The West Country still has the 'Wow' factor

The 23rd annual West Country property exhibition organised by Webbers and Webbers Fine & Country, proved the West Country still has the ‘wow factor' when it comes to making a lifestyle change or buying that second property following its success at G Live on Saturday the 7th of May.

The event was hosted by Seymours Estate Agents who have 14 offices across Surrey in partnership with Webbers, the original founders of the event, with their 16 offices across the West Country.

The event welcomed buyers from across Surrey and gave them the opportunity to browse a range of stunning properties from across Somerset, Devon and Cornwall. With such an impeccable standard of properties the West Country has to offer, including rural homes, inland village settings and ever-popular coastal homes, and with a large variant in property prices, £200,000 - £2m+, the West Country roadshow once again proved it had something for everyone.

Paul Rickard, Director of Seymours in Guildford, comments: "We are delighted by the success of the 23rd annual West Country property roadshow. Seymours Estate Agents cater for both those who wish to move within Surrey and those who wish to relocate further afield. We understand the attraction of the West Country and believe there's nothing better than having a face-to-face conversation with a property expert who knows the local area and local market. This is why exhibitions such as this one prove to be the perfect solution for those looking to relocate or buy a second property."

Napoleon Wilcox, Director of Webbers and Head of Webbers Fine & Country (Somerset, Devon, Cornwall, London) started the exhibitions back in 1994. On this year's exhibition he adds: "Another great year in Guildford and whilst we directly market to Guildford, Surrey and Home Counties buyers week in and week out, the exhibitions continue to add another dimension and I think most people enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and the fact that there is no pressure, plenty of complementary refreshments and that we are just happy to let people browse if that is what they want or help them with any questions and that no question was too silly or too difficult to ask" "Having attended every exhibition personally for the past 23 years it's always interesting to see the different dynamic each year. Will coastal property see more enquiries than rural living. Which county Somerset, Devon or Cornwall will see the most interest? What types of properties were buyers looking for, Permanent homes? Holiday homes? Investment properties? Homes with annexes or letting cottages? Or is the mixture reasonably balanced?" Recent years had seen a shift to Coastal homes but it was noticeable that there was at the weekend a big shift back to more rural living (but still wanting the coast within an easy drive), but there was a continued demand for homes with cottages and annexes for families and certainly good interest for homes with adjoining letting cottages, continuing the trend for the past few years. Having organised these events now for such a considerable time, it never ceases to amaze me how many people we have in that time helped moved to the West Country, indeed one wonderful example only last week, was a couple instructing us to sell their home in the West Country some 10 years after they moved down from the Guildford area (now wanting something smaller in the West Country) and that if it had not been for an exhibition 10 years ago, they may never have actually moved to the West Country as they were just curious about making a move at that time. They actually purchased a home through another agent but when it came to sell they knew who had helped them and given them good advice on their move. I am pleased to say, that their home will be on the market within the next few weeks.

Applicants have already popped down to the West Country since the exhibition to view property and we are expecting our first "offers" to come in any day now as a direct result.

Most buyers were seeking properties between £400,000 and £1.2 Million. There were a good number seeking bungalows for retirement under that price, but in the main, the majority of interest was for period property in rural locations (within half an hour drive of the coast), with large accommodation for extended family or for a home with letting accommodation. Whilst there were enquiries for right across our region, this year saw particular interest in Somerset, particularly between the eastern edge of Exmoor and over to the Quantocks and the Blackdown Hills. Almost all of the buyers were seeking homes for permanent use and looking to fully relocate to the West Country. Our teams are actively in contact with those that attended the exhibition and will continue to receive enquiries from Surrey post event and from the network of 14 Seymours offices across the region.

FOR YOUR FREE VALUATION or for general advice on the marketing of your home, please contact your local Webbers or Webbers Fine & Country office.

Napoleon Wilcox - Director of Webbers and Head of Webbers Fine & Country napoleon.wilcox@webbers.co.uk telephone 01398 324666