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Regular Blog posts from our Senior Property Consultant Simon Holland | Jacob's Ladder Property Sales & Lettings - Part 2

Online Estate Agents

23rd February 2017 Simon Holland

What have been your experiences with online estate agents such as Purple Bricks, House Simple, emoov or Tepilo? This week saw Bury based, independent, high street estate agents Weale & Hitchen go into administration, citing the competition from online estate agents as a major factor, as well as a general slowdown in turnover and profitability. Continue Reading…

Property Success Tips

5th January 2017 Simon Holland

If you are looking to make a success out of investing in property, whether you’re looking to supplement your income, or develop a new full-time career, there are certain personal traits that will be of great benefit to you in the coming weeks, months and years. I believe you must have good levels of determination, Continue Reading…

Handy Hints to Avoid Eviction

4th December 2016 Simon Holland

Did you know that in Britain, every 2 minutes, someone faces losing their home? At this time of year, peoples focus is on spending time with their loved ones, however many people face the grim reality of being made homeless in the New Year, whether its losing their own home or facing being evicted by Continue Reading…

Letting Agents Fees

23rd November 2016 Simon Holland

During their autumn statement, given to Parliament earlier today, the Conservative Government has announced a ban on letting agent fees, usually charged to tenants when they apply to let a private rental property. We do not believe this is the right decision for tenants, or in fact landlords. We worry for tenants that in some Continue Reading…

Update on Simon’s ‘Hairy Challenge’ 2016

6th October 2016 martin

Well I have returned safely from Slovenia, and along with the 13 others I travelled with raised over £30,000 for Children Today, a North West charity that provides vital, life-changing equipment to severely disabled children. This was a fabulous experience, and a great way to unwind and gain some peace of mind, a welcome break Continue Reading…

Simon’s ‘Hairy Challenge’ 2016

7th April 2016 martin

We are pleased to announce that so far we have raised over £1,000 for ‘Children Today‘, our designated charity partner, by Simon not cutting his hair or shaving, his bi-annual ‘Hairy Challenge‘. Simon’s goal is to raise £2,500 and we have organised a Charity Quiz Night on Thursday 5th May at the Red Hall Hotel, Ramsbottom with Continue Reading…

Is Renting a more affordable option than Buying?

12th February 2015 Simon Holland

Last week Britain’s most expensive one bedroomed flat went on the market at a dizzying £9.9 million! You may be surprised to hear that it’s not located in Ramsbottom or Manchester, but in the exclusive One Hyde Park development in Central London, which is clearly the most expensive apartment block in the UK! Of course, Continue Reading…

Launch of –

11th February 2015 Simon Holland

Launched in January 2015, after almost a year in the making is hoping to make some waves in the property market, and disrupt the current duopoly that is rightmove and Zoopla. Their aim according to Agents Mutual Ltd, the company behind the new property portal is to provide a “cleaner, fresher, more focused approach. Continue Reading…

Should you invest in buy-to-let property?

9th December 2014 Simon Holland

With the property market showing signs of improvement over the past 18 months, many people we speak to are considering whether investing in property is a good idea. Of course, our experience over the past 7 years suggests that many of our landlords are indeed enjoying buy-to-let success, and it is certainly true that with Continue Reading…

‘Hairy Challenge’ 2014 in aid of Bury Hospice

19th July 2014 Simon Holland

Welcome to my ‘Hairy Challenge’ 2014! No, I haven’t had a breakdown, or decided ‘to let’ myself go!  Actually, I have decided NOT to cut my hair or shave, to raise awareness of the great work done by Bury Hospice. I intend to continue my ‘Hairy Challenge’ until I have raised £1,000, then I may seek Continue Reading…

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