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Property news - January 2014

PUBLISHED: 12:26 10 January 2014 | UPDATED: 12:26 10 January 2014

The Romans team with Dara O Briain

The Romans team with Dara O Briain

James Barke - Photography

Find super homes in Berkshire and Buckinghamshire

Fancy joining the list?

With nearly 5,000 listed buildings in Berkshire and more than 8,000 in Buckinghamshire, the chances are that property hunters – especially those seeking something a little different – are likely to find themselves looking at the details of some very interesting homes this year.

Owning and living in a listed property is wonderful, but comes with some additional responsibilities, including using caring builders and suppliers, having specialist home insurance, understanding how grant aid works, and ensuring you have the right planning and legal advice before taking or planning alterations to your dream home.

Each year The Listed Property Owners Club organises an exhibition giving owners or potential owners an opportunity to find experts on listed property regulations and to meet Conservation Officers, architects and planners. Existing owners can track down that elusive specialist builder or supplier of windows, doors, paints, flooring materials and more in London’s Olympia.

This year the show takes place from 16 to 19 February and our readers can obtain complimentary tickets in advance. Go to www.lpoc.co.uk/tickets and quote Berkshire or Buckinghamshire Life or call 01795 844939.

It’s also a fine ‘ideas visit’ for those who do not own a listed property but want to use traditional styles when altering their home. There will be over 150 of the country’s experts at the show to give free advice. Many will be giving practical demonstrations including lead work, plasterwork, woodcarving, and window and door manufacturing. Other exhibits include the Charles Brooking Collection of architectural details, the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, English Heritage, the Georgian Group, architectural historians as well as commercial suppliers of products for period homes.

Among the exhibitors are Old House Store of Binfield Heath (01189 696949) who manufacture and suppliers traditional lime mortars, plasters, renders and decorative products for listed buildings and new build properties. Also present will be Energy Solutions of Thame (01844 201216), energy efficiency consultants.

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All the right moves for Romans

Success just keeps coming for Romans and now the independent estate agent has picked up

Best Agent Thames Valley Regional Award for the second year running at the Relocation Agent Network’s Annual Conference.

Romans also received the Customer Relocation Award for the second time; awarded to the agency that generates the greatest number of successful referrals through helping relocating buyers move in and out of the area.

Vincent Courtney, Residential Sales Managing Director at Romans, said: “We are very proud to be named the region’s best agent again; these awards recognise the hard work and combined effort of everyone at the Romans Group over the last 12 months. The awards are fantastic recognition of the high levels of customer service we provide and clearly demonstrate to our buying and selling customers that we are one of the Thames Valley’s leading estate agents.”

This year’s event was Relocation Agent Network’s 20th National Conference. To celebrate, the day ended with a glittering black tie Awards Dinner, which was hosted by comedian and television presenter, Dara O Briain, at the Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel, London.

Richard Tucker, Relocation Agent Network’s Managing Directo,r said: “Romans’ outstanding customer service, independent business initiatives, local market share and commitment to our Network principles means that this award is thoroughly deserved. Congratulations to all the team.”

Members of the Relocation Agent Network, such as Romans, assist customers when they plan to relocate to another area of the country. Their local Network agent can recommend that the relocating area’s local member assist in their move to the new location.

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Rental boom

Savills are forecasting that average UK rents will rise by 21 per cent over the next five years, with ‘the London effect’ plus the obvious delights of our two counties having a big part to play locally.

Tanya Blake, Head of Savills Home Counties lettings, says: “Whilst rental growth is predicted to be highest in London, we are seeing high demand in the Home Counties, where quality of life combined with ease of access to the capital and international airports, appeals greatly to applicants. This is particularly the case for professionals and young families looking for flats and two to three bedroom houses – especially in town centre locations – where availability is in short supply and demand high.”

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