2015 Round Up for Hennings moir
Director Steve Moir reflects on 2015
“Well 2015 had some surprises in it. The year started well for sales but then went somewhat sluggish for a few months before picking up and the second half of the year produced excellent sales and saw prices move upwards again.
The theme of the year has to be a shortage of houses to sell but with the various changes put in place to deter buy to let landlords and incentives for first time buyers we are likely to see renewed activity in the new year.
We are also likely to see some landlords looking to add to their portfolios ahead of the stamp duty changes in April.
With low interest rates keeping mortgage payments at an all time low 2016 is likely to be a good year to move.
The highlight of the year has to be winning the three Property Sharing Experts awards in June for Agent of the year, our marketing and our charity work. All the staff have worked really hard and thoroughly deserve the recognition.
Our lettings department has had their busiest year yet with even more landlords entrusting us with their properties. We’re not sure where the governments promise of reducing red tape has got to but the workload and requirements gets ever more onerous.
For landlords 215 has seen a raft of changes which landlords need to keep abreast of. The deregulation act has seen changes to Section 21 notices (given to end tenancies) Tenants information packs need to include even more information and there are tax changes with the way income and expenses are dealt with and increased stamp duty on buy to let purchases.
If you are a Landlord who manages their own properties then at the very least we suggest you join a landlords association or alternatively chat to an experienced letting agent who can advise you. Getting things wrong now can be costly.
Our staff have continued to increase their expertise and knowledge by attending a range of training courses and we have held some successful landlords training evenings which have been well received. We have also welcomed back former staff to cope with the increased volume of work.
Our charity fundraising has included Saltash Foodbank, Livewire, Help Our wounded Royal Marines and we continue to be a collection point for the Saltash Foodbank. This Christmas we have also fundraised for the Salvation Army Homeless Appeal
So in conclusion 2015 has been a good year, our feedback has shown 98% of customers would recommend us and we have had some great comments about our service.
We musn’t however rest on our laurels and we must continue to deliver exceptional customer service and help put more people into property during 2016.
Whatever you decide to do in 2016 we wish you every success for 2016.”