GOVERNMENT HELP FOR BUSINESSES

Many businesses will be shaken, but not surprised, by the Prime Minister’s announcement of another lockdown .  Rishi Sunak, Chancellor of the Exchequer has  announced a further package of help for business which have been forced to close their doors yet again. There are further grants available and the link below gives details which you might find of assistance.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/46-billion-in-new-lockdown-grants-to-support-businesses-and-protect-jobs

 

Diane Tait

Commercial Manager


Block Property Manager Vacancy

Southend-on-Sea

Hours: Monday-Friday 8.45am-6pm (less 1 hour for lunch)

Holiday: 28 days annual leave per year (including bank holidays) rising with length of service

Salary: A competitive salary package based on skills and experience

Job description

Duties will include but not limited to:

  • Have the ability to deal/manage entire property management process for a portfolio of 500-600 units
  • Visiting blocks of apartments
  • Managing leaseholder relationships
  • Preparing Service Charge Budgets
  • Monitoring contractors
  • Liaising with accountants departments
  • Dealing effectively with all maintenance issues, contractors & all processes
  • Section 20 experience

The right candidate ideally will possess the following:

  • Good understanding of Residential Property Management and current legislation
  • Must be a highly organised individual
  • Section 20 experience preferred
  • Previous property experience is an advantage
  • Excellent administration skills with attention to detail
  • Good customer relationship skills is a must
  • AIRPM qualification is an advantage but is not essential

This is an excellent opportunity to join a well-established local Estate Agency and Property Management company and benefit from a surrounding thriving sales/ management environment.

If you are interested in this position and feel you have the experience and attributes for this role then please apply by sending your CV to laurencecox@hairandson.co.uk.


CHRISTMAS & NEW YEARS OPENING HOURS

Monday                                            21st December 2020                                              Open              8.45am – 6.00pm

Tuesday                                            22nd December 2020                                             Open              8.45am – 6.00pm

Wednesday                                      23rd December 2020                                             Open              8.45am – 6.00pm

Thursday                                          24th December 2020                                             Closed

Friday                                                 25th December 2020                                             Closed

Saturday/Sunday                           26th – 27th December 2020                                   Closed

Monday                                            28th December 2020                                             Closed

Tuesday                                            29th December 2020                                             Open                          10.00am – 2.00pm

Wednesday                                      30th December 2020                                             Open                          10.00am – 2.00pm

Thursday                                          31st December 2020                                              Open                          10.00am – 2.00pm

Friday                                                 1st January 2021                                                     Closed

Saturday/Sunday                           2nd – 3rd January 2021                                          Closed

Monday                                            4th January 2021                                                    Open                          8.45am – 6.00pm


Residential Lettings Accounts Manager

Southend-on-Sea

Hours: Monday-Friday 8.45am-6pm (less 1 hour for lunch)

Holiday: 28 days annual leave per year (including bank holidays) rising with length of service

Salary: A competitive salary package based on skills and experience

 

We are looking to recruit a Residential Lettings Accounts Manager to be part of a dynamic fast-paced lettings office. This role will be responsible for overseeing the rent accounts of all residential tenancies, among other duties. The successful candidate will be a motivated individual who has a background in residential lettings and property management.

 

Responsibilities-

  • Daily reconciliations of all tenant rent accounts
  • Chasing tenant rent arrears on a regular basis
  • Answering calls relating to rent and statement queries and responding in an efficient manner
  • Responding to landlord queries relating to rent payments
  • Providing references for vacating tenants
  • Processing tenancy deposit returns

 

Requirements-

  • Previous experience relating to property management is desirable but not essential
  • High levels of customer service
  • Ability to develop processes

 

This is an excellent opportunity to join a well-established local Estate Agency and Property Management company and benefit from a surrounding thriving sales/ management environment.

 

If you are interested in this position and feel you have the experience and attributes for this role then please apply by sending your CV to laurencecox@hairandson.co.uk.


Purchase Ledger / Property Management Accounts Vacancy

Role:                      Accounts Team – Purchase Ledger  / Property Management Accounts.

