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Statons Estate Agents Flies the Flag for New-Generation Customer Service in London

Barnet, Hertfordshire, UK, January 26, 2016 — /EPR REAL ESTATE NEWS/ — Part of the local community for no less than 25 years, Statons Estate Agents continues to fly the flag for outstanding statons-logocustomer service. Specialising in exquisite properties across Hertfordshire and North London, the Statons team built its enviable success story on real community pride and passion. Rather than simply offering premier representation for property sellers and buyers, Statons serve as seasoned ambassadors for their home county.

Offering a comprehensive range of appraisal, sales and letting services for properties at all levels, Statons provides the total package of expertise and real value for money. Acknowledging the fact that home sale and purchase is a life-changing decision, the team offers fully independent, customer focused advice and guidance without exception.

Local Focus, Global Connections

“With six networked Hertfordshire and North London branches (located in TotteridgeHadley Wood, Hadley Green, Barnet, Radlett and Brookmans Park) and our vast network of international buyers through our associates in Mayfair, Moscow, Monaco, China and the U.S.A., Statons Estate Agents are perfectly placed to showcase all that this wonderful region has to offer for an unparalleled quality of life.” – Statons Estate Agents

With a reputation that extends far beyond the confines of the United Kingdom, Statons Estate Agents is uniquely able to target prospective overseas buyers, as well as domestic customers. Shamelessly proud of all the North London area has to offer, their ability to highlight and sell not only properties, but also the local way of life is entirely unrivalled.

For those considering a move to the area though unsure of the most important amenities, highlights and points of interest, Statons even offers free drive-around tours from any of its six offices.Winning over prospective buyers is often as simple as giving them a first-hand glimpse at the life they could soon be living.

Your Move, Your Agency

“This is a sophisticated part of the world with the huge added benefit of being equally within reach of both Central London and some of our loveliest countryside, as well as enjoying easy access to excellent transport links – all three major London airports are a short distance away.” – Statons Estate Agents

The entire Statons Estate Agents service has been built on the back of decades of customer feedback and the kind of deep local knowledge that’s the rarest of assets. For help with buying, selling, letting or further information on what’s on offer, give the Statons service team a call today on +44 7970 700 600.

About Statons Estate Agents:
Specialist estate agents in North London, the Statons team possesses unrivalled local knowledge and a true passion for the wider county.

Contact-Details: Jenny Shearsby, Statons Estate Agents, 1 Hadley Parade, High Street, Barnet, Hertfordshire, EN5 5SX, U.K. Tel 020 8449 3383. Email JS@statons.com

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The realWITS Company Launches Websites for Real Estate Companies Dubbed “Smarter”

An experienced and respected real estate participant and An experienced and respected real estate participant and SEO adviser has launched a new company, realWITS, to help brokers design actionable real estate company websites, get better results and learn how to integrate sales campaigns with modern techniques of leveraging real estate SEO benefits, providing interactive customer service and challenging not only with local online competitors but also with highly recognized online consumer real estate portals.

Real Estate Web Development Demands Compelling Websites

The company’s mantra is “Smarter Real Estate Websites,” and its mission is to educate real estate professionals about online marketing trends so that they can create more functional websites, optimize searches, integrate modern applications and produce dynamic content.

The real estate industry has traditionally resisted change, but modern real estate Web development and real estate SEO for websites require transformations from conservative advertising and marketing strategies to engage new generations of clients.

Randi Thornton, founder of realWITS, has built a reputation as the go-to SEO Google Gurufrom many years of experience in website development, online promotion and the real estate industry. Many real estate websites treat their online efforts as sideline activities or hobbies, and after working with big branded real estate company websites, Thornton feels strongly that the industry fail to take advantage of their full online marketing potential.

Major problems in most company real estate websites include the following shortcomings:

• Brokers do not control their online presence and messaging.
• Website designs fail to meet the needs of people who search online.
• Real estate websites struggle to achieve strong SEO rankings because of the original website build-out.
• Lack of regular technology upgrades force websites to become outdated.
• Failure to take advantage of website lead-generating capabilities.

Smarter Websites Integrate Design, Content and Functionality

Many real estate companies limit their prospects by only trying to compete with other brokerages, a strategy which fails to take advantage of today’s technologies used by other successful industries and the interactive potential of online marketing.

A popular destination real estate broker website strategically focuses on integration of successful leading websites approaches across all industries, and marketers need to incorporate key elements of design, fresh content, Google rankings, mobile technology, and fast processing speeds to keep up with competitors.

Savvy real estate brokers can optimize website performance by considering the following elements of design and function:

Create Distinctive Designs

Website design generates the platforms that launch successful online real estate marketing campaigns, and conceptual elements should compel a casual online website visitor to engage with actionable functionality by incorporating visually appealing design, easy to navigate structures and an intuitive user experience.

• Forward-thinking real estate brokers will take a look around them and learn from other applications that have gone viral.
• Stunning designs often depend on using a simplistic look and feel, clean site architecture, complementary color schemes, accessible search and intuitive controls.
• Functional copy includes compelling content that delivers quantifiable local communications that help buyers make informed and quicker buying decisions.
• A real estate company website needs to offer photo-centric platforms for property listings.
• Websites attract and retain buyers and sellers with property explore functionality that exposes robust search activity.
• Proper usage of on-site real estate SEO including keyword density, on-page SEO best practice techniques, optimize company brands, local authority rankings and online reputations.

