Richard James Named Best Agent In The Central Region By Relocation Agent Network!

Regional Central - Richard JamesWe are delighted to announce we have won Relocation Agent Network’s prestigious 2015 Best Agent Central Regional Award at the Network’s National Conference, held at the Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel, London on Friday 13 November.

The annual prize gives the winning Network member the title of ‘Best Agent in the Central Region’ and is awarded on a number of criteria measuring the agent’s overall contribution to Relocation Agent Network, their ability to achieve customer satisfaction and a proven record of helping relocating buyers move in and out of the area.

The National Conference culminated in an evening black tie Awards Dinner hosted by well-known comedian, Tim Vine, who announced our award win.

We are so proud to be named as the region’s best Relocation Agent Network member. This award recognises the fantastic team we have here at Richard James and shows our customers that we are one of East Northants leading estate agents.”

Richard Tucker, Relocation Agent Network’s Managing Director said, “Congratulations to all the team at Richard James. Their outstanding customer service, innovative business initiatives and commitment to our Network principles means that this award is thoroughly deserved.”

This is the fifth consecutive year we have won this award.

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Richard James Attending National Conference In London

IMG_7366We will attending the Relocation Agent Network National Conference on Friday 13 November. We will join some of England, Scotland and Wales’ leading estate agents, all of which are members of Relocation Agent Network, a national estate agency network. The National Conference will include a trade exhibition and black tie evening Awards Dinner.

Taking place at the Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel, the event welcomes keynote speakers including; economist Roger Martin-Fagg; top motivational speaker, Caspar Berry; Kevin Ellis, founder of new homes consultancy firm, Thomas Mae; and Nick Wheeler, the founder and managing director of Charles Tyrwhitt shirts.

This year’s official Conference Mobile App gives delegates the chance to network with one another in the lead up to the event. On the day, the App will allow delegates to take part in live polling during Conference sessions. Designed to enhance the ‘delegate experience’ these interactive sessions will produce results shown instantly on stage, providing real insight into how attending Relocation Agent Network members, like Richard James, view key industry topics.

The event culminates in an evening black tie Awards Dinner hosted by well-known comedian, Tim Vine. Tim will present a total of 27 awards to Relocation Agent Network members, including the most coveted Agent of the Year accolade.

How does Network membership help the customer?

The Network personally selects each of its members, basing criteria on quality of service, local knowledge and professionalism. Through its affiliation with Cartus, the premier provider of global relocation services, Relocation Agent Network members help Cartus move relocating families in and out of areas across England, Scotland and Wales. This offers Richard James customers an additional channel of buyer when selling their property. Through the ‘Referral Network’, members can also help their relocating customers by referring them to a fellow Relocation Agent Network member in the area they are moving to.

This year’s Relocation Agent Network National Conference is sure to give us lots of best practice ideas and innovations to benefit our customers. The event also provides the Richard James team with the opportunity to meet some of the UK’s leading estate agencies.

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Richard James Shortlisted For 2015 Best Agent In Central Region Award

Tim VineWe are pleased and proud to announce we have been shortlisted by Relocation Agent Network, a national network of selected estate agents, for the 2015 Best Agent Central Region Award.

The winner will be announced at a black tie evening Awards Dinner held at the Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel, London on Friday 13 November. The Awards Dinner closes Relocation Agent Network’s annual National Conference, and this year is hosted by well-known comedian, Tim Vine.

Relocation Agent Network’s 2015 Best Agent Central Region Award is an annual prize for the agent that has consistently made the best overall contribution to the Network throughout the year and offers nominees the chance to become the Network’s ‘Best Network Agent in the Central Region’. To reach this stage of the award programme, agents must demonstrate excellent customer service, innovative business initiatives and a commitment to the Relocation Agent Network principles.

We are delighted to be shortlisted for Relocation Agent Network’s Best Agent Regional Award. It really does highlight the team’s effort, commitment and enthusiasm over the last 12 months.

Richard Tucker, Relocation Agent Network’s Managing Director commented, “As a network of selected estate agents, made up of 16 regions across England, Scotland and Wales, our regional awards recognise those agents that truly demonstrate outstanding customer service and innovative business initiatives. Congratulations to Richard James for their well deserved nomination.”

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Amanda Smith Receives National ‘Employee Of The Year’ Award Nomination!

Amanda RANWe are pleased to announce that a member of our team, Amanda Smith from our Irthlingborough office, has been nominated for Relocation Agent Network’s prestigious Employee of the Year 2015 Award. Recognising the individual excellence of one person in one Relocation Agent Network member estate agency, award nominees are based across England, Scotland and Wales.

The accolade acknowledges individuals who go above and beyond their day to day tasks. Not only providing their customers with the highest levels of service, but positively promoting their companies in the local market, through initiatives such as local community projects. The winner will be announced at the 2015 Relocation Agent Network National Conference, being held this year at the Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel, London on Friday 13 November.

The event culminates in an evening black tie Awards Dinner hosted by well-known comedian, Tim Vine. Tim will present a total of 27 awards to Relocation Agent Network members, including the most coveted Agent of the Year accolade.

We are extremely proud that Amanda has received a nomination for Relocation Agent Network’s Employee of the Year. She is an invaluable member of the team, consistently going that extra mile to provide the highest service to our customers.”

Relocation Agent Network’s Managing Director, Richard Tucker said of the nomination, “This Employee of the Year Award nomination, sponsored by TM training & development, recognises the high calibre team that Richard James Estate Agents has here in East Northamptonshire. This nomination is a fantastic accolade both for Amanda and Richard James.”

