Property June 2019
Stay at home or travel abroad? Page 10
Inside this issue Control your home - the smart way!
How Help-to-Buy ISA schemes work
Wimbledon returns to SW19
Editor’s Letter Welcome to the June issue. Moving into your new home is an exciting time, knowing that you will enjoy many great years and create special memories there. And with any move, you want your new space to feel homely. Inside this issue we give you some tips on how to decorate and put your own stamp on your new home. And with new technology for the home coming out every week, we take a look at how you can control your lighting, heating and appliances all with just an app on your smartphone or your voice assistant. Find out more inside! Turning our minds to strawberries and Pimms, tennis fans are getting excited as the legendary tournament that is Wimbledon returns in July, with what promises to be a highly competitive two weeks of tennis! Read our review on who are the ones to watch in this year’s tournament.
Put your own stamp on your
Work roomby-room so you don’t give yourself too much work to do
As ever, there is plenty more inside to get you inspired – whether you are buying, selling or simply looking for inspiration for your home. Until next time.
Linda McKeown Editor
Just moved house? Here are some tips on how to decorate and put your own stamp on it. Whether you’ve just bought, or you’re renting and limited to what you can do to a property, these are great ways to add little personal touches and freshen up your home
Moving into your new home is an exciting time, knowing that you will enjoy many great years and create special memories there. That’s why it’s best to do little bits and bobs when you first move in rather than starting out big! Whether you have moved in, or viewing a property, always look for its potential and what can be achieved with limited time and budget. Work room-by-room so you don’t give yourself too much work to do. Identify rooms in the house which are already decorated to your taste and put them to the bottom of the priority list.
Whether you want to add your personal touch in the lounge, change the old kitchen cupboards or freshen up the bathroom, there are plenty of small jobs you can do to suit a low budget and to give you more time to enjoy your new house.
Kitchen They say a kitchen sells a home, but the potential of a kitchen can have the exact same effect. If you’ve bought a house with a kitchen you want to replace, a short-term solution is to repaint or replace the cupboard doors. You can buy replacement cupboard doors for a fraction of the price of a new kitchen. Alternatively, adding a fresh
As well as focusing on specific rooms, there are also general touch-ups which you can do around the house
gas fire will also help put your creative stamp on the room with little effort.
Bathroom lick of paint to your units can add a new sense of life to the room – and is pocket friendly too! Wash down the doors and sand them down, then you should be ready to add a layer of primer and a couple of coats of paint. You could consider buying new door handles too and changing kitchen taps to help freshen things up.
Living Room Reception rooms can sometimes be the most important room to decorate as this is where you will spend most of your time. If the room is to a neutral taste, a simple quick fix would be to add character to a room using ornaments and feature lamps. You can add a personal touch to the walls by hanging photo frames. If you feel that the reception room could do with a splash of updating, painting the walls a neutral colour is a great short-term solution until you re-decorate. Adding a feature wall or installing an electric or
Replacing bathrooms and kitchens can be very expensive and time consuming jobs; something which may not be possible after moving home. However, little touches can have a huge impact. Changing towel rails, toilet roll holders and shower heads will help change the style of the room. Shower screens don’t need to be expensive to replace, while stripping and adding new sealant around the bath, sink, shower and units will give your bathroom that new, recently installed feel. If the grouting between the tiles looks dated, grout reviver is a quick and easy way to restore grout lines to a bright white finish.
Bedroom Adding your own personal touch to your bedroom can be quick and easy if you have a limited budget. Decorating your bed with new linen, cushions and matching throws won’t cost a lot but it can add so much more to the room. You could even make your own headboard with some plywood, fabric and foam – along with some creative flair. Creating your own
decorations is a great way to keep costs down and make everything just how you want it to look! If you have empty space in the bedroom, you could find a secondhand armchair online to decorate with cushions and a throw. Matching these with the curtains will make your bedroom look like a show room in no time!
Touch ups around the house As well as focusing on specific rooms, there are also general touch-ups which you can do around the house. Repainting the skirting boards and internal doors can have a bigger impact than you can imagine. When repainting the doors, you could even change the handles to add more of a personal and unique touch; you could also replace light switches to match your new door handles. If you have big plans for what you want to do to your house, or you aren’t sure what style to go for, creating a ‘blank canvas’ by painting walls white is a great shortterm solution while you plan your renovations. Fill any holes or dents in the wall with filler before repainting to give your home a clean finish. Ripping up old carpets will also rid you of reminders of the previous occupants and give an insight into what lies beneath. You may discover amazing wooden floors that just need a little TLC to bring them up to spec. Either way you’ll be able to put your own spin on the flooring, whether it’s new carpet, tiles, stone or wooden flooring.
SMART HOME IDEAS Ten years ago, controlling your home appliances with a smartphone was science fiction, but today it is a reality
New technology for the home is coming out every week. You can control your lighting, heating and appliances all with an app on your smartphone or your voice assistant. Keep ahead of the curve and up to date with the latest gadgets available for your home with our handy guide.
Smart speakers are getting cleverer and have now incorporated video screens such as the Amazon Echo Show and the Google Home Hubâ€?
Smart lighting isnâ€™t the newest gadget in your home; however, it is the most popular. Smart lighting are bulbs which can be controlled from your smartphone, tablet or your voice assistant via a home hub or an app. These bulbs are longer lasting than standard bulbs and can shine in 16 million different colours. They can be dimmed through an app or via voice-control and can even be scheduled to turn on from the other side of the world. Our favourite is the Philips Hue range and the white and colour starter kit is available on Amazon. This starter kit includes 3 bayonet cap smart bulbs and 1 hue bridge. Philips Hue bulbs are the top seller on the market and are constantly being improved. You can sync your Philips Hue
lights with music and movies through your devices and they have pre-set light settings on the Hue app to help your children to concentrate, for you to re-energize and for your family to read and relax. They have also introduced a new formula to help with sleep. The lights will go to your chosen scene and gently fade out, and you can let them go off or stay on as a nightlight.
Smart heating Smart thermostats have never been more affordable. One of the original smart home gadgets, they have come a long way since the original product. Smart thermostats can be operated from your phone or computer and will learn temperature settings you enjoy applying and when. Some can even work out who is at home and how that individual prefers their heating settings! One of the most popular smart thermostats on the market is the third generation Nest Learning Thermostat. Nest were one of the first companies to release smart heating and they have been leading the way ever since with their sleek and stylish design and ease of use. The 3rd generation Nest Learning Thermostat will monitor your habits and learn from them to control the heating. It will learn what time you go to bed when you wake up and adjust the heating, saving you money.
