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Friday, 04 November 2016 00:00

Rent Smart Wales Landlord Deadline Approaching

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Welsh landlords have less than three weeks to register to be compliant with the Rent Smart Wales scheme.

All landlords of Welsh properties must have registered by November 23 says Charlotte George, MARLA, Head of Lettings at Balfours. She advises: “It doesn’t matter where the landlord lives, if they own property in Wales which they rent out, they must register. One of the aims of the scheme is to eliminate rogue landlords.”

“The good news is this is an easy process and can be done online, so I would urge anyone who has residential property in Wales to make that first step – which costs £33.50 online” she adds.

However those who self-manage, or are involved in any day to day management, have additional hurdles to comply with. Any landlord who conducts for example, viewings or arranges maintenance must be licenced. Charlotte explains: “That means attending a one day training course, with a test and certificate at the end of it.”

She continues: “I think for many landlords Rent Smart Wales is likely to be a watershed moment. As agents we are dealing with the protocol every-day and understand the implications inside out. At Balfours we have more than 40 staff licensed – and are dealing with tenanted property on a daily basis.”

The Rent Smart Wales scheme will raise awareness of the respective rights and responsibilities of landlords, agents and tenants. As agents providing our services to landlords, we will ensure that they remain one hundred per cent compliant, while eliminating the administration, stress and hassle that can come with the rental property market. Charlotte George can be contacted on 01743 277069.

If you own a residential property in Wales that you rent out for more than £250 per annum on an Assured, Assured Shorthold or Regulated Tenancy, visit the Rent Smart Wales website to register as a landlord.

Tuesday, 01 November 2016 00:00

Barn enhancing roots and space

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Rooms of generous proportions set this three bedroom barn conversion in a league of its own. Number One Frodesley Hall Farm Barns is a beautifully presented grade II listed barn conversion.

The welcome is via a well-proportioned entrance hall, giving access to each ground floor room and the staircase. The living room exposes the barn’s roots, with both brick and timber tastefully enhanced. There is good natural light with glazing and French doors to two aspects, plus a wood-burner for those cosy nights.

The kitchen, dining room is in an L shape lending itself to dedicated areas and with French doors leading out to the garden. A downstairs cloakroom completes the ground floor. The master bedroom benefits from an en-suite and built in wardrobes, while the two bedrooms share a family bathroom offering bath and separate shower.

On the market with Balfours, agent Scott Kemsley says: “The hamlet of Frodesley is well placed, ten miles south of Shrewsbury and nine miles to Church Stretton. Longnor primary school is just three miles, with additional local facilities at Dorrington and Leebotwood. “Number One is part of a small high quality development in a fabulous rural location, offering opportunities for walking and other country pursuits.”

One Frodesley Barn is marketed with a guide price of £349,000. For more information call Scott Kemsley on 01743 353511.

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Tuesday, 01 November 2016 00:00

Timber framed character in heart of village

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Buyers seeking a charming property big on character should look no further than Brook House. This four bedroom, grade II timber framed house is situated in Minsterley, ten miles west of Shrewsbury.

Agent, Scott Kemsley of Balfours says: “Brook House is a gem of a property which dates back to the 17th century and has been thoughtfully and extensively restored optimising wonderful period features, whilst ensuring lifestyle comforts. Add to this its situation in the heart of the village - within walking distance to the primary school, village store and public house, lifestyle is further enhanced.”

The ground floor comprises three reception rooms - a bespoke kitchen diner, utility and cloak room and bathroom. On the first floor the master bedroom benefits from en-suite facilities, while fitted wardrobes feature in one of the three other bedrooms.

“Among Brook House’s period features are an inglenook fireplace, oak floorboards and exposed studwork and beams. A very precious bit of heritage is to be found in the dining room, which has a naïve painting showing,” Scott adds.

Outside provides a large garden and a wonderful character barn with garaging and significant internal space. Pontesbury is just 1.5 miles, while Telford is 24 miles. Brook House is marketed by Balfours with a guide price of £350,000. For more information call Scott Kemsley on 01743 353511.

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Friday, 28 October 2016 00:00

A home with boutique health facilities

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This is a lifestyle home which will have special appeal to water babies. Avondale House comes with its own indoor swimming pool, sauna/steam room, Jacuzzi and changing rooms.

The boutique health facilities are linked to a modern five bedroom home. The property, which sits in a large garden, also has planning permission for one residential unit within its £695,000 guide price.

Launched to the market by Balfours, Avondale House is found in Ruyton XI Towns, 12 miles north of Shrewsbury. Head of sales, Tim Main says: “The property is very well laid out, with gravel forecourt and a wonderful reception hall with the staircase rising to a split landing.”

The living room is spacious and well balanced, with glazing to three aspects and a feature fireplace. This provides direct access to the dining room and the sunroom – together the three rooms offer superb entertaining space.

A study, utility and large breakfast kitchen complete the ground floor. It is through the kitchen that the swimming pool can be found, together with ancillary facilities. The pool complex measures an extravagant 11 metres by 18 metres, with French doors to the garden.

Tim adds: “This is a house which offers a fabulous lifestyle; a swim before breakfast, or a leisurely weekend dip. Beyond Avondale House, there is an excellent choice of private and state schools within 30 minutes’ drive. Furthermore the road network to the major cities in the North and the Midlands are all within commuting distance.”

For more information call Tim Main on 01743 353511.

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Thursday, 27 October 2016 00:00

Barn with en-suites for all

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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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Thursday, 27 October 2016 00:00

Shropshire mirrors national market

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House buyer demand in Shropshire is a mirror image of the national market, according to a leading Shrewsbury estate agent.

Tim Main head of sales at Balfours says, their experience duplicates findings released by the Rural Institute of Chartered Surveyors this week, that the post Brexit jitters are passing.

“Autumn is proving to be extremely positive; without doubt buyers are in the market to buy. However the caveat must be house stocks, with many potential buyers frustrated by the lack of new stock coming on the market.”

Speaking at Balfours residential office in Shrewsbury’s Square, Mr Main added: “Interest has been across the board. What has been particularly encouraging is the number of buyers from outside the county. Shropshire is without doubt perceived as not only value for money, but also offering the opportunity of an excellent work lifestyle balance.

Two of our Shrewsbury properties to exchange this month are a five bedroom home in Porthill, marketed with a guide price of £875,000 and at Abbey Foregate, a four bedroom home marketed with a guide price of £550,000. Both sold to buyers coming into the county and making that choice to settle in Shropshire.”

He continues: “October to-date has proved an extremely busy month with properties in all sectors, from town houses and village cottages to barn conversions and period homes, finding buyers. The message to prospective vendors is that despite Brexit life carries on, a fact that our sales figures and those released by RICS endorses.”

 

Thursday, 20 October 2016 00:00

Building plot in village

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A building plot for a three bedroom home, in the pretty village of Cheswardine, has been launched to the market by Balfours.

Situated in the heart of the village, adjacent to the Old Vicarage, the location is central of facilities including village primary school, local shop, two public houses and St Swithun’s Church. The proposed planning includes, on the ground floor two reception rooms and on the first floor three double bedrooms and two bathrooms. A garage is also included in the planning permission.

Agent, Tim Main of Balfours, reflects: “To have the opportunity of a new build in such a location is very special. The towns of Market Drayton Newport are five and nine miles respectively, while Stafford, Stoke on Trent and Birmingham are all within commuting distance.”

The Cheswardine plot is marketed with a guide price of £120,000. For more information call Tim Main on 01743 353511.

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Wednesday, 19 October 2016 00:00

Farmhouse with coach house and six acres

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A highly attractive Victorian farmhouse, with a substantial coach house, stables and six acres, just six miles north of Shrewsbury is on the market with Balfours.

Manor Farmhouse is located in the popular hamlet of Fitz, with local amenities at Montford Bridge and Bicton, access to the main road networks to the Midlands and the north just a two miles away.  There is also an excellent choice of private and state schools within easy commuting distance.

The farmhouse currently provides entrance hall, three reception rooms, with substantial kitchen, utility, larder and storage rooms, there is also a ground floor bathroom. Two staircases provide access to the first floor where there are a total of five rooms. Three are currently used as bedrooms, the other two offering scope for ensuite or additional bedrooms. Two more large bedrooms are to be found on the second floor.

Balfours agent, Clemmie Daborn, comments: “This very pretty house has lots of character, with stone lintels to the windows, original fireplaces and high ceilings. For anyone seeking land and buildings the coach house, plus other buildings and six acres has huge potential, be it for horses, or for a home business, subject to planning.  It has the added bonus of being highly accessible to Shrewsbury.”

Manor Farmhouse is accessed via its own driveway with parking to the front and rear of the property, with generous gardens too. It is marketed by Balfours with a guide price of £750,000. For more information call Clemmie Daborn on 01743 353511.

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Wednesday, 19 October 2016 00:00

Country properties exchange

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Shropshire’s residential country properties remain in strong demand. Contracts have recently exchanged on a barn conversion at Ruyton XI Towns and a period home at Middle Wyke, near Shifnal.

In the north of the county the barn conversion, provides a four bedroom home, with two en-suite bathrooms, three stables and five acres. The Mill was marketed with a guide price of £545,000.

Balfours also exchanged contracts this month on a four bedroom period house near Shifnal; a property with excellent proximity to the M54, without compromise of its rural location.  Middle Wyke, which dates back to the 18th century, was sold with an acre of its own garden and grounds; the guide price was £800,000.

Head of sales at Balfours, Tim Main, comments: “We are delighted to confirm the exchange of these two properties. Currently the market is jostling between supply and demand; the market lacks a supply of fresh properties while new applicants continue to register with us. Therefore anything fresh to the market generally receives a good deal of interest.”

He continues: “October to-date has proved an extremely busy month with properties in all sectors, from town houses and village cottages to barn conversions and period homes, finding buyers. The message to prospective vendors is that despite Brexit life carries on, a fact that our sales figures for the past three months endorse.” For more information call Tim Main on 01743 353511.

 

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Wednesday, 19 October 2016 00:00

County town attracts residential buyers

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Residential buyers from outside Shropshire are a strong influence in the county town market this autumn, according to town centre agents, Balfours.

Two Shrewsbury properties to exchange this month with Balfours are five bedroom, Hillgrove, Porthill, marketed with a guide price of £875,000 and 120 Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, with four bedrooms and two bathrooms, was marketed with a guide price of £550,000.

Alistair Hilton, Balfours town sales manager comments:  Both properties have sold to purchasers moving in from outside of the county. County towns are a popular choice amongst residential buyers, especially those with children who are looking for larger family homes which represent seriously good value for money.”

Last year Shrewsbury was recognised to be among the top ten county towns in the UK by premier property service, Property Wire. Shrewsbury is increasingly recognised as a popular residential location, providing a quality lifestyle offering high-end amenities, from restaurants, theatre and shopping to its excellent choice of private and state schools plus good road and rail links.

Alistair adds: “We have a continuous flow of new applicants, searching for properties in Shrewsbury and indeed throughout the county. We would welcome the opportunity to discuss your property, should you be considering a sale.”

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