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Thursday, 23 April 2015 00:00

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Shrewsbury Office

Balfours LLP
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Shrewsbury
SY1 1LG

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Location, living space and paddocks are among the fruits offered up at Apple Tree Cottage.

This five bedroom property is found at The Radleth, near Plealey; an idyllic spot, yet only six miles from Shrewsbury and with a full suite of services available in Pontesbury, one and a half miles down the road.

Agent, Clemmie Radcliffe of Balfours comments: “Living accommodation is very spacious with the kitchen diner extending 21 feet by 16 feet and the sitting room is of similar proportions. A focal point in the sitting room is the wood burning stove, plus picture windows which present an abundance of light and great views. The ground floor also has a study area, plus separate utility, boot and cloak rooms.”

There are five bedrooms, the en-suite master bedroom enjoying wonderful triple aspect views. The second bedroom has an en-suite shower, while three further bedrooms share the family bathroom.

A timber barn provides additional family space incorporating an outside playroom/garden room. Stables and several store rooms ensure ample facilities to service the two paddocks, plus the large garden and orchard, from which this pretty cottage derives its name.

Apple Tree Cottage is offered with a guide price of £450,000. For more information call Clemmie Radcliffe on 01743 353511 or visit www.balfours.co.uk

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Issued by and more information from Joy Fox PR 01743 718801

The surge of surfing house hunters post Christmas will have a third choice come mid January.

As the number of people hunting a new home online surge in January to more than two million, according to Rightmove data; a new online property portal is to be launched.

Founder member of the estate agents’ new website www.onthemarket.com, Tim Main, head of sales at Balfours Property Professionals, says “this is great news for house hunters. It has been a two horse race for some time, with Rightmove and Zoopla dominating. “Onthemarket.com is backed by estate agents nationwide and already represents 4,000 offices post launch on January 26.”

He adds: “We find that people take their eye off the housing market Christmas week, but once we turn the corner into the New Year, the phones are ringing loud as vendors and buyers start to put their life on track for the forthcoming year.”

Shropshire is well represented on the new OnTheMarket.com website, with a number of leading agents including Balfours signed up as “gold” founder members. For potential vendors seeking to market their home Mr Main says, “Put your house in order and on the market now, that way it will have an established presence when nature turns spring on and the traditional spring sales blossom.”

OnTheMarket.com will be a new place to view hundreds of thousands of properties to buy or rent all over the UK with all properties on offer from locally based estate or letting agents.

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Pictured Tim Main head of sales at Balfours welcomes the new property website.

Issued by and more information from Joy Fox PR 01743 718801

Monday, 05 January 2015 00:00

Popular Hamlet with schools nearby

A great opportunity to purchase a four bedroom home located in the pretty and popular hamlet of Yeaton, seven miles north of Shrewsbury is marketed by Balfours Property Professionals.

Frankbrook has been extended on several occasions to now provide a spacious entrance hall, three reception rooms, kitchen and four service rooms. Each reception room has endearing features, including southerly outlooks to the South Shropshire hills; original beams and feature fireplace; while the kitchen is equipped with a Rayburn.

Balfours agent, Clemmie Radcliffe, says: “This property offers an idyllic rural setting, yet close to the county town – and ten minutes from the road networks to the North and the Midlands. It is a great location and also has a full complement of local amenities at Baschurch and Bomere Heath, including primary and secondary schools.”

Frankbrook sits in a large garden, accessed via a private drive where there is ample parking. The gardens are mainly laid to lawns, partially retained by a character wall and a number of mature trees.

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Balfours Property Professionals are marketing Frankbrook with a guide price of £350,000. For more information call Tim Main on 01743 353511 or visit www.balfours.co.uk.

Tuesday, 23 December 2014 00:00

Shropshire's answer to Robin Hood

Shropshire’s answer to Robin Hood

Humphrey Kynaston, a notorious highwayman known as 'Wild' Humphrey, was descended from a Welsh Prince. He was born around 1468, to Lady Elizabeth Grey, the granddaughter of Humphrey Plantagenet, Duke of Gloucester, and second wife of Sir Roger Kynaston, Constable Keeper of Myddle Castle.

