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Liverpool Named As Top Buy to Let Investment Location

Liverpool has been identified as the best place for a buy to let investment, according to research published by mortgage broker Private Finance. Their analysis revealed that landlords can expect a rental yield of 8% from properties in Liverpool once mortgage costs are factored in.

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Extra Bathrooms Add Significant Value to Homes

A new study has revealed a variety of financial benefits gained from adding an extra bathroom to a property, depending on the type of property and the area it is located in. It is believed that on average, an extra bathroom can add as much as £12,000 to the value of a standard three-bedroom house.

The researchers did point out that the best two options for increasing property value were installing a new kitchen or adding an extra bedroom. However, many properties do not have the space to add a bedroom, plus new kitchens can be a lot more expensive than an extra bathroom.

 

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Surveying a Home Before You Buy

A survey is an evaluation of the property with a view to discovering any potential problems. People sometimes confuse it with a mortgage valuation, which provides no information on the property except for its expected value.

 

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Kitchen Design Trends for 2017

It is widely accepted that a stylish, well-designed kitchen can help sell a home. A modern, practical and aesthetically pleasing kitchen can help make or break a sale or rental contract and generally improve the living standards of a home. If you are looking to sell or rent a property this year, then modernising the kitchen could be a smart move. To ensure your new kitchen is at the height of fashion, take a look at the following kitchen design trends for 2017.

 

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How to Make Sure You Get Your Deposit Back

Your deposit usually amounts to around one to one-and-a-half months’ rent, depending on the property and the landlord. It’s purpose is to ensure that you look after the property while you live there and to provide a fund for repairs to damage that you cause. Before you settle in, make sure that a full inventory is done of the property, this is a list of all of the furniture, fixings and fittings as well as notes of any current damage. Before you sign, check it thoroughly and make sure you’re covered!

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Affordable Ways to Make Your New House Feel Like a Home

You’ve bought a new house and you’re ready to move in – but this empty, echoing space that you’ve purchased feels nothing like the home you were imagining and you spent most of your budget on the property itself. How can you make it feel like it’s truly your home?

 

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Top Ten Ways to Boost House Price Value

House prices have been slowly increasing over the last few months, but there’s uncertainty ahead due to the impact of Brexit. So, whether the prices continue to rise organically, or the housing market takes a bit of a whack in the short term, it’s still a good moment to dedicate a little bit of time to ensuring you are maximising the value of your home.

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Interior Design Trends For 2017

As the seasons come around, we often feel like freshening things up a little around the home. Maybe not a complete overhaul every time, but sprucing up a room or two or adding a new something or other to update the style always brings a little extra joy into your home life. If you haven’t felt that urge to freshen things up yet, then the grey clouds of winter are probably still looming a little too large on your horizon.

 

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Top 3 Steps to Tackle Damp in Your Home

Whether you’re planning to live in your house indefinitely or sell it on at some point in the foreseeable future, making sure it’s damp free is absolutely crucial for both quality of life and resale value. But this condition can be insidious and difficult to manage, leading to costly consequences that will mean a big loss of time and money to put right.

NSW have devised the top three measures you can take to stay aware of the onset of damp in your property, and how to avoid it. They’re even more important if you’re planning to rent your property out, as tenants are seldom as observant and careful about taking care of the building as you would be yourself, so installing measures to control damp becomes even more vital.

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INTERIOR DESIGN TIPS FOR TENANTS

Being a tenant and renting your home has plenty of advantages, but one of the main disadvantages is the fact that you’re always living in somebody’s property and thus are subject to their whims when it comes to interior design. As a tenant, there is little you can do to alter the main style of the home without the risk of losing your deposit. However, there are plenty of tweaks and tips you can take to personalise each rented home you live in.

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Early Warning Signs for Home Buyers

Buying a property is a massive commitment, and one that could affect your economic status and the quality of your life for decades to come. Therefore it’s incredibly important to make sure that you’re making the right choice before you commit to a purchase. There are some common major issues that arise in buildings, all of which should make you pause and reassess before considering moving ahead to make an offer. Here are some of the most common warning signs delivered by our expert team at NSW to help you become a more informed buyer.

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The Pros and Cons of Renting

To buy or to rent? That’s often the question for many of us who are confronted with the difficulty of getting into today’s challenging property market. Deciding can be difficult, with myriad factors to consider. NSW are here with some pros and cons to help you out.

