Month: March 2018

Gin Jamboree is returning to Stockport Town Hall this April

With 100 different Gins and hundreds of tonic/garnish combinations to try out in search of your new favourite. This is an event far too good to miss!

The ticket price includes a proper gin ‘fish bowl’ glass to take home after the supper. Then at the Jamboree ‘Token Cards’ can be purchased and stamped for each Gin & Tonic with half measure tasters also available (similar format to a Beer Festival!).

The event takes place at Stockport Town Hall on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th April.

Tickets are £15.00. You can also be in with a chance to win FREE tickets for you and three friends by visiting the Stockport Council Facebook page!

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Stockport Council have announced the launch of Mobike to Stockport!

From next week the bikes will be available to Stockport residents, in response to high demand for the scheme since it launched in Greater Manchester last year. Starting 12th March, an initial 200 Mobikes will be available in Stockport, gradually increasing to 1000, as the scheme develops. Stockport will initially host 15 approved Mobike Preferred Locations (MPLs) in strategic hubs across the area. This will allow people living in Manchester, Salford and Stockport, to cycle more easily to and from the different areas.

Mobike’s expansion follows the publication in February of a report by Greater Manchester’s cycling and walking commissioner, Chris Boardman, asking Mayor Andy Burnham for a £1.5bn spending to make the region one of the best places in the world to cycle and walk.

The report also asks that more than 700 miles of safe cycle lanes be produced over the 10 next years, and that the streets’ design be changed to make them safer for cyclists.

Find out more details here…

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The socio-economic profile is a telling measure of the constitution of people in a local market. We have to be careful when talking about the economic profile of local residents because no statistical measure will really illustrate the character of an area. However, we’ve used the governments ‘NS-Sec’ classification data on our area, which defines local residents in those terms.

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Celebration as Stockport’s Aurora Business Park opens

Residents, businesses, Councillors and guests gathered to celebrate the opening of the town’s newest industrial park, Aurora Stockport, as it was announced another two units have been snapped up.

Held in one of the new units at Aurora, guests came together at the official opening to see the transformation that has taken place for themselves and celebrate the opportunities the industrial park has brought to our town.

The Council’s multi-million investment has turned a once derelict 18 acre site into a 145,000 sq ft industrial park that is home to 10 modern units, a riverside park and improved walking routes into the town centre.

The benefits created by Aurora Stockport go beyond the physical transformation. A number of local residents secured construction apprenticeships and work placements on the development gaining invaluable work skills for the future; Seddon have worked with a number of community groups providing them with new facilities and jobs are being created that residents can benefit from as companies move into Aurora.

The industrial park has proven an instant success.

Eight of the park’s 10 units are now let or under offer as companies choose to move their businesses to Stockport or grow for the future at Aurora. Just weeks after completing a 15 year lease on two units, Aeroco Group, are now under offer on an extra two units at the industrial estate.

New contracts secured by this leading aircraft component maintenance specialist has seen their demand for space grow and Aurora was the natural place for them to invest further. This news means that Aurora is now 83% let or under offer.


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Prices by type over the last few quarters

By looking back over the last eight quarters, it’s quite enlightening to see how average sales prices have changed for individual house types. Obviously the bigger types sell for more, but the quarter-on-quarter changes tell an interesting story.

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Annual transaction levels split by type

Have you ever wondered how many people buy flats in the local area as opposed to houses? Wonder no longer. We’ve done the analysis, which shows the most recent split as well as two years’ worth of quarterly data. This is useful information for anyone with an interest in the local market because it affects the overall market dynamic.

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Open House: Unlock ways to attract homebuyers

Please find below another blog piece by Seth Murphy on Open Houses and ways to attract homebuyers…

You are putting your home on the market and you want it to sell as quickly as possible. An open house is a great way to get interested buyers through the front door and placing bids. Of course, open houses don’t always inspire countless offers — you have to do it right.

There are various things homeowners often overlook when preparing their place to show to potential interested buyers. By knowing exactly what you need to do, you can avoid these simple missteps. Use the following tips to ensure you have the best open house possible.

Tips for an Open House

When putting your home on the market, you’ll want to price your home correctly! Your Estate Agent can help you with settling on an asking price and getting the listing exposure you need. They can also help you when it comes to setting up your open house. Your Estate Agent will be able to give you personalized tips when it comes to increasing your home’s curb appeal and properly staging your home. Furthermore, they should have plenty of resources for advertising an open house and getting enough traffic through your front door.

Improving Curb Appeal

Your home’s curb appeal determines the first impression it makes on potential homebuyers. If people don’t like what they see right off the bat, they are less likely to explore what your home has to offer inside. Just like with staging your home inside, cleanliness is key here. If your driveway or walkways are scuffed, stained or simply dirty, consider renting a power washer to blast off dirt and grime. You can also use a power washer to get rid of mold and mildew on your siding. A pressure wash over grimy areas of home’s facade can make your home look years younger after about an afternoon’s worth of work.

Landscaping is another key to improving your home’s overall curb appeal. This isn’t the time to do a huge overall of your yard architecture and aesthetic, but there are some simple things you can do to update your landscaping:

  • Plant small shrubs for added privacy.
  • Paint or update your mailbox.
  • Add lighting along walking paths.
  • Add fresh mulch to flower beds and around trees.
  • Re-edge mulch around borders of flower beds, trees, or other landscaping elements.
  • Replace patches in your lawn and keep your grass freshly cut.

Staging Your Home

 When it comes to showing your house, there are going to be times where you’ll have potential buyers over and you aren’t able to have the place perfectly staged. However, an open house gives you the time necessary to put in the work and make your home as appealing as possible. It’s most likely no surprise that real estate experts advise that the home be completely and thoroughly cleaned before an open house.

While cleaning your home yourself is certainly possible, it really doesn’t hurt to tap in for some assistance from a professional. Luckily, you can find great deals on house cleaning through sites such as Groupon and LivingSocial. You can splurge on a one-time deep cleaning before your open house then keep up that tidiness yourself throughout the home selling process.

Beyond cleanliness, you’ll want to do things around the house to make it brighter, warmer and a bit more generic. Cutting back on the things that personalize your home helps make it more appealing to a wider audience. Put away excessive family photos, wall hangings and other decor touches like the kids’ art you hang on the refrigerator. Other updates you can make for open house staging:

  • Add more lighting fixtures in dark or sunless rooms.
  • Declutter kitchen cabinets and closets.
  • Open up curtains and drapes to let light through windows.
  • Consider having your windows professionally cleaned.
  • Put up evidence of pets and consider boarding them on the day of the open house.
  • Fill your home with pleasant, natural scents using stovetop potpourri.

An open house is a great way to show the best your home has to offer to potential buyers in your area. To make the most of this opportunity, it is important to go over the details when it comes to the appearance of the house. Curb appeal is your home’s first impression, and you can improve it by washing away dirt and grime and updating your landscaping. Once you get the people through the door, wow them with a professionally cleaned space that is decorated with warmth and light.

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Has flexible working changed the Stockport property market?

Defining the modern working week in 2018 isn’t a straightforward process. As we embrace technology, the lines between daily commutes to work and working from remote locations become less transparent. From a property perspective, this means people with flexible working patterns can be more selective about the location of their next home. But what does this mean for Stockport?

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