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21Jun

A rare opportunity to rent a property from Clovelly Estates


Clovelly is a community which has a school, churches, lifeboat, hotel, bars, cafes and local shop, in addition to several clubs. Families of all ages find it a great environment to bring up children.

 Access to most cottages is down pedestrian cobbled streets, however there is parking either at the top, visitor centre or at the bottom near the The Red Lion, depending on where in the village the property lies.

Clovelly attracts visitors from all over the world, visitors mostly arrive after 10am and most depart by 5pm, leaving the village much to itself. Learn more about Clovelly at www.clovelly.co.uk and maybe become a part of Clovelly life yourself.

Properties available 

35 High Street

35 High Street is a 2 bed character terraced cottage in the heart of Clovelly with sea & harbour views. Briefly comprising; entrance hall, living room with wood burner, kitchen, ground floor bathroom, 2 bedrooms. EPC Rating - F. council tax band - B. Working/retired only. sorry no sharers, no smokers and no pets. Available now for 12+ long let.

73 High Street

73 High Street is a three bedroom semi-detached Cottage. The Cottage is full of character and has un-interrupted sea views. Briefly comprising; Entrance hall, living room with open fire, reception room with fantastic sea view, kitchen with fitted cabinets, electric oven leading to utility room and walk-in larder. Stairs to first floor. Family bathroom with electric shower. Two double bedrooms and one single bedroom. Working retired only, Sorry no sharers, smokers and no pets.

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Alternatively please call 01237 426016 for more details.

20Jun

The Webbers Launceston office are proud to announce that they have been chosen by Wainhomes to market exclusively (as introducer agents) the new Withnoe Farm housing development in Launceston.

Andrew Simpson manager of the Webbers Launceston office said " we are thrilled to once again work and represent Wainhomes in this exciting development on the southern fringes of Launceston. Andrew went on to say, "having dealt with Wainhomes for over 15 years on other developments in the area we have continued to sell their quality homes across the whole of the property hierarchy. We were exclusively involved in the sale of the Kit Hill view development 5 years ago and have every intention of replicating this success in 2016 for Wainhomes".

This development will feature initially larger homes with prices starting from £242,500 for a 4 bedroom semi detached house, ranging up to an executive detached 5 bedroom house with integral double garage for £320,000. Wainhomes Are offering many purchase subject to conditions such as part exchange and movemaker schemes.

We would be delighted to assist with any enquiries on 01566 776211 or pop in to their property showroom, in the heart of Launceston square where a friendly sales consultant will be happy to help.

17Jun

Call 01271 379797 for more information.

Click here to view The Sun Houses Brochure

We are giving away some very exclusive incentives for the first two reservations on this development of contemporary bungalows and chalet bungalows.

16Jun

Helping people move is what we love doing here at Webbers.

We understand that there is more to selling a property than putting up a for sale board up and putting the property onto and relying on online portals. We understand that we MUST be proactive - not reactive when it comes to selling your home.

We understand that in order to ensure we get you the best price for your home in the best time, there are some essentials which need to be put into action. One of these essentials is ensuring your property has the maximum exposure.

Our clients benefit from over 1,200 independent estate agents across the entire UK, all working together to sell their home. Yes, you heard!

By instructing Webbers not only do you instruct your local branch and all of our 15 strategically placed, South West offices. You instruct a team of agents who will promote your home throughout the whole of the UK.

These agents are experts in their local area and when their clients look to move to the South West your property is promoted to them giving you a huge advantage over similar properties for sale in the area.

The property is positioned to a higher number of buyers than your local agents, who simply rely on property portals are able to achieve.  

We also have an office in Park Lane, London which allows London and home county buyers instant access to your home here in the Southwest.

You see, we are EVERYWHERE.

  • Online
  •  In London
  •  Throughout the UK
  •  On the highstreet
  •  On your doorsep

So what does this mean for you? 

 

Thats simple. This proactive approach allows you to achieve the best price in the best time.

 

Instruct one. Instruct us all!