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10 Tips All Student Should Know Before They Rent

It’s true that renting accommodation in university can be a fun and exciting experience. Renting offers you the opportunity to meet new people, enjoy living with your friends and overall become a more independent person.

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We’re recruiting!

NSW Properties is a growing company with a growing portfolio. As such we are looking to recruit motivated and enthusiastic individuals, ideally with experience in property lettings or sales and good customer service skills, to join us.

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Congratulations Graeme!

NSW Properties congratulates Rainbow House volunteer Graeme Ballard, on finishing 5th in the Paralympic men’s 100m T36 race. What a fantastic achievement! Graeme, from Chorley, was awarded a silver medal in London 2012.

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Town centre luxury in new student development!

We are delighted to offer a brand new student rental property to the market. The Elms offers comfort and style in a sought after town centre location close to the university. All rooms are ensuite and fully furnished with use of a large open plan communal area and modern full fitted kitchen. Perfect for the busy day to day life of students!

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Experts predict confidence returning to property market!

National property market experts are predicting confidence is returning to the market as post-referendum fears subside. Lucian Cook, head of residential research at Savills said, "After the knee jerk response of buyers and sellers to the Brexit vote, the RICS survey indicates a slowing house price growth rather than anything more dramatic, given less aggressive falls in new buyer inquires than were initially shown.”

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WIN £50 CASH BACK!

For a limited time we’re offering a £50 cash back offer if you refer a friend or family member to us. We’ll also give your family member or friend £50 cash back too!  So it’s a win-win for everyone.   T&Cs apply.

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SUMMER BOOM FOR STUDENT LETTINGS

August represents one of the busiest times of the year for us, especially in student lettings, as many of our existing students leave their properties and we prepare the properties ready to welcome the new, incoming student tenants. It is the culmination of all of the hard work from everyone in our lettings and property management departments over the past few months that enables us to efficiently accommodate several hundred students in new homes, making their transition as comfortable and hassle free as possible.

If there are any landlords, offering accommodation for students or private tenants, who require our expert assistance then please do give us a call today on 01695 581260.

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FLAG OF EXCELLENCE FOR LOCAL PARKS

Two of the our local parks have been awarded the Green Flag by Keep Britain Tidy in recognition for the hard work of council staff and volunteers who keep the parks clean, tidy and such fantastic green spaces for us all to use. Beacon Country Park near Up Holland and Coronation Park in Ormskirk have both been given the accolade.

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THOUSANDS EXPECTED AT MOTOR FESTIVAL

Now entering its fifth year, Ormskirk MotorFest is this year predicting over 30,000 visitors will come to soak up the atmosphere and take in the sights of hundreds of cars and motorcycles, lining the town’s streets.

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BUSINESS AS USUAL POST-LEAVE

In the weeks since the country voted to leave the EU, we have been monitoring customer confidence and our view so far is that there has not been a huge difference in customer confidence since the decision was made. This view is backed up by national house builder Taylor Wimpey, which has stated that trading was normal for this time of year and in the short term at least it was business as usual.

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EXCITING JOB OPPORTUNITY AVAILABLE

We are excited to announce that a position has become available in our property lettings department.

Click below for more information and details on how to apply.

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THANKS FOR THE FEEDBACK!

We are very grateful to our customers for all their feedback. It’s great to know that so many our customers rate us so highly!

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SARAH AND ELVIS LOOK THE PART

Congratulations also go to our talented Lettings Negotiator Sarah Reid and her horse Elvis who competed in the British Dressage event at Bold Heath Equestrian Centre in Widnes along with 30 other competitors.  Well done Sarah!

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WEST LANCS ON THE MOVE

West Lancashire and Southport are among the most popular areas for properties on the market compared with the rest of the country, according to new data from SellingUp.com.

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CALLS FOR GOVERNMENT TO INCREASE HOUSE BUILDING BY 50%

The Government must build 300,000 homes each year in England to help solve the housing crisis, an increase of 50pc from its current target, a committee of Lords has advised.

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WHAT A TEAM!

Congratulations to Team NSW – AKA Rachel, Steve, Andrew, Ciaran, Jessica and Harry who all completed the Southport 10k and have currently raised a fantastic £1096.50 for local charity Rainbow House. The team smashed their initial fundraising target of £500 by over 200%, with the donations still rolling in!

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WE’RE ON WHEELS

We’re so busy with all of the fantastic properties we have for sale, so we decided to invest in a new company car which means we can offer viewings of properties even more quickly.

