1st For Sales Agreed!
06 Jan 2022
Did you know we were 1st for Sales Agreed throughout the whole of 2021?*
06 Jan 2022
Did you know we were 1st for Sales Agreed throughout the whole of 2021?*
22 Dec 2021
Read on for our opening hours during the festive period.
17 Dec 2021
We have just won The British Property Lettings Award for Newcastle Upon Tyne (NE2-3)
06 Dec 2021
Every year here at Jan Forster Estates we aim to raise money for an important cause at Christmas time and this year we have chosen The People’s Kitchen. For every person who successfully follows the below steps, we will donate a hot meal to our good friends as part of their Feed a Friend for a Fiver campaign.
03 Dec 2021
Here is a summary of the safety measures Jan Forster Estates are committed to going forward in order to protect you and our team.
01 Dec 2021
Traditionally, many sellers have favoured waiting to list their home onto the property market until the spring season. The weather is beginning to improve and it’s just before many Brits start jetting off on their summer holidays. However, just because it’s the busiest time doesn’t always mean it’s the best time. We’ve summarised some of the reasons you might find December is the perfect chance to market and ultimately sell your property with Jan Forster Estates!
18 Aug 2021
Due to changing travel restrictions jetting off abroad may seem a little too confusing or out of reach this year. But fear not, here in the North East we have some wonderful staycation ideas right on our very door step! Read on for a few of our recommendations…
19 Jul 2021
Today is 19 July 2021 and Covid restrictions have largely changed across England. Here's a quick summary of the safety measures Jan Forster Estates are committed to going forward in order to protect you and our team.
27 May 2021
May half term is fast approaching so we’ve put together a list of fun activities for all the family - that won’t break the bank!
14 May 2021
Did you know we are 1st for Sales Agreed out of the top 85 agents in our Area for the Last 8 Months?
17 Mar 2021
Deciding to sell your property is a huge decision, and here at Jan Forster Estates we understand that. That’s why we’re putting together a list of all the reasons you should choose a traditional, high street agent just like ours to make it a smooth process.
11 Jan 2021
Here at Jan Forster Estates we want to ensure that we are providing a safe & secure space, while continuing to deliver an excellent service to our customers. Following recent government advice we are actively encouraging the public to initially access our video tours where possible, in order to reduce physical viewings.
04 Jan 2021
With the latest announcement that England has been placed into National Lockdown, we want to reassure all of our clients that it is still business as usual for Jan Forster Estates.
22 Dec 2020
To Our Lovely Clients, there is no doubt this year has been a tough one for us all. But, it has shown more than ever before how we can all come together to help each other. We are so grateful to all of our clients for using our services this year. When you choose Jan Forster Estates not only are you choosing a family run business, but a business made up of local experts.
30 Oct 2020
As fireworks can be a little loud for our children and pets, we’ve put together a list of ways you can celebrate Bonfire Night in a family-friendly way with as much sparkle and tradition as a firework display.
23 Oct 2020
With the newfound emphasis on virtual viewings, in addition to physical ones, ensuring your home looks attractive can seem of paramount importance. However, it’s important to find a balance between not over-staging your home whilst ensuring it looks as desirable as possible.
16 Oct 2020
Halloween celebrations may look a little different this year, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still enjoy ourselves. We’ve put together a list of 4 easy DIY Halloween decorations for you and all the family to recreate.
06 Oct 2020
Here at Jan Forster Estates we’re passionate about the North East, so we’re starting a new blog series showcasing some of the best places to live across the region. Described as a ‘cosmopolitan town’ by Visit Northumberland, Ponteland is arguably one of the nicest areas.
18 Sep 2020
Here in the UK over half of the population’s working circumstances have changed, with around 34% of people continuing to solely work from home and a further 22% splitting their time equally between their homes and the office. For those facing the prospect of working from home for the foreseeable future, it might be time to really figure out your working environment. We’ve put together some top tips for creating a functional office space without buying anything new!
05 Aug 2020
Below we list a handful of trends that we've been seeing all over social media as well as in homes so far in 2020. We've also added some tricks and tips on how to achieve these looks no matter the size of your rooms or your budget.
29 Jul 2020
First impressions stick! When buyers search for properties online, their minds are made up in a matter of seconds. We've outlined some key do's and don'ts to help showcase your property to its full potential - and as a result a quicker sale! Below is our handy guide for presenting your property for quality photographs and 360° tours.
20 Jul 2020
Wanting to make a good impression and make your home stand out in the crowd doesn’t have to cost the earth. There are numerous budget-friendly ways that you can use to make your property more appealing to potential buyers and increase your chances of selling for the highest possible price.
10 Jul 2020
There is no doubt that the past few months have had a significant effect on the UK and people's lives. The pandemic and subsequent lockdown has initiated unprecedented challenges which have affected us all. Some changes have been positive, while others we would rather forget. Either way, it will be interesting to see which changes will shape future consumer behaviour as we already see a few buyers wants more and more since lockdown started.
