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Wednesday, 09 July 2014 00:00

Area Guide

Shropshire’s claim to fame is that it is the largest landlocked county in England and no one knows where it is! From the rolling Shropshire Hills in the south to the plains and Mere’s in the north, the county has something for everyone.

It is a fantastic combination of idyllic country life with the hustle and bustle of its lively and sometimes sophisticated towns. If it’s fresh air you crave, Shropshire is the place for you. There are Shropshire hills to climb, gourmet restaurants in Ludlow, rivers throughout including the mighty River Severn which flows through the county town of Shrewsbury.

Shropshire is blessed with a fantastic selection of state and private schools. For a more comprehensive list of schools in the area please click here to look at the good schools guide.


In the heart of the county, Shrewsbury is a charming combination of cobbled streets, Georgian buildings, The Quarry Park complete with bandstand along the River Severn one could almost be transported back in time.  Steeped in history it is the birth place of Charles Darwin.   But then there are lively bars and restaurants, a good club scene, the theatre Severn,  Shrewsbury Football  & Rugby Clubs, outdoor concerts, a castle and more independent shops than anywhere else in the country, why live anywhere else?

Much Wenlock

Much Wenlock’s claim to fame is that it was the birthplace of the modern Olympic movement. This quintessentially English town has the beautiful Wenlock Priory, a weekly market, vintage shops and enticing galleries. In some peoples’ minds their main reason for visiting is A Ryan and Sons, the butchers.


Once visited, never forgotten.  Ludlow is a medieval town with fabulous restaurants, an eclectic selection of galleries; it is a foodies and shoppers’ delight.  In the centre of the town is a ruined castle and for those not interested in the aesthetic things in life one can always have a day out at the races.

Church Stretton

Nestled in the Shropshire Hills Church Stretton is situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty and is a haven for walkers and anyone who enjoys all manner of outdoor activities.  Nicknamed little Switzerland this pretty town is close to Acton Scott, the Victorian working farm.


Rising 110 feet upwards the high and low towns of Bridgnorth are separated by the River Severn.  For those not keen on walking up the ancient flight of steps there is England’s oldest and steepest inland Funicular railway.  Many of the sixteenth and seventeenth century houses still remain surrounding the castle and churches of the high town. 


To the North West of the county near the border with Wales there are good transport links to Chester and the North.  There is an active classical music scene, Chirk Castle, Offa’s Dyke and for train enthusiasts the Llangollen steam train is close by.  For those who prefer a more relaxed pace of life a trip on a narrow boat on the Llangollen Canal is a must.


Bordering Shropshire is the equally beautiful Herefordshire.

Hereford is like Shrewsbury, being the centre of the county and is on the River Wye. A traffic free city centre makes it easy for visitors to roam around and enjoy its delights including the spectacular cathedral. If its fruit and veg you like this is the place for you. Well known for its cider, there’s even a cider museum and it’s the HQ of Tyrells crisps. Close to Hay on Wye, it’s a book lover’s paradise and a fabulous place to live.


Bordering the north-east of Shropshire is one of the busier parts of the Midlands, Staffordshire. From the suburbs of Wolverhampton in the south of the county, to Cannock Chase leading to the bottom of the Peak District in the North, there is always something happening. Staffordshire is home to the famous Alton Towers Theme Park, as well as Brewery's, Pottery's and more - scattered with lots of little villages Staffordshire provides a wonderful sense of community.

Wednesday, 09 July 2014 00:00

Property Buying Guide

Step by Step Guide to Buying a Property

Financing & Legal

  • We advise you to visit your Financial advisor or Mortgage broker to ensure you are able to get the borrowing you would like.
  • Instruct a solicitor.

Where do I want to live?

  • Before you starting searching it is good to know what you actually need and where you want to live.
  • Are you looking for a home? Downsizing? An investment? Some land?
  • Don’t be too narrow with your search criteria. Emotion and ‘the feel’ factor often take over in a house purchase. You may be shown a property that seems to have nothing on your wish list but just ‘feels’ right.
  • Research areas. Work out what is important to you. It could be transport, schools, active sports clubs or quiet country life.

Registering with Estate Agents

  • Register with
  • If you are a serious purchaser, it is imperative to build a relationship with an agent, such as Balfours, as our job is to match the right person with the right property.
  • It may be your ideal property is being quietly marketed and not advertised. Don’t always rely on the internet. Be the one to get the first call!
  • It is common practice to register with national property portals such as Rightmove and OnTheMarket.