So whether you’re a vendor or a potential buyer it’s great news… Look out for us in your area….we don’t think we’ll be hard to spot!

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WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS!

A massive congratulations to Director Stephen Warnock and the Wigan Athletic FC team and all at the Club for winning Sky Bet League One and gaining promotion to the Championship this season!

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INTRODUCING CIARA BANKS IN PROPERTY MANAGEMENT…

This week we are introducing you to another one of our members of staff, Ciara, our property management coordinator! 

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TEAM NSW RUNNING 10K RACE FOR CHARITY

A final request…please, please do sponsor the NSW team taking part in the Southport 10k on Sunday 3rd July. 

 

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OFFER ALERT… LIMITED TIME ONLY!

Why not take advantage of our limited time sales fee of just £1,250 WITH NO VAT! 

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LOCAL PUBS COMMENDED IN WESTMINSTER AWARDS

The team at NSW Properties congratulates The Hop Vine in Burscough and The Cricketers in Ormskirk, for the commendations they have received in in this year’s Parliamentary Pub Chef of the Year Awards. 

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RENTERS RIGHTS BILL WILL NAME ‘ROGUE’ LANDLORDS

Tenants could have access to a database of ‘“rogue’” landlords and letting agents, under a bill which has just passed its second reading in the House of Lords.  The Renters’ Rights Bill, introduced by Liberal Democrat Baroness Olly Grender, proposes to ban letting agents’ fees and publish a public list of criminal landlords.

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TEAM NSW ON THEIR WAY TO £500 TARGET FOR LOCAL CHARITY

Thank you everyone who has sponsored Team NSW in the 10k run in Victoria Park in Southport in July. So far the team of six staff have raised nearly £300 of their £500 target for local disabled children’s charity Rainbow House.

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LANDLORDS OFFERED PEACE OF MIND ON RENT

NSW Properties guarantees landlords that their rent will be paid in full every month through its ‘Rent on Time’ service. NSW Properties are the only property company in the area to offer this service and since it was launched late last year, over xx landlords have decided to join the scheme.

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IN OR OUT? THE EFFECT ON HOUSE PRICES

With the referendum looming, questions are inevitably being raised about what it could mean for the British housing market. What might be the consequences if Britain did vote to leave the EU?

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LOCAL SCHOOLS ARE TOP OF THE CLASS

West Lancashire is a great place to live and educate your children. Based on Ofsted ratings, Lancashire – which has more schools than any other local authority – is in the top quarter in the country.

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STEVEN AWARDED MEMBERSHIP ESTATE AGENCY ASSOCIATION

Hot on the heels of Rachael Carragher’s success becoming the first staff member at NSW to become member of the National Association of Estate Agents, fellow Sales Negotiator Steven Lynch has also been awarded membership.

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WELCOME OUR NEW APPRENTICE HARRY

We’d like to introduce our new apprentice Harry Lea who joined the team in April. Harry is 16 years old and a local lad from Ormskirk. He has joined us as a Property Management Apprentice. Harry attended St Bedes High School and left there last summer with 11 GCSEs. He briefly attended Runshaw College before realising that what he really wanted to do was an apprenticeship, so that he could gain real life working experience while earning money. 

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MEMBERSHIP GUARANTEES PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

Sales Negotiator Rachael Carragher has been awarded membership of the prestigious National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA).  Rachael has been studying for a number of months to achieve the technical award in the sale of residential properties and passed all four of her exams in March.

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EXPERTS IN RENTAL MARKET

NSW Properties was formed in 2004 when the company acquired its first student property. We now manage a property portfolio valued at over £25 million, covering Ormskirk and its surrounding areas...

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HOUSE PRICES RISING AND EXPECTED TO RISE FURTHER

House prices rose 5.34% in the Ormskirk area in the year ending in March according to data from property website Rightmove. The average asking price in the local area at the end of last year stood at £243,545. This is slightly more than the 5% increase experts predicted nationally last year.

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Burscough - A GREAT PLACE TO LIVE

At NSW Properties we know that Burscough is a great place to live and work.   With history and heritage aplenty, this summer there are plans afoot to make the most of what the village has to offer.  The ever popular Burscough Heritage Weekend, this year on 18th/19th June, will become a big joint celebration with the H&R Ainscough barge restoration project, The Wharf and other local organisations which are also taking part.

 

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Southport 10K run

Team NSW will be taking part in the 10K run in Victoria Park in Southport on Sunday 3rd July to raise money for local disabled children's charity Rainbow House. The team of six staff members; Andrew, Rachael, Ciaran, Jessica, Steven and Harry hope to raise £500 for the charity.

