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Tuesday, 17 October 2017 11:27

Lettings Team Has New Recruit

Balfours residential letting department has appointed Bryony Davenport to its Shrewsbury based team.

Bryony, who graduated from Liverpool John Moores University with a first class degree earlier this year, has taken on the role of Lettings Administrator and Negotiator. Head of lettings, Charlotte George MARLA, says: “We have had a busy year in the lettings department and Bryony has stepped effortlessly into her role, already proving to be a great asset.”

Commuting from just over the Welsh border, near Chirk, Bryony admits to loving her new job. “There is a great variety in my work; I like most liaising with clients, landlords and prospective tenants, getting to know their requirements over the phone and co-ordinating with other members of the Balfours team.

Outside office life, Bryony enjoys running and walking her dog, also travelling with a special fondness for Italy.

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Monday, 16 October 2017 10:51

Shrewsbury, Shropshire

 

Grade II listed classic Georgian townhouse built in the 1830s boasting versatile accommodation and requiring modernisation throughout.

Friday, 13 October 2017 08:36

Balfours Extends Residential Territory

One of the region’s leading independent estate agents has appointed a key player to extend and build territory into East Shropshire and West Staffordshire. Balfours has engaged Charlie Giffard to support and develop residential sales in the region.

Charlie has more than ten years experience working in Central London property agency and ultimately managed a prestigious Fulham estate agency. Returning to home turf, he brings an equally valuable wealth of local and regional knowledge gleaned as the 30th generation to have grown-up at Chillington Hall, Codsall Wood, near Wolverhampton.

Balfours business manager, Craig Varley, says he is thrilled to welcome Charlie to the team. “We are building on our success in Shropshire and particularly our growth since moving to offices in Shrewsbury’s Square. Balfours have always operated in the area between Stafford, Wolverhampton, Bridgnorth and Telford; but the time has now come to put in place a dedicated resource to give home owners and prospective vendors in the area improved support.”

Charlie who was educated at Shrewsbury Schools and whose father is known to many as the retired Chief Constable of Staffordshire is delighted to be returning to take up the role with Balfours and to lend a hand with the Giffard family and Chillington Hall Estate. He brings with him his wife, Tessa and their two young boys.

Charlie explains: “For me representing the Balfours residential sales team so close to home is a great opportunity and the timing is perfect. It is hugely satisfying to guide vendors in their move and to help them achieve their aspirations. Moving is a challenging period in any one’s life, it is very satisfying to be there with them to ensure the whole process goes smoothly and to plan.”

Charlie welcomes residential enquiries and is happy to provide a free valuation on your home. He will be working from both a Balfours sub office at Chillington and the Balfours residential sales office in Shrewsbury’s Square. For more information call Charlie on 07833 784 120 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Thursday, 12 October 2017 16:15

Last Post Makes First Class Opportunity

Adaptable and capable of achieving on many levels, this town centre property is found off Knighton’s High Street, in Wylcwm Street. The Gables is an imposing Georgian property, formerly home to the Royal Mail Sorting Office, with accommodation on the first floor.

On the market with Balfours, agent, Scott Kemsley, says: “The Gables’ location in Knighton and more than 6,300 square feet capacity is exceptional. Add to this the architectural interest of high ceilings with coving, fireplaces and a high standard of finish and this property represents a unique prospect.

“Whether an investment opportunity or for commercial and residential use; there is also potential planning for two assisted use cottages: The Gables is an open canvas, with wonderful, large, character rooms.”

As the property is currently laid out, there are three offices on the ground floor, together with large packing room and warehouse; kitchen, cloakroom facilities and garaging for four vehicles. Below stairs cellars provide additional storage. The first floor provides a generous master bedroom with en-suite, three further bedrooms a new bathroom and an additional separate wc. There is a newly installed kitchen and gracious sitting room.

Scott Kemsley adds: “Knighton provides a gateway between South Shropshire and Wales, Ludlow is 18 miles while Shrewsbury and Hereford are 37 and 31 miles respectively. There is an excellent choice of state and independent schools within easy commute and of course local facilities are all to hand in Knighton.”

The Gables is marketed with a guide price of £650,000. For more information call Scott Kemsley at Balfours on 01743 353511.

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Wednesday, 11 October 2017 16:25

Charlie Giffard

Balfours, The Square

01743 353511

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After 11 years working in high end property sales in London, Charlie has returned home to his family roots in Staffordshire, where he went to school and his family have lived since 1178. A country man, Charlie is passionate about everything Staffordshire and Shropshire and can be found following all sporting activities including golf and horse racing, or at home with his wife and two boys.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017 11:41

Meole Edge Of Village Family Home

Town convenience, linked to countryside views are on offer at Milnthorpe Close, three miles from Shrewsbury town centre. Number Six is a four bedroom home found in an exceptionally pleasing position on the fringe of the popular Meole Village. 

Head of sales at Balfours, Alistair Hilton, comments: “This is a beautifully maintained home in a much sought after location. The accommodation comprises of three ground floor reception rooms, the lounge and study accessed off the main hallway.”

The dining room benefits from double doors off the lounge, offering a wonderful entertaining, family space; there is also a hatch to the kitchen where a breakfast bar and external access add to convenience too. A cloakroom completes ground floor accommodation. On the first floor the master bedroom is en-suite with a further three rooms serviced by the family bathroom.”

Number Six enjoys a quiet cul-de-sac position and is found via a double driveway with a large double garage. Here there is significant extra space ideal for a workshop, or even a home office, subject to appropriate consents.

