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J.R. Hopper & Co. Is Reaffirmed as The Yorkshire Dales’ Local Expert

J.R. Hopper & Co. has been re-affirmed as their area’s Local Expert by Relocation Agent Network. J.R. Hopper & Co. were re-affirmed at the 2016 Relocation Agent Network Conference, which took place at the Sofitel Hotel and Conference Centre, Heathrow on Friday 18 November. Relocation Agent Network is a national network of selected estate agents across England, Scotland and Wales. J.R. Hopper & Co. were handpicked to be a member of the Network, based on strict criteria such as quality of service, local knowledge and professionalism. Helping the Customer Through its affiliation to Cartus, the premier provider of relocation services, Relocation Agent Network members help Cartus assist relocating families, offering J.R. Hopper & Co. customers an additional channel of buyer when selling their property. In addition, members also help their customers through their ‘Referral Network’, which allows J.R. Hopper & Co. to help people who are looking to move out of the local area by referring them to a Relocation Agent in the location they are moving to. The Conference day included a line-up of keynote speakers, interactive sessions and a trade exhibition. The day ended in an evening black tie Awards Dinner, hosted by comedian and actor, Miles Jupp. Relocation Agent Network Managing Director, Richard Tucker said, “We…

The Team Attends National Estate Agency Conference

Here at J.R. Hopper & Co., we’re committed to investing in continued development and innovation, which is why we recently went to Relocation Agent Network’s National Conference. The day was packed with best practice ideas and top tips, to help us guide our buying and selling customers here in The Yorkshire Dales. Taking place on 18 November at the Sofitel Hotel and Conference Centre, Heathrow, we heard from a whole line-up of business experts including; top motivational speaker, Alex MacPhail; sales and marketing guru, Grant Leboff; and economist Roger Martin-Fagg – one of few who predicted the economic crisis – also gave us an update on the UK economy and residential property market. The event culminated in a black tie Awards Dinner hosted by comedian and actor, Miles Jupp, who presented awards to the night’s winning estate agents. What does OUR Network membership mean to YOU? The team at Relocation Agent Network search England, Scotland and Wales for estate agents to represent their Network. To be exclusively invited to join, we had to be The Yorkshire Dales’s leading agent in quality of service, local knowledge and professionalism. So if Relocation Agent Network has chosen us, why wouldn’t you? Contact us today on 01969 622936.

The Big Debate: Buying Vs. Renting

A recent survey amongst UK estate agency members aimed to find out which is the cheapest option when looking for a home: buying or renting. Conducted by Relocation Agent Network, of which J.R. Hopper & Co. is a member, the survey found that buying a house continues to be the cheaper option. Relocation Agent Network, the national network of selected estate agents asked its members whether it was cheaper to buy or rent a three-bedroom semi-detached house over the course of a 12 month period. 92% said that it was cheaper to buy. The national survey also looked at the possible savings you could make when buying property. Again, based on a three-bedroom semi-detached house, member respondents were asked what they estimated the annual saving was from buying a property instead of renting one. 38% of member respondents stated that it was possible to save between £1,000 and £1,500 a year, with another quarter suggesting a saving of up to £2,000 could potentially be made. So in terms of saving money, Relocation Agent Network’s survey results demonstrate that buying really is the preferred option. J.R. Hopper & Co. understands that getting onto the property ladder can be challenging, but we’re here to help and guide you…

The Yorkshire Dales National Parks have extended!

10 years of planning and consultation have finally come to fruition with the extension of the boundaries of the Yorkshire Dales National Park! From 1st August 2016, the boundary will include new areas in Cumbria and a tiny area of Lancashire and will include some stunning scenery, distinctive Fells, historic sites and picturesque villages. An additional 161 square miles of beautiful upland landscape has been added to the existing National Park, which now totals 841 square miles, making it the third largest National Park in the UK. The Market Town of Kirkby Stephen celebrated in typical style with a Westmoreland Dales Day. There were newly devised routes for walking, running and cycling which show cased the magnificence of the newly designated areas. The town was filled with stalls with representatives from the National Parks, river conservation, Woodland Trust and others as well as local crafts people showing their skills in the church. The church was the hub for the day with some excellent and informed speakers, ably led by Alex Birtles, local solicitor and champion of the area, along with John Dunning of Westmoreland Limited and Michael Dower, whose father produced the Dower Report in 1945 which led to the formation of the National Parks throughout…

Brexit & The Yorkshire Dales Property Market!

Brian Carlisle. J R Hopper & Co. Relocation Agent Network specialist for the Yorkshire Dales. Keep calm and carry on!! The country has made a momentous decision that will affect our future for generations to come, but life must still go on in a positive day to day basis. This country and the Yorkshire Dales will, as it always has done, pull together and get us through tricky times. House buyers and home movers should think in the same way. House buying is a decision for a period of many years. If you want to own your own home it is for life, or at least until you want to move up, downsize or relocate in 10 or 20 years’ time. If you are retiring to the Yorkshire Dales it is because you want to, and intend to stay there for the next 10-20 years. If you are moving here for a Life Change, again it’s for the long-term. If you are buying a 2nd home to use for family holidays or to let out for investment, then people will always want to visit our beautiful Dales. Brexit might even make holidays in the Dales more affordable for both Brits and Overseas visitors. People will always…

The Real Debate Should be over Service

The Real Debate Should be over Service One of the burning questions in the property market is whether the new ‘online’ models are a passing fancy, or a fundamental disruptor to an industry which has seen little major change in the last 10 years. Marcus Whewell, CEO of The Guild of Professional Estate Agents, discusses what impact they will have on the estate agency industry. Whisper it quietly, but my provocation is that this is only a sideshow; the future battle for the hearts and minds of estate agency will be over the customer experience, not technology or cost. The former is only a means to an end, and the latter is what marketers resort to when they have no significant points of differentiation. Agents are paid to sell houses / let properties, not to market them; in truth, many people now believe that the major portals can deliver the latter just fine on their own. There is, in general, a broad lack of understanding of what agents really do. Add to this a fragmented market which often publishes inconsistent and confusing data, plus a shortage of residential stock, and it is no surprise that vendors and landlords expect more for less. But employing a so-called…

3 Days Until Tour de Yorkshire 2016 Stage 1 Finishes In Settle!

Tour de Yorkshire 2016 Stage 1: Friday 29 April 2016: Beverley to Settle Total stage length: 185km 2 x sprint points (Bubwith, Giggleswick) 1 x King of the Mountain (Greenhow Hill) Total ascent: 1,832m   The first stage will set off from Saturday Market in Beverley. The riders will parade around the town – which also played host to the race in 2015, then through North Bar before heading north west to the Official Start at Beverley Racecourse; Holme-on-the-Wolds, Market Weighton (which also saw the race pass through in May 2015), and on westwards to a sprint point at Bubwith. From there, the peloton will race through North Duffield and west to Cawood – scene of Dick Turpin’s famous escape from York – and on to Tadcaster, famous for its breweries. After that, riders will visit Boston Spa, Wetherby, North Deighton and Knaresborough, home of the famous ‘spotty house’ from the Tour de France, decorated with the red spots of the King of the Mountains’ jersey. From there riders will travel to Ripley, home of the UK’s only Hotel de Ville rather than Town Hall, and on to Pateley Bridge where the first King of the Mountain will be won at Greenhow Hill. After that, it’s…

