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02/07/20 - Ask an Expert: Nick Wearmouth - Your Weekly Local Property Market Review (2nd July)

This week we would like to share with you how the market has fared locally during the first full month back in the offices, since the government lockdown measures were relaxed.

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19/06/20 - Ask an Expert: Nick Wearmouth - Your Weekly Local Property Market Review (19th June)

It has been noticeably busier around the area this week, as non-essential shops have been allowed to open and our towns and villages begin to feel a little more normal. Elite sport has recommenced once again and I am sure we will all be looking forward to (or perhaps dreading) the advent of daily football matches returning to our screens!

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12/06/20 - Ask an Expert: Nick Wearmouth - Your Weekly Local Property Market Review (12th June)

The market locally remains extremely active. However, there have been a number of reports in the national press focusing on house prices since the beginning of June. Nationwide published their latest house price data and it made for an interesting reading. In April, house prices increased by 0.9% with the annual change of 3.7%. As the lockdown hit home May saw those numbers fall to -1.7% reducing the annual rate of change to 1.8%.

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05/06/20 - Ask an Expert: Nick Wearmouth - Your Weekly Local Property Market Review (5th June)

The strong performance of our four offices throughout May has continued during the first week of Summer. The market remains highly energised following the relaxation of the lockdown measures and we are starting to see good levels of new stock become available in each of our locations.

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29/05/20 - Ask an Expert: Nick Wearmouth - Your Weekly Local Property Market Review (29th May)

As May draws to a close, the market remains full of energy - which we would normally expect despite the global pandemic.

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22/05/20 - Ask an Expert: Nick Wearmouth - Your Weekly Local Property Market Review

Some normality seems to be returning to life locally. It is noticeable since the easing of the Government’s Stay Home message, that our local towns and villages are markedly busier over the last week. The same can be said for market activity over the course of our first week back in the office.

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15/05/20 - Ask an Expert: Alf Ciarolo. PART 2: Calling all Landlords: Top tips to optimise ROI on your property investment

Continuing on from Part 1, Alf will now cover the six top tips to optimise ROI on your property investment.

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14/05/20 - Ask an Expert: Alf Ciarolo. PART 1: Calling all Landlords: Are you ready for the boom in demand for rental property?

Landlords across the county have been on a rollercoaster ride over the last month with the Coronavirus outbreak putting a real risk on their rental income and uncertainty that has not been felt for many years where the security they relied on through regular rent payments has been distorted by the furloughing of staff and the stop button pressed firmly on the High Street.

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23/04/20 - Helpful Tips For Making Your Virtual Viewing Video

Thinking of selling your home, now could be the perfect time to do this. To make sure you are in the strongest position when the market returns to normal, we strongly recommend creating a video tour for your property. We will come and film your home as soon as the restrictions are relaxed but with modern smartphone technology it is easy to produce on your own.

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16/04/20 - Home Schooling 101 - Tips to help keep the children engaged

During this unusual time, children being away from school and stuck at home can present a real problem. Schools are closed across the nation to prevent the spread of coronavirus, keeping children and parents safe from potential exposure. Luckily, there is assistance available online. We have compiled some tips to help with home schooling.

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11/04/20 - Covid-19: Selling Your Home? Your Questions Answered...

During this difficult time in lock-down, it's understandably become a time of uncertainty, and a number of home sellers are left with many questions which need answering.

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10/04/20 - Working from Home? Here are some tips to help you...

Coronavirus has affected many businesses who have reconsidered working from home policies. Flexible and home working has become standard for many professionals in recent years.

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09/04/20 - How Can I Guarantee My Future Rent Payments?

During such uncertain times, we understand the concern for many landlords will be whether a tenant is able to continue paying rent in full or on time.

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04/04/20 - Ask an Expert: Richard Fossey. PART 2 - Producing the Ideal Virtual Viewing

It’s actually pretty straight forward to film a virtual tour and we can even assist with the editing if you want to have a go yourself. If you head to our website, you’ll be able to see plenty of examples or what the Ashtons team, some owners and tenants have created already.

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03/04/20 - Ask an Expert: Richard Fossey. PART 1 - The Advantages of Virtual Viewings & Valuations

I thought it would be useful to take a few moments today to run through some of the new approaches the Ashtons teams have adapted to offer our clients an enhanced virtual service.

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03/04/20 - Government Coronavirus Measures for Landlords and Tenants

With approximately 20 million people within the private rental sector, government has brought forward a package of measures to protect those affected by coronavirus (COVID-19).

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28/03/20 - Ask an Expert: John Ingram - Working remotely Part 2: How to Remain Engaged - Communication is Key

It has been increasingly obvious how important a balanced work/home life is to all our colleagues, particularly those who have been furloughed. Apart from the break from routine, undoubtedly, people have missed the excitement of a busy sales environment together with the social interaction with colleagues who have often become good friends and part of a close-knit effective team.

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27/03/20 - Ask an Expert: John Ingram - Working remotely Part 1: How to Remain Engaged - Communication is Key

We are all probably aware by now of the recommended key elements when working remotely, if like me, receiving numerous tips and hints from a variety of sources covering areas such as, sticking to normal routines, ensuring an effective and comfortable workspace and regular contact with team members and for those not working - communication is key.

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24/03/20 - We're Still Open...Now Operating Remotely

Here at Ashtons we must do our part; therefore, we can confirm our offices are now closed.

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23/03/20 - St Albans Named Best Place to Live in the South East

St Albans has been named by The Sunday Times as the Best Place to Live in the South East for 2020. The city’s independent shops, bustling markets, and second to none pub culture are just some of the reasons that make our city the regional champion.

