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The agent will charge a fee to sell your property which is usually calculated as a percentage of the selling price. There may be additional costs for services like advertising or photography and there might be a fee if you withdraw the property from sale.  You will have also discussed who is going to provide viewings around your home, some vendors are comfortable and have time, even want to, while others chose not to be involved.

Essentially there should be no hidden costs and a good agent will explain all options in detail, including brochure layout options. Make a value judgment based on what services the agent/s provide and don’t assume that cheapest is best. It seldom is.

Consider too, if you feel comfortable working with this person and their office and that they will provide the right approach for your prospective purchasers. “People buy people” and you’ll almost certainly like some individuals better than others – that’s life.

If you are torn you can appoint two agents, however in practice, it is often best to use just one as your “sole agent.” This is because two agents will duplicate many of the services – which essentially mean you will pay more. A sole agent knows the sale is in his hands and will concentrate his efforts on it during the marketing which will last for an agreed period of time.

It is now time to call them up and give them the good news; I think it is also reasonable to call those who have visited but who you don’t, at this moment in time, want to run with. Your agent will then start the process of putting your property on the market. You are now a working partnership with your agent, so if you have a partner, or the agent has an assistant it is worth both parties making it clear, who should be the first point of contact and what their remit is, so that timeliness is achieved throughout.

The goal is to find a buyer who will pay the best price for your property within a time-frame that suits you. Once buyers “latch on” it is essential that both you and your agent keep the momentum, be it for second viewings; queries relating to in-goings or boundaries. For the duration that your property is on the market and until contracts are exchanged and ultimately completed, be prepared to field emails and phone calls with minimal delay – by working as a team you will optimise the success of your sale.  Alistair Hilton, head of sales Balfours.

Wednesday, 06 December 2017 09:57

Best Tree Décor Rewarded In Bubbles

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A search for the best dressed Christmas trees in the county is on.

Two of the town’s long established companies, Balfours estate agents and Tanners Wine Merchants have joined together in pursuit of the Christmas tree with the biggest wow factor. The best is to be rewarded with six bottles of Tanners Champagne.

Balfours Property Sales Office Manager, Abigail Barker, says: “We want to build on last year’s success. Decorating the tree is a traditional part of preparing for Christmas and we know there are many people that are inspirational in their tree decorating talents.

“We want Christmas trees of all sizes, shapes and sparkles – and all you have to do is take a photograph and forward it to us to enter. Entries must be made by over 18’s only, but that really doesn’t preclude this being a family or group effort,” Abigail adds.

Follow both @ balfours_propertyprofessionals and @ tannerswineson Instagram and share your pictures. Use #balfoursbestdressed to enter. Entries also accepted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All entries to be received by December 21, 2017.


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Friday, 01 December 2017 10:16

Pastureland Sale Flies At Auction

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Close to £15,000 per acre was achieved when two pasture fields totalling 20 acres went under the gavel recently (Nov 25).

The land is situated just outside Welshpool at Red Bank, on the road that links Welshpool and Guildsfield.  Balfours Duncan Scobie, joint agent, reflects: “We are delighted with the sale, it was packaged in two lots. Lot one comprised of 12.69 acres and sold for £190,000. Lot two was 7.3 acres and sold for £105,000.

Both were roadside pasture fields in good heart and with mains water and predominantly ring fenced. We had significant local interest with the land ultimately selling to local business man. It was an exceptional level for land at Welshpool and illustrates that demands for land can and does contradict the latest Rural Institute of Chartered Surveyors, Rural Land Market Survey, with 2016 prices in decline nationally.

“We must never lose sight of the over-riding factor of supply and demand – and this was one of those instances where there were multiple under bidders,” Duncan adds. If you are considering a land sale call Duncan on 01743 353511.


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Wednesday, 29 November 2017 11:37

Land Developments Reveal Minefield Of Options

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Development control, optimising sale price, or middle ground are the options facing land owners when considering selling land that has been granted  residential planning permission.

Speaking at Balfours Xtra professional briefing, yesterday (Tues Nov 28), head of sales, Alistair Hilton told solicitors, accountants and bankers that landowners do have choices and should be made aware of these choices prior to a sale. “We want our clients to look beyond the sale price and consider the detail of the proposed scheme and question what impact it will have on neighbouring land remaining within the ownership of the Estate or farm.

