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Thursday, 12 April 2018 14:04

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Currently, the UK relies on the Data Protection Act 1998, which was enacted following the 1995 EU Data Protection Directive. Since then the digital age has become a game changer, with companies like Facebook and Google swapping data access to millions of personal details.

To counter trading this data the GDPR is the result of four years drafting of EU legislation, somewhat ironic as we leave, but it will make data protection rules more or less identical throughout the EU.  When the legislation comes into effect, controllers must ensure personal data is processed lawfully, transparently, and for a specific purpose.

Once that purpose is fulfilled and the data is no longer required, it should be deleted. That’s good news for all of us who utilise the old dynamic of engaging with valued contacts who value us, now with enhanced digitized capabilities.

In theory thereafter junk mail, postal and email will be a thing of the past and, cherish the thought, no more nuisance cold calls. While this dream maybe a little too optimistic, the primary aim of the GDPR is to give control of your personal data back to you.

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Friday, 06 April 2018 10:03

Minimum Energy Efficiency Hot Topic

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Greater energy efficiency has become law, from April 1, under new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) for rental properties.

However, Head of Lettings at Balfours, Charlotte George, MARLA, says many landlords and tenants are unaware of the implications of the new energy efficiency laws for all new lets and tenancy renewals. The law will also apply to all existing tenancies from April 1, 2020.

Charlotte explains: “Essentially from now on all new and renewed lets must have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of E or above, before granting a new let or renewing a tenancy. Without it landlords are leaving themselves open to a fine of up to £4,000.”

She continues: “At Balfours we have been very diligent in advising current landlords of the new law.” However she says that according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), last year, 64,092 EPCs were rated at grade F or G – the two lowest ratings. “This indicates that many rental properties may require improvements in order to comply with the new energy efficiency laws.

“There is a serious lack of understanding and awareness of EPCs and the new energy efficiency laws – it simply isn’t being treated as a hot-topic. We are encouraging landlords to take the opportunity as soon as a property comes available to let, or re-let, to ensure that the EPC is rated E or above to remain within the law.

“There are a number of measures, including enhancing insulation and glazing of a property which can significantly improve the EPC rating to ensure rental properties meet the new legislation,” she adds. For more information call Charlotte George on 01743 277069 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Thursday, 05 April 2018 08:08

One Of The Oldest Homes In The Village

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Some properties are an integral part of the village – and the grade II timber framed Smithy House, is one such property. It is on the market for the first time in nearly 40 years.

The four bedroom 17th century house is found in Ruyton XI Towns, a large village which provides a raft of facilities, including primary and prep schools, village store, garage and Inn. A selection of private and state secondary schools is also to be found within a 15 mile radius. Oswestry and Shrewsbury are each a comfortable commute of some ten miles.

Set within a quarter of an acre of mature gardens and grounds, Smithy House has three main reception rooms plus a conservatory, kitchen, pantry and ground floor wet room. Agent, Duncan Scobie of Balfours says: “From the sandstone inglenooks and conservatory base to the wonderful web of timbers, this is a very unique and charming property. It is well laid out with each of the reception rooms of good proportions.

An ivy covered archway leads to the rear garden, an oasis where lawns are laced by specimen trees and an abundance of shrubs.  Duncan adds: “Smithy House has a fascinating history, starting life as a two bay thatched home, then a farmhouse, after which until the mid-1950s it was a blacksmiths home with workshop - now replaced with a driveway and garage.

Smithy House is marketed by Balfours with a guide price of £355,000, for more information call Duncan Scobie on 01743 353511.

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Tuesday, 03 April 2018 12:23

Unique School House In Popular Village

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Charming gothic style windows with equilateral mullion design generates a very unique four bedroom home.

The grade II listed Old School House may have lost its playground, but instead boasts its very own swimming pool. This little piece of architectural social history is located in the sought after village of Acton Burnell, equi-distance to Shrewsbury and Church Stretton. 

There are many wow factors and unique offerings within the characterful conversion, not least the former school room which today provides a spacious split level sitting room and dining room. Agent Scott Kemsley of Balfours says: “For anyone seeking a home with history in its very fabric, this is a wonderful opportunity; it does require some modernisation, giving the new occupant the opportunity to add their personal taste.”