How to give your property the Wow! factor

Although neutral interior design is the go-to look for selling a house, lots of buyers are looking for that special wow-factor in their next home. Here are some simple ways of making your pad extra eye-catching, which will make buyers come knocking on your door for a second viewing. Exposing raw materials is a hot interior design trend that’s here to stay. Leaving brickwork, wooden beams and wooden floorboards untouched gives the impression your property is full of original features and charm. If your property isn’t graced with these rustic features, then incorporating plush materials in your furnishings will attract the right kind of attention. A leather chair, an oak dresser or a wool rug each bring an expensive feel to a property. Monochrome features heavily on catwalks across the world as it’s chic and eye-catching. This fashion statement is equally as stylish in properties and a very easy look to achieve. Simply pare down the decoration in a room to just black and white and then add a few soft furnishings of one bright colour at various points to open up the space. Interesting lighting instantly brings a modern touch to any home. Fitting lights above cabinets will create an unexpected glow, while lights within…

How to get the best price for your home – Take a look at our top tips.

How to get the best price for your home… One of the main concerns for anyone selling their property is the price. Achieving the best possible price is essential, as it puts you in a strong position when buying your next property and attaining a suitable mortgage. When we say the ‘best price’, we mean the most achievable price, which comes down to how much a buyer is willing to pay. This figure can be different from buyer to buyer, so it can be difficult to pinpoint exactly how to achieve the best price for your property. Sometimes, houses sell for less than their anticipated value, which can happen due to a number of factors, including the current local market, supply and demand, time of year and how effectively the property has been marketed. There are, however, a number of rules you can follow that will help your property attract the buyers who are willing to pay its estimated value. Estate agents Choosing the right estate agent is essential as they will be the ones finding your buyers, showing them round and advising you on price. Refrain from immediately choosing the agent with the highest valuation as it may be unachievable and it’s likely that you’ll…

Have you been watching Have you been watching ‘Jericho’, ITV’s period drama set on the construction of the famous Ribblehead Viaduct in the 1870s

We have two FANTASTIC Railway Cottages on offer. 2 Salt Lake, Chapel Le Dale & 8 Railway, Selside…both completely different. For viewings or enquiries contact our Settle office on 01729825311

Sellers: Don’t Miss Out!

Sellers Don’t Delay! 18th December 2015 The presents have been unwrapped, the Christmas dinner is eaten and the chocolates are being passed round, so what next?… Find a new home for 2016 of course! In our experience, many potential home buyers use the festive period to search for their next home online – so if you’re thinking of selling, don’t miss out, contact us today! Sellers: Don’t Miss Out Many people wait until the New Year to put their property on the market, thinking that most buyers will not start looking until after the first few weeks of January. However, many of the UK’s property portals report a rise in the number of people visiting their websites over Christmas.                                                    Indeed a recent survey amongst Relocation Agent Network estate agents (including us!) found that nearly all respondents (87%) recommend that sellers put their house on the market before Christmas. And with nearly half of respondents (46%) predicting that there will be up to a 10% increase in buyers in January 2016, you won’t want to miss out! Relocation Agent Network is a national network of independent estate agents across England, Scotland and Wales. Each member is handpicked to represent the Network in each of their local markets…

Act Now Over Second Home Stamp Duty!! Brian Carlisle. J R Hopper & Co.

Anyone thinking of buying or selling a 2nd home in 2016 should take action ..right now! The Chancellor has added an extra 3% Stamp Duty tax to all 2nd home and Buy to Let transactions which complete after 1st April 2016. Buyers are rushing to buy their next properties, before the end of February, to allow solicitors time to transact the deal before the deadline. Sellers need to get their properties on the market, or prices reduced to the correct price now, before Xmas, to hit that rush. The New Year, and Spring will be too late!! After April, buyers of a £200,000 second home cottage in the Yorkshire Dales will have to pay 5 times as much tax!!! The tax will rise from the current £1500 to £7500. Human nature dictates that people don’t like paying tax, and buyers will round this up in their heads to “nearly £10,000”. They will then either decide not to buy at all, or reduce their offers by £10,000 to compensate for this. Sellers will then have to decide whether to accept lower offers, risk not selling their property, or just take it off the market.. This could lead to a serious shortage of good 2nd homes on the…

J.R.Hopper & Co are celebrating after winning a Customer Relocation Award at the Relocation Agent Network Awards

17th November 2015 Local estate agent, J.R.Hopper & Co is celebrating today after winning a Customer Relocation Award at the Relocation Agent Network National Conference and Awards Dinner. Held at the Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel, London on Friday 13 November, the Customer Relocation Award recognizes nine estate agents that have generated the greatest number of referrals through the Relocation Agent Network referral scheme. Referrals are an important element of the Relocation Agent Network membership. Should a customer plan to relocate to another area of the country, their local Network agent can recommend that the member in the destination location assist in their move. As each of their area’s selected local experts, as considered by Relocation Agent Network, members are able to offer customers the very highest standard of customer service. The event culminated in an evening black tie Awards Dinner hosted by well-known comedian, Tim Vine, who presented J.R.Hopper & Co with their award. Brian Carlisle from J.R.Hopper & Co said of the award win, “We are delighted to have won the Customer Relocation Award as it reflects the commitment and hard work of the J.R.Hopper & Co team.” Relocation Agent Network’s Managing Director, Richard Tucker said, “Congratulations to J.R.Hopper & Co on their very deserved…

J.R.HOPPER & CO SHORTLISTED FOR 2015 BEST AGENT IN YORKSHIRE REGION AWARD

J.R. Hopper & Co from The Yorkshire Dales are pleased to announce that they have been shortlisted by Relocation Agent Network, a national network of selected estate agents, for the 2015 Best Agent Yorkshire Region Award. The winner will be announced at a black tie evening Awards Dinner held at the Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel, London on Friday 13 November. The Awards Dinner closes Relocation Agent Network’s annual National Conference, and this year is hosted by well-known comedian, Tim Vine. Relocation Agent Network’s 2015 Best Agent Yorkshire Region Award is an annual prize for the agent that has consistently made the best overall contribution to the Network throughout the year and offers nominees the chance to become the Network’s ‘Best Network Agent in the Yorkshire Region’. To reach this stage of the award program, agents must demonstrate excellent customer service, innovative business initiatives and a commitment to the Relocation Agent Network principles. J.R.Hopper & Co’s Director Brian Carlisle said, “We are delighted to be shortlisted for Relocation Agent Network’s Best Agent Regional Award. It really does highlight the team’s effort, commitment and enthusiasm over the last 12 months.” Richard Tucker, Relocation Agent Network’s Managing Director commented, “As a network of selected estate agents, made up of 16 regions…

Good Bye and Good Luck CLAIRE MARWOOD

One of our top agents left us today, Claire joined us from school in 2010 and she quickly became a very important part of both the Sales and Letting teams. Her role was to give 1st class customer service while looking after her clients from instruction through to completion. She will be greatly missed, but has decided to try for new things. Good luck for the future Claire and we all hope you enjoy your new job.

