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Working in the property industry, we spend every day finding people new homes to live in. Sometimes it is easy to forget about the people who don’t have any home at all. This time of year is especially important to turn our thoughts to those people as the weather turns colder and the nights grow darker.

At Tucker Gardner last year, we took part in the Reverse Advent Calendar, where each day we all brought in an item of food, clothing, or toiletries that may be needed by a homeless person. By the end of December we had lots of gifts to take to our local homeless shelter which were gratefully received.

This year we would like to make it even bigger and better by inviting everyone in Cambridge to drop by our office on Hills Road with items to donate. This can be anything from a spare can of beans to blankets, jumpers, hats and scarfs. Dog food is also a very useful item to donate if you can. 

We look forward to seeing you all with your lovely donations.

TuckerGardner in Histon, this year and like so many others before, was a Drop off Point for Operation Christmas Child.

It is the time of year when cheerfully wrapped boxes and equally cheerful people enter our premises clutching their gifts for those less fortunate.

I have spent 16 years watching the generosity of the general public, which never waivers when it comes to this somewhat extraordinary operation.

It is a joy to be able to help spread more joy and we will continue to do so, with an immense amount of pride and pleasure, for those who clearly wish to give to others.

This year’s total was 389, which is a number we have come to expect over the years and one we do love to hear when the last box is loaded onto the van ready to go to the warehouse.

Three hundred and eighty-nine families, couples and individuals, spent their own time and money to provide the most amazing gift for a child who has nothing.

We are pleased to be able to provide somewhere for these gifts to be dropped off, so all this joy can be sent to those who are most in need in this world.

TuckerGardner’s Macmillan Coffee Morning was a huge success, raising a massive £640.97!

It was a pleasure working alongside local companies, Red Graphic, Bosswells Bakery, Nails Ex, Mica and John Moore Creative Photography who all contributed to the day in one way or other, Red Graphic with their amazing advertising, Bosswells with their yummy cakes, John Moore with professional portraits and much much more, there was a really great sense of community and we couldn’t have done it without them.

The TG team in Sawston and Great Shelford joined together and did an amazing job with their homemade bakes, from salted caramel popping candy cake to Nutella popcorn rocky road and everything in-between. They also did a sterling job of providing numerous teas, coffees and cream and marshmallow hot chocolates!

A big thank you to Cambridge fire and Rescue who joined us for the morning and entertained children (and adults!) letting them explore their fire engine as well as making a substantial donation.

But most importantly, the main people we would like to say THANK YOU to is everyone who made the effort to visit us, pop in for a chat or just bought cakes in passing whilst donating to this amazing cause.

One in two of us will face cancer in our lifetimes and the money raised will help Macmillan Cancer Support make sure no one has to face it alone. Last year alone events like this helped Macmillan raise over £27 million and with any luck they will smash that total this year!

TuckerGardner are pleased to be supporting MacMillan by taking part in the 2018 ‘Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning’.

This year we’ve teamed up with Sawston’s local businesses Red Graphic, Boswell and Sons, The Nails Ex and Mica and are aiming to knock the socks off last year’s total!

We’d love for you to pop in for a cuppa, cake and a chatter on Friday 28th October at Woolpack House, 70 High Street, Sawston, CB22 3HJ from 10am until 12noon.

Every penny raised helps to make a difference to people affected by Cancer so lets change lives together!

Can we make this year our biggest ever? With your help…of course we can!

 

Find your perfect home in the Big Open House Event this autumn

On 29th and 30th September, the Big Open House Event opens doors to thousands of properties over one weekend, all across the UK.
It’s simple, you get the chance to view, compare and contrast multiple properties in one weekend, many of which have recently been reduced in price.
So, don’t delay, speak to us today to book your property viewings.

We compare thousands of mortgages, so you don’t have to

Whether you’re moving, investing in property or looking to remortgage, we have exclusive mortgage deals available through Countrywide Mortgage Services with limited availability.*

Plus, we can help with all your moving needs, including conveyancing, surveying, insurance and more. 

