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Property Auction Results, Chester June 2019

We are delighted to announce a 100% success rate at our latest property auction held at Rowton Hall in Chester on 11th June 2019. Here are the results:

6.89 Acres Pastureland, Tarvin Road, Stamford Bridge, CH3 7HN
GP: £45,000 – £55,000 – SOLD £70,000

4.139 Acres Equestrian Land , Whitegate Paddocks, Lower Mountain Road, Penyffordd, Chester, CH4 0EU
GP: £55,000 – £75,000 – SOLD £77,500

Brook Farm, Chorlton, Malpas, SY14 7ER
Lot 1 – Brook Farmhouse subject to tenancy
Guide Price – £100,000 – £130,000 – SOLD £130,000

Lot 2 – Traditional barn and pasture paddock extending to 4.5 acres.
Guide Price £50,000 – £70,000 – SOLD £95,000

Lot 3 – 1.56 acre pasture paddock
Guide Price – £15,000 – £20,000 – SOLD £37,000

Accepting an offer on your property – 5 important considerations

A crucial stage of selling your property is accepting an offer. You may be in the fortunate position of having several offers on the table, in which case, there are several important things you will need to consider before accepting it.

  1. Financial viability

Does the prospective purchaser have the funds in place to purchase the property? If they are getting a mortgage, any good Estate Agent will ask to see proof that this is agreed in principle. Do they have a property to sell in order to purchase? And if they are a cash buyer, you should get confirmation via their solicitors that these funds are readily available.

  1. Timescales for moving

You will want to be sure that the prospective purchaser’s timescale is in line with your own. If they have a property to sell and they are reliant on this sale in order to buy your property, you will want to know whether they too have an offer on the table and how long the chain is. This is so that you can determine how long you may be waiting before an exchange can happen.

If they do have a property sell, but don’t currently have an offer, you may want to consider keeping the property on the market until such time.

  1. How quick do you want to move?

It is important to consider your own position when weighing up offers from prospective buyers.  If you are in a rush to sell, accepting the first offer may well be the best option, but if time is not of the essence, you could hold out for an offer that’s closer to the asking price.

  1. Time on the market

How long your property has been on the market is another important consideration.  If you have only just put your property on the market and you get an offer that isn’t the asking price, you may want to hold out a little longer.  The first few weeks of your property being on the market are when you are likely to see most activity, so it’s worth waiting this time to gauge the level of interest.

Your Estate Agent should always offer advice on whether or not you should pursue an offer because, at the end of the day, they’re the ones with the best knowledge of the local market and can anticipate the level of interest your property is likely to attract.

  1. Level of commitment

Buying a home is an emotional purchase, and if you have several offers on the table, it’s worth taking the time to meet all interested parties to gauge, not only their financial position and timescale, but also their level of commitment and how much they love (and really want) your home.  In our experience, those who are really committed are the ones who will jump through hoops to finally be the keyholders.

 

At the end of the day, the price you are willing to accept will depend on market conditions, quality of the buyer, and how quickly you need to sell. If you feel that the offer is right and their emotional and financial commitment is there, accept the offer and get the wheels in motion with your solicitor.

It is imperative that your estate agent offers clear advice for every offer you receive on your property. At Wright Marshall, we don’t just pass offers on from prospective buyers, we strategically guide our clients through every stage of the negotiation process so that you can make the decision that’s right for you.

If your property has been on the market for a while and has still not received any offers, why not contact us for a free valuation? We proactively market properties in order to achieve the best price in the shortest possible time.