Location:              200 London Road, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS1 1PJ.

Hours:                   8.45 am to 5.30 pm Monday to Friday less 1 hour for lunch each day.

Holiday:                28 days annual leave per year (including bank holidays) rising with length of service.

Salary:                   A competitive salary package based on skills and experience.

Client Accounting – Purchase Ledger

  1. Coding purchase ledger invoices
  2. Obtaining approval for invoices to be paid
  3. Data entry for approved invoices onto purchase ledger
  4. Scanning ‘paid’ invoices and receipts to accounting database to include service charge and landlord accounts
  5. Dealing with queries on utilities to include void periods and disputes

Client Accounting – Statements to Landlords

  1. Checking disbursements on Landlord’s statements
  2. Collating of receipts and vouchers for submission to Landlord’s

Client Accounting – Receipts

  1. Identification and coding of amounts received for posting onto database
  2. Assisting with posting of cash onto database

Client Accounting – Maintenance of Database/Other  

  1. Updating the database generally
  2. Filing of records as appropriate once processed
  3. Raising charges both periodic and additional/ad hoc
  4. Ad hoc jobs as they arise
  5. Filing/scanning/general administration
  6. Holiday Cover

Requirements

Previous office/accounts experience is essential.

Experience in purchase ledger accounts desirable.

Ability to use Excel and Word desirable.

Attention to detail and, initiative and good communication skills are essential.

Applications in the first instance by email only with CV to nickverdin@hairandson.co.uk


LOCKDOWN AND THE PROPERTY MARKET

With the lockdown in full swing, where does this leave the property market?

Many sellers and buyers will be will be wondering whether they are still able to continue with their house sale and for those looking to bring their property to the market, can we still find you a prospective buyer?  The answer is YES!

On Sunday 1st November the housing minister confirmed the property market will still go ahead in full swing.

However it is important that you choose an agent like Hair & Son who has adapted their way of working, since the pandemic began, to ensure they are complying with the new COVID 19 regulations and ensuring their customers and colleagues are safe.

The housing market is experiencing a ‘mini boom’ and this looks set to continue, despite the current lockdown. In fact it has been predicted the UK housing market will remain buoyant with average house prices expected to increase 4% this year before stabilising in 2021.

So now, if any is the time to sell! By doing this you can also take advantage of the stamp duty holiday, which is set to end March 2021, which could save you up to £15,000.00!

If you are considering selling or are searching for a property, there is still time! Contact us for a free market appraisal or to register your details to be added to our mailing list.

Hayley Coombes

Property Consultant


Increase Your Online Viewings For Your Property

The Three Simple Things You Can Do Right Now To Increase Your Online Viewings For Your Property…

…And It Won’t Cost You A Penny!

Do you know how your property is performing on line? Has your estate agent spoken to you about this? If your home isn’t getting the level of viewings you expected then this, undoubtedly is the first thing to give some attention to.

Remember – Higher online viewings means higher physical viewings, so if your advert doesn’t look and read as good, if not better than the competition then you are missing a trick.

YOUR MAIN PHOTOGRAPHS

Take a look at your main two photographs. These are what the buying public first see and will either grab their attention and make them want to see more, or they won’t.  Your outside photograph should be free of cars and dustbins.  There should ideally be a blue sky.  The second photograph should be equally enticing and make these buyers want to see more.  If it doesn’t, change it.

THE ZERO PRICING STRATEGY

Years ago estate agents would advise their sellers to advertise their home at say £249,995 instead of £250,000 as it sounds more appealing.  Up until the rise of the internet, it worked.  Nowadays buyers would have to scroll through pages of properties until they come to yours if priced this way.  The trick is to be one of the first a viewer see’s and your agent should advise your asking price to ensure that this is the case.

THE WORDING

This is absolutely vital.  We spend considerable time writing the prefect advert.  It should paint a picture to the reader of being everything they are looking for in a home and make it stand out from its competition.  It is certainly not the case that an introduction should read “ We are delighted to offer for sale this….”

ARE YOU HAPPY WITH YOUR ADVERT?

