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03/12/20 - Pandemic Portraits: The People of St Albans in the Time of Covid

Living through the Covid Pandemic is the biggest challenge faced by the people of St Albans for over seventy years. It is also history in the making.

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02/12/20 - The Ashtons Diploma - Harrison's Story

The Ashtons Diploma has been meticulously designed to train the next generation of Estate Agents to the highest possible standard. The course runs over a 12-month period and is developed to take employee’s through every area of the property journey, including sales, lettings, land & new homes, property maintenance and client services - gaining insights into all aspects of the business which can lead to a successful career in estate agency.

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20/11/20 - Hello Harpenden: Video Area Guide

Following on from the St. Albans guide last month, we've produced another video and this time it's focused on Harpenden. The video was produced during Lockdown 2.0, so we thought we'd take the opportunity to also showcase some of the local businesses on the high street and show our support.

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13/11/20 - Lockdown 2.0: The Property Market Remains Bouyant

A week has passed since Lockdown 2.0 was implemented and hopefully, only three weeks remain until life returns to some semblance of normality and we can invest our energy to plan and enjoy the upcoming festivities.

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07/11/20 - Ask an Expert: Alf Ciarolo: Legal Updates for Landlords

Our Head of Lettings, Alf Ciarolo gives a brief overview of the latest legal updates as we enter Lockdown 2.0. If you are a landlord or looking to become one in the near future, we recommend you take 3 minutes out of your day to listen to what Alf has to say.

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22/10/20 - St Albans Fireworks – Look Up Together

St Albans will have the only known public firework display in the UK.
The St Albans fireworks are an annual tradition, but the display has had to be reimagined this year due to Covid restrictions.

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08/10/20 - Boris Johnson Pledges 5% Deposit Mortgages to First Time Buyers

With the average person spending up to 10 years saving for a deposit, the introduction of 95% mortgages will be a lifeline for first time buyers trying to get onto the property ladder.

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29/09/20 - The Local Market Remains Active with No Signs of Letting Up

The market during September mirrors recent months - remaining incredibly energised with activity across our four locations showing no signs of letting up.

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18/09/20 - Launching Ashwell Mortgage Services in partnership with Ashtons

Despite the tightening of social distancing, with the rule of 6 coming into force at the beginning of the week, the highly energetic market we’ve seen throughout the Summer shows no signs of abating. Driven by pent-up demand caused by lockdown and then further accelerated by the stamp duty holiday, the commuter belt around London has seen the biggest annual jump in sellers.

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01/09/20 - Ask an Expert! Jonathan Searles, Associate Director - New 2020 Permitted Development Rights Unveiled…

Much has been said regarding the eagerly awaited changes to the Permitted Development Rights that have been around for some time.

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Dec
04
2020

Alice Boulger

I would definitely recommend Ashtons and use Ashtons in the future when we are looking to buy a house. The service that is provided is...

Dec
02
2020

Carly Oliver-Aziz

Everyone was great from start to finish. Liam and Louise have been amazing! Louise was and is an absolute sweetheart.

Dec
01
2020

Katharine Baker

Ashtons were the best we had dealt with. All staff at Harpenden were excellent but I really feel that Tracie is your prize jewel in...

Nov
30
2020

Anonymous

By far the best estate agent I have dealt with. I was particularly impressed, and grateful to have Louise Walker who was there with me...

Nov
29
2020

Andrew Branch

Our experience of agents in the area is limited, but I would rather deal with Ashtons than the others we spoke to. We chose Ashtons...

Nov
28
2020

Anonymous

Property Management was excellent, reported issue - contractor rang & visited soon after

Nov
27
2020

Dirk Matthysen

Property Management were outstanding, every person I've dealt with is professional and helpful

Nov
25
2020

Kate MacKay

The house was very warm & welcoming. Alexander presented the house very professionally. This is the most Covid-secure viewing we have had & we have...

Nov
23
2020

Anonymous

We dealt with a number of staff members (all from the Harpenden office) throughout our purchase and all were extremely polite, helpful and a pleasure...

Nov
23
2020

James C

Very good efficient and professional. Greg handled it mostly and was always available and got back to you promptly.

Nov
21
2020

Molly Parrish

From the beginning to end of my purchase all the staff I spoke to were really friendly and helpful. They stayed in regular communication with...

Nov
20
2020

Anonymous

Ashtons Lettings were professional right from the start. Questions responded to promptly. I have no doubt they are the best in the business


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