Humphrey became Constable on his father's death, but, through his dissolute and riotous manner of life, he fell into debt, and Myddle castle fell into ruin. His horse, reputed to have been called Beelzebub, the devil's horse, was said to have been shod backwards to confuse pursuers.

Humphrey, following a skirmish in Oswestry, along with his half brother Thomas, and Oliver and Richard Kynaston, was accused of felony in December 1487, and he became a notorious outlaw. These were unsettled times, with the Wars of the Roses still ongoing, and the Welsh Marches a lawless no man's land.

In December 1492 Humphrey, now of Nesscliffe, rode to Stretton Dale, (Church Stretton) with his half-brother Thomas Kynaston of Shrawardine, and Robert Hopton of Hopton, Nesscliffe. There, they killed John Heughes. Many aided and abetted them, and in their escape they were lodged and fed at Pontesbury, Shrewsbury and Nesscliffe. They were tried and convicted for felony and murder in 1493, but escaped capture. The under Sheriff tried to capture Humphrey by removing some of the planks from the stone pillars of Montford Bridge, but Humphrey spurred his horse, and leaped the gap, escaping to Nesscliffe where he, with his Beelzebub stabled alongside, is reputed to have lived in the cave, reached by climbing 24 steps cut into the rock face. They were given food and fodder by those around: it is said 'by the rich through fear, and the poor through gratitude'.

Later pardoned by Henry VIII, legend has it that he died in the cave at Nesscliffe. His will of 1534 requested that he be buried in St Mary's Church in Welshpool.

Bones follows Beelzebub in county’s carefree rides

Here Susie King, Balfours Equestrian Consultant, explores the green lanes and the newly designated Humphrey Kynaston Way, a Shropshire ride route, for the Shropshire Magazine.

A new route has been launched in Shropshire, with roots that date back to December 1492 and Humphrey Kynaston, Shropshire’s answer to Robin Hood. This highwayman is even reputed to have had his horses’ shoes put on backwards to foil anyone trying to track him!

What better way to start the New Year than with a resolution to explore more of our home county – and with the launch of the Humphrey Kynaston Way, last May, there is no excuse. The 46 linear mile ride incorporates the first published routes for horse riders in Shropshire north of Shrewsbury. And don’t be put off if you prefer wheels or walking boots, all the rides are equally suitable for cyclist and walkers too.

South Shropshire already has the Jack Mytton Way another fabulous route, which can be dipped into between Cleobury Mortimer and Llanfair Waterdine.

Humphrey Kynaston Way is the fruition of a long held ambition and ultimately much hard hoofed and dogged determination of Zia Robins, a pioneer of modern bridleways in Shropshire, who sits on a number of organisations including chairing her local bridleway group and whose home is a short hack from Nesscliffe Hill.

Together with my horse, Bones, and my friend Bec Whittles on her horse Abbe, we met with Zia on her friend’s horse, Amber, at the Pine car-park at Hopton. Although very unlike Bec - I call her Mrs List as she always writes one so she doesn't forget stuff – she was minus her girth. Fortunately Amber's owner, Christine Wright, was able to loan one from her nearby stables'. Now all saddled up we set off and Zia relayed how Humphrey Kynaston Way came to fruition:

“I have had a vision of this route for many years; that is connecting up routes in Shropshire. The Humphrey Kynaston Way links from Clive, north of Shrewsbury, coming west through Baschurch and Nesscliffe, and then heading south. The tricky part was Montford Bridge because the River and Highways are not easy, ultimately concluding at Church Stretton, but linking in four circular routes along the way. Within the 46 miles are rides of anything from two and a half to fourteen miles.

“Opening and mapping these bridleways is probably more important to those who live locally to them; however they also provides a marvellous structure for those who want to explore the county with the confidence a map and good way markers provide,” Zia adds.

