Worksop Martin and Co is one of the oldest Martin and Co Letting Agents and have been trading since 1995. We took over the business in 2010 and have worked hard to establish ourselves in the community and successfully gained a substantial amount of new business.
We manage a comprehensive range of properities in the area, many owned by 'distant' Landlords. In addition to our Fully Managed and Tenant Find only services we also work closely with Landlords to ensure properties are to the required standard for a professional let. Unlike many estate agents, we offer a complete Project Management service for property refurbishment using qualified and reputable tradesman.
All the team are experienced landlords in their own right. We therefore understand the requirements of landlords in terms of service and the selection of suitable tenants. We agree a discriminating strategy for investment landlords to ensure maximum yield.
Worksop is a small market town that was originally dependant on the mining industry and textiles. It is equal distance between the M1 and A1 motorway network which is why B&Q located their largest distribution centre here. Wilkinson who has over 700 stores nationally also has their Head Office and distribution facilities located in Worksop.
It is close to the National Forest, Clumber Park, the Welbeck Estate also attracts many visitors. Centre Parc and Creswell Crags are only 4 miles away. Creswell has received an enormous amount of funding from from the EU and boasts the oldest 'Caveman' drawing in Europe.
There is a frequent train service to Doncaster which connects to the fast East Coast Rail network and London Kings Cross is just a 95 minute journey.
Our mature team can empathise with the expectations and demands of landlords. Our policy is to under promise and over deliver. We believing that effective communication builds confidence and loyalty. Our objective is to GET, KEEP and GROW their property portfolio.
We have a very robust approach to arrears having inherited a business where over 40% of tenants were in arrears. With such a small team it is very important that the ‘dynamics’ of the office work to the benefit of landlord and tenants. We pride ourselves on matching properties and tenants. We telephone interview prospective tenants before arranging viewings, we believe this is the most cost effective process and ensures the highest conversion rate.
We are always looking for 2,3 & 4 bedroom quality properties because these are in high demand. There is also still a high demand for quality 2 and 3 bedroom houses.
We have many ‘distant’ landlords who invested during the ‘buy to let’ boom because comparatively low house prices made this area attractive. Most have never seen the properties they own or even visited the area, they therefore trust us to fully manage their investment.
We also have local ‘portfolio’ landlords who know the area and invested in the smaller terraced houses close to the town centre. Numerous have been tenanted for many years and several have ‘protected tenancy’ status.
Many of the large Victorian houses were converted into 1 bedroom apartments and this has resulted in a surplus. Prices have decreased as competition for tenants has increased. We have advised landlords that they should provide ‘added value’ rather than lower rents and they are including white goods as another way of attracting first time renters.
We have an eclectic mix of tenants. Many are Polish, this area has one of the highest proportion of Polish immigrants in the UK. As they have settled and moved to a different lifestage their housing needs have changed accordingly. Some are actually purchasing property and others are moving into 3 & 4 bedroom houses. Many tenants have long term status, they know their landlord and there is a high degree of loyalty between both parties.