Helen is Nick’s sister and she successfully set up and established our Lettings Department back in 2013. Having spent much of her career prior to DY working in marketing, Helen now heads up our Marketing & Operations department. This suits her organisational skills, creativity and keen eye for detail perfectly! She loves taking long walks with her Labrador Finn and when time permits, travelling and visiting new places around the globe.
Top of my bucket list is…
To visit more new countries and ultimately, travel round Europe in a camper van.
My guilty pleasure…
Ben & Jerry’s cookie dough ice cream – I’ve got a very sweet tooth, for my sins.
When I was younger, I wanted to be…
If I were a superhero, my superpower would be…
To find a cure for cancer and dementia. Here’s hoping.
On Sunday morning, you can usually find me…
Up bright and early for a dog walk!
You might be surprised to know that…
One of my earliest qualifications as a teenager was as a Clarks trained shoe fitter. Ohh, all those back to school shoes!
It’s the ‘will we, won’t we?’ question of the moment. Will we get our two weeks holiday in the sun? Or won’t we?
The current situation means it’s unclear if people in the UK will be able to make their annual summer pilgrimage abroad to sunnier climes.
New quarantine regulations, concern over a possible second wave of infections and the idea of having to social distance while we’re supposed to be letting our hair down have dampened many peoples’ desire to go abroad on holiday.
And amid the uncertainty, we think two things will happen. Firstly, expect a surge of staycations, the term used to describe a holiday within your own country. As national lockdown rules start becoming more relaxed, the consensus from travel experts is holidaying within the UK will be more popular than since the 1940s.
Even closer to home we’re expecting and preparing for a lot more summer activity in the Bracknell property market than usual. More on that in a minute.
Staycation success steps
If you are planning a home from home staycation here are three simple ways you can make it special – without even leaving home.
Make time to slow down – holidays refresh us because the pace of our life slows down. The good news is you don’t have to be on a socially distanced beach to do things at a more leisurely pace. During your staycation get up later than usual, ditch the schedule, do things you enjoy and don’t feel guilty about relaxing.
The path less travelled – one of the best things about our adventures abroad is finding new places to enjoy. So why not try walking somewhere new within your neighbourhood. Turn left, instead of your usual right, and see where it leads.
Local days out – so Lanzarote, Florida, etc. might be off the cards, but there’s still plenty to do locally. This could be your chance to visit that park you’ve always wanted or have a treat-filled picnic in your back garden.
The summer property surge
Traditionally the months of July and August see a lull in the property market because people are away on holiday and the kids are off from school. And when you factor in significant sporting events like the Olympics and the European Championships, people’s focus moves away from buying or selling a new home.
The cancellations of these sporting events combined with the bigger factor of a massive reduction in summer holidays means the property market in will be more active in July and August than ever before.
We’re already seeing signs we’re going to be in for a surge of activity for the rest of the year, as pent up sellers and buyers come to the market. So, if you are thinking of moving home now that your summer holiday plans are on hold, please get in touch with us.
We’re here to help in any way we can, well, apart from being able to guarantee your two weeks in the sun. But we can guarantee we’ll give you a warm welcome, five-star service and excellent local knowledge.