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05May


Birdline (UK) Ltd rescues and rehomes unwanted, unwell and neglected parrots. With many many birds needing new homes, myself and other volunteers work tirelessly to help these birds by raising awareness, educating people and raising money to help pay for vet bills for sick parrots.


I personally spend a lot of my time calling and visiting applicants and carrying out Home Checks throughout Devon and sometimes beyond. I also seek and manage Safe Houses in Devon – a Safe House is a safe place where a bird can be  placed after being rescued and while a suitable forever home is found for it.


I have myself fostered 3 parrots and have developed a real passion for the charity.


I am organising my very first ‘pop up’ event at St John’s Community Centre, Barnstaple (next to Rose Lane Tesco) on the 27th May 2017 between 10.30am and 4pm

 

The primary goal of the event is to educate people in caring for parrots. Looking after a parrot is very rewarding but as they live for so long, it is inevitable that a parrot will need to be rehomed at some point during its life. Educating people in the care for any animal will hopefully break the cycle of impulse buying and unwanted pets in the future.


 There will be volunteers from Birdline (UK) present to offer advice and guidance on every aspect of caring for our feathered friends. Soft refreshments (and cakes) will be available and there are activities for children to take part in. Entry is free and there is loads of free parking. There will be parrot related stalls selling vitamins, food, toys and perches.


  

Now for the fun bit........ we are bringing around 21 of our feathered friends with us!!!! Our birds are taken to shows (which they absolutely love) and are used to being handled by unknown humans. For a donation, anyone over 5 years of age (due to insurance restrictions) can hold a parrot and of course be told the stories of the individual birds. How exciting!




13Apr


Debbie Olney from Webbers Property Services in Bude is celebrating after becoming an accredited Relocation Agent Specialist.


The accreditation was awarded by Relocation Agent Network and is achieved by completing a comprehensive online training programme, The Importance of Service.



A national network of independent estate agents (of which Webbers Property Services is a member), Relocation Agent Network introduced the training programme to ensure each of their members provides the very highest customer service to those relocating around the UK.



To be successfully accredited, participants must complete three phases of learning, which begins with four training sessions on the importance of customer service. This is followed by three online seminars covering the Relocation Agent Network Referral Process and how best to help customers who are relocating around the UK. Finally, participants must convert their theoretical learning into a practical skill set by delivering assistance to three relocating customers.


By working with fellow members across England, Scotland and Wales, Relocation Agent Network members provide an exclusive relocation referral service to customers. For those relocating to Bude, Webbers Property Services guides their customers through the daunting task of moving to an unfamiliar location. This includes local area information on schools and amenities, popular neighbourhoods and (of course) finding the right property for them. The introduction of a Relocation Agent Specialist to the Webbers Property Services team, ensures that this process is made even smoother.


Managing Director, Malcolm Prescott said, “We take staff development very seriously and Debbies’s Relocation Agent Network accreditation is a great example of what can be achieved when staff are supported properly to improve their skill set. Of course, having a Relocation Agent Specialist in the team is also great for our relocating customers.”


 Relocation Agent Network’s Managing Director, Richard Tucker said, “Selected by us as the best independent estate agent to represent the Network in Bude, Webbers have proved themselves as the area’s Local Expert. So with the addition of an in-house Relocation Agent Specialist, they have gone one step further to provide relocating buyers and sellers with the very best customer service.”


 


03Apr


  1. The promoter is: Webbers Property Services  whose registered office is at 39/41 Boutport Street, Barnstaple, EX31 1SA
  2. The competition is open to residents of the United Kingdom aged 18 years or over except employees of Webbers Property Services and their close relatives and anyone otherwise connected with the organisation or judging of the competition.
  3. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.
  4. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.
  5. Route to entry for the competition and details of how to enter are via our Facebook and Twitter Pages.
  6. Only one entry will be accepted per person. Multiple entries from the same person will be disqualified.
  7. Closing date for entry will be Monday 10th April 2017. After this date the no further entries to the competition will be permitted.
  8. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.
  9. The rules of the competition and how to enter are as follows:


  • Retweet and Follow our Twitter Page @WebbersLive
  • Follow our Facebook Page @WebbersPropertyServices and Comment on the post with the person you'd like to share the hamper with.


10. The promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice in the event of a catastrophe, war, civil or military disturbance, act of God or any actual or anticipated breach of any applicable law or regulation or any other event outside of the promoter’s control. Any changes to the competition will be notified to entrants as soon as possible by the promoter.


11. The promoter is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by any third party connected with this competition.


