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Wednesday, 28 February 2018 12:33

Shrewsbury, Shropshire


A fine new build townhouse which has undergone further upgrades and modernisation and now boasts outstanding layout and finish.

Wednesday, 28 February 2018 12:28

Welshpool, Powys


Two lots of roadside pasture land extending to approximately 20 acres (8.1 ha). For Sale by Public Auction.

Friday, 09 March 2018 12:26

Shrewsbury, Shropshire


Exceptional raised ground floor apartment, retaining a plethora of period features and parking. This fine town centre apartment is truly unique. Grade II.

Friday, 09 March 2018 12:29

Exemplary Barn With Paddocks

Oak Barn combines an exemplary finish with location, convenience and land. Found at Stanwardine Park Farm, two miles from Baschurch and with Shrewsbury and Oswestry equidistance, each some ten miles.

On the market with Balfours, agent Duncan Scobie comments, “It is the former Jinney ring which provides the ultimate wow factor, in this wonderfully proportioned home with four en-suite bedrooms.” Now forming part of the living room and incorporating a raised woodburner, the Jinney Ring area was where once a horse powered mill worked, hence an octagonal footprint with today’s floor to ceiling glazed elevations.

Returning through double doors into the main house is the spacious eight metre, by nearly five metre kitchen breakfast room, incorporating substantial granite topped island, bespoke oak cabinets plus an array of top range integrated electronics. The library is fitted with floor to ceiling classic shelving; while similar to the dining room dual aspect floor to ceiling glazing ensure ample natural light.

A utility and cloakroom complete ground floor accommodation, while stairs ascend to a long landing, providing access to the master and guest bedroom with generous ensuites, together with two additional bedrooms with ensuite shower rooms.

Baschurch provides excellent facilities, from primary and secondary schools to supermarket, farmshop and much more. Several private schools are within a short commute too.

Outdoor features include private driveway, walled, well stocked gardens and a courtyard which runs the length of the property. There are two paddocks extending to 3.2 acres and a number of outdoor storage sheds. Duncan adds: “For anyone seeking something rather special, viewing is a must.” Oak Barn is marketed with a guide price of £625,000. For more information call Duncan Scobie on 01743 353511.

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Wednesday, 07 March 2018 09:20

Keep House Warm To Avoid Costly Repairs

Landlords and tenants should be aware of their responsibilities in the recent snap of cold weather.

Head of Lettings at Balfours, Charlotte George, MARLA, is urging landlords to remind their tenants that it is likely to be their responsibility to ensure pipes inside the house are kept frost free. Insurers may be unsympathetic where properties have been left empty and simply unheated. 

Charlotte observes, “It is a long time since we have had such challenging winter conditions, but with the coming together of the Beast from the East and Storm Emma this week, the sub-zero temperatures means that pipes in unheated or badly heated properties will be prone to freezing and ultimate bursts, for various reasons.

“Central heating systems are more likely to fail during times of extreme cold, oil can sometimes fail to get to tanks, or boilers are worked harder than usual.  Heating engineers will be busy and with snow drifts and black ice may be unable to get around rural properties at all. 

She also highlights oil companies who are likely to be working on overtime, probably with a waiting list for deliveries; again with lorries finding it more difficult to deliver in rural areas and if the oil runs out it can also be expensive to get the system restarted.  “Often this will mean not just no heating but also no hot water, Charlotte warns.

“Our advice to householders is to make sure you have alternative sources of heat that can cope with this old fashioned winter.”

Monday, 05 March 2018 11:27

Traditional Agents Drive Property Sales

The pitfalls of “online” money-up front-sales agents have been flagged up by a legal firm.

The views of Rix & Kay Solicitors have been endorsed by Shropshire agents Balfours, who say traditional estate agents are having to step in to support clients who have chosen online agents. Head of sales at Balfours, Alistair Hilton, says: “This is to ensure that chains do not collapse and that sales complete.”

The report which came from six months research in the South East, suggests that the business model adopted by alternative online estate agents, where an upfront fee is charged and they are not relying on a sale completing, means they do not have the same motivation or incentive to support clients during the sales progression phase.

Alistair explains: “The most critical part of the sales process is the support that an agent provides once an offer has been accepted; this is the most skilled part and without it a sale is more likely to collapse. We consider it critical that communications are free flowing throughout the process up and down the chain. As soon as one of the links in the chain is not informed or keeping us informed, the chain is vulnerable.

According to the report, the home buying process becomes more time consuming, protracted, more expensive and more stressful for individuals when using an online agent, despite the original intention to be cheaper. Alistair acknowledges that those who turn to online agents are doing so as a cheaper option, but reflects. “If it is too good to be true it usually is. The time stress and heartache of progressing a sale, or not, should never be underestimated.

“We are continually monitoring our business model to ensure we are maximising mobile technology and innovation online, to remain at the cutting edge of estate agency service, while remaining competitive. You cannot underestimate the power of the traditional, professional agent who is in a position to drive a successful completion, that is what our reputation depends on.”

Alistair concludes: “The challenge for us as traditional agents is, to ensure prospective vendors realise the choices, leaving no doubt about the differences between services and how important it is to have a skilled agent that will not only support them from day one right through to completion, but also maximise local and regional knowledge to the advantage of clients.”

Tuesday, 27 February 2018 15:23

Shrewsbury, Shropshire


Delightful two bedroom apartment located in the heart of Shrewsbury Town Centre, presented in immaculate decorative order with parking.

Monday, 26 February 2018 15:17

Seller, Shrewsbury, Shropshire

We would like to thank Balfours very much for all of their help with our sale. Alistair and Katie and all of their colleagues in the office were excellent. Every step of the way we were confident that they were battling for us, which is just the way it should be, but has not necessarily been the case in some previous sale processes with other agents with whom we have been involved!

We wish them continued success: they deserve it.

Monday, 26 February 2018 12:43

Midlands And Wales Ahead In Property Market

The Midlands is leading a rise in house sale asking prices which is happening across most regions in the UK. The latest index released by reveal the Midlands, including Shropshire to be rising three times faster than the national average.

The latest statistics confirm a positive market, as experienced by Balfours. Head of sales, Alistair Hilton says: “We experienced an exceptional end of year and as a result were forecasting that pace was set to continue through January and its pleasing to see our predictions endorsed by one of the national players.

“Nationally, asking prices have increased 0.8% month on month to February and 1.5% year on year, however year on year price growth in the West Midlands achieved 4.9% with Wales also reflecting strong annual growth of 4%,” he adds.

“I can’t believe we are nearly at the end of February, I’m pleased to report that exchanges are continuing to go through and vendor market appraisals have been exceptionally busy. Therefore we are now looking forward to delivering stock to market during March and April.

“We have an increasing number of buyers on our books - and as confirms - many buyers in the Midlands are willing and able to pay more to secure their future home, hence reflecting the Midlands prices rising three times faster than the national average,” he concludes.

Friday, 23 February 2018 11:20

Spring 2018 Newsletter

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