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Tide of change after half a century

16/06/2017

The Boat House, a captivating three bedroom home, is launched to the market for the first time in half a century.

It is situated on the edge of Wroxeter village, in a secluded spot, with stunning outlooks to the River Severn found at the bottom of the garden. The entrance to The Boat House is opposite St Andrew’s Church in the village, a handsome drive sets the scene.

This pretty property with a mop hat roof provides two reception rooms, each with bay window views out to the River Severn. The entrance hall boasts parquet flooring and glazing to two aspects. There is a cloakroom off and stairs to the three bedrooms on the first floor, together with a family bathroom. The fitted kitchen includes integrated appliances, an abundance of storage in the walk in pantry and is located adjacent to the dining room.

“You can’t fail to be wooed by the idyllic location of which The Boat House is a part,” says Duncan. Wroxeter, formerly called Vericonium was the fourth largest city in Roman Britain, “they obviously had an eye for location,” Duncan says adding that Shrewsbury and Much Wenlock are just six and seven miles, while Telford and the M54 are ten miles.”

The Boat House comes with a large garden including greenhouse, ample parking and a three bay garage with terrace top.

There is also the possibility to fish from the River bank of The Boat House, marketed by Balfours with a guide price of £500,000. For more information call Duncan Scobie on 01743 353511.

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Boat House Main

Boat House River Severn

Boat House Garage and Driveway

Boat House Dining Room

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Development site for 25 homes on the market

15/06/2017

A rural village development site, with outline planning for 25 homes is on the market at £875,000.

Set in the heart of Tilstock village, two and a half miles from Whitchurch and within commuting distance of the major road network north and to the midlands, together with the county towns of Shrewsbury, Chester and Stafford. The area provides an excellent network of amenities including schools and shops.

Head of sales, Alistair Hilton of Balfours, says: “The development which extends to more than a hectare is found to the rear of the vicarage, in a good location with village life, including primary school, public house and Church all being in walking distance, as is open countryside.

“Outline planning is well designed, achieving National Policy Planning Framework and incorporating an excellent mix of two three and four bedroom homes, including four affordable homes. Garden space and off road parking is included for each dwelling, combined with generous open spaces, resulting in a well-thought-out and desirable development.”

For more information call Alistair Hilton on 01743 353511.

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Nestled away Lodge in the limelight

13/06/2017

A large detached Georgian town house with parking and garage in the sought after area of Belle Vue has been launched to the market by Balfours.

The welcome at Belle Vue Lodge, 55 Trinity Street, Shrewsbury, is to a large entrance hall with three reception rooms and cloak room off, together with stairs to the first floor and cellar. As it is used today the dining room and living room are linked by double glazed doors, the whole extending nearly 11 metres.

An imposing character fireplace is the focal point of the sitting room, incorporating a large mantle mirror. Natural light is issued from two aspects and includes French doors leading out to the rear terrace and garden.

Beyond double doors, is a second reception room of similar dimensions, currently used as a dining room. The breakfast room has glazing to two aspects and links through to the kitchen with separate pantry. There are four bedrooms on the first floor served by a family bathroom with shower and bath, plus additional separate wc. An additional bedroom is to be found on the second floor.

Head of sales at Balfours, Alistair Hilton, says: “For anyone seeking the convenience of the county town with its many associated amenities and a good sized family home, which could successfully be configured to provide home work space too, Belle Vue Lodge is a great opportunity.” It has charming mature gardens, a recently built garage and parking for three cars. I would recommend early viewing.”

Belle Vue Lodge is marketed with a guide price of £495,000, for more information call Alistair Hilton at Balfours on 01743 353511.

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Belle Lodge Front

Belle Lodge Rear

Belle Lodge Lounge

Belle Lodge breakfast room

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Lettings - Ask the expert June 2017

12/06/2017

We have always let our own cottages in the past, however there seems a lot of new legislation. How does this affect me?

