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We are so excited to win Best Letting Agent in Cardiff South and West in the 2019-2020 British Property Awards!

After a series of mystery shopping exercises by the good folks at the BPA, Fortis Properties Cardiff was selected for our outstanding customer service in dealing with all manner of lettings enquiries. To succeed in winning Best Letting Agent, the various competition rounds thoroughly tested our local knowledge, as well as our experience in the property industry and our demonstration of excellent client care.

Anyone who follows us will know how much we value our clients, and the level of effort we put in to make sure each and every person feels valued and important, both to us as individuals and as a business. We strongly believe in the personal one-to-one service and going the extra mile for both our lettings and sales clients. We are simply thrilled to be recognised in this way (we may have done a little dance!).

We’d like to round off by saying a huge thank you to the British Property Awards and particular congratulations to Leanne, Isabelle and Linda for, once again, delivering above and beyond! Our award lasts for a year upon which time we’ll be back in competition with other Cardiff agents for the 2020-21 award! We’re told that in the new year, mystery shopping will commence for the Best Sales Agent award, which we are really keen to win. Having both awards for Cardiff south and west would simply mean the world to us. Wish us luck!

Best Letting Agent Cardiff south and west: Fortis Properties.

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We all like to ensure we get value for money and of course, that’s true for Landlords in Cardiff, too. With several choices to make before renting out your property, how do you ensure you make the right decisions for the best return? Read on for our top six tips for saving money on your rental property and getting the best return on your investment:

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1. Choose the right Cardiff letting agent. Read their online reviews. Examine their fees and ask how they deal with maintenance queries and rent arrears.

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2. Make sure you have the best mortgage product to suit your needs. We are in the best climate for buy-to-let mortgages since before the 2008 crash. There is lots more choice for Landlords now. Considering consulting a Mortgage Advisor to make sure you have the best deal.

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3. Occupation over rent pcm. Every day your property is empty is lost revenue. Be careful not to set your rent so high that you put off potential tenants. Consult your agent for setting the asking rent right in the first place and you’ll have an occupied rental property in no time.

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4. If you are considering providing white goods, include a fridge freezer. Tenants are not fond of small ice boxes in fridges and you’ll get a little extra rent for providing good cold food storage.

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5. Keep the outside space simple and easy to maintain. Not everyone has green fingers. A nice patio and a few pots will be much easier for your tenants to look after than an elaborate garden.

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We hope this was helpful to you if you are a first-time or more experienced Landlord. We are a letting agency based in Fairwater, Cardiff and we serve Landlords all over Cardiff. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch!

For information on our services to Landlords, see here

Heather and Leanne

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Cardiff Landlords

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Cardiff Landlords: Have you noticed a difference in the type of tenants your property is attracting?

  • Almost 25% of new tenancies signed in the past year included children within the home.
  • The biggest number included a single child, followed by two children, then three, then four. This was consistent across the UK.
  • There are over five hundred more private rental homes with children living in them than back in 2010-2011.
  • In the years 2017-18 over 1.5 million privately-rented homes had children, up 37% from the years 2010-11.

So what’s causing this shift? Factors such as mortgage availability, rising house prices and availability of suitable properties are all contributors to these figures. The UK has a long-standing housing shortage, which may be pushing families into private rental accommodation. It is interesting to note that the highest figure is for families with just one child, implying that the eventual tenant ambition is to own their own home.

If you’d like to discuss the private rental market in Cardiff and surrounding areas, do give Heather and Leanne a call for even more focused information on 02920 561 111 or email info@fortisproperties.co.uk

property presentation

If you’re looking to sell your Cardiff home, then let us introduce you to the concept of home staging.  Home staging is the process of preparing your home for showcase in the housing market. It maximises your homes’ best features and tones down its flaws. Through careful styling and presentation, we can create that all-important emotional link between your home and the buyer. It’s about portraying a lifestyle that buyers really want and will pay more to have. Ultimately, people purchase with their emotions. Through staging, we can help the buyer achieve “that wow feeling” that inspires them to make an offer. Read on for some tips on staging your home:

 

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A bright, airy living room with good use of space

Homes need to be clean, bright, airy, and spacious. They should flow easily, have enough space to move around in, and not feel too ‘busy’ or claustrophobic. How you arrange your furniture and what accessories are in the room can make the difference between an ambient soothing room and one that a buyer can’t wait to get out of.

Top tip: If you struggle to move around a room easily, lose some furniture.

 

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Group together stylish accessories in key places

Styling and Accessorizing can be compared to putting on jewellery when getting dressed for a special party; it’s the little touches that make a big impact. Paying attention to numerous small details can join together to create something much more memorable.

Top tip: Group items in threes.

 

You never get a second chance to make a first impression. If you have a buyer right there in your home you’ve won half the battle, now give them something to invest their emotions and their money in. To put it simply, staging your home pays.

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