Fluidity VS Static

Smarter real estate company websites create fluid designs that make incorporating changes and updating copy easy to accomplish. Google search engines now place great emphasis on freshness of content when ranking websites in organic searches. Effective sites leave room to make modular changes in designs and copy to take advantage of new technology and online trends.

Growing Impact of Mobile Devices

Consumers increasingly use their mobile devices to find products and services, keep track of personal appointments, make social connections and interact with local businesses. Real estate company website designs need to look good and provide searches with the information they seek on a variety of mobile-device screens.

Monitoring Traffic and Online Behavior

Analytic tools study behind-the-scenes practices and chart consumer behavior to help website owners tweak their designs, change their design strategies and respond to customer concerns and feedback. Smarter real estate company websites use these tools to generate leads, predict consumer behavior, stay ahead of marketing trends and create better real estate SEO campaigns.

Real Estate SEO Marketing

Real estate SEO (search engine optimization) marketing works differently than traditional advertising, and learning to leverage the benefits of on-site SEO helps real estate companies establish online authority, build reputations, interact and create enthusiasm for buyers and sellers, regions and neighborhoods.

Clever brokers will take advantage of unique community real estate data so people revisit for information and connections with a relevant, trend setting online real estate source.
Pinterest Type Usage of Imagery

Effective online real estate marketing requires correct usage of photos to productively showcase properties. No matter how well written a property description is it will never grab the attention of a buyer better than a picture will.

The main emphasis of a company real estate website should be imagery that tells a story and conveys “I want to see more” from buyers, says Randi Thornton.

The realWITS company offers expert real estate company website design, on site-SEO application, education, and strategy for savvy brokers who want to produce above-average returns from their online marketing dollars. The company will function as an authoritative source of designs, strategies and consultations on all the issues that impact a real estate company website.

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Benutech Launches New Spin On Paperless Real Estate Transaction Management

Benutech, Inc. announces the launch of ReboCollab, its new real estate transaction management software package.

Designed by real estate professionals for real estate professionals, ReboCollab starts with the basic online viewing and signing of real estate documents and innovates far beyond, creating an invaluable platform. Patent-pending technology enables disclosures to be filled out online, and the system uses assessor data to pre-map and/or pre-populate standard forms to ensure that all needed signatures are acquired. Version control and other organizational features, coupled with a straightforward drag-and-drop document movement system, provide the most recent version of the documents to the correct people at the right time.

A unique feature of this paperless transaction management system is that it doesn’t mandate digital signing. If a party prefers to put pen to paper, their documents can be printed, signed, scanned, and re-uploaded into ReboCollab, which incorporates advances like QR codes and an electronic document splitter to automatically recognize and import the documents just as if they had been signed online.

“So many transaction management software systems focus just on the Gen X and Gen Y users, but the baby boomers still play a critical role in the real estate space, so our goal was to design a platform that everyone could use,” said Benutech CEO Ryan Marshall.

Additionally, ReboCollab can be used both by an individual real estate professional or an entire enterprise; managers and coordinators can perform all the same functions as realtors, and the dashboard system keeps different transactions separate.

“Currently there are no shortages of transaction management software systems in the marketplace, but none of those systems have the functionality or the usefulness to the broker/owner or realtor that ReboCollab offers. Our enterprise solution and enclosed tools will make us the most popular and widely used software in its class,” stated Vice President of Sales for Benutech, Inc., Brian Fox.

Webinars introducing the product will be held during the next few weeks, with the first one on February 27th. For an invitation to one of these webinars, or to receive more information on the ReboCollab system, please contact Brian Fox at brian@benutech.com.

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Realter (Rltr) Approved As Official Title For Real Estate Professionals Worldwide

There is a new officially approved professional title for real estate practitioners — Realter. This word will soon find its way as new entry in the dictionary, and it will read as follows:

REALTER. Definition: [A patented service mark. Pronunciation: \\rē(-ə)l-tər, rē-al-tər\\.Abbreviation: Rltr.. Plural: Realters. Verb intransitive: Realteer. Verb present participle: Realteering. Verb past participle: Realteered]. Referring to real estate service practitioners who are registered in Realter Society and given extension of license by its patent owner. Realter and its abbreviation Rltr are exclusively used as professional titles before the names of members of Realter Society worldwide.

After 14 months of due diligence by experts in the Intellectual Property Office Philippines (IPOPHIL), the RLTR REALTER SOCIETY INTERNATIONAL 2011, its website REALTERSOCIETY.ORG, its service mark (logo), and manner of use were finally approved on 28 September 2012; and awarded with Trademark Registration No. 42011990441.

Real estate practitioners anywhere around the world, regardless of nationality, who want to use this prestigious Realter (Rltr) professional title may individually apply for extension of patent license by registering in Realter Society. The innovator defines the term professional practitioner as a service provider who does it for a living (for a fee).

