Whats On In Waterloo – A Guide.

Spring is around the corner, and even though there’s still a chill in the air, it won’t be long now before the warmer weather starts breaking through.

One of the best places to enjoy the nicer weather and find some time to enjoy a stroll is Waterloo.

Poised on the edge of the sea, Waterloo is one of the best areas locally for greenery, space and local amenities.

The area is known for its Georgian, Edwardian and Victorian Villas, which stretch out facing the sea and overlooking the marina gardens.

On a sunny afternoon you can take a leisurely stroll around the lake, up to the seafront, and onto the beach.

The Marina has an excellent bar and bistro, housed in the Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre, which overlooks the lake, where you can enjoy a nice meal and a drink as you watch the activities.

Marina Lake, Waterloo

Ranging from the local triathlon club swim training, to the windsurfers gliding over the top of the waves, and the local sailors enjoying the lake.

It’s only a short walk to the beach front, which houses the world famous “Another Place” the permanent art installation from Anthony Gormley, which spans the beach from Waterloo up to Blundellsands.

The installation itself comprises of 100 cast iron figures that look hauntingly out to see in silent expectation.

Another Place, Anthony Gormley

Gormley wanted to harness the ebb and flow of the tide, exploring mans relationship with nature.

And for an attraction to have in the local area its been a fantastic addition to waterloo and Crosby.

Aside from the natural beauty of Waterloo, we also have our local slice of culture that comes via the Plaza Cinema.

The Plaza opened originally in 1939, and before the advent of cinema it was a live entertainment venue, where some of the countries biggest entertainers would perform.

It was converted in 1976 to the three screen cinema we have today, The Plaza is now run by a community charity, which saved the cinema from closure and redevelopment.

The Plaza continues to show the latest movies to the local Waterloo community, at a much cheaper price than the big multi screen franchises.

Plaza Cinema Waterloo

Just around the corner from the Plaza is South Road, which over the last 10 years has become one of the best places in Liverpool for restaurants, bars and live music venues.

South Road runs from Cremona Corner down to the Marina lake, and the range of restaurants cover the whole of the road, but also covers the globe when it comes to eating choices.

You can choose from Indian, Nepalise, Greek, Turkish, Chinese, Italian, Mexican and a good old burger in Wetherspoons if you fancy it.

South Road has become a bit of a mecca for foodies, and Saturday evenings are the busiest as you see lots of people moving in and out of the restaurants and bars.

There are some great live music venues such as The Old Bank, and Stamps Too. Where you can see the local talent performing for the crowds.

But if it’s a more sedate kind of activity you’re looking for, then there’s the Waterloo Farmers and Artisans market, which is an indoor market with stalls selling a variety of produce from farms and other traders located in Lancashire, Cheshire, Cumbria, Wales and elsewhere.

The market is situated in Old Christ Church in Waterloo, which also houses the Waterloo Flea Market.

An all indoor market with up to 80 stalls selling a variety of products in a magnificent Grade II listed building.

Christ Church Waterloo

So if you are looking for something to do in Waterloo you are spoiled for choice.

No wonder the area is a popular place for people to live, with great schools and transport links, the main bus routes and train station are situated in in the middle of South Road.

Which makes commuting to the city centre easy and quick.

If Waterloo is somewhere you have been thinking about moving to, then there are plenty of positives to help inform your decision.

Why not let James Kristian help you find the right place, we are local estate agents in Waterloo.

Estate Agents Waterloo

If you are looking for houses to rent in Waterloo, or houses for sale in Waterloo, then we have the experience and local knowledge to help you find just the right place.

We are situated on Cremona Corner at the junction of South Road and Crosby Road.

If you are visiting Waterloo, then why not call in and see how we can help you find the right place to live.

If its evening strolls along the beach among the ironmen, or drinks, restaurants and entertainment, Waterloo has it all.

Summer is on the way so why not plan to make the most of it, and enjoy all that Waterloo has to offer.



10 Years of James Kristian

As the New Year arrives, 2018 takes on a bit of extra significance for James Kristian, as it means this year we celebrate our 10 year anniversary in property sales & lettings.

James Kristian started back in 2008, and in the 10 years that’s passed we are proud to say we have worked hard to help all of our clients, find a great place to rent, buy a house, or sell a property quickly.

Our values haven’t changed in a decade, from day one we set out to be friendly and professional, with our client’s best interests at the forefront of everything we do as a business.

In that time our knowledge of the local markets and the experience we have gained,helps us to understand your unique needs, and tailor an individual approach so you achieve your aim quickly.

Whether that’s buying, selling or letting, all for the best price quickly.

We have recently moved to our new home on Cremona Corner on South Road, Waterloo, which is a great location.

