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2011 and what the future holds...

Guy Leonard & Company's blog - Market Comment: a round up of 2011 and a look at what 2012 holds
 

Best Small Estate Agent in the South East

Best Small Estate Agent in the South East
 

An Auction and a Christmas Bazaar!

Auctions and a Christmas Bazaar!
 

Guy Leonard & Company does Strictly!

This week we have learnt all about speed awareness and done some dancing - as well as getting ready for Christmas!
 

London and Ascot all in one week!

London and Ascot all in one week!
 

Why Buy A House?

  Guy Leonard & Co Estate Agents blog on why buy and own a property
 

9 Skittles and ALOT of competition!

The Team at Guy Leonard & Co Estate Agents enjoy an evening of skittles and our faith in human nature is restored!
 

Warm and toasty over the Winter!

Guy Leonard Estate Agents Property Blog - a timely reminder about keeping properties safe and warm over the cold winter period
 

What's happening with the current rental market?

Guy Leonard & Co comment on the current rental market in the UK
 

Spooky Goings On at Guy Leonard & Co Horsham!

Guy Leonard & Co Estate Agents have been taking part in the Horsham Halloween Trick or Treat Competition during half term.
 

A visit to The Dame Vera Lynn School for Parents

Guy Leonard & Company visit The Dame Vera Lynn School for Parents in Billingshurst
 

Guy Leonard staff member is 'tagged'!

Guy Leonard staff member is 'tagged'!
 

Guy Leonard & Company enjoy some theatre!

Guy Leonard & Company enjoy some theatre both locally, in the West End and even Wembley!
 

Is confidence coming back into the property market?

Is confidence coming back into the property market?
 

Horsham 100! We did it!

Horsham 100k Charity Walk acroos the South Downs Way - we did it!
 

Guy Leonard & Company are ready to walk the South Downs in aid of charity!

Guy Leonard & Company are ready to walk the South Downs in aid of charity!
 

The summer holidays are over!

The summer holidays are over!
 

Scramble! The September Property Market

Neil Moore of Guy Leonard and Co Estate Agents posts his latest West Sussex property market comment
 

Walking on sunshine - oooh oooh!

Weekly diary blog from Guy Leonard Estate Agents in West Sussex - this week the team have been enjoying the sunshine at various local events.
 

Riots, weddings, cups and walking!

A look at what we've been up to - thinking about riots, going to a wedding, winning some cups and preparing to walk A LONG WAY!!!
 

Turning to the Autumn Property Market

Neil, Managing Director of GL&Co shares his thoughts on the Autumn property market.
 

In the news...London Riots

Following the unrest in London this week, our thoughts turn to friends and family in the area.
 

Chilli Festival and Wasp Stings!

Chilli Festival and Wasp Stings!
 

Weddings, birthdays and bugs!

Weddings, birthdays and bugs!
 

Cameras, allotments and fundraising!

Cameras, allotments and fundraising!
 

A bunch of Take That fans!

Guy Leonard & Co go to Wembley!
 

West Chiltington - A West Sussex Gem

  West Chiltington is a village of delightful cottages, winding tree lined lanes and friendly shops and pubs.  It is its unique charm that makes the village so special. West Chiltington was mentioned in the Doomsday Book with its beautiful little church, which stands centre stage in the midst of the village.
 

A Friend In Need

Neil Moore of Guy Leonard & Company looks at just who your friends are when it comes to selling property.
 

Summer concerts, Storrington Village Day and Steyning School Prom!

Summer concerts, Storrington Village Day and Steyning School Prom!
 

Peter Hossack - your local 24 hour property expert!

  Peter Hossack - your local 24 hour property expert!
 

We are now seeing more and more people accessing our website using their iphones, so we have put together a list of apps to make your house move and search easier because as the saying goes…’there’s an app for that’!

Our top 5 are:

  • Rightmove
  • Mortgage Toolkit
  • listentotaxman.com
  • Crime Map UK
  • Around Me

If you are searching for property to buy, our top of the house hunting apps is Rightmove –  you can type in the area you are interested in, for example, Storrington’ to generate a list of houses for sale locally and then refine your search. Alternatively, if you are standing in say Horsham, you can hit ‘find my current location’ and the app will give you a list of all the flats and houses for sale around where you are in Horsham. This provides pictures and information on the property together with the selling agents details. As this shows properties from all the estate agents on Rightmove, it’s a one stop shop for your property search. Other property portal apps to try out include Zoopla and FindaProperty.com.

Mortgage Toolkit is a great little app if you are sorting out the finance for your property purchase. It includes a mortgage calculator and also very handy guides to buying and selling properties. You can review the best buy mortgage list (although we found this a little restrictive, and request a callback from a mortgage advisor as well. Mortgage Assistant also provides you with a best buy list and this one includes deals from all the high street banks and big mortgage lenders. There is also a useful blog feature with lots of mortgage news and updates.

