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Martyn Venner

Budging the problem

November 2017

Martyn Venner, Partner with Greenslade Taylor Hunt comments on the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s Autumn Budget and how it affects the property market.

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Honiton and South Molton take Gold and Silver customer experience awards

Honiton and South Molton take Gold and Silver customer experience awards

October 2017

The allAgents awards were recently announced for 2017. We are pleased to reveal that our Honiton and South Molton branches have been rewarded for their exemplary customer experience.

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Is Brexit having an impact on house prices in the South West?

Is Brexit having an impact on house prices in the South West?

September 2017

Thoughts on how the South West property market is fairing a year on from the referendum.

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Samuel Powell and Greg Searle

GTH sets gold standard for Olympic rower

September 2017

Delighted Olympic gold medalist Greg Searle is celebrating a successful house move thanks to Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s Wells office.

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Gleaming review for Sherborne office

August 2017

This week our Sherborne residential office was thanked for their hard work in the form of a review posted in All Agents. In it, Richard Stubbert, Miranda Cridland and Hamish Dalziel were praised for their ‘help, support and sheer hard work’ in the sale of a property.

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How is the UK property market fairing after Brexit?

How is the UK property market fairing after Brexit?

August 2017

Andrew Perry, Residential Partner from the Ilminster office discusses the outlook for UK property and how the market is fairing a year on from the referendum.

 

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Ilminster Office

Local firm celebrates 35 years in the Ilminster community

June 2017

Local estate agent, Greenslade Taylor Hunt, is this week celebrating 35 years of business in the town. Back in 1982, the long-established South West firm of auctioneers and estate agents, RB Taylor and Sons, opened a new branch office with Andrew Perry at the helm.  This year also marks the firm’s collective 180 year anniversary.

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Top of the class for Greenslade Taylor Hunt

Top of the class for Greenslade Taylor Hunt

April 2017

It has been a team effort for the property professionals at Greenslade Taylor Hunt who have overseen the successful sale of a former girls’ school in Somerset into a selection of attractive homes.

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A word to the wise

A word to the wise

March 2017

Justin Lowe from Greenslade Taylor Hunt considers opposing forces that are affecting the property market this spring. 

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Your right to compensation

Your right to compensation

February 2017

Recently we have been hearing a lot about new schemes such as Hinkley C, HS2, Heathrow's 3rd runway and improvements to the A303 and A358; all of which are going to affect homes, land and businesses located around their sites. Meanwhile in the background the government has been making changes to the ways in which these and other less high profile schemes for housing and infrastructure will be dealt with by the acquiring authorities. "Their stated aims are to speed up the process of acquisition and compensation whilst making it fairer for those affected. However it will still be the objective of the acquiring authority to deliver the scheme at best value for money. It is after all, taxpayers' money that they are spending," notes Graeme Biffen MRICS FAAV, surveyor with Greenslade Taylor Hunt.

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Martyn Venner

New Partner announced at property firm

January 2017

Martyn Venner, residential manager at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s Bridgwater office has just been appointed a Partner with the leading property firm.

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Stephen Gardner

Team effort rewarded at GTH

January 2017

Experienced estate agent Stephen Gardner has been recognised for his hard work by being appointed an Associate by leading property firm Greenslade Taylor Hunt.

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Justin Lowe

Ask Hillary!

December 2016

Justin Lowe Partner of Greenslade Taylor Hunt looks at some fast changing attitudes in the property market.

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GTH clinches prestigious national advertising award

GTH clinches prestigious national advertising award

November 2016

Greenslade Taylor Hunt are celebrating winning a prestigious national advertising award at the recent Mayfair Office annual dinner.

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UPDATE ON RESIDENTIAL BARN CONVERSIONS

UPDATE ON RESIDENTIAL BARN CONVERSIONS

November 2016

It is now 2½ years since the Government introduced new Permitted Development rights allowing residential barn conversions under a simplified ‘Prior Approval’ application.  Various criteria must be satisfied before a building can qualify for the PD right, and a ‘Prior Approval’ application must be submitted to address highway and noise impacts, contamination and flooding risks, and the location, siting, and design of the building.

 

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GTH partner EDF for their property needs

September 2016

Now the Government has given the go ahead for the new nuclear reactor at Hinkley Point the race is on to find suitable accommodation for the highly qualified staff who will be working on the infrastructure and beyond.

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Post Brexit

Post Brexit

August 2016

Richard Webber of Greenslade Taylor Hunt takes a look at the post-Brexit property market and offers some sound advice to those selling their homes over the summer months.

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Richard Webber

Sound advice on the post Brexit property market

August 2016

Richard Webber of Greenslade Taylor Hunt takes a look at the post-Brexit property market and offers some sound advice to those selling their homes over the summer months.

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Howard Wills

Home move for new Yeovil manager

July 2016

ENTERPRISING estate agent Howard Wills is making a welcome return to Yeovil after a successful spell in West Sussex. His move back to the town where he began his flourishing career coincides with the imminent arrival of his first child.

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Richard Stubbert

“Local lad” heads leading residential agency

July 2016

GREENSLADE Taylor Hunt are delighted to welcome Richard Stubbert as Residential Manager at the firm’s Sherborne office.

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Latest GTH magazine in offices now

June 2016

THE new issue of West Country View – the glossy, property magazine from Greenslade Taylor Hunt is available from branch offices now. It is packed with properties and interesting articles, by experts on buying at auction, whether commercial or residential provides the best investment and a host of other informative articles. Pick up your free copy from your local branch or the many agricultural shows that GTH will be attending over the summer including the Royal Cornwall Show, Wadebridge, June 9-11.

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Budget 2016 - what it means for the property market

March 2016

MARTYN Venner of Greenslade Taylor Hunt takes a look at this year’s spring Budget and wonders how it may affect the property market.

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Fantastic Dorset Investment Opportunity

Fantastic Dorset Investment Opportunity

March 2016

Our Sherborne office have a very exciting opportunity with Charteroak, in Clifton Maybank near Bradford Abbas.