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Fantastic feedback!

Fantastic feedback from one of our lovely vendors further to the completion of their property last week. We pride ourselves in keeping our clients happy and welcome any feedback!

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NEW HOME BUILDING NOT KEEPING UP WITH DEMAND

Demand for rented homes in the UK is set to grow by 1.1 million over the next five years despite various government policies to boost home building, according to new research.

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250,000 Sign up for help to buy ISA's

The Government’s Help to Buy ISAs savings scheme for first time buyers is proving very popular, with a quarter of a million people opening one of these products since their launch in December 2015. More than half of the first time buyers opening an ISA are aged 30 or under.

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GET IN…GO FAR, WITH NSW

As a result of business growth, we are looking to recruit number of apprentices immediately to our exciting Apprenticeship programme . All will be based at our office in Ormskirk.
At NSW we are already benefitting from an Apprenticeship programme.

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CALL FOR RELAXATION OF MORTGAGE AFFORDABILITY RULES

Many in the UK property industry are calling for a relaxation of mortgage affordability rules to help more lifetime mortgage customers take up the option to make interest repayments initially before switching to a roll-up arrangement.

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EDGE HILL IS UK’S TOP EMPLOYER

Our huge congratulations go to Edge Hill University for their outstanding achievement of being awarded the UK’s Top Employer in the European Business Awards. NSW Properties work closely with Edge Hill, providing high quality accommodation for students in the local area. NSW Properties’ success is closely intertwined with the success of the university so we are delighted that this award comes on the back of recent awards of The Times Higher Education University of the Year and Best University Workplace.

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IMPROVEMENTS TO TOWN CENTRE ENCOURAGED

The appearance of the town centre is being examined by the Ormskirk Town Centre Management Group to see what improvements can be made to help complement the work which has already been done to Moor Street to help make the town centre be even more attractive and encourage shoppers and visitors. 

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ONLINE TOOL FOR LANDLORDS MAKES IT EASIER TO MANAGE PROPERTY

NSW’s new MyPropertyFile gives landlords instant and secure online access to their property portfolio on any smart device, and from any location. 

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Apprenticeship Opportunities

NSW Properties are pleased to announce that we have several exciting apprenticeship opportunities available.  Click below to find out more.

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No Bah Humbugs here!

Staff at NSW Properties in Ormskirk are following Ebenezer Scrooge’s example and showing their true Christmas spirit by supporting local and national charities this Christmas!

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We would like to introduce the team at NSW...

We would like to introduce the team at NSW to e-newsletter readers so we kick off this month with… RACHAEL CARRAGHER, SALES NEGOTIATOR

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BUSINESS IS BOOMING!

We’re celebrating a fantastic end to 2015! November was unusually busy in  property sales and residential/student rentals and the start of December is heading in the same direction, with lots of property on the move over the festive period.

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AUTUMN STATEMENT BRINGS CHANGES TO STAMP DUTY

In the Autumn Statement, the Government has introduced a 3% additional stamp duty on properties bought as a buy to let or as a second home which will mean major increases for Landlords who may need to pay thousands more in tax, for example the tax on a £175,000 purchase jump six fold from £1,000 to £6,250.  

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10 REASONS MAKE US SIMPLY THE BEST

At NSW providing the best in customer service is central to our business.  When considering which agency to market your property with, here are 10 reasons why you should choose to work with us…

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IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR…

The decorations are up, the festive songs are playing and the mince pies are stocked up...so it must be that time of year… again!  

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LIGHTING UP THE TOWN CENTRE FOR CHRISTMAS

Christmas arrived at Ormskirk town centre on Friday 27 November with fun for all at the annual Christmas Lights Switch-On. 

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Autumn Statement 2015: What it means for you

With the announcement of the Chancellor’s Autumn Spending Review this week came one or two surprises with the tax credits u-turn stealing the limelight. 

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APPRENTICES ARE THE FUTURE

Big congratulations go to two members of the team who have just completed their apprenticeships and been awarded an NVQ Level 2 in Business Administration. Sarah Reid, the company’s Sales and Lettings Administrator and Ciaran Lea, Property Management Consultant, were presented with their NVQ awards after studying part time for a year. The pair completed regular coursework with monthly one-to-ones with their tutor and a number of exams throughout their apprenticeship. The course was designed to work flexibly between the company and their tutor, with most of the coursework completed at work.