National Conference London

We’re really looking forward to hearing Tim Vine host the awards evening Relocation Agent Network are delighted to announce that our 2015 evening Awards Host is well known comedian, Tim Vine Noted for his well-crafted puns and one-liners, Tim has become a comedy institution. He is regularly listed in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival’s annual shortlist of the funniest jokes at the festival, and has even won the award with ‘I’ve just been on a once-in-a-lifetime holiday. I’ll tell you what, never again.’

ARLA & NAEA response to Housing & Planning Bill 2015-2016

Mark Hayward, managing director of the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA), and David Cox, managing director of the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) comment on the introduction of the Government’s Housing and Planning Bill 2015 – 2016: Both NAEA and ARLA welcome the introduction of the Housing and Planning Bill in Parliament. Of course, many of the measures contained within the Bill come as no surprise as we have known about a number of the measures for some time now. It is testament to the importance of housing in the current national political debate, that the plans have been central components of speeches made by Government since they were first announced in the Queen’s Speech in May 2015. Mark Hayward, managing director, NAEA comments: “The introduction of the Housing and Planning Bill today is a small, but important move that is needed to try and bring our housing market out of crisis. The introduction of 200,000 new ‘affordable’ Starter Homes is a step in the right direction for FTBs, but still falls short of the amount of house building required to help buyers across the UK. Although the starter homes will offer a discount of 20% on market prices, this is still far from…

Buying Vs Renting

According to a recent estate agency survey, buying a property is cheaper than renting one. Conducted by Relocation Agent Network, of which J.R. Hopper & Co is a member, not only is it cheaper to buy, but you could make significant savings too. Relocation Agent Network, the national network of independent estate agents asked its members whether it was cheaper to buy or rent a three-bedroom house over the course of a calendar year. 85% said that it was cheaper to buy. The national survey also looked at the possible savings you could make when buying. Based on a three-bedroom house, member respondents were asked what they estimated the annual saving was from buying a property instead of renting one. Nearly a third (31%) of member respondents stated that it was possible to save up to £1,000 a year, with another 27% indicating a potential saving of up to £1,500 could be made. As more buyers begin entering the market, it would appear that it is due to more availability in the mortgage market, with the majority of Network members (37%) indicating so. Brian Carlisle   from J.R. Hopper & Co, the member of Relocation Agent Network in North Yorkshire said, “Our Network survey results demonstrate that buying…

Newcastle Stampede Tom Carlisle’s 10k charity assault course

 Our very own Tom Carlisle, participated in a charity assault course this weekend    He was raising money for The British Hart Foundation and for a very unfit man a 10k assault course was a big challenge, he completed the course in 1 hour 51mins we are so proud of him and his great effort.

Legislation changes from the 1st October

David Cox, managing director, Association of Residential Letting Agents, comments on legislation coming into force affecting the Private Rental Sector: “As of Thursday 1st October, it will be compulsory for Landlords to have fitted smoke alarms on every floor of their property where there is a room used wholly or partly as living accommodation. They will also be required to put a carbon monoxide alarm in any room where solid fuel is burnt. we are entirely supportive of the aims of the regulation, but have recommended that the Government has implemented too strict a timeframe for this. However, despite our calls to reconsider the timeframe, following final scrutiny of the measures a few weeks ago, the dead li ne was not extended and landlords must com ply by tomorrow. For those who have not yet fitted smoke alarms, we urge them to do all they can today to ensure that their properties comply with the new regulations that come into play. ”There are also some changes to Section 21 which will come into force tomorrow, looking at when Section 21 notices can be served ; how long they will be valid for; what needs to be served with them, and hopefully a new prescribed Section 21 …

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Plan your way to a new home

A sound financial plan can help you achieve many things in life. Whether you want to retire, downsize, buy a second home (or even a first home), or simply protect what you have… a plan is fundamental. So why don’t more of us plan if it’s so important? Many of us simply struggle to find the time to plan, or simply don’t know where to start… so we put the job down for another day. If this sounds like you, and you want help to build a plan, why not talk to our approved partner – Always Independent Financial Solutions. They offer a free initial meeting, and can guide you through the process or help you review an existing plan. Click here to contact them directly.

OnTheMarket.com opens for business

Today is a big day for us – and for you if you’re looking to buy, sell, rent or let property: today sees the launch of a major new national property website: OnTheMarket.com. We’re proud to be part of this state-of-the-art new website, which is dedicated to presenting properties beautifully, clearly and accurately. It features a clean, simple search and an elegant design with no distracting advertising and no unnecessary information – just hundreds of thousands of properties looking their best. We see it as a great innovation for our vendors and landlords and great for property-seekers too. Along with thousands of other estate and letting agents across the UK, we have moved all our properties from other websites to OnTheMarket.com and we are launching our new-to-market properties exclusively first at OnTheMarket.com. We shall continue to advertise all our properties on Rightmove and our own website as well as working as closely as ever with the large number of prospective buyers and tenants on our books. Whatever your interest, if you’re in the market, visit OnTheMarket.com today and set up a property alert, so you are first to see new properties as they come on the market.

On The Market, It’s nearly here!

      With the New Year comes the launch next week, on 26 January 2015 of a major new UK property portal called OnTheMarket.com, which will compete head-on with Rightmove and Zoopla. At J R Hopper & Co, we pride ourselves on being progressive in our approach and we are delighted to have joined thousands of other prominent national, regional and local independent estate and letting agents in supporting the most important new venture of its type in many years. We have reviewed our overall digital strategy and firmly believe that OnTheMarket.com will rapidly become a major player in the market and a “must view” destination for serious property-seekers. OnTheMarket.com is launching with a multi-million pound marketing budget which will include sustained and heavy-weight TV advertising on the main terrestrial and digital channels. In addition, it is running in a high-profile press campaign in titles such as the Daily Telegraph, Times, Sunday Times, Daily Mail, Scotsman, Glasgow Herald and Western Mail as well as in key magazines such as Country Life, The London Magazine and Fabric. There will also be a very heavy digital display and pay-per-click campaign. The central OnTheMarket.com campaigns will complement local promotional activity by thousands of estate and letting agents across…

Great news for Home buyers in the Dales.