We emerge out of woods onto the Cliffe, “Bones,” ears pricked as we drank in the view on this bright December morning, I felt extremely privileged and Bones was enjoying it too. It found me wondering how much the stunning views that stretched before us have changed since Humphrey and Beelzebub stood up here.

Zia continues: “It was as a result of funds that came available via Natural England’s “Paths for Communities” project (P4C) that the full scheme was considered possible. However a condition for funding of P4C is that routes should include a section of new bridleway. Thanks to The Field Studies Council, the Highways Agency and three local landowners at Montford Bridge not only have we now created a safe link, avoiding busy trunk roads and negotiating the river, but the P4C condition was met.”

Over and above that achievement, the icing on the cake is that the Montford Bridge rest area has a tie-up rail for horses and at the cafe buckets of water are on tap for horses, making it a convivial stop off for horse and rider. Indeed hospitality - benefitting local businesses, pubs, bed and breakfast and riding establishments - is an intentional theme throughout the route.

There is no mistake Zia Robins has been a driving force, for which she came in for two honours last year: The British Horse Society’s Access Achievement Award and Shropshire Council’s Outdoor Recreation “Volunteer of the Year” award. Zia acknowledges: There has been a huge group of volunteers who have helped with the project, not least my husband, Mike; volunteers of the Nesscliffe Hills and District Bridleways Association and the Parish Paths Partnership Group. Shropshire Council’s Outdoor Partnership team has also been hugely supportive, as has the British Horse Society’s Director of Access, Mark Weston.”

It’s not all been plain sailing, I’m not sure if Zia finds the challenges of overgrown tracks with mounds of brambles a greater challenge than the copious form filling and diplomacy needed to negotiate the agencies and quangos. “Erecting waymarks on the Longmynd with frozen fingers is every bit as tough as dealing with the Highways Agency, who only understands major routes,” she muses.

On our hack around Nesscliffe it is a sheer joy to know there is a safe place to park and unload; have signage reassuring you that you are on the right track and that these routes are also selected because they are either off road or on very quiet country lanes. Even the gates were easy to negotiate off, Bones my 16.2hh horse. I’m already planning my next foray, this time down to the South of this Highwayman’s route, but I don’t think Bones is up for leaping the river.

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Fact file

  • For horse riders allowing approximately 3 miles an hour gives a relaxed ride, with time to take in the views.
  • 'Shropshire is one of the most rural and least populated counties in England with 3,400 miles of Rights of Way, 22% of which are open to horse riders'.
  • Humphrey Kynaston Way was officially opened in May 2014, by the High Sheriff, Robert Bland
  • One of Shropshire’s main incomes is tourism.
  • Humphrey Kynaston Way links three of Shropshire’s country parks at Lyth Hill, Nesscliffe and Corbet Wood, Grinshill.
  • The Church Stretton to Pontesbury sections can be linked to the BHS “Ride Shropshire” South Shropshire Hill routes. Parking places have been identified, some by kind permission.
  • Although created primarily as routes for horse riders the routes are equally suitable for cyclists and walkers. Cyclists, be aware that your sudden appearance may startle horses. When approaching from behind give a verbal warning and remember that when using a public bridleway, cyclists must give way to walkers and horse riders.
  • For more information visit:www.shropshireriding.co.uk

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Susie and Bec Whittles leave for their venture onto Nesscliffe Hill.

Zia shows Susie the route in the official guide.

Tuesday, 06 January 2015 00:00

Forestry

Balfours can assist clients in all aspects of forestry management including support with felling licences, management plans, budgets and programmes to aid and facilitate a healthier and improved woodland structure for both timber production and the sporting interest.

The current uplift in timber markets brought about by the demand for woodchip for fuel biomass boilers has prompted previously unproductive woodland to be actively managed by thinning and clear felling, which in turn has helped to make these areas economic and to enhance the sporting potential.

As part of the management service, Balfours can source and instruct experienced contractors to carry out all aspects of forestry operations to include planting, plantation maintenance, felling, thinning and roadside tree work.

