaders have more than 26 years experience in lettings and the Fleet team have more than 71 years of experience between them. Their knowledge and understanding of the lettings market in Fleet is second to none.
Says Jacqui: “We want landlords and tenants to know that we are still the same friendly, knowledgeable team with the same commitment to providing a first class service. The only thing that has changed is that we are now part of the UK’s largest independent letting specialists and as such, we have been able to improve our service by drawing on the knowledge, training and expertise of colleagues who are specialists in complex issues such as client accounting, tax, compliance, training, marketing, IT, and recruitment.
“This enables me and my team in Fleet to focus on what is most important: providing a high quality, personal letting and property management service to our clients.”
Local landlords, Mark and Eva Hale, have been using the services of the team for more than 10 years in the letting and management of their properties and are happy to sing their praises. Says Mark: “During the last ten years we have not had any vacant properties other than a few days in between tenants and new tenants have been quickly secured within a few pounds of the asking rent. The whole process runs very smoothly with just the occasional phone call to keep us informed of tenants leaving, viewing or arriving.
“Once the tenancy commences the property is handed over to the Property Management department where again everything runs smoothly and efficiently. Emergencies are dealt with – without our involvement - and we are always informed of any necessary expenditure where Leaders sub-contract the work to good quality reasonably priced trades people. Regular visits to the properties ensure that the tenants maintain them in the condition in which they were let. If we have any queries we know that there is always a friendly voice just a phone call or email away.”
As well as building their reputation as the leading letting specialist in Fleet, Leaders have also been making their mark in the community by taking part in local events and helping to raise money for worthy causes.
In November they took part in the Fleet Festivities and, with the help of some mince pies, homemade mulled wine and many generous donations, managed to raise £140 for STEPS – a small national charity that supports children and adults affected by clubfoot, hip dysplasia and other lower limb deficiencies. At the end of this month the team are planning to undertake a charity walk in Fleet, also in aid of STEPS.
Says Jacqui: “It is important to us to be active in the local community and to continue to build our reputation as the best letting specialist in Fleet. Overall, we are very positive about 2010 as we expect the high demand for rented accommodation to continue in the face of both the slow sales market and the wider economic uncertainty. We are very keen to hear from anyone with good quality, well-maintained properties to let, or anyone considering buying to let.”
For advice you can trust on all aspects of renting or letting in Fleet please contact Leaders on 01252 810100, 01252 810100, email firstname.lastname@example.org or pop in for a chat with the friendly team at 183 Fleet Road, Fleet, GU51 3BL. For more information please visit: http://www.leaders.co.uk/
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