Great news for Home buyers in the Dales. Stamp Duty will be overhauled at midnight after today’s Autumn Statement by Chancellor George Osborne; he confirmed he would be reforming a “badly designed tax on aspiration”. He has ditched the system by which home buyers paid Stamp Duty (SDLT) on the entire purchase price of the property in favour of a “progressive” structure which, he insisted, would benefit 98% of home purchasers. It will work more like Income Tax , where higher rates are only payable on the portions above certain thresholds. Under the new reforms: No SDLT  payable at all on properties up to £125,000 , and the first £125,000 on all  properties  be free of SDLT Then SD LT is payable at 2% on the portion between £125,000 &  £250,000 SDLT is payable at 5% on the portion between £250,000 &  £925,000 Higher rates of  10% on the portion up to £1.5m , and then  payable at 12% on the portion over that amount. J R Hoppers quick calculator works out the following rates payable House Price         Old SDLT(£)         New SDLT (£) £125000                             0                            0 £150000                             1500                     500 £200000                             2000                     1500 £250000                             2500                     2500 £300000                             9000                     5000 £400000                             12000                   10000 £500000                             15000                   15000 £600000                            …

New award for J R Hopper

Christmas has come early for J R Hopper & Co, after scooping a major national award. The annual Relocation Agent Network awards were held in London in November, with Estate Agents from all across the UK attending to hear whether they had won an award. The award for Customer Relocation was presented to Brian and Liz Carlisle plus other members of the J R Hopper team by Stephen Mangan of TV’s the Green Wing fame, and also Richard Tucker from the Relocation Agent Network. Our Directors, Brian and Liz, were delighted to win this award and Brian commented “we are thrilled to have received this award, which reflects the commitment and hard work of our team. At Relocation Agent Network, the connection really is the difference and referrals are a key part of that.” This is the fourth year running that J R Hopper have returned from the awards with a trophy, and we’re already looking forward to next year!

If you dream of moving to the Yorkshire Dales, then it is never too early to start planning your financial future

A sound financial plan will help you achieve your dream move, whilst protecting you (and your family) from unexpected risks. Why not take advantage of a free initial consultation with our approved partner, Always Independent Financial Solutions, to review your financial plan? Simply email  them on info@alwaysindependent.co.uk or call 01423 391 506. Why not visit their website for some simple tips which will help you check your current financial plan? *If you are thinking of retiring to the Dales, and it still seems a long way in the future, then beware. A recent article in the Telegraph suggests that younger people may not benefit from generous Government pensions in the future. If you know of someone who hasn’t yet made plans for their pension, they can visit this link for more information.

Are you fixing your mortgage?

According to the Money Advice Service, interest rates are expected to rise over the next three years. If your mortgage is coming up for review, then you may consider opting for a fixed rate or tracker mortgage. Always Independent Financial Solutions, our approved partner, can provide independent mortgage advice, including access to some mortgage products not available to direct customers. Contact Always Independent for a no-obligation free discussion about your mortgage needs.

Agents Giving

Agents Giving was launched as The Estate Agency Foundation (The EAF) in November 2007 and was re branded in February 2014 in order to expand its opportunities to support charities. It has the following objectives: Agents Giving encourages and supports agents throughout the UK to raise funds for charitable causes Agents Giving brings together the whole industry to contribute to charitable causes throughout the UK Agents Giving raises funds from supporters’ activities and central fundraising events which will be distributed to established and recognized charities in the UK

Home In Time For Christmas

We are fast approaching the Christmas season, what better way to celebrate Christmas than in your new home.  We have chain free properties which may interest you and completion before Christmas is a realistic Goal. Here at Hoppers we would be happy to provide details and arrange viewings on properties that may interest you. We can also offer help with removals and conveyancing, our dedicated team will be on hand to ensure your purchase proceeds as fast as possible. Why not call our email of our team today who would be happy to assist you further.

J.R.HOPPER & Co RECEIVES HIGHLY COMMENDED ACCOLADE IN THE 2013 BEST AGENT YORKSHIRE REGIONAL AWARD

 J.R.HOPPER & Co, local independent estate agent in The Yorkshire Dales is proud to announce that they received a highly commended accolade in Relocation Agent Network’s prestigious 2013 Best Agent Yorkshire Regional Award at the Network’s 20th Annual Conference, held at the Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel, London on Friday 15 November.   The annual prize is awarded on a number of criteria that measures the agent’s overall contribution to Relocation Agent Network, their ability to achieve customer satisfaction, a strong market share locally and a proven record of helping relocating buyers move both in and out of the area.  This year’s event was Relocation Agent Network’s 20th National Conference. To celebrate, the day ended with a glittering black tie Awards Dinner, which was hosted by comedian and television presenter, Dara O Briain, who announced J.R.HOPPER & Co’s highly commended accolade.  Brian Carlisle comments, “We are delighted to have received a highly commended accolade in Relocation Agent Network’s Best Agent Yorkshire Region category. It is recognition of the hard work and combined effort of all our team at J.R.HOPPER & Co’  Richard Tucker, Relocation Agent Network’s Managing Director said, “Relocation Agent Network is a national network of independent estate agents across England, Scotland and Wales. As members of…

J. R. HOPPER & CO SELECTED AS THE YORKSHIRE DALES LOCAL EXPERT

Local independent estate agent, J.R.Hopper & Co. joined Relocation Agent Network to mark its 20th National Conference and celebrated their status as The Yorkshire Dales Local Expert.  J.R.Hopper & Co. joined fellow Relocation Agent Network members from across England Scotland and Wales for the National Conference at London’s Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel on Friday 15 November. Celebrating its 20th National Conference, the Relocation Agent Network event culminated in a glittering black tie Awards Dinner and ceremony, which was endorsed by leading UK relocation HR magazine Re:locate. The sold out evening event was hosted by television and comedian Dara O Briain. Relocation Agent Network personally selects each of its members, basing criteria on quality of service, local knowledge, professionalism and mystery shopper feedback. Affiliated to Cartus, the premier provider of relocation services, Relocation Agent Network members help Cartus move relocating families in and out of areas across England, Scotland and Wales. This J.R.Hopper & Co.  customers an additional channel of buyer when selling their property.   Members like J.R.Hopper & Co. can also help customers through their unique ‘Referral Network’, which helps people who are looking to move out of the local area, by referring them to a Relocation Agent in the location they are moving to….

Alfie ( the cat )

Fri 9th Aug, 10:36 am, from Emma Henderson. Rest Harrow, Bentham Just to let everyone know the cat (Alfie) is now back with the owners. I met up with the owners yesterday. Just to say a huge well done to everyone who was involved in Rest Harrow after 2 fallen through sales, 40 odd viewings and numerous phone calls and visits we finally SOLD it!!!! Bob & Joan are very happy with us, got a cuddle and a kiss off both of them and excited about their new home. xxx Alfie accidently got left behind. Emma went and collected him and took him home for the night, returning him to him to his new owners in their new home the next day !! Thank you Emma this is, one on those magic moments in customer service ! and was very much appreciated by Alphie, his owners, the new owners of Alphie’s old house and your Employers Liz & Brian!

Mon 18th Feb, 2:53 pm, from Sarah Lambert. A lady called Jill Jackson telephoned the Leyburn office to say she has found a set of Hoppers keys L59, biking in the middle of nowhere, shes staying in West Burton and she will pop them in to our office tomorrow, I will have a bottle of wine waitinf for her to say thanks you. Sarah A big thank you to Jill, the keys in fact belonged to a property we have sold a few years previously. But thanks to our key ring, & to Jill for bringing them to us, they are safe and sound !!!!      