 

Click here for your FREE home valuation and to find out more on how we can get you moving! 

16Jun

Helping people move is what we love doing here at Webbers.

We understand that there is more to selling a property than putting up a for sale board up and putting the property onto and relying on online portals. We understand that we MUST be proactive - not reactive when it comes to selling your home.

We understand that in order to ensure we get you the best price for your home in the best time, there are some essentials which need to be put into action. One of these essentials is ensuring your property has the maximum exposure.

Our clients benefit from over 1,200 independent estate agents across the entire UK, all working together to sell their home. Yes, you heard!

By instructing Webbers not only do you instruct your local branch and all of our 15 strategically placed, South West offices. You instruct a team of agents who will promote your home throughout the whole of the UK.

These agents are experts in their local area and when their clients look to move to the South West your property is promoted to them giving you a huge advantage over similar properties for sale in the area.

The property is positioned to a higher number of buyers than your local agents, who simply rely on property portals are able to achieve.  

We also have an office in Park Lane, London which allows London and home county buyers instant access to your home here in the Southwest.

You see, we are EVERYWHERE.

  • Online
  •  In London
  •  Throughout the UK
  •  On the highstreet
  •  On your doorsep

So what does this mean for you? 

 

Thats simple. This proactive approach allows you to achieve the best price in the best time.

 

Instruct one. Instruct us all!

 

Click here for your FREE home valuation and to find out more on how we can get you moving! 

07Jun

On Sunday Helen White and Abby Porter from our Ilfracombe office accompanied by Annie Urry-Clark and Lindsay Curtis from our Braunton office, walked as part of the 'Webbers Team' on the Croyde Scrumptious Trail charity event. The Scrumptious Trail is a fundraiser for the 'Over and Above Charity' for the North Devon District Hospital the funds for this are allocated to the special care baby unit. We were pleased to be one of the main sponsorsof the event. Our team's start time was 10am so they manned the stand from 8.30am until they set off and chatted to some of the 300 walkers/runners. After the event walkers were directed to our stand after collecting their numbers and water for their flapjack courtesy of Webbers, As part of the route the ladies visited various local businesses for a taste of their produce - lucky them!

13May

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

12May

What an exciting year it has been for our Customer Care department. Since launching last year in May we have helped over 4,227 buyers and sellers throughout the UK move, when other agents have simply gone home.

Being available until 8pm Monday to Friday has had a huge impact on customer care here at Webbers. It essential that our vendor clients are able to reach us at a time that suits them and that they are able to talk to a trained, local, Webbers professional about the selling of their home.

Many national Estate Agents are also offering extended opening hours but have taken the route to outsource this to a third party. Here at Webbers, we are keen to keep this in-house which is why my hand picked team based in head office are all local, experienced and understand the "Webbers Way". I feel this ensures our clients have the best customer experience possible throughout their home sale journey.

For our vendors, not only are we there to handle any questions or queries they may have, but we are able to discuss their property with potential buyers and book in viewings on the spot, ensuring we are maximising on every opportunity.

We understand that most buyers look at property throughout the early evening and want to discuss the property with someone there and then; which of course they can do when looking at Webbers Properties.

Overall we've had some fantastic feedback from clients who call out of our normal office hours with many surprised that when calling at ten to seven on a Wednesday evening, they are able to talk a member of the Webbers team.

For me it's a privilege to be able to offer this level of super service to our clients. Something I am very passionate about. 

Watch this space for even better availability coming soon.

Karlie Baker Customer Care. Karlie.baker@webbers.co.uk 01271 347891

11May

The best Estate Agents are always looking for different ways to market their clients homes; every home is different and every seller has a different set of circumstances and an individual list of needs. As ‘their agent' we have to recognise the best way to help solve that particular client's problems and, very importantly, achieve them the best possible result in the current market conditions.