If you would like us to review it for you why give your local Hair & Son office a call for some no obligation advice.


A LIGHTER & BRIGHTER HOME THIS WINTER

With the clocks going back and daylight hours diminishing until spring time, many homes start to look a bit dark, drab and gloomy this time of year. When selling this can be a real turn off for potential buyers.  With this in mind we thought we would share with you our FIVE TOP TIPS TO BRIGHTEN UP YOUR HOME (AND ACHIEVE AN EARLY SALE)

  1. A growing trend this year is Autumnal colours; Oranges, reds and browns for scatter cushions, rugs and blankets. These will transform a room and make it feel far more inviting and create a feeling of warmth and cosiness that buyers are sure to love!
  2. Candles add a warm feeling to a room too. Look out for scented candles as they can really give a room an amazing atmosphere.  Being easy to move around they are perfect for lighting up any dark corners prior to a viewing!
  3. Add table and floor lamps throughout your home and swap low wattage bulbs for brighter ones – This can make a dull room far brighter with minimal outlay
  4. Even though the daylight hours are reduced this time of year, still make sure you ensure your home benefits from getting as much natural light as possible. Make sure curtains & blinds  are open for all day time viewings and consider hanging mirrors opposite windows to spread natural light
  5. Log burners and fires are a massive want with buyers at the moment – If your home has one make sure you light it. Nothing says “winter comfort” more than a nice fire!

 

We love giving advice to anybody considering selling their home.  If you are considering a move, why not get in touch with us for FREE, no obligation advice?


H&S Searching for 'Block Property Manager'

We are looking for a Block Property Manager to join our busy and growing block management department.

The Role will be based at our Southend-on-Sea office, duties will include but not limited to:

• Have the ability to deal/manage entire property management process for a portfolio of 500-600 units
• Visiting blocks of apartments
• Managing leaseholder relationships
• Preparing Service Charge Budgets
• Monitoring contractors
• Liaising with accountants departments
• Dealing effectively with all maintenance issues, contractors & all processes
• Section 20

The right candidate ideally will possess the following:
• Good understanding of Residential Property Management and current legislation
• Must be a highly organised individual
• Section 20 experience preferred
• Previous property experience is an advantage
• Excellent administration skills with attention to detail
• Good customer relationship skills is a must
• AIRPM qualification is an advantage but is not essential

Please email laurencecox@hairandson.co.uk if you are interested.


SELLING YOUR HOME THIS AUTUMN

We love the Autumn.  The nights draw in, trees shed their leaves and the world takes on a far more wintery feel.  We also love it because, if you get it right, it can be the best time of year to sell your property.

During the summer months buyers are all about utilising your outside space and can be swayed from one property to another by a bigger, sunnier garden or a fabulous Bar-B-Q area.  As Autumn comes this all changes.  The weather becomes colder, wetter and buyers’ criteria changes.  Think more of log burners and amazing kitchens you can spend time cooking those warming meals in.

With this in mind, we thought it might be helpful to give you our top tips for selling your home this Autumn:

  • CLEAR AWAY THOSE FALLEN LEAVES – Sweep them away, even if they are on the street outside. A viewer who slips on wet leaves before they even reach your front door will be sure to be thinking negatively about your home before they even start the viewing!
  • TURN ON THE HEATING – Make sure your home feels warm and inviting. If you are at home for the viewings, light any fires and log burners to give viewers that cosy feeling
  • TURN ON THE LIGHTS – A property that is too dark is a major turn off for viewers. Make sure your home is well lit on those dark afternoons and evenings, use lamps to give that cosy relaxed feeling
  • GET THE GARDEN LOOKING TIDY – Although selling a home this time of year is more about the interior, buyers still want to see a tidy and useable garden area for warmer months; Make sure the garden is neat and tidy with some autumnal flowers and shrubs to give appeal
  • LIGHT A CANDLE – Candles not only look good but give off amazing seasonal aroma’s and create a cosy feel

We love giving advice to people who are contemplating a house move! If you are considering selling why not get in touch with your local Hair & Son office.