Property Auction Results – 21 May 2019

We had a great turn out at our Property Auction last night at the Swan Hotel in Tarporley.
Below are the results that were achieved:

12 Parson Street, Congleton, CW12 4ED

GUIDE PRICE £50,000 – £75,000 +
SOLD £72,000

39 Plovers Lane, Helsby, WA6 0QA

GUIDE PRICE £75,000 – £125,000 +
SOLD £140,000

New House, Chorlton Lane, Chorlton, Malpas, SY14 7ES

GUIDE PRICE £150,000 – £200,000 +
SOLD £235,000

Keepers Cottage, Townsfield Lane, Mollington, CH1 6LB

GUIDE PRICE £300,000 – £350,000 +
SOLD £300,000

Birches Farm, Manley Road, Alvanley, WA6 9DD

GUIDE PRICE £500,000 – £600,000 +
FAILED TO MEET RESERVE
Now for sale £580,000

Highfield Farm, Aston Juxta Mondrum, CW5 6DU

GUIDE PRICE £350,000 – £450,000 +
NOT OFFERED DUE TO LEGAL DELAY
Now for sale P.O.A

Our next property auction is on 2nd July. Please contact us if you would like to have your property listed.

Properties in Cheshire within walking distance of schools

This week marks Walk to School week; the chance to get a few more cars off the roads for 5-days and make the difference for the future health of kids around the UK.

To mark the occasion, we’ve got a selection of properties around Cheshire that are all within walking distance of schools.  So, if you’re sick of sitting in traffic every morning doing the school run, these properties could well be the perfect solution to a morning stroll to the school gates.

 

Arderne House, 29 Walkers Lane, Tarporley  – £599,000

https://wrightmarshall.co.uk/estate-agents/property-search/property-details/?id=100900034224

Superbly located within walking distance of Tarporley High Street and the outstanding rated Tarporley High School, Arderne House is a terrific, comprehensively refurbished five bedroom, two bathroom detached house with three reception rooms and excellent kitchen diner.

Tarporley High School is just a 5-minute walk. Better still, you’re just a stone’s throw from Tarporley’s diverse selection of fashion boutiques, cafes, restaurants and public houses.

The property is an ideal family home, boasting 2500 sq. ft. in total, with a detached double garage, extensive off-road parking and generous-sized landscaped garden.

6 Weaverside, Nantwich – £395,000

https://wrightmarshall.co.uk/estate-agents/property-search/property-details/?id=100900035384

Weaverside is an exceptional Four Bedroom Two Bathroom family home within walking distance of Brine Leas Secondary School.  The property has been substantially extended and modified and the current owners present it beautifully. This is a much sought after cul de sac development that’s just a 15-minute walk to Nantwich town centre.

The property offers an integral Garage, landscaped gardens with Indian Stone Patio and ample off road parking.

 

Wrens Close, Stapeley, Nantwich – £265,000

https://wrightmarshall.co.uk/estate-agents/property-search/property-details/?id=100900034774

Recently reduced and with no onward chain, Wrens Close is an excellent well presented & conveniently located 4 bed, 2 bath detached family home offering exceptionally spacious family accommodation throughout. And all within walking distance of Brine Leas Academy & Nantwich town centre.

The patio area to rear leads to an artificial lawned garden for low and raised decking area.  The property benefits from a light conservatory which currently serves as a second reception room.

 

Lumb Brook Road, Appleton – £475,000

 

https://wrightmarshall.co.uk/estate-agents/property-search/property-details/?id=100900035193

This is a charming barn conversion in the heart of Appleton village offering deceptively spacious four bedroom accommodation with double garage and south facing rear garden.

Appleton Thorn Primary school is a 25 minute walk, but then that’s your daily exercise done for the day!

The kitchen, with its underfloor heating, is fitted with granite work surfaces and high quality integrated appliances to include Liebherr Fridge and Freezer, Miele microwave, Miele dishwasher, Rangemaster dual fueld cooker and Belfast sink with Quooker boiling water tap and filtered water tap. The lounge has been extended with French doors to the easy maintenance south facing rear garden and opens into a dining room to the front.

 

To view any of these properties within walking distance of Cheshire schools, contact your local Wright Marshall branch.

 

 

Our top properties to put a ‘Spring’ in your step

With Easter firmly behind us, but two bank holidays looming ahead it can only mean one thing – Spring is definitely here.  The weather might not always show it, but the properties that are coming on the market are certainly reflecting this busy time of year for property buyers in Cheshire.

