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Viewings double for January


January has proved a bumper month for one of the county’s leading estate agents.

Balfours Property Professionals has seen over 200% increase in viewings compared with January 2015. “We are delighted with the significant increase in viewings,” says Tim Main, head of sales at Balfours, attributing key factors to the agent’s move to new premises in Shrewsbury town’s Square.

“The Square, puts us in a key location in the town centre. Also compared to last year we have increased the staff team, which was a driving factor for the move to larger premises; both the increase in staff and larger premises reflect our calculated optimism for Shropshire’s housing market,” adds Mr Main.

Balfours’ dedicated town sales manager, Alistair Hilton adds: “Last year properties in the SY1, 2 and 3 areas rose in value by three to five per cent, those in the SY3 were up by 5.29%, according to web-based independent source, Zoopla. We are seeing buyers who finding the right home are prepared to make sure they don’t lose it. During December and January we have had several properties which have achieved above guide price.”

Alistair continues: “Shrewsbury is a gem as a county town; qualities including independent shops, a wide choice of private and public sector schools, culture, architecture and countryside on the doorstep make for quality of life, for such a broad range of aspirations.


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Act now for second home purchase to avoid extra stamp duty


The window of opportunity to avoid the three per cent additional stamp duty (SDLT) on a second home is closing in.

Tim Main, head of sales at Balfours Property Professionals says:  “I would urge anyone sitting on the fence deliberating over a second home, be it a buy to let, a place in the country or by the sea, this is the final window of opportunity.”

April 1 sees the introduction of the new, second home 3% SDLT rate.  “Right now it is still achievable and purchases can still be made, but with conveyancing taking longer agreeing a deal in March is unlikely to meet the completion deadline of March 31.”

Tim continues: “For example, if you are buying a second home with a purchase price of £300,000, the extra 3% Stamp Duty would equate to £9,000 (3% of the entire price). This is in addition to the £5,000 regular Stamp Duty bill on a home of this value, making the total Stamp Duty payable an eye-watering £14,000.

He says that there remains much uncertainty regarding the detail of the second home SDLT: “For instance a couple who are cohabiting, but have no legal tie appear to be able to own one property each.” However the government will treat married couples and civil partners living together as one unit. This means any homes owned by either partner will be included when the stamp duty bill comes due on the purchase of a second or subsequent property.

“Hence our advice is that if you are likely to be judged as a second home owner and you want to avoid the additional 3% stamp duty, it is best to act now. Full clarity is still awaited and will be announced in the March budget,” Tim adds.

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Let go of your home and reveal a house to sell


How and when to market your home is one of the biggest decision most of us make and traditionally the spring market is a good time to launch.

Agent, Scott Kemsley, who covers Balfours South Shropshire and Herefordshire region, urges vendors to first prepare; make the conversion from a home to a house being marketed. “Put yourself in the shoes of the buyers – how would they like the property to look? It sounds basic but by reversing the vendor mind-set and taking on the thought process of the buyer can be extremely helpful.”

“Next step is to be honest about those thoughts!” adds Scott. He says basic targets should include decluttering, ensuring that each room has maximum light, with the curtains drawn, blinds lifted and light bulbs working. Light is a great asset of space.

“Personal paraphernalia detracts from what would otherwise be a really nice house, cottage or flat. When selling the ultimate target is that it will no longer be your home; to achieve that goal someone else has to visualise it as their home.  The potential vendor wants a feeling of spaciousness and to see space, space where they can put their belongings, yes and even their clutter!”

From the moment a potential buyer arrives they will be forming impressions, says Scott.  So if the lawns are mowed and the garden looks loved, it is going to create a more positive feel. Outside garden clutter is another bane for agents and should be minimised.  From plant pots, to BBQs and children’s’ bikes ideally they should all be out of site.