Good Luck!! Victoria in your new job at the school

We wish you all success in your new job at the school in Settle, good luck with all those little people, look after them well they are our future customers. And don’t forget the kettle is always on when you pop back to see us !! from All at Hoppers. Thank-you everyone for your lovely card and my garden centre vouchers. I am feeling tots emotional today. I will miss you all very much and I will be buying some Roses for my garden which will remind me of my time with Hoppers for years and years to come. Certainly Settle team will still plagued by my popping in for a cuppa and a catch up on a regular basis. Much love to you all xx VP

We had a fantastic time at the RAN13 conference

We had a fantastic time at the RAN13 conference & dinner in London – we came 2nd in both categories which is a result to be proud of…..but chasing the big one again for 2014!!   Happy, busy days at work! Maloco + Associates Absolutely.  Saw you in the passing, glass of wine in hand – you not me  – but didn’t get the chance to say hello.  Well done on your commendations!

Estate Agency Today

Great believer in marketing a property at the price you think its worth. Noone can be more accurate than +/-5% with value, but to price way above , or way below value wastes everyones time & money , and is just wrong. Hoppers sale prices last month averaged 96.5% of asking price. Thats about right, dont you think? Online agent rapped over Offers in Excess Of advertising – Estate Agent Today www.estateagenttoday.co.uk Online agent rapped over Offers in Excess Of advertising

Sykes House Askrigg

A great business bought earlier this year through  J.R. Hopper & Co. – good village shop with B&B rooms upstairs. Good luck to Mike & Alison 🙂 Check out our new website, www.sykeshouse.co.uk

Come and get your Mountain Rescue Calendar

Come and get your Mountain Rescue Calendar at our offices in Leyburn or Hawes. Or send us a message and we will save one for you till you get here. They are going fast!! Here’s the list of places to buy, get them while you still can!  Live away, then buy on line at Swaledale Outdoors Shop – Reeth http://www.swaledaleoutdoors.co.uk/products/new-products/swaledale-mountain-rescue-team-calender-2014/ Farmer…s Arms, Muker Butt House, Keld Ghyllfoot Tea Room, Gunnerside Swaledale Oudoors, Reeth Dales Bike Centre, Fremington Guardhouse Cafe, Finkle St, Richmond Hudswell Little Shop JR Hopper Leyburn & HawesSee more

New Lawn Mower, For very pretty village

Good to read in The Darlington & Stockton Times that Nick Temple-Heald of The Landscape Group, who  moved into Bainbridge last year (via JR Hopper), has given a new ride on mower to the village – the green will be looking perfect for all the visitors for the Tour de France next July!

Teaming with New Ideas

Jupix Autumn Conference Success Date posted: November 1, 2013 Ninety estate and letting agents descended to Chester’s stunning Peckforton Castle for a day dedicated to the Jupix user and our fantastic estate agency software. Sixteen members of the Jupix Road Show Team put together a day full of software delights, tips and tricks, new releases, tantalising upcoming features, eye-catching website design and technology and top industry tips from the team at T&M Training for clients to indulge. As well as representation from our integration partners and industry services including Ravensworth, Van Mildert, BriefYourMarket, KeyAgent, The Property Intelligence People and Consortia Marketing. Attendees had the opportunity to engage with Jupix representatives, provide key feedback and suggestions into the development of the Jupix platform to ensure they stand out as the agency of choice. Feedback and feature requests given to the Jupix team is taken away and often implemented into our Software Updates, in fact, they continually shape features and improvements in our eight-weekly product development cycle. The successful conference ended with a fantastic evening of great food and great company. Thanks Jupix we had a brilliant Day Liz , Emma & Elizabeth

Buy to Let tops 5bn

The Council for Mortgage Lenders reported this week that Buy-to-let lending in the UK has just hit its highest level for nearly five years. It has reported that 40,000 mortgages, worth £5.1bn, were advanced to buy-to-let investors in April, May and June, the highest since the third quarter of 2008. This was 21% up on the preceding three months. On a wider measure, Buy to Let Lending Is 19% higher by volume and 31% higher by value over 2012, although this was from a relatively low level. The highest activity occurred during the peak of the housing boom of the autumns of 2006 and 2007, at £12.7bn. The CML said landlords had been taking the opportunity to remortgage their properties during the spring, and were also benefiting from strong demand from tenants. This is expected to continue after the Bank of England signaled continued low interest rates for some time to come. The growth is fueled by relatively high yields from rentals (typically between 4% and 6%) compared to other forms of saving, more availability of BTL mortgages at lower interest rates, and also property price stability – with small increases in many areas of the country, This has all generated increased confidence for investors. For…

Chapel Gallery

  Chapel Gallery  FUSED GLASS HANGERS Pick & Mix Day @ Chapel Gallery, Hawes Only £15 per person. Thursday 18th July 2013 3 time slots starting @ 10am, 2pm and 7pm 2.5 hours activity with all tools & materials provided to make your very own fused glass hanger. Go on – you know you fancy a go. Ideal for visitors, holiday makers and residents. Book at Chapel Gallery, Hawes. — at Chapel Gallery (Hawes).    

Askrigg Village Kitchen Deli and Bakery

I love picnics Askrigg Village Kitchen Deli and Bakery www.askriggvillagekitchen.co.uk Homemade sausage rolls, pork pies, steak pies, quiche. Freshly made sandwiches Homemade Soup Homemade Cakes SconesWE ALSO SUPPLY PICNIC LUNCHES .

Simon Phillpotts Wildlife Photographer

Now I want you to stand on one leg with a hazelnut in your mouth, and try to smile for the camera too!  I’m very demanding of the Squirrels but they try their best to please!  Don’t forget to look out for the little Red critters on The Dales, ITV1 8pm TONIGHT!

Spring has sprung in Dales Property Market

The Dales property market has got off to a flying start now the snow has gone away! Hoppers, the market leader in the Dales, have agreed 87 property sales this year, up 25% on last year. Prices are holding well and asking prices are being achieved. May saw 21 sales, from £100-£580,000, and 12 (57%) were sold within 12 weeks of going on the market, and achieved 97% of the asking price!! Do not be tempted to put a bit on expecting to have to drop 10%. The buyers will buy something else that is correctly priced! Correctly priced, well presented properties are selling, allowing owners to move on, and still bag a bargain elsewhere. We have helped many owners negotiate their next purchase. If yours is not selling, look at price, presentation, and what is your agent doing about it! Give us a call.

” The Dales “

Brian Carlisle exploits on the Telly in The Dales parodied at Bainbridge Sports fancy dress…Brilliant!!