Qualified to register are real estate financiers; agents such as brokers, salespersons, auctioneers, referral agents, buyer agents; dealers, short sellers, operators of for-sale-by-owner (FSBO) advertising facilities; administrators of condominium and subdivision homeowners associations; general managers of hotels, resorts, and golf and country clubs; registrar of deeds; educators; builders such as developers, architects, interior designers, construction consultants; valuers such as appraisers, assessors; documenters such as liaison officers, publishers of real estate classified ads, photographers; and scholars.

Realter Society members get the following rights: (1) the right to use the patented Realter and Rltr professional titles and logo, (2) the right to enjoy the award policy of Realter Society, and (3) the right to wear exclusive insignia products of Realter Society.

A person with a Rltr title before his/her name need not explain too much that he/she is in the real estate sector. The Rltr title bearer enjoys the automatic public perception that he/she is a real estate service practitioner.

Rltr title operates like a powerful slogan; it is short, easily said, catchy, and has quick recall factor. Since it is a new title, having it in your business card would trigger curiosity, then it becomes a conversation starter which can possibly propagate to customer inquiries that may open up a wide door of business opportunities for the Rltr® title-bearer.

Realter Society is designed solely as REGISTRY of the Rltr® title users. Realter Society does NOT offer real estate products (such as house, lots, condo units, burial lots, etc.) nor services (such as agency, appraisal, build consultancy, etc.). Realter Society has no intention to compete with the respective businesses and organizations of its individual members.

The individual membership registration fee in Realter Society is P2.00 per day, prorated from the day the person registers up to the general renewal date of 28 September 2022. Incumbent Assessors of Local Government Units and Regional Directors of Registry of Deeds are exempted from the membership fee.

The innovator of this new professional title is Rltr. John R. Petalcorin, born in Maramag Bukidnon PH in 1973, a product of the College of Economics and Management of the University of the Philippines at Los Banos, and a licensed real estate broker since 1998 specialized in pro bono consumer rights advocacy and peer coaching.

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Good News for Foreigners Wanting to Live in Japan: UTESTATE.com Launches Real Time Delivery of Real Estate Information Aimed at Foreigners

Morris Japan Inc. announced its new search portal site at UTESTATE.com, specially designed for people looking for apartments to rent. The site offers rental information in several languages, including English, Chinese, and Japanese. Daily updates are available in English and Chinese, listing over one hundred rental opportunities in the Tokyo area, including Minato-ku, Shibuya-ku, Shinagawa-ku, Chiyoda-ku and Chuou-ku.

“We are simplifying the Japanese real estate market and making it more convenient and transparent,” stated Yoshimori Ito, CEO at Morris Japan Inc. “Our goal is to make things much easier for foreigners to relocate here in the greater Tokyo area.”

Up until now, Japanese real estate information has been generally unavailable because of antiquated customs and poor communication. It was nearly impossible for foreigners to find current housing information. At UTESTATE.com, rental housing information coming on the market is translated automatically into the subscriber’s native language and sent anywhere in the world within hours. People planning a long stay in the Tokyo area can make better housing decisions by seeing available properties online, thereby greatly reducing the chance of making major mistakes.

Rental and agency fees are fully disclosed up front with all rental properties. This lets renters avoid surprises when they arrive on the property.

For further information, visit UTESTATE.com. At “UTESTATE” our aim is for a service that takes the hard-to-understand Japanese real estate service and offers more convenience and better contract terms through an easy-to-understand and highly transparent provision of information.

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Organic MLS Integration

In order to show MLS data on a real estate website, MLS Integration needs to be deployed. There are quite a number of IDX and RETS providers in the market, each with a different technology and pricing. After the integration, the end result may look similar, but the underlying technology plays an important role in the popularity of your website, especially from the search engine point of view.

Organic MLS is a method of MLS integration that brings search engine value to your website by inserting the MLS properties directly to your website database. For search engines it is very important to read the properties directly from your database, rather than through a third party database such as MLS or IDX providers.

In Organic MLS integration, metaphorically the downloaded properties (from MLS to your website) become like the living organs of your own website. As a result, the search engines will consider your website as an informative website with hundreds of URLs to index.

As a realtor you should know that there are quite a number of famous MLS/IDX providers that do not use the organic method.

Non-organic MLS integration methods might seem cheaper at first glance, but at the end of the day they cost much more. The integration providers use methods that take all the search engine advantages of your marketing efforts, leaving you with nothing.

How to identify Organic MLS Integration from non-organic ones?

Fortunately realizing whether a real estate website uses organic or non-organic MLS integration is easy. Suppose that the website name is MYDOMAIN.COM and the MLS IDX provider’s website is IDXPROVIDER.COM

1- Each property MUST have a unique URL. In some websites, no matter you open which property; the shown URL in your browser’s address bar remains the same, for example ‘www.mydomain.com/something’. This proves that the website is using iFrame or Framing method which is NOT organic.

2- In addition to the above, the URLs must NOT be in one of the following formats:
a. idxprovider.mydomain.com/rest_of_the_url
b. mydomain.idxprovider.com/rest_of_the_url
c. idxprovider.com/mydomain/rest_of_the_url
d. idxprovider.com/rest_of_the_url

3- The individual URLs of each property should be in the following format:
mydomain.com/rest_of_the_url

In order to see and inspect the URL of each property:

1- Position your mouse over one of the links of a property, for example ‘details’ button and right-click (Windows) or secondary-click (Mac)
2- Click on ‘Open in new Tab’ and look at the address url on top address bar (in your browser).