“If the new development is likely to impact in anyway on current land and property ownership, then there is the option to be involved in the development process, conversely if part of the reason for a sale is to raise capital then leave development work to the developers. However landowners are not always aware of the middle ground alternative where there can be the opportunity to retain involvement in relation to the site design, the house type, the financial involvement and the method of disposal.”

Alistair highlights the two ends of the spectrum, an outright cash sale which will reduce the involvement of the vendor, but they will need to understand that they will lose certain control, although this will be off-set with a windfall. Alternatively is the vendor keen on control and prepared to financially commit and spearhead the build internally?

He concludes: “Land developments are a minefield, the vast number of avenues landowners are faced with, means putting the right professional support in place prior to commencing negotiations. As agents our starting point is to understand, analyse and support the vendor’s objectives and offer knowledge and advice to maximise those objectives.

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Monday, 27 November 2017 11:47

Border Cottage On The Market

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A pretty two bedroom semi-detached cottage on the slopes of the Clun Forest, is on the market with a guide price of £200,000.

Rose Cottage is situated in the hamlet of City, less than a mile from Sarn village, five and a half miles from Montgomery, with Newtown and Welshpool, seven and 13 miles respectively, Shrewsbury is also within commuting distance at 28 miles.

The property briefly comprises of a kitchen with an original inglenook bread oven and a matrix of beams. Fitted units and ample worktop create a convivial 21st century space which extends nearly four metre square. Adjacent is the utility room with downstairs wc included. The living room is marginally larger and has a charming inglenook fireplace with wood burner to keep cosy. French doors lead out to a charming veranda with the garden beyond.

There are two bedrooms and a bathroom on the first floor together with several storage areas. Agent, Duncan Scobie of Balfours says: “This is a charming authentic country cottage in an idyllic setting close to the Kerry Ridgeway in Wales, but with the English border just over one mile away. It will be the quintessential dream cottage with oodles of character.”

For more information and to view Rose Cottage call Duncan Scobie on 01743 353511.

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Friday, 24 November 2017 09:53

Spectacular Character Meets Contemporary In Barn

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Imagine all the character of an old building combined with the advantages of a crisp, clean, contemporary new build – roll the two into one and you have Ashky Barn.

Its lifestyle credentials don’t stop there; Ashky Barn is located in an idyllic central position within the picturesque hamlet of Lea Cross, providing excellent access to Shrewsbury just five miles away. Every day convenience is found at Pontesbury less than two miles away, with the artery roads to the Midlands and North West a similar distance.

The barn conversion comprises of four bedrooms, three of which are on the ground floor and two of which have en-suite facilities. The focal point of the quad style layout is the open plan kitchen running through to an extensive living, dining area; all of which are open to the spectacular “A” frame eves. Two sets of French doors access the open ended quad, offering a wonderful terrace courtyard space.

From the courtyard there is direct access to the first floor studio. A utility room and family bathroom complete the internal space. To enjoy the pretty hamlet surrounds, this barn conversion has a gardens canvas currently laid to lawn, a double garage, workshop and parking.

Ashky Barn is marketed with a guide price of £535,000, for more information call Scott Kemsley of Balfours on 01743 353511.

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Thursday, 23 November 2017 09:27

Exquisite Listed Three Bed Lodge

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An exquisite grade II listed Jacobean style lodge, near Bridgnorth is available to rent.

The newly renovated, three bedroom, Ludstone Hall Lodge, enjoys a rural location on the edge of the Ludstone grounds at Claverley.

The freshly decorated interior comprises of entrance hall, open plan sitting and dining room, with magnificent leaded light window and other features of architectural merit. From the dining area the fresh and contemporary newly fitted kitchen provides extensive worktop and storage capacity.

There are two bedrooms on the ground floor, together with a bathroom. A third bedroom is to be found on the first floor. Head of Lettings at Balfours, Charlotte George, MARLA, adds: “This is a stunning character property, in a wonderful rural location with views across parkland to a lake. There is an enclosed terrace and garden which provides a wonderful entertaining, with minimum maintenance.