 

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2016 Property Prediction

2016 Property Prediction

January 2016

Happy New Year. Martyn Venner of Greenslade Taylor Hunt offers some thoughts on the property year ahead.

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Martyn Venner

Chancellor's Autumn Spending Review

December 2015

Martyn Venner of Greenslade Taylor Hunt, Bridgwater, looks at the Chancellor’s Autumn Spending Review and assesses the effects this may have on the property market.

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Michael N P Dukes

A Puzzling Market

November 2015

2015 has proven to be a head scratcher. Shortage of stock leading to less sales across the South West (according to the Land Registry) and yet prices on the whole going nowhere. Hmmm!!

 

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Richard Webber

Get set to get market ready

August 2015

Richard Webber of Greenslade Taylor Hunt gives some timely advice about getting ready for the autumn property market.

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Martyn Venner

Don't wait until autumn to sell your house!

August 2015

JULY and August are often perceived to be the quiet months in the world of selling property, however this trend is showing signs of change.

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Michael Dukes

98% Would Recommend Greenslade Taylor Hunt

July 2015

Independent research is undertaken on behalf of the residential division of the firm on an ongoing basis with both buyers and sellers to complete a short questionnaire following completion of a sale.

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Martyn Venner

Voting with their feet

May 2015

MARTYN Venner of Greenslade Taylor Hunt gauges the impact housing polices have had on public opinion in the lead up to the general election.

Four weeks before the 2015 general election voters had already made their thoughts known. Or at least those who had anything to do with buying property had. The political parties had been trying hard to woo the electorate with a plethora of housing-related inducements. But did they really mean anything to anyone?

The Conservatives promised huge numbers of new homes would be built and also dangled a right-to-buy opportunity for those with shared ownership arrangements through housing associations. Labour had been pinning their hopes on the popularity - with those who would never have to pay it - of a mansion tax. Also of rent control.

Had either party the right answer to excite the electorate? It seems not. In the heat of electioneering it appeared that the only thing which significantly made buyers more active during the campaign was sunshine. The minute the spring sun came out so did buyers. Almost immediately viewings were up, offers were up and sales were up. What did this mean? It seems that the weather was more influential on buyers than the political climate.

Successive governments haven’t exactly won people’s respect on housing. The coalition has had four housing ministers during its recent tenure, and, between 1997 and 2008 the previous Labour government elevated eight different ministers to the post. This is hardly good for long-term stability in the sector. So we have all come to learn that if we want something done about roofs over our heads we must do it for ourselves.

Simply put, the economy in general seems more immediately important to voters than housing in isolation – and with good reason. When the economy is up people feel better and can afford more things – like properties. If it’s down everyone hunkers down and goes nowhere: demand drops, values drop and new home building decreases which leads to a drop in land values – no matter what the housing policy at the time. Housing depends on the economy. The electorate understands that. It is people who create demand once the means to buy is in their favour and no right-to-buy or mansion tax policies will change that.

The past 50 years have not led us to believe that the next five will be any better for government housing policies – especially if the ministerial door remains revolving. So we are on our own. Perhaps the next government should just neatly put all these policies under another title - devolution.

For free advice when considering selling or for a free market appraisal please contact Martyn Venner or Ann Cragg on 01278 425555.

 

Martyn Venner

The housing market gets off to a great start

January 2015

Martyn Venner of Greenslade Taylor Hunt hits the ground running in 2015 and looks forward to an active property market throughout the year ahead – only punctuated by one rather important event in May.

In housing market terms 2015 could be a contradictory year. In some ways the market is looking healthier than it has for years with more first time buyers than at any time since 2007. Early post-New Year signs are of sustained activity. These factors are clearly a reflection of increased confidence in the economy and higher employment across the UK.

This is very good news. The only cloud on the horizon might be the General Election in May. If we thought the Scottish referendum – which for a time had a negative effect on market activity in England and Wales as well as Scotland - was a difficult one to call, the 2015 General Election will surely prove to be impossible to forecast. And it is just this sort of uncertainty that markets don’t like. So we may see a slight cooling off in activity levels and transactions the nearer we get to May. But we think that buyers and sellers will want to get a headstart on the market and try and make some hard decisions early in the New Year. Certainly these are the clear signs now.

For some this will be a period of great opportunity in the property market. Once again, we would urge buyers not to rely too heavily on the property portals. They  deal in hard data and certainties. Use them as a guide by all means. But the best opportunities often come from uncertainties. To find out about property off-market or for help in finding that special place or great deal through hard-won local experience then there is nothing to compare with a good, reputable, traditional and knowledgeable High Street estate agent like Greenslade Taylor Hunt. Come rain, shine or General Election Greenslade Taylor Hunt will be ready with great ideas and sound advice. For a free market appraisal please contact Martyn Venner or Ann Cragg on 01278 425555 e:residential.bridgwater@gth.net.

Martyn Venner

A Slab of Christmas Cake

December 2014

Martyn Venner of Greenslade Taylor Hunt takes a look at the agreeable change in stamp duty brought about in the Autumn Statement.

Few people like taxation. Most understand that we have to have taxes. But when they are as unfair as our stamp duty was then taxation seems to be doubly disagreeable.

In his Autumn Statement the Chancellor, George Osbourne, at a stroke righted many wrongs concerning stamp duty - and perhaps put a serious dent in the opposition's mansion tax plans at the same time.

This is too late for millions of buyers under the old system, but a wonderful Christmas present for thousands who are in the process of buying a property at the moment.  And it is a massive windfall for buyers next year and beyond.  A huge 98 per cent of home buyers will benefit from the Chancellor doing away with the slab system, where buyers would be charged the allotted percentage on the whole purchase price even if it was only £1 over the various thresholds. Now buyers will only be charged tax on a slice of the purchase price.

So great news for the many.  But not such good news for the few.  Those buying at higher levels - over £925,000 - will pay more for the privilege.

