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Tenants Flood Online To Find New Property

People are looking on mobile devices for their next property, with a 50% increase in the last 12 months, whether that’s on the way to work or walking home from yoga. In fact, 39% of tenants are now searching for their next property out of hours, meaning traditional estate agents aren’t able to catch this segment of the market.

It might be tempting to ignore this trend, people will always want places to live, right? And besides, traditional ways of advertising your properties have never failed before. This is a dangerous attitude to have, look no further than Airbnb. It’s a great example of what is happening to the UK rental market as new channels emerge for advertising property.

22% of landlords use classified adverts, but the times are changing. Landlords must change their behavior to ensure they effectively advertise their properties in the digital world too.

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James Davis Portfolio Landlord & Property Expert

Austin Heath:

Luxury Retirement properties in Warwickshire

Set in beautiful Warwickshire, there’s the most astonishing retirement village, Austin Heath. Owned and managed by Inspired Villages, Austin Heath has the appearance and facilities more akin to a 5-star hotel than retirement village.

With 49 luxury apartments and penthouses buying here could just be the best step you take on the journey we call life, every apartment is finished to the highest standards and has a true feel of modern life while being tucked away in the most tranquil of settings.

Within the village itself you have a myriad of activities to take your fancy, from meeting areas to a spa and gym there’s always options to ensnare the restless amongst us. Mixed in there is beautiful scenery and an amazing view of Warwick castle, which can’t be the worst landmark to see on your morning stroll every day.

There is obviously more than just the extended holiday aspect of this village though, with around the clock care available to make sure that the experience is as much a pleasure to every resident. Being set in this village layout though adds a real sense of community to the location that can be missing from many retirement destinations.

Part of the ethos of Inspired villages is to enjoy life as evidenced by this comment from Director, Keith Cockell

“Retirement should be a time to enjoy all those things that we forgot to make time for during work”

“A time to savour the company of family and friends, to discover new passions, see new places and rediscover old interests.”

This statement is one of the things that truly sets a location like Austin Heath Village apart from many other retirement communities.

** Villages facilities coming soon as part of Phase 2.

** Prices start from £175,250

*Call 01926 334201 or email for more information or to book your appointment today.

Buying your home is the largest and most important purchase of your lifetime. As a result it is of course essential that prospective property owners shop around. Often the first place they will turn to is their local paper and that’s where we at The North West Times can help promote your business. By putting your agency as a whole or even your individual properties in a listing like format, you can reach those buyers who are searching the market. Displaying photos is an essential part of selling property… the format we have in The North West Times allows an agency to put photographs and information. Whether it is just the one photo or photos on the interior, exterior and garden – our large pages can incorporate everything that you have to show. Research has shown that although this is the most important photo is of course the exterior face, buyers also want to see the interior, garden, kitchen, bathroom, bedrooms and any special features. Typically, each extra photo displayed can double the response rate. In addition to our ‘property for sale’ pages, we also run property development and home improvement pages. Within these pages readers can find all the latest local and national companies offering products and services to improve the home. Whether for a home owners own comfort or to improve a property developers profit margins – with good research, a sound purchase and clever renovations, property investment can be a profitable business.

Throughout the year we contact local businesses about our features which range and vary depending on the current trends. This year for example it is more than obvious that the home improvement industry is leaning towards being “green” or environmentally-friendly. It is also quiet clear that this trend is going to continue for the years to come. As a result we have run a number of successful features on companies within this industry and over the next few years you will see a lot of interior and exterior products created from planet-friendly and renewable materials.

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Customer Testimonials

Prenton Preparatory School

As headteacher of Prenton Prep School I have dealt with Katie Walden in her role at the North West Times on numerous occasions. She has always been well-spoken and extremely professional in her manner and has followed up conversations with the promised actions promptly. Katie is a good representative for Colston Media and PPS have, therefore, reused the service on various occasions.

Scarisbrick Hall School

This is to confirm that I have been dealing with Katie for about 3 months now and in all our communications she has been professional in her handling of the enquiry and where possible as offered the best possible rate available and space in the publications we are advertising in.

Lake District Inns & Cottages

Colston Media has really put us on a platform to North West Times readers. We have used them a number of times over the years to promote our Inns and Cottages. Early this year we decided to really push weddings at The Kings Head Inn. Katie, our representative at Colston Media, jumped on this and reached out to us every time there was an amazing chance to get our name out there. Communication between us was clear, so we always knew exactly what er were getting and for how long we would be visible. Katie was also happy to work with us and our right budgets. I provided images and our wedding pack information. From this, the team made a lovely advert that highlighted our best features. All the stress of putting something together was taken away from us. We decided to change the photos used for the earlier adverts which was no problem to the team at all. From all this work, we have started taking a number of bookings for the upcoming year. With out already at the end of March. Due to the area the North West Times is distributed and being accessible online, we really feel this has helped confirm these bookings. We look forward to continuing to work with Colston Media in the future.

Cheshire Falconry Centre

Hi, just a quick note to say thanks to Gary regarding is help in placing adverts with yourself, Gary made the whole procedure very easy and was a great point of contact.

Storthes Hall Park

Good service, great offers simple process and easy to work with!

Oasis Fostering Services

Please find below my thoughts on my experience of dealing with you.
I have always found you to be really polite and patient with me - I have a very busy workload and you have been understanding of this when I haven't managed to come back to you. I have found you to be very helpful and explanatory and have always been happy that I've understood exactly what you are proposing. I have been impressed with how speedy you have dealt with any questions I have had. I was happy with the ad and although it is difficult to always identify where our enquiries come from, we have definitely seen a rise in enquiries - so something is working for us! We would definitely consider using you again and we would definitely recommend you to others.

Holdens Solicitors

I wanted to set down in writing my views on the skill with which you have dealt with me over the last months. You are extremely business-like and always make a compelling case for Holdens to advertise. You are efficient and effective and have a no-nonsense approach which is very engaging. Without your sensible and accessible approach, we would never have advertised or thought to do so. You also have the ability to make us as the client feel special and work with us as if you are working for our success. This combination of skills is exceptional as I can testify after a long career in the corporate environment when one is bombarded with services being offered.
If there is anything, I can do to promote your high level of service to us please do not hesitate to let me know.

Livewell by Cheryl

‘ I found Dan to be very informative, understanding and professional. He was also extremely patient, as I asked a fair few questions. Thanks for your help Dan, especially as I am reasonably new to advertising.’

Gwernydd Hall Holiday Home Park

My Experience with you and Colston Media was a positive one, you came across very professional and may I say an experienced and "Good" Salesperson. You were not pushy but you did persevere to get the important points across.
Printed advertising does not work too well in this industry anymore, Online and social Media is bringing in the sales at the moment.


I often speak to Shane regarding advertising as we do a lot of advertising for our charity events. Shane is extremely polite and helpful, responds to queries very promptly, and is a friendly person to speak to. Great customer service :)