12. The prize is as follows: 1 x Cadbury's Sharing Hamper


The prize is as stated and no cash or other alternatives will be offered.The prizes are not transferable. Prizes are subject to availability and we reserve the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.


13. Winners will be chosen: at random by software, from all entries received and verified by Promoter and or its agents.


14. The winner will be notified by email and/or DM on Twitter/Facebook and/or letter within 28 days of the closing date. If the winner cannot be contacted or do not claim the prize within 14 days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.


15. The promoter will notify the winner when and where the prize can be collected / is delivered.


16. The promoter’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.


17. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.


18. The competition and these terms and conditions will be governed by [English] law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of [England].


19. The winner agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material, as well as their entry. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current [UK] data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent.


20 Entry into the competition will be deemed as acceptance of these terms and conditions.


21. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Network.


21Feb


February 2017, Webbers has won a Feefo Gold Service award, an independent seal of excellence that recognises businesses for delivering exceptional experiences, rated by real customers.


Created by Feefo, Trusted Service is awarded to businesses that use Feefo to collect genuine ratings and reviews. A badge of honour, this accreditation remains unique as all the awards are based purely on the interactions with verified customers. This feedback has been collated by the Feefo review platform, with the accolades being awarded based upon performance.


Webbbers met the criteria of collecting at least 50 reviews between January 1st 2016 and December 31st 2016, and achieved a Feefo service rating of between 4.5 and 5.0.

Malcolm Prescott, Managing Director commented: “It’s a real honour to receive this award from Feefo. To be recognised for delivering exceptional experiences to our customers is a great achievement. We’ve been working hard to ensure our customers receive the best service possible, and being able to listen, understand and respond to their needs has enabled us to improve our offering in 2016. We’re looking forward to another successful year ahead.”

“We would like to offer our congratulations to all the winners of this year’s Feefo Trusted Service award. We are so proud that so many businesses are putting customer service first.,” said Andrew Mabbutt, CEO at Feefo. “We have been working closely with all our customers to build trust and transparency online, and ultimately helping shoppers buy with confidence and make better decisions.” 


Feefo is a ratings and reviews, and customer analytics platform. We collect genuine, purchase-verified reviews on behalf of over 3,000 businesses. Feefo ensures that all feedback is authentic, by matching it to a legitimate transaction; we believe this is the best way to combat the rising issue of fake reviews.


20Feb


Founder members of the “Guild of Property Professionals”, Webbers are forming part of a collective two day, West Country property show in London and Surrey at the end of March.

Managing Director Malcolm Prescott explains “we have been exhibiting properties across the country for many years now and even though buyers can look at homes on-line, we have found that they would still prefer to talk direct to the local property experts - nothing replaces the personal touch and real local experience that we can offer”.  Malcolm goes on to say “for the first time, we are teaming up with several other quality Guild of Property Professional agent members from across the South West to host a collective show of properties, to hopefully ensure that every visitor to the show will see something of interest”.

The Exhibition will be held in the stunning 50ft frontage prominent “Park Lane” offices in London on Friday and on the Saturday Webbers will set up at “Seymours” who are Surrey based estate agents, and who are also part of The Guild network. 

Guild of Property Professionals CEO Marcus Whewell said “This is an excellent initiative, but what we would expect of the estate agents in our group – they are forward thinking, local and experienced professionals who recognise that waiting for buyers is not an option in today’s challenging market, they are clearly demonstrating to their clients that they are extending their search for quality buyers “out of the area” and not just relying on the internet – which I am afraid many do”

Webbers would request that if any home-seller would be interested in hearing more about how they can be part of this exhibition, they should pop in to their local Webbers office or call 01271-347851.

Webbers Property Services Ltd have 16 residential sales & lettings offices across Devon, Somerset,  Cornwall and a London office. Webbers also have specialist departments including Fine & Country new homes, commercial and auctions. Webbers are founder members of The Guild of Property Professionals and members of Relocation Agent Network, giving unique access to over 1200 UK estate agency offices.


06Feb



  1. The promoter is: Webbers Property Services  whose registered office is at 39/41 Boutport Street, Barnstaple, EX31 1SA
  2. The competition is open to residents of the United Kingdom aged 18 years or over except employees of Webbers Property Services and their close relatives and anyone otherwise connected with the organisation or judging of the competition.
  3. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.
  4. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.
  5. Route to entry for the competition and details of how to enter are via our Facebook and Twitter Pages.
  6. Only one entry will be accepted per person. Multiple entries from the same person will be disqualified.
  7. Closing date for entry will be Friday 10th February 2017. After this date the no further entries to the competition will be permitted.
  8. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.
  9. The rules of the competition and how to enter are as follows:


  • Retweet and Follow our Twitter Page @WebbersLive
  • Follow our Facebook Page @WebbersPropertyServices and Comment on the post with the person you'd like to share the hamper with.


