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March 27, 2013

Invest in the West

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With house prices in the West Country set to increase by 29% over the next four years*, properties in the region offer a prime investment opportunity – and with a whole host of attractive towns and villages to choose from, buyers are spoilt for choice.

Situated in the heart of Helston in Cornwall, 10 Cross Street is a historical and architecturally interesting Grade II Listed property with many original features and piles of charm. The four bedroom property, dating back to the 1700s, has rooms of grand proportions set out over a series of different levels. Helston is a market town with a range of amenities within close proximity to a number of local beaches and beauty spots. The house is on the market at £450,000 with our Truro office, for more information, click here.

Enjoying unspoiled rural views, Cholloways in Chittlehamholt, Devon is an attractive thatched cottage that comes complete with outbuildings, paddocks and stabling.  Situated at the end of a long private driveway, the property enjoys a high degree of privacy in a tranquil location.  The area is renowned for its unspoilt rolling countryside and was made famous in Henry Willamson’s book ‘Tarka the Otter’. Within easy reach is the spectacular North Devon coast, with its sandy surf beaches, while the National Parks of Exmoor and Dartmoor provide ample opportunities for outdoor pursuits. The property is on the market for £595,000 with our Exeter office, for more information, click here.

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Formerly part of the Portman Estate, Tuckerton Farm in Somerset is a period farmhouse with a wildlife pond, parcel of land and outbuildings – perfect for those who wish to keep livestock.  The property has a range of character features including an inglenook fireplace with wood burning stove, as well as exposed beams throughout. The hamlet of Tuckerton itself is conveniently placed just six miles from Taunton, which offers a range of well regarded independent and state schools, including Taunton School, King’s and Queen’s Colleges, Kings Hall Preparatory School and Richard Huish Sixth Form College. The property is on the market at £650,000 through our Taunton office, for more information, click here.

*Telegraph March 2013

March 22, 2013

2013 budget reaction

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On Wednesday 20 March, George Osborne – Chancellor of the Exchequer – took to the dispatch box in the House of Commons to unveil his 2013 budget. Among his announcements were a number of new policies which will affect the property industry, including a new Help to Buy Scheme, Government backed mortgage guarantees and the streamlining of planning procedures.

Dawn Carritt, director of national estate agents Jackson-Stops & Staff, backed the announcement for mortgage guarantees.

She said: “The announcement to continue with the guaranteed mortgage scheme will help support not only first time buyers and those looking to obtain a mortgage with limited funds for a deposit, it will help support the housing market, enabling not just new owners but existing owners and go towards freeing up the market and support the signs of recovery in the housing market which are just starting to emerge in some areas of the country.”

Tim Dansie, director of the Jackson-Stops & Staff Ipswich, also comments on Wednesday’s budget:

“Any stimulus to the property market is not only of direct assistance, but it also engenders confidence all round in the property market. It is good news if the government are prepared to put their weight behind the housing market, as then confidence will rise with the economy as a whole.

“We now just need a bit of activity to get going in the country and an increase in the volume of transactions. Prices seem to have held up, but the volume of transactions has been down.”

Ben Babington, director of residential development at Jackson-Stops & Staff, welcomed the news but suggested there were other areas that needed to be looked at:

“The Chancellor’s announcement to get planning processes moving more quickly is welcome news; but what the country really needs is an entire reform of its planning system, if we are to deliver the million new homes needed by 2015.

“More sites need to be released for redevelopment and it is only the local planning authority’s ability and willingness to release this supply that can change this. Without a clear set of guidelines to reduce the number of appeals that have to be made, all it does is clog up the development pipeline of suitable land.

“On the funding side, the government really has to do whatever they can to encourage the traditional bank to start lending to experienced developers again. We have so many clients that have been successful developers for over 25 years, yet the traditional lending routes are largely unavailable to them. The traditional high street lender has to be encouraged to lend and support these experienced firms with a good track record.

“The First Buy scheme has proven to be incredibly successful with a number of our developers, so it is great to see that this has been extended. Not only is it a great way of getting those at the bottom of the chain on the ladder, but it will continue to have a positive affect on getting the rest of the market moving.”

 

March 8, 2013

Escape to the Cotswolds

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Famed for picturesque honey coloured villages and rolling green hills, the Cotswolds feature some of the most beautiful countryside in England. Spanning six counties and designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, its many villages are home to a wealth of charming properties, traditionally built from locally sourced stone.

Situated in the village of Old Minster, Lovell Cottage is a pretty period cottage, constructed of Cotswold stone and enjoying unspoiled views over adjoining fields to the rear. Tastefully refurbished by the current owner, the interior of the property has a number of period features including exposed beams and mellow stonework.  Regarded as one of the most attractive West Oxfordshire villages, Old Minster is a small hamlet, situated in the Windrush valley amongst unspoilt countryside – noted for its many paths and bridleways. The property is on the market for £700,000 with our Burford office, for more information click here.

Recently renovated and refurbished to a high standard, Michaelmas Cottage occupies a convenient position just minutes away from Chipping Campden high street. This spacious two bedroom property has generously proportioned rooms and a striking oak extension that houses an open plan dining / garden room, flooded with natural light throughout the day. A self contained one bedroom annexe in the rear garden could also provide additional income.  Chipping Campden is one of the most historic market towns in the Cotswolds, well known for its architecture, much of which dates to medieval times. The property is on the market for £555,000 through our Chipping Campden office, for more information click here.

Serving as an example of all that is best about Cotswold architecture, The Manor House, Frampton Mansell, enjoys an enviable position, tucked into the hillside with open views down the valley. Believed to date back to the 15th century but principally constructed in the 17th century, the L shaped property offers spacious accommodation full of character. The garden is of particular note, with numerous lawned areas, raised terraces, a stone built summer house and well stocked borders which flourish during the spring and summer months. Frampton Mansell is a quaint village that blends the best of picturesque surroundings with the convenience of being a short distance from Cirencester.  The property is on the market for £1,200,000 with our Cirencester office, for more information click here.