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Covid 19 update

In light of the Government’s announcement, we have taken the decision to close all our branches and have done so with immediate effect. Please be assured we are very much still open for business and indeed it is business as usual, as far as it can be in these unprecedented times.  Our staff are working remotely […]

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Property Auction – 21 April – Postponed

Update:- Our next auction which was due to be held at the Warwick Arms Hotel on Tuesday 21 April has now been postponed. We’ll let you know when we have a new date     Original post:- Our next public property auction will be held at the Warwick Arms Hotel on Tuesday 21 April at […]

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Valuations for a variety of purposes

Knowing the value of a property is a vital first step in selling a home, but an accurate valuation is used in a wide range of situations – as we know well at Hawkesford. Shared Ownership Valuations In our world of rising property prices, many people are turning towards shared ownership to get on the […]

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Property Auction – 17 October

We’ve got another property auction coming soon. It will take place at the Warwick Arms Hotel on Thursday 17 October (not 24 September) at 6.30pm. As always, our Managing Director James Hawkesford, a fellow of the National Association of Valuers and Auctioneers, will be the auctioneer. We already have two properties going to the auction […]

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Gold British Property Award for Warwick

We’re proud to say that our Warwick office have just won a Gold British Property Award for their area. This follows a similar award for the Southam office last last year, they landed a gold award in the local category for the town, and also picked up a silver award in the regional category. The […]

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Celebrating Six Years in Southam

Our Southam office has just celebrated six years in business. Over that time the office has gone from strength to strength, culminating in an award for top customer service recently.       The latest Rightmove ratings show just why the office is so highly regarded.     Due to the high number of recent sales, […]

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Alistair Graham joins Hawkesford

We are delighted to inform you that Alistair Graham MRICS, the former District Valuer with the Valuation Office Agency, has joined our professional survey and valuation department on a consultancy basis. Alistair, a registered Chartered Surveyor with over 30 experience, brings to the department a wealth of knowledge in the valuation of property throughout the county […]

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The Tenant Fee Ban – What it means for landlords and tenants

What is the Tenant Fee Ban? From 1st June 2019 it will be illegal for any agent or landlord to charge their tenant a fee relating to their tenancy. The law has been written to cover any way of trying to get around the ban. What fees are allowed? The fees that are still allowed […]

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Gold award for our Southam team

We are celebrating after scooping a brace of British Property Awards. Our Southam office team landed a gold award in the local category for the town, while the team also picked up a silver award in the regional category. The independently-judged awards are given following rigorous mystery shopping visits and recognise outstanding levels of customer […]

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Act now to sell your house in the New Year

Did you know that Boxing Day is the busiest day of the year on the Rightmove website? If you are thinking about selling your house in January, now is the time to start the process so that we can have everything ready for the busy period. Book in now for a valuation and if you […]

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Santa Finally Rocked Snowdon!

After two postponements for bad weather, our team of Santa’s finally got their chance to climb Snowdon.  It was an uneventful trip up Pyg track and we were very proud of our determination to reach the top six months after we first planned the trip. Our efforts were in aid of Young People First, so […]

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What does the Government’s new energy efficiency guidance mean for landlords?

New energy efficiency guidance from the Government set a minimum level of energy efficiency for privately rented property in England and Wales. This means that, from April 2018, landlords of privately rented domestic and non-domestic property in England or Wales must make sure that their properties reach at least an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating […]

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Valuing an estate for probate – it needs to be right

The valuation of a property is an essential part of applying for probate after someone dies. It is often a tough time for families and friends, but it’s a process that needs to be followed before an estate can be distributed. Our advice is to instruct a professional like our qualified team at Hawkesford. Often […]

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Santa Rocks Snowdon

A brave six-strong team from our Leamington office will be donning Santa outfits this February (re-arranged from December because of bad weather on the original date) and tackling Mount Snowdon in aid of a local charity – Young People First. And if that’s not daunting enough, the next day we’ll also be taking on ‘Velocity’ […]

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Congratulations to Pauline Carrera-Silva

We’re celebrating our Lettings Director, Pauline Carrera-Silva’s, 20th anniversary as a Hawkesford team member. So what’s stayed the same and what has changed over those 20 years? Properties There are properties that Pauline manages now that have been on Hawkesford’s books for 20 years or more including the property behind them, this property is on […]

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Hawkesford Estate Agent MD is a Party Wall Act Surveyor