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Miller Homes Goes Mobile

Following on from the successful launch of its new, improved website, housing developer Miller Homes has launched a mobile version of the site to provide house hunters with even greater access to its properties.

The mobile version, which is compatible with all smartphones, is an optimised version of the new website featuring key search functions and allowing househunters to find available properties from Miller Homes while on the move.

Chris Endsor, Chief Executive of Miller Homes, said: “Our new website has proved extremely popular since its launch last month and we’re delighted that we can now complement this further with the introduction of a mobile version of the site.

“As a customer focussed developer, we recognise the importance of providing a comprehensive and quality level of service that meets the needs of potential buyers and allows them to access information they need on new homes quickly and easily. With the incredible growth in the number of people accessing information from smart phones and tablets over the last few years, creating a mobile version of the site became a key element of our online development strategy and we’re delighted to see it go live.

“We are confident that providing both a website with greater online functionality and a mobile version for people on the move will make finding the home of your dreams easier than ever before.”

In the first fortnight of the website’s launch, 30 appointments to view new homes were made on Miller Homes’ new online booking system, two of which resulted in reservations. Visitors to the website have been 16% higher than average compared to the average number of daily visitors in 2011 and the average number of people who have registered each day has risen by 8.9% compared with the average number of registrants per day in 2011.

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Decisions, Decisions, Decisions!

A brand new home is more than just bricks and mortar and, for many buyers, choosing their very own personal specification and creating the interior of their dream property is just as exciting as finding a new home in a great location.

To make the experience of choosing kitchens, tiling, floor coverings and a whole host of other additions, leading house builder Miller Homes has created a brand new choices centre where buyers will receive expert advice and enjoy a fantastic experience to ensure they create a home for life – their life.

“The creation of our new choices centre at our Stonebridge Fold development will allow all our buyers to completely enjoy the experience of personalising their brand new Miller Home,” commented Jan Hanaby area sales manager Miller Homes Yorkshire. “Our adviser, Vicky Pinkney, is experienced in assisting buyers choose fixtures and fittings that complement both their lifestyle and their new home, ensuring they are thrilled with the finished product.”

Many Miller Homes purchasers enter into the buying process early into the build and this allows them complete flexibility to choose exactly how they would like their home to be finished.

“I am delighted to be able to take up this new post of Choices Centre Adviser and help our buyers in the region to design certain aspects of their brand new Miller home,” said Vicky Pinkney. “This will allow buyers to create a home that suits their lifestyle and their family and, by the time they get the keys to the door, all they will have to do is unpack their personal belongings and it will already seem like home.”

Miller Homes are respected for the quality of its homes and is committed to helping buyers from all walks of life throughout the region.

Properties available across the region range from one bedroom apartments priced from £59,995 to five bedroom luxury family homes priced from £225,000.

Miller Homes Yorkshire Choices Centre is located at Stonebridge Fold development, Station Lane, East Ardsley, WF3 3DY. It is open each day from 10.30am – 5.30pm. Alternatively, you can call the team on 0800 840 8598 or visit www.millerhomes.co.uk.

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Brian and Dorothy Love Living at Silsoe

You will have heard the saying the most important consideration when buying a house is location, location, location, well Brian and Dorothy Young are in full agreement when it comes to living in Silsoe in Bedfordshire.

The couple had looked at other developments but it was the Miller Homes’ Archers Fields development in Silsoe that appealed to them the most.

“We had been in our previous property in Luton for 35 years and for a variety of reasons we thought it would be good to make a move,” says Dorothy. “We only looked at this four bedroom ‘Maple’ house style out of curiosity really, but the layout was great, the rooms are so spacious and I just love it. We enjoy living there and when we have been out and about I feel a real sense of peace descends as we come home.”

Brian had worked at Cranfield University, which is very close to the Miller Homes development and sees ex colleagues in the village, his brother has lived in Silsoe for 20 years and their daughter bought a home on the first phase of Archers Fields so they are no strangers to the area.

They both enjoy going for walks and think there is no finer place than Silsoe, particularly when the sun shines.

Brian and Dorothy were able to take advantage of the Miller Homes’ Home Exchange Scheme. You have a guaranteed buyer for your present home, no chain to worry about, no estate agents fees or advertising costs to pay so do ask for full details. If you don’t require Home Exchange see what else might help you to move to a brand new home as Miller Homes look to tailor packages for buyers individual needs.

Archers Fields currently has 2, 3 and 4 bedroom homes available priced from £174,950 to £344,950. If you are looking to move to the area it has to be worthwhile paying a visit and see if you like Silsoe as much as Brian and Dorothy do.

Even if you don’t buy yourself, anyone who recommends Archers Fields to friends and family who go on to buy a property at the development could earn £1,000 through the Miller Homes’ Recommend a Friend scheme subject to the terms and conditions.

The show homes and marketing suite are open daily from 10am to 5pm or call 0800 840 8759. Alternatively email silsoe.nhc@miller.co.uk or visit the web site www.millerhomes.co.uk.

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RealOrganized, Inc. Improves RealtyJuggler Real Estate Software

Today, RealOrganized, Inc. announced the addition of three new video tutorials and an upgrade to RealtyJuggler Real Estate Software.