J R HOPPER & CO SCOOP 3 AWARDS

J R HOPPER & CO SCOOP 3 AWARDS AND  NAMED  “BEST AGENT IN THE YORKSHIRE REGION” BY RELOCATION AGENT NETWORK! 20/11/12 Independent estate agent, J R Hopper & Co is delighted to announce that they have won 3 awards at this years Relocation Agent Network’s prestigious 19th Annual Conference   held at the Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel, London on Friday 16 November.  They were presented with the 2012 Best Agent Yorkshire Regional Award. The annual prize gives the winning Network member the title of ‘Best Agent in the Yorkshire Region’ and is awarded on a number of criteria measuring the agent’s overall contribution to Relocation Agent Network, their ability to achieve customer satisfaction, a strong market share locally and a proven record of helping relocating buyers move both in and out of the area.   They also received the prestigious Customer Relocation award which recognises Relocation Agent Network members that have generated the greatest number of referrals. Referrals are an important element of Relocation Agent Network. If a customer plans to relocate to another area of the country, their Network agent will recommend that the relocating area’s local member assist in their move to the new location. As their area’s selected local expert, Network members are able…

NATIONAL ‘NEGOTIATOR OF THE YEAR’ AWARD!

   NATIONAL ‘NEGOTIATOR OF THE YEAR’ AWARD! FOR  J R HOPPER & CO’s ELIZABETH GUY 20/11/12   Elizabeth Guy from J R hopper & Co in the Yorkshire Dales is celebrating after being awarded Relocation Agent Network’s Negotiator of the Year Award 2012. The award recognises the individual excellence of one person in one Relocation Agent Network member estate agency, acknowledging their ability to continually go above and beyond their daily duties in providing the highest customer service. The Negotiator of the Year Award, sponsored by TM training and development, was announced at the 19th Annual Relocation Agent Network Conference, held this year at the Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel, in London on Friday 16 November.   Brian Carlisle said, “J R Hopper & Co are delighted that Elizabeth has been named Negotiator of the Year 2012. She is an invaluable member of the Hoppers team, continually demonstrating the highest standards of customer service. We are proud that she has been recognised by Relocation Agent Network at their recent Annual Conference. It has capped a phenomenal year for us, as we have also picked up the Best Agent in Yorkshire Region and the best Customer  Relocation award for our categoryl”    This year’s Conference officially launched Relocation…

Relocation Agent Network

  Wouldn’t it be great to have a friend already living in the area you are moving to? Someone who could provide trusted advice on the up and coming areas, school catchments, local shops and restaurants, or real world commuting. Relocation Agent Network members have been selected because they can bring that personal touch to their professional services. Our national network of hand-picked Relocation Agents work together to deliver expert advice whatever your budget. Sounds expensive? Actually it costs you nothing, and is a standard part of the enhanced service offered by your local Relocation Agent Network member. Our difference is in the service, not the price.

Rock on October !

Rock on October… House Sales Rocket in the Dales..I’m so excited. I cant wait until the end of the month. I have to tell you about this now. Our house sales so far in October are already up to 20!! and we are only at the 19th . Thats more than 1 a day!! We have already sold over £4 million worth of property. This months figures are already the highest for almost 2 1/2 years.. We sold… 21 in the whole of April 2010, and 20 in May 2009. We are going to smash those figures by the end of the month.The great results are right across the Dales, with our Settle team agreeing 11 deals and Leyburn 9 so far. Interesting to see which office tops out at the month end. It also applies to all prices of properties, with deals being done for Leasehold businesses, £100,000 flats & boltholes, £250,000 holiday cottages, £600,000 farmsteads and guesthouses,…Oh ..and Waterfalls! Prices are holding up, with sales being agreed at 94% of Guide price. Average house sale price this month is up at £238,441 Some “old chestnuts” have been moved on this month as well. Always a healthy sign. Half the sales are on properties that…

Affordable & Local Homes for the Yorkshire Dales

    News Release                                                                           National Park a step nearer more affordable homes   Grassington, 26 June, 2012. A new plan that will see more affordable housing being built in the Yorkshire Dales National Park comes into force today (June 26). Members of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority voted to adopt a new housing development plan that should see more land being released over the next 10 years for homes for local people. It identifies 29 new sites for development – ranging in size from two houses to up to 30 – and potentially providing up to 236 new homes.  Half would be affordable homes to rent or buy, probably through the involvement of a local housing association. The remainder would be open market housing with a legal agreement restricting their occupancy to people who need to live or work in the National Park. In January the document went before planning inspector David Vickery, who rejected four other small sites in the Upper Dales.  Authority Members today repeated their disappointment that Mr Vickery had ignored their plea to reinstate those sites, but expressed their satisfaction…

We’ve updated the website!!

Thanks to our colleagues at Jupix we have a super new website, which is hopefully prettier to look at, easier to use, and gives you even more info about us, the Yorkshire Dales and the gorgeous properties we have for sale and rent. Please take a little time to explore, and feel free to comment. We are bound to have the odd teething problem but keep watching this space.

Rent v Buy? Owning a house rather than renting saves you £200,000

  Rent vs buy: Owning a home instead of renting is £194k cheaper over lifetime http://bit.ly/KvRROi

Spring into action, and get on the move!

Spring 2012 Home Sale Network can help you search for a new home and sell your existing property. Each member has been hand picked, by Cartus the premier provider of global relocation, to help you move. So whether you are looking to trade up, downsize or relocate to a new area, contact your local Network member! * * * * * * * J R Hopper & Co is a member of Home Sale Network, a national network of specially selected, independent estate agents across England, Scotland and Wales. Focusing on Home Sale Network’s ‘selected status’, our Spring 2012 promotion demonstrates that each Network member has been handpicked after thorough checks identify them as the best independent estate agent to represent Home Sale Network in their area. As the Yorkshire Dales  selected Local Expert, we can help to sell your property and find the right home for you. Home Sale Network’s website – www.home-sale.co.uk – offers national coverage for your home and can potentially be seen by buyers all over the country and overseas. Spring is a great time to put your property on the market, so if you’re thinking of moving in the next few months, contact us today for help and advice on selling…

Leyburn Farmers Market

North Yorkshire CC‏@northyorkscc #nymarkettowns #Leyburn farmers’ market is on Saturday (June 23) and the 4th Saturday of every month. http://ow.ly/bilTn

Hoppers Features on ‘The Dales’ Series 2

Ade Edmondson Meets Our Very Own Brian Carlisle On Series 2 of ITV1’s ‘The Dales’. ‘The Dales’ was a roaring success for ITV1. As a result, it returns to our screens on Monday 27th February at 8pm. Click here to view the episodes. This series, amongst many other fantastic Dales characters, the cameras follow Brian Carlisle as he takes on an unusual sale, Catrigg Force waterfall. A fantastic opportunity to not only observe the beautiful Dales countryside but to gain an understanding of life in the Dales. Let us know your thoughts and questions: follow us on twitter @jrhopperandco    

‘Wreck of the Week’

National School House, Hawes – Featured as ‘Wreck of the Week’ The National School House, Hawes provides the perfect opportunity to undertake a fantastic renovation project. Complete with stunning views, south facing garden and peaceful location. We are not the only ones who are a big fan of this property. ‘Wreck of the Week’ agree: “Yum! I spent a good half-hour salivating over the pictures and dreaming renovation dreams about this one.” http://www.wreckoftheweek.co.uk/2012/02/house-and-school-hawes-yorkshire-dales.html http://www.jrhopper.com//more_details.php?profileID=100315000486  