The old stamp duty was a bad tax - or rather it increasingly became a bad tax.  As property prices rose more and more people were dragged into the net.  Buying a home is expensive enough without the government of the day cashing in on what was seen to be a purely opportunistic raid on people's pockets. Good riddance to it.

What will the knock-on effect be - apart from home buyers having more money to help with a deposit or all those extra expenses connected to property purchase?  The new stamp duty rates will not raise the same concerns pundits and commentators had over Labour's proposed mansion tax which would have hit owners of expensive homes every year.  That really was threatening the value of their houses.  The new stamp duty does not seem so reckless in this respect. Nor will there have to be a mass re-evaluation of property for tax purposes.  At the lower end of the market it could add fresh impetus to what is generally seen as a cooling market. But any forecast in this respect should also take into account the negative effect any future interest rate increases may have on the market.

So good news for the market below £1,000,000 and even those in the upper sector should feel pleased that the threat of a mansion tax is perhaps a step further away now than it was on Wednesday. For  free market appraisal please contact Greenslade Taylor Hunt on 01278 425555.

Trevor Chick

Trevor has plenty to be proud of

November 2014

SITE manager Trevor Chick of respected builders Tottle and Sons has plenty to be proud of.

He has just been awarded two accolades in the house building industry’s most prestigious award scheme.

The NHBC’s Pride in the Job initiative has been running for 35 years and recognises the UK’s best site managers. The scheme has been instrumental in driving up quality in new home building over that period and examines 37 key areas of site management activities.

At a glittering ceremony at the Winter Gardens, Weston-super-Mare, Trevor was crowned the winner of the small builder category for the South West for his work at Tottle and Sons development at Greenways, Sellicks Green, Blagdon Hill, near Taunton.

Greenslade Taylor Hunt is marketing this select development, of predominantly detached high quality homes.

Pride in the Job is the house-building industry's most prestigious awards programme.
Initially 15,000 site managers nationwide are considered for the award. In the South West the best 38 are judged and rigorous site visits take place to ensure the highest standards of safety and building excellence are maintained.

Trevor, who has been involved in the building trade for 40 years, will now go forward as a United Kingdom finalist to the supreme awards ceremony which will take place in a five star hotel in London in the New Year.

He said: “This is the first time I’ve been put forward for an award. I was elated to win the Seal of Excellence award.

“Then to go on and win the South West regional award was a great shock. There were a couple of hundred people there (at the awards ceremony) hoping for an award. It was really good.”

He puts his success down to the fact that Tottle and Sons are three generations of traditional builders who pride themselves in building high quality homes.

For details of the homes available at Greenways, Sellicks Green, please call Kathy Cobb, New Homes Co-ordinator at Greenslade Taylor Hunt on (01823) 277121.

 

Westcott Farm, Brompton Ralph

Westcott Farm, Brompton Ralph

October 2014

A beautifully situated residential/stock farm occupying a sheltered situation within traditional countryside in the Brendon Hills and close to Exmoor National Park - In all about 163 acres.

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Stowey Court, Nether Stowey

Stowey Court, Nether Stowey

October 2014

We have pleasure in bringing this substantial country house affording well presented and extensive living accommodation to the market this autumn.  Set within gardens and grounds of about 8 acres to include three cottages, gives a potential purchaser a wide variety of residential, leisure or commercial opportunities.  

 

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West Yeo Farm

Superb Organic Residential Holding enjoying an idyllic rural setting

August 2014

The South Molton office of agents Greenslade Taylor Hunt are delighted to announce the recent sale of West Yeo Farm, Witheridge, near Tiverton, which was being marketed with a Guide Price of £1.395M.

The vendors, who are retiring to the South Devon coast, had transformed the property with an extensive programme of renovations to put the buildings and land back to the layout shown on the 19th Century map of the farm.

They had also undertaken conversion to full organic status, garnering four consecutive awards from Devon Wildlife Trust and achieving runner-up position in the national RSPB Nature in Farming Awards.

The idyllic setting is both private yet also accessible. In total the holding extends to about 73.63 acres (29.80 hectares) with traditional orchards and river meadows with frontage to the Little Dart River, as well as productive organic status arable and pasture land.

The four-bedroom farmhouse is elegant and enjoys well-proportioned Georgian style features. The property has been sympathetically updated, but still retains much period character including high plaster ceilings, large sash windows with original shutters and marble fireplaces.  Additionally there is a former cider house adjoining the property with potential to create further accommodation subject to any necessary planning consents.

If you are considering selling or are looking to buy a similar property please contact Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s South Molton office on 01769 574500 or the Tiverton branch on 01884 243000.

St Petroc

Be king or queen of your own castle

August 2014

A superb opportunity to live in your very own fairytale castle is on offer with Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s South Molton office.

The unique St Petroc, at Charles, Brayford, near South Molton, North Devon, features an impressive castellated design and dates from around 1825.  It is on the market at a guide price of £595,000. 

The property, which is not listed, has been extensively and sympathetically renovated in recent years to create a desirable family home.

Richard Webber, Partner at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s South Molton branch, said: “This is a unique opportunity to acquire an unusual and imposing country residence set in wonderful large gardens.”

The property ticks many boxes for potential purchasers. It has an attractive large kitchen/breakfast room that enjoys a triple aspect and features an extensive range of bespoke solid pine units with granite worktops. The house offers excellent family accommodation with four good sized double bedrooms.

Delightful features of the property are the two roof terraces that lead off from the master bedroom.  From the terraces there are superb views over the gardens, grounds and countryside beyond.

The property is set in a manageable 1.39 acres, enjoying a rural position and benefiting from exceptional privacy and seclusion in a pretty area of North Devon close to the Exmoor National Park.  Yet St Petroc is only six miles from the facilities of bustling South Molton and only eight and a half miles from busy Barnstaple.

For more details and to arrange a viewing please contact the South Molton office on 01769 574500.

Martyn Venner

The Property Market: Mid-Term Report

July 2014

As we enter the second half of 2014 Martyn Venner of Greenslade Taylor Hunt takes stock of the property market. 