The three new training videos cover the topics of advanced DRIP Sequences, MailChimp Integration, and Calendar. The first video shows how to create time-release letters and emails from scratch and explains how to include tasks as well. The second video shows how to integrate the MailChimp email newsletter software with RealtyJuggler.

The third video shows how to use the Calendar in RealtyJuggler and includes how to link appointments with contact and deal records. These videos are part of the video tutorial series for RealtyJuggler, which now totals 47 videos.

In response to customer feedback, RealtyJuggler has also been improved with over 50 new features. Some of these changes are:
A new Goals section has been added to RealtyJuggler. Goals allow agents to set targets for new leads, touches, appointments, listings and closings. Goals can also be used to track Income and Expenses as well. This is an excellent way to set monthly targets for your pipeline of prospects all the way through to expected income. In today’s slow market, prospecting is more important than ever and Goals can make sure you stay on track.

Email Feed has been dramatically improved. Email feed allows agents to feed leads into RealtyJuggler from any web site including the agent’s personal website. Improvements include special converters for Zillow, Realtor, Trulia and 23 other lead sources. Contact information is loaded with additional precision including auto-formatting of phone numbers. Duplicate data is now skipped, allowing for a cleaner Prospects database. The Email Feed feature provides an ideal way to bring all leads together into one centralized hub for better management and follow-up.

A number of other improvements were also made in the Commissions calculator, display of names, Top Producer Importer, the Calendar, Expenses, Postcard Label Printing, and in numerous other areas throughout RealtyJuggler. Features are added in response to client feedback and are always added with an eye to making improving RealtyJuggler by making it even easier to use. easier to use and simpler.

About RealtyJuggler – RealtyJuggler is a cloud-based real estate software product for real estate agents and REALTORS. The software can be used for prospecting, touching past clients, transaction management and much more. RealtyJuggler is sold on a subscription basis for $99 per year. It is multi-user and contains numerous features designed specifically for real estate, including transaction management, listing feedback, DRIP Letters, touch management, the ability to print mailing labels and much more.

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Fantastic Family Home Open Weekend Offers Family Portrait Opportunity

The latest show home from popular house builder Miller Homes is due to be unveiled at a special open weekend on 24th and 25th March, at its Grace development located on the edge of rolling countryside and the village of Thornton, Bradford.

Families visiting the new builds will be able to enjoy having a wonderful portrait taken on Sunday with each family receiving a print of their image and, during the whole weekend, tea and scones will be on offer for everyone to enjoy whilst viewing the fantastic properties on offer.

“The ‘Linton’ show home is exceptionally stylish and has been designed by leading Yorkshire interior designer, Jeanette Holmes,” said Jan Hanaby, sales manager of Miller Homes Yorkshire. “She has created a home that is sophisticated and relaxing, embracing a muted palette of creams, soft gold and browns to give a sumptuous feel to each room.”

The detached, three storey ‘Linton’ home priced from £215,000, offers four bedrooms and is a stunning example of a family home. It affords well designed, spacious accommodation which offers versatility for those who perhaps work from home or those that would like a separate play room. It also boasts a detached single garage, family bathroom and en suite facilities to the master bedroom which occupies the whole of the second floor.

“The ‘Linton’ home is a wonderful family home and is available through MiWay, our shared equity scheme,” said Jan. “During our open weekend we will have a team of experienced sales advisers available who will be able to answer all your questions and offer guidance and advice where appropriate.”

MiWay allows buyers to confidently own 100 per cent of their property but pay from only 85 per cent of the price now – and the further 15 per cent later (subject to terms and conditions). The percentage you receive will depend on your circumstances. Customers are able to arrange their own finance for up to 85 per cent part of the fee, with Miller Homes providing the remaining amount. For example, you could purchase a ‘Linton’ home from as little as £195,500.

Miller @ Grace is located on Thornton Road, Thornton, Bradford and is close to local facilities and amenities and the rolling hills of the Pennines.

The development is open Friday to Monday, 10.30am – 5.30pm, call 0800 840 8590 or visit www.millerhomes.co.uk to view new homes Bradford now.

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Controversial House-Buying Tax To Be Re-Introduced

The amnesty on first-time buyers paying stamp duty is set to end on 24 March, despite figures showing a significant rise in mortgage activity during the ‘holiday’.

First-time buyers currently do not have to pay the one per cent tax on properties valued at less than £250,000, resulting in a flurry of activity in the housing market. Agents, such as House Simple, have reported “viewings flooding in at unprecedented levels”.

Recent data from the Bank of England shows a £1.6 billion increase in lending secured on properties in January, which is double that of the previous six-month average of £800 million. A fifth of surveyors registered with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors predict that transaction levels will increase during the next three months.

William Hunter, the founding director at Hunter Wealth Management, predicts the rush to buy caused by the stamp duty amnesty will result in a slump in the market once the deadline passes.

“The number of new home loans will almost certainly settle down in the months ahead, as the mortgage market clicks back into conservative mode,” he says.

The Council of Mortgage Lenders is already asking for an extension on the stamp duty holiday while others are calling for a complete overhaul of the tax. Sophie Gosling, House Simple’s company director, says: “The way that stamp duty is levied is inherently very flawed. At the moment the jump from one per cent to three per cent at the £250,000 level causes all sorts of issues. It makes no sense that a property worth £250,000 should have stamp duty of £2,500 applicable, but a property worth £1 more should have stamp duty of £7,500 applied.”