Making an offer on A Property

  • Offer through the Agent subject to survey and contract.
  • Once the offer has been accepted notify your solicitor.
  • Check that the seller’s solicitor has also been instructed.
  • Contact your mortgage provider and book in a valuation and if needed, structural survey.
  • Ensure your solicitor is in funds to apply for local searches.
  • Chase your mortgage offer.
  • Put your solicitor in funds ready for exchange.

Exchange of contracts

  • All enquiries have been responded to.
  • Local searches have been received.
  • Mortgage has been approved and received.
  • A completion date has been agreed.
  • Your deposit has been received by the Seller’s solicitor.
  • You are ready to exchange.

Sales Completion

  • Completion is when the balance of the purchase price has been transferred from the Purchaser’s solicitor to the Seller’s solicitors account.
  • Your solicitor will call you when the money has cleared and informed the agent to release the keys.
  • Congratulations! You are now the owner of the property.


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


Wednesday, 09 July 2014 00:00

Property Selling Guide

Step by step guide to selling a property:

If you haven’t sold a property for a long time or even if it’s something you do all the time, Balfours are here to help you all the way. Here is our simplified step by step guide to selling your property.

Accurate Market Appraisal:

  • We all want to sell 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.

Choosing your estate agent

  • The highest market appraisal is not all it takes to choose the right estate agent.
  • It is very hard not to fall for pound signs sometimes!
  • There are many factors involved which should include evidence that they have sold similar properties, an understanding of the area, combined with some good old fashioned service all contribute to instructing the correct agent.
  • Rigorous and experienced sales people are a must.

Instructing a solicitor

  • The successful sale of your property can be reliant on an efficient and experienced solicitor.
  • To help avoid delays try and ensure this is done before you have started the marketing process.

Presenting your property for sale

  • This is key. It is all about first impressions and love at first sight.
  • 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 purchaser.
  • We are not necessarily recommending baking bread as people walk through the front door but its all about “the feel.”
  • A clean tidy and uncluttered home with all your light bulbs working help to create an atmosphere of “I could live here.” Simple and effective.

Marketing your property for sale

  • It’s all about maximum exposure.
  • Balfours offer professional photographs and detailed floor plans, boundary plans and location plans.
  • Your property will be advertised on our dedicated Balfours website, Rightmove, OnTheMarket and The London Office (located at St. James's Place, The London Office represents and promotes our property portfolio to the London and International markets)
  • 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 Express + Star, The Post, Birmingham Express and nationals such as Country Life.
  • We are also able to market with discretion and confidence and discretion if this is what you require.

Accompanied property viewings

  • 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.
  • It’s all about communication.

Receiving and negotiating an offer

  • You will be immediately informed once an offer has been received both verbally and in writing.
  • We are here to negotiate with your purchaser ensuring we get the best possible outcome on your behalf.

Offer agreed

  • Once an offer has been agreed a memorandum of sale is sent to all parties including both instructed solicitors.
  • We are legally obliged to inform the vendor of all offers until exchange of contracts.
  • The vendor’s solicitor will send out a draft contract and respond to all additional enquiries from the purchaser’s solicitor.

Exchange of contracts

  • We help drive the sales process by liaising with solicitors and other professionals including surveyors.
  • Once a completion date has been agreed and a deposit received by your solicitor, searches received, all enquiries responded to, and if necessary agreed mortgage details, contracts can be exchanged.

Completion of contracts

Completion is when the balance of the purchase price has been transferred from the buyers solicitor to the vendors solicitors account. Your solicitor will call you when the money has cleared in your account and inform your agent to release the keys.


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Why choose us?


We guarantee you, the customer, exceptional service combined with the latest technology to market your property and achieve the best sale price.

'I found the team at Balfours honest and genuine. They made the process as painless as possible, and always with a personal touch, both at their office and at my home, which is unusual in today's hard -selling world of estate agents!'


Our wealth of knowledge of property prices in Shropshire, Staffordshire, Herefordshire and The Welsh Marches ensures you will quickly receive an accurate valuation. This is step one to achieving the best possible price for your property in the current market. The valuation is backed up by comparable properties.

'The Balfours team were nothing but thoughtful, polite, active and always dealt with our enquiries promptly and professionally.'