 

YOUR HOME MAY BE REPOSSESSED IF YOU DO NOT KEEP UP REPAYMENTS ON YOUR MORTGAGE.
A fee will be payable for arranging your mortgage. Your Consultant will confirm the amount before you choose to proceed.

 

*Exclusive mortgages are available through Countrywide Mortgage Services for a limited period. Terms and conditions apply. Mortgage availability depends on your circumstances. Countrywide Mortgage Services is a trading name of Countrywide Principal Services Ltd which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority under number 301684. Registered office: Countrywide House, 6 Caldecotte Lake Business Park, Caldecotte Lake Drive, Milton Keynes, MK7 8JT. Registered in England No 01707341.

 

We have more buyers and tenants than properties right now, and the numbers continue to grow as a result of our nationwide ‘Win your mortgage or rent paid for a year’ prize draw. With so much interest, let us match your property to people who are ready to move now.

Why choose us?

  • We take away the stress of selling or letting your property with expert advice, helping you every step of the way
  • Peace of mind with in-depth local knowledge and specialist expertise, plus the support and reach of Countrywide, the UK’s largest property group
  • Your home advertised on the UK’s largest property websites, including Rightmove and Zoopla

Don’t forget, we can also help with your mortgagelegal and surveying requirements, all the services you need under one roof.

Click here to contact us for a free property valuation. 

 

 

On 28th and 29th April, Tucker Gardner is taking part in the UK’s Big Open House Event

Over 25,000 viewings. More than 7,000 Open Houses available to buy*.

Thinking of selling?

If you’re looking to sell your current home the UK’s Big Open House Event has the answer. Bringing buyers and sellers together over one weekend, the event will help you to generate several viewings in one weekend. Taking part will also give your property increased exposure on our Big Open House website and the UK’s most popular property portals.

Helping buyers find their perfect property
As well as an ideal opportunity to sell property the UK’s Big Open House Event is also great for buyers. It provides the opportunity to compare and contrast several properties in one weekend and our team will be on hand to assist with negotiations should you find your ideal home.

Contact us today to see how your property can take part.

Win £5,000 to spend at MADE.COM

Fancy giving your home a face lift? You could be the lucky winner of a £5,000 shopping spree at MADE.COM. Simply invite one of our agents to value your property or view a Big Open House property, and you are eligible to enter the prize draw.
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*Figures based on stats from 16th August to 31st October 2017.

** Terms and Conditions apply. Click here  for full terms and entry conditions. Enter between 19 March 2018 and 4 May 2018 for your chance to win. Internet access required. Prize must be redeemed within 6 months of receipt. The Countrywide UK’s Big Open House Prize Draw is offered by our Group Company Countrywide Estate Agents, whose registered address is 88-103 Caldecotte Lake Drive, Caldecotte, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, MK7 8JT.

Autumn Budget Stamp Duty Changes:

On 22nd November it was announced that Stamp Duty is to be abolished for all first-time buyers purchasing property of a value of £300,000 or less.

If you are a first-time buyer, we’re here to clarify the details of the changes and explain what it means for you.

What are the Stamp Duty changes?

From immediate effect, stamp duty will be removed for all first-time buyers purchasing property for £300,000 or less.

What’s more, for first-time buyers purchasing property priced up to £500,000 they will only pay stamp duty on the difference.

From 22nd November 2017 the new stamp duty bands and rates will be as follows:

Band                                                                       Rate         

First-time buyers less than £300k                        0%     

First-time buyers less than £500k                        5% on proportion above £300,000

First-time buyers more than £500k                      follow existing rates

What does the stamp duty change mean for the housing market?

The chancellor made a bold move to reduce stamp duty for all first-time buyers. Raising the threshold for SDLT to £300k for all first-time buyers forever will lift 80% of first time buyers out of the tax.  To account for higher prices in some parts of the country, all first-time buyers buying property up to £500k will benefit from the £300k exemption. That means that 95% of first time buyers will benefit from the change.

