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Press Releases from Countrywide (19 total)

Commenting on today's budget, Grenville Turner, Chief Executive of Countrywide, …

"The measures announced today are a step in the right direction for the thousands of buyers struggling to get on the property ladder. First time buyers underpin the property market and there is pent up demand for assistance like this. As the UK's largest new build agent, we're confident that the launch of the Firstbuy direct scheme will encourage more first time buyers to purchase new build properties – which

Countrywide reports marginal improvements in the housing market

There were some modest signs of improvement in the residential housing sector, with buyer, tenant and mortgage applications increasing in February; according to Countrywide, the UK's largest Property Services Group. Property viewings - one of the leading indicators of buyer appetite - increased by 40 percent in February[1] across Countrywide's network of 1,300 estate agency and lettings offices. The number of sales agreed also rose 47 percent[2] in February; however, overall

Dixons Estate Agents expand network in Birmingham

Rising confidence in the Birmingham property market has enabled Dixons to expand its branch network across the Midlands with the opening of a new flagship branch in Birmingham City Centre. Operating for over 80 years, the growing market across the Midlands has enabled Dixons to open its 36th office in the region. The new branch is situated opposite the entrance to Birmingham's renowned Mailbox in Westside on the Suffolk Queensway in Birmingham,

Countrywide expands letting operation in the North East

Countrywide, the UK's largest letting agent and property services Group, is continuing its expansion plans with the purchase of North East specialist letting agents Property Quarters. Property Quarters is a long established brand that has been operating in the North East for over 33 years through its flagship branches in North Shields and Whitby Bay. Margaret Longden, Co-Managing Director said: "Property Quarters has always impressed us and we're proud to

Countrywide comment on the findings of the English Housing Survey

Commenting on the findings of the English Housing Survey, Grenville Turner, Chief Executive of Countrywide, the UK's largest property services Group, said; "The UK has traditionally been a nation of homeowners and whilst millions still aspire to buy their own property, current market conditions make that more challenging than usual. Our agents saw a 17 percent increase in new buyer enquires during 2010 but market transaction levels remained flat[1]. "Successive governments have

United Kingdom Sotheby’s International Realty focuses on international relatio …

United Kingdom Sotheby's International Realty is continuing its recruitment drive with the appointment of Christine Petersen as Head of Referrals and International Relocation. In a newly created role Christine will work with a global network of more than 500 Sotheby's International Realty offices, which operate in 44 countries, to provide all-round property expertise both domestically and internationally. Charles Smith, Managing Director of United Kingdom Sotheby's International Realty, said: "The UK property market

Remortgage applications rise to 2009 levels

The volume of remortgage applications reached the highest level since January 2009; according to Countrywide, the UK's largest mortgage broker. Speculation surrounding base rate rises saw remortgage applications make up 32 percent of all mortgage applications in January, a five percent increase on the previous month. Three out of the Top 10 Mortgages applied for by customers through Countrywide's network of 650 mortgage consultants were remortgage products and customers provided an average

Rental properties are being snapped up across the UK

UK private rental properties are being let within 15 days on average - 5 days quicker than a year ago, report Countrywide, the UK's largest letting agent and property services Group.[1] The latest findings from Countrywide's quarterly branch survey reveals that there are an average of 4.4 tenants vying for each property across the UK; with the South West generating the greatest demand with an average of 5.9 tenants.[2] In Q4 2010

New auctioneer joins Countrywide Property Auctions

Andrew Jarrold has been appointed Head of Westcountry Property Auctions, the South West division of Countrywide Property Auctions. Westcountry Property Auctions is part of Countrywide, the UK’s largest property services Group, operating 1,300 estate agency and lettings branches, holding approximately 58 auctions across the UK. Announcing Andrew’s appointment, Mark Tanton, Managing Director of Countrywide Property Auctions said; “We’re delighted to have Andrew on board. Andrew has a wealth of experience in

Countrywide Appoints New Social Housing Manager

Andrew Cowell has been appointed Social Housing Manager for Countrywide, the UK's largest property services Group. In a newly created role, Andrew will be working with the Group's Social Housing team and will be advising Housing Associations and Local Government Authorities on asset management and disposal services. Countrywide has extensive experience in social housing, having provided a range of services to Housing Associations and Registered Social Landlords over the past 15 years.

