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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! 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…
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… 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…
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…
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 vs buy: Owning a home instead of renting is £194k cheaper over lifetime http://bit.ly/KvRROi
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…
North Yorkshire CC@northyorkscc #nymarkettowns #Leyburn farmers’ market is on Saturday (June 23) and the 4th Saturday of every month. http://ow.ly/bilTn
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
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
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 “ 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
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
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
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.
Merry Christmas Everyone, Santa is coming to town! Christmas lights will be on across Leyburn, Hawes, Settle and Bentham over the weekend. Seasonal Greetings
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…
< 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…
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…
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
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 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
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.
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!
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!
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
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!
Congratulations to Claire and Emma on passing your Business Administration Examinations recently.
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.
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).
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…
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 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
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!! 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
A minor hurricane, storm force winds and a few overblown trees do not stop intrepid valuer Brian Carlisle, from his mission to seek out and market the best properties in the Yorkshire Dales. This minor obstacle was on the back roads of Coverdale on Monday 23 May. Brians trip was well worth the risk. Check out the details of Little Swineside on the attached link. http://brochures.jupix.co.uk/view_particulars.php?checksum=MjEwNzc2fmFkMTNh
Congratulations to Sam Blackburn a student from Wensleydale School & The Wensleydale Round Table for completing their bike ride from Morecambe to Whitby on the 7th May. Sam has been raising funds for the Orphanage in Amala, India. This is a project Wensleydale school have supported for many years, the school students get involved in fundraising which goes towards helping build the school, provide equipment and basic teaching materials before travelling to India and getting involved in Amala school projects. Wensleydale Round Table supported Sam’s bike ride raising money for The Yorkshire Air Ambulance. Mum, Jenny & The Ladies Circle formed the back up team. Thank you to all our customers at our Auction of household goods & antiques in the Market Hall, Hawes for their generous contributions, and to all those who contributed when the riders call in at our Leyburn office for lunch etc before setting off again to Whitby Liz c
At J R HOPPER & Co we insist on the highest standards and support for our team.We would like to Congratulations to Elizabeth Guy MNAEA, for passing the NAEA exams and becoming a full Member of the National Association Of Estate Agents. We would like to congratulate Stella Dinsdale MNAEA.MARLA & Laura Bainbridge MARLA for passing the ARLA exams and becoming full Members of the Association of Residential Letting Agents. This is a fantastic achievement by all 3 of them well done Liz C.
You cannot fail to have noticed the snowdrops heralding the arrival of the bulb flowers and the promise of warmer days. There is never a bad time to visit the Yorkshire Dales but, when the lambs are in the fields, the grass is turning greener and all the walks become more accessible, Spring is memorably beautiful (of course, we still have occasional grey days, snow and gusty winds but they are all part of the charm – log fires, good beer & lazy hours reading are always an option!) At J R Hopper & Co we have had an optimistic start to 2011 with a promising number of people looking to buy in the area and some enticing properties coming on the market. There is something to suit all pockets and requirements, from tiny cosy cottages, practical family homes and lovely country farmhouses. If you want to be living “the good life” in a rural idyll, a cottage in a village or to be in the heart of a bustling market town, we are sure to have a home to suit. Please email or telephone for any information and we look forward to hearing from you soon.
Happy New Year to all. We would like to wish Chris Carlisle & Samantha Herron good luck in their new home, and congratulate Chris on his new job. Sam will be looking after our out of hours support, so that we can extend our excellent customer service. We are looking forward to a brisk new year with 6 new properties on the market and 2 sales agreed already and it is only January the 5th Despite the weather we have had a busy holiday season.
We’ve had some wonderful weather and some fantastic viewings over the last couple of weeks. The roads are now all open, and the views around the Dales are amazing. The snow hasn’t put off buyers and business is brisk. We agreed 15 sales in November! We’ll put some photos up soon for you to look at.
We have decorated our offices in festive style and would welcome you popping in to see us – the kettle is never far from boiling – we may even rustle a biscuit or mince pie! Locally there is always a lot going on, with carol singing, busy churches & markets and all the entertaining around Christmas time. It’s tempting on dark, chilly nights to settle in front of the fire with the telly but we have such a wealth of talents in the Dale, it seems a shame to miss them. See the local press for pantos, Father Christmas, concerts and services. With all this snow making travelling more difficult, perhaps we should think to support our local shops with our shopping – there are some beautiful things to suit most tastes, ages and budgets in our market towns & villages. Hope to see you in the near future. Merry Christmas From All at Hoppers
We’ve got lots (and lots) of snow with us at the moment. The December Auction Sale has been postponed, we will endeavour to re-arrange the date but it may not be until the new year now. Keep checking our Auction page for any more news. Estate Agency wise, a lot of our properties are remote and currently inaccessible. If you have arranged an appointment with us and you are unsure whether you (or us) will be able to safely make the appointment. Please phone us to check.
Our very own Elizabeth Guy, with our good friend Pat Kirkbride, have had their cookery book published (I know I’m a little late with the news – it’s been out nearly three weeks!). It’s choc-full of delicious recipies.Click here to find out more, and grab your very own copy!
We would just like to say a thank you to those who helped us raise £92 on Tuesday, by popping in to have some tea and cakes with us in our Hawes & Settle offices; over 80 people showed their support! Anyone who couldn’t make it on Tuesday, please come and see us in Leyburn tomorrow morning!
We are holding a coffee morning, in our Leyburn Office, on Friday 8th October, from 10am onwards. We are raising money for the Estate Agency Foundation, who are dedicated to helping eliminate the causes of homelessness. They bring together the whole Estate Agency Industry to contribute to a major issue faced by all communities in the UK. This is a charity we love to support and we hope you’ll come along for some coffee (and yummy cakes!) to help us raise some money and have a bit of a chat!