Every business wants to be successful and we’re no different – but if you set out to grow and expand, you have to make sure you’re ready to hit the ground running whatever the world and the economy throws at you.
At Thomas Connolly Estate Agents we are proud of the fact that we are the local market leaders, whether that’s sales, new builds or lettings. Look around Milton Keynes and our people and our name is everywhere. There are Thomas Connolly boards across the city, there are Thomas Connolly staff out there, talking to people, doing networking events and making sure that we continue to pick up the lion’s share of the market and build on that. Because of the team we’ve got, we know that although we’ve already got by far the biggest market share, we are in a strong position to take on more. We’ve invested in our people to make that possible.
We’re facing uncertain times as a country, the cost-of-living crisis is affecting everyone and there are landlords who maybe feel that now is the right time to pull away from rentals and sell their properties. But we at Thomas Connolly are pushing in completely the other direction – actively looking to build our portfolio and attract new landlords because it’s still a good investment if you do it properly.
And when we say do it properly, what we mean is find the right properties and the right tenants. If you have a property in a good area that’s well maintained, you’ll attract good tenants and we make it our business to ensure that you do. You have the security of knowing that your property will be looked after and that you’ve got a stable arrangement where there will be no issues with the rent being paid.
When we think of the properties we look after, we think about them as our own properties. How would we want them to be looked after, who would we want living in them? And we’ve built a team that shares that ethos.
By making sure we’ve developed our team through significant investment in people and training, we’ve made Thomas Connolly the safest pair of hands in the city because we understand what landlords need and want and we take our responsibilities as letting agents very seriously.
The big pain points for landlords are covered:
■ Empty properties – these mean the landlord is losing money and we do our best to ensure properties are unoccupied for the shortest possible time.
■ Unhappy tenants – if the tenant is happy, they’ll stay there longer so it’s our job to get in there and sort out any issues before they become problems.
■ Rules and regulations – it’s a minefield, but we have knowledgeable, ARLA-accredited staff that will take all the headaches out of making sure properties and transactions are compliant and safe.
In building our team, we went out and found individuals we knew to be talented, hard-working and passionate about their work who, together, would put us in a strong position in the market. Our bespoke software systems and ongoing training, combined with the best team we can find, have made us the leading lettings agency in Milton Keynes. Expertise and in-depth local knowledge mean we can provide landlords with the most accurate and achievable rent appraisals and informed advice on how to maximise their investments.
It stands to reason that well-managed and well-maintained properties will lead to longer and more profitable tenancies, attracting quality, happy tenants who are proud to take care of the place they’ve made their home.
Everyone is struggling with the economic situation at the moment. Landlords don’t have to shy away, they just need to see the yield from their properties remain stable, and tenants want to feel secure and happy with where they live and if they do, they are more likely to remain there, so avoiding the hassle and cost of having to find a new place to live.
For us, the market has gone crazy lately, but we’re on it, and, more importantly, we know we have the capacity to cope with more – which is why more and more landlords are turning to us first. We are a safe pair of hands and put everything we can into getting the best outcomes for our landlords and tenants.