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Where Renting Achieves Aspirations


Taking on a rented property could enable you to achieve the goals you aspire to. Satisfying specific needs for a certain point in your life with an appropriate style of property and location to suit career, family and friends of the moment, renting could be the better option without the long term commitment, says Balfours’ Head of Lettings, Charlotte George, MARLA. Here she outlines ten reasons why:

  • No maintenance costs or repair bills: When renting a property, your landlord is usually responsible for most maintenance and repair costs, meaning you don’t have the financial responsibility of getting these things fixed.
  • No large down-payment: Upon signing, renters have the better financial deal as a house with a mortgage requires a sizeable down payment compared to the usual deposit for renting a property.
  • You can keep things flexible: When you buy a house, you are usually tied down to living in that location for at least a few years. If you’re renting a property, however, you have the flexibility to move around if something changes in your life or outlook.
  • Invest money on your own terms: Choosing not to buy a home – at least for the moment – opens up other possibilities for saving and investing so you can choose exactly where your hard-earned money is going.
  • Enjoy being mortgage-free: By renting, you can put away the same amount of savings (or more) as a homeowner, but without the debt that comes with owning a property.
  • Urban or rural living at a cheaper price: Depending on where you want to live, trendy areas – such as major towns and rural locations – are typically more affordable to rent when compared to buying.
  • From farmhouses to penthouses and cottages: Homes of desirable style can be within reach when rented.
  • Decreasing property value: Property values go up and down over the years, depending on the area in which you live. By renting, there is no exposure to the risk of falling values and negative equity.
  • Excuse yourself from costly updates: As a renter, there is freedom in knowing you couldn’t remodel your home, even if you wanted to. So this is a way of saving money.
  • Insurance is cheaper: Renter’s insurance is significantly cheaper than the insurance home owners have to pay.  

Charlotte concludes: “Often, “buy versus rent” is a very one-sided debate, but I am meeting people every day where rental is the best option for their particular circumstances – and I would urge more people to think very seriously about the pros and cons of each before making a purchase which may turn into a regret.”


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Bungalow With Annex And Paddock


A bungalow with a self-contained annex, large garden and paddock has been launched to the market by Balfours.

“This individually designed, 21st century build offers wonderful views from a plot chosen by the current vendors, explains agent,” Duncan Scobie, of Balfours. He says: “Nant Y Coed is in a slightly elevated position just outside Welshpool, in the upper reaches of the Severn Valley near the border between England and Wales. It is a wonderful location just over a mile from the market town of Welshpool and less than 20 miles from Shrewsbury and Oswestry.”

The property comprises of a spacious entrance hall with access to all rooms. The kitchen is well equipped with adjoining dining room. The sitting room has glazing to three aspects providing a delightful light room with fireplace. Three bedrooms, one en-suite and a bathroom are also accessed off the hallway.

Beyond the kitchen a utility room links with a large garage and wc. The first floor annex can be accessed both from a staircase in the main reception hall and via an outside staircase to a balcony. The annex provides a large living room, inner hall, kitchenette, bathroom and double bedroom with built in wardrobes.

Duncan adds: This property is made all the more attractive with extensive landscaped gardens and a 2.55 acre paddock.” Nant Y Coed is marketed by Balfours with a guide price of £445,000. For more information call Duncan Scobie on 01743 353511.

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Nant Y Coed Main

Nant Y Coed Kitchen

Nant Y Coed Paddock

Nant Y Coed Garden

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Architect Designed, Single Storey Plot In Frankwell


A rare chance to build an architect designed, single storey dwelling, in a popular and accessible town location is on the market with Balfours. The plot at Millingtons Way, Frankwell, is found just over the Welsh Bridge, it comes with full planning permission for a two bedroom home.

Head of sales at Balfours, Alistair Hilton says: “This is one of those very special opportunities to build to your chosen specification. The plot is situated in the much sought after Frankwell location, close to the town’s amenities, including the Quarry Park, river walks, shops, restaurants and theatre. All are within a short walk.”

The design is open plan with kitchen, dinner and living areas offering a truly spacious environment. Of the two bedrooms planned, one is en-suite and the other with bathroom adjacent. There is a courtyard garden, together with garden to the front of the property and parking to the side.  Millingtons Way is a tucked away and quiet location, yet so very close to the hub of Shrewsbury town centre.

Balfours are marketing the plot with a guide price of £130,000. For more information call Alistair Hilton on 01743 353511.

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Millingtons way sketch view

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Harper Graduate Joins Balfours


An appointment has been made as part of a land agent’s continued growth. Charlotte Jacob has joined Balfours land agency team as an assistant agent.

The appointment gives Charlotte double reason to celebrate, not only landing her model  job on completion of the Rural Enterprise and Land Management (REALM) course at Harper Adams University, but later this month she will attend her graduation ceremony.

Charlotte will be working on estates throughout Shropshire and mid Wales, while adding to her portfolio for her Assessment of Professional Competence, with final exams 18 months. Says Balfours partner, Tim Perkins: “Charlotte is taking to the challenges that are part of everyday work for a rural surveyor and she is proving to be an adaptable team player.”

Coming from Worcestershire, it was a work experience opportunity which inspired Charlotte to undertake the three year REALM course. Now with exams now out of the way, for 18 months at least, 22 year old Charlotte is free to enjoy her passion for music and surfing during her spare time.”

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World Coracle Championships 2017


A huge well done to our World Coracle Championship teams for their efforts on Friday - as always Macmillan put on a fantastic day for all.

Thank you to everyone that sponsored the Balfours teams, next year we have our sights set on the finals!


Alistair and Leanne


Duncan and Frances

Matthew and Becca

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One Of The Oldest Homes In The Village


Some properties are an integral part of the village – and the grade II timber framed Smithy House, is one such property. It is on the market for the first time in nearly 40 years.

The four bedroom 17th century house is found in Ruyton XI Towns, a large village which provides a raft of facilities, including primary and prep schools, village store, garage and Inn. A selection of private and state secondary schools is also to be found within a 15 mile radius. Oswestry and Shrewsbury are each a comfortable commute of some ten miles.

Set within a quarter of an acre of mature gardens and grounds, Smithy House has three main reception rooms plus a conservatory, kitchen, pantry and ground floor wet room. Agent, Duncan Scobie of Balfours says: “From the sandstone inglenooks and conservatory base to the wonderful web of timbers, this is a very unique and charming property. It is well laid out with each of the reception rooms of good proportions.

An ivy covered archway leads to the rear garden, an oasis where lawns are laced by specimen trees and an abundance of shrubs.  Duncan adds: “Smithy House has a fascinating history, starting life as a two bay thatched home, then a farmhouse, after which until the mid-1950s it was a blacksmiths home with workshop - now replaced with a driveway and garage.

Smithy House is marketed by Balfours with a guide price of £355,000, for more information call Duncan Scobie on 01743 353511.

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Smithy House Main

Smithy House Rear

Smithy House Lounge

Smithy House Conservatory 2

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