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Property Portal Alerts Sharpen Property Market


Alerts and Notifications from property portalsare enabling house hunters to act with speed, as they receive alerts directly to mobile devices; the result is new property to the market really is “hot property.”

The first country cottage of the year to be launched to the market by Balfours received its first viewing request within 30 minutes and the viewing was undertaken within 24 hours. Alerts targeted by the agent to registered applicants yielded two further enquiries in a similar timescale. 

Head of sales at Balfours, Tim Main, explains: “Last year’s trend, that properties fresh to the market received good early interest is running on into 2017; even in the traditionally quieter month of January. We have a good list of registered applicants and as a result buyers are often being found very quickly. Indeed some of the best deals are achieved from early viewings, rather than hanging on.”

Changing buyer habits in the electronic age is reflected in the main property portals, such as Right Move which reports just over half its activity from mobile devices such as phones and tablets. It is a pattern seen within Balfours own website too, indicating buyers want quick and immediate communication when they are house hunting.

That is exactly how it was for a West Shropshire country cottage, Southview at Hemford, near Minsterley. The modernised cottage comes with fabulous views, ponds, woodland and three/four bedrooms and a guide price of £500,000.

Tim adds: “There is no doubt the early bird gets the worm. If buyers see a property which appeals to them, then they want to act fast and today’s electronic devices, together with our targeted alert system to registered buyers, enables them to do exactly that. Buyers should however keep in touch with the relevant estate agents as some properties do not make it to a formal public launch on the property portals.”


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Pictured: South View House, Hemford, near Minsterley

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New build last chance


The last opportunity to secure a new build in the stunning Column House Gardens development is being marketed by Balfours Property Professionals on behalf of “Homes by Morris.”

Number  Two, Column House Gardens is one of ten fine four bedroom terrace homes  located at Preston Street, Shrewsbury, in a well established and sought after residential area, close to Shrewsbury’s landmark Lord Hill Column. While the development is private and approached through a gated entrance, Shrewsbury bypass road network to the Midlands is just minutes away.  With Shrewsbury town centre less than two miles away there is a wide selection of public and private schools nearby.

Agent, Alistair Hilton, of Balfours enthuses: “This is a superb and very unique development. The family homes are built to an exceptional finish – this is the sort of home that even if you weren’t looking to move, you could easily be tempted to consider. Number Two comprises of lounge, open plan kitchen dinner, living room and cloakroom on the ground floor.

First floor accommodation offers an en-suite guest room, two further bedrooms and the family bathroom, while on the second floor is a lusciously spacious master bedroom with en-suite facilities. Private parking allocation is provided and shared garden, perfect for those who would prefer to be enjoying leisure time indulging in golf, rowing, walking or the many other activities Shrewsbury has to offer.

Alistair adds: “The kitchen has granite worktops and the buyer has the opportunity to select from a range of Ellis kitchen options. Bathrooms are fitted with Vitra sanitary ware, there are dual control towel rails and dual shower heads; in short fittings are impressive.” Number Two is marketed with a guide price of £395,000. For more information call Alistair Hilton on 01743 353511.


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Sale agreement to completion – close monitoring essential


Be it large or small - keeping an agreed sale on the move is key to the success of the Balfours’ team at The Square, Shrewsbury.

Recent sales completed this year include 10 Tudor Gate, Copthorne, Shrewsbury, a six bedroom, new executive home on the market at £550,000 to Maypole Bank, Kenley, a derelict barn for conversion with planning permission for a four bedroom home, marketed with a guide of £200,000.

Head of sales at Balfours, Tim Main, says, “It is important to realise that a sale is not done until it is completed. Vendors tend to think that once a buyer has put in an offer they are virtually sold, but that is not the case. This is where the hard work really begins.”

Mr Main adds: “We work with the vendor every step of the way, to progress the sale, nudging solicitors and follow up any stumbling blocks to ensure progress is made. During the last boom in 2007 conveyancing was regularly coasting through in six weeks. Today it is taking significantly longer, we see it as part of our job to ensure that the sale progresses from agreed to exchanged and completed as quickly as possible.

“The danger is that if a sale does not progress and is delayed the buyer may change their mind for a number of reasons, from finding something else to a change in personal circumstances, pulling out to leave the vendor right back at the start. We look to steer sales to completion, with keys handed over and money in the bank and that is why every sale is followed and closely monitored,” he adds.

End of year completions include: Sycamore Cottage, a modern cottage seven miles south of Shrewsbury, with three en-suite bedrooms, launched to the market in September with a guide price of £495,000. The sale was also completed on Lostford Manor Stables, which provided 21 stables, ten acres and planning for a three bedroom home, marketed with a guide of £375,000.


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                                              10 Tudor Gate

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                                              Maypole Barn



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Farmland to let near Chirbury


A rare opportunity for rental land on the Rorrington Estate, Chirbury has become available – to be let by informal Tender on an initial 5 year Farm Business Tenancy.

Tenders to be submitted no later than noon on Friday 10th February to Balfours LLP, New Windsor House, Oxon Business Park, Bicton Heath, Shrewsbury, SY3 5HJ.

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Barn with en-suites for all


A grade II listed barn conversion, with cartloads of character has been launched to the market.

Meadow View Barn has lent itself to conversion, presenting four en-suite double bedrooms, including one on the ground floor. Located in the hamlet of Eardiston, one and a half miles from West Felton, the barn is well placed for commuting to Oswestry and Shrewsbury, being six and 13 miles respectively. It is also highly accessible to the A5 to the Midlands and the north.

Agent Duncan Scobie, of Balfours comments: “This is a very well presented property with a wonderfully spacious feature kitchen breakfast room with steps leading down from the dining room, large central island and a range cooker, with feature mantle over. A sloping ceiling and oval owl window add further character to the room. And for alfresco dining there are doors opening to outside.”

Next door is the dining room, offering a roomy 40 square metres, similar sizing to the kitchen. Across the inner hall are a snug, come study and a large sitting room with French doors to the garden.

Across the hallway is the ground floor bedroom with en-suite shower room, while on the first floor each of the three bedrooms has its own en-suite with additional walk in storage featuring in the master room.

Outside and attached to the main barn are three garages, plus an office. As the name suggests, Meadow View Barn, overlooks fields and benefits from both large parking area and gardens. The property is marketed with a guide price of £525,000 for more information call Duncan Scobie on 01743 353511.

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New Year, new challenge, build your own home


If your New Year’s resolution includes finding the perfect home, this might be the opportunity you are seeking.

A building plot with full planning permission for a contemporary three bedroom home, situated ten miles north of Shrewsbury has been launched to the market. The plot at Kinton Grange, in the pretty hamlet of Kinton, near Nesscliffe, provides planning for a house extending 250 square metres.

Agent, Duncan Scobie of Balfours says, “Individual plots in such a great location don’t present themselves very often. Floorplans have been drawn up for a contemporary design arranged over two floors. It promises to be very special with the architect’s design including a spacious balcony enjoying views across to Briedden Hill and Rodney’s Pillar.”

Ground floor accommodation will provide hallway, wc, through lounge, kitchen, dining room, snug and playroom, plus utility. There is also an integral double garage planned with office and store above. The plot provides for garden to the front and rear, plus a new access drive constructed to service the property together with Kinton Grange.

Duncan adds: “The plot and permission provides a fantastic opportunity for the owner to put their own personal stamp on the property, fixtures and fittings, from doors to bathrooms and of course the all-important kitchen.”

Balfours are marketing the plot at Kinton with a guide price of £125,000, for more information call 01743 353511.

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