Sporting is an important part of modern woodland management and it is key that all forestry operations are carried out to benefit the shoot by enhancing the holding capacity of the woods, making flushing points, maintaining feed rides and opening up gun rides and stands.

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Friday, 19 December 2014 00:00

Information for Tenants

Finding A Suitable Property To Rent

To view all of our properties that are currently available click here.

You can register your interest in any of our properties or arrange to view a property here.

Applying For A Property

Once you have viewed a property and have decided you would like to make this property your home then you will need to complete an application form. You can download our application form here. This form provides us with all the relevant information we need to be able to draw up your tenancy agreement.

In order for us to carry out the referencing process you will be required to complete an additional form.

Tenancy Fees Payable

At the point of referencing you will be required to pay an administration fee of £200 to cover the cost of referencing and our time spent in processing your forms, negotiating your offer and drawing up the legal paperwork.

The first months rent in advance and a deposit (usually the equivalent to two months rent) will need to be paid prior to receiving the keys to your new home.

Your deposit will be protected by theTenancy Deposit Scheme (unless your landlord is a member of a different scheme) and further information regarding deposit protection regulations can be found at their website.

For full details of our fees for Tenants, please refer to our Tenants fees information sheet.

Further Information & Useful Links

We appreciate that moving home can be stressful time for all involved and we aim to ensure this process runs as smoothly as possible. If you do require any further information regarding this process please do not hesitate to contact us on 01743 277069.

Alternatively you can contact the Citizens Advice Bureau http://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/ or your solicitor for further information regarding renting a property.

The Government have put together a useful guide with information on renting which can be downloaded here.

Your deposit will be protected by the TDS (unless your landlord is a member of a different scheme) and further information regarding deposit protection regulations can be found here: https://www.tenancydepositscheme.com/

 

Visit our Lettings homepage and use our filter tool to find the best property for you!

Friday, 19 December 2014 00:00

Information for Landlords

A LANDLORDS STEP BY STEP GUIDE TO LETTING A PROPERTY

If you have not let a property before or even if it is something you do all the time, Balfours are here to help you all the way. Here is our simplified step by step guide to letting your property.

1. GETTING AN ACCURATE VALUATION

  • We all want to let our property for the best possible price in the quickest attainable time.
  • Balfours offer free market appraisals with honest, straight forward advice in their mission to achieve this.

2. CHOOSING YOUR LETTING AGENT

  • The highest valuation is not all it takes to choose the right letting agent.
  • It is very hard not to fall for pound signs sometimes!
  • There are many factors involved which should include evidence that they have let similar properties, an understanding of the area, combined with some good old fashioned service all contribute to instructing the correct agent.
  • Rigorous, experienced and qualified letting agents are a must. Balfours are members of RICS, ARLA, NAEA, National Landlords Association, National Approved Lettings Scheme, NGPP and the Property Ombudsman.

3. MANAGED OR UNMANAGED SERVICE

  • How involved do you want to be with the tenancy?
  • Are you up to date with current legislation?
  • Would you know how to solve a potential problem should one arise?
  • We can be as involved as you would like us to be, carrying out regular inspections and monitoring rental income giving you peace of mind that your property is in good hands.

4. LEGISLATION & COMPLIANCE

  • There are some important pieces of legislation you will need to comply with before your property can be successfully let.
  • If your property has gas then a gas safety certificate will be required to ensure all gas appliances (including the boiler) are safe to use. This needs to be carried out by a Gas Safe engineer and we can arrange this for you. This certificate will last for 12 months.
  • As of 1st October 2008 all let properties are required to have an Energy Performance Certificate (unless the property is listed). This will need to be completed before we can commence marketing.
  • Whilst legislation does not dictate the need for an electrical check on the property we would recommend this as best practice.
  • Having an oil boiler service carried out on an annual basis is also a good idea to ensure it is working properly and to rectify any problems before they become too expensive or damaging.