What do I mean by the best possible result? It really does depend on the client and various factors such as the timescale and reason for the move. Some sellers have to move very quickly because they have seen their dream home for sale and don't want to lose it or maybe it is because of some financial issues or a marriage break down. Many move for job reasons or maybe it is simply time for a change or a larger property to cope with a growing family. Not all sellers have to move quickly, many are happy to fully test the market and are content with ‘hanging in there' to see what transpires. However, for most sellers the best possible result is ‘the best price possible in the least amount of time with the least amount of fuss and bother'. I'm sure that would sound familiar to most people?

At Webbers we have many ways of helping our clients and customers through our extensive marketing, expertise and knowledge; we can tailor a marketing plan specifically for a particular client and the type of property they have to sell. Market conditions have generally been very favorable in recent times and there have been plenty of good, willing and able buyers around. In a lot of cases more than one buyer chasing one particular property. Now it would be really easy for me as an Estate Agent to go to a particular seller and say to them ‘we have already got a buyer for your home' without really giving much thought about whether they are the best buyer or the one that would pay the most money - but believe me, there are many Estate Agents out there that do adopt that strategy and are content with just another ‘quick sale'. In truth, if that is what the client wants then that is fine but I strongly believe, and it has been my experience over many years, that there aren't that many sellers that have to ‘sell tomorrow' in favour of getting the best price and best buyer.

So, here's a thought. There are a lot of properties out there at present that will sell quickly if they were to come to the market. If that is the case and there are potentially multiple buyers why not give them all a chance to view the property in a controlled and planned way? The solution - organise an OPEN HOUSE.

What is an Open House?

An Open House allows us as Estate Agents to launch the property for sale giving every potential buyer out there an equal opportunity to view the property. We would usually set a date and time for the Open House event, typically a Saturday morning as this tends to be the most convenient time for viewings to take place as people are generally off work as it is the weekend. It is best to condense the time for the Open House down to about 2 hours, so let's say 11am - 1pm for example. The event is then extensively promoted and I would recommend a lead time of a good 10 days to two weeks to allow the event to be fully advertised in the press and online, our data base of buyers canvassed and bespoke invites sent out to suitable potential buyers, a social media campaign to be set advertising the event and so on. We have special ‘Open House' for sale boards erected at the property as well giving the date and times. All of this then should create plenty of enquiries and should attract a good number of viewers to the property at the event. We do not allow any viewings to take place prior to the Open House launch as we want to event itself to be as successful as possible and to be the real start of the planned marketing campaign.

When conducting an Open House we alway make sure the property is sufficiently staffed so we can manage the viewers as they come through the door. Security is of paramount importance so we ensure we note down the name, address and contact details of all of the people entering the property and we also want to know a little more about their buying ability and position to proceed should they like what they see. The idea of an Open House is to get potential buyers viewing at similar times to one another as that will heighten the sense of ‘competition' to secure the property and show that it is a popular choice with people. The more people at an Open House the better!

Once the viewing period has taken place there will (hopefully) be plenty of expressions of interest in the home, hopefully some offers and ideally more than one offer. At this point it is very important for us to discuss with our client the next stage of the process. We could choose to proceed to closing offers quite quickly if lots of interest has been shown or we may opt to keep the property in the market for a bit longer to see what other interest may occur. Either way there will need to be a plan as to what happens next and all interested parties can then be informed accordingly.

If we have picked the right house with the right guide price I would usually expect there to be plenty of early interest and offers and therefore we have regularly moved to a process that allows all offers to be made and considered in the fairest possible way. We only have the one property and can only sell it to one person but as I said at the start of this blog it is about finding who the best buyer is. Of course, at this stage the seller can simply choose an offer to accept if they so wish, it is there property and ultimately their decision. But, when we have multiple offers it does make it very hard to chose the best way forward especially if those offers are from buyers with similar abilities to proceed. At this stage and with these circumstances we would generally recommend bringing bids to a close by way of ‘Best & Final Offers‘ (Informal Tender). A date and time for the best bids to be submitted will be set and official ‘bidding forms' sent out to all interested parties with the ‘rules of play' carefully outlined so all bidders know the terms under which their offers are to be put forward and how they will be considered. The offers are submitted in writing and proof of funding and ability to purchase is always required in every instance. Once we have all of the bids we can sit down with our seller client to discuss the merits of each bid received and decide who ultimately we all feel is the best buyer to move forward with.