Smart voice control assistants Smart voice control assistants have never been more popular. The Amazon Echo kicked it all off a few years ago however, there are now four top voice assistants – Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri, Google’s Google Assistant and Microsoft’s Cortana. These voice assistants appear in a range of smart speakers, ranging from entry level speakers available
for under £30 to top of the range speakers costing over £300. All smart speakers do the basics; you can link up your music streaming to play at your voice command, you can check the weather, you can get recipes and you can control other gadgets around your home such as smart heating and smart lighting. Smart speakers are getting cleverer and have now incorporated video screens such as the Amazon Echo Show and the Google Home Hub. You can use the screen for video calling, checking who’s at your door
incredible 32 bags of shopping! It has a huge touch screen built into the door and lets you and your family communicate through hand-written notes, calendars and the ability to post photos. You can also stream music and TV while you cook. Smart washing machines are also proving to be more than just a smart fad. Once connected to your WiFi the smart washing machine can be controlled from an app and lets you turn the machine on or off, receive notifications when a load has finished and be notified about any internal issues with the machine itself.
Smart lawn mowers, like clever robots, know when they have reached their battery limit and will take themselves back to recharge before carrying on.”
(with a linked up smart doorbell) and for watching your favourite shows and YouTube. Competition is fierce and each smart speaker has its own positives and negatives. Ultimately, it is a personal choice so before you buy, we would recommend trialling each in a store.
Smart appliances Have you ever wanted to listen to Ice Ice Baby coming from your fridge, well now you can! Smart fridges are on the rise, and one of the most popular is the Samsung Family Hub, which can hold an
Smart lawn mowers take away one of the most arduous tasks at home. Robotic lawnmowers move around your garden cutting your grass to an even length. Smart lawn mowers, like clever robots, know when they have reached their battery limit and will take themselves back to recharge before carrying on. All while you relax and sit back in the sun. With technology always moving forward, who knows what smart appliances will be the norm in 2025.
HelptoBuy ISA schemes:
what they are, how they work, how they help
The Help to Buy ISA is a type of individual savings account which is designed to help first-time buyers get onto the property ladder
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We all know it’s no easy rise climbing onto the property ladder, but schemes such as Help to Buy ISAs are there to help with the footing. However, new customers only have until the end of November, so attention all first-time buyers!
What is a Help-to-Buy ISA scheme? It is a privileged time to be a first-time buyer in the UK. The stamp duty fee was recently abolished for properties worth up to £300,000 for first-time buyers, meaning the first-time buyer could end up saving up to £5,000 on stamp duty alone. For properties costing ADD up to £500,000, the first-time buyer will pay no stamp duty on the first £300,000. Furthermore, a first-time buyer is usually more desirable to a seller as they do not TO SAVINGS need to sell a property, and as such will not involve a housing chain.
First-time buyers are MAXIMUM advantaged in such ways for good reason. It’s an expensive journey buying and moving into your first property. There are all sorts of fees to cover, furniture and appliances to purchase and to be fitted, removal costs and, of course, saving up for the mortgage deposit. The deposit is usually 10% of the property’s overall value, but this percentage can vary.
To help first-time buyers get themselves onto the property ladder, back in 2013 the government introduced a scheme to try and help. The Help to Buy ISA is a type of individual savings account which is designed to help first-time buyers get onto the property ladder by helping them save money for a mortgage deposit. The government adds 25% to your savings, up to a maximum of £3,000 on savings of £12,000.
Important facts to remember Help to Buy ISAs are only available until 30th November 2019. After this date, they won’t be available to new customers. If you opened your Help to Buy ISA before then, you can continue saving into that account after the above date. You must claim your government bonus by 1 December 2030.
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You can use a Help to Buy ISA to buy any home worth up to £250,000 (or up to £450,000 in London). In order to be applicable for a Help to Buy ISA scheme, the minimum amount you will need to save is £1,600, which will thus be complemented by a £400 bonus by the government (25% of the total amount).
Help to Buy ISAs are available to each firsttime buyer, not each home. So, if you’re buying a property with your partner, for SAVE EACH M example, and you are both first-time O buyers, you’ll be able to get up to £6,000 towards your deposit. This will only work, however, if you each have a Help to Buy ISA, not if you’re both sharing/ using one Help to Buy ISA. If you’re both using and contributing into the same Help to Buy ISA, the value allocation will not be doubled.
25% of any contributions you make into your Help to Buy ISA will be added by the government Just like any other ISA, the savings will be tax free. The key difference with this ISA is that the government will contribute to it as well. But there are more conditions and things you’ll need to know if you’re a prospective first-time buyer and are interested in such a scheme, so read on.
How do they work and what are the conditions? The Help to Buy ISA scheme is available from a range of banks, building societies and credit unions. 25% of any contributions you make into your Help to Buy ISA will be added to by the government. For example, for every £200 you put away, the government will add £50. There is a contribution limit of £12,000 for the Help to Buy ISA, which means you can earn a maximum of £3,000 from the government.
It is very important to remember not to apply for your government bonus too late too. After your offer has been accepted, that is the optimal time to instruct your solicitor or conveyancer to apply for your government bonus. If you wait until completion of the whole process, it will be too late. The bonus won’t be received until you have exchanged, then it will be added to the rest of the money you’re putting towards your first home. The bonus cannot be used for the deposit due at the exchange of contracts, to pay for solicitor’s or DEADLINE estate agent’s fees, or any other indirect costs associated with buying a home.
30.11.19 TO APPLY
So, to recap. To open a Help to Buy ISA you can deposit up to £1,200. Whatever you save, 25% will be added by the government. If you have saved less than £1,600, you will not qualify for the government bonus. The maximum amount of money you can deposit into the scheme is £12,000, which equates to a maximum of £3,000 from the government.