School Croft Open Day

These beautifully built new homes are now finished and available to view. There are three homes in the development ranging from £235,000 to £265,000. They offer the opportunity to own a superb quality home in a desirable village. We are holding an OPEN DAY on Saturday 28th January 2012 from 1pm to 4pm to give you the opportunity to view at your leisure and see the standard of workmanship, fixtures & fittings and finish. Please come along and have a look round. A local independent financial advisor will be on hand to discuss mortgages, finance or investment – you may be surprised how accessible such a home is! The properties attract a Local Occupancy clause – for details please ring the office. 01969 622936

Happy New Year 2012

“Happy New Year “ The housing market continued steady through 2011. We Agreed 18 sales in October, 19 in November and 12 in December. Sale prices averaged 95% of the asking price. There are buyers, able to proceed, and finance is available, but they have a huge choice. The properties that sell are well presented, correctly priced, with no major un disclosed problems. Contact us for a review or a full Market appraisal of your home or business, and move in 2012

Hoppers In The Guardian

  Let’s move to: Settle and Ribblesdale, North Yorkshire Recently the Guardian newspaper ran an article entitled ‘Let’s move to: Settle and Ribblesdale, North Yorkshire.’ We couldn’t agree more! Why not come and see for yourselves. http://www.guardian.co.uk/money/2011/dec/02/lets-move-to-settle-ribblesdale   JR Hopper & Co 2 Church Street Settle BD24 9JE

Christmas Opening Hours

Merry Christmas from all at Hoppers   We hope you all have a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.   Our Christmas Opening Hours:   Christmas Eve: 10-2 Christmas Day: Closed Boxing Day: Closed 27th Dec: Closed 28th Dec: 9-5 29th Dec: 9-5 30 Dec: 9-5 31 Dec: 9-5 1 Jan: Closed 2 Jan: Closed

Follow The Best Agent In Yorkshire On Twitter

Did you know that you can follow JR Hopper & Co on Twitter? If you have an account simply type in @jrhopperandco Following us on twitter is a quick and simple way to keep up to date with new instructions, property news, updates and more. It is an ideal tool to compliment your property search.

Hoppers Are Putting Christmas Decorations Up

Merry Christmas Everyone, Santa is coming to town! Christmas lights will be on across Leyburn, Hawes, Settle and Bentham over the weekend. Seasonal Greetings

Award winning agent !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Winner of Best Agent Regional Award: For Yorkshire:   J.R. Hopper & Co   Winner of Customer Relocation Award: Category F:   J.R. Hopper & Co.    A big thankyou to all our J.R. HOPPER Team and to Home Sale Network &  All Our Customers     J.R. HOPPER & Co. LEARN LOTS AT NATIONAL ESTATE AGENCY CONFERENCE   J.R. HOPPER & Co has just returned from another great Home Sale Network Annual Conference and we have come back with loads of new business ideas that we hope will benefit all of our customers.   Home Sale Network is a national network of independent estate agents and a division of Cartus, the premier provider of global relocation services – who handpicks each Network member.    As a Yorkshire Dales Property handpicked Local Expert, we were joined by our fellow members from across England, Scotland and Wales at this year’s Conference and heard from some top business experts including keynote speakers, Paul McGee who wrote the bestseller SUMO (Shut Up, Move On), co-founder of the Intelligence Agency, John Knell and co-founder for the Future Laboratory, Chris Sanderson. Leading economist and founder of the Centre for Economics and Business Research, Douglas McWilliams also talked to us about the future UK economy…

Children in Need Bike Ride Success

< From left: Lynn Holmes, Matt Alexander, Brian Carlisle, Emma Hey. Children in Need Bike Ride Success for JR Hopper & Co On the 16th November a team from J.R. Hopper & Co Estate Agents cycled over the Pennines to raise money for Children in Need. The day was dry, clear and fresh, perfect for cycling. With Pudsey Bear in their thoughts the team set off on the first leg of the journey, Horton-In-Ribblesdale to Ribblehead. With a brief break to enjoy the spectacular views the team then cycled on to the Dent T-Junction. Such good progress had been made by this point that it was bravely decided to extend the route by making a detour to Denthead. The team courageously battled the steep coal road past Dent Station cycling to the Moorcock Inn, Garsdale for well deserved ‘refreshments’. With the finish line in their minds, and extra fuel in their bellies, the last leg to Hawes was soon complete. The route in total amounted to 25 miles, with a lot of sizeable hills!!! A thoroughly enjoyable day was had by all. To date, we have raised £800 for Children in Need, a fantastic effort. Thank you to all who have donated so far. It is…

Emma’s Challenge & Hoppers Children in need

Hoppers are on the move for Children in Need – Training As previously mentioned, On the 16th November a team from JR Hopper & Co will be setting off on a sponsored bike ride from Horton-In-Ribblesdale to Hawes, a 16 mile journey, in aid of Children in Need. As a member of the team, who has not been on a bike for ten years, I can assure you that this is no easy task. So far my training has consisted of short bike rides and the odd session on an exercise bike to get me used to being on a bike again. The first ride was excruciating, saddles are certainly not made for comfort! However, having finally mastered the art of which gear works best for different types of terrain I am starting to feel a bit more confident. Hopefully Lucozade, Mars Bars and Pudsey Bear will see me through the 16 miles! The plan is to set off at 09.30am at Horton-In-Ribblesdale with expected arrival in Hawes between 14.30 and 15.30 (depending on the amount of breaks we need!!) If you are in the area we would love you to come along and cheer us on!! Moral support is most certainly needed! So far we have raised…

The Three Peaks

Action man Brian Carlisle is at it again. A 24 mile trek round the 3 peaks of Yorkshire in the depths of winter. The Ultimate 3 Peaks challenge, organised to raise funds for the Cave Rescue Organisation , based at Clapham, is being held this weekend.  Brian will be setting off in the dark to scale Pen y Gent, Whernside, and Ingleborough, returning to the start at Horton in Ribblesdale before it gets too dark and cold.  Practice trips have gone well, but they were in the sunshine and daylight.  Wish him luck, prey for good weather, and please help his fundraising  for the vital work of Cave Rescue by visiting http://www.justgiving.com/BrianCarlisle  

Premier Provider Of Global Relocation

CHECK OUT OUR HOMESALE NETWORK TAB ( top right of our web page ) It now has live updates, so keep your eye on it and see how we. with the help of Home Sale Network can help you move, What does this mean for you? Assessed as a leading independent estate agent by Cartus Through Cartus, we have access to potential corporate relocating buyers and sellers from all over the UK Access to buyers and sellers in 140 countries worldwide through our Home Sale Network website Network members also pass buyers/sellers moving into new areas across England, Scotland & Wales Promotion of your home to London buyers through more than 50 offices in Greater London & around 600 in total across England, Scotland and Wales The world’s premier provider of global relocation services sells property through us, why wouldn’t you?  