We are midway through the property year and while the market seems to have steadied, once again property is clearly big news. The headlines in our press and often the lead items on television and radio news are the housing market and what it's doing or going to do. 

It is frustrating that so often journalists' comments refer to a market which does not really exist at all but rather is a homogenous mix of markets in the north, the south, the east and west - and that other country which is central London. In fact the property market is really made up of thousands of micro-markets. 

Also alarming statements about housing bubbles do not help much. Now the Chancellor, George Osborne, and Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, have prepared measures designed to halt a headlong dive into another housing crisis. 

But the increasing feeling of those who handle the property market every day for a living – estate agents - is that things might have already steadied themselves. Harsher mortgage lending criteria - that have already slowed the numbers of loans; prices - for many - reaching the top of their affordability range, and the sated pool of pent-up first and second time buyer demand all add to a dampening effect. Further up the market activity in higher price ranges can reflect uncertainty about future government taxation policies. This may grow as we approach the next general election. So these new Bank of England measures can be seen as a sensible precaution against future excesses rather than shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted. 

Yes, we need more housing with the release of more Brownfield sites. We need to relax some planning bureaucracy and foster responsible lending – and borrowing. A more enlightened approach to bringing life to our high streets through a greater residential element may help also. All this will assist us in steering away from more boom and bust. 

There will be new challenges such as interest rates gradually increasing in a sensitively controlled way. But there is no reason why a small mortgage rate increase will harm the market in the short or medium term. In general - and taking central London out of the equation - we believe that the second part of the year will be much the same as the first - a balanced market with some really great opportunities for both buyers and sellers.

For a free no obligation market appraisal please contact either Martyn Venner or Ann Cragg on 01278 425555. 

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Taunton Ranked No. 3 as Most Happiest Places to Live

May 2014

Not so grim up north! Harrogate beats northern towns including Stockport and Inverness to be named happiest place to live in the UK

  • Harrogate named happiest place to live in UK for second year running
  • East London is least happy, according to 50,000 homeowners surveyed
  • West London, North London, and South East London all ranked low
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Green Shoots

Green Shoots

May 2014

The property market is perhaps one of the great hallmarks of confidence in any economy and, rather like an oil tanker, takes some time and effort to turn around. There have been some encouraging signs for a little while that confidence in the UK economy and housing market have been returning and, even as we speak, economists both home and abroad are shifting their growth forecasts in an upwards direction. If it proves to be the case that the UK will show the highest growth in the G8 group during 2014 then that will clearly be good news for everybody throughout the land.

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Ask the Agent!

January 2014

Richard Webber from Greenslade Taylor Hunt reviews the busy start of year property market

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Seasons Greetings from Greenslade Taylor Hunt

December Newsletter

December 2013

2013 has proved to be a year of change in the property market reflecting an increase in confidence in the UK economy. Optimism at the start of the year was justified although the wheels for property above £500,000 was slow to get underway and many good properties, particularly in the £750,000 to £1,000,000 bracket, still remain available. 

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Southgate

Rare chance to acquire Victorian period town house

October 2013

A handsome Victorian home close to the centre of Dorchester has just come to the market with Greenslade Taylor Hunt at a guide price of £645,000.

Southgate, Linden Avenue, Dorchester, was built by the Reverend Benjamin Lucas Watson between 1870 and 1877. In the 1950s the property was split into two.

The substantial accommodation arranged over four floors includes three separate reception rooms – the drawing room with a 11 ft ceiling height - a cellar and a spacious kitchen/breakfast room.

Retaining much of its original character the property also benefits from a detached two-bedroom coach house. This could provide a useful annexe or office for a purchaser seeking to work from home, subject to the necessary consents.

Situated in a mature tree lined avenue the property is set in well-tended gardens to the front, while the rear garden is walled and fenced. The back garden enjoys a virtually southerly aspect.

For further details or to arrange a viewing contact the Dorchester office of Greenslade Taylor Hunt on 01305 268786.

Winterbourne, Acre Mews

Open day at select development

October 2013

A prestigious set of just four homes will be showcased at an open day this Sunday (October 20).

The fine development of four family homes at Acre Mews, Curry Rivel, near Langport, will be open to view between 12 noon and 4pm.

Each detached property offers excellent family accommodation and benefits from garaging and driveways.

Situated on the western fringes of this popular village at Stoney Lane the homes all enjoy 10-year NHBC guarantees.

Two of the homes, Winterbourne and Trees, include large spacious kitchen/dining/family rooms making them the natural hub for family living. Usefully the kitchen and utility areas are tiled making them both practical and stylish.

The other two properties, Birch and Withie, have airy kitchen/dining rooms and a separate utility room.

All the houses have four good-sized bedrooms with the master bedrooms enjoying the advantage of an ensuite so no early morning battles for the bathroom!

The rear gardens of each property are lawned and enclosed by a large wooden fence.

The properties are being marketed by Greenslade Taylor Hunt. Prices start at £325,000. The agent can be contacted on 01823 277121 or 01458 250589.

Ask the Agent - as published in North Devon Journal

Ask the Agent - as published in North Devon Journal

September 2013

How has summer trade been for Greenslade Taylor Hunt?

I am delighted to report that the market for GTH, right across our 14-office network stretching from Devon to Dorset, has been extremely busy throughout the summer, both in terms of new instructions and sales agreed.  As a result, this has been our busiest period in South Molton since opening the office two and a half years ago. 

Can you give an example of a recent successful sale?

We have just sold two properties in Croyde, which was great to get involved in one of the most sought after coastal villages in North Devon.  The instruction was quite unusual because it involved a pair of cottages which had been in the same family since the 1930s.  Situated on the desirable Moor Lane, both cottages required improvement and were set in a fantastic large mature garden.  We offered the cottages for sale individually or as a pair and I am delighted to report that they remain together, having been sold at a figure well in excess of the £750,000 guide price.

Has the weather helped boost the market?