James Hawkesford, our Managing Director, is a qualified party wall act surveyor meaning that he can act for property owners across Leamington, Warwick and Southam on work affecting a party wall. A party wall divides the buildings of two owners with the boundary between ownerships usually positioned at the centre of the wall. Examples are […]

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Property auction in Warwick – 5 July 2017

Our latest property auction takes place tonight. Join us at the Warwick Arms Hotel, High Street, Warwick  from 6pm, for a 6.30pm start.     There are six properties up for sale, including two plots of land,  guide prices range from £175,000 to £700,000.    These are the properties:   Workshop with 3 bed flat […]

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The best areas for families to live

The Sunday Times named Leamington as one of the best places to live in the Midlands recently. One of the attractions for families is the great local primary and secondary schools.  This is often the prime consideration for families when choosing an area to live, but our buyers tell us that other factors are also […]

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My top five tips to selling at a property auction

We’re the only property auctioneers in Warwick and Leamington and my years of experience have given me valuable insight into this area. Selling at auction is popular for a speedy sale. Once the hammer falls it’s a done deal – with contracts being exchanged on the day and the agreed price required to be paid […]

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What would it cost to rebuild your house?

When you take out a mortgage you are usually required to have buildings insurance to cover the cost of rebuilding your house should anything happen to it. It’s sensible for any homeowner to have it, and to make sure it is for an adequate amount.  Is your buildings insurance figure up-to-date? If it’s too low, […]

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Hawkesford brings boost for first time buyers

Leamington-based estate agency Hawkesford is lending a helping hand to first time buyers by bringing shared ownership properties to market through a partnership with Orbit Homes. Specialists in affordable housing, Orbit has more than a dozen sites across Warwickshire, including Knightcote Place and Hendry Place in Bishops Itchington, and Ettington Mews in Wellesbourne. Offering two, […]

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Buying a new home? Hawkesford can help!

Have you found your perfect home with a different agency? Hawkesford can still help! Our dedicated surveying department is certified with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and can assist in providing a detailed RICS accredited valuation to ensure your dream home isn’t a nightmare in disguise. While your mortgage valuation may be thorough, it’s […]

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Hawkesford selected to bring David Wilson Homes to market

Hawkesford Estate Agents in Leamington has been selected to bring David Wilson Homes’ newest properties at Spinney Fields to market. With prices starting from just £249,000, the Spinney Fields development at Long Itchington comprises traditionally styled two, three, four and five bedroom homes and is ideal for both young professionals and growing families. Adam Finn, sales manager at […]

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Positivity over market in wake of Brexit

A leading Warwickshire estate agent says continued strong employment bodes well for the region’s property market in the wake of the UK’s vote to leave the European Union.  The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has said new buyer enquiries have ‘declined significantly’ following the historic Leave vote, with 36 per cent more chartered surveyors nationally […]

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Hawkesford Sponsors new equipment at Bradford playing fields

Yesterday saw the Hawkesford team join local residents and members of the Barford Field working group for an event which brought the community together to celebrate the new facilities at King George’s Field in Barford.  Sponsoring the event which saw a state-of-the-art children’s play area, two tennis courts, an all-weather court and a perimeter path […]

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Hawkesford supports regency run with sponsorship

We’re pleased to announce that Hawkesford will be sponsoring this year’s Regency Run in celebration of our 25 year anniversary! Taking place on April 17, the race will see 2,500 runners take to the streets of Leamington where they will complete the 10k course.  As a local agency we’re more than happy to get behind […]

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Stamp duty increase for second homes

Thinking of buying a second home? It’s worth knowing that stamp duty increases are set to take place from April – meaning that those who own more than one residence will be hit with additional fees.   Contrary to popular belief, it’s not only those operating under the buy-to-let umbrella that will suffer. Anyone who is thinking of […]

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Right to rent? Landlord responsibilities

Under new regulations set to come into place from February 1st, all landlords will be required to check their tenants ‘right to rent’ as part of the Immigration Act.  All adult occupants (18+) within a property must be checked by landlords before a tenancy agreement is signed, and must provide an original ID and Visa […]

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The RICS Building Survey

We recommend this for large, older, run-down or unusual properties. While it will cost more than a HomeBuyer report, it gives more detail about the structure and fabric of the property. This is what you can expect from Hawkesford Surveys and Valuations: Ability to survey and value throughout Warwickshire and the Midlands A survey from […]

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