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Salamander Place shortlisted as a Finalist for 'Best Partnership in Affordable Housing Delivery' in the Homes for Scotland Awards 2013
The Homes for Scotland Awards saw yet another record number of entries this year. Considering this we’re proud to announce that Rettie & Co, in partnership with Teague Homes (UK) Ltd, Hillcrest Housing Association, Hart Builders, the Cruden Group, the Royal Bank of Scotland, the City of Edinburgh Council and the Scottish Futures Trust have been shortlisted in the “Best Partnership in Affordable Housing Delivery” category for the Salamander Place development.
The project involves a broad range of organisations working in a true Public and Private Sector partnership to deliver 145 affordable housing units.
A re-financing package was secured through the National Housing Trust Initiative from the City of Edinburgh Council which provides 10 year, interest only funding at a 4% interest rate. On the back of this, a construction contract, funded by Cruden and RBS, was agreed with payment at practical completion. There is also a pre-agreed contract for Hillcrest Housing Association to acquire the site interest from the landowner at completion.
The project is the largest development in the National Housing Trust programme and will see 114 full time equivalent jobs sustained.
Rettie & Co’s Consultancy team were the transaction coordinator for the project from inception right through to completion and brought together all the different strands of the deal and parties involved. The Rettie & Co team are the ideal complement to the project with their extensive knowledge, public and private sector networks and experience/expertise in this sector. The project is a clear example of innovative thinking and delivery methods enabling a scale of project which is highly challenging in current market conditions.
The winners of the Homes for Scotland Awards will be announced at the Annual Lunch and Awards ceremony which will be held on Friday 17th May at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre.
Rettie & Co Win Gold at Letting Agency of the Year Awards 2012
Rettie & Co are absolutely delighted to win the Gold award in the 'Best Scotland Lettings Agency' category for the second year running at the 'Lettings Agency of the Year Awards', seeing off stiff competition within the highly competitive Scottish lettings arena.
The awards were announced at a presentation in London on Friday 25th May. Upon receiving the award, Rettie & Co's Director of Letting & Management, Diarmid Mackenzie Smith said "To win this award last year was a fantastic acknowledgement for us and to win it again this year demonstrates our continually improving service offering over other agents. We are especially proud to be the only Gold winner in Scotland ."
The Lettings Agency of the Year judges commented on Rettie & Co's service: "A firm of chartered surveyors, Edinburgh-based Rettie & Co is a smart agency boasting fantastic presentation in every aspect of its lettings service offering. There's substance, too, with a 24-hour property management service, robust systems and processes, which include strong credit control, ensuring that 99.7% of their rents are collected on time. Judges were particularly impressed with the use of solicitor-based training for all staff, who are consequently enthused about the agency and highly competent in the delivery of competitive service underpinned by accurate and up-to-date market nous. Judges also liked the firm's use of video streaming on its website, and its overall 'rock-solid' business proposition."
Rettie & Co finalists at UK Property Awards 2011
Rettie & Co are pleased to learn that we are one of the finalists at the prestigious 2011 UK Property Awards sponsored by Google and Bloomberg Television.
The awards will be presented at a gala presentation on October 28th. The event is part of the International Property Awards, which is now in its 17th year and has become recognised as the highest standard of excellence throughout the global industry. Attaining one of these coveted awards is evidence that Rettie & Co are capable of excelling over some very strong contenders within the highly competitive UK property arena.
Rettie & Co are proud that their website is considered one of the UK’s best property sites. This is the second year running that www.rettie.co.uk has been recognised at the UK Property Awards, winning Best UK Real Estate Agency Website and Best International Real Estate Agency Website at the 2010 awards.
Managing Director Simon Rettie, said of the award, “This accolade demonstrates that our continuing investment into our online presence is now giving us, and more importantly our clients, a real tangible benefit as to why they should use our services and why we are the market leaders in Scotland.”
“The property market today continues to be challenging, so in response our website works harder, providing our clients with more opportunities to promote their properties and sites to potential buyers and tenants.”
Resonance wins top honours in at the Saltire Awards for Innovation in Housing
Moray Apartments in Edinburgh, delivered through the Resonance® funding model by Rettie & Co, Springfield Properties and DCHA, has won the 'Innovation in Housing' Award as this years Saltire Society Housing Design Awards 2011.
Established in 1937, the Saltire Society Housing Design Awards are Scotland’s oldest design awards scheme, backed by the Scottish Government, A+DS, CIH and SFHA. Guest Chairman Malcolm Fraser has announced a diverse awards shortlist for 2011, with the scheme enjoying another year of encouraging submissions from across Scotland’s modern housing stock.
Rettie & Co are delighted that Resonance® at Moray Apartments has won the inaugural Scottish Government-backed ‘Innovation in Housing’ Award. The Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure and Capital Investment - Alex Neil MSP - presented the award at the Award Ceremony.
The awards panel found the Resonance® model to be an ‘exceptionally innovative’ way of kick starting construction to provide affordable housing without the need for grant assistance. The model was developed by Rettie and Co and commissioned by Springfield Property Fund & Dunedin Canmore.