The hidden history of Toy Story! With the third sequel out this month, let’s look back at the history of the ground-breaking first film, which was released 24 years ago! The film, which first introduced us to Woody, Buzz and the gang, was the highest grossing film of 1995. And, because of its success, we have the likes of Despicable Me, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles and many more, well-loved animated films. Toy Story 4 will follow the adventures of the gang as they go on a road trip with Bonnie, meeting new characters on the way such as Duke Caboom and Forky. Tom Hanks and Tim Allen are joined by A-listers such as Jordan Peele, Christina Hendricks, Timothy Dalton and Keanu Reeves, with Randy Newman on music duty again. The first film made history as the first ever full-length computergenerated film. Steve Jobs, of Apple fame, owned Pixar. And, the success of a collaboration between Disney and Tim Burton on ‘A Nightmare before Christmas’ prompted Disney to take a chance with a partnership with Pixar, who were doing things with animation which had never been done before. However, Pixar didn’t want to make a fairy-tale or a musical, opting instead for a film based around the relationship of its two main characters. At one point, on a test
screening, Disney pulled the plug on the film, when it turned out that Woody wasn’t a likeable hero, (he was a sarcastic bully!) The original film also had a different title, ‘You are a Toy,’ and Buzz Lightyear was called Tempest, and wore a bright red spacesuit. Pixar carried on regardless, making a couple of changes and taking on a young scriptwriter by the name of Joss Whedon to fix the script. Whedon would later write and direct hits such as Avengers Assemble, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Serenity and Justice League. The idea was to put the story before the art and create a film with a big heart. Disney came back on board and they released Toy Story in 1995. Upon release, Toy Story was a massive success with grown-ups and children alike and stayed top of the charts for three weeks. Toy Story 2 followed four years later and brought in over half a billion dollars and 11 years later Toy Story 3 was released and grossed over $1 billion worldwide. Disney would later buy Pixar from Steve Jobs for $7.4 billion; not bad considering he paid only $10 million for the company!
TOY STORY FUN FACTS Tom Hanks’ brother, Jim, voices Woody for computer games
Tony Hale, who plays Forky is best known as Buster in Arrested Development
Bo-Peep is back and voiced by the same actress as in the 1995 original
Woody was a ventriloquist’s dummy in original artwork
The Pizza Planet truck has appeared in every Pixar film, except The Incredibles
Wimbledon 2019 Wimbledon starts on July 1st with the ladies’ final on 13th July and men’s final on 14th July respectively
Tennis fans are getting excited as Wimbledon, the legendary tournament, returns to SW19 in July, with what promises to be a highly competitive two weeks of tennis!
Last year’s winners Novak Djokovic and Angelique Kerber will both be returning to the famous All England Club to defend their 2018 titles. Novak Djokovic has already defeated World Number 2 in the final of the Australian Open back in January. British number one Kyle Edmund, who is ranked 29 in the world, will be Britain’s best hope of claiming the coveted trophy. The 24-yearold was knocked out of last year’s tournament in the round of 32 to eventual champion Novak Djokovic. Fellow Brit Andy Murray, who has won Wimbledon twice, has already ruled himself out of competing in the singles. However, he recently said he was “pretty certain” he could compete in the doubles after seeing American doubles player Bob Bryan return from the same injury. The Scotsman has been out of action since January after a major hip operation earlier in the year. The 31-year-old was forced to pull out on the eve of last year’s
tournament as he continued his recovery from his hip injury.
Bautista Agut will be amongst the contenders for the men’s title.
Swiss Roger Federer claimed his 100th singles titles in Dubai earlier this year, Federer’s illustrious career is in its 21st year and the 37-year-old doesn’t seem to be ready to call it quits just yet. With eight record wins under his belt, no one has ever won Wimbledon as many times as he has, which is why he said Wimbledon “stands out” as the perfect place for him to bow out of the sport.
2019’s tournament will also see the brand new retractable roof for the Court No. 1, the second largest court at SW19. The retractable roof is part of a multi-million pound redevelopment which will mean Centre Court and the Court No. 1 will see play whatever the weather. The All England Club revealed their intentions to build the retractable roof back in 2013, and the roof was unveiled in May with a star-studded ceremony which included Paloma Faith and players including Venus Williams, Pat Cash and John McEnroe.
Last year’s finalist Serena Williams, who lost to Kerber, started her 2019 campaign strongly after only returning last year from having a baby, but was forced to retire in both the Indian Wells and Miami Open in March. Other female stars to watch in this year’s competition include Karolina Pliskova, Kiki Bertens, Simona Halep and Number One Naomi Osaka. Meanwhile Alexander Zverev, Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem, Kevin Anderson and
Wimbledon starts on July 1st with the ladies’ final on 13th July and men’s final on 14th July respectively; you can watch coverage on the BBC. A limited number of tickets are available at the gate, but you may need to camp overnight to be in with a chance of getting one!
Staycation VS Holiday Abroad Whether it is a city break or a beach holiday, the question is, do you stay at home or travel abroad? We look into the benefits of both to help you make your decisionâ€Ś IN THE RED CORNER: ITâ€™S THE STAYCATION With breath-taking scenery and plenty to do, there are many positives to holidaying in the UK rather than jetting off abroad. Whatever type of holiday you and your family enjoy, whether it be a beach holiday, a city break, or a country retreat off the beaten track, the UK has it all. There are popular seaside destinations up and down the country, from Whitby in the North to Brighton in the South. Britain has a variety of beaches, all offering stunning scenery from traditional sandy beaches, to secluded rocky coves. The UK also has its own wealth of picturesque cities, each offering its own diverse culture and unique attractions. Plus, with none of the stresses that come with travelling abroad, is there any reason to go anywhere else?
With breath-taking scenery and plenty to do, there are many positives to holidaying in the UK
Staying at home really can suit all budgets; whether you can afford an adults only 5* luxury hotel, something a little more family friendly, such as a holiday to Butlins or if you have a more spontaneous streak and want to just pack up your tent and go. In addition, there is the advantage of being able to take as many pairs of shoes as you like, with no luggage restrictions or the stresses of keeping your passport and boarding passes constantly in sight!
For the pet lovers amongst us, staying at home can come at a huge advantage as you can simply take them with you, instead of forking out for expensive kennel fees or the cost of a pet passport. There is also the peace of mind that comes with knowing exactly where they are and who they are with.
IN THE BLUE CORNER: IT’S THE HOLIDAY ABROAD If you are after guaranteed sun, then it is a pretty easy decision to make; a holiday abroad wins hands down. Travelling abroad on your holidays offers a warmer climate, clearer oceans and sandier beaches, so it is no surprise many will opt for leaving the UK. If the warm air hitting your face as soon as you step off the plane doesn’t entice you enough, then the prospect of your money going further might. There are loads of great deals to be had, with destinations such as Turkey offering warm weather, sandy beaches and cultural cities to explore, all for a reasonable and affordable price. The biggest draw of jetting off, travelling further afield than good old Blighty is being able to take in diverse cultures, to experience different foods and a whole new way of life (most of which you cannot fully experience in the UK). All places around the world have their own unique and interesting landscape and architecture to explore. All of which offer a wide variety of experiences and whatever your interests there is bound to be something that will appeal to you and your family. Whether that be lazing on a sandy beach on a tropical island, wandering the streets of a historic city in Europe or visiting the temples of Asia, travelling abroad can offer you this and much more.