Undoubtedly, the weather does influence activity in the property market, everybody feels better when the sun is shining.  I am convinced that the lovely summer has had a significant impact in getting the phones ringing and encouraging activity, especially on the more rural properties and those with land.

How does this compare to the last few years?

Clearly, the sign of a general recovery in the UK economy has resulted in more optimism and confidence in the property market.  The UK certainly appears to now be moving out of recession and in my opinion this is being directly reflected in the number of new purchasers’ we have registering with us. 

What are prices like in North Devon?

We are hearing numerous reports in the press of rising house prices, which is primarily being driven by London and the South East.  I do not feel that prices are increasing in North Devon as yet and it is important to keep our feet on the ground and value sensibly in what is still a very price-sensitive market.  Nevertheless, we are seeing a lot more people now looking to move into the area, especially from London and the Home Counties where the market appears to be particularly strong.  Fortunately, we live in an extremely desirable part of the country and if the recovery continues then it is hopefully only a matter of time before that ripple effect spreads out from the south east. 

What are your hopes for the rest of the year?

We always seem to have a strong autumn property market here in North Devon and my hopes for this autumn are extremely optimistic. 

 

Richard Webber is a Partner at Greenslade Taylor Hunt in South Molton  Tel: 01769 574500 

West Nook & Meadcroft Croyde

Rare sale keeps pair of cottages together

September 2013

A pair of semi-detached coastal cottages that have been in the ownership of the same family for more than 75 years have just been sold.

The desirable homes in one of North Devon’s most prized seaside locations could have been bought separately, but the new buyer has snapped up both properties at an undisclosed figure well in excess of the £750,000 guide price.

Richard Webber, Partner at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s South Molton office that oversaw the sale, said: “It is good that they remain together having been in the ownership of the same family for such a long time.”

The properties were bought by the vendor’s grandparents in 1935 and have remained in the family until now.

West Nook and Meadcroft in Moor Lane, Croyde, offer the new owner a desirable spot to enjoy the famous sandy, surfing beach and the wider attractions of North Devon.

The appealing properties stand in superb large south facing mature gardens that extend to over half an acre.

Dating from the early 1920s the cottages now require modernisation and there is potential to create one substantial family home, subject to the necessary consents.

If you have a property and are considering selling please contact the South Molton office on 01769 574500.

Winterbourne

Select development of new family homes in popular village

August 2013

A prestigious development of four bedroomed detached homes has just come to the market with Greenslade Taylor Hunt.

Acre Mews, Curry Rivel, near Taunton, comprises a selection of four excellent residences with driveways and garages in this popular village.

All the houses would make ideal family homes – blending practicality with elegance. Winterbourne, Stoney Lane, Curry Rivel, which has just been completed, has been designed with the realities of family life in mind. The floor in the kitchen and utility area has been tiled, while the lounge and bedrooms are cosily carpeted.

A great deal of thought has gone into the design of the properties. At Winterbourne the lounge sits to one side of the house and includes a feature log burner. French doors open from this room onto the enclosed garden.

The spacious kitchen/dining/family room is sure to become the hub of the house. This well planned space features a wide range of high quality units sitting under granite worktops. There are also integrated appliances.

A useful utility room with a range of units and space for a washing machine and dryer, a cloakroom and study complete the ground floor accommodation.

Upstairs three of the bedrooms share a stylish, modern, bathroom while the master bedroom has its own ensuite. Both bathrooms benefit from tiled flooring.

All four properties have a 10-year NHBC guarantee and a burglar alarm for further peace of mind.

Prices start from £335,000. For further information contact the New Homes Co-Ordinator Kathy Cobb on 01823 277121 or call the Langport office on 01458 250589.

Blackerton House

Property is packed with potential for host of leisure pursuits

August 2013

A former residential care home within easy reach of the A361 North Devon Link Road is on the market with Greenslade Taylor Hunt at a guide price of £200,000.

Substantial Blackerton House at East Anstey, near Tiverton, was part of a former care village. Its rural, yet accessible, position, would make it ideal for conversion into a centre for outdoor based activities.

The attractive location close to Exmoor mean the premises could lend themselves to use as a hotel, conference or training centre or for other tourism or leisure purposes.

Duncan Brown, Commercial Partner with Greenslade Taylor Hunt, said: “This is a rare opportunity to buy a large county property suitable for a number of uses at a particularly competitive price.”

The sizable property, which requires modernisation, extends to 12,485 sq ft. There is also a large workshop to the south of the main house which is 1,110 sq ft.

The premises could also provide office accommodation. Any other use would require planning consent.

There are ambitious plans to revitalise the entire site. North Devon District Council is currently considering a planning application for 22 dwellings on the site. This plan will include nine conversions of existing buildings, four new build four bedroom family homes and nine properties for affordable housing.

The South Molton office of Greenslade Taylor Hunt is also marketing two detached bungalows on the site which both require updating. One is a two-bedroom property and the other has three bedrooms.

For details of the commercial opportunities presented by Blakerton House please contact the Commercial Division of Greenslade Taylor Hunt on 01823 334455.

For details of the bungalows contact the South Molton office on 01749 574500.

Blackerton House

Property is packed with potential for host of leisure pursuits

August 2013

A former residential care home within easy reach of the A361 North Devon Link Road is on the market with Greenslade Taylor Hunt at a guide price of £200,000.

Substantial Blackerton House at East Anstey, near Tiverton, was part of a former care village. Its rural, yet accessible, position, would make it ideal for conversion into a centre for outdoor based activities.

The attractive location close to Exmoor mean the premises could lend themselves to use as a hotel, conference or training centre or for other tourism or leisure purposes.

Duncan Brown, Commercial Partner with Greenslade Taylor Hunt, said: “This is a rare opportunity to buy a large county property suitable for a number of uses at a particularly competitive price.”

The sizable property, which requires modernisation, extends to 12,485 sq ft. There is also a large workshop to the south of the main house which is 1,110 sq ft.

The premises could also provide office accommodation. Any other use would require planning consent.