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Heather Gennette Earns Real Estate, Short Sale Designation to Help Homeowners in Danger of Foreclosure

Heather Gennette of Vernazza Realty has earned the prestigious Certified Distressed Property Expert® (CDPE) designation, having completed extensive training in foreclosure avoidance, with a particular emphasis on short sales. At a time when millions of homeowners are struggling with the possibility of foreclosure, the skills and education amassed by Gennette will help benefit South Orange County area residents and communities.

Short sales allow the distressed homeowner to repay the mortgage at the price that the home sells for, even if it is lower than what is owed on the property. With plummeting property values, this can save many people from foreclosure and even bankruptcy. More and more lenders are willing to consider short sales because they are much less costly than foreclosures.

Today, more than 13 percent of homeowners are delinquent on their mortgage or in the foreclosure process. This is occurring across all price ranges, and the fastest-growing category of homes in foreclosure is the luxury home market.

“The CDPE designation has been invaluable as I work with homeowners and lenders on complicated short sales,” said Gennette. “It is so rewarding to be able to help families save their homes from foreclosure.”

Alex Charfen, co-founder and CEO of the Distressed Property Institute in Austin, Texas, said that agents such as Heather Gennette, with the CDPE Designation have valuable perspective on the market, and training in short sales that can offer homeowners real alternatives to foreclosure, which can be devastating to credit ratings.

“These experts better understand market conditions than the average agent, and can help sellers through the complications of foreclosure avoidance,” he said.

The Distressed Property Institute provides live and online courses to train real estate professionals how to help homeowners in distress, with a strong focus on handling short sales.

“Our goal is to help as many homeowners as possible, by educating as many real estate professionals as possible,” Charfen said. Heather Gennette has demonstrated a commitment to struggling homeowners, a commitment that can provide much-needed stabilization to the community.”

For more information about CDPE Designation, visit www.cdpe.com. For more information about Heather Gennette visit www.heathershomesoc.com.

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From the City to the Countryside

Corina Zaharia and her husband Dragos were looking to move from their London base when they came across the Miller Homes’ Pilgrims Gate development at Wixams and they are very glad they did!

“This is a really beautiful location with some wonderful countryside in the area,” enthused Corina. “We found the perfect three bedroom home for us which also has a study, it is the exact size we wanted, the layout is great and the team at Miller Homes were absolutely brilliant. Everything was explained so clearly from the financial aspects to the legal side and the sales team and site manager could not have been more helpful. There was no stress involved at all in our purchase and it was a really good experience.”

As well as three bedroom homes there are also four and five bedroom new homes currently available with prices ranging from just £219,950 to £365,000.

“We offer a variety of homes so it is well worth coming and paying us a visit,” says John Taylor, regional sales manager. “I am sure when you see our development and its surroundings you will be every bit as impressed as Corina and Dragos.”

At Miller Homes we look to tailor packages for buyers individual needs.

If your existing property is not yet on the market you may be able to take advantage of the Miller Homes’ MiSwap Home Exchange scheme. You will have a guaranteed buyer for your present home, no chain to worry about, no estate agents fees or advertising costs to pay so do ask for full details.

Even if you don’t buy yourself, anyone who recommends Pilgrims Gate to friends and family who go on to buy a property at the development could earn £1,000 through the Miller Homes’ Recommend a Friend scheme subject to our terms and conditions.

The marketing suite at Pilgrims Gate is open daily from 10am – 5pm or call 0800 840 8736. Alternatively visit the web site www.millerhomes.co.uk.

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Real Estate Professionals Invited To Tell All To Gossip Blog

Having hundreds of credible professional sources that provide information about real estate owned by celebrities is a dream come true for many publications. This is the unique selling point of Richcrib.com which is operated by an agency that has relationships with thousands of international real estate professionals.

One of the things we love most about celebrities is their fantastic homes however when a celebrity buys or sells a home it is often in secret. Now, with the launch of a brand new website it’s easy to follow all the celebrity gossip and get a glimpse into the luxury properties of the rich and famous.

Nick Marr, the brains behind RichCrib.com explains: “The idea behind RichCrib.com is to showcase on one website the amazing properties that celebrities buy. Whether it’s a beachfront mansion owned by Halle Berry or Andie MacDowell’s Carolina estate, Rich Crib showcases the luxury and designer properties of the rich and famous.

We help celebrities gain more exposure in a different environment, gossip sells and can attract a huge audience.

Many celebrities would never admit to promoting a home they want us all to see on a gossip website. So our contacts do this on their behalf.

“We also include all the latest celebrity gossip, so Rich Crib really is the one stop shop for following the lifestyles of the world’s biggest stars.”

With a collection of celebrity news including black celeb news from the web, gossip and pages dedicated to the luxury homes of film stars, pop singers.

Mr Marr believes the site is the perfect place to get your fix of celebrity lifestyle. “As well as dedicating the site to showcasing some of the world’s most expensive and desirable property, RichCrib.com is also full of the latest news on the planet’s top stars. Whether you want to learn more about Justin Bieber, Charlie Sheen or Madonna, RichCrib.com is the new place to go.”

