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A Guide to Selling Your Home

13/07/2017

Once you have decided to sell your home we aim to make the sale process run as smoothly as possible - from marketing to EPC's we are on hand and ready to help.

Firstly we recommend that you gather the following documents - these may help to speed things up once an offer is made: Building regulations certificates for any extensions or alterations you have carried out; invoices for council tax, house insurance and utilities. For those whose property shares communal services, then again appropriate invoices. These will allow prospective purchasers to understand the running costs of your home.

You will also need to instruct a solicitor to act on your behalf and if you have a mortgage you will have to organise your onward financing.

An Energy Performance Certificate EPC is now a legal requirement – we can organise this if you don’t already have one.  A home condition report is a very useful document to prospective purchasers – though ultimately they may choose to commission an independent report, it will certainly give them confidence in their pursuit.

We will need to know which fixtures and fittings you wish to retain and which you are happy to include. We will also send a photographer to take external and internal photographs for your property’s brochure. Now is a good time to declutter, be that the caravan off the drive, or something you have intended to move but just haven’t got around to!

If you are seeking a professional and personal service, we will be with you all the way - at the end of the phone, by email and in person – our dedicated team is there to make the sold sign a very positive experience for you.

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Tranquil Rural Retreat

12/07/2017

An idyllic rural location west of Shrewsbury is the setting of a three/four bedroom character property, launched to the market by Balfours Property Professionals, with a guide price of £320,000.

Lower Hem Farm, is to be found near the hamlet of Westley, 12 miles from the county town of Shrewsbury. Approached over a cattle grid there is ample parking and the large garden incorporating fruit trees.

The conservatory opens through to an entrance hall with feature fireplace and access to the dining room, the lounge, plus stairs to the first floor.  The lounge also boasts an open fireplace, plus a large bay window where light billows in.

To the rear of the lounge is a study/four bedroom. The kitchen/breakfast room has an oil fired Rayburn and fitted units incorporating a breakfast bar, adjacent with direct access is the dining room. The room has access to utility/cloakroom and boot room with external door. Three bedrooms and a family bathroom are to be found on the first floor.

Balfours Scott Kemsley comments:  “This is a fabulous opportunity for anyone seeking a rural lifestyle and tranquil setting.  Lower Hem Farm is set in 0.7 acres and has far reaching views across open countryside; within the garden are a green house, garden shed, plus an entertaining area.”

For more information call Scott Kemsley on 01743 353511.

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Lower Hem Main

Lower Hem Garden

Lower Hem Lounge

Lower Hem Kitchen

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Three Bedroom Semi in Sought After Location

12/07/2017

A three bedroom semi-detached period home, in the desirable Copthorne area, northwest of Shrewsbury, has been launched to the market with a guide price of £225,000.

31 Copthorne Drive, has a welcoming entrance hall, giving access to two reception rooms, a kitchen, conservatory and stairs ascending to the first floor. There is also a ground floor wc. On the first floor there are three double bedrooms, one with fitted wardrobes. The bedrooms are serviced by a family bathroom with separate wc.

Head of sales at Balfours, Alistair Hilton, enthuses: “This is a charming period home in the very desirable area northwest of Shrewsbury town centre, with all the amenities the county town offers, from the Quarry Park and commerce, to train station, plus great places to eat and shop.

Alistair adds: “31 Copthorne Drive is carefully priced and, looking to the future, it has a tremendous amount of scope. The property has a private garden with shed, plus front garden, there is also driveway parking for two cars.”

For more information call Alistair Hilton on 01743 353511.

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31 Copthorne Main

31 Copthorne Garden

31 Copthorne Conservatory

31 Copthorne Kitchen

 

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Ask the Expert with Alistair Hilton

11/07/2017

There seems to be a lot of developments around Shropshire and the borders, I have an ideal site on the edge of the village, shall I wait a while before doing anything about it?

By Alistair Hilton, head of sales at Balfours.

This is a very good question and one that keeps coming up in conversation with local land owners. It is one that requires in depth consideration.

Firstly, consider whether the site is allocated within the SAMDev (Shropshire's Allocation for New development). If it is, obtaining planning permission may be considerably more straight forward than neighbouring land, which may not fall within the allocation.

Secondly, consider how many of these sites have been either bought, and or are being built. It's clear to see that our local councils and planning authorities are granting more permission in rural areas, but what is the uptake? What is the demand for housing? Where are the house buyers, and where are they coming from?

One piece of advice I am always happy to offer and discuss is “supply and demand.”

Researching how many sites are available at one time and what the demand is for the newly built homes must be at the top of the agenda. This will determine whether a land owner should action a sale, or wait for potentially better market conditions. The wait can take years for the current over supply of inventory to thin out – but then selling for housing is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

The political climate and overall market trends will all play a part, as will the strength of your desire, to make that sale. Every situation is different and even if you believe the site is a decade off your life game plan taking professional advice will provide a fresh perspective which can be hugely beneficial.

Another conundrum which comes up in conversation relates to those considering a rural property saleon the edge of their land: Would it be better to market it as is, or with a few acres? This question is considerably easier to answer: Yes, include a couple of acres.

The uplift in value when selling a few acres attached to the sale of a residential property can create significant uplift in the value of that property. By adding a couple of acres you widen the market to provide “lifestyle” choice.

Those buyers looking for residential property with a few acres will usually be budding smallholders, equestrian enthusiasts or those seeking to acquire a slice of the countryside, and therefore are usually prepared to offer a significant premium.  01743 353511 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Accepted, exchanged, completed – within a calendar month

11/07/2017

When you accept an offer on your home, most vendors would like to think – “this is it, we are on our way;”  but many vendors know to their cost, the long drawn out delays of conveyancing which can follow, eating into months while your life is on hold.

At Balfours we are pedantic in our approach to ensure the sale is achieved as quickly and smoothly as possible. A sale is not a sale until it is completed and every day counts.

Hooked Hill Barn is a great example of just how swiftly a sale can be achieved. In this case an offer accepted early in the month, contracts exchanged before the end of the month and completion was achieved a calendar month to the day after accepting.

Such achievements don’t happen without meticulous attention to detail. Much of the paperwork can be gathered ahead of launching your property to market, we will provide a check list, so that together we ensure you are in the best position to progress the sale, when that offer comes in. We are here to ensure that all the paperwork is in the right place at the right time and those queries and glitches are ironed out with ultimate efficiency.

If you are seeking a swift sale, right through to completion, then call Balfours and we can talk through how, together, we can achieve.

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See The Flower Show In Full Bloom

06/07/2017

Take a cruise along the loop of the river Severn on The Sabrina riverboat and see the Flower Show in full bloom.

That is the invitation Shrewsbury based Balfours’ lettings and sales teams are putting out to landlords and home owners this week. Charlotte George, Head of Lettings, says: “We will be serving a glass of fizz to all aboard the Sabrina when we launch from the Victoria Quay, near the Welsh Bridge on Saturday afternoon, August 12.”

If you have a property to let or sell and would like to join the cruise, then call Charlotte on 01743 277069 to book your place.

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