“I moved to Dun Works as I thought it would be the perfect base for me to do my work – and I was right!”

We’re really proud of our apartments at Dun Works, as a lot of time, effort, planning and love has gone in to building them. We’ve all worked really hard to make sure that our tenants have the best experience living there – so it’s nice to hear our tenants love them too!

Alex moved into a one bedroom apartment in December last year, as he felt it was the perfect location for his business. Since moving he’s been really enjoying Kelham Island life since then.

What attracted you to Dun Works?

It was mainly the location. I thought Kelham Island would be good for the business I am in – and I was right! It’s a fantastic spot as I can work from home and then nip out to local cafes for meetings.

What’s your favourite thing about the apartments?

Jim! Not only is on hand to help you when you need something, and to take in your parcels but he’s great to just have a conversation with. I also just really love the location. It has great access to all of Sheffield.

Was the area a deciding factor on choosing Dun Works?

Yes, just because there is a lot of upcoming stuff about Kelham and loads of activities happening. It’s just a really exciting time to be around the area and I wanted to be part of it.

What do you like about living in Kelham?

Everything! The night life is great – I could spend a lot of time in Cutlery Works and Church. My favourite place at the moment has to be Cutlery Works – the food, drink and atmosphere is just unreal!

Why would recommend Dun Works?

It’s just a great place to live. During the whole process and even after, Kelly has been a massive help.

We’re hiring!

Are you passionate about writing? Experienced in marketing? Have a flair for social media and love all things sales and lettings? Then we have the role for you!

We’re looking for a Marketing and Communications Co-Ordinator to join our team here at Crucible. You’ll be working with our General Manager, Chantelle Hardie along with the Marketing and Communications team at South Yorkshire Housing Association to deliver effective, efficient Marketing, PR and social media for the business.

Main tasks:

  • Deliver high quality marketing and communications service across the business
  • Manage the brand across a range of channels
  • Continually engage our customers and help drive new customers
  • Support and deliver the monthly, quarterly and annual social media plans
  • Promote brand awareness
  • Track, analyse and review the effectiveness of marketing activity
  • Support on PR including events, press releases and sourcing case studies
  • Work with Crucible and South Yorkshire Housing Association to plan and deliver strategic, dynamic and creative PR and campaigns
  • Support the development of the website
  • Work with external designers to produce corporate design work
  • Organise and manage professional photo and film shoots when required.

Salary: £20,000 pro-rate

Hours: 21 hours per week (This post may include occasional evening and weekend work, for which time off in lieu will be given)

Holidays: 25 days annual leave plus 8 statutory Bank Holidays

If you’re interested please send you CV across to C.Hardie@cruciblesalesandletting.co.uk. Find out more here.

Want to join our team?

Are you committed to providing a fantastic, personal level of customer service? Do you have experience within the lettings industry?

Then why not join our team?

We’re looking for a full-time Lettings Property Expert at our Wickersley branch.

The role includes the following tasks:

  • Seek opportunities go build relationships with potential landlords and tenants
  • Complete rental market appraisals
  • Be responsible for day to day management service of the properties managed by Crucible Sales & Lettings
  • Achieve personal and team targets as agreed with your line manager
  • Maximise opportunities for new business
  • Deliver a highly visible, effective and proactive tenancy based service.

Salary: £20,000.00 /year

For more information, or to apply please email c.hardie@cruciblesalesandlettings.co.uk.

Shared Ownership Event Gallery

Our recent Shared Ownership event at New York Stadium, Rotherham was a real success.

We were able to offer guests an insight into how the scheme works, the benefits and dispel any myths. Guest also heard from our guest speakers about the importance of Shared Ownership, staircasing, how to find a home that’s right for you and much more!

Have a look through the images below and find out more about the event here.

“I love learning about people’s stories.”

Vicky Probert, from Abacus Funding will be speaking at our upcoming Meet the Experts – Landlord Forum this month. If you haven’t got your free tickets yet – don’t worry, as you can book on here.

Vicky qualified as a Mortgage Advisor in 2016 and then as an Equity Release Advisor in 2018 and has been working with Abacus Funding since. Abacus are a whole of market mortgage broker and a packager for specialist lenders in the buy-to-let marker.

She talks about what she most likes about her job, the challenges landlords are facing and offers up her top three tips for landlords who are looking for a property.

Talk me through a normal day for yourself.

Day to day I am hands on in the application process. I meet the clients, gather information, source the provider suitable for the client’s circumstances, make the applications and speak to all parties involved to ensure a smooth transaction for my clients.

What’s one of your favourite things and one of the most challenging about your role?

My favourite part of the role is helping a client to reach their goals, whether it is a first-time buyer, a client wanting to save money or someone starting in property investment. One of the most challenging parts of my role is waiting on the phone for providers!

With the recent change in legislation what are some of the issues landlords face and how can you help them navigate through them?

A challenge for the portfolio landlord regarding legislation changes are when it comes to mortgage underwriting. If the rental yield is low and the mortgage is high loan to value there is a potential the lenders will not lend or, if they already have a mortgage they can become a ‘mortgage prisoner’. They’re unable to move to another mortgage lender due to the stress testing of the rental income compared to their mortgage payments. I can help by looking at the portfolio and seeing where it’s possible to re-mortgage and look at different options if it is not possible. I’ll also advise the client to seek professional help with others such as accountants, letting agents and solicitors.

What are your three top tips for landlords when they’re looking for buy-to-let properties?

  • Ensure the area they’re buying in is suitable for lenders as some areas lenders will not touch. This will also attract long term tenants and should provide a better rental yield
  • Ensure you have a sufficient deposit for the property. Mortgages are available for 85% purchases, but best advice is to aim for 75% -,this will help if house prices slip and will be able to avoid becoming a mortgage prisoner
  • Lenders have a minimum value property they will lend on. It’s good to know this before you start looking at properties that will require a mortgage to purchase it.

What are you most looking forward to about the event?

Meeting and talking to attendees and finding out about their story. I am always intrigued in people’s journeys to becoming a landlord.

For more information on the upcoming event, read our blog post.