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It's the most wonderful time of the year...to live in Gateshead!

This week at SEAL Properties we have been busy decorating our office in preparation for celebrating the festive season. As we dressed our tree in tinsel and lined our windows with twinkling fairy lights the team began discussing the different things that we were looking forward to this Christmas. As we came together sharing our ideas and excitement we realised just how many things we have on offer in our local area! We've put together a selection of the festive fun just waiting to be enjoyed right on your door step.

BALTIC Winter Wonderland

Visit BALTIC this festive season on 22, 23 or 24 December to create your own sculptural snowflakes with BALTIC artist, Helen Pailing. Encourage snowy skies with our Ice Elves and take home sparkly reindeer dust ready for Rudolph’s arrival. A creative family activity recommended for ages 3-13. All children must be accompanied by an adult, accompanying adults go free. Autism friendly sessions available. For further information please visit https://www.newcastlegateshead.com/winter-festival/whats-on/baltic-winter-wonderland-p909061 

Skating @ Life + Friday Night Skate @ Life

The perfect place for a spot of wintery fun with friends and family, skating at Life is a must on your winter check list! Grab your mates and head down to Life where the ice rink is open every day except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day. There's no need to book if you're visiting with fewer than 10 people, just turn up and pay on the day (excludes Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve).

Friday Night Skate sessions bring the party to Life’s outdoor ice rink! With local up-and-coming DJs from Newcastle College providing the tunes, you can enjoy skating to a whole host of hits in what is a truly cool event - there’s no better place to glide into the weekend. Please note - where all are welcome at Friday Night Skate sessions, these events are particularly suitable for ages 14+. Skating sessions last for approximately one hour. For further information visit https://www.newcastlegateshead.com/winter-festival/whats-on/friday-night-skate-at-life-p913631

Hadrian's Tipi Newcastle

Hadrian’s Tipi is a 8 week winter pop-up retreat located in the very heart of Newcastle city centre.
It offers everything a hardened Christmas shopper would want on a cold day…

Inside you’ll find a warm log fire, cosy snug seating areas that welcome families, groups and dog owners alike. We have a large well stocked bar of hot & cold drinks  favourites from local breweries and suppliers. Enjoy our outdoor Winter Beer Garden with Christmas trees, atmospheric lights & outdoor shelters to protect you from the elements. Feast on our authentic Bratwurst and Frankfurters flown over from Bavaria served from our large, charcoal fired, swing grill hut. For further information visit http://www.hadrianstipi.com/

Newcastle International Christmas Market

The International Christmas Market will take place at Grey’s Monument, Grey Street and Grainger Street from 17 November to 10 December inclusive.  Opening times are: from 10am to 8pm Monday to Saturday; and from 10am to 5pm on Sundays.

This market brings us gourmet ingredients and a very real taste of Europe. You can get a currywurst from Germany, waffles from Holland, paella from Spain and crepes – both sweet and savoury from France. https://www.newcastle.gov.uk/business/newcastle-markets/christmas-markets-newcastle

Christmas Market at Monument

The Christmas Market takes place at Grey’s Monument, Grey Street and Grainger Street. The Christmas market will be held from 11 December to 17 December 2017 inclusive.

This market welcomes stall holders from closer to home. There are beers from local microbreweries, home-made jams, delicious cakes and handmade chocolates. And once you’ve bought something scrumptious to eat, you can find special gifts such as scarves, leather bags, hand-thrown pottery, woolly hats and jewellery. https://www.newcastle.gov.uk/business/newcastle-markets/christmas-markets-newcastle

Saltwell Park - Enchanted Parks 2017

Gateshead’s popular after-dark arts adventure is making a welcome return this festive season. The annual event, which sees specially commissioned artists transform Gateshead’s Saltwell Park into a magical and mythical wonderland, will run for six nights this winter. For further information visit http://www.gateshead.gov.uk/Leisure%20and%20Culture/parks/Saltwell%20Park/Enchanted-Parks.aspx

Santa's Grotto at the Sage

Join the the elves in the toy shop to finish the combobulator to take you on a trip to the North Pole to visit Father Christmas! For further information visit http://www.sagegateshead.com/event/santas-grotto-2017/

Are you looking forward to attending any special Christmas events in the local area that we haven't included in our list? Spread some Christmas cheer by leaving us a comment on our Facebook post featuring this blog to give our other SEAL followers some festive inspiration!

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Bucket List

Everyone seems to be making bucket lists lately so I’ve been thinking about my own and things I want to do. I thought in this blog post I’d share what my top 5 things are…


1) Indoor skydiving


2) Real skydiving


3) Zip lining the Tyne


4) Rally driving


5) Visit New York



As you can tell I am very much an adrenaline addict and I can’t wait to start crossing things off my list! Rollercoasters and fair ground rides just don’t cut it anymore – nothing gives me butterflies or scares me in the slightest… much to my mam’s despair as just the though of me being on an airplane terrifies her, never mind jumping out of one.