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NOT ALL ESTATE AGENTS ARE THE SAME!

Estate Agents can often get a bad press but, its refreshing when our efforts go noticed.  We've recently received these two fantastic testimonials from a Vendor and Tenant.

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PEACE OF MIND FOR LANDLORDS

Landlords in West Lancashire are benefiting from a unique scheme offered by NSW Properties which gives them peace of mind that their rent will be paid every month and makes rent arrears a thing of the past. Since it was launched just a few months ago, the vast majority of landlords have decided to join the scheme.

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NEW HOMES COMING SOON TO BURSCOUGH...

Taylor Wimpey has been given the go-ahead by West Lancashire Borough Council to build more new homes at Delph Green in Burscough, on the popular Heathfields Estate

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TEEING OFF FOR LOCAL CHILDREN’S CHARITY

A BIG thank you to our colleagues, customers and friends who took part in the NSW charity golf day held at Hurlston Hall Golf Club and raised a fantastic £3,180.00 for local charity The Legacy Rainbow House.

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COULD PROPERTY PRICES RISE WITH OPENING OF NEW RESTAURANT IN AUGHTON?

NSW Properties is predicting that local property prices will rise with the opening of the new Moor Hall restaurant and hotel in Aughton planned for 2016.  Moor Hall is a Grade II listed sixteenth century gentry set in five acres of breathtaking gardens and a lake. The house will have a beautiful restaurant with luxury rooms whilst the converted barn will follow later as a contemporary casual dining experience. 

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NEW LAW WILL KEEP TENANTS SAFE

As of 1st October 2015 landlords are now required by law to install working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in their properties.

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A GROWING TEAM FOR GROWING LOCAL BUSINESS

As a result of continuing growth in both property lettings and sales, NSW Properties is delighted to welcome three new members to its team. 

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NSW REWARDS CUSTOMERS WITH DISCOUNTS

Growing property company NSW Properties, based in Ormskirk, has launched a Rewards Card for its customers which offers discounts on products and services provided by other local businesses

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Job Opportunity - Residential Inventory Clerk

This is an exciting opportunity to build a career in the lettings industry within an expanding property management department in Ormskirk.

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Job Opportunity - Property Management Consultant

We are currently seeking a Property Management Consultant to join our expanding property management team based in Ormskirk.

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Property Prices Set to Rise

A recent survey published by The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has shown that the recent increase in house prices shows little sign of abating, with prices set to continue to rise for the foreseeable future.

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Do you have the relevant insurance to protect yourself as a Landlord?

Here at NSW we can offer you specialist Landlord Insurance

With a bespoke range of insurance services tailored specifically for Landlords via Let Alliance; comprehensive cover means you can place your worries aside.  

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Discount's at Domino's pizza with the NSW Rewards Card!

You can recieve a fantastic 50% off Domino's pizza when you present your NSW Rewards Card!

We are pleased to announce that Dominos, Ormskirk is now part of our rewards card scheme and have some fantastic offers available for card holders.

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New carbon monoxide and smoke detector regulations to be introduced

As of October 2015 Landlords will be required by law to install working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in their properties.

This new legislation which is subject to parliamentary approval, will help prevent up to 26 deaths and 670 injuries a year.

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NSW team member set to run Liverpool Half-Marathon!

On the 29th March NSW Properties very own Andrew Youds will be running in the Vitality Series Half-Marathon, Liverpool. 

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NSW 2nd Annual Golf Day

NSW Properties Golf Day 2014

2nd Golf Day Builds on Success of Previous Year

Friday, 22nd August we were pleased to host 2nd annual golf day. Building on the success of last year the Company recently hosted a thoroughly enjoyable day at Hurlston Hall Golf Club.

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Local Team Sponsored by NSW Win the League!

NSW Properties would like to congratulate Town Green FC on their recent accomplishment in winning the Mid Lancs Football League!

Town Green pipped Preston Wanderers to the title on the final day of the season by overcoming Southport & Ainsdale Amateurs 6-0. In their inaugural year being sponsored by NSW Properties, Town Green finished the season with 55 points from a possible 66, scoring 90 goals along the way.

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NSW Hosts its first Golf Day at Hurlston Hall Golf Club

NSW Properties Golf Day 2013

1st GOLF DAY A RESOUNDING SUCCESS

Friday, 30th August we were pleased to host our first ever golf day. After months of organising the teams & prizes, we were finally free to enjoy a glorious day, and watch as those who attended had a great day and evening.

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