Here’s just a small selection of some of the properties that are sure to put a spring in your step if you’re house-hunting.

Hough House, Cheshire

 

It’s not often you get two for the price of one. But these two recently constructed and renovated detached country houses offer a combined total floor area of approx. 4409 sq ft, together with a new triple garage block traditional outbuilding and land extending to nearly 10 acres.

The two properties offer completely independent living, and are ideal if you need a granny or in-law annexe within close proximity.

With 9.671 acres of gardens, grounds & paddocks, this property would be an absolute dream for equestrian lovers.

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Well Meadow, Common Lane, Kelsall

 

Approached by a long sweeping driveway, Well Meadow is a superbly crafted barn conversion offering four generously proportioned bedrooms.

There are so many features we love about this property, such as its beautiful entrance hall with bespoke oak staircase, magnificent open plan kitchen, and upon viewing, you can’t help but notice its remarkable views across Kelsall and the Cheshire countryside.

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Stretton Lower Hall, Malpas

 

One of Cheshire’s finest properties and steeped in history too. Stretton Lower Hall is a Grade II listed building which dates as far back as Charles II.

Rich in period features, the property provides excellent family accommodation on three floors and has an adjoining 3 bedroomed cottage with independent access plus a residential barn conversion with a one bedroom open plan apartment.

The Hall’s gardens too are a talking point on viewings, with a 2 acre paddock, an orchard which extend to 2.82 acres.

At £1,600,000, this property is certainly worth an early viewing.

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Bluebell Cottage, Delamere

 

As far as location goes, this property is difficult to better. Approached via a stunningly beautiful tree lined driveway, the location belies an exceptional convenience close to road, rail and airline links to key commercial centres.

The property’s external appearance somewhat disguises the hugely impressive proportions and layout that is found inside. The current owners have maintained the property in a fantastic condition, having recently replaced the main family bathroom, en suite to the master bedroom and fitted a new kitchen designed and installed by Messrs Panarama Kitchens of Liverpool.

The gardens are just as much a delight, especially at this time of year, boasting vibrant colour, maturity, beauty and privacy.

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Swanley Lane, Nantwich

 

Be prepared to be WOWED by these two brand new spectacular 5 bedroom detached houses offering 3,200 sq. ft. of high specification throughout. They’re estimated to be completed by September 2019, but hurry, interest is high, and the Developer is offering early bird incentives for those who are in a good position to move.

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To view any of these properties, contact your local branch 

4 Reasons why London Homebuyers want to move to Cheshire

Cheshire is the home to open landscapes and rich heritage. The county boasts some of the quaintest towns and villages in the country. And with major cities a mere stone’s throw away, it’s no wonder more and more London homebuyers are eyeing up the move up north. The delights of Cheshire haven’t gone unnoticed. In fact, regular polls in national titles prove it’s one of the most desirable places to live in the country.

And we agree. So we’ve pulled together the top four reasons why London home-hunters choose to buy a home in Cheshire:

  1. The Northern Powerhouse Strategy

 The Northern Powerhouse strategy has big plans for the North of England and Wales. It has ambitions to make Manchester the next big city in the UK. They are doing this by connecting northern cities, towns and rural areas, creating a powerhouse for the local economy. As part of the plan, Cheshire homeowners now enjoy increased investment and a more fruitful style of governance.

They benefit from improved transport links, enhanced business support and trade opportunities. Also, an improvement in education level also forms a major part of the plan.

  1. Work or Play: Visit Media City

 Living in Cheshire, you’re never too far away from world-renowned brands like ITV, BBC, and Kellog’s. They all live in the hub of Media City, near Manchester. On the grassy banks of the Manchester ship canal, you’ll find career opportunities and entertaining events. And there’s a great range of shops and restaurants too, perfect for a fun-fuelled day out with the family!