Hoppers Are On The Move !! Please help

Hoppers Are On The Move !! Please help us reach our target of £1,000 We are raising Money for Children in need. 6 of our team are taking up the challenge of cycling over the Pennines,  Emma Hey, Matt Alexander, Tom Carlisle, Vicki Thompson, Lynn Holmes, Brian Carlisle,  Matt is a regular cyclist, while the other members of the team might get the bike out once a year on a sunny day. Our officies will of course remain open!     On the 16th November a team from J.R. Hopper & Co will be setting off on a sponsored bike ride from Horton-In-Ribblesdale to Hawes, a 16 mile journey, in aid of Children in Need. The plan is to set off at 09.30am at Horton-In-Ribblesdale with expected arrival in Hawes between 14.30 and 15.30 (depending on the amount of breaks we need!!) If you are in the area we would love you to come along and cheer us on!! Donations would be greatly appreciated! All money fundraised will go to Children in Need. It is possible to donate online http://www.justgiving.com/JR-Hopper-Co. Alternatively call into one of our offices. Thank you in advance, The Hoppers Team Emma Hey BA Hons LLM

We are now on Facebook & Twitter!

Hi Everyone We have launched  Hopper’s  on to Facebook & Twitter please follow us by clicking on the button at the bottom of this web page, or become our friend, we will update you with news and views from the Yorkshire Dales.

Winter is coming the geese are getting fat!

Remember to keep your house warm and cosy and the electric on. We don’t want Jack frost to freeze your house, causing burst pipes, floods and the chaos and expense that accompanies this!  

Live Red Squirrel Link !

http://www.ramblersrewards.co.uk/squirrels

Bye Carol, we will Miss you !

Happy Birthday Carol & Happy Retirement Carol we wish you all the best for the future, plenty of time for Holidays and Hobbies. Don’t forget to pop in to see us whenever you are in town. We will miss you. Love from all at Hoppers!

Dip In The Dales

Thank you to all who sponsored and helped Brian prepare for his Dip In The Dales! Brian I am really proud of you, 5 weeks ago when you announced you were going to do it, I thought you were nuts, While I know you are pretty fit !  I didn’t think you could swim a mile especially in cold water. So we went to Catterick pool for a swim, and decided he could do with some lessons. Thanks to Julie Tanner’s coaching and lots of hard work, running in a morning and swimming most days after work, he finally swam a mile in the swimming pool 12 days ago. Then Julie took him to swim out-doors in Ellerton Lake to get him used to the cold and open water swimming. We arrived at Semerwater this normally flat calm, beautiful, shallow lake looked cold, grey and very very choppy. Brian completed his mile lap of the lake in 45min 32 seconds!!! A fantastic effort to raise over £750 !! for Sue Ryder Care Liz c

He’s at it again!

The intrepid Brian is at it again, joking apart Brian is going to Swim (I mean swim) Lake Sermerwater (well a mile of it anyway) on Saturday 20th August, this Saturday, so anyone wanting to support him and others raising money for Sue Ryder Hospice please go along at 10.am and cheer them on. www.suerydercare.org/events.php/901/dip_in_the_dales Before you put any money on him, Brian hadn’t swum a mile until about 10 days ago so if anyone could help with armbands or any other aids I am sure he would appreciate it. When Brian has a practise swim, his Spaniel “Tag” jumped in to join him, but quickly found the water to cold and weedy, and deserted him!    

Examination Results

Congratulations to Claire and Emma on passing your Business Administration Examinations recently.

Congratulations Kathy and Simon

What a lovely day for a wedding. Happy the bride the sun shines on. Congratulations to both on your wedding, the day was perfect, the guests in their finery had a wonderful time. The time you all spent decorating your home was wonderful.  Everyone had a good time at your evening do. You’re on your honeymoon now, but come next week it’s down to earth.

Welcome to Bailey

Congratualations to Stella Dinsdale from our Settle Office and Rob Huntbach and of course welcome to Bailey George Edward Huntbach born 16th July, 2011- we look forward to seeing Stella back at work soon. I have been to see him, a really good baby he slept all the time I was there (lucky parents).

Home Sale Network, Relocation sucess !!

In February a Lady called into our leyburn Office and spoke to My Coleague Carol Pounder, she wanted to buy a property in the Dales, but as is normal had a few complications, including the need to sell her own house, which had been on the market for some considerable time with no viewings. Carols instant reply was, let me see if I can help you with that, may I ask one of my colleagues from Home sale network to call you and arrange to call and give you a valuation. Obviously the lady wanted to know who these people were, and how, why we could  help her sell her house at the other end of the country. Carol explained about the excelent customer service all Home Sale Network members give and the large number of fantastic agents, we have all across the country. The Lady was still a little sceptical but agreed that Carol could make the arrangement as it was only for a Valuation and would not cost her anything! she didnt have a high opinion of Estate agents !! She later rang back to say that the agent had been wonderfull and she had decided to put her house on the Market with them ! Not long after this…

Welcome to another Hopper Great. Great, Great, Grandchild

Our Congratulations to Helen & Matthew and a big Welcome to Finley Ewan Redvers Alexander ( Fin ) Born 9 July 2011 8lb 15oz all doing very well. And yes I have been to visit him, he is a very handsome young man, and loves all the attention from mum and dad ! Matthew is away from work at the moment but will be back next week. Young Fin’s Great, Great, Great, Grandfather was Joseph Hopper who founded J.R.HOPPER & Co in 1886. What will Fin do ? or the other great great great grand daughters ?? well done Helen & Matt from great aunty Liz and and all at Hopper’s

Congratulations Natalie & Shaun

Congratulations from all at Hopper’s to our negotiator Natalie Campbell from our Settle & Bentham Offices. ( and of course Dad Shaun) on the birth of their daughter Brooke Catherine Airey on the 3rd of July. Victoria, Laura & Emma went to see them and have a cuddle on Tuesday and I went last night. Brooke is gorgeous all dressed in pink and Natalies looks wonderful. Well done Natalie!!!! liz c  

Let The Gaurdian Talk!

If the guardian says it , it must be true! Bargain of the week from J R Hopper and Co already snapped up. Let’s move to Wensleydale, North Yorkshire | Money | The Guardian www.guardian.co.uk Is it possible, wonders Tom Dyckhoff, for a place to be too perfect?

Big Bang Theory!!

Big Bang Theory!! Action man Valuer Brian Carlisle continues his dare-devil lifestyle around the Dales in search of new properties to sell. On Monday he was battling fallen trees, today he was risking explosions and  fire as he appraised a property in Hellifield close to the Gas Cylinder fire at Townsons Tractors. Roads were closed, and schools evacuated but Brian stuck to his task.  It will be a lovely house to market, unless it  is destroyed by morning! Our colleagues at Fresh radio are reporting the incident http://www.freshradio.co.uk/news/review.php?article=434783 Brian Carlisle  MNAEAE J R Hopper & Co. 01969 622936 078111 29202