Very occasionally there might not really be much interest shown in the property; that can happen. If that is the case the Open House has still been worthwhile because it is an indicator that something is wrong and buyers for whatever reason aren't keen. This is an early warning sign that maybe the asking or guide price has been set a bit too high or there is another issue stopping the interest. Whatever the reason, it is important that this is looked at and a plan of action taken to achieve a more positive response moving forward. So there are always positives to come from an Open House - they do work!

I thought I would finish this blog with some real life examples of our successes in recent months with Open Houses. As you will see all have produced a great outcome for our clients and I am confident we can say, with hand on heart, that we found the BEST BUYER AND ACHIEVED THE BEST PRICE for them at that time in the market. The results show that, typically, the selling price achieved was 10% - 15% higher than the advertised guide and evidence produced by the purchaser to ‘back up' their claim as a worthy buyer always helps the seller make the right choice.

Here are some examples

4 Orchard Close was placed on the market with a guide price of ‘offers in excess of £155,000'. We had 22 viewings and sold the property for nearly 15% more than the guide price. image 3 Weld Park Avenue, Ilfracombe - 3 bedroom terraced house

3 Weld Park Avenue was placed on the market with a guide price of ‘offers in excess of £140,000'. We had 24 viewings and have sold the property for just over 10% more than the guide price. image Mountsea, Mortehoe - 3 bedroom detached bungalow on a 1/2 acre plot

Mountsea was placed on the market with a guide price of ‘offers in excess of £300,000'. We had 16 viewings and have sold the property for nearly 15% more than the guide price.

Open Houses are an innovative way of marketing your home. If you are interested in finding out more please contact me on 01271 869119 or lee.hussell@webbers.co.uk or visit us at www.webbers.co.uk

11May

From the beginning of your search, purchasing your property, finding a quality tenant and managing your most valuable asset.

 

"Mr & Mrs J came into the Bideford office with a cut-out of my editorial, from the North Devon Journal, 23rd October 2015. Inspired by the article they wanted to discuss the possibilities of becoming an investment buyer something they had not considered before.

I was pleased to go through some relevant properties that we have available in our sales portfolio which were within their budget and which could provide them with a good rental yield. They also wanted to consider that they may want to live in the property themselves in the future.

That same day we were able to show them around a beautiful, modern property that matched what they were looking for. They returned to the office, excited and made an offer which was accepted. The purchase exchanged and completed 8 weeks later on the 23rd December, just in time for Christmas. Once the sale was tied up I was instructed by the new owners to market the property for rental and an application was accepted by them on the 19th January. All references have been approved and the tenant moved in on the 4th March and is now happily settled in his new home.

Mr & Mrs J will receive a very healthy yield/return of 5.69% far more than their savings were accumulating in their savings account, they have a good investment for the future and a very desirable property to move into when the time is right for them. I also introduced Mr & Mrs J to Adam Gregory our in-house independent financial advisor from Together Financial Services, who was able to set up the right policies for their requirements.

Mr & Mrs J quoted; "As clients, the service we received from Webbers, Sarah in particular, was most acceptable. We appreciated the friendliness of the staff who were always pleased to see us and helped us through our queries. We feel reassured to have their letting department acting for us in this new venture."

Our Bideford Office has several suitable investment properties on the market at the moment with very competitive asking prices and a high rental yield. Here are just two examples from our extensive investment stock; Watkins Way, a two bedroom ground floor apartment, £124,950.00 with a yield of 5.52% and Brookfield Street , a three bedroom terrace house, £142,000 with a yield of 5.7%.

 

If you are planning on investing in property, or just want to know more, please contact me on (01237) 426015 to discuss your property management or investment buying requirements or ask to speak to Adam Gregory our in-house independent financial advisor from Together Financial Solutions. 

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