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Retirement Homesearch (RHS) has won a silver award at this year’s Negotiator Awards in the category of Hybrid Agency of the Year.
The Negotiator Awards has become the most prestigious awards ceremony for the UK residential estate and letting agency industry. To have been awarded this accolade is a testament to RHS’s customer focus and unique, forward-thinking approach. They achieve this by combining the highest level of online/telephone support with the all-important physical interaction and local knowledge that comes from the Development Managers they work closely with to conduct viewings and educate potential buyers on life at a communal development.
As part of the submission, RHS received some glowing endorsements from its clients…
Cormac Henderson Managing Director, National Property Trade said: “RHS are the best in the business at both handling their client’s needs and ensuring their buyers are given the high level of service and understanding required in the senior’s property market. When it comes to ensuring a smooth hassle free and convenient move, there is nobody better in the retirement industry.”
David Jabbari, CEO and Head of Legal Practice, Connect2Law, added: “While some newer agencies seem very proud of being online and centralised, RHS have been doing this for years! We deal with hundreds of estate agents and RHS is the only agency we know that is truly hybrid, in combining the highest level of online/telephone support with a second to none local knowledge of the properties they sell. RHS manage, from a single site, to transact the kind of business that would require at least 20 high street branches. They are highly innovative, always looking for new ways to extend their local knowledge, such as the regional conferences they hold with key managers in developments, and the ground-breaking development of their RHS Legal Services offering. They are also extremely nice people who are great at their job!”
RHS’s sister company, FirstPort, took home a bronze award in the Property Management Company of the Year category.
Laura Fisher, Sales Manager and Reanne Newport, Part-Exchange Coordinator at the ceremony to pick up the award.
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Recent analysis by leading property agents, Savills found that the value of UK housing stock has hit a record high (increased by 2.7% to £7.29 trillion in 2018), but remains in older hands with more than £77 in every £100 of housing equity being held by the over 50s.
Nick Freeth, Managing Director of Retirement Homesearch, Britain’s number one retirement property specialist, says this picture can change but only if there is a concerted shift in focus from first-time buyers to last-time buyers.
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Wellness is a combination of physical, mental and social wellbeing, and the spaces we inhabit are key. Never has this been so true than in our retirement developments where we are dealing with a customer-base that typically spends a lot more time than your average home dweller behind the four walls they call home.
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Berkshire’s beloved market town, Wokingham, has topped a list of under-served areas in the latest issue of RHS Quarterly.
With the nation’s unfailing faith in bracing sea air and, conversely, the cost of land near major conurbations, some areas in the UK are now brimming over with retirement housing, while the country as a whole faces a desperate shortfall.
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Retirement Homesearch has produced a brief guide to planning for your needs in old age.
This follows evidence in their 2017 survey suggesting that we are still underestimating the need for care and support in our autumn years.
In the survey of 1,000 UK over-50s, ‘younger’ respondents (i.e. aged 50 to 59) consistently rated availability of care and medical services as a lower priority in choosing their retirement housing than older respondents.