  1. Access to Liverpool, Manchester & Chester

 There are short commuting distances to major cities like Manchester, Liverpool and Chester. If you want to buy a home in Cheshire, a notable benefit is how central you’ll be of all three.

Whether by car, train or bus, you’ll find getting around a seamless and picturesque chore. And even in the most rural areas, you can be in any of the three cities within the hour!

  1. Easily hop from your Cheshire hotspot to London

 Living in Cheshire allows you to enjoy an enchanting family lifestyle, without being too far away from London. With train journeys of less than 2 hours from Crewe, it’s a straightforward journey.

With Crewe Railway Station on your doorstep, you’re never too far away to board train journeys throughout the country.

 

Want to buy a home in Cheshire?

 Interested in moving to Cheshire? Find out more about areas perfectly suited to your budget and wish list by contacting one of our local Cheshire offices.

Property For Sale at Auction in Cheshire

If you are a property investor, or a private individual looking for a unique development opportunity, don’t miss our next property auction on 11thApril at the Swan Hotel in Tarporley at 7PM.  Our property auctions are always very popular and generate significant interest, and are ideal for investors and occupiers looking for renovation opportunities.

We have two fantastic properties going under the hammer next month. These include:

  1. 76 High Street, Tarporley

 

 

This two-storey freehold commercial premises comprises a retail shop unit in a prominent position on the popular Tarporley High Street. It has some scope for conversion for residential subject to the necessary planning consents.

The guide price is £125,000 – £175,000.

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  1. Sidebottom Farm, Cotebrook

 

A 4-bedroom detached farm house, along with several modern and arable farms divided into 3 distinct blocks and extending to 105.54 acres. The property offers the new owners potential for significant renovation or alteration or even demolition and replacement (subject to planning).

Sidebottom Farm has been owned by the Davies family since 1959 but farmed by them for many years prior to that date.

The village of Cotebrook is accessible for local amenities which include three pubs serving good food. (The Alvanley Arms, the Fox and Barrel and Fishpool) – all within a mile of the property. There is also a shop at the garage on the A49 ½ mile away. Tarporley village with a full range of shops, pubs, doctor’s surgery and a good primary and secondary school is only two miles away.

The guide price is £600,000 – £700,000

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Open viewing sessions are available to view both these properties. For details of times, please contact the Tarporley office on 01829 731300

 

Tarporley’s wine bar and café culture attracts property buyers

There’s a good reason why properties in Tarporley are so sought after. Not only does the village offer a bustling, chic high street that provides residents with a relaxed and unique local shopping experience, it also has a thriving café and wine bar culture. With an outstanding array of cafes and bars, there’s something to suit all tastes and pockets. Here’s just some of our favourite cafes and wine bars that we believe are keeping Tarporley firmly at the top of Cheshire’s property buyers list.

Piste Wine Bar

Opening its doors to Tarporley’s bustling High Street in 2010, Piste is a family wine bar and restaurant headed up by James Hughes with Head Chef, Thiago Fernandes leading the kitchen. It’s relaxed atmosphere and excellent food makes this restaurant a popular choice for Tarporley residents.

Little Tap

This quirky little wine bar on Tarporley High Street boasts a great selection of craft beers, as well as gins and wine. It’s become a great local hub for Tarporley residents to chill and socialise whilst enjoying great food and drink.

32 By the Hollies

Cheshire’s infamous Hollies farm shop, which has outlets in Stretton, Little Budworth and Cuddington is now firmly established on Tarporley’s High Street.  Primarily a café/restaurant, it also offers 5 boutique-style bedrooms located within a Grade ll-listed building that formerly served as a bank.  As you’d expect, given the farm shop connection, there’s plenty of seasonal and local produce on the menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as a delicious roast on Sundays.

Latte Da

Latte Da is a small family run coffee shop and tea room, serving breakfast and lunch. It’s become a popular hangout for Tarporley Mums and tots, but it’s not surprising given their delicious array of homemade cakes.