09 Jul 2020
As you may well have heard there has been welcome news regarding stamp duty. With immediate effect there is a new threshold for Stamp Duty of £500,000 which will apply until 31 March 2021. This means any buyer purchasing a primary residential property up to the value of £500,000, will be exempt from paying Stamp Duty. According to a release by the Government the exemption will apply to all primary residential property purchases regardless of whether the purchaser is a first-time buyer or someone who has owned a property before. Stamp Duty only starts being paid on amounts above this figure.
25 Jun 2020
The lockdown rules have left us, quite literally, staring at walls as we adjust to spending more time than ever in our homes, leading to DIY explosion around the UK. Many are feeling compelled to deal with the tatty paintwork that can no longer be ignored. But, when living in a rental it is more difficult to make permanent upgrades to the property.
19 Jun 2020
Over the past few months the property sector has adapted to a different way of working, with virtual viewings becoming an essential method of looking at a property. Although virtual viewings came about as a result of the lockdown, they may continue to be a vital home marketing tool even once restrictions are lifted. Understanding how to conduct a virtual viewing or arrange one with your agent and knowing the key features buyers are looking for will increase the chance of securing a sale using this new method.
12 Jun 2020
As the UK reaches our fourth month of lockdown, we've spent more time in our homes than ever before, trying to adapt our spaces to both work and relax from. While our focus has been setting up our workspaces and ensuring we have everything in place to efficiently work remotely, it's important to be able to relax in comfort once the working day has ended. With this in mind, we've prepared some top tips to maintain an enjoyable environment while working from home.
08 Jun 2020
As we enter our fourth month of lockdown in the UK, unsurprisingly, many are considering moving home or relocating altogether. Whether you're looking for a home with a garden, a dedicated workspace, or more space in general, we've got you covered. We've provided some guidance to get you started on the search for your ideal home.
15 May 2020
If a potential buyer wants a physical viewing, the guidelines below are to assist you in remaining within the social distancing rules.
15 May 2020
Government guidance is that we should introduce protective measures on property viewings as follows:
13 May 2020
Following the Government's announcement about restrictions starting to lift, we wanted to share an update about where we're at and how it affects our clients and those who want to move.
20 Apr 2020
Our homes are important to us; they provide a safe place for us to relax from the outside world. But during these uncertain times as we find ourselves spending almost all of our time inside our homes, the more we need our home to feel more like a sancuary and less like somewhere you feel trapped. This open ended lockdown therefore presents a perfect oppurtunity to spruce up your homes; the new colour scheme you've always meant to try but never found the time to do, rearanging the furniture to make use of the space that you've always felt was underused, tending a flower bed or herb garden? The posibilities are endless...
02 Apr 2020
The Government has released useful guidance for the private sector landlords and tenants which we encourage you all to take a look at. The following document covers:- 1. Measures relating to notices seeking possession as amended by the Coronavirus Act 2020
31 Mar 2020
You’ll be in ‘rent arrears’ if you fall behind with your rent payments to your private landlord or letting agent. Although dealing with rent arrears can be tough, you should take action as quickly as possible. If you ignore your arrears, the problem will only get worse.
31 Mar 2020
There are things you can do if you’re struggling to pay things like your rent, mortgage or energy bills because of coronavirus. It’s important you don’t ignore your bills. Speak to the organisation you owe money to - they might be able to help by letting you pay smaller amounts or take a break. It’s also worth checking with your bank or building society - they might be able to help you with your debts or let you delay loan or credit card repayments.
26 Mar 2020
We want to inform everyone that Jan Forster Estates is still trading during these difficult times. Our staff are working from home to ensure their safety and that of our valued clients. Please email email@example.com and your enquiry will be dealt with promptly by our team.
20 Mar 2020
Looking for an alternative way to view properties or don't want as many people in your own home you're selling? Spending more time at home because of the current climate and spending hours looking at properties online? Our 360° Virtual Reality Walk-Through Tours are a great resource to take advantage of for these reasons!
19 Mar 2020
The chancellor’s promise of a three-month mortgage payment holiday to customers affected by coronavirus has been extended to buy-to-let borrowers whose tenants are experiencing financial difficulties due to coronavirus, the government has confirmed. The protection for landlords is designed to ensure that they do not have to handle unmanageable debts after the government said that no renter in either social or private accommodation will be forced out of their home during this difficult time. Emergency legislation will be taken forward as an urgent priority so that landlords are not permitted to start proceedings to evict tenants for at least a three-month period, ensuring that no renters need to be concerned about the threat of eviction. The housing secretary, Robert Jenrick, said: “The government is clear – no renter who has lost income due to coronavirus will be forced out of their home, nor will any landlord face unmanageable debts.
18 Mar 2020
At Jan Forster Estates, the health and safety of our clients and staff is paramount. We are aware of the huge concerns surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic and we are following all Government advice and monitoring each change in the recommendations. We have provided all staff with antibacterial wipes and antiviral spray but their continuing health and safety is our priority. As a result, although we are business as usual, this will now be carried out behind locked doors. All our staff will still be in branch arranging sales and lets but please contact them via TELEPHONE or EMAIL only.