Animal free zone

Scott hesitates: “There’s one more thing, pets: While Shropshire is a rural county and lots of us have dogs, cats and other pets, we do have to be mindful that for some people they can be a negative influence. It is a good idea to limit creatures to one room of the house where they can be managed during a viewing. It might also be a good idea to pop a scented freshener in the room that animals normally frequent.”

What about re-decorating or those dream alterations and makeovers? So long as décor is clean, don’t bother, the buyer will want to put his own ideas and make the house into their home – isn’t that what you wanted to do when you moved in? If you would like to discuss marketing your home with Scott, then call him on 01743 353511.

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Land, barn and cottage to be auctioned


Two parcels of land at Lydbury North, one with a useful set of farm buildings, the other with a detached cottage in need of full refurbishment are to be auctioned next month.

Agents, Balfours Property Professionals are auctioning Blue Barn, Lydbury North with 6 hectares 3.4 hectares of permanent pasture and 2 hectares of woodland . The barns comprise of both modern steel frame buildings stone farm buildings.

Neighbouring is the second lot of 5.74 hectares of predominantly grazing land with Stanley Cottage: An idyllic three bedroom property perfect for full restoration, plus outbuildings. The cottage has a private water supply and no electricity.

The two lots are scheduled to go under the gavel at 6.30pm, on February 24, at the Three Tonnes Bishop’s Castle, unless sold previously by private treaty. Agent Tim Main says: “The cottage is one of those idyllic rarities, particularly coming with a useful sized parcel of land and in such a beautiful location. It is the sort of project that will grab someone inspired to live the dream.

“Blue Barns are a very useful set of cattle and stone buildings, which could double the land capacity of Stanley Cottage land. The cottage is one of those rare properties to skip a century of modernisation; it has its own bore hole and no electricity. This opens the challenges to tap into the efficiencies of 21st century energy sources,” adds Tim.

Blue Barns has a guide price of £125,000 and Stanley Cottage of £245,000. For more information call Tim Main on 091743 353511.


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Old Police House locks in Penthouse perfection


Opportunity to purchase a prestigious and sumptuous penthouse apartment in the heart of Shropshire’s county town has been launched to the market. Balfours Property Professionals are marketing The Penthouse, The Old Police Station, in Shrewsbury town centre.

The two bedroom apartment is fully modernised and chain free, it provides two bedrooms, one en-suite and the other with generous bathroom. Balfours residential town sales manager, Alistair Hilton, says: “Offers of this calibre, space and location don’t come up every day.”

He continues: “The kitchen not only has wow factor, it is very practical too with a full suite of appliances in place. Add to this the lavish reception room providing dining and sitting areas and you have a great place from intimate dining to party entertaining. And the ultimate zing is the roof top terrace putting zest in the gin, as the sun go down.”

The property provides a private car parking space and both bedrooms have significant fitted wardrobes. Balfours are marketing The Penthouse with a guide price of £365,000. For more information call Alistair Hilton on 01743 353511.

Penthouse kitchen

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Sales team gain office manager


A new post of office manager has been created at the Balfours new residential estate agency office in the town centre. Abigail Barker took up the post as Balfours moved to The Square, Shrewsbury last month.

Head of residential sales, Tim Main says: “We are delighted to welcome Abigail to the team. We have enjoyed steady sustained growth over the last 5 years within the sales department which not only meant we needed more space, but also greater co-ordination for maximum efficiency.”

A true globe trotter, Abigail grew up in the Middle East and has also lived in East Africa and Sydney. She says: “Shrewsbury is a fabulous town, which offers a great lifestyle. To be working in the heart of the town in such a beautiful building is great; I began my career in the world of property, so it is really exciting to be back in that sphere.”

Abigail enjoys the responsibilities of motherhood while still making time for her appreciation of fine wines and sampling Shrewsbury’s restaurants.   “I have enjoyed fantastic climates in different countries, but when it comes to primary school and everyday life – Shrewsbury is a very good place to be,” she adds.


Abigail Barker

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