Resonance wins two Awards at UK Housing Awards 2011
Resonance® at Moray Apartments has also been successful in the 2011 UK Housing Awards. These awards are now in their 15th year and recognise outstanding work in housing which improves the lives of people in their communities.
Resonance® at Moray Apartments won the Award for ‘Excellence in Housing Finance and Development’ as well as the judge nominated category ‘Outstanding Achievement in Housing in Scotland’.
The event is organised by Inside Housing magazine and the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), and attracted a phenomenal response with submissions from the length and breadth of the UK.
Rettie & Co win gold at Lettings Agency of the Year Awards 2011
Rettie & Co were delighted to be amongst the winners at this year’s prestigious Lettings Agency of the Year Awards, presented in London last week.
On receiving a Gold award in the category of ‘Best Small Scotland Lettings Agency’, Rettie & Co’s Director of Letting & Management Diarmid Mackenzie Smith said “this award is a fantastic achievement for us and validates our aim for exceptional customer service. We are especially proud to be the only winner in the Scotland region.”
The Lettings Agency of the Year judges commented on Rettie & Co’s service: “One of the few RICS accredited agencies in Scotland, Rettie & Co. provide an exceptionally professional service to landlords and tenants. Each member of staff manages just 35 properties, a fact which clearly demonstrates the personal quality of the service. Its award winning website contains links to 10 other informative websites providing a wealth of information to clients. Landlords and tenants are given 24 hour access to staff should they need it and client testimonials show they are highly satisfied with the service they receive. Great importance is placed on compliance and conduct and the judges were impressed by the dispute resolution process of this company. 100% of viewings are accompanied 7 days per week reinforcing their message of ‘doing the right things on a daily basis’. This gold award is well deserved.”
Rettie & Co win first award for Resonance
Rettie & Co are delighted to announce that Resonance, our innovative new affordable housing delivery model, has won its first award at the Homes for Scotland Quality Awards 2011.
Rettie & Co teamed with Springfield Properties and Dunedin Canmore Group to enter Resonance in the category of Local Authority & Key Agency Working for the delivery of the pilot project Moray Apartments in Edinburgh. Shortlisted alongside high quality entries from organisations including City of Edinburgh Council and Highland Housing Alliance, we are delighted to receive this confirmation of the success of our new model.
Resonance finalist at Scottish Home Awards 2011
Rettie & Co are delighted that Resonance, our innovative funding model to deliver affordable and private housing, reached the final shortlist for the Community Partnership of the Year Award at this year’s prestigious Scottish Home Awards.
Other nominations included Moray Apartments for Small Affordable Housing Development of the Year, which was the successful pilot project of Resonance, delivering 15 mid-market rental homes in Edinburgh.
This is the third award that Resonance and Moray Apartments were shortlisted for, also receiving a nomination in the Homes for Scotland Awards 2011 under the Local Authority & Key Agency Working category.
The Resonance funding model is designed to kick-start activity on mothballed building sites and those where there are challenges in securing funding. The initiative uses a rental guarantee so that housing associations can unlock private finance to support the development costs.
Rettie & Co teamed up with Dunedin Canmore Housing Association, City of Edinburgh Council, the Scottish Government and Springfield Property Fund to help deliver the pilot scheme of 15 homes in the Capital.
Rettie & Co win twice at UK Property Awards 2010
Rettie & Co are delighted to announce they have won two coveted trophies at the UK Property Awards in association with Bloomberg Television; Best International Real Estate Agency Website and Best UK Real Estate Agency Website.
Previous winners of this prestigious award include global enterprises and market competitors Knight Frank and Harrods Estates.
As Scotland’s leading independent property agents Rettie & Co have made significant investments into their web marketing over the last 12 months. And to further back up their awards, have also performed highly in a recent survey by Greenlight who provide analysis of the most important search terms, trends and benchmarking data to the Real Estate market.
The Greenlight research was carried out in conjunction with Google (where 90% of all web users conduct searches). Greenlight analysed and monitored search term behaviour in the Real Estate sector, which in turn captured some outstanding results for Rettie & Co.
Simon Rettie said "This research and our awards demonstrate that our investment into our SEO and general web marketing is now giving us, and more importantly our clients a real tangible benefit as to why they should use our services and why we are the market leaders in Scotland."
"After you strip out all the portal sites such as Rightmove and Zoopla, we are leading the field in terms of independent agents in the UK and are competing successfully with the largest property companies in the country. The statistic I was most impressed by was for location based searches - where we ranked 10th which is higher than the ESPC, again if you take out the portal sites, we are in fact the number one. Considering we are a local independent company and portals such as the ESPC have over 200 member firms we are punching well above our weight. "
Tim Blaxter of Chorial Internet Marketing who manages the search engine optimisation for Rettie & Co said "Doing well on search engines requires a lot of effort and commitment especially for independent firms. Rettie & Co are an advanced organisation in their online marketing and their new website, launched just before the Greenlight report came out, was designed from the ground up to appeal to search engines as well as being easy for people to use."