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New appointment underlines growth


Balfours Property Professionals is continuing steady growth with the appointment of assistant land agent, Matthew Martin.

Matthew, who will be based at the Shrewsbury office, brings with him a practical arable experience. He graduated from the University of Leicester, before undertaking a post graduate Diploma in Rural Enterprise and Land Management at Harper Adams University.

Matthew explains: “My degree at Leicester was in classics, when I was studying at Harper Adams I also worked on a local arable farm. Since then I have worked for a national crop protection company, completing BASIS, FACTS and BETA qualifications to provide agronomy services to farmers in the county.”

Partner, Rory Galliers adds: “Matthew has a very valuable mix of qualifications, experience and positive can do attitude, all of which will stand him in good stead in his work at Balfours. We are delighted to welcome him to the team and look forward to his development within the business.”

Matthew enjoys many country pursuits, including long distance walking where he counts among his achievements the renowned 50 mile Longmynd Hike.

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Shropshire Living Pulls Another Shropshire Lad Home


Scott Kemsley has come home to sell houses and joins the country house sales team at Balfours Property Professionals.

He brings a wealth of experience gained over more than two decades in the global property profession with a Knight Frank affiliate – and now relishes the opportunity to utilise contacts and maximise sales for clients.

Scott enthuses: “I have returned because you really can’t beat Shropshire for lifestyle and of course I have family here too. I am passionate about Shropshire and what Shropshire has to offer, the contrasting landscapes across the county, the heritage – people travel from all over the world to the mediaeval towns of Shrewsbury and Ludlow.

“It is really good to be joining Balfours highly successful residential department – and to be part of a very focused team which continues to grow.   Having worked outside Shropshire for so many years, I am looking forward to drawing business to the county I consider home and of which I have a first-hand experience and knowledge.”

“We mustn’t forget that out of 70 major towns, Shrewsbury was found to be  the most healthy place to live in the UK earlier this year, according to the Royal Society for Public Health, who carried out the survey.”

Tim Main, head of sales at Balfours adds: “We are delighted to have Scott on board; he brings the strengths of experience and networking to our residential team. Scott’s attributes include negotiating consistent and significant overseas property deals; balanced with representing Ludlow on the cricket pitch.  We hope his experience, energy and enthusiasm is soon going to help South Shropshire house sellers find their buyers.”

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Unique Opportunity in Shrewsbury’s Premier Kingsland Valley


Take the best of traditional build add the best of 21st century finish and technology plus one of Shrewsbury’s most sought after locations – and you have the winning formula of 33a Kennedy Road.

The location in the Kingsland Valley ticks all the boxes, a short-walk from the centre of the county mediaeval town, easy access to road networks to the north and midlands, top private and state schools of calibre close by.

Marketed by Alistair Hilton, Balfours Property Professionals, residential town sales manager, reflects: “This is a very unique new property, effortlessly blending into and its mature surroundings, while maximising a panoramic view to the West.

“Internally 33a Kennedy Road offers 3,800 square feet of space – ensuring rooms of pleasing proportions. The entrance hall is no exception with a central flight of stairs creating a focal point. Each of the lounge, family room and breakfast/kitchen maximises the view and light with large folding doors to the terrace balcony and multi-tiered garden.  The dining room, study, utility and cloakroom complete ground floor accommodation.

There are four bedrooms on the first floor and three bathrooms. The master suite commands its supremacy with large luxury en-suite, dressing room and balcony. Two bedrooms have access to a Jack and Jill shower room, plus a further bathroom is available, also serving the fourth bedroom on the first floor. The second floor offers two additional bedrooms, plus bathroom and copious storage capacity.

Alistair adds: “Developers, Shropshire Homes, recognised the rare opportunity to build within the Kinglsand Valley and have excelled with the high level of finish, fixtures and fittings. There is a double garage and generous off road parking. The property comes with a ten year NHBC warranty too.”

Balfours are marketing 33a Kennedy Road with a guide price of £1.1million, for more information call Alistair Hilton on 01743 353511, or visit

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Let Market Blooming


Demand for residential lets is moving into peak season as people focus on summer holidays and making a new start.

Balfours agent, Charlotte George MARLA (Member of Association of Residential Letting Agents) says, now is the prime time for landlords to let any available property, with new employment timed to coincide with the beginning of a new academic year strengthening the market and reducing supply.

Charlotte explains: “We find teachers and doctors often start new employment in late August or September and hence are now searching for new accommodation. The summer holidays is recognised as an ideal time to move before the children go back to school, or start a new school.

“We experienced a 10% surge in demand during this period last year and it is likely to be similar this year, as parents and others plan their accommodation needs for new beginnings in employment and schools.”

According to Charlotte the summer also offers a chance for landlords to present their properties when they are looking their best, with gardens in full bloom looking more attractive, colourful and inviting, and the idea of Al Fresco dining is foremost in people’s minds. If you have a property available for let contact Charlotte George on 01743 277069.

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Regulations raise alarms


Balfours letting agent, Charlotte George MARLA, is issuing free smoke alarms as a result of new fire regulations. The offer to new clients throughout July comes on the back of changes in legislation to be introduced in October this year.

Charlotte explains: “Landlords have been subjected to many new regulations in recent times, so we want to ensure they remain within the law by giving alarms to all of our new clients during July. It is also important to look after the safety of tenants and we are welcoming this change in legislation.”

The latest figures show that people are at least four times more likely to die in a fire in a home if there’s no working smoke alarm. A simple alarm not only saves lives, it can also save thousands of pounds of damage to a property, plus it is unlikely to earn rent until repairs are completed.

She adds: “The new regulations require landlords to fit a smoke alarm on every floor and a carbon monoxide alarm in rooms where a solid fuel heating system is installed. We can advise on good practice and are encouraging our landlords to prepare now for the new regulations.” 

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Residential market - Sustainable Growth Welcomed


Figures revealing the average price of a home in the Shrewsbury and Atcham area has increased by five per cent last year, according to the Office for National Statistics, have been endorsed and welcomed by Balfours Property professionals, Shrewsbury town sales manager, Alistair Hilton.

According to Alistair the latest figures reflect Balfours town sales during 2015 to-date. He explains: “We operate across the whole residential market spectrum, with particularly strength in the mid to high end homes.  Without doubt a number of very positive factors are making a difference in the market and more sales are being achieved as a result.

“One of the first green shoots was the stamp duty reform just before Christmas, properties held back by previous thresholds have sold, with purchasers utilising the savings made towards a deposit and increased mortgage. Since then the election has put real certainty and confidence back into the market, this is particularly the case for buy to let properties, on which Labour were proposing draconian legislation.”

In the meantime local commerce is growing, leading to more jobs, salary increases and less unemployment; while inflation has remained low. This greater financial strength and stability has given home owners the confidence to extend and make improvements to their homes; alternatively to take the next step on the property ladder, all of which further feed the local economy.

According to Alistair these factors have contributed to the five per cent growth, which is sustainable. He reflects: “Property owners in the Midlands should not compare themselves with the overheated London market which has leapt 30% in places. While this has been fantastic for London home owners it is not sustainable. The green shoots we are seeing and achieving at 5% is both sustainable and very encouraging for Shrewsbury’s home owners.

“At Balfours the town market is important to us, the figures issued by the Office for National Statistics should be considered as a green light to a market home owners can have confidence to trade in.”



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