As property prices have risen, an increasing number of first-time buyers are now paying Stamp Duty, indeed 80% paid Stamp Duty in 2017, compared to just 49% in 2007. This news will remove one of the hurdles facing first-time buyers and more movement in this end of the market is expected as a result.

What does the Stamp Duty change mean for you?

If you are a first-time buyer the chart below shows how much first-time buyers in different areas of the country could benefit.

Impact on stamp duty for first-time buyers by location

Impact on stamp duty chart – location key:

EM – East Midlands               E – East                        GL – Greater London               N – North

NW – North West                   S – South                      SE – South East                         W – West

WM – West Midlands            Y&H – Yorks & Humber               ENG – England overall

 

To take advantage of these changes contact your local branch or search for a property at www.tuckergardner.com.

Enter our free prize draw to win your mortgage, rent or council tax paid for a year and discover just how much better life can be.

With us keeping a roof above your head, you can just relax and think about where you might like to go and what you might like to do.

The one decision you won’t need to think too much about though, is who to move with. By putting all the services you need under one roof, we’ve taken the stress out of buying, selling, letting or renting.

Mortgages. Home Insurance. Conveyancing. Surveys. We don’t just sell or let homes. We offer a Complete Property Service, making moving simpler.

Download our free property guide to see what you could save and discover a whole host of moving tips.

 

To win your mortgage or rent paid for a year

Terms and Conditions apply. Please see ts&cs for full terms and entry conditions. One-off mortgage/rent payment prize subject to a max pay out of £20,000. One-off council tax payment prize subject to a max pay out of £2,000. Proof of mortgage/rent/council tax required. Enter between Monday 6th November 2017 and Wednesday 31st January 2018 for your chance to win. Internet access required. The Countrywide Complete Property Service Prize Draw is offered by our Group Company Countrywide Estate Agents, whose registered address is 88-103 Caldecotte Lake Drive, Caldecotte, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, MK7 8JT.

 

 

A people person, organised, flexible, professional, team player… sound like you? If the answer is yes, you could be just who we are looking for.

We have a number of exciting opportunities throughout the company in both Sales and Lettings.

 

Sales Administrator – Ely

Do you have a creative side and a passion for property? If so, then this could be just the role for you. The successful candidate must have a keen eye for detail, a willingness to learn and to be able to cope with a large volume of work. Previous estate agency industry experience is not essential although some history of customer contact would be advantageous as you will be an integral part of the sales team.

A high level of computer literacy is essential and experience of Adobe InDesign and Photoshop would be beneficial but not essential, as full training will be given. This is a unique role within estate agency and will provide a good foundation for a career within the property industry or in marketing/design.

For further information and to apply for this position, please contact Angela Marshall, Head of Company Administration, on 01223 845240 or Email: amarshall@tuckergardner.com

 

Property Manager – Ely

You would have your own portfolio of properties to oversee and would be the point of contact for landlords and tenants alike. This varied role covers all aspects of property management including carrying out property visits, general administration, diary management, organising maintenance work and dealing with clients, customers and contractors.

Direct experience within lettings would be advantageous but not a necessity as full training will be given. For further information and to apply for this position, please contact Georgina Goodjohn, Lettings Manager, on 01353 616130, option 2 or Email: georgina.goodjohn@tuckergardnerlettings.com.

 

Property Managers – Cambridge

As above. For further information and to apply for this position, please contact Jessica Masterton, Team Manager, on 01223 350800, option 3 or Email: jessica.masterton@tuckergardnerlettings.com.

 

Trainee Sales Negotiator – Histon

This trainee position will allow you to progress within this your chosen career and learn about property in general, as well as supporting the Sales team. The ideal candidate will be able to provide great customer service, effectively handle enquiries, book and accompany viewings, put forward and negotiate on offers and much more.

Strong communication and interpersonal skills are essential, as well as a valid Driving Licence. For further information and to apply for this post please contact Jan Gannon, Office Manager, 01223 470099, option 1, or Email: jgannon@tuckergardner.com.