There are ambitious plans to revitalise the entire site. North Devon District Council is currently considering a planning application for 22 dwellings on the site. This plan will include nine conversions of existing buildings, four new build four bedroom family homes and nine properties for affordable housing.

The South Molton office of Greenslade Taylor Hunt is also marketing two detached bungalows on the site which both require updating. One is a two-bedroom property and the other has three bedrooms.

For details of the commercial opportunities presented by Blakerton House please contact the Commercial Division of Greenslade Taylor Hunt on 01823 334455.

For details of the bungalows contact the South Molton office on 01749 574500.

Artist's Impression

Unique development opportunity at a snip

July 2013

Detailed planning permission to create a substantial five-bedroom residence at a keen price is the attractive offer of this rural development opportunity that is on the market with Greenslade Taylor Hunt at a new guide price of £350,000.

Crossways Farm, at Moorland, near Bridgwater, is just two-and-a-half miles from junction 24 of the M5, yet is set in a secluded position, enjoying south facing rural views.

Graham Ford, of Greenslade Taylor Hunt, said: “Crossways Farm offers a unique development opportunity for developers or private individuals seeking to construct a family home in a rural though convenient location. The substantial stone barns are suitable for a variety of purposes which together with adjoining orchard and paddocks will create a very desirable country residence.”

Previously the property was being offered at a guide of £390,000, but the price has been shaved to an inviting level.

The site is “shovel ready” and benefits from detailed planning permission to demolish the existing farmhouse and create an imposing 3,200 sq ft home.

In total the plot extends to 10.69 acres and includes two versatile paddocks, both served by mains water which would lend themselves to equestrian pursuits.

There is a range of recently refurbished barns that could provide ancillary accommodation or holiday lets – the latter subject to the necessary consents.

For more information or to arrange a viewing contact Greenslade Taylor Hunt on 01823 334466.

West Lodge

Unique period property with plenty to appeal

July 2013

An attractive period property with much to commend it is on the market with Greenslade Taylor Hunt at a guide price of £350,000.

The delightful property has been sympathetically converted from a pigeon house to provide a charming home with plenty of character.

Paul Chivers, residential manager at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s Dorchester office, comments: ‘The present vendors have truly enjoyed their time in West Lodge and it is with a heavy heart they now have to move into Dorchester for their continued retirement.’

The distinctive property is topped by a weathervane.

West Lodge, Southover, Frampton, Dorchester, is Grade II listed and dates from the 18th Century.  It stands in a semi-rural position and enjoys rural views back towards the village of Frampton.

The property is handily placed just six miles from the county town of Dorchester and 15 miles from Crewkerne.

The lodge is likely to appeal to buyers looking for a permanent home in this unspoilt part of West Dorset or those seeking a peaceful weekend bolt hole.

The accommodation includes three bedrooms, three reception rooms, fitted kitchen, utility room and shower room.

Set in a pretty walled garden the property also has a driveway, garage and useful workshop.

To arrange a viewing contact Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s Dorchester office on 01305 268786.

Sellicks Green

Chance to register at popular development

July 2013

The chance to live in a beautiful location at the foot of the Blackdown Hills presents itself with Greenslade Taylor Hunt.

All the homes in the first phase at Sellicks Green, Blagdon Hill, have been snapped up in a matter of weeks and now the opportunity arises for house hunters looking for large family homes to register their interest at this sought after scheme.

The second phase of the building programme will begin shortly and will comprise impressive four bedroom properties. When complete the entire development will comprise just 15 homes.

Each property will be finished to exacting standards and specifications backed by the reassurance of a 10-year NHBC guarantee.

All of the homes feature the modern “must haves” of stylish contemporary kitchens and relaxing bathrooms along with well planned family accommodation.

The design of the properties is complemented by the fine rural setting at the foot of the Blackdown Hills just a short drive from Taunton.

For further details and to arrange a viewing contact Greenslade Taylor Hunt on 01823 277121.

Picture caption: One of the homes in the first phase of Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s favoured development at Sellicks Green, Blagdon Hill, near Taunton.

The Old Station, Chard

A helping hand on to the property ladder

June 2013

Greenslade Taylor Hunt have teamed up with Raglan Housing Association to offer a range of two and three bedroom shared equity homes for people who have a connection with the town of Chard.

The scheme at The Old Station, Great Western Road, Chard, comprises 14 homes and is aimed at enabling people living or working in Chard to own a 50% share in one of these delightful properties.

The development is available via the Shared Ownership scheme and is open to any purchaser who can prove a strong local connection to Chard and that they could not purchase a home without the help of this scheme.

Built by Yeovil-based Brookvale Homes the attractive scheme includes 10 three bedroom and four two bedroom homes.

Each property includes a contemporary style kitchen with integrated oven and hob and modern bathroom with appealing white suite and tiling. All the homes benefit from fitted carpets and vinyl flooring throughout. Allocated parking is also included.

In addition they all come with a 10-year warranty.

To arrange a viewing of the showhome contact Greenslade Taylor Hunt on 01460 238382

Prices start from £65,000 for a 50% share

Site for Holiday Lodges

Site offers detailed planning consent for unique holiday lodges

May 2013

A “shovel ready” development opportunity presents itself at Masbury, near Wells.

The attractive rural setting with views across surrounding countryside is sure to prove a draw for tourists looking for a tranquil base to explore the nearby delights of Wells.

The cleared level site at The Old Camp Ground, Thrupe Lane, has outline permission for three holiday dwellings that should provide strong financial returns.

It is on the market with Greenslade Taylor Hunt at a guide price of £200,000.

Graham Ford, Partner with Greenslade Taylor Hunt, said: “The plots offer a superb opportunity to construct three holiday lodges.”

The land has established boundaries including conifer planting and extends to 0.4 of an acre.

For further details and to arrange a viewing contact Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s Land and Planning Division on 01823 334466 or the Wells office on 01749 605605.