From the terrace a private garden is to be enjoyed together with those wonderful views of open countryside. Balfours are marketing Six Milnthorpe Close with a guide price of £425,000.For more information call Alistair Hilton on 01743 353511.

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Tuesday, 10 October 2017 14:40

How To Choose An Estate Agent

In the first of three articles, Alistair Hilton head of sales at Balfours, examines online versus the high street agents.

If you have made the decision to sell your home, the next move is to choose an estate agent.

A traditional full-service estate agency will have an office that you can visit, ours is at The Square, in Shrewsbury. A traditional agent will normally take care of every stage of the selling process in return for a fee when the sale goes through. We work on a no-sale, no-fee basis, so if the property doesn’t sell you shouldn’t be out of pocket.

Online agencies generally don’t have offices that you can visit and normally charge an up-front fee to put your property on the market. Once launched you may need to deal with a lot of the selling process yourself. And finally there can be further charges if a sale takes place.

When this is one of the most important transactions you are likely to make, why would you put it in the hands of someone you have never met? Someone who you can only hold accountable via email and if you are lucky, telephone conversation.

It is therefore no surprise that the overwhelming majority of sellers use traditional estate agencies like Balfours.

Once you have made that decision, assuming it is the “no sale, no fee route” of a high street agent, make a shortlist: Whose for sale boards, adverts or other promotions have caught your eye? Check out their shop windows too, which ones are appealing?

Significantly all estate agents must belong to an Ombudsman scheme for dealing with unresolved complaints ie the NAEA Propertymark or RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors). Next week we will narrow down the choices and consider what to watch for in a valuation. Alistair Hilton, head of sales Balfours, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Wednesday, 04 October 2017 15:49

Purchaser, Great Ness

Right from the start I appreciated the open, honest and helpful approach of Balfours, who then dealt with us (as the purchasers) very professionally throughout. I’m not quite sure exactly how to put this - but I was particularly impressed that they never resorted to any estate-agent sales-speak or pressure, were extremely diplomatic, and so quickly gained our trust and confidence.

Monday, 09 October 2017 10:04

Unique Tower In Parkland

Have you ever fancied your very own castle tower, The Tower, Apley Park is offering just that, near Bridgnorth.

Impressive from the outside and stunning from the inside, this four bedroom home is found in the stunning traditional landscape with 17 acres of communal parkland. The property which is designed out over four floors - remember it is a tower - has been launched to the market by Balfours with a guide price of £350,000.

On the ground floor a wonderful light dining hall, with panoramic glazed frontage and vaulted ceiling provides an impressive backdrop for entertaining. Also on the ground floor is the kitchen breakfast room with granite worktops and a range of “built-in” appliances.

On the first floor the living room boasts a gothic style window with great views and woodburner. The family bathroom and a bedroom/study are also to be found on the first floor. Ascending to the second floor a further bedroom is currently configured as two bedrooms, plus an en-suite bathroom.

TheTower‘s crowning glory is the fourth floor master bedroom with en-suite. This is where you could wake to a vaulted ceiling and four stone mullion crucifix windows, giving a 360 degree views over the Apley Estate.

Agent, Scott Kemsley says: “This is a very unique and well-presented property, situated within a courtyard, with fantastic parkland walks. The facilities of Bridgnorth and Telford are both within an easy commute, as are the major road networks.”

For more information call Scott Kemsley on 01743 353511.

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Farming Talk by Jack Cooper

As the leaves begin to change colour the public’s imagination is captured by the trees that inhabit the countryside. Whilst some may enjoy heading out for a stroll over a crisp carpet of leaves, landowners ought to be taking a walk to ensure those same trees will not pose an increased liability over the coming months. 

The National Tree Safety Group (NTSG) produce a document entitled Common Sense Risk Management of Trees which serves as a guide for managing the risk posed by trees on your property. Below I have summarised three points from the document which may apply to your circumstances. As with all risk management, it is important to only rely on specific advice for your circumstances, there cannot be a ‘one size fits all’ approach to such matters.

Zoning: The NTSG points to zoning as a useful management aid for land owners. This sees areas categorised according to the amount of access. Examples of higher risk areas would be those adjacent to roads, or areas which receive high numbers of visitors. It is worth noting that the Occupiers Liability Acts (1957 and 1984) place a duty of care on landowners to some extent for both ‘legal’ and ‘non-legal’ visitors (e.g. trespassers). If you are aware of informal footpaths and other non-permissive access to your land this should be taken into account. 

Inspections: The NTSG lists three ‘types’ of inspections which may be necessary (formal, informal, and detailed). Whatever regime you put it in place it is crucial that this is informed by your own specific circumstances and that it is recorded so that you can prove what action has been taken to manage the risk posed by trees on your property.   

Informal observations: Finally, anyone working on your property should be aware of the need to ‘keep a weather eye’ on trees. What the NTSG describes as ‘informal inspections’ can be made by anyone with good local knowledge. This could cover a range of people from farm employees to landowners and forestry consultants. It is worth reminding all those involved of this common responsibility. It may seem like common sense but an awareness of these issues could flag up problems before they develop into anything serious.  

Though it can seem that the administrative burden imposed by health and safety knows no limits this is an active area of enforcement following incidents and, once implemented, an inspection regime quickly becomes part of the day to day risk management common to all rural businesses.

Jack Cooper is an Assistant Land Agent, with Balfours, for more information email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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