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12Jun

Mark Noble, managing director of Castles Residential Sales & Lettings has raised nearly £15,000 for the family of his brother, Lee, who was 44 when he passed away on 28 March 2017 from cancer.

Already a keen fundraiser, Mark raised £3,000 for diabetes research charity JDRF in 2014 and chose running to raise funds for his brothers’ family. 

“Heartbreakingly, my little brother, Lee Noble, recently lost his brave fight with cancer. He is survived by his partner Kremi, his 4-year old daughter Gabi and his 2-year old twin boys, Francis and George. Due to having a brain tumour for 10 years, Lee couldn't get life insurance, so I set out to raise as much money as possible to support Lee's family.” explained Mark.

For 44 consecutive days, Mark ran between 5 - 10 kilometres. As well as running in Swindon, where his business, Castles Residential Sales & Lettings is based, Mark also ran in his hometown Fleet and at his gym, Nuffield Health Swindon.

Friends, family and residents of both Swindon and Fleet donated generously to Mark's cause.

A respected local businessman, the fundraising effort is a testament to Mark as an individual and the respect he and his business receives as one of Swindon’s leading estate agents.

Father of two Mark has enjoyed a successful career working with estate agents in Hampshire & Berkshire. He founded Castles Residential Sales & Lettings in 2002.

21Dec

Take pragmatic view on rental fees, Castles’ Mark Noble urges government

 

The government should take a pragmatic view on the issue of the admin fees lettings agencies charge tenants, says Mark Noble, managing director of Swindon estate agent, Castles Residential Sales & Lettings.

 

Mark was responding to the Autumn Statement 2016, in which Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond announced that letting agents' fees are to be banned in England and Wales as soon as possible.

 

“This could be seen as a knee jerk reaction. It would be far more sensible to take a pragmatic view on the costs involved and set the maximum agencies can charge for each set of circumstances.

 

“We agree that the days of any letting agents overcharging tenants must end but believe we can find a compromise. Surely, tenants should pay for their reference fees in the same way people buying property pay for their surveys and legal services?

 

“The most likely upshot of this is that agents will pass on the extra costs to landlords who, in turn, will recover the difference through higher rents. And with demand outweighing supply in the rental sector, there’s nothing to stop this happening.”

 

Mark also voiced reservations about the Chancellor’s decision not to reverse additional stamp duty or cuts to mortgage tax relief on second, or buy-to-let, homes.

 

“I’m not convinced that extra taxes for landlords or owners of second homes benefit first time buyers.” Mark said. “The crucial factors for first time buyers are the ability to secure a mortgage and save up for a deposit. Investment buyers are looking long term – in many cases up to ten years - to get a return on their outlay, so will absorb the extra taxes over the period of their ownership.

“Overall, I hope common sense prevails. The government needs to realise that, by abolishing tenants’ fees and punitive taxes for landlords and buyers of second homes, it’s threatening to damage an already fragile housing market that really only needs a sensible correction.”

15Sep

How much is your home worth? Find out with Castle’s free online valuation calculator

Leading independent Swindon estate agent, Castles Residential Sales & Lettings has added a FREE instant online valuation service to its website.

Available at www.castlesproperty.co.uk, the online valuation will tell you how much your home is worth for sale and to let – and you may be pleasantly surprised.

Between May 2011 and May 2016, property prices across Swindon rose by 23 per cent. In the same period, the area saw a 78 per cent increase in property transactions.

Mark Noble, founder and managing director of Castles, said: “Many people are unaware of how much their home may be worth because prices have risen dramatically in recent years. Despite some challenging economic times, Swindon is still performing really well. It is – and always has been – a great place to invest.

“Interest rates came down even further this summer, so there’s never been a better time to move home or rent your property out. Even if you’re not thinking about moving, it’s worth keeping track of the value of your property. It is, after all, the biggest asset most of us have.”

The addition of Castle’s free instant online valuation service follows the recent launch of the company’s revamped website and modern day auction service.

25Aug

Castles Residential Sales & Lettings is sponsoring nutritionist Jamie Richards, who is raising money for SMASH Youth Project, the Swindon youth mentoring charity.

The company, one of Swindon’s leading independent estate agents, recently handed over a cheque for £200, as part of a £1250 sponsorship, to Jamie as he took a break from training for the legendary Berghaus Dragon’s Back Race™ in May 2017.

The five-day adventure covers 300 kilometres and climbs 16,000 metres through the wild, trackless, remote and mountainous terrain of Wales from north to south. It holds ‘toughest race’ status, being classed as the toughest five-day mountain running race in the world.

Mark Noble, managing director of Castles, said: “SMASH Youth Project fills an enormous gap in the lives of vulnerable young people in Swindon. Where many institutions exclude these people, SMASH Youth Project is there showing belief in their potential and providing support and guidance. Their contribution – which they give freely – to these people is invaluable both for the individuals who benefit directly and the wider community. So, we’re delighted at Castles to support Jamie’s efforts and, by extension, SMASH Youth Project.”

Jamie is a nutrition, health and performance consultant. He works with individuals, organisations, teams and athletes across the south west, helping them regain health, optimise their weight and boost their performance.

He said: “I’ve always enjoyed getting involved with local charities and as my 50th birthday approaches, I wanted a challenge to celebrate this.”

Jamie continues “My partner, Tracy Ellis, has been a SMASH mentor for some time and I’ve seen the fantastic direct impact that they have. We’ve set a deliberately high target of £30,000 over the next 10 months, that I hope reflects the huge effort that’s going into attempting a terrifying race like this, under the banner SMASH YOUR GOALS. But more importantly, we’d like to raise awareness of the tremendous benefits of mentoring within the local community, it’s such a rewarding experience. “

SMASH Youth Project has been running for over 16 years. It gives young people aged 9-19 years the chance to become everything they can be through mentoring. Since 1999, the charity has helped over 1,000 young people transform their lives.


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