Rental specialist has designs for Dacres

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EXPERIENCED lettings manager Anne Cooper has been appointed by Dacre Son & Hartley to head up its lettings operation across three of the firm’s West Yorkshire branches.

Anne, who previously worked for rival firms Linley & Simpson and Manning Stainton, will manage lettings at the Bramhope, Otley and North Leeds offices. Anne is the third fee earner to join the firm from rival companies over the last six weeks.

Anne, who lives in Yeadon, said: “I first worked at Dacres over 15 years ago and am very excited to have re-joined the company.

“I wanted to work for a business that still values the personal touch.

“Dacres stands out in this busy market as it successfully combines individual service with a substantial online and high street presence.

“It offers something different to a lot of the other letting agents in the area who are either one man bands, franchises or part of a big corporate businesses.”

Paul Wilson, area manager for Dacre, Son & Hartley’s Leeds and Wharfe Valley offices said: “Anne’s appointment will bolster our lettings offering, she has a vast amount of knowledge and experience and she is the ideal person to manage and grow our lettings business.”

Anne added: “Dacres currently has a good selection of rental properties on its books ranging from £400 to £1,400 and we plan to double the number of properties we currently let and manage by the end of the year.

“Bramhope, North Leeds and Otley are all incredibly attractive places to rent and we are confident that we can grow our market share through hard work and our commitment to offering excellent service levels.”

With 20 offices throughout West and North Yorkshire, Dacre, Son & Hartley is Yorkshire’s largest independent estate agent.

For further information, or to arrange a free market appraisal, call 0113 230 4330 or visit www.dacres.co.uk.

In other lettings news, the London buy-to-let market is perceived to be profitable for investment; however, the latest BM Solutions quarterly index reveals that it has the lowest rental yield return of all UK regions.

The UK average rental yield in the second quarter of 2014 stood at 6.2 per cent, with London at 5.7 per cent. The North West, North East, West Midlands and Wales were the most proitable regions with yields of 6.4 per cent.

The average rental yield in Yorkshire is 5.7 per cent. Landlords reported seeing an increase in tenant demand. It is strongest in the South East and Scotland, where it has risen around 40 per cent. In Yorkshire demand is up by 18 per cent.

Yorkshire house prices have risen 6.2 per cent in the irst six months of the year, according to property portal Zoopla.

The figures reveal some disparity. While Brough in East Yorkshire is revealed as a hotspot, Castleford is one of the 10 worst performing towns in the country, showing falls of 1.14 per cent.

The average British property price is now £260,488 and 6.5 per cent higher than in January.

Wadebridge in Cornwall is the worst-performing town with values falling an average £7,000.

Zoopla say the pace of the property market recovery is slowing thanks to tougher lending rules imposed by the Mortgage Market Review. Most recently, Luke Gidney, from Let-Leeds warned of another housing bubble if prices continue to rise.

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