Travelling abroad, even if it is only for a few weeks, can help to recharge your batteries and allow you to immerse yourself in a totally different way of life, escape everyday stresses and return home feeling relaxed and ready for anything (including the suitcase full of washing). Holidays abroad tend to be more of an event and something which the whole family can get excited about. Besides, is there anything more exciting that waking up at 3am, making your way through the airport and waiting to board the plane knowing that in a few hours you will be arriving in a different country? So, whichever corner you’re backing, whether staying in the UK or travel abroad, it’s apparent that both have a lot to offer. Plus, a holiday anywhere is always something to look forward to!
Travelling abroad on your holidays offers a warmer climate, clearer oceans and sandier beaches
packing perfection achieve
If the thought of packing fills you with dread, then fear not; we’ve got some handy tips to ensure you don’t have to rely on someone to sit on your case so you can zip it up!
Plan your outfits In order to ensure that you don’t end up taking your whole wardrobe on holiday with you, plan ahead! Try and pick items of clothing that you can mix and match – so you can have double the outfits for half the space in your suitcase. Also bear in mind that you are more than likely to wear the same item of clothing more than once too.
Roll up your clothes
Pick items of clothing that you can mix and match – so you can have double the outfits for half the space in your suitcase
It might sound like a strange thing to suggest but it really does work! Rolling your clothes saves space in your suitcase as you can easily fit them in lots of gaps in your packing. Make the most of saving space by folding tops first and then rolling them up like a sausage roll!
place to stuff your socks and hold your smaller items that don’t fit anywhere else. If you’re travelling with kids, put their shoes inside yours to save even more room.
Pack your glasses case Grab an old glasses case – it’ll come in handy to fit in small items such as your tweezers, hair bobbles, cotton buds, plasters and any medication which you may need.
Pack wisely Remember to put heavy items – such as shoes and toiletries – at the bottom of your suitcase. This will help avoid your bag tipping forward.
Protect against breakables and leaks
Pop socks and underwear into small spaces around the edges of your suitcase – or pop them into the space inside your shoes. They are the perfect
No-one wants to arrive at their destination and unpack to find anything broken. Help protect any breakables you may be taking, such as perfume bottles,
Travel guidelines for hand luggage Grab an old glasses case – it’ll come in handy to fit in small items”
There are restrictions on the amount of liquids you can take in your hand luggage. If possible, pack liquids in your luggage that you check in. Remember to always check with your airline about how many and what size bags you can take on the plane with you. Liquids include: • all drinks, including water • liquid or semi-liquid foods, for example soup, jam, honey and syrups • cosmetics and toiletries, including creams, lotions, oils, perfumes, mascara and lip gloss • sprays, including shaving foam, hairspray and spray deodorants • pastes, including toothpaste • gels, including hair and shower gel • contact lens solution • any other solutions and items of similar consistency
by placing them into socks before popping them into your case. Likewise, there is nothing worse than discovering your suncream or shampoo has exploded mid-travel, leaving your clothes in a sticky mess. A great tip here is to squeeze any air out of the bottle before re-closing the lid and then taping it shut. For extra precaution, place shampoo, shower gels and suncream into a plastic bag before packing.
Pack a backpack with essentials If you’re going on a long journey, ensure you pack something to keep your mind occupied on the flight, such as a book, notebook and pen or puzzle book. And if you’re travelling with children, pop in some of their favourite small toys to take their mind off the long journey. There are lots of travel games available which will fit perfectly into your back pack, such as Travel Scrabble. Or use your notebook and pen for a traditional game of Hangman!
Top Tip! Don’t leave your packing to the last minute. Always try to pack at least a week before you travel so you don’t end up overpacking in a panic!
If you do take liquids in your hand luggage: • containers must hold no more than 100ml • containers must be in a single, transparent, resealable plastic bag, which holds no more than a litre and measures approximately 20cm x 20cm • contents must fit comfortably inside the bag so it can be sealed • the bag must not be knotted or tied at the top • you’re limited to 1 plastic bag per person • you must show the bag at the airport security point Exemptions You can take liquid containers larger than 100ml through security if they are for essential medical purposes, are for special dietary requirements or contain baby food or baby milk. You can find more information at www.gov.uk/handluggage-restrictions
Make the most of fruit and vegetables that are in season to create tantalisingly tasty dishes. Strawberries are summer’s stand-out fruit and are always a hit. But they’re not just for tennis fans!
Eton mess cheesecake Ingredients
FOR THE CHEESECAKE
• 250g/9oz digestive biscuits, crushed • 100g/31/2 oz unsalted butter, melted, plus extra for greasing • 300ml/10fl oz double cream • 100g/31/2 oz icing sugar • 1 tbsp vanilla bean paste • 600g/1lb 5oz full-fat cream cheese • 18g/1/2 oz freeze-dried strawberry pieces FOR THE SAUCE • 200g/7oz strawberries, hulled • 15g/3/4 oz icing sugar • 1 tsp lemon juice Method 1. Grease a loose-bottomed 23cm/9in round cake tin and line with baking paper. 2. For the base, put the crushed biscuits into a bowl with the melted butter and mix together. Pour into the cake tin and pack tightly using the back of a spoon. Cover and place in the fridge for 15 minutes. 3. Pour the cream into a large bowl, add the icing sugar and vanilla and whisk into soft peaks. Put the cream cheese into another bowl and stir to slacken. 4. Add the cream mixture and the freezedried strawberry pieces to the cream cheese and fold gently. Spoon on to the chilled base and level off. Put the cheesecake back into the fridge. 5. For the strawberry sauce, put the strawberries, icing sugar and lemon juice into a food processor and pulse to a purée. Transfer to a bowl and pop in the fridge. 6. To make the mini meringues, preheat the oven to 120C/100C Fan/Gas. Line a baking tray with baking paper. Fit a piping bag with a 11/2 cm/ 1/2 in star-tip nozzle and turn inside out. Stand it in a tall glass or jug until you need it. 7. Put the egg whites into a large clean, glass bowl and whisk with an electric whisk or stand
PREP: 1-2 hours COOKING TIME: over 2 hours SERVES: 10–12
FOR THE MINI MERINGUES • 50g/13/4 oz free-range egg whites • 100g/31/2 oz caster sugar • red food colouring TO DECORATE • 15 strawberries • 100g/31/2 oz white chocolate, broken into pieces • 10 dehydrated strawberry slices, dusted with gold lustre dust (optional)
mixer. After 2 minutes the mixture should be frothy and increased in volume. Start adding the sugar a little at a time. Once all the sugar is added, keep whisking until you have stiff peaks. 8. Using a brush and red food colouring, paint the inside of the piping bag with red stripes, starting with the tip and painting only as far as you will fill the bag. Fill the bag with the meringue mixture and pipe little kisses on to the tray. 9. Bake the meringues for 1 hour. Turn off the oven and leave the door open, leaving the meringues in the oven for another hour. Then remove from oven and take off the paper. 10. For the white chocolate-dipped strawberries, gently melt the chocolate in a bowl over a pan of simmering water (do not let the bowl touch the water.) Using the same tray you made the meringues on, flip the paper over. Hold the strawberries by the stalk and dip them into the white chocolate to come threequarters of the way up. Place on the tray to set. 11. Take the cheesecake out of the fridge, remove from the tin and place on a serving board. Just before serving, pour over enough sauce to just cover the top. Top with the dipped strawberries, meringues and lustred dehydrated strawberry slices.