10. The promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice in the event of a catastrophe, war, civil or military disturbance, act of God or any actual or anticipated breach of any applicable law or regulation or any other event outside of the promoter’s control. Any changes to the competition will be notified to entrants as soon as possible by the promoter.

11. The promoter is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by any third party connected with this competition.

12. The prize is as follows: Sparkling Prosecco & Chocolate Gift Hamper by Regency Hampers

The prize is as stated and no cash or other alternatives will be offered.The prizes are not transferable. Prizes are subject to availability and we reserve the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.

13. Winners will be chosen: at random by software, from all entries received and verified by Promoter and or its agents.

14. The winner will be notified by email and/or DM on Twitter/Facebook and/or letter within 28 days of the closing date. If the winner cannot be contacted or do not claim the prize within 14 days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.

15. The promoter will notify the winner when and where the prize can be collected / is delivered.

16. The promoter’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

17. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.

18. The competition and these terms and conditions will be governed by [English] law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of [England].

19. The winner agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material, as well as their entry. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current [UK] data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent.

20 Entry into the competition will be deemed as acceptance of these terms and conditions.

21. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Network.




03Feb


Hilary Rhodes and Merryn Parnell from Webbers in Launceston are celebrating after becoming an accredited Relocation Agent Specialist.


 The accreditation was awarded by Relocation Agent Network and is achieved by completing a comprehensive online training programme, The Importance of Service.


A national network of independent estate agents (of which Webbers is a member), Relocation Agent Network introduced the training programme to ensure each of their members provides the very highest customer service to those relocating around the UK.


To be successfully accredited, participants must complete three phases of learning, which begins with four training sessions on the importance of customer service. This is followed by three online seminars covering the Relocation Agent Network Referral Process and how best to help customers who are relocating around the UK. Finally, participants must convert their theoretical learning into a practical skill set by delivering assistance to three relocating customers.


By working with fellow members across England, Scotland and Wales, Relocation Agent Network members provide an exclusive relocation referral service to customers. For those relocating to Launceston, Webbers guides their customers through the daunting task of moving to an unfamiliar location. This includes local area information on schools and amenities, popular neighbourhoods and (of course) finding the right property for them. The introduction of a Relocation Agent Specialist to the Webbers team, ensures that this process is made even smoother.


Webbers managing director Malcolm Prescott said, “We take staff development very seriously and Hilary’s and Merryn Relocation Agent Network accreditation is a great example of what can be achieved when staff are supported properly to improve their skill set. Of course, having a Relocation Agent Specialist in the team is also great for our relocating customers.”


Relocation Agent Network’s Managing Director, Richard Tucker said, “Selected by us as the best independent estate agent to represent the Network in Launceston, Webbers have proved themselves as the area’s Local Expert. So with the addition of an in-house Relocation Agent Specialist, they have gone one step further to provide relocating buyers and sellers with the very best customer service.”


03Feb


There are many reasons why people move home. Even in what may be considered a "normal" market, home-sellers and buyers naturally have a thirst for knowledge and understanding. They also need that all important ingredient "CONFIDENCE.


So what is it that buyers and sellers need to drive up confidence?


There are a few key factors, for many that starts with affordability  and, at the present time, UK mortgage interest rates are still remarkably low and all predictions suggest that if there is a rise in Bank rates it will be minimal, say a quarter of one percent, and not until the latter part of the year.  Therefore, it would seem to follow that the better fixed rate products will be available now rather than later on this year!


"House prices are another key factor" explains Malcolm, "in general terms people like to see that house prices are either stable or, better still, moving in an upward direction. It may surprise many that figures from the official house price index show that house prices did rise across the UK by around 7% last year, even after the referendum, which demonstrates the resilience of the U.K. housing market. Looking at 2017, the view is that house prices may rise a little this year, 3-5% on average, whilst the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) are predicting 6% and that is what we all need to see - steady growth!


Choice - "buyers naturally like to have plenty of choice, after all people invest lots of time, effort and money in the house buying process and, therefore, they will want to be sure that they have made the right move and found a home that meets with their "dream home" image.  Traditionally, this is the time of year when agents can expect a good number of fresh instructions, people often get ready for selling early in the year - certainly ready for March/April at the latest. 