Carol & Ian Johnston move into Chapel Fields

Parents search for home for son turns into a new way of life for Mum and Dad

April 2013

A trip to find a suitable property for their son took an unexpected turn when a couple found the perfect home for themselves.

Ian and Carol Johnston, from the North East of England, were helping their son Edward, who serves with the Royal Navy at Yeovilton, with his property search when they found the ideal home for themselves at Chapel Fields, South Petherton. 

They were so impressed with the development that they made the life changing decision to take early retirement and move South.

“When we came here we liked the property and it ticked all the boxes,” said Mr Johnston.

It had been a spur of the moment decision to view the development and the Johnstons were delighted with what they found.

“It met our requirements,” said Mr Johnston, who has retained his business interests in the North East.

The move went seamlessly and they have immediately felt at home.

They are close to their son and nearer to their daughter, Laura, who works as a fashion designer in London.

The exclusive development by award winning Dorset firm Wyatt Homes offers a high specification design and attention to detail.

There is a mix of traditional country cottages and Georgian style houses set just off the town centre with open countryside around the development.

Phase 1 is now complete and a selection of three, four and five bedroom homes is available to view.

For details of the development and to arrange a viewing contact the agents Greenslade Taylor Hunt on 01935 415300 or 01460 57222 or the sales centre on 01460 242899. Prices start from £335,000.

(Pictured from left) Kathy Cobb, New Homes Coordinator with Greenslade Taylor Hunt presents Carol and Ian Johnston with some flowers and bubbly to welcome them into their new home at Chapel Fields, South Petherton. Dave Vater, site manager with Wyatt Homes is also pictured.

February Property News

February Property News

February 2013

Our latest market update containing some tips for anyone looking to bring their property to the market shortly, as well as some interesting national and international news. 2013 has certainly got off to a busy start although the lack of fresh property coming to the market is causing something of an in-balance. Hopefully the sun shine that is appearing at present will continue and we will experience the sort of spring weather that we had in March 2012 – equally, hopefully that will not be the last of the fine weather as was the case last year.

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Exterior

Delightful conversion of period property

January 2013

A fine apartment steeped in history is on the market with Greenslade Taylor Hunt.

The stunning first floor home is part of an attractive conversion at the former Dorchester Hospital. The original building was designed by leading architect Benjamin Ferrey. He was one of the earliest members of the Royal Institute of British Architects. He was also a Gold Medallist of the society in recognition of his lifetime’s contribution to architecture.

Construction of the imposing building began in 1839. The period property, which extends over three floors, features stone mullion windows.

The attractive apartment is one of 18 in this splendid conversion. Situated to the rear of the building number 11 enjoys a quiet location and well-proportioned accommodation.

Paul Chivers, Residential Manager at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s Dorchester office, said: “This is a rare opportunity to purchase a quality character apartment which does not have an age restriction this close to Dorchester town centre.”

Its high ceilings are a particularly appealing feature of the property. The reception room incorporates a 15'6" vaulted ceiling. This reception room has no other accommodation either above or below and subject to any necessary consents could incorporate a mezzanine floor.

The quality fittings include Bosch appliances and there is gas fired central heating and double glazing.

The one bedroom apartment includes an allocated parking space in the front cobbled courtyard.

Situated in Somerleigh Road, which is a private no through road, the town centre is within easy walking distance.

To arrange a viewing of this superior home which is on the market at £223,000 contact the Dorchester office of Greenslade Taylor Hunt on 01305 268786.

An attractive and versatile Residential Smallholding within East Devon

An attractive and versatile Residential Smallholding within East Devon

October 2012

Plyfields at Sidbury near Sidmouth occupies a magnificent position overlooking the picturesque Sid Valley and within an extremely sought after part of East Devon.

Greenslade Taylor Hunt are delighted to be marketing this outstanding residential smallholding, which is centred upon a detached 3 bed bungalow.  The property is further complemented by a range of outbuildings and the adjoining land provides a useful buffer to the property comprising productive permanent pasture divided into convenient enclosures and affording a diverse habitat with a fascinating abundance of flora and fauna.   

In total Plyfields extends to about 51.09 acres and is offered for sale as a whole (or with less land as appropriate), with a guide price of £695,000.  For further details please contact Will Handel at Greenslade Taylor Hunt Honiton Office on 01404 46222.

Martyn Venner

‘Over Priced’ property puts off 6 in 10 home hunters – but help is at hand

October 2012

A RECENT report by Rightmove reveals that a staggering 62% of home hunters state they will not view a property they consider to be over priced, even if the property

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An attractive smallholding with holiday let potential in a superb setting

An attractive smallholding with holiday let potential in a superb setting

August 2012

Cuckford Farm at Stockland near Honiton occupies a magnificent position surrounded by its own land within the highly regarded Yarty Valley.  The property overlooks its own land in an extremely sought after part of East Devon and within easy reach of the south coast. 

 

Greenslade Taylor Hunt are delighted to be marketing this outstanding residential holding, which is centred upon a Grade II Listed detached former farmhouse, believed to be a 19th century remodelling of an older farmhouse.  The house is an excellent family home providing extremely well appointed accommodation with three reception rooms and four bedrooms and is set within delightful gardens. 

 

The property is complemented by a range of outbuildings to include a large natural stone barn with full planning consent to provide two units of holiday accommodation in addition to further buildings which currently provide stabling. The adjoining land provides a useful buffer to the property comprising productive permanent pasture with frontage onto the River Yarty and is considered well suited to a variety of agricultural, equestrian or other amenity uses.

 

The house is superbly positioned within its own land, comprising traditional pasture divided into convenient enclosures affording a diverse habitat with a fascinating abundance of flora and fauna.  In total Cuckford Farm extends to about 9.25 acres and is offered for sale as a whole, with a guide price of £875,000.  For further details please contact Will Handel at Greenslade Taylor Hunt Honiton Office on 01404 46222.

Chapel Fields

Perfect Place for Family Living

August 2012

Families hoping to give their children a great start in life should have Chapel Fields at South Petherton high on their wish list.