Until five years ago if you could organise, ensure the right contract and paper trail were in place, there would be no reason why a landlord couldn’t let his own property. However so much legislation has been imposed on the letting sector in recent years, it is no longer worth the risk.

As of February 2016 landlords or letting agents representing them, have to make sure that their tenants have the “Right to Rent.” Those found to be leasing homes in England without their tenants, or the inhabitants of your property having a Right to Rent could be fined up to £3,000 per occupier. It's very important that ALL occupiers over 18 are checked, not just tenants.

From December 1st 2016, the government introduced additional penalties and offences relating to Right to Rent. Landlords now face potential imprisonment for failure to check the occupier's Right to Rent status. Having an independent agent carrying out these checks relieves the landlord, which can be particularly helpful where the tenant is desperate to live in the locality, a friend of a friend, or a local employee.

Furthermore, the Equality Act 2010 prohibits discrimination on grounds of race (this includes colour, nationality and ethnic or national origins) so landlords must not discriminate against prospective occupiers, as a result, landlords need to check everyone or risk civil penalties for discrimination later on.

Letting legislation has changed so quickly, there are simply too many traps for DIY landlords, from the mandatory Deposit protection, to regulations surrounding the installation and maintenance of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, plus gas safety certificates, Legionella Risk Assessments and it is anticipated that compulsory Electrical checks will be next on the list. At Balfours we can manage the letting process then, should you prefer, leave you to undertake the day to day management – we would simply provide prompts of necessary action.

Of course Welsh landlords must now operate under “Rent Smart Wales,” which means undertaking training to handle any aspect of letting. Today letting requires specialist knowledge which is continually being updated.

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Charlotte adds RICS to her name

12/06/2017

Charlotte White is the latest Balfours assistant land agent to pass her Assessment of Professional Competence exams to gain RICS initials after her name – as a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

The 24 year old who graduated from Harper Adams is delighted with her latest achievement, just twelve months after joining one of Shropshire’s leading land agents. Charlotte has spent the past year working with Balfours’ Partner and planning specialist, Justin Stevenson, both on Estates and planning projects.

Charlotte’s latest achievement comes less than six months after passing her CAAV exams – the Central Association of Auctioneers and Valuers. Says Justin: “We are immensely proud of Charlotte’s achievements; she has not only worked hard, but has a real affinity and grasp of tasks and projects she is involved with.”

Charlotte, who admits to enjoying all aspects of her work, says: “I like the fact that my work is so diverse, I want to become a well-rounded land agent – and Balfours is giving me that opportunity.” Asked about her hobbies, Charlotte adds: “I really haven’t had time with my studies, but now I am enjoying catching up with friends and am looking forward to a short break in Venice.”

 

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Market appraisals – an art to achievement

09/06/2017

If you are considering the sale of your home, a market appraisal is the first step towards making a decision; to put your house on the market and when to do so. This will include a realistic assessment of what the property could realise if launched to the market.

At Balfours, one of our experienced team of residential agents will be delighted to visit at your convenience. They will spend time understanding your brief, reviewing and assessing your property, its surroundings and location. It is through this process that we will be in a position to provide a detailed appraisal of marketing your home within the current residential market.

We would expect our initial visit to take at least an hour; this is because both you and your house are unique, as are your future aspirations and timescales for potentially launching your home to the market. From this meeting we will promptly prepare your market appraisal so that you can focus on the options in front of you. We understand that you will require other agents to visit, so that you can assess alternative opinions.

It is our meticulous attention to detail, personable and diligent responses which clients not only appreciate, but gives them confidence in our professional involvement, in what is likely to be one of the most important transactions of their lifetime.

Our team has a unique mix of experience globally, in the capitals and in the provinces. Is that relevant to Shropshire and its borders you might ask? Yes, because we can think outside the box. We drive client aspirations with energy and passion resulting in achievements, of which we are proud and a reputation, on which the Balfours brand is based on.

If you would like to know more, do call 01743 353511, or visit our office in Shrewsbury’s Square and see what we have to offer.

main Bank House

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