Whilst sorting out your mortgage you may need to some budgeting and calculations relating to your salary, and there is an app for that - listentotaxman.com works out your tax payments and you can add in other deductions as well to work out exactly where you stand each month. It updates in line with budget changes so in theory should always give you the most up to date picture (providing you download the updates!). UK Salary Calculator does a similar job so may also be worth a look.

If you are reviewing the area you are looking to move to, Crime Map UK locates where you are with your phone and then shows a map with pins indicating all the crimes locally – you can then touch to see the type of crime committed. There is a neighbourhood overview, and a camera feature although this costs extra. We’ve have been checking out our local areas of Horsham, Storrington and Pulbrough and its quite enlightening to see what has been going on.

AroundMe is a very informative app to discover what facilities there are locally. Using GPS, the app provides a list of services you may be looking for, from cashpoints to petrol stations to hospitals. You select which service you are looking for to get a list of them together with how close they are to you and exact location. This also covers restaurants, taxis, theatres and the weather – a very comprehensive app. Once you’ve moved in to your dream home, vouchercloud is a similar app, but lists businesses close to you offering deals and discounts using your iphone.

After all that, if you’d like some down time from property searching you could have a go at being an estate agent using the game app Build-a-lot where you have to buy plots, build houses and keep them in good repair and then sell them at a profit – lots of fun and quite addictive! 

 

Goodwood Breakfast Club and 999 calls from Guy Leonard & Company

Goodwood Breakfast Club and 999 calls from Guy Leonard & Company
 

Sussex Community Foundation and the joy of having some rain!

Sussex Community Foundation and the joy of having some rain!
 

Neil Moore - latest Market Comment

Neil Moore of Guy Leonard & Co comments on the property market and relates it to football which he openly admits he know very little about!
 

A diverse range of hobbies and a new trend called dithering!

A diverse range of hobbies and a new trend called dithering!
 

A celebration for Angie and a birthday for Marion.

A celebration for Angie and a birthday for Marion.
 

Busy days, new staff, hot coals and a little dancing update!

The sales offices of Guy Leonard & Company had an incredibly busy week last week. This was partly due to some staff shortages but was also the level of activity and the number of people wanting to look at properties as well as having their properties valued.
 

Busy, busy days!

Well the Royal Wedding came and went, however we must follow the example set by the new Duke of Cambridge and get back to work!
 

Springwatch

Now that spring is in full swing Neil Moore of Guy Leonard & Company comments on how the property market is responding to the warmer weather.
 

Guy Leonard prepare for the Royal Wedding

Guy Leonard prepare for the Royal Wedding
 

A successful staff training day at Itchenor!

A successful staff training day at Itchenor!
 

‘Oak before ash, in for a splash, Ash before oak, in for a soak.’

‘Oak before ash, in for a splash, Ash before oak, in for a soak.’
 

Guy Leonard & Company celebrate Mother's Day with plenty to eat!

Guy Leonard & Company celebrate Mother's Day with plenty to eat!
 

Neil Moore comments on how the landscape of property purchase is changing in the post-recession period, and how the spring Budget will bring some cheer to some hard-hit first time buyers.

Neil Moore comments on how the landscape of property purchase is changing in the post-recession period, and how the spring Budget will bring some cheer to some hard-hit first time buyers.
 

The Guy Leonard Gardeners! A mid life crisis and a 50th Birthday!

The Guy Leonard Gardeners! A mid life crisis and a 50th Birthday!
 

No Monday morning blues just sunshine, wedding plans and yet more dancing!

No Monday morning blues just sunshine, wedding plans and yet more dancing!
 

A 90th birthday celebration, more dancing and a bingo report!

A 90th birthday celebration, more dancing and a report on the bingo evening!
 

Guy Leonard Diary Blog - Spring, Colds, Bingo and a little bit of Dancing!

A Guy Leonard Diary Blog - Spring sunshine, colds, bingo and a little bit of dancing!
 

So what IS the press saying? Is there good news out there?

Here at Guy Leonard & Co we make sure we keep up with all the property news – so is there any good news out there?
 

Property and Prejudice the continued reticence of the banks to offer sensible mortgages

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single family in possession of a good mortgage must be in want of a house.
 

With romance in the air this February we take a loving look at how we can often fall head over heels with...a house.

With romance in the air this February we take a loving look at how we can often fall head over heels with…a house.
 

Sweet Smelling Selling Success

For many people the New Year will mean a new home and even a new start. It is an exciting prospect, even if it is a little daunting. Moving home is a big step. Plus this year both buyers and sellers will have to contend with a market that is still suffering from the recessional hangover and austerity measures
 

A modern rental property in pulborough - new to market

Well Christmas, the New Year and hopefully the snow are all behind us now - back to work and looking forward to a busy Spring.