Monthly Archives: November 2012

RICHARD JAMES NAMED BEST AGENT IN THE CENTRAL REGION BY RELOCATION AGENT NETWORK!

We are delighted to announce that we have won Relocation Agent Network’s prestigious 2012 Best Agent Central Regional Award at the Network’s 19th Annual Conference, held at the Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel, London on Friday 16 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, a strong market share locally and a proven record of helping relocating buyers move both in and out of the area.

We received our award at the Conference’s glamorous black tie Awards Dinner. The evening was hosted by BAFTA-winning impressionist and comedian, Rory Bremner, who presented us with our accolade.

We are proud and delighted to be named the region’s best Relocation Agent Network estate agent. For Richard James to have won the Best Agent Central Regional Award is recognition of the hard work and combined effort of all our members of staff.

This year’s Conference officially launched Relocation Agent Network, formerly known as Home Sale Network. The network of independent estate agents changed its name to reflect the scope of services that each member offers their customers. No longer just an organisation selling homes, Network members are Relocation Agent experts in each of their local areas.

Richard Tucker, Relocation Agent Network’s Managing Director said, “As members of Relocation Agent Network, a national network of independent estate agents across England, Scotland and Wales, our members promote their individual brand, but they are also encouraged to promote the Network as a whole. The 2012 Best Agent Central Regional Award is significant because it recognises the agent that has most successfully demonstrated great customer service, independent business initiatives, local market share and their commitment to the Relocation Agent Network principles.”

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Chris Shortlisted For National Acclaim

Senior Sales Negotiator Chris Wise has been shortlisted by the Relocation Agent Network for the accolade of Best Negotiator 2012.

Relocation Agent Network has around 700 member estate offices across the country so to be nominated and shortlisted for this award is a huge achievement.

The winner will be announced at the Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel in London tomorrow evening at the glitzy black tie awards dinner hosted by impressionist and comedian Rory Bremner.

Chris has been with Richard James for almost twelve years and the prestige of being nominated for this award is a testament to the hard work, hours and service he offers our customers. Well done Chris.

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Richard James Get To Grips With New Regulations

Following the launch in September by the Office of Fair Trading of their new guidance on Property Sales, we recently attended a training session with other Relocation Agent Network members to understand the major changes brought about as a result of the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations and the Business Protection from Misleading Marketing Regulations 2008.

These new regulations are a serious and comprehensive change to the way we do our Business, the old principal of Buyer Beware has gone and we now have many more new duties of care not just to the seller, but also the buyer or prospective buyer of a property, consumers can expect to get a lot more information before making a decision to buy, through far greater transparency.

The training course was run with the assistance of local Trading Standards and covered many of the new areas of regulation and the Criminal offences that can apply when a breach occurs, this includes areas such as aggressive marketing and over-valuing a property to gain business.

Course manager and estate agent of 30 years Simon Wilkinson FNAEA added
“The new regulations are great news for the consumer and a serious threat to anyone but the most professional estate agents, many I have spoken to are not even aware of their new duties and the risks on non-compliance”.

Buyers and sellers alike should ask the agent if they are complying with the new regulations and avoid them if they are not.

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Richard James Shortlisted For 2012 Best Agent In Central Region Award

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We are is pleased to announce that the company has been shortlisted by Relocation Agent Network, a national network of independent estate agents, comprising of 16 regions, for the 2012 Best Agent Central Region Award.

The winner will be announced at the Awards Dinner of the 19th Annual Relocation Agent Network Conference. Being held at the Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel, London on Friday 16 November, the glamorous awards ceremony will be hosted by BAFTA-winning impressionist and comedian, Rory Bremner.

Relocation Agent Network’s 2012 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 those shortlisted 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 great customer service, independent business initiatives, local market share and a commitment to the Relocation Agent Network principles.

We are delighted to be shortlisted, especially as it recognises the hard work and combined effort, commitment and enthusiasm of our entire team. We look forward to attending this year’s Network Awards Dinner, to celebrate the year’s successes with our fellow members from across the country.

This year’s Conference will officially launch Relocation Agent Network, formerly known as Home Sale Network. The network of independent estate agents changed its name to reflect the scope of services that each member offers their customers. No longer just an organisation selling homes, network members are Relocation Agent specialists in each of their local areas.

Richard Tucker, Relocation Agent Network’s Managing Director commented, “All members are encouraged to work together to promote the Network as a whole as well as their individual companies. As a network of independent estate agents, made up of 16 regions across England, Scotland and Wales, our regional award recognises the agent that has most successfully demonstrated outstanding independent business initiatives and embraced the Network principles.”

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Why just move when you can relocate with your Local Expert?

Relocation Agent Network is the new name for the national network of independent estate agents, formerly known as Home Sale Network. The new name redefines the Network’s focus as an organisation of relocation specialists and reflects the scope of services that each member offers their customers.

No longer just an estate agency organisation selling homes, members are a network of Relocation Agent specialists, each hand picked as being, in Relocation Agent Network’s opinion, their area’s Local Expert. Members have to meet strict criteria to become a Relocation Agent, such as quality of service, local knowledge and professionalism.

A successful house move is not just about the property itself. Important lifestyle factors are part of the decision; such as the up and coming areas, school catchments, local facilities like sports, shops and restaurants and real commuting times and can make a huge difference to the success of your move.

Through our membership with a national network of Relocation Agents, we are able to provide expert local advice to our customers, wherever they may be relocating. Even if you’re planning to buy a property outside of East Northants, we can contact that area’s local Relocation Agent, who can provide the same high standard of service as we do. If you are thinking of moving why not give us a call and experience the relocation difference for yourself.

Richard Tucker, Managing Director of Relocation Agent Network stated, ‘Since 1994 Home Sale Network has set a benchmark for independent estate agency services. Only one estate agent in any given area is selected to join our exclusive network. Times change and our former name no longer reflected the comprehensive range of services our agents provide beyond that of home sales. As part of Cartus, the premier provider of relocation services, it was a natural extension to channel this expertise via our Relocation Agents, to individual customers.’

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Countdown To National Estate Agency Conference Begins!

We’ll soon be travelling to London to attend a national estate agency Conference. Hosted by Relocation Agent Network, an estate agency organisation across England Scotland and Wales, the annual event is a great opportunity for Network members, like Richard James, to meet up.

Taking place on Friday 16 November at London’s Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel, the Conference will include a trade exhibition and business expert speakers such as co-founder of Innocent and star of BBC 3 show, Be Your Own Boss, Richard Reed; Chief Economist for Lloyds Banking Group, Patrick Foley; and expert on the psychology of persuasion and influence, Philip Hesketh.

This year’s Conference will officially launch Relocation Agent Network. We used to be called Home Sale Network, but decided to change our name to reflect the scope of services that each member offers their customers. No longer just an organisation selling homes, network members, like us, are Relocation Agent specialists in each of our local areas.

The event always culminates in a glittering black tie evening Awards Dinner, where the guys and girls from Richard James don their finery to celebrate the year’s successes and may even throw a few John Travolta moves afterwards. This year’s ceremony is even more exciting because Rory Bremner, the BAFTA-winning comedian and impressionist, will be the evening’s host and after dinner speaker.

We always leave Relocation Agent Network’s Annual Conference with fresh and exciting business ideas that benefit our customers and we’re sure that the 2012 event will be no exception.

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