Climbing Kilimanjaro For Breast Cancer Care

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As some of you may know, our Director, Caroline, loves the great outdoors. When she’s not taking care of our clients and tenants here in Prestwich, she enjoys nothing more than driving to the Lake District and stretching her legs with her husband Robin and dog Nellie.

Next year, she’s taking her passion for walking to the next level, quite literally, as she embarks on a Kilimanjaro challenge with her good friend Sue Waxman. It’s all in the name of charity, and we hope you’ll support her cause….

Raising money for breast cancer care

 Despite huge leaps and bounds in medicine and genetics, breast cancer continues to affect the lives of thousands of people every year. Many of us know at least one person who has suffered from breast cancer; a number of Caroline’s closest friends have been diagnosed over the years.

While preventative surgery delivers amazing results in combating the disease, there’s still a lot of work and research to be done. That’s why Caroline has chosen to climb Kilimanjaro on behalf of Breast Cancer Care, a charity she holds very close to heart.

This UK support charity provides much needed care and guidance for anyone affected by breast cancer. They offer free confidential advice, practical information and emotional support, to help people find a way to live with, through and beyond breast cancer.

 Training for the trek

 Caroline and Sue will set off on their 11-day trek up Kilimanjaro on the 28th June 2018. In the meantime, training is already well underway here in the UK. Over the past year, Caroline has walked an impressive 149 of the 215 Wainwright walks with Robin and Nellie, and plans to complete the final 66 before her trip to Tanzania.

Her fitness regime also includes weight training sessions and weekly ‘Luvcycle’ classes, which combine arm weights and cycling, mad music and a great atmosphere at a local gym called The Hub in Radcliffe.

Support has been overwhelming so far; she has already raised over three quarters of her initial fundraising target of £3,000. However, every little helps in the quest to combat cancer, and Caroline will be doing everything she can to raise funds and awareness over the coming year.

Donating is easy: Caroline has set up a JustGiving page that allows you to send a donation in minutes. It goes directly to the charity, so you don’t have to wait until June 2018 for your funds to start making a difference…

Want to know more about Caroline and Sue’s Kilimanjaro challenge? Pop into Summermere for a catch up or contact us – we’d love to update you on the fundraising efforts!

What To Consider When Choosing Your Letting Agent

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The rental market is continuing to enjoy great success in the UK. As home ownership has become a more tenuous prospect for millennials and urban workers, landlords are spoilt for choice when it comes to finding tenants. However, this boom in the marketplace has been reflected by a surge in letting agents, all vying for your cash and claiming they know how to manage your portfolio best.

So, what should you look for when sniffing out the right lettings partner? Some factors should take priority in the search, which is why we’re clarifying a few key considerations:

Chartered surveyor status 

Many landlords are unaware of what a chartered surveyor does, never mind how they can be endemic to your peace of mind. Letting agents with RICS (Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors) approval are part of a select group of qualified chartered surveyors, trained to protect your property and audited to ensure your funds are safe.

This is a blessing, because such experts can guide your pricing and help you get the best out of your investment. As one of the few letting agencies in Greater Manchester with RICS status, Summermere offers support with the state of your portfolio, seeing what deficiencies must be addressed and how much, honestly, your residency is worth.

Good local knowledge

Letting agencies come in multiple shapes and sizes. On one hand you have the large, nationwide branches that spread themselves thinly over a huge range of territories. Most can’t seriously claim to understand a particular area well, as their catch-all model is rolled out to disparate locations, prizing uniformity over a tailored property service.

Local agencies, meanwhile, operate within a single area – either a town or region. They’ve likely been working from the ground up in these areas since their inception, which means they have an intimate grasp of how the market fluctuates. In real terms, this means they can advise you on what demographics you should be targeting, what amenities are expected, and the rental price you’re likely to secure in the area.

An extensive service

Some letting agents do no more than display your ad on their website, with a pinch of physical marketing to complement it. The next stage up is a tenant handling provision, whereby the agency will show people around the property, review contracts, and perform background checks before pen is put to paper.

The third level, however, encompasses both of these roles, as well as property management, which will save you massive amounts of hassle should anything need repairing or resolving. Everything is catered for, from finding local contractors in the event of a plumbing issue to inspecting your property on a regular basis. Essentially, these services bear the brunt of your responsibilities for as long as you want them to.

Looking for a letting specialist that ticks all the boxes? Contact Summermere to see what makes us a trusted choice for properties in Prestwich; really, there’s no merit in settling for second best, when the market is this lucrative…