18 Mar 2020
"During this period of uncertainty about the effect of Coronavirus you may already have arragements in place for support from family, friends or neighbours. However, we are aware that there may be some situations where it is difficult for some people in our communities to get the support that they need for everyday essential activities. It may also be that as people self-isolate, they feel cut off and would appreciate hearing a friendly and reassuring voice on the end of a phone. So, if you need friendly support or pratical help (e.g. shopping or medical supplies) during this period of the Coronavirus outbreak, then please feel free to call the number above.
18 Mar 2020
Our contractors and staff would like to extend their services for any tenants or people in the community who are in the vulnerable groups. Please feel free to call any of our branches and let us know if there is anything we can do to support in anyway with delivering food or getting medical supplies. We will try our best to help in any way as compassion in this current climate is needed. Our branch contact information can be found on https://www.janforsterestates.com/branches
18 Mar 2020
Take care of your head people. Get out in the open air as much as you can, stay sane, stay well. ‘At this time of everything closing the National Trust have agreed to remove all pay barriers from National Trust parks and Gardens. This is in response to do what we can for everyone at this time to support social distancing and the need to be outside in nature for our own mental wellbeing. It will mean that all the grounds behind pay barriers will now be open for everyone. In addition all carparking chargers will be removed. You can enjoy the open space and keep your social distance as per the government advice. We will however be closing all cafes, houses, retail, and cancelling events. So take a flask and a sandwich. There is no commercial drive behind this, it will cost the charity a significant loss in income - but we acknowledge mental health and wellbeing at this time is the priority. Also, the National Parks are free and always open. Stay at home as much as you can, but when you need it - nature is there for you and free’.
17 Mar 2020
At Jan Forster Estates, the health and safety of our clients and staff is paramount. We are aware of the huge concerns surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic and we are following all Government advice and monitoring each change in the recommendations. We are providing all staff and clients with antibacterial wipes and antiviral spray and no member of our staff has been in contact with Covid-19 nor been in any of the areas of the world at risk.
17 Mar 2020
Due to the impact of the COVID-19 virus, we are monitoring very closely the government guidance and will assess tenants rental payments from those affected by loss of income on a case by case basis. As such, there is no government guidance on payment holidays or freezing of mortgage payments for landlords who have mortgages to pay as they have done in other countries however, should this change and tenants do find themselves in a situation which is out of their control, then this may well be reviewed. Any equiries regarding rental payments or any questions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling our Property Management Centre on 0191 236 2680. Further information about our Property Management Centre can be found on https://www.janforsterestates.com/branches/gosforth-property-management
13 Mar 2020
The kitchen is a key area of the home, the space that is utilized most by everyone in the house. It’s where you prepare and cook your meals, but also a hub for when entertaining guests or hosting a get-together. When it comes to improving the kitchen, most people would think about getting a new one fitted but there are various ways that you can breathe new life into your kitchen without having to spend thousands.
06 Mar 2020
Home improvements have become more and more popular over the past few years. Homeowners are opting to extend or upgrade their homes in a variety of different ways including new flooring and garden landscaping. There is still some love for the most traditional extensions – the conservatory.
28 Feb 2020
When you find your dream home, you could be ready to move straight in. But what if your current home hasn’t sold yet? You may be forced to leave the property vacant, even though this could add more stress to an already stressful process. Here is some advice for anyone who has to leave their property vacant for an extended period of time.
21 Feb 2020
When it comes to selling your property, you want to have the place looking its best for viewings. But, sometimes those furry companions of ours can have an impact on whether or not you are able to keep your property in the desired state. We love our pets but sometimes they can put someone off from buying a property; whether it be from the shedding hair throughout the house, the smell, or worried about the times they weren’t toilet trained. It’s always best to have a back-up plan when it comes to selling your property while having pets- so here's a handy list of tips and options to help.
14 Feb 2020
Moving in together can be an exciting time but you should consider some factors before deciding on where you are moving in and what will happen once you move-in together. So here’s some advice on what you should think about before you move in together.
07 Feb 2020
Climate Change is becoming a problem that we can no longer ignore and we will have to start changing our lifestyles in order to help make a difference. There are plenty of green energy solutions around at the moment and they are becoming increasingly popular as more people start to become environmentally friendly.
16 Jan 2020
A common worry for many landlords is the possibility that a month or more could pass between lets without any income from rent. It is important to make sure that void periods are as short as possible and doing as much as you can to get the next tenant for your property. There are so many ways that you can help improve your chances of getting a new tenant in as quick as possible and here are some of those ways.
10 Dec 2019
We work closely with independent brokers who can offer you expert advice and source the whole of the market to find the best Mortgage to suit your individual circumstances.
21 Nov 2019
Take a look at our simple but effective Top Tips to prepare your property for professional quality photographs to showcase your home to its full potential and attract potential buyers.
07 Oct 2019
Moving home can be quite unsettling for young children. Making their move go smoothly can have a great impact on how they settle into their new home.