You have immediate access to all our highly experienced staff. Their fantastic local insight, depth of connections and market knowledge provide all the essentials. Their passion for property and commitment to 'go the extra mile' will make your sale the best experience possible.

'We found the team at Balfours alert, accommodating & professional in all areas. We had an excellent feed of potential buyers, which resulted in multiple firm offers on our property! We received guidance & support through the process. Balfours would be our natural choice when selling.'


Customers trust us to deliver the best advice in a straight forward and professional manner. This is endorsed by the high level of repeat business we achieve.

'As the sale progressed we found ourselves on the wrong side of a down valuation which was carried out on behalf of our buyers – At one point it was looking like we might be £35,000 out of pocket… Balfours’ advice and speedy intervention was crucial in minimising the loss and once the new terms had been agree, all parties proceeded to a swift and satisfactory exchange. Thank you.'


The full service you receive includes advice on how best to bring a property to the market, how to present it and how to find the right purchaser. With full colour brochures including professional photographs and floor plans, your property will be presented in the very best way.


Balfours properties receive the all important on-line exposure on our own website and property portals including Rightmove, OnTheMarket and The London Office (located at St. James's Place, The London Office represents and promotes our property portfolio to the London and International markets)

'Have just looked on Rightmove. AMAZING! Can't believe it's our house! Thank you.'


Balfours cover the local, regional and national newspapers and magazines suitable for your property in both the advertising and the PR areas.


Once a sale offer is accepted, we will drive the legal process to exchange as swiftly as possible with completion dates to be mutually agreed by both parties.

'I was very pleased with the way that Balfours handled the marketing and sale of my house and their great patience with me. The marketing was excellent and my house attractively presented. And the buyers love it.'


The combined knowledge of the Balfours staff means we are able to advise on all property issues in any given situation, from valuation and marketing, and planning to renewable energy. Balfours can offer advice in other areas as well as property sales such as building work, planning and surveys etc.

'For a large majority of people moving home is one of the most stressful things to do. For us this was not the case at all. The Balfours team made the selling process much easier than we ever thought possible. They guided us with the utmost professionalism always making us feel we were their number one client! Potential purchasers were well informed when viewing our property resulting in very few “time wasters” which resulted in us getting an excellent sale price for our property.'


We deal with people as well as houses. We will listen to your needs, give you honest advice, and keep you informed and up-to-date with every stage of the buying or selling process. Please call us for a free valuation on 01743 353511.

Wednesday, 09 July 2014 00:00

The Sales Team

Alistair Hilton Associate Partner, Head of Sales +
Balfours, The Square
01743 353511
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Alistair Hilton heads the Balfours Sales Team which now includes our new Ludlow office. Alistair’s wife is from Shrewsbury and after 10 years’ experience in London they decided to make this beautiful and historic town their home.
Scott Kemsley Associate, Sales Manager - Ludlow +
Balfours, Ludlow
01584 707100
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Scott Kemsley grew up in Ludlow and has many years sales experience. A very keen sportsman with an emphasis on Cricket and Rugby. He is passionate about Shropshire and what Shropshire has to offer. Scott’s focus and experience is helping buyers find their Shropshire dream home.
Duncan Scobie Country House Sales +
Balfours, The Square
01743 353511
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Bringing a wealth of experience gained over a 20 year period within the Shropshire property market, Duncan’s efforts have earned him silver in the coveted Sunday Times ‘Estate Agency of the Year’ awards. With boundless energy and passion for property coupled with the desire to help everyone he comes into contact with.
Abigail Barker Property Sales Office Manager +
Balfours, The Square
01743 353511
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Abigail has a background in banking and property and is currently studying for her NAEA membership. Abbie has the responsibility of office management and leading the administration teams, both at Shrewsbury and at our new office in Ludlow.
Rebecca MorleyAdministrator and New Build Sales +
Balfours, The Square
01743 353511
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Born in Edinburgh, brought up in London and various places in between, Rebecca’s background was in the events industry working at international sports venues. Rebecca enjoys working in property and is passionate about historical homes and buildings.
Katie Richardson Administrator and Town House Sales +
Balfours, The Square
01743 353511
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Katie has recently returned from travelling and working in the USA and Canada over the past two years, and has now returned to the UK to reside with her husband in Shrewsbury. Originally from the Midlands, Katie has a four year background in Residential Property Lettings in Birmingham city centre.
Charlie Giffard Rural Property Sales +
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, 09 July 2014 00:00

Property News

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