We all only have one chance at life so my advice is to live it to the full in every way that you possibly can!

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Top 5 Local Places To Visit

1) Saltwell Park – It is a massive tourist attraction and has hundreds of visitors every single day. It is great for families or just somewhere to go for a walk and to admire the scenery. With summer just around the corner (hopefully). They also have summer events on during the school holidays which makes the visit even more entertaining, especially for children. It is worth planning a visit!


2) The Quayside – There is a lot to see and do at the quayside day and night. The Millennium Bridge is one of seven of the bridges in Newcastle but one of the most popular. A lot of people use this is as a spot to sit and take in the scenery at. It is also a great photographing location. It is even more beautiful when it lights up during the night which is something most people like to see.

Also at the quayside are the two most known locations – The Sage and The Baltic. The sage is a massive venue which is most known for the obscure shape. What a lot of people don’t know is that it was shaped this way for a reason and that reason is to amplify sound. It is a venue a lot of musicians use for their shows. It is also a venue that businesses use for meetings and interviews. Whereas The Baltic is most known for the art inside of it. As an art gallery they have many different things to see but they also host activity days. They have arts and craft days for young children and they also have autistic friendly days which I think is something more places should do.

Lastly, sundays at the Quayside are the best! There is a market on every Sunday with a variety of stalls. It’s very family friendly and also multicultural. It kind of just brings everyone together. It’s a lovely family day out and most importantly – there’s a large variety of food that all smell so good!


3) Beamish – There is so much to do here like tram rides, visit old fashioned sweet shops and see what lots of different places used to be like, for example; schools, homes, shops etc… It is a day out that appeals to all generations of the family and it’s educational without even realising it. You can even pay for extra activities that you book in advance, one of these for example is making your very own old fashioned sweets.


4) Angel Of The North – This is something everyone has to see at least once. It is a massive tourist attraction and what Gateshead is most known for! Kids absolutely love it. There is also always an ice cream van always nearby and the large grassy area is ideal for picnics. Not such a good place to visit in the rain but great on nice days.


5) The Metrocentre – As it is indoors it means come rain or shine you can shop till you drop!! There is a huge selection of stores, food places and things to do. If shopping isn’t enough or isn’t for you there is also a cinema and arcade which will keep the whole family entertained. There are also metro gnomes performances multiple times of the day too which appeals mostly to younger children.



Then if you aren’t local already and like the attractions so much that you want to live here – visit us at SEAL Properties and we’ll help sort that out for you!


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My First Few Weeks

When I started at SEAL Properties on the 27th March this year it’s fair to say I didn’t have any idea what I was doing. I felt so overwhelmed with how much and how fast I was having to learn new things because unfortunately for me, I started at a very busy time. Everything seemed to be non stop, I had to learn who people were, how the system worked, the names and areas and properties, where files were kept and what procedures I had to follow. I had well and truly been thrown in at the deep end, but in a lot of ways I do think I actually benefited from this. Obviously this resulted in me asking non stop questions to Emma like “How do you do this?” “Erm.. can you show me again please?” “Where does this go?” but thankfully she never got sick of me (or if she did she hid it well) and continuously showed me how to do things and answered my never ending list of questions. Rachel also started the same time as me and although she was more knowledgeable than me due to past experiences and jobs, she still also had to adapt and learn new things. I did seek a little comfort from not being the only new starter. It meant we could learn from each other too as we were focused on different aspects of the business in the beginning so when it came to doing what each other had been doing it meant we could teach each other and take some stress away from Emma. It all paid off in the end though as I am now 2 months in to my apprenticeship and I feel like I know a lot more than when I started. I know how to work the internal system for the website pretty well and I’m getting there with filing; although when I first started it was my very worst nightmare! I’m slowly learning which tenant lives where and which landlord owns which property too. Personally though I think my biggest achievement is answering the phones a lot more confidently compared to when I first started and I totally avoided answering it and when I did I was very nervous. Most people who ring only ever want Emma anyway so it’s usually just a quick call transfer and then it’s done from my end.

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Gateshead branch OPENS!

On the 1st of June 2015 after months of long days and evenings work/planning we opened our Gateshead Agency. During our first week we sign up a Landlord with a large portfolio and market four of his properties. Many interested tenants walk in and register.

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ONS: House price growth at near six year low

ONS: House price growth at near six year low

The latest UK House Price Index has shown that, in the year to January 2019, average house prices in the UK increased by 1.7% - down from 2.2% in the previous month and the lowest annual rate since June 2013.