And, Rich Crib also has a section dedicated to those celebrities whose homes leave a little something to be desired in terms of taste and class.

Mr Marr added: “Not even multi millionaires can buy class and we’ve all seen film stars and sportspeople in astonishingly tacky and poorly designed homes. That’s why we have also included a ‘House Fail’ section to showcase those properties that prove that money doesn’t buy good taste.”

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Top Tips On How To Sell Your Home Online

House Simple is helping customers sell their home online in 2012 by offering essential tips. With the start of a new year, home owners looking to sell their houses are searching for fresh ideas to help them achieve the asking price. Get ahead of the competition with these top tips.

Developing a good working relationship with your agent can help make the whole process of moving less stressful. In contrast to a private house sale, when you use an agency they will do all the hard work for you. When you’re happy with your agent you can let them do the pictures, market the property and guide you through the negotiation. A good rapport means you can work together, and this will save you plenty of time and trouble.
When it comes to selling your home, you should highlight the house’s strengths. This might be a large garden, loads of light or stunning period features, so make sure you display these strengths to the fullest. Open up spaces, create as much light as possible, and show off the unique touches in your home. You’ll really help your internet estate agent sell your home by being flexible and prepared for viewings. The more open you are about having potential buyers come to see your home at different times, the more likely it is you will get a sale. Expect viewers to want to come in the evenings and at weekends, and prepare your home ready for them to see.

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Make a move this Valentine’s Day

Buying a home is one of the biggest decisions for most people and yet, a survey carried out by mortgage provider ING has found that potential home owners take, on average, just twenty one minutes to fall in love with their new home, in direct contrast to the two hundred and eighty four minutes we take to choose a new TV!

And, for house buyers in our region, who typically take the most time to fall in love with a new home, local housebuilder Miller Homes has several developments and incentives so that when you’re hit by the property ‘cupid’ you can be assured that you are making the right commitment.

“We offer a great range of properties to suit a variety of buyers and help hundreds of people each year in the Yorkshire region to find their perfect home,” said Steve McElroy sales director Miller Homes Yorkshire. “Our sales advisers are well trained to help prospective buyers decide exactly what they expect from their new property and this refreshing approach to house selling is just one reason why Miller home buyers are happy buyers.”

With twelve developments located across the region there is a diverse mix of developments and properties ranging from smaller rural developments to larger ones close to the major cities. Properties include stylish one and two bedroom apartments and three, four and five bedroom houses in a variety of styles and layouts ensuring there is plenty of choice to suit individual requirements.

“We are committed to helping buyers from all walks of life and we have a range of purchase initiatives available on selected new properties,” said Steve. “If you already have a home that you have fallen out of love with you could exchange old for new through Home Exchange, our unique home exchange scheme or if you are struggling to take a first step onto the property ladder, you may find that MiWay our equity loan scheme could help you create a perfect love nest.”

Properties are available from £77,500 for a one bedroom apartment or, if a five bedroom luxury home is what you’re looking for then you could pay from £325,000.

For details of your nearest development visit www.millerhomes.co.uk.

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Miller Homes throws doors open to first show apartment at Varcity North

Miller Homes’ Varcity North development in Edinburgh has unveiled its first show apartment.

The two bedroom ground floor show apartment oozes style and sophistication and is a must for those looking for an affordable yet contemporary home in Edinburgh.

On entering the property you are immediately drawn to the open plan living / dining and contemporary black gloss kitchen which combine to offer a fantastic, light space to entertain friends or simply to spend time relaxing in the evenings.

The master bedroom with en-suite facility creates a luxurious and ultra-stylish sanctuary. The second bedroom is a good-sized room, great for having friends over. This apartment has a utility room, an ideal hideaway for the washing machine and the more mundane household items.

Anne Marie Britton, sales director for Miller Homes Scotland East said:

“Varcity North is an exciting new development ideal for first-time buyers and investors. With prices starting from under £100,000 Varcity North is opening doors to more people wanting to buy a new home in Edinburgh.

“Our new show apartment showcases the style and creativity that has gone into developing Varcity North including ultra-stylish kitchens, while not losing any of the practical features such as storage and utility rooms.”

Varcity North is a development of 209 apartments which includes the conversion of the former Telford College building in North Edinburgh.

Prices at Varcity North start at £95,000 for a stylish one bedroom apartment offering practical accommodation. Two bedroom apartments start at £164,000.

For details of the new properties available at Varcity North and to find out more about the purchasing options, please call Miller Homes on 0800 840 8416, visit www.millerhomes.co.uk, or visit the marketing suite at Varcity North, open daily from 11am – 6pm.

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Thoroughly modern moving – Buyers embrace technology to find Miller Home of their dreams

As online shopping continues to surge upwards Miller Homes has noticed an increase in visitors to its website over festive periods.

After weeks of trawling through stores and shopping for others, recent research has shown that during the festive break, there is a spike in internet usage. Boxing Day saw e-retail sites reach record levels with Britons spending 13m hours shopping online, according to Experian Hitwise. Up by 19.5% on the same day in 2010, Boxing Day 2011 is said to have been the single biggest shopping day ever in the UK. With great deals clearly the main reason for the increase, savvy consumers are also looking at other types of purchases such as new homes.