Recipe created by Nadiya Hussain from Nadiya’s British Food Adventure You can find this recipe (and more) at www.bbc.com/food/recipes/eton_mess_cheesecake_58338
Preparing for a house inspection
As a tenant, the words general inspection may bring dread. However, with these simple tips we will help you relax and be prepared When we come around for a property inspection, we are more concerned about the health and safety of the property, than anything else. We will check the fire alarms, the carbon monoxide detector and for any other hazardous problems. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have a thorough clean of the property though. Here is what we recommend…
AVOID REPAIRING WEAR AND TEAR If you have scuffs or marks on the walls don’t, no matter how tempting, try to touch these up yourself; instead you can try to clean any easy to remove stains. Marks on walls are counted as fair wear and tear, especially if there are children in the house. If it is considered excessive wear and tear however, we may deduct these from your deposit at the end of your tenancy, but the costs will be less than re-painting an entire room.
TAKE CARE OF APPLIANCES As one of the most used appliances in the home, your oven is one of the first appliances that we will check. The cost to replace a broken oven due to mis-use is expensive. Therefore, we recommend cleaning your oven once every three months. An Oven Pride kit will do the job and will save any charges at the end of a tenancy for a professional clean.
DON’T LET STAINS BE A PAIN Replacing carpets can be very expensive. If the property came with new or nearly new carpets, ensure they are in the same condition as at the start of the tenancy. Clean marks or stains as soon as they happen with 1001 spray or hire a Rug Doctor for excessive stains. This will be cheaper than a professional clean at the end of your tenancy.
BAG IT UP! If you have a large family, you may have more rubbish than average to dispose of. Bin bags in the garden or side alleys aren’t a pleasant sight and can lead to vermin problems. If you don’t have bins available, make a trip to your local tip before the inspection.
GET AIRY Open the windows and let some air through the property. This will rid the property of any smells which, although natural, may give the appearance of being dirty or unlooked after.
BE PRESENT On the day of the inspection, make sure you are there to show us around. This is your chance to report any problems you may have with the property. If you haven’t reported an issue during your tenancy and it comes up on the end of tenancy inspection, you may become liable for any costs to rectify.
The key to remember is that presentation is key. And if there is anything that you need our help with, please feel free to ask one of our friendly members of the team.
CALL US TODAY FOR A FREE NO OBLIGATION VALUATION Rowsby Court, Pontprennau
Well presented modern two double bedroom second floor apartment in this popular development in Pontprennau, with secure intercom entry system. The apartment is conveniently positioned for local amenities including walking distance to Waitrose & Lidl supermarkets and bus routes plus transport links to A48 and M4. EPC=C
Gower House, Llanishen
A beautifully appointed ground floor maisonette well-placed for access to Llanishen Village. Luxury living accommodation includes two bedrooms, luxury en-suite shower room and bathroom and an open plan kitchen/dining/living room. Benefits include gas central heating, double glazing, a high specification kitchen and beautiful decor. EPC=B
Spring Grove, Thornhill
A well presented two bedroom mid terraced home in this popular location in Thornhill. the accommodation comprises entrance hall, living room, modern fitted kitchen, two bedrooms and modern bathroom. There is a good sized garden to the rear and off street parking making this an ideal first time buy for those looking to get onto the property ladder. EPC=C
Clos Y Dyfrgi, Thornhill
A well-presented three bedroom, end of terrace house, well located in the sought after North Cardiff suburb of Thornhill. With the accommodation briefly comprising of entrance hallway, living room, an open plan fitted kitchen/dining room and conservatory, offering the perfect space for modern family living. EPC=D
Heath - 029 2062 0202
Llandaff - 029 2055 5198 Pontcanna - 029 2022 8135 Whitchurch - 029 2062 3115
Lettings - 029 2078 0230
Skibereen Close, Pontprennau
Generously extended with a double storey extension, this end of link family home is finished to a superb standard throughout! Benefiting from a complete internal refurbishment, plus double storey side extension, there really is not an inch of this home that hasn’t benefitted from the current owner’s attention to detail. EPC=C
West Rise, Llanishen
An executive detached house placed on a corner plot in a select tree lined road. This property has many attractive features including a secret garden, landscaped garden and a garage with parking bay. Internally the house has four bedrooms, a refitted luxury bathroom, two reception rooms, a kitchen/diner plus utility and ground floor cloakroom. EPC=D.
