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Rightmove Market Report

Rightmove's latest report has revealed that the number of sales agreed at this time of year has risen to its highest level since before the financial crisis. According to the figures, the average price of property coming to market has risen by 1.1%, pushing the national average to £313,655 and exceeding the previous high of £310,471 set in June 2016. Rightmove said that "this strong set of figures should help mitigate pre-election jitters". The first-time buyer sector is helping to driving growth, with prices rising by 6.5% annually to new record of £194,881. However, this is tempered by a slower pace of increase further up the market, with an overall annual rate of increase of 2.2%, the lowest recorded since April 2013. Miles Shipside, Rightmove director, had this to say: “High buyer demand in most parts of the country has helped to propel the price of newly marketed property to record highs. There are signs of a strong spring market with the number of sales agreed achieved at this time of year being the highest since 2007. Increasingly stretched buyer affordability will continue to be a price moderator for sellers who are over-ambitious with their pricing, tempering the pace of price rises. Strong buyer activity this month has led to 10% higher numbers of sales agreed than in the same period in 2016. This large year-on-year disparity should be viewed cautiously as the comparable timespan in 2016 saw a drop in buy-to-let activity with the additional second home stamp duty. However, they are also up by 3.8% when compared to 2015. With the growth in household numbers and new-build supply struggling to keep pace, demand is strong and has led to the highest sales agreed numbers at this time of year since the heady pre-credit-crunch levels.” Brian Murphy, Head of Lending for Mortgage Advice Bureau, added: “The steady rate of house price growth quoted in this month’s figures are in line with market expectations in terms of 2017, and certainly a 2.2% increase in asking prices will be seen by many in the industry as reassuring, given the current political and economic landscape. It's also encouraging to see a marked increase in activity by first time buyers, as they underpin the rest of the market. No doubt the raft of competitive, low deposit and low interest rates that are currently available coupled with the lack of competition from landlords are contributing factors. The report also suggests that the number of sales agreed in March was higher than the same period last year. Again, this is a healthy indicator given that we observed the buy-to-let spike with attendant rush of activity in Q1 2016. So again, to see that the market is performing over that level this year is encouraging. Whilst the announcement of a snap Election has caught many by surprise, past experience around the effect of elections on the housing market has been a minor dip in activity in the weeks running up to an election, with activity post the election more than making up for this. Looking at the context of this election and what it is setting out to achieve suggests that, although this may happen again, there are fewer reasons to suspect it will.” Read More

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Oyster is Coming to Potters Bar, Hatfield and Welwyn Garden City

Welwyn Hatfield MP Grant Shapps and Hertsmere MP Oliver Dowden met rail minister Claire Perry MP to discuss extending the Oyster card to their constituencies. Over the last few months, both MPs have been working together to lobby the Department for Transport and Transport for London (TfL). There have been talks about extending the Oyster service beyond London since 2010, when former mayor of London Boris Johnson met with rail company bosses. At the meeting, which was held on Monday, July 11 and was also attended by TfL’s chief technology officer Shashi Verma, Mrs Perry promised that Welwyn Garden City and Potters Bar are two of the top four priority stations for the extension of Oyster. The process of introducing the Oyster system will be in two parts. The first stage is the introduction of software that will properly calculate fares, which will be introduced as part of the Crossrail project to provide a new railway for London and the south east. Mrs Perry has said that this stage is expected to be completed by the end of 2018 at the latest. The second stage will be to determine the exact fare levels. At the meeting Mrs Perry said it has been a committed obligation for Oyster to be extended to a number of stations in Hertfordshire, and that she was disappointed that this has not been delivered upon so far. Read More

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Raine and Co Hatfield Wins Award

The Raine and Co Office in Hatfield has won the award for best customer service in 2016 by ALLAGENTS (An online customer review website). This is another accolade that shows that the way we operate and look after people does not go un-noticed and is another reason to use Raine and Co to buy, sell or rent properties through. Read More

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Dire Shortage Creates Price Rises

Surveyors have warned of a "dire shortage" of housing in the UK, which is continuing to drive up prices. The warning, from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics), comes ahead of a government White Paper on housing supply, expected this month. Rics said that house hunters were returning to the market after the EU referendum in June, but there was not enough property for them to buy. It said prices were continuing to rise across most areas of the country. In October, surveyors seeing price rises outnumbered those seeing falls by a majority of 23%. That compares with 18% in September. Central London was the exception. Rics said prices there have now fallen for the eighth month in a row. 'Stranglehold' "The dire shortage of available housing across the UK is continuing to push prices upwards, regardless of the uncertainty linked to the ongoing discussions surrounding Brexit," said Rics chief economist, Simon Rubinsohn. The government has already launched a new fund to help build 225,000 extra houses, and is expected to announce further measures in a White Paper. It could be published as soon as the Autumn Statement on 23 November. The paper is expected to include plans to encourage small developers, and to speed up housebuilding on land where planning permission has been granted. The CBI business organisation has already called for more help for smaller house builders, and the faster release of public land. Last month, the Communities Secretary, Sajid Javid, told the Conservative Party conference: "The big developers must release their stranglehold on supply. "It's time to stop sitting on land banks, delaying build-out: the homebuyers must come first." Read More

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Herts bakers raise a right royal sum for Herts Air Ambulance