The town was recently voted the second best place in England to raise a family.

Researchers took 60 key indicators including low crime rates and access to good schools to come up with their data. Only Winkleigh in Devon pipped South Petherton to top spot.

Now more families could be sampling the delights of this sought after address with the launch of an exclusive development of fine properties at Chapel Fields on the edge of this much in demand town.

The quality homes by award-winning Dorset-based building firm Wyatt Homes include a mix of three, four and five bedroom properties.

Wyatt Homes have built a number of luxury developments in the exclusive Sandbanks area of Poole. The firm is known for its attention to detail and fine build quality. This is its first venture in Somerset.

The Chapel Fields’ show home is opening at the beginning of September and will give potential purchasers the chance to appreciate the fine marriage of a traditional build with contemporary internal fittings.

The spacious four bedroom show home includes a stunning open plan kitchen/dining room/sunroom. It also includes a study, utility and generously sized living room with feature fireplace.

Light refreshments will be available to coincide with the launch of the show home on Saturday, September 1st, and Sunday, September 2nd from 10am-5pm.

To confirm your attendance please call the sales office on 01460 242 899.

The development is being marketed by Greenslade Taylor Hunt. Prices start from £335,000.

Greenslade Taylor Hunt can be contacted on 01935 415300 or 01460 57222.

Michael Dukes

GTH Bucks the Trend

August 2012

Although market conditions within the residential sector remain relatively tough, the firms half year results are encouraging with both a forward pipe line and exchange sales to date being on target at some 10% ahead of 2011 – this despite the Land Registry figures for the South West as a whole indicating that sales are relatively flat and in line with last year. 

 

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Buy For Need Not For Greed

Buy For Need Not For Greed

May 2012

The diaries are busy, sold board stocks need to be replenished, and the Daffodils are only just poking their noses out!  What is going on?

 

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Ann Cragg & Martyn Venner

Comprehensive knowledge of the property market

May 2012

Experienced estate agent, Ann Cragg, has joined the team at the Bridgwater office of Greenslade Taylor Hunt following the retirement of long-serving residential manager, John Griffin.

Ann Cragg, who joins the team at Bridgwater, brings a wealth of experience to the office. She has spent the past 15 years in the residential sector with Palmer Snell.

She will be focussing on town properties, while Martyn Venner, who runs the Bridgwater office, will concentrate on rural, village and agricultural properties.

The mix ensures the firm has a comprehensive and in-depth knowledge of the local property market.

Ann said the local market was buoyant with buyers and sellers in evidence.

She said: “In the first 10 days of May I have been instructed on 13 new properties, which is very encouraging!”

“There’s more activity than in the past two years. Sellers & Buyers’ confidence in the market is definitely coming back.”

“We are really enthusiastic. We are confident that you will get the buyers provided prices are realistic.”

John Griffin spent 37 years with the firm in Bridgwater, initially with R.B. Taylor before it became part of the Greenslade Taylor Hunt network.

His knowledge of the local market was built up over many years. It was not uncommon to sell homes to the children and even grandchildren of clients he had dealt with previously.

Indeed, he sold a house to Colin Venner, former partner at Greenslade Taylor Hunt, and father of Martyn Venner, who now runs the Bridgwater branch.

John explained why he had stayed with the same firm in the same office throughout his estate agency career: “I liked the continuity. It was like a big family.

“I like people. I liked dealing with people face to face. It was about the professional and the personal touch.”

A fellow of the National Association of Estate Agents retirement will allow him to devote more time to his many passions. He has a sailing boat on the South Coast. He also owns 12 vintage motorcycles – he rebuilt a 1931 BSA three-wheeler that he bought as a heap of parts. He is also a keen shot and is part of a shooting syndicate. He keeps three gun dogs that also keep him active.

For a free market appraisal of your home contact Greenslade Taylor Hunt on 01278 425555 or pop into the office at 31-33 High Street, Bridgwater.

Superb Grade II Listed Georgian Country Residence

Superb Grade II Listed Georgian Country Residence

February 2012

New to the market with Greenslade Taylor Hunt South Molton Office

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South Molton Success

South Molton Success

February 2012

12  months on ...

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Residence

New on the market in South Molton....

February 2012

Grade II Listed Georgian Town House with delightful gardens

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Wells Office

Wells Office Now Open!

February 2012

Partner, Simon Havens, takes the helm at our new High Street office in Wells.

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Martyn Venner

New Face for Bridgwater

February 2012

Martyn Venner moves to head up the GTH Bridgwater office and plans to expand not only the residential arm but rural business as well.

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Michael Dukes, Partner

A Friend in Need

July 2011

Michael Dukes of Greenslade Taylor Hunt looks at just who your friends are when it comes to selling property.

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Michael Dukes, Partner

A Balanced Outlook

May 2011

Having been in property sales for some 35 years, present market conditions take me back to the days of the late 1970's and early 1980's where neither buyer nor seller were in ascendancy. For most such memories of a balanced market are very dim indeed, if ever experienced, as, for the last 20 years we have either seen strong or roaring inflation or a burst bubble both in the early 1990's and from 2007 onwards.

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South Molton, North Devon

Springwatch

May 2011

Now that spring is in full swing Richard Webber of Greenslade Taylor Hunt in South Molton comments on how the property market is responding to the warmer weather.

Here at Greenslade Taylor Hunt we have been busy with Springwatch. This isn't the BBC wildlife programme. Instead we have been actively watching for those signs that the spring property market has burst into life.

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South Molton, North Devon

Greenslade Taylor Hunt expand further into North Devon

May 2011

Chartered Surveyors, Greenslade Taylor Hunt, whose head office is in the county town of Taunton reports the opening of an additional office to their network in South Molton, North Devon.

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Richard Webber

Future is bright for resurgent South Molton

May 2011

South Molton's resurgent economy will ensure a bright future for the market town as far as the residential and commercial property markets are concerned.

That's the judgement of Richard Webber, partner with Greenslade Taylor Hunt, based in the firm's new South Molton office.

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