Amberheart Drive, Thornhill
A greatly extended detached four bedroom family home situated on a quiet and attractive plot within a cul-de-sac in the desirable area of Thornhill. Offering good access to the local amenities and public transport links plus access to the A470 and M4. EPC=C
Mill Road, Llanishen
An impressive and sizable family home full of grandeur and character, well positioned on the highly sought after Mill Road, This highly desirable property offers a fantastic opportunity to acquire a substantial and individually designed five bedroom detached residence between both Lisvane & Llanishen villages benefitting from access to local pubs, shops and amenities. EPC=E
CALL US TODAY FOR A FREE NO OBLIGATION VALUATION Brunswick Street, Canton
A desirable two bedroom first floor flat with original floor and wall tiling in the hallway, located in the heart of Canton. The flat, situated in this traditional Victorian property has bay windows to both the front and rear and has been renovated and decorated throughout and includes new carpets throughout, a new shower room suite and new doors. 50% Share of Freehold. EPC=D
Radnor Road, Canton
An attractive three storey mid terrace home located in an exceptionally desirable street just a short walk from Chapter Arts and Thompsons Park. The home has three double bedroom, plus a generous converted loft room, an open plan living/dining room, modern fitted kitchen and a modern bathroom suite. Externally there is a forecourt to the front and an enclosed garden at the rear. No Chain. EPC=E
The Tramshed, Grangetown
A luxury warehouse style loft apartment located just a few minutes from Cardiff City Centre and Central Train Station. This characterful loft apartment has many unique features, including the large half moon window, exposed brick wall, exposed steels and mezzanine bedroom. No Chain. EPC=D
Altolusso, City Centre
A three bedroom 18th floor flat with panoramic city centre and sea views, located in Altolusso, a popular development of residential flats offering a concierge service, parking and storage facilities. No Chain. EPC=C
Pontcanna - 029 2022 8135
Llandaff - 029 2055 5198 Heath - 029 2062 0202 Whitchurch - 029 2062 3115
Lettings - 029 2078 0230
A rarely available, large Victorian Villa situated on the banks of the River Taff just minutes from Cardiff City Centre. In need of internal renovation the accommodation includes three reception rooms, a kitchen and a basement. The first floor has three bedrooms and bathroom. The second floor a further two bedrooms, a kitchen and a W/C. Outside there is a large garden and vehicle access to the rear. There are exceptional views of the River Taff and as far as Cardiff Castle. EPC=E
Wyndham Crescent, Pontcanna
An exceptional and rarely available four bedroom home for sale in this quiet cul-de-sac, just a short walk from Thompson’s Park. This Victorian home has been renovated and boasts modern fittings and original features. The accommodation comprises an entrance hallway with original tile floor, living room, sitting room and an open plan kitchen/family room. The first floor offers three bedrooms, a bathroom and stairs to the second floor occupying the fourth bedroom. Externally there is a well maintained garden. EPC=D
Cathedral Road, Pontcanna
A mews style house located at the rear of this exceptional Victorian Villa, which offers secure allocated parking and a garden. The property itself is an independent dwelling with accommodation comprising an entrance hallway, cloakroom and an open plan kitchen and living room with dining space and access to the garden. To the first floor there are two double bedrooms and two ensuite shower rooms. Externally there is a garden, secure allocated parking and communal bike storage. EPC=C
Cathedral Road, Pontcanna
A stunning centre-piece apartment in a select Victorian Villa conversion. Boasting three bedrooms, this superb first floor property has style, comfort and quality in abundance and some outstanding features including a striking atrium ceiling that illuminates the central living area. EPC=C
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Welcome to Retirement Living PLUS at Llys Isan
Exclusively for the over 70s, Retirement Living PLUS from McCarthy & Stone is designed to give you more -
Enjoy all of these great facilities and services at Llys Isan
more support, more convenience and more peace of mind.
Staff on-site 24 hours per day
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Domestic assistance included
on-site facilities such as a Bistro, which serves hot and cold meals
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for those who don’t want to cook. There’s also a homeowners lounge and a wellbeing suite for you to relax with friends. We are excited to announce that we are now taking
Lifts for easy access to all floors Guest suite on-site^
Beautifully maintained gardens
Book your appointment today to find out more.
Llys Isan, Ilex Close, Llanishen, Cardiff, South Glamorgan, Wales, CF14 5DZ Marketing Suite Open Tuesday - Saturday, 10:30am - 5pm One & two bedroom retirement apartments available from £199,950
To find out more, call now on 0800 153 3328 or visit mccarthyandstone.co.uk/llysisan At an extra charge. #Subject to availability.
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JANUARY SAVINGS EXTENDED
Save up to £10,000
on selected properties at River Walk, St. Edeyrn’s Village
a charming selection of 4 and 5 bed executive homes River Walk is our new collection of impressive four and five bedroom homes at St. Edeyrn’s Village in Old St Mellons. Located on the outskirts of Cardiff, it’s ideally placed to enjoy the city as well as nearby bustling towns and beautiful surrounding countryside. • • • • •
Choice of spacious 4 and 5 bedroom homes Sought-after semi-rural location Convenient leisure facilities and shopping close by Excellent transport links via the M4 and A48 Brand new primary school within the village
River Walk offers a range of spacious family homes, so whether you’re looking to take your next step up the ladder, or need more space for a growing family, this development is bound to have what you’re after.
Reserve before 24th March 2019 with this advert and get free flooring.*
St. Edeyrn’s Village, Old St Mellons Cardiff, CF3 6YA Call our on-site sales executive on: 02920 104 015 Showhome open Thursday to Monday 11am-6pm www.charleschurch.com
*Schemes and offers mentioned are available on selected plots, subject to status, specific terms and conditions will apply. Please see www.charleschurch.com/offers or contact the development for more information. A professional legal adviser is required to carry out the legal formalities of buying the home and to represent your interests. Charles Church can provide you with a list of recommended solicitors and/or financial advisers as necessary. Charles Church cannot advise you on a mortgage. YOUR HOME MAY BE REPOSSESSED IF YOU DO NOT KEEP UP REPAYMENTS ON YOUR MORTGAGE, YOUR EQUITY LOAN OR OTHER DEBT SECURED ON IT. Imagery is for illustration purposes only. External elevations including treatments, materials, window positions and sizes are subject to change at any time. Details correct at time of going to press.
