Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Q&A PROPERTY; in Our Series in Which People in the North East Property Market Give a Personal View on Homes, Housing, the Industry and More, Homemaker Meets Jaimie Lawton, Director of Walton Robinson

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Q&A PROPERTY; in Our Series in Which People in the North East Property Market Give a Personal View on Homes, Housing, the Industry and More, Homemaker Meets Jaimie Lawton, Director of Walton Robinson

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Q: Name, position and how long you have been in the property industry? A: Jaimie Lawton, director, and approximately 15 years.

Q: What sparked your interest in the property business? A: Whilst a student at Northumbria University I worked at Walton Robinson on a part-time basis and my interest in the property business developed from there. I enjoyed the challenges of working in a busy, lively and interesting industry and when offered a full-time position after graduation I didn't hesitate to accept the offer.

Q: What is the best advice you have ever received about property? A: Do your research, take time to ensure the property purchase is right for you, be it your home or an investment.

Q: And the worst? A: Don't buy impulsively - be thoughtful.

Q: What tips would you give to someone wanting to enter the industry? A: Be prepared to stay motivated and pro-active as it's a competitive industry, but most of all work hard and be loyal to the company which employs you.

Q: What should a prospective buyer/ renter look for when choosing an agent? A: Use a well-established agent who is affiliated with NFOPP, has a strong local knowledge and an agent who takes the time to listen to your property requirements.

Q: What are the three most important things people hoping to buy should think about when looking at a home? A: Your future plans - think about how long you plan to live in the property, whether you plan to start a family, or if your place/location of employment may change in the future.

The location - are you restricted to one area, or could you consider widening your search area.

Financial implications - make sure you can afford the property.

Q: Or if they're planning to rent? A: Use a reputable agent or well-established landlord who maintains the property and cares about their tenants.

Q: What are the biggest changes you've seen in the past five years? A: Purpose-built student accommodation becoming one of the largest sectors within the property investment industry.

Q: Where do you see the market in five years? A: I envisage that property will continue to be bought and sold at a steady rate, however first-time buyers should save hard to generate a deposit, which will help them to gain a good mortgage rate when they do buy. …

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