Zoopla agents report valuation leads up 36%

Zoopla agents report valuation leads up 36%

Zoopla has announced that it has seen a 36% rise in valuation leads for its agents - indicating a spike in new business when comparing the last 12 months with the previous year.

BTL is still one of the best investment options ten years after the financial crisis

BTL is still one of the best investment options ten years after the financial crisis

According to new research by lettings inventory and property compliance specialists, VeriSmart, buy-to-let property is up there with the FTSE 100 and classic cars when it comes to a sound investment.

Landlords achieving 30% yields with short term property lets in Liverpool

Landlords achieving 30% yields with short term property lets in Liverpool

Letting agency, Portico Host, has been crunching the numbers and found that Airbnb hosts and landlords of short term let properties in Walton, Liverpool are achieving the best yields in the North West's largest cities of Liverpool and Manchester.

Landlords licences subject to postcode lottery

Landlords licences subject to postcode lottery

A new study from Direct Line for Business has revealed that when it comes to the cost of a landlord licence, the price you pay will depend on where you live.

New data shows expats pay the most rent in London

New data shows expats pay the most rent in London

New research by ECA International has revealed that the average rent for a three-bed home in the capital now stands at £5,187 making it the most expensive place in Europe for expats to live.

Propertymark urges agents to take referral guidance seriously

Propertymark urges agents to take referral guidance seriously

New guidelines issued by the National Trading Standards Estate Agency Team last month have been designed to protect consumers and NAEA Propertymark is urging agents to take the time to fully understand them.

Equity release vs downsizing?

Equity release vs downsizing?

The equity release market has grown exponentially over the past few years, and it is easy to see why. The average over 55 has seen their house increase in value by £135,000 according to research by SunLife, which means many have a huge amount of wealth locked in the value of the homes.

Rental growth gathers pace in East London

Rental growth gathers pace in East London

Data from the latest Landbay Rental Index has revealed that there is a clear split in the capital with rental growth in East London significantly outperforming the west of the city over the last seven years.

Top tips to help you buy a house for your children

Top tips to help you buy a house for your children

The bank of Mum and Dad is old, albeit still very relevant, news. For Londoners particularly, a first-time purchase without help is all but impossible for the majority of under 30s. It's estimated that over 60% of first-time buyers receive some financial help from the older generation. The figure is even higher in the capital.

Where are the most affordable places to live in London?

Where are the most affordable places to live in London?

Whether you are choosing to buy or rent a property, London is priced substantially higher than much of the UK.

Volume of long term residential mortgages see significant rise in last five years

Volume of long term residential mortgages see significant rise in last five years

New figures from Moneyfacts have revealed that just over half (50.89%) of all residential products currently on the market have a maximum term of 40 years - rising from 35.93% five years ago.

Hinckley & Rugby announce four new Joint Borrower Sole Proprietor products

Hinckley & Rugby announce four new Joint Borrower Sole Proprietor products

The Society says that all four of the mortgages are fee-free and are ideal for parents who wish to help their children buy a home with the only charge being on the property being purchased.

BTL investors are getting younger according to new data

BTL investors are getting younger according to new data

New research by online estate agency, yieldit, has found that the average age of those buying investment property has fallen by more than three and a half years in the past nine months.

Spring housing market dampened by Brexit uncertainty

Spring housing market dampened by Brexit uncertainty

The latest figures from Rightmove have revealed that the usual buoyancy associated with the spring housing market has failed to materialise this time round largely due to Brexit.

House prices edge up in February

House prices edge up in February

The latest data released from LSL Acadata shows that, for the third consecutive month, average house prices increased during February by 0.5%.

Tenants reveal their priorities when choosing new accommodation

Tenants reveal their priorities when choosing new accommodation

Specialist property consultancy, Knight Knox, has published the results of a survey that cast light on the priorities of tenants who were looking for rental accommodation.

Could the spare room surplus unlock Britain’s broken housing market?

Could the spare room surplus unlock Britain’s broken housing market?

Room share platform, ideal flatmate, has been crunching the numbers and looking at the excess volume of spare rooms across the UK - but is it enough to address the UK's property stock shortage?

Housebuilder Berkeley confident in long term market

Housebuilder Berkeley confident in long term market

Housebuilders, Berkeley Group, has voiced its confidence in the "long term resilience" of its markets while remaining "mindful" of the potential for short term disruption.

5 common reasons why your house is not selling

5 common reasons why your house is not selling

There are many stages that need to be completed before your house finally sells. Some naturally take longer than others and may be out of your control. However, if your property isn't attracting interest after a couple of months on the market, it's time to ask yourself why.

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