Gloucs and Wilts, Ulster and Doncaster

Each month we visit three agents across the country to discover what is happening in their local market. This month we meet members of The Guild of Property Professionals in Gloucs and Wilts, Cookstown, Ulster and Doncaster, South Yorkshire


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Georgia Burrows, Senior Lettings Manager

With our distinctive branding and market reputation HF Lettings has built a successful and award-winning business over the last 16 years. With offices in Corsham, Wiltshire and Tetbury, Gloucestershire, our portfolio comprises historic manor houses set in quintessential English villages and towns to modern family homes and city apartments and everything in between!

Landlords and tenants are our first consideration, and our specialist team is devoted to meeting their needs.

Quintessential Cotswolds

Our Corsham office covers not only the town itself but several villages and towns around and beyond including Chippenham and Bath. Our Tetbury office also covers surrounding villages and towns including quintessential Cotswold villages and larger market towns. We captivate a variety of Landlords and Tenants by being in the heart of the Cotswolds and on the edge of The Five Valleys. We have many Landlords on large estates with homes within their communities, giving tenants looking for the countryside living, a real feel to what it’s like to live in The Cotswolds.

Whilst we are experiencing reduced stock, compared to a couple of years ago, we are still attracting quality tenants and our properties are renting on average within one to two weeks. We are especially mindful of the current economic climate and are working with landlords to ensure that their properties are achieving fair market rents whilst also appreciating that their costs are also rising. Currently we are looking at between a 6% and 10% increase on yearly rents which is proving manageable for both tenants and landlords.

We are often asked should I sell? Our answer is always to keep the investment if it is possible to do so. The long-term gain is often worth the short-term pain! There will always be a need for quality rental properties and with our proximity to Bath, Bristol and the M4 and M5 Corridor, we do not see this need diminishing. We are also experiencing an increase in the number of individuals looking to relocate from city living. With a fast train link from Chippenham and Kemble to London Paddington it is becoming increasingly attractive to those professionals who have embraced the WFH revolution.

Featured property: 2 Box Cottage, Sutton Benger – £1,850pcm

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STATS: Mid Ulster average house price is around: £167,500, an increase of approx. 5% this year Last quarter price increase of: approx. 1.8%, even with a slow market Average time on sale: 40 days

David Best, Partner

The property market in Cookstown and Mid Ulster area remains challenging although steady. The first-time buyer market has slowed considerably, and I feel this bracket has been the most affected by the substantial mortgage rises over the last six months. Buyers are saving for larger deposits, which are required by most lenders, though the larger monthly payments are pricing a lot of these buyers out of the market for now. It’s a difficult time as we see buyers asking for advice and wanting to buy which is positive. When the rates steady, we hope they will be back to us to find their first home. In our area the second and even third time home buyers are buying and selling which is keeping the market moving, which is great news for us. Yes, they are affected as well with the larger mortgage repayments, but with many having good equity in their previous property they generally are very motivated buyers.

Here at Stanley Best Estate Agents, we specialise in all things property from residential and commercial sales to residential and commercial lettings. During the last 10 years we have concentrated on the New Builds, working closely with developers – from initial planning ideas to the final construction of their properties. We have been fortunate to retain a large market share of New Build in our area in recent times, which is a massive help for our small family business. In good and difficult times New Build properties will always sell.

60 years of experience

Stanley, after working for an auctioneering and estate agent company for 16 years, opened his office back in May 1980, and has now been trading for over 43 years and is the longest serving estate agent in our area. I, David, Stanley’s son, joined the firm back in 2008 after finishing High School in Cookstown and became a Partner back in 2014 – now jointly totalling almost 60 years of experience in the property business in Mid Ulster. When it comes to buying and selling your property, we find the experience and results speak for themselves. We always go above and beyond for our clients, after all your home is the biggest asset you will ever own.

Featured property: 66 Annaghone Road, Cookstown – £395,000

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STATS: Average sales price: £180,000 Average lettings price: £850pcm Average time on sale : 2 weeks

Victoria Brooks, Client Manager

The Doncaster property market has witnessed a steady increase in both demand and prices over the past few years. The average property prices in the area have experienced a healthy rise, making it an attractive location for first-time buyers, investors, and families seeking affordable housing options within commuting distance of major cities. The town offers a diverse range of properties, including Victorian terraced houses, modern apartments, and spacious family homes, catering to various budgets and preferences.

Factors Directly Affecting our Market:

Regeneration Projects: Doncaster has seen significant investment in regeneration initiatives, such as the ongoing transformation of the city centre and the development of key sites like the Waterdale and Civic Quarter. These projects have not only enhanced the local infrastructure but have also contributed to the growth of the property market, attracting both buyers and investors.

Transportation Links: Excellent transportation links play a crucial role in driving the demand for properties in Doncaster. The city benefits from its proximity to major road networks, including the A1(M) and M18, facilitating easy access to cities like Sheffield, Leeds, and Nottingham. Additionally, Doncaster Railway Station offers direct train services to London, making it an appealing location for commuters.

Educational Facilities: Doncaster boasts a range of reputable schools and colleges, making it an attractive choice for families.

The presence of quality educational institutions often influences property buyers’ decisions, leading to increased demand for homes within catchment areas.

As a leading, award-winning estate agency in Doncaster, we specialize in a wide range of property services, including residential sales, lettings, property management, and property valuations. Additionally, we cater for buy-to-let investors, who are looking for properties with attractive rental yields. We as an agency offer a bespoke service to cater to the diverse demands of buyers, sellers, tenants, and landlords. Supporting our clients throughout their property journey.

Featured property: Blossom Crescent, Balby – £1,100pcm

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