CALL US TODAY FOR A FREE NO OBLIGATION VALUATION Bishops Road, Whitchurch
Melingriffith Drive, Whitchurch
Large family home situated on one of the most sought after roads in Whitchurch village. Offering easy access to all amenities by foot, it’s clear to see why this road is incredibly popular with families or for those looking to secure a more convenient location. The property retains a lot of original features throughout, which have been well maintained. It has the original design to the larger than average garden, again keeping all of the charm and elegance of the era. EPC=D
A substantially extended and well finished property occupying a corner plot near the Taff Trail in Whitchurch. This chain free house has two reception rooms, a beautifully fitted kitchen and a conservatory that opens to the garden. The first floor has four bedrooms, a superb refitted principal bathroom and a luxury en-suite shower room. A lawned garden fronts the property whilst the enclosed landscaped rear garden provides a wonderful space for sitting in the sun and dining outside. EPC=C
Warren Evans Court, Whitchurch Guide £170,000
Heol Dowlais, Efail Isaf
This light and spacious duplex apartment is situated in a central Whitchurch village location. For those looking to be within easy walking distance to all amenities. Three bedroom duplex apartment is larger than expected and so we highly recommend an internal viewing to appreciate. With accommodation comprising: Hall, a modern Kitchen, lounge/dining room, landing with access to a good size loft, three good size bedrooms and a modern shower room. EPC=C
An immaculate and modernised detached bungalow situated in the sought after village of Efail Isaf. Offering versatile, light and spacious accommodation, this excellent property is able to offer potentially three double bedrooms if so desired. There are beautiful front and rear gardens with a large patio sitting area too which benefits from the late afternoon sun. EPC=C
Whitchurch - 029 2062 3115
Pontcanna - 029 2022 8135 Llandaff - 029 2055 5198 Heath - 029 2062 0202
Lettings - 029 2078 0230
Manor Way, Whitchurch
A larger than average and beautifully presented double bay fronted semi detached property, with a good size garden situated in Whitchurch. Offering both light and spacious accommodation which has been modernised throughout. The property offers a good size hall, lounge with wood block flooring, dining room opening out to a lean to and a modern kitchen. Upstairs are three good size bedrooms with a guest en suite and a modern bathroom. EPC=D
Heol Cattwg, Whitchurch
A beautifully presented detached Bungalow located in the village of Whitchurch. This is a fantastic location for those looking to be within easy reach of village amenities and yet find a quieter spot. The property is versatile, light and offers a good size plot with ample off road parking and a well tended Garden. EPC=E
Glandwr Place, Whitchurch
A traditional mid terraced house well placed within easy walking distance to Whitchurch Village. This chain free property has two reception rooms, a fitted kitchen, two bedrooms and an upstairs bathroom. The property does require some upgrading although it already benefits from gas central heating and a rear garden with sunny aspect and parking at the rear. EPC=D
Bishops Close, Whitchurch
An immaculate, spacious four bedroom family home situated in the centre of Whitchurch village. Offering generous living accommodation, good parking and a superb garden, this is a perfect home for growing families looking in competitive school catchment areas. EPC=D
CALL US TODAY FOR A FREE NO OBLIGATION VALUATION Bridge Street, Llandaff
No Chain! A superb much improved, stone built semi detached period property well placed in Llandaff Village. This character property boasts a beautiful garden with sunny aspect, three double bedrooms, luxury four piece bathroom suite with roll top bath, two reception rooms and a fitted kitchen that overlooks the pretty enclosed garden. EPC=E
Parc Rhydlafer, St Fagans
Situated in cul de sac is this exceptional four bedroom detached property. Modernised throughout and extended by the current owners, the accommodation briefly comprises: entrance hall, cloakroom, lounge, open plan kitchen diner and a sitting room, four bedrooms with two en-suites and a family bathroom, front and rear garden, a garage with electric door. EPC=C
Fairwater Road, Llandaff
Built in 1959, this unique bungalow set on a generous plot placed within 1 mile to Llandaff High Street, offers a great living space and further potential to extend and improve. The property offers impressive size living rooms and bedrooms with over 10ft high ceilings and large windows, a large swimming pool in the rear garden, double garage with electric doors. EPC=E
Waungron Road, Llandaff
This generously proportioned flat has versatile accommodation that is highly adaptable to suit different lifestyles. The property offers Share of The Freehold and Low Annual Charges*. The property includes two lounges, two bedrooms, two kitchens and two shower rooms. However, it could be a three bedroom property with two lounges. In addition there is a converted garage that now serves as a home office with shower room. EPC=D
Llandaff - 029 2055 5198
Whitchurch - 029 2062 3115 Pontcanna - 029 2022 8135 Heath - 029 2062 0202
Lettings - 029 2078 0230
Denison Way, St Fagans
This detached four bedroom house offers light and spacious accommodation with a south facing rear garden. Placed in this popular location this wonderful family home briefly comprises: entrance hall, cloakroom, lounge, sitting room, kitchen/dining room and conservatory. To the first floor are four bedrooms and family bathroom. Outside is a south aspect rear garden and off street parking. EPC=B
Windsor Avenue, Radyr
A generous luxury ground floor garden maisonette modernised and refurbished. This light and spacious two/three bedroom residence offers versatile living accommodation and also benefits from a landscaped private garden, off street parking and a garage. The accommodation includes two/three bedrooms, lounge, shower Room, a separate W/C and a modern fitted kitchen. EPC=D
Heol Aradur, Danescourt
No Chain! Set on this fantastic size corner plot is this extended six bedroom detached family home. The accommodation includes home office/play room, lounge and kitchen/diner, further more downstairs the extension offers a utility area and a further sitting room. Upstairs has four bedrooms and a family bathroom as well as two bedrooms and a ‘Jack and Jill’ shower room.
Tangmere Drive, Radyr Way
Extended mid-terrace two bedroom house which is extended to the ground floor to by the current owners to make a light and spacious lounge/diner. The accommodation briefly comprises: entrance hall, kitchen, lounge and diner to the ground floor. Then two bedrooms and a modern shower room, front and rear gardens, off street parking for two cars. EPC=C
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Welcome to the 3rd phase of this award winning development...
Hern & Crabtree are please to offer a range of two to four bedroom Eco homes in the 3rd phase of this award winning development. If you would like to find out more or have any questions about this exciting new development please contact us today: Llandaff Office
Lettings - 029 2078 0230 Llandaff - 029 2055 5198 Whitchurch - 029 2062 3115 Pontcanna - 029 2022 8135 Heath - 029 2062 0202 Schooner Way, Atlantic Wharf
**PART FURNISHED APARTMENT**Hern & Crabtree present this third floor modern two double bedroom apartment is located in Atlantic Wharf providing good access to the City Centre. The property comprises of two double bedrooms, lounge with a juliet balcony and views over the Wharf, kitchen with separate dining area and bathroom. Externally there is allocated parking for one vehicle. Available for immediate occupation at £795pcm* (admin fees apply). Professionals only please. Non smokers only, no pets allowed. Minimum 12 month tenancy agreement. EPC=C.
