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Friday, 29 September 2017 14:22

Autumn Residential Lets Are A Win Win

Autumn is the time when property owners should ensure that their homes have incumbents for the winter months.

Whatever the circumstances for a house, apartment or cottage currently being vacant, now is the time to find a tenant, at least for the winter months, says Head of Lettings at Balfours, Charlotte George, MARLA.

According to Charlotte, letting is a win win situation: “Having someone living in a property will ensure that it is kept at an ambient temperature and aired throughout the winter, minimising any risk of burst pipes and build-up of condensation.”

“It also becomes more obvious, during reduced daylight hours that a property is empty, which can increase the risk of break in. The heating can be left ticking over and lights can come on automatically, but nothing is comparable to a property being lived in.”

She adds: “Of course rather than the heating being a cost, taking on a tenant also adds an income stream, which can always be invested into improvements, before the property goes onto its next destination; be that holiday home next summer, launching to sell on the open market, or for the owner to move back in.

“At Balfours we use state of the art software to enable us to hold an extensive database of tenants who are currently searching for the right property, so finding the appropriate tenant is likely to be much easier and more satisfying than sorting out a burst pipe and the resulting damage,” she adds.

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Friday, 29 September 2017 10:01

Listed Barn With River Frontage

River frontage with fishing rights and a paddock are among the assets of Oaktree Barn, Stanton Lacy, Ludlow, launched to the market by Balfours.

This beautiful barn conversion dating back to the 1740s has been meticulously maintained, reports Scott Kemsley of Balfours. He says: “While Oaktree Barn is currently used as a commercial business, residential planning permission was given, but has lapsed; casting a line to reinstate residential planning consent would make sense.”

The property has a manicured and appealing approach with parking, gardens and paddocks totalling 3.9 acres. “This is a rare opportunity to purchase a very well presented property with its own River bank and fishing rights on the River Corve,” adds Scott.

The internal layout currently provides for a kitchen and bathroom on the ground floor, together with two shop areas, which would make good reception rooms of pleasant balance and proportion. The first floor is currently used as two offices, plus a bathroom.

Oaktree Barn is situated at Stanton Lacy, which is four miles from the thriving market town of Ludlow and within commuting distance of Shrewsbury, Leominster and Bridgnorth. Excellent state and independent schools are to be found in the vicinity.

Balfours are marketing Oaktree Barn with a guide price of £425,000. For more information call Scott Kemsley on 01743 353511.

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Oaktree Barn main

Oaktree front

Oaktree  River

Oaktree  approach

Thursday, 28 September 2017 14:15

Luston, Herefordshire

A Grade II Listed period barn with the opportunity to develop into a three storey property.

Planning reference N113190/L

Monday, 25 September 2017 12:30

Longnor, Shropshire


A unique opportunity to purchase a seven bedroom house currently used as a care home in the heart of the Shropshire countryside.

Thursday, 28 September 2017 12:19

Handsome Home In Prime Location

A five bedroom double fronted property in one of Shrewsbury’s prime locations is on the market.

Found within walking distance of Shrewsbury town centre, 28 Roman Road is a property whose access is found at the head of Russell Field’s cul-de-sac. The handsome double fronted red brick house reflects its arts and crafts era of quality craftsmanship, generous design while retaining character features.

The ground floor welcome is to a traditional hallway, there are three reception rooms, plus a large kitchen breakfast room, from which double doors leading into the dining room. The kitchen also leads through to the pantry and utility room. There is also a study and downstairs cloakroom.

Head of sales at Balfours, Alistair Hilton, comments: “An endearing feature of Number 28 is the bay and bow fronted windows, to each of the reception rooms and the kitchen. The sitting room’s bay actually provides French doors to the south west facing gardens, while the dining room French doors access alfresco dining.

On the first floor the master room has an en-suite shower room and built in wardrobes. There are three further double rooms, together with a single bedroom room and a family bathroom. A character double garage completes the structural package.

Alistair adds: Number 28 is centrally placed within its own plot and gardens with equal measures extend to the front and rear. The rear garden backs on to Roman Road, while the Russel Field cul-de-sac links to the tucked away south westerly garden.

Of course the location is excellent for both private and state schooling with an excellent choice of primary and secondary schools to be found. Equally the property’s proximity to the major road networks makes 28 Roman Road a sought after.” Balfours are marketing 28 Roman Road with a guide price of £825,000, for more information call Alistair on 01743 353511.

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28 RR Living Room

28 RR Kitchen

28 RR Garden

Wednesday, 27 September 2017 09:35

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.”


Monday, 25 September 2017 16:00

Burwood, Craven Arms


Three fields amounting to 22.39 acres (9.06 hectares) currently in grass but of arable potential.

Friday, 22 September 2017 15:54

Purchaser – Wem, Shropshire

Balfours were great, it was clear they cared about the elderly sellers and made it as easy as possible for them to part with their beloved family home.

Not pushy, very laid back but there to help when needed. Great to have a mobile number to get it touch especially when I was unable to talk over the phone.

Many thanks for all your help!

Tuesday, 26 September 2017 15:47

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

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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