Malcolm goes on to say, "the early Spring market is still one of the very best times of the year to sell a property; year in, year out at Webbers our sales activity has a real boost at this time of year, so home-sellers get your home ready for the market now, ask a genuine local, qualified agent along to advise what you should do to make the very best of your home".


In conclusion, at Webbers we are very confident that 2017 will be another good, solid year for the West County property market. The ingredients are right - if anything there is a need for more properties of all types as our unique register of premium buyers is naturally growing at this time of the year and they are out looking NOW, so anyone thinking of a move - call us now!  If nothing else we will give you honest and effective advice to get you and your home ready for sale, so the message from Webbers is "keep calm and move".


Webbers Estate and Lettings agents were established in 1924 and have 16 offices across Devon, Somerset, Cornwall and a London office. Webbers are members of the Guild of Professional Estate Agents & selected agents representing The Relocation Agent Network - which together offers access to over 1200 estate agents across the UK. Webbers also have specialist New Homes, Commercial and Auction departments and are multi award winning agents.


22Dec


Webbers Estate Agents in Launceston are giving away HigherTruscott Farmhouse near Launceston Cornwall this Christmas subject to the purchase of a book and painting!

The vendors John and Jan Brown are both talented with John an artist and his wife Jan an author.

They are offering for sale a beautiful painting of Launceston castle titled “Storm clouds over Launceston Castle” and Jan’s novel “ Unratheling the threads which is a tale about a couple who fall in love and move to Cornwall to their dream home a converted Methodist chapel.

If you buy the panting and book for £335,000 then you automatically acquire a lovely character 4 bedroom cornish Farmhouse for FREE!

Andrew Simpson Webbers local Director for the area said  “The residence is perfect for those wanting some rest and relaxation and would make an ideal lock up and leave holiday residence. Andrew went on to say “ the Farmhouse has miles upon miles of lovely walks from the front door along the picturesque Kensey Valley where the seasonal Launceston steam railway gently chugs along. You could also spend time relaxing and reading the book in the delightful conservatory which has a splendid view over the rear low maintenance gardens”


For further information on the book and painting Jan and John Browns website is http://www.think-life.org.uk and Andrew and the Webbers property sales team can be contacted on 01566 776211.


19Dec

Webbers Estate Agents pride themselves on their service for clients but for Charlie the cat they went the extra mile. 


Webbers were selling the home of Stephen and Jackie Matthews who had plans to move away from the area and they had concerns for their cat, Charlie, a much loved pet.  As Charlie was 15 years old and had lived at the property for all that time they were worried that he would find it hard to settle into a new home or even if he could find one as, at 15 years old, he was a cat ‘of a certain age’. 


However, Charlie had the staff at Webbers championing his cause!  The Edwards family came to view the property and were keen to purchase the house as their new home. During discussions Webbers agent, Clair Bennett, introduced Charlie to Mr and Mrs Edwards and their daughter, Evie. Charlie liked to accompany the viewings of his home to vet potential buyers and Clair mentioned that he was in need of a new family. Luckily for Charlie, the Edwards family not only wanted to buy the house in Mountfields Avenue, Taunton, but also were happy for Charlie to stay put! So a few months later Mr and Mrs Matthews are on their new adventures safe in the knowledge that Charlie’s life has continued as before in his familiar surroundings with a whole new family.


Mr Matthews, Charlie’s previous owner said, "When we decided to move house we knew leaving our home of 23 years would be difficult but it turned out that leaving Charlie was much harder. So we are so grateful to the staff at Webbers for their help and especially grateful to the new owners for accepting him as part of their family. We can never thank them enough."


Charlie, in the meantime, has been busy making great friends with 8 year old Evie and getting to know the Edwards’ dog Sweep.


“After a bit of a Mexican standoff in the first few days, Charlie and Sweep are now getting on fine” said new owner Mr Edwards. “Mind you, there is no doubt that Charlie is boss. In fact Sweep is a bit scared of the cat. Charlie spends a lot of his time keeping Evie company in her bedroom and they’ve already become firm friends. We were pleased to take Charlie on and have a new member of the family to share a purr-fect Christmas with!”

Ed Thorne is the manager of Webbers in Taunton and said “We are delighted to have been involved with finding a solution for Charlie for the Matthews. Charlie was a regular topic of conversation in the office and we had a couple of offers of a new home in mind but everyone is delighted that he has been able to stay with the Edwards’ in his old home. Webbers Estate Agents are proud to make promises about our services to vendors and buyers alike. We guarantee a truly personal and professional service and we are more than happy that we were able to extend this service to Charlie and that he has happily settled with his new family in time for Xmas.”

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