5. PRESENTING YOUR PROPERTY FOR LETTING

  • This is key. Present your property to your best ability.
  • A shiny front door, sparkling windows, hedges and grass that have been cut all help draw in a potential tenant.
  • A clean tidy and uncluttered home with all the light bulbs working help to emphasise that the property has been well looked after and will encourage a tenant to do so in future.
  • This will also reinforce to the tenant that issues are dealt with in a timely and effective manner which will provide them with peace of mind should any arise during their tenancy.

6. FURNISHED OR UNFURNISHED PROPERTY

  • Dressing your property can help a tenant to visualise how their own furniture will fit in the property.
  • Demand in this area is much higher for unfurnished properties.
  • If you need to rent your property furnished your soft furnishings must comply with The Furniture & Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988.
  • The more flexible you can be, the more tenants you will appeal to!

7. MARKETING YOUR PROPERTY FOR LETTING

  • We would recommend your property is launched to the market approximately 6 weeks prior to being available.
  • Balfours draw up particulars with photographs to enhance your property. Floor plans are a useful tool to help market your property.
  • It’s all about maximum exposure! Your property will be advertised on our dedicated Balfours website, Rightmove, and Onthemarket.com.
  • We arrange personal marketing schedules for each property which include advertising in local press such as the Shropshire Magazine and Shrewsbury Chronicle. We also advertise in regional press such as the Birmingham Express and nationals such as Country Life.
  • We offer an accompanied viewing service should you prefer us to handle the viewings for you.
  • After every viewing we always provide feedback be it positive or negative.
  • Communication is key.

8. RECEIVING A LETTING APPLICATION

  • Once we have an interested party we will ask them to complete an application form.
  • We employ a one stop referencing agency to carry out credit checks and seek employment and landlord references.
  • It is a good idea to meet applicants before accepting their application.

9. TENANCY AGREEMENT

  • When the referencing process is complete and you are happy to proceed we will draw up your agreement.
  • The standard agreement used is an Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreement under provision of the Housing Act 1988 but other agreements are available. We will discuss which is the most appropriate for your situation.
  • The minimum length of term for the agreement will be 6 months.
  • We are happy to include any additional clauses which may be relevant to your property and situation, provided they comply with current legislation.

10. LETTING DEPOSIT

  • We always recommend holding a deposit for the tenancy which is normally equivalent to 2 months rent.
  • This can be used at the end of the tenancy to cover non payment of rent, damages to the property, cleaning, gardening or any other works required to bring the property back to the condition it was let in (allowing for fair wear and tear.)
  • The deposit will need to be protected by a government approved scheme.
  • Balfours are registered members of the Tenancy Deposit Service and use them to protect deposits.
  • You and your tenants will be provided with a copy of the Prescribed Information and a certificate showing the deposit has been protected and complies with current legislation.

11. MOVING IN

  • Prior to moving in we recommend a thorough inventory is carried out and we can arrange for this to be completed on your behalf.
  • The inventory should include a good written description supported by digital, date stamped photographs.
  • Once all paperwork has been signed and monies received then the tenants will be issued with the keys.
  • If you have chosen to manage the property yourself, we will provide your new tenants with your contact details and hope the tenancy runs smoothly for you both.
Friday, 19 December 2014 00:00

Testimonials

‘My husband and I wish to thank you for finding us such a lovely home. Being the first time we have ever rented we are settling in very well. We were extremely pleased with how you handled the letting of the property.’

‘My wife and I have had dealings with numerous agents over the years and have found your company to be the best we have dealt with. You always responded to any questions we had promptly and exuded a professionalism in your dealings with us.’

‘A quick line to thank you for your part in finding us somewhere to live – again! We all really appreciate it. The property is great and it’s a nice setting, perfect for the animals.’

‘I just wanted to say thank you for your extremely high service standards and the patience and understanding you have shown – it is very much appreciated and a credit to your company.’

‘Thank you so much for all of your help and being so efficient. I would recommend Balfours to anybody wishing to let their property.’

‘Thank you for all your support over the last few weeks. We love our new home so much and also hope our new tenants will be very happy in our old home.’