In line with the growth of the business, our new office gives us further potential to offer great properties for our clients.

Initially lettings was the main core of the business, and from our start in the Knowsley road office in Bootle, we have built steadily on the foundations of customer care.

We have always worked around our clients needs, if its late night or weekend viewings, then we are more than happy to accommodate this, to make sure you find the best place to live.

Over the years the James Kristian team has grown with the business, and this has allowed us to expand the services we can offer you within property.

The other side of lettings aside from finding you a home to suit your needs, is helping landlords to let out their properties to the right tenant.

So we now have great systems in place to offer full property management services for landlords.

As a landlord you want to know your house is in safe hands, with the experience James Kristian has built in letting out properties for the last 10 years, you can be assured we take the greatest care to only let your property after being thoroughly checked and referenced.

We want to make sure you get your properties rented out quickly to maximise your rental income.

We can also offer a property refresh service for in between tenancies, to make sure any property is brought back onto the market quickly, and to a high standard of décor.

We understand your property is an asset, and take great care to look after it.

Adhering to the highest standards has been the cornerstone of offering our services to you, and helping us to grow over the last decade.

The other aspect of our business is property sales, we want to make sure you sell your house quickly, whilst achieving you the best price.

The decision to sell a house is not one that’s taken lightly, and the team here at James Kristian understand that.

That’s why our property sales side of the business has grown, because clients have come to trust the way we work for you.

Our team are on hand to take the stress away for you and find a buyer for your home.

We strive to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to marketing your property, using professional photos of your house, as well as marketing online across Right Move and Zoopla.

We also use social media to promote and sell for you quickly.

Equally if you are looking to buy a home, we have an excellent range for you to browse online, our local market knowledge is second to none, and we can find you the right house for your budget.

In no time at all.

At James Kristian we have always taken a family run approach to growing the business, and communication has always been at the heart of that.

We believe in building relationships, and this is reflected in some of the long standing partnerships we’ve built over the years.

From landlords, tenants, sellers, buyers & contractors, the longevity of the business, is totally dependent on the relationships we have built with our core clients.

So now its time to look forward to the next 10 years and beyond, you can be assured we’ll continue to treat every day like it was the first, and continue to improve what we do as a business.

And keep providing you the customer with the best customer service available.

So come and call in for a chat and a coffee at any time, we are just on the corner of South Road and Crosby Road.

We look forward to seeing you.



Local Estate Agents v Online – Price is Not The Only Factor

When it comes to selling your home, there are costs involved in the sales process that are unavoidable.

Aside from solicitor’s fees, there are the fees you pay to your estate agent to sell your house.

In recent years there has been an increase in online estate agents who’s main selling point is reduced fees, in comparison to high street estate agents.

But like most things in life, just because you pay a cheaper price, does it mean you get the same level of service.

There is no comparison for local knowledge, and this is where local estate agents such as James Kristian have the advantage over online sales portals.

A recent study carried out by getagent.co.uk, a comparison website for estate agents, analysed homes listed by the top four online agencies over a period of 12 months.

On average homeowners who listed properties online completed on only 53% of their listings.

By comparison the Home Owners Alliance consumer group states that, traditional high street estate agents complete on more that 84% of their listings.

This indicates two things, firstly that sellers may think they are going to get a sale for a lower fee by going online, but when the sale fails to materialise they switch to a local high street agent to complete the sale.

Secondly, they end up paying two sets of fees to secure the sale, as online agents charge their fee up front, which are more often than not non refundable.

Additionally, online estate agents basic costs rarely include services that are included as standard from high street estate agents.

Indeed this has led the Governments National Trading Standards team, who are the body in charge of policing the estate agency industry to issue the below warning.

‘We’ve seen many examples of online agents making unsubstantiated claims about fees when compared to traditional or high street agents.

‘It’s wrong to make general claims about savings when the headline price does not include facilities such as a sales board, floor plans, photographs, accompanied viewings or other facilities normally included with traditional firms,’ says National Trading Standards spokesman James Munro.

So while it may seem cheaper to use an online agent initially, it can actually cost you double the fees, once you switch to a local estate agent to complete the sale.

The high street agent gives you the personal touch.

Another common factor of using online agents is you end up speaking to a different person each time you call for an update on your property.

Essentially you are calling a national call centre.

The Home Owners Alliance notes that it’s not uncommon for vendors to have to wait on hold for lengthy periods of time, before being able to speak to someone about their query.

With a traditional agent there are no hidden costs, however with an online agent you may have to pay additional fees for items such as floor plans and professional photographs, and after sales support.

Hidden costs mount up and will end up costing you more that you bargained for.

When it comes to viewings if you list for sale online, then you will be responsible for scheduling and carrying out viewings with potential vendors.