While enjoying rural outlooks and magnificent walks, the Lodge is highly accessible to Bridgnorth, seven miles and Wolverhampton, ten miles away. The property benefits from oil fired central heating. It is available to let at £995 pcm. For more information call Charlotte George on 01743 242300.

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Wednesday, 22 November 2017 10:01

Farmhouse And 56 Acres

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Land extending 56 acres (22.66 hectares) with a three bedroom house, at Letton and eight miles from Kington is on the market with Balfours.

Lower Kinley Farm is accessed through a quiet no-through country lane. The farmhouse is in an idyllic location overlooking open fields. Ground accommodation ground floor comprises of hall, two reception rooms, kitchen and downstairs cloakroom. Agent Scott Kemsley of Balfours says:  “The property is currently in need of modernisation and offers a rare opportunity to extend, not only the farmhouse, but also with ample space to create purpose ancillary buildings – subject to planning.

The 56 acres comprises of three level fields which are currently down to grass, but could easily be cultivated.  Scott continues: “The land is in good heart, the soil is generally deep, well drained medium loam soil. In the past grain and potatoes have been grown as cash crops producing good yields. The site has mains water and good access.”

Lower Kinley Farm, which is some 13 miles from both Leominster and Herford, is marketed with a guide price of £550,000. For more information call Scott Kemsley on 01743 353511.

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A Shropshire based company has made history as the first property developer in the UK to have an entire roof, complete with tiles, fitted via a crane to one of their  steel framed houses, earlier this month.

Balfours are currently marketing the Clutton Homes, Orchid Meadows Development at Minsterley which are precise modular steel frame homes. Says Scott: “We are all familiar with pre-fabricated walls, but for the entire roof to be craned into place in one is totally ground breaking.”

This concept was the conceived by Rob Clutton, and engineered in conjunction with two Shrewsbury companies:- Lynx trusses and Envirotile.

Rob realised that if engineered and lifted from the apex, the roof could be built on the ground fully tiled, ensuring quicker and safer build process without the need for scaffold. This has then allowed the full construction of a property in three days from ground slab to water tight.

Presentation and finish of the homes is set to match the cutting edge construction. The semi-detached two bedroom “Bolton”  and three bedroom  “Lannister” are each designed with a contemporary finish, to provide two spacious reception rooms on the ground floor, namely the lounge and kitchen dining room.

Situated on the edge of the popular village of Minsterley, the homes each enjoy rural views, yet are close to a full complement of services including primary school, plus secondary school in neighbouring Pontesbury. Shrewsbury is less than ten miles away, with easy links to the bypass and trunk roads to the Midlands and the north.”

Marketed within the scope of the “Help to Buy” equity loan, the Government lends up to 20% of the cost, so only a 5% cash deposit is needed and a 75% mortgage to make up the rest. The two bedroomed “Bolton” is marketed with a guide price of £145,000 while the “Lannister” comes in at £170,000.

For more information call Scott Kemsley, on 01743 353511.

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Monday, 20 November 2017 11:08

Two Bedroom Town Centre Elegance And Convenience

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A fine two bedroom town centre apartment has been launched to the market.

1B, St Mary’s Shrewsbury, ticks all the boxes for those seeking convenience combined with an elegant ambience and capacious living. Head of sales at Balfours, Alistair Hilton describes the raised ground floor apartment as exceptional: “This is truly unique, retaining a plethora of period features - while it is two bedrooms the rooms are of generous sizes.

He continues: “St Mary’s provides wonderful architecture and outlooks, together with close by convenience of high street shops, restaurants and transport. However this apartment does come with its own private gated parking.”

Step inside the private entrance where the vaulted hallway is a taster of the fine detail within the apartment. This includes original oak floor throughout, spectacular feature coving to high ceilings, traditional fire surrounds and large sash and bay window in the lounge and dining room respectively.

A high quality contemporary fitted kitchen sits at one end, with the dining area bathed in light from the south facing bay. Each of the bedrooms benefit from fitted wardrobes and traditional fire surrounds. A bathroom is accessed off the hallway together with two storage cupboards, one of significant size. Balfours are marketing 1B St Mary’s with a guide price of £350,000. For more information call Alistair Hilton on 01743 353511.

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