Countrywide launch valuation service with First Direct

Countrywide has started supplying its valuation service to First Direct, one of the industry's top financial brands. Countrywide now provides Homebuyer Reports and Buildings Surveys to First Direct's customers through its network of 350 Chartered Surveyors as part of an agreement which commenced this month. Under the terms of the new agreement, Countrywide has developed tailored processes and systems to meet First Direct's specific requirements. Countrywide Surveying Services is part of Countrywide, the

Countrywide new tenant applications reach record levels

The number of new tenants registering for rental accommodation exceeded 200,000 last year as demand reached record levels in 2010[1]; report Countrywide, the UK's largest letting agent and property services Group. The latest figures from Countrywide's network of 1,300 estate agency and lettings branches reveals that the overall volume of new tenant applications in 2010 increased by 37 percent compared to 2009 with demand peaking between July and September. In contrast

Countrywide announces new leadership for Financial Services division

Countrywide, the UK's largest mortgage broker and property services Group, has announced Alan Snowball's retirement from the business. Alan joined Countrywide in 1998 to set up a franchising operation before moving to the financial services division in 2005 to oversee Countrywide's mortgage and insurance offering. Alan will work alongside Nigel Stockton, who will take over the running of Countrywide's mortgage and insurance services in a new role as Financial Services Director.* Announcing the

Remortgage applications reach record highs for 2010

Grenville Turner, Chief Executive of Countrywide, the UK's largest property services Group, said; Despite the subdued market conditions, our mortgage applications rose 5.8 percent in November compared to the previous month. The largest increase in mortgage applications came via remortgage customers, with the total number of cases jumping 24 percent to make up 29 percent of all mortgage applications in November. Three out of the Top 10 Mortgages applied for

Countrywide win new surveying contract with Kent Reliance

Countrywide Surveying Services has been appointed sole valuation panel manager for Kent Reliance Building Society. Following a successful tender process, Countrywide will exclusively manage all valuations for Kent Reliance. Countrywide has a long standing relationship with Kent Reliance, providing valuation support services since 2005. In its new role as valuation panel manager, Countrywide will continue to utilise its unique Tablet PC technology to undertake Kent Reliance valuations throughout the UK. Countrywide Surveying Services

Countrywide's Market Insight for October 2010

Remortgage activity picked up pace in October, making up 25 percent of all applications and reaching its highest level since March 2009. Consumer confidence has played a key role in this development as a growing number of customers shift from the uncertainty of a Standard Variable Rate (SVR) mortgage to a new raft of competitive remortgages with interest rates lower than the SVR rates being offered by a number of

Accord joins Countrywide Mortgage Services

Accord Mortgages has joined forces with Countrywide Mortgage Services and is now on its panel of mortgage lenders. Countrywide is the UK's largest mortgage broker, operating approximately 700 mortgage consultants across the UK, offering exclusive products through a panel of mortgage lenders. Countrywide's customer proposition also enables consultants to source a range of off-panel products for specialist lending cases or for customers seeking specific mortgage products. The news follows the merger

Countrywide appoints new Managing Director for Land and New Homes.

James Poynor has been appointed as the new Managing Director of Countrywide's Land & New Homes division, the UK's largest new homes agent. Countrywide Land & New Homes is part of Countrywide, the UK's largest estate agent, letting agent and property services Group, operating 46 different estate agency and lettings brands and 1,300 branches. Announcing James' appointment, Robert Scarff, managing director of Countrywide Estate Agents said; "We're delighted to have James

Over 61,000 new tenants enter the rental market

Tenant demand reached new heights in quarter three (Q3) 2010 with over 61,000 new tenants registering for rental accommodation – a 19 percent increase compared to the previous quarter; according to Countrywide, the UK’s largest letting agent and property services Group. According to the latest figures from Countrywide’s network of 1,300 letting and estate agency branches, the number of tenants looking for rental accommodation has jumped by 44 percent during 2010

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