Beaufort Square, Pengham Green
**TWO BEDROOM GROUND FLOOR APARTMENT** Hern & Crabtree present this two bedroom ground floor apartment located in Pengham Green. This property can be provided furnished or unfurnished and comprises double bedroom, smaller second bedroom, family bathroom and open plan lounge and kitchen complete with white goods. Externally there are two allocated parking spaces and close proximity to local transport links into the City Centre. Available at £695pcm* (admin fees apply). Strictly Professional Couple or Single Only. No Pets. EPC=C.
Disraeli House, Llandaff North
**TWO BEDROOM APARTMENT IN LLANDAFF NORTH** Hern & Crabtree present this two bedroom unfurnished apartment located in Llandaff North. The property is located on the second floor and comprises lovely open plan lounge and kitchen, two double bedrooms and a family bathroom. Externally the property benefits from close proximity to local amenities and transport links into the City Centre. Available from the 15th June 2019 at £745pcm* (admin fees apply). Strictly Professional Couple or Single only. No Pets. EPC C.
Lower Cathedral Road, Grangetown
** FOUR BEDROOM MID TERRACE HOUSE** Hern & Crabtree present this four bedroom mid terrace house located in Riverside. The property comes unfurnished and has been upgraded throughout and therefore is presented in excellent condition. The house briefly comprises open plan lounge and kitchen to the ground floor. To the first floor are four good sized bedrooms, and a newly refurbished shower room. Externally there is a courtyard garden to the front, and on street parking (permits). Available at £950pcm* (admin fees apply) from the 15th June 2019. Strictly Professionals in full time employment only. No Pets. EPC Rating D.
E S T. 1849 Nigel John | Managing Director, MARLA & NAEA Nigel took ownership of Hern & Crabtree many years ago from Ann Dawe. Nigel re-branded and revitalised this historic estate agency helping it become one of the most recognised and established agents in Cardiff.
Rhodri Humphreys | Area Manager Rhodri is a knowledgeable and hardworking estate agent who oversees the Hern & Crabtree network. Rhodri has worked in the Cardiff and Vale area for his entire career and also specialises in land and new homes.
Michael Baillie | Director & Branch Manager Mike is an enthusiastic, positive and experienced Estate Agent that has a real passion for property. Mike’s close focus on customer service has been a key to his and his team’s success over the years.
Denise Dobson | Administrator and Sales Negotiator Denise is upbeat, and cheery with a wealth of experience behind her, highly organised and keeps her cool even at the busiest of times. Denise is mainly office based and is often the voice at the end of the phone, so much that one of our clients is convinced she never leaves!
Jan Street | Sales Progression Manager Jan has a sparkling personality, is extremely caring and hardworking. Jan looks after our clients postsale, her wealth of experience combined with her superb communication between all parties ensures a smooth transaction. Jan’s efforts don’t go unnoticed and receives glowing reviews.
Lance Robertson | Lettings Manager Lance is exceptionally knowledgeable in his field with over 10 years of experience in lettings. He’s friendly, approachable, a pleasure for landlords and tenants alike should they need any help. Whether it be professional advice on letting your property, or legal compliance, Lance is on hand to give clear and concise guidance.
Heath - 029 2062 0202 Llandaff - 029 2055 5198 Pontcanna - 029 2022 8135 Whitchurch - 029 2062 3115
Owen Llewellyn | Senior Sales Negotiator Owen is an exuberant and attentive estate agent who is a big character at Hern & Crabtree. Owen is an accomplished and highly talented negotiator and valuer with 7 years agency experience.
Jo Shears | Senior Sales Negotiator Jo is a passionate and caring estate agent and can light up any room with her warmth, humour and positivity. Jo is another big character in the company and a firm favourite with our clients.
Ben Shorrocks | Branch Manager Ben is a very honest and trustworthy Estate Agent who takes pride in delivering a high quality service to be proud of. Ben is highly experienced, knowledgeable and reliable and works hard to ensure that he will be your estate agent for life.
Harry Watson-James | Sales Negotiator Harry is the life and soul of the office in Pontcanna, forever with a grin on his face, you can’t help but be happy when in his company. He’s a motivated and very determined individual who relishes helping others search for their next home.
Anna O’Mahoney | Branch Manager Anna is a talented and caring Estate Agent who was born to sell property. Anna started her career in estate agency in 2001 as a Saturday worker whilst still in college and has vast experience. She is patient, dedicated and very hard working.
Molly Fletcher | Lettings Negotiator Molly relocated from West Wales to join Hern & Crabtree as a Lettings Negotiator. Molly carries out all the lettings viewings and provides regular feedback to all Landlords regarding the progress of letting their property through Hern & Crabtree.
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Anthony Poole | Branch Manager Anthony is a passionate and dedicated Estate Agent who doesnâ€™t know when to go home! He works long hours and his hard work and dedication to his clients is matched with a skill set and approach that gives customers the peace of mind that they are in caring and trusted hands.
Annamarie Winks | Negotiator Annamarie has over 27 years experience and recently joined the Whitchurch branch. Having worked all over Cardiff, Penarth and the Vale of Glamorgan, she is a familiar face and an expert in property. Annamarie brings passion and dedication and is very kind and hard-working with stacks of humour.
Thomas Lloyd | Senior Negotiator* Thomas is an incredibly likeable, professional negotiator who is always in high spirits and eager to help. Thomasâ€™ first language is Welsh and is able to provide a Welsh Language Service to our customers. This has proved to be so popular that we are now trialling a Welsh Language Service that is available to our vendors, subject to availability. Thomas is a real asset to Hern & Crabtree and we are very excited to grow our Language Service around him.
*If you are a seller that would prefer to speak in the Welsh language, please request this when booking your free market appraisal.
Annie Munro | Senior Negotiator Annie is a genuine and caring estate agents and a favourite with her clients who come back to her time after time. Annie has been an estate agent for over 19 years and is always smiling.
Amy McDonough | Sales Negotiator Amy has been an Estate Agent for over 17 years and brings a wealth of experience in all property matters. Her enthusiasm and passion for the industry is second to none and she is very popular with both clients and staff alike.
Marc Rees | Senior Property Coordinator For our tenants in our Managed properties, Marc is the face of Hern & Crabtree. Handling all the maintenance enquiries, Marc is an exceptionally hard working member of the team, who you can trust will get things done for you.
Contact us today for your FREE market appraisal
Heath - 029 2062 0202 Llandaff - 029 2055 5198 Pontcanna - 029 2022 8135 Whitchurch - 029 2062 3115
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