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A delightful detached By JULIA BENNETT PART exchange could be the way to get moving with this impressive detached home. Located in a prominent main road position in a much sought after location of Poulton, the four bedroomed property is brimming with character and blends spacious modern open plan accommodation with beautiful Edwardian style features. The large reception room, which features a stylish gas living flame fire with tiled back and hearth and coved ceiling, could be used as a sitting room or formal dining area while the lounge is a more intimate section of the house for the family to relax in. The stunning open plan dining kitchen, which was fitted by executive kitchen designer Robert Pallant, boasts a range of base and drawer units with solid granite work surfaces. The kitchen is fitted with a bowl sink unit with mixer tap, integrated DeDietrich electric double oven, five ring gas hob and

Now up to the first floor where there are four beautifully decorated bedrooms. The master bedroom is fitted with a range of wardrobes and drawers and en-suite facilities.

DETAILS Summary: Stunning four bedroomed detached property Address: Fleetwood Road, Poulton Price: ÂŁ360,000 Agent: Reeds Rains, Tithebarn Street, Poulton (01253) 899990 extractor hood over. It is also plumbed for a dishwasher. Chinese slate tiled flooring and a wine rack finish the room off perfectly. There is also a food room with fridge freezer, shelving, granite work surface and sink and a laundry room.

The family bathroom was fitted with a modern white suite comprising a low level wc, Roca wall mounted wash hand basin with chrome mixer tap and Jacuzzi style bath with shower attachment. A moisture sensitive extractor fan and chrome heated towel rail are also fitted in the room. Outside there is a large driveway which provides plenty of off-road parking and gives access to a single garage.

The snug is a beautiful unique part of the open plan dining kitchen and is great for all seasons with a feature wood burning stove, slate tiled floor and windows to the side and rear. Guests will be able to use the downstairs wc which is fitted with a pedestal wash hand basin.

A beautiful, sunny rear garden which has been landscaped to provide features including a patio, barbecue area, rockery, raised ornamental pond and water features. The property benefits from no onward chain and the vendors are open to the possibility of part exchange.

INSIDE residential agents 3-22 focus: Tiger Estates 26 focus: Entwistle Green 33 focus: Oystons 9 focus: McDonalds 28 new developments 34-35 lettings 31 property focus 23-33 focus: Perrymans 36

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Sales up ... it’s the best time to buy THERE couldn’t be a better time to buy, according to Oystons. “Sales in both January and February have exceeded expectations,” says Kevin Allitt, managing director and business partner of Oystons. “It has been a difficult time in the estate agency business, with many estate agents closing down and of course with homeowners facing difficulty in selling their properties. “This has been the first light at the end of the tunnel for over a year and as we reported earlier, we are seeing investors and first-time buyers back in force.” According to Kevin, if you are thinking of moving there might not be a better opportunity. “Whether you are moving to gain more space or a garden for the kids, whatever the reason, now is the time to buy. “Whether you are moving upmar-

ACT NOW: If you are downsizing don’t delay ... Kevin Allitt pictured with children’s playhouse and (inset) the Oystons office in Blackpool

ket or downsizing ,my advice is not to delay. “We have some really attractively priced properties for first time buyers and at the higher end of the market as well.” PROPERTY SHORTAGE “There is a shortage of properties coming on to the market,” continues Kevin. “We need properties in all areas of Blackpool, Cleveleys and Fleetwood for waiting buyers. “If you are thinking of selling please call without delay for your free valuation. “If you are downsizing don’t delay because you may miss out!” ● Oystons, 33 Clifton Street Blackpool (01253) 622225; 134a Victoria Road West Cleveleys (01253) 866000; 130 Lord Street Fleetwood (01253) 776777.


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TOP TEAM: Director Craig Webster (centre) with negotiators Robert Cox (left) and Iain Stewart at Tiger Estates and Management, Cookson Street, Blackpool STONES Properties and Progress Property Services have amalgