Introducing our Community Champion for 2014 Ronnie Vaughan

Golders Green is not only where our office is based but it is our home. What make this area so special is the people that we meet every day, the real sense of community and its village feel. All of us know some real characters who always have a story to tell and are forever eager to help others before themselves.

We wanted to say thank you to these people and so we launched ‘Community Champion’. We are proud to announce that our Community Champion for 2014 is Ronnie Vaughan. Ronnie was born in Holloway in 1930 and has lived in the area ever since. We sat down with Ronnie recently to find out more about him and why he couldn’t imagine living anywhere else.

 We asked Ronnie why he loved living in Golders Green?

The diversity of people, its very cosmopolitan, also peaceful and safe. I love the parks and Heath. It is heaven on earth for me.

How many times have you moved home?

6 times in and around the local area.

What is your earliest memory?

Walking behind the 1966 World Cup winning Football Team as they walked into the old Ionic cinema in Golders Green!

Where is your favourite spot?

Imperial Cafe on Golders Green Road which is great for fresh coffee.

We can certainly second this!

Ellis and Co Golders Green are offering each Community Champion £200 to donate to their nominated charity.

We know your charity has a special place in your heart Ronnie, which charity would you like to nominate?

I would like you to donate to Barnet Independent Living Service.

Barnet Independent Living Service offers specialist support to adults with a range of physical and sensory impairments.

Congratulations Ronnie on being our Community Champion for 2014


Why this autumn is predicted to be one of the busiest yet!

September always feels like a new beginning in itself. Thousands of children return to school and even though we have worked during the summer months, there is a sense of returning to normality. It is also the time that many people re-start their quest for a new home, there are already signs this is going to be a busy autumn.

One of the signs that autumn is going to be a busy period is the recent news that a few major lenders released fixed rate mortgages deals that are back below 3 per cent. This is amazing news for buyers, with some being put off by the imminent increase in interest rates together with the new ‘stress test’. The worry of not only getting a mortgage but also being able to meet their repayments has seen some light.

Mr Hollingworth of broker London and Country in the Telegraph on 5 September stated that those ‘considering a five year fixed mortgage should not hold out for a better deal.’ In affect now is the best time to buy. He continues, “The recent falling five year fixed rates that we’ve seen shows just how rapidly prices can change. Rates might get slightly better but the market leaders are looking very competitive.”

We always see an upturn in properties coming on to the market this time of year.   This year is no exception; the first week in September we have seen a particular increase in the number of buyers looking for their next home and wanting to be in before Christmas.

But we must urge all those looking to sell that is not a done deal. Staging your home for sale will not only increase your chance of selling quickly but also can have an impact on the price offered, with many well-staged homes receiving above their asking price. Home staging is so important as it creates the lifestyle of your home, and is the first impression they may see of your home on property portals such as Rightmove and Zoopla.

Always go with the principle that they can’t see through your cluttered rooms or unique décor. The actual fact is that the majority of potential buyers want to be able to walk into a home without having to do any work to it. Yes they may down the line wish to decorate, but they want to move into somewhere where they can feel at home straight away.

With an increase in buyers and below 3 per cent fixed rate mortgage deals, why wouldn’t you want to move before Christmas. Contact us today to arrange your free valuation and register your buying needs.

At Ellis and Co we will not only sell your home quickly we will work hard to make it as stress free as possible. Let us to do the hard work, and you can enjoy planning your new home.