Ginger & Pickles

Whether you’re looking for a hearty English breakfast or a celebratory afternoon tea, Ginger & Pickles offers a welcoming atmosphere for Tarporley residents. With an array of loose leaf teas and delicious homemade cakes, you can’t go really go wrong with a visit to this friendly Tarporley café.

The Coast, Tarporley

Inspired by the Italy’s Amalfi coast and hearty Mediterranean cuisine, The Coast offers the finest Mediterranean dishes; from aromatic ravioli and risotto dishes, to a succulent Sunday Roast.  Whilst this is not a wine bar per se, it’s position in the heart of Tarporley’s chic High Street makes it certainly worth a mention.

The Swan

The Swan has been welcoming guests through its doors for over 400 years, and was once a convenient resting place for those travelling the 200 miles from London to Chester. Today, it’s a welcoming bar, restaurant and 16-room hotel for visitors and residents alike.  It’s also winner of the Best Kept Village Award. Our regular Property Auctions are always held at The Swan and attendees can always stay for lunch or a drink to celebrate their auction bargains.

 

If you are considering moving to Tarporley, pay a visit to any of the above-mentioned cafes and wine bars and don’t forget to pop into our busy high street office where we can show you what properties are available that suit your budget and requirements.

 

The legislative changes every landlord needs to know in 2019

2019 will see several critical changes for landlords with regards to new letting legislation coming into force. This article highlights three key legislation changes that, as a landlord, you need to know about and how best to prepare for them.

  1. Client Money Protection

From April 2019, all letting agents must register with an approved Client Money Protection Scheme (CMPS).

Membership of a CMPS protects the money of landlords and tenants against theft or misappropriation by the owners of a letting agent whilst it is in their custody. This could include monies such as tenants’ deposits and landlords’ rental payments, or funds held for repairs and maintenance to a property.

Many reputable letting agents, such as Wright Marshall, are already a member of such schemes, but in April 2019, they become compulsory and there is a fine of £30,000 for non-compliance.

Landlords should check whether their letting agent is a member of ARLA – the UK’s largest professional body for letting agents, as this will mean they already have a client money protection scheme in place.

  1. Longer Tenancy Agreements

The government want to incentivise landlords to offer longer-term tenancies for a minimum of 3-years.  Rents can still increase during a tenancy, and break clauses can be put in place, but the consultation is part of the Government’s plans to increase security for tenants, whilst also allowing landlords to regain their properties when they wish to sell or their circumstances change.

Exemptions to the rules could apply to some types of tenant – for instance those in student accommodation.

Whilst longer tenancy agreements give landlords security of income for longer periods, it may also impact their ability to evict bad tenants. This means that when choosing a letting agent, it is vital that you ensure they are carrying out thorough and vigilant checks on all tenants to ensure they are reliable and will look after your property during longer tenancy agreements.

  1. Ban on tenant fees

Landlords and letting agents in England are set to be banned from charging tenants letting fees from 1 June 2019. Where tenants can sometimes be charged admin fees such as renewal fees, referencing checking and credit check fees, the new Bill will prohibit landlords and letting agents from charging tenants for anything other than:

•  An administration fee when the tenant requests a change or early termination of a tenancy

•  Utilities, communication services and Council Tax bills

•  Payments arising from a default by the tenant, e.g. replacing a lost key

•  Capping holding deposits at one week’s rent

•  Capping tenancy deposits at 6 weeks’ rent

The Tenant Fee ban is obviously great news for tenants, but for landlords it could be a very different story.

Landlords should pay attention to the tenancy agreements drafted by their letting agent to ensure they do not contain unenforceable clauses.

Wright Marshall is committed to continuing to provide an excellent letting service to our landlords and are working towards mitigating proposed losses in preparation for the tenant fee ban.

If you need further advice, our lettings team can offer you professional advice on how best to comply with the new legislation coming into force this year and will ensure your rented properties are working within the new rules.