Fans of the very British Afternoon Tea have raised more than £8,678 so far for their local Air Ambulance. Over 30 people took part in the Herts Air Ambulance Royal Afternoon Tea initiative, sponsored by Raine & Co Estate Agents, to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday and served up homemade cakes to friends, family and neighbours. Alison Warner held a street party event at Follet Drive in Abbots Langley, with more than 70 residents attending to enjoy tea, cakes, games and activities for the children. Helped by her friend, Brenda, the party raised a grand total of £300. Alison first organised a street party with friends back in 1981, when their children were just seven and nine years old. "This year, our children came with their own children!" said Alison. "It was lovely to see neighbours getting to know each other and the children playing, learning some dance routines and generally enjoying being allowed to play in the road knowing it was safe to do so. "Our local PCSO Marijke and PC Dani came along too and brought their police car with some dressing-up clothes for the children, which they loved." Susan Greenhill of Hertford held a cake sale and raffle in memory of her son, Christopher, who died in a road accident in Whempsted Road, Hertford, on August 22, 2012. Susan's event at Barclays Bank, where she works, saw colleagues and customers dig deep to support her efforts, and local businesses donated raffle prizes. Susan, whose event raised a staggering £2,160 after Barclays matched their fundraising pound for pound, said: "This event gives me a focus after the devastating loss of my son and I am completely overwhelmed by the generosity of customers, friends and family, supporting the cake sale for Herts Air Ambulance in memory of Christopher. "I would also like to thank my colleagues, several of whom gave up their own time to come in and help. Our charity day wouldn't be what it was without Tony, a volunteer from Herts Air Ambulance, who supported us once again." The fundraising total is still climbing as more supporters hold events throughout the summer. Cristina Barone, Herts Fundraising Manager, said: "We are delighted everyone had so much fun hosting and attending Royal Afternoon Teas across the county. It has raised much needed funds to help keep our helicopters flying and we want to say a big thank you to everyone who has taken part and supported us. Their support is invaluable." For more information about the Herts Air Ambulance Royal Afternoon Tea initiative visit HertsAirAmbulance.uk.com or call 0345 504 0055. Read More

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Harry Leonard Achieves Award

Harry Leonard from Raine and Co in Hatfield is celebrating after becoming an accredited Relocation Agent Specialist. The accreditation was awarded by Relocation Agent Network and is achieved by completing a comprehensive online training programme, The Importance of Service. A national network of independent estate agents (of which Raine and Co is a member), Relocation Agent Network introduced the training programme to ensure each of their members provides the very highest customer service to those relocating around the UK. To be successfully accredited, participants must complete three phases of learning, which begins with four training sessions on the importance of customer service. This is followed by three online seminars covering the Relocation Agent Network Referral Process and how best to help customers who are relocating around the UK. Finally, participants must convert their theoretical learning into a practical skill set by delivering assistance to three relocating customers. By working with fellow members across England, Scotland and Wales, Relocation Agent Network members provide an exclusive relocation referral service to customers. For those relocating to our offices in Hertfordshire, Raine and Co guides their customers through the daunting task of moving to an unfamiliar location. This includes local area information on schools and amenities, popular neighbourhoods and (of course) finding the right property for them. The introduction of a Relocation Agent Specialist to Raine and Co, ensures that this process is made even smoother. Raine and Co Michael Marsh said, "We take staff development very seriously and Harry's Relocation Agent Network accreditation is a great example of what can be achieved when staff are supported properly to improve their skill set. Of course, having a Relocation Agent Specialist in the team is also great for our relocating customers." Relocation Agent Network's Managing Director, Richard Tucker said, "Selected by us as the best independent estate agent to represent the Network in Potters Bar, Hatfield, Codicote and Stevenage, Raine and Co have proved themselves as the area's Local Expert. So with the addition of an in-house Relocation Agent Specialist, they have gone one step further to provide relocating buyers and sellers with the very best customer service." Read More

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Hatfield Community Free school summer fete

The Hatfield Community Free school summer fete is on July 2nd 2016. Here's a quick update on some of the attractions. Please note no real live Wookies or Katy Perry's will be available for harm at the event, just some of the best lookalikes this side of Alderaaan. Take a look at the promotional video http://youtu.be/73lxvRDFRrk Read More

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Your Local Expert

Local estate agent, Raine and Co with offices in Potters Bar, Hatfield, Codicote and Stevenage has been re-affirmed as their area's Local Expert by Relocation Agent Network. Raine and Co were re-affirmed at the 2015 Relocation Agent Network Conference, which took place at the Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel in Central London on Friday 13 November. Relocation Agent Network are a national network of selected estate agents across England, Scotland and Wales. Raine and Co were handpicked to be a member of the Network, based on strict criteria such as quality of service, local knowledge and professionalism. Helping the Customer Through its affiliation to Cartus, the premier provider of relocation services, Relocation Agent Network members help Cartus assist relocating families, offering Raine and Co customers an additional channel of buyer when selling their property. In addition, members also help their customers through their 'Referral Network', which allows Raine and Co to help people who are looking to move out of the local area by referring them to a Relocation Agent in the location they are moving to. The Conference day included a line-up of keynote speakers, interactive sessions and a trade exhibition. The day ended in an evening black tie Awards Dinner, hosted by well-known comedian, Tim Vine. Relocation Agent Network Managing Director, Richard Tucker said, "We are proud to have re-affirmed Raine and Co's Relocation Agent Network membership. They were specially selected to join us and in our opinion, are Potters Bar, Hatfield, Codicote and Stevenage's Local Expert for buying and selling." Read More

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Raine and Co's Growth

In the last eighteen months Hertfordshire based independent Estate Agency, Raine and Co has seen a dramatic expansion, quadrupling in size and now operating seven offices in the county. Read More

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Essendon Farmhouse now sold

Raine and Co Potters Bar are delighted to announce the exchange and imminent completion on the sale of Camleigh Farm. Read More

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Excellent Start to 2013

Raine and Co's office in Hatfield has reported and excellent start to 2013 for professional lettings. Read More

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Raine and Co Celebrate their 21st Birthday

Raine and Co has now entered its 21st year and has some very exciting developments lined up. Read More

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