So you will need to be comfortable with this process as well as having to act as your own salesperson.

This could include having to create your own sales adverts, as well as managing and responding to buyer enquiries, arranging and conducting viewings, and carrying out negotiations to secure the offer you want for your property.

These tasks are all done as standard by a traditional estate agent, who are trained and experienced in carrying out viewings, with sales experience to secure you the best price.

Additionally after sales support is crucial to completing on a property, online estate agents can’t call a buyers solicitor to push along a sale.

This can only be carried out by a property professional, which can slow the sales process down considerably.

So selling online loses the benefit of the middleman service you get with a local high street agent, this can add stress and time to the process.

Another crucial factor that sets out the high street agent from the online one is local knowledge.

There is no substitute for knowing the local area when it comes to answering queries, which a good local estate agent should pride itself on.

Additionally when it come to setting a valuation for a property, high street agents are aware of local market trends and pricing levels for the area, which is something that online agents may not be able to match.

Plus you only pay when your property sells, paying a cheaper fee up front to an online agent may be tempting, but this more often than not turns out to be a false economy.

It only turns out to be cheaper if the property actually sells; otherwise you have paid a substantial fee up front for a very expensive listing.

Experienced local estate agents such as James Kristian achieve the best possible price for our customers without up front costs, or risk.

Providing high quality personalised service for you on both value and saleability, to achieve you the best price from the sale, with minimum fuss to you.

So if you’re looking to sell a property, and you want the sale to be carried out by an experienced sales team, who understand the importance of good communication, then don’t hesitate to contact us.

James Kristian has over 20 years experience in selling properties for the best price.

Understanding your unique needs to sell your property quickly.



Looking for a Property Portfolio Building Service in Liverpool?

Why invest in Property?

The property investment business can be a financially rewarding and exciting business. It can produce a consistent income which should be able to support you once you have retired. Historically, property has doubled in value every seven years so no wonder it is seen as the best way to provide for long term financial security.

We are seeing a shortage of housing in the UK!

Some facts we have uncovered :

  • The UK has a serious shortage of housing caused by a number of social & demographic factors.
  • Unlike other European countries, our population is expanding significantly and current figures see our current population at 65,464,119, this is a rise of nearly
  • 7 million in the last 20 years.
  • The number of people living (or utilising) a single bedroom dwelling is increasing.
  • Demand for property is increasing therefore driving up the property prices in the long term.
  • According to the Office of National Statistics there will be an average annual shortage of over 125,000 properties each year for the next decade.

How can James Kristian Sales & Lettings help you to financial security?

  1. We are on panel with the majority of major asset management companies meaning we have access to many properties if you are looking for properties in Liverpool.
  2. We can source high yielding properties in the Liverpool and surrounding areas with strong rental demand.
  3. Looking for a reliable builder, we can assist through our sister company, www.refurbexperts.co.uk, they are landlord refurbishment company – if you looking for a reliable builder in Liverpool!
  4. Our Lettings team are on hand to manage your investment. We can offer a fully managed service in order to maximise your investment. This will ensure minimum voids in order to generate a regular income from your rental properties.
  5. We are members of National Approved Lettings Scheme (NALS), which means we offer client money protection. Your rental income is always protected by our insurers.

Easy steps in order to explore your options:

  • Call our team on 0151 933 2313 and ask to speak with Anna, alternatively email anna@james-kristian.co.uk
  • Discuss your ideas and goals and let us identify some options to start / add to your property portfolio
  • We will arrange viewings for properties we consider suitable for the buy to let market.
  • Should the property require building work, we can have our sister company compile a list of required works along with a quotation & schedule.
  • We can deal with all aspects of your purchase, including solicitors, mortgage advice, surveyors etc
  • Once the purchase is complete we will ensure there are no delays in getting the property tenanted. We understand minimising voids are important to aid cash flow!

We consider building a property portfolio is a healthy alternative to a pension so don’t hesitate to give our team a call. For our Portfolio Building Service, please call us today on 0151 933 2313.

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James Kristian is a leading estate and letting agency with over 20 years of experience helping people purchase, sell, and let properties across the Liverpool area. The James Kristian approach puts you as the customer first, providing excellence in service by attending to your unique needs.

We adhere to the highest industry standards, including NALS and The Property Ombudsman and take a family-run approach. Benefit from our in-depth local knowledge, whether you want to let, buy, rent, or sell a property.

Our dedicated team guides you through the entire process, from the first step to the final one, and is always happy to answer your questions. That is the James Kristian commitment to customer service.

Using industry leading technology, innovative marketing strategies, and social media, James Kristian takes a proactive approach to finding, selling, or letting your property. You are in trustworthy hands with our reputable, reliable agents.