“We have seen a huge increase in buyers utilising the internet to research properties and developments prior to visiting our sales centres,” commented Jan Hanaby area sales manager Miller Homes Yorkshire. “Recently, Miller Homes has also seen its first complete internet purchase take place with the proud new owners seeing their new home for the first time on moving day!”

Award-winning house builder Miller Homes features all of its twelve Yorkshire developments on its website along with property types, availability, floor plans and images, prices and purchase initiatives enabling buyers to make informed decisions on their prospective new home.

Michelle Robinson, who purchased a Miller Home in the North East, was relocating from the Middle East with her husband’s job and due to time constraints conducted the entire purchase process on line.

“I did a lot of research online on the Miller Homes website and came across the development (The Pastures in Darlington) which seemed to be perfect,” said Michelle.

“I have found Miller incredibly helpful to deal with and everything turned out to be great.”

“There is no reason why you can’t source your new home over the internet and read all about our lovely developments and purchase initiatives designed to help a variety of buyers,” commented Jan. “Remember too that all our contact details and opening hours are detailed there too so should you need to give us a call or pay us a visit you can easily find out how to do it.”

With twelve developments located across the region there is a diverse mix of developments and properties ranging from smaller rural developments to larger ones close to the major cities within the region. Properties include stylish one and two bedroom apartments and three, four and five bedroom houses in a variety of styles and layouts ensuring there is plenty of choice to suit individual requirements.

Properties are available from £77,500 for a one bedroom apartment or if a five bedroom luxury home is what you’re looking then you could pay from £325,000.

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A happy new year lies in store for Birmingham’s first time buyers

Miller Homes has announced that approximately £1 million of homes have been snapped up across its West Midlands region by first time buyers who have taken advantage of FirstBuy. And according to the housebuilder, those who have made getting on the property ladder their New Year’s resolution can also get a helping hand from the popular assistance scheme.

Introduced at selected Miller Homes’ new housing developments earlier this year, including Miller Central and Northcote in Birmingham, FirstBuy was designed to put homeownership within the reach of a greater number of first time buyers. Buyers qualifying for the scheme are able to purchase 100 per cent of their home by paying up to 80 per cent of the value now, with both Miller Homes and the Government equally funding the remaining 20 per cent in the form of an equity loan.

A recent survey commissioned by Miller Homes highlighted that nearly 53 per cent of potential buyers did not have enough funds for a deposit, while 30 per cent could not get a big enough mortgage. According to Miller Homes, the success of FirstBuy over recent months proves that the scheme is addressing both issues.

Ann Crick, Sales Director for Miller Homes’ West Midlands region, explained: “FirstBuy is clearly giving a much-needed boost to first time buyers in Birmingham and beyond who would otherwise have been seriously restricted by issues of affordability.

“Together with Miller Homes’ very own equity loan scheme MiWay, FirstBuy has helped many purchasers onto the property ladder. It has provided today’s buyers with a way of escaping the rental trap and enables them to enjoy a level independence and sense of ownership that they simply don’t get when living with parents.

“The good news is there are many properties available throughout Birmingham and Miller Homes’ wider West Midlands region which can be purchased with FirstBuy. Those interested can visit their nearest development to quickly find out if they are eligible. They can then relax and look forward to 2012 being the year that they finally get to realise their homeownership aspirations and are able to enjoy all the benefits that this can bring.”

Situated in Erdington, just five miles from the centre of Birmingham, Northcote is a well-established development of two, three and four-bedroom houses, and contemporary one and two-bedroom apartments. Prices at Northcote currently start from just£85,950 for a one-bedroom apartment. A range of two and three bedroom houses is also currently available, with prices starting from £149,950 for a two-bedroom house.

Plot 73, an ultra-stylish one-bedroom apartment, is among the new homes currently available under the FirstBuy scheme at Northcote. Priced at £85,950, those who take advantage of FirstBuy can own 100 per cent of the property with a mortgage from just£68,760; and, as an added benefit of the scheme, buyers only have to find a four per cent deposit, which amounts to £2,750 for the one-bedroom apartment.

Located off Rea Road in Northfield, just six miles from Birmingham city centre, Miller Central is a tree-lined development which provides a retreat from the hustle of the city. The development is just 20 minutes’ drive from central Birmingham and three miles from the M5 and the M42. Prices at Miller Central currently start from £172,950 for the three-bedroom, three-storey Hardy townhouse.

The four-bedroom Ansty, with integral garage, is currently available on FirstBuy priced from just £151,960 for eligible buyers.

Alternatively, those who want to reduce the mortgage amount needed to buy a new home can take advantage of Miller Homes’ very own equity loan scheme MiWay. Those eligible receive a loan from Miller Homes for up to 20 per cent of the purchase price of their selected property, leaving them to arrange a mortgage for the more affordable remaining amount.

For more information on Miller Point call 0800 840 8706, or visit the development which is open 10am to 5pm daily (1pm to 5pm on Mondays). Alternatively, visit millerhomes.co.uk.

A special episode of Miller Homes TV is available to guide viewers through all they need to know about Firstbuy. Visit www.millerhomes.tv to view the latest episode on Miller Homes’ very own online TV channel.

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