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19/03/20 - Ashtons Unite with Teens Unite

Following our record-breaking £10,000 giveaway charity campaign, For Life’s Great Causes, back in January, we were delighted to meet with the lovely Katherine, Head of Marketing & Communications at local charity, Teens Unite, earlier this month.

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13/03/20 - Rational or Emotional?

Decision making is complex, involving both rationale and emotion. Even the most emotional of us use reason and vice versa.

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12/03/20 - Budget 2020 Summary

While yesterday’s Budget was focused on reducing the impact of COVID-19 on British economy, little was said about housing. That being said, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak’s opening Budget includes...

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07/03/20 - The Future of Rent Controls

Making the mayoral election on 7th May a referendum on rent controls, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, intends to introduce controls as he launches his re-election bid.

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05/03/20 - Ashtons Library NOW OPEN

Our Managing Director, Karl Judd, has always been a regular reader with a keen interest in business. This has made its way into our Harpenden branch with the addition of an Ashtons Library.

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27/02/20 - Buying and Selling with Subsidence

Subsidence is often seen as a fearful state of affairs when buying a property. Would you buy a home at risk of collapse? As a seller, would you be worried the signs of subsidence will be revealed during a survey?

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21/02/20 - The Boris Merry-go-Round

The change in Ministers and senior government positions last week by Boris has given the housing and private rental sector a fresh face and another change to consider for the future of housing.

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20/02/20 - We are one of the Best Small Companies to Work For in 2020!

For the sixth year, Ashtons appear in The Sunday Times’ 100 Best Small Companies to Work For. We are delighted to once again feature in this prestigious list.

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13/02/20 - £10,000 For Life’s Great Causes – The Winning Charities

On 31st January, Ashtons ’For Life’s Great Causes online poll came to a close. After an exciting month watching the votes soar, the total number received reached over 11,500.

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10/02/20 - Long Term Letting Back in Fashion

If you are looking to rent your next home, how long would you expect to stay at the same property? 12 months? Maybe 2 years?

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06/02/20 - Momentum Continues in 2020

Ashtons held their annual company meeting at Rothamsted Conference Centre on Thursday 23rd January. Over a separate morning and afternoon session, all staff across all offices and roles were in attendance.

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31/01/20 - For Life’s Great Causes – Winning Charities Announced!

Ashtons are delighted to announce our annual For Life’s Great Causes charity campaign has now closed – and the top three charities receiving a share of £10,000 have been decided… by you!

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23/01/20 - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle… How to Increase Sustainability in the Construction Industry

Over 35 billion tonnes of non-metallic minerals are extracted from Earth annually, mainly utilised to build homes, schools, offices and hospitals. This overwhelming level is set to rise as population increases.

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18/01/20 - Thinking ahead... preparing for reference checks

Whether at the start of your rental journey or taking your time to find the right property, it is always good to think ahead to what the process will involve.

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16/01/20 - Ashtons WIN at the EA Masters

On Thursday 10th October 2019, we attended Property Academy’s annual EA Masters event. Supported by Rightmove, it is the biggest industry event to showcase and celebrate excellence.

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09/01/20 - New Year, New Home? Find out where can you afford to live in the UK

With the post-election and new year outlook becoming more energised than in recent years, strong Conservative majority will lead to...

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06/01/20 - What's in store for renters during 2020?

What's in store for renters during 2020?

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03/01/20 - POLL OPEN – Vote for your charity now in our £10,000 For Life’s Great Causes campaign

Ashtons are giving away £10,000 for their For Life’s Great Causes charity campaign – and we need your help to decide which local causes should receive the funds!

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Jul
03
2020

Karen Claydon

Sam went over and above on this sale, helping me the purchaser. Can't rate him
enough.

Jul
01
2020

Anonymous

Sam Ward's assistance was of particular note and always very helpful in moving the transaction forward.

Jun
30
2020

Charlotte & Brad

A huge thank you to Ashtons! All staff members at Ashtons Redbourn were polite, helpful and efficient from the very beginning, all the way through...

Jun
28
2020

Steve Cosier

All the staff were very helpful, and we were very much kept in touch with the viewings and feedback. In the current Covid 19 lockdown...

Jun
26
2020

Josh & Holly Stylianou

Louise Walker was brilliant, very proactive and a great communicator. She really helped keep the process moving. Thank you Louise!

Jun
23
2020

Paul Farnsworth

Ashtons have been fantastic throughout. Without a doubt the best estate agents I have ever used. Communication has been first class and everyone has been...

Jun
20
2020

Shirley Thomas

I just wanted to thank you both [Stacey & Greg] very much indeed for all your care, helpfulness and reassurance. You were both outstanding in...

Jun
17
2020

Anonymous

Very happy with Ashtons and delighted with the outcome in very difficult circumstances. JP was enthusiastic and easy to deal with but also did not...

Jun
17
2020

Mohammed F Nizami

I am very pleased with Sam Ward during this entire process. He was always available to respond to my queries even during the difficult pandemic...

Jun
15
2020

Navin Sodha

We have found Jamie Newson-Love very professional and helpful with all aspects of Lettings.

Jun
11
2020

David Twaites

Kirstie was excellent. She was in constant communication with us even on the weekend which we didn’t expect and went out of her way to...

Jun
09
2020

Anonymous

I've had to use Ashtons [Property Management] 3 - 4 times for various issues with the house and each time we've had everything resolved promptly...


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