‘Super agents to deal with and we have passed you on to several people.’

‘Thank you for your consistent helpfulness throughout this whole process, it has made the relocating process much smoother and less stressful.’

‘I always found you very informative and helpful.’

‘You have been fabulous to work with and we have always admired your professional and calm manner. Thank you for all your help and support, it's been a pleasure doing business with you.’

‘Many thanks for your very professional advice and kind assistance in the past. We have been very pleased with your service.’

‘Thank you so kindly for the kind, warm professional service that enabled us to enjoy a very comfortable home for our year in Shrewsbury. It made a big difference to us a family and we shall always be grateful for that experience and the memories we treasure of that year. We were very sorry to leave but hope to return to our hometown one day in the future.’

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Why choose us?

Why Choose Balfours? 

Balfours’ reputation and success are based on matching and exceeding our clients' expectations. We have a thorough understanding of the local market and provide a bespoke residential lettings service that meets the requirements of each client. Balfours prides itself as an exclusive lettings agency offering a truly individual service to both landlord and tenant. Contact the Balfours Lettings team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01743 277069.

Our Commitment to You 

Our commitment is to give you a professional and personal service with regular updates during the renting process. Communication is of paramount importance to us.

Our Attention to Detail 

We know how best to bring a property to the lettings market, how to present it and how to find the right tenant through an in depth and thorough referencing procedure. We understand the importance of finding the ‘right’ tenant.

Knowledge 

We are only as good as our people. That’s why our lettings team love what they do. Our lettings team have expert knowledge and experience within Shropshire and surrounding counties enabling us to advise and give you the best service possible.

Web Exposure

Your property will be marketed on Rightmove, Onthemarket.com and of course our own website. View a list of current rental properties.

Marketing

A full marketing campaign gives one the confidence that all opportunities have been explored and we can tailor this to your personal wishes.

Advertising

Advertising will be in a selection of local papers and magazines. All our advertisements will appear in colour.

Editorial and PR

If applicable we are able to issue press releases when the property is launched. We will work with you to draft this release to include some history of the property, or people who have occupied it previously and any other interesting stories.

The release will be circulated to local and regional property editors. We also maintain strong links to national property editors and will look to promote your property wherever appropriate

To Let Board

We are very open about To Let boards - some people like to have one and others don’t. We do find that sometimes even just an arrow board is helpful especially if it is a rural property and hard to find.

Codes of Conduct

We choose to be answerable to leading professional bodies, not all letting agents want to be accountable for their actions. We like to maintain the highest professional standards by conforming to the guidelines of the industry's leading organisations. It's a clear sign you're dealing with a thoroughly reputable and respected agent.

Balfours Applicants

Detailed information of the property will be immediately forwarded to all those applicants who are registered with Balfours looking for similar properties and viewings will be arranged as soon as is mutually convenient.

Referencing

Balfours understand the importance of peace of mind and we strive to ensure you have this throughout the tenancy. We use the largest referencing company in the UK who have over 20 years experience and they will seek landlords and employment references on your potential tenants. They will also carry out credit checks to provide you with background on applicant’s credit history so you can be comfortable that your potential tenants have not experienced financial difficulties in the past.  

Management

We are pleased to be able to offer you a fully comprehensive management service enabling you to rest assured that your property is in good hands.
Our full management service proves to be our most popular package as we become the first port of call for the tenant if there are any issues the following aspects are also included:

  • Regular property inspections
  • Organising repairs and maintenance
  • Monitoring rent collection
  • Legal advice
  • Rent Reviews
  • Ensuring your property and appliances comply with legislative requirements
  • Negotiating deposit returns at the end of the tenancy

Legislation

Keeping on top of changes to legislation is very important if you are considering becoming a landlord. Key areas of concern relate to:

  • Deposit regulations
  • Serving of notices
  • Energy Performance requirements
  • Utilities – i.e. gas, electricity, oil and water
  • Obligations of landlords and tenants

If you would like help or advice regarding current or changing regulations then contact our team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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