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Buying Vs. Renting

OCTOBERAccording to a recent estate agency survey, buying a property is cheaper than renting one. Conducted by Relocation Agent Network, of which Richard James Estate Agents is a member, not only is it cheaper to buy, but you could make significant savings too.

Relocation Agent Network, the national network of independent estate agents asked its members whether it was cheaper to buy or rent a three-bedroom house over the course of a calendar year. 85% said that it was cheaper to buy.

The national survey also looked at the possible savings you could make when buying. Based on a three-bedroom house, member respondents were asked what they estimated the annual saving was from buying a property instead of renting one. Nearly a third (31%) of member respondents stated that it was possible to save up to £1,000 a year, with another 27% indicating a potential saving of up to £1,500 could be made.

As more buyers begin entering the market, it would appear that it is due to more availability in the mortgage market, with the majority of Network members (37%) indicating so.

Our Network survey results demonstrate that buying really is the preferred option in terms of cost saving. We understand that getting onto the property ladder can be challenging, but we’re here to help and guide you through the buying process. Contact us today to discuss your options. As the area’s Local Expert, we’d love to help you.”

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World’s Biggest Coffee Morning


Last Friday we held a Coffee Morning in aid of raising funds for Macmillan Cancer Support and are pleased to announce we were able to raise £233.26 in a few hours.

It was tough going drinking coffee and eating cakes but we managed to keep going. None of us want to see another cake for a few weeks.

Thank you to all who attended and made a contribution to this worth while cause.

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World’s Biggest Coffee Morning

Coffee Morning

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What are the most popular properties and areas to live in?

RAN_4col_block_stackedAre you selling an in-demand property-type?

Are you looking for a home in a sought-after area? According to a recent Relocation Agent Network survey, the type of property and area that buyers are looking for homes has remained largely unchanged when compared to five years ago.

Popular Properties
Taken amongst Relocation Agent Network members across England, Scotland and Wales (including us), the survey not only found that two to three bedroom houses were the most in demand in 2015, but they were the most sought-after property in 2010 too.

City Centre Vs. Suburbs
The most popular area-types also remained relatively unchanged over the last five years, with town/city centres and suburban areas taking first and second place for 2010 and 2015. Interestingly however, suburban living was most in demand in 2010, but moved to second place in 2015, with properties in town/city centres taking the top spot.

Thinking of selling?
We are a selected member of Relocation Agent Network, who has chosen us as East Northant’s Local Expert, based on our customer service and a variety of other criteria. Not only does this prove our credentials as one of the area’s leading estate agents, but through our Network membership, we are able to offer sellers a completely unique channel of buyer that no other estate agent in wellingborough or Irthlingborough can provide. Visit to find out more.

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Some of the most common hurdles to overcome when selling.

Clear-the-obstacles1[1]Below is a brief list of some of the most common issues that sellers need to resolve after accepting an offer. Best advice is to try and address some of these before placing your property on the market.

1. If a boiler has been installed in recent years, the purchasers solicitor may want a Building Regulations Compliance Certificate. This is to prove the boiler has been installed in accordance with the manufacturers specification and Building Regulations of the day.

2. If a wall has been removed or a structural alteration has been made. A Building Regulation Completion Certificate may be required.

3. If electrical works or an electric shower has been installed. An electrical installation certificate may be required.

4. If windows or doors that have been replaced you should have a FENSA certificate or equivalent certificate, to proof the standard of product and correct installation.

5. Some conservatories may need Building Regulation approval, especially if the property has already been extended, the floor area exceeds 30m sq, the external doors from the main house have been removed or the heating is part of the main house heating system.

6. If previous damp proofing or timber treatment works have been completed, a guarantee along with a plan or specification of works may be required.

7. If your property has had structural rectification or underpinning works previously, advise your estate agent at the point of putting it on the market so all potential buyers can be made aware. This will help when placing the buyer’s mortgage and when obtaining insurance.

8. If you have Solar Panels, please provide all the information to the estate agent up front. Some panels are owned, some are renting your roof space and others will be part of a scheme, such as Green Deal.

If you require advice or guidance on any of the above please talk to one of our trained staff at point of the property appraisal.

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Market Review

RAFAs we approach the half year stage, the second quarter has been very much like the first with properties selling fairly briskly, if priced correctly. With the exception of the two weeks prior to the General Election the year has been consistently active.

Although the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) have reported that lending is down 3% in May this year to the same month last year, this is likely to be due to shortage of properties coming onto the market.

At the moment most estate agents are inundated with new potential buyers registering but unfortunately there doesn’t seem to be the supply of properties to meet demand.
However we have seen some fantastic properties coming onto the market that are not selling, this is due to inaccurate overpricing. Some sellers are trying to name their price in the hope that buyers will pay it due to shortage of choice. In general it appears that buyers are not willing to pay over the odds for a house and would rather stay where they are, than run the risk of being caught out by any future change in prices.

The rental market is currently booming with record rents now being achieved, again due to lack of supply and strong demand. The number of potential tenants looking for property is at an all-time high.

The big questions are, have prices now plateaued? Is there any further growth in local prices?

As far as Richard James is concerned, we are more than happy with our performance in this second quarter. According to Rightmove data, since 1st January 2015 our Wellingborough office has agreed 90 sales with our closest competitor agreeing 64 sales and our Irthlingborough office has agreed 58 sales with the nearest competitor agreeing 14 sales.

Our half year performance illustrates that working seven days a week, accompanying every client to viewings, high quality marketing and great customer service statically gives our vendors the best chance of selling over other local agents.

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