The accommodation comprises of entrance hall, four reception rooms, kitchen, conservatory, three double bedrooms, with one en-suite a single bedroom and family bathroom. There is a double garage and log store.

The swimming pool is cloistered within mature gardens, plus vegetable patch and greenhouse. The property is located centrally within the village and enjoys its own approach and parking.  Local amenities are to be found within the village with private and state school available within a seven mile radius.

The Old School House is marketed by Balfours with a guide price of £450,000. For more information call Scott Kemsley on 01743 353511.

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Wednesday, 28 March 2018 11:16

Farmhouse And Barns Are A Rare Opportunity

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An unspoilt unmodernised farmhouse with three brick barns close to the popular village of Codsall and just seven miles from Wolverhampton is on the market with Balfours.

The grade II listed Leper Farmhouse offers an open canvas, currently comprising of four reception rooms, plus utility and cloakroom. On the first floor are four bedrooms and bathroom, while below stairs a cellar is to be found too.

Agent, Charlie Giffard, of Balfours comments: “This is characterful farmhouse shares just over two acres of land with the brick farm buildings extending to more than 3,000 square feet, which are perfect for conversion and ready to go with full planning permission to create three new homes. Leper Steading is a charming location found approximately half a mile down Whitehouse Lane – offering a good degree of seclusion without being isolated. An opportunity like this is becoming more rare.”

The villages of Codsall and Brewood are 1.7 miles and 4.2 miles respectively, with Codsall providing a regular train service into Wolverhampton and Birmingham; of course the motorway network is easily accessed too. Local amenities include public houses, petrol stations, day nursery, primary school and Wolverhampton Grammar.

“This will have appeal both to developers and perhaps families or friends who want to create their own mini-hamlet within a wonderful rural setting – with plenty of space for gardens and leisure amenities,” Charlie adds. The whole Leper Steading is marketed with a guide price of £450,000. For more information call Charlie Giffard on 01902 544111.

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How much is my house worth? That is the question many prospective vendors are keen and need to know, before making life changing decisions, says to Balfours South Shropshire agent, Scott Kemsley.

Scott explains: “When we are invited to provide a market appraisal there are numerous criteria which contribute to our assessment and ultimately the all-important valuation. We believe it is in the vendor and our interest to be totally realistic.”

He says that unrealistic prices can lose a sale, because the property is not being viewed by the appropriate prospective buyers, causing anxious times and expense for both the vendor and the agent. Unfortunately there are agents who will inflate the price simply to win business.

“This has never been our thinking or practice and now we have the figures to prove it. Balfours recently researched and compiled their data to reveal that during 2017 they achieved 98.3% of guide price over all asset classes. 

He continues: “Our philosophy is to provide the best possible service to our clients by keeping in touch; by problem solving and by meeting expectations.  Today vendors are faced with an increasingly tempting variety of agents, including online agencies who may colour your vision.

“However our performance illustrates how traditional values of ongoing personal contact and local knowledge, combined with experience, focus and foresight do pay dividends.” If you are considering a sale, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 07968 428231 for your free market appraisal –and find out how much your house is really worth.

Friday, 23 March 2018 11:03

Property Moves Strengthening

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A leading Shropshire estate agent reports steady strengthening of the residential property market, driven by more buyers who are determined to move.

“Positive trends are seen on two fronts, the number of buyers in the market and actual prices realised, probably the only area that remains reticent is prospective vendors – resulting in more buyers chasing less stock,” says head of sales at Balfours, Alistair Hilton.

His view is confirmed by two national players, UK Finance and Rightmove.com. According to UK Finance new homeowner re-mortgages were up 19.1 percent in January, compared to the same month a year earlier. This is the highest monthly number of re-mortgages since November 2008.

Alistair clarifies: “Rightmove.com recently reported year on year price growth in the West Midlands at 4.9 per cent with Wales also reflecting strong annual growth at four percent. It is true to say that the Midlands are leading a rise in house sale asking prices.”

He reflects: “I was working down in London in 2008 when the peak turned to slump; the figures issued this week are further proof that in the West Midlands we are back where we should be – achieving sustainable and steady growth.”

The UK Finance data mirrors the positive vibes right through to the number of first time buyers which was up seven per cent ahead of the same month, January, last year. A particularly pleasing result in a traditionally quieter month, which, says Alistair, was quite probably aided by the Chancellor’s abolition of first time buyer stamp duty last November.

“Without doubt the new developments seen throughout Shropshire are helping to buffer housing stock and especially offering a foothold to first time buyers. The Orchid Meadow development we are marketing at Minsterley has enjoyed strong demand from the onset.”

He concludes: “I’m pleased to report that vendor market appraisals have been exceptionally busy in recent weeks. Therefore we are now looking forward to delivering more stock to market in the run up to Easter and the spring market beyond.”

An idyllic four bedroom rural retreat, River View House is available to let. Living up to its name it boasts far reaching, stunning views over the River Severn towards the Wrekin.

River View House is approached through the rolling countryside of Buildwas Park nestled between Cressage and Much Wenlock.

Charlotte George, MARLA, Head of Lettings for Balfours says: “The property offers a fabulous setting, yet is within easy reach of Cressage and Much Wenlock, while  Shrewsbury and Telford are each 11 miles.”

The spacious accommodation comprises of a large entrance hall, sitting room with open fire, glazing to three aspects and French doors to the garden. There is a recently fitted kitchen breakfast room, separate dining room; a study/snug, utility and guest cloakroom, which completes the ground floor.

On the first floor the master bedroom benefits from en-suite facilities, while three additional bedrooms share the family bathroom. Charlotte adds: “This is a fabulous ‘ready to go’ property with double glazing and oil central heating; large garden and ample parking.” River View House is available at £1,400pcm. For more information call Charlotte George on 01743 277069.

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Garden House by name and nature, this four bedroom detached house, not only has its own enclosed garden, but is set within the grounds of the magnificent, Weston Park Country Estate, giving access to beautiful parkland walks.

Available to let with Balfours,  Charlotte George, MARLA, Head of Lettings, says: “The property provides adaptable accommodation with four ground floor reception rooms, including the lounge and sitting room each with woodburners to compliment the central heating. Garden House is a charming property which is available on a long term tenancy.”

Briefly the accommodation comprises of entrance hall, sitting room and lounge each with woodburner, a dining room and snug, fitted breakfast kitchen, pantry, utility and guest WC. On the first floor the master bedroom comes with en-suite facilities, there are three further bedrooms which share the family bathroom.

Garden House comes with log storage and parking. It is located just off the A5 and within a short drive of the A41 and M54, thereby enabling excellent access to the main towns and cities of the Midlands from its tranquil setting. Garden House is available to let at £1,500pcm, for more information call Charlotte George on 01743 277069. 

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Friday, 09 March 2018 12:29

Exemplary Barn With Paddocks

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Oak Barn combines an exemplary finish with location, convenience and land. Found at Stanwardine Park Farm, two miles from Baschurch and with Shrewsbury and Oswestry equidistance, each some ten miles.

On the market with Balfours, agent Duncan Scobie comments, “It is the former Jinney ring which provides the ultimate wow factor, in this wonderfully proportioned home with four en-suite bedrooms.” Now forming part of the living room and incorporating a raised woodburner, the Jinney Ring area was where once a horse powered mill worked, hence an octagonal footprint with today’s floor to ceiling glazed elevations.

Returning through double doors into the main house is the spacious eight metre, by nearly five metre kitchen breakfast room, incorporating substantial granite topped island, bespoke oak cabinets plus an array of top range integrated electronics. The library is fitted with floor to ceiling classic shelving; while similar to the dining room dual aspect floor to ceiling glazing ensure ample natural light.

A utility and cloakroom complete ground floor accommodation, while stairs ascend to a long landing, providing access to the master and guest bedroom with generous ensuites, together with two additional bedrooms with ensuite shower rooms.

Baschurch provides excellent facilities, from primary and secondary schools to supermarket, farmshop and much more. Several private schools are within a short commute too.

Outdoor features include private driveway, walled, well stocked gardens and a courtyard which runs the length of the property. There are two paddocks extending to 3.2 acres and a number of outdoor storage sheds. Duncan adds: “For anyone seeking something rather special, viewing is a must.” Oak Barn is marketed with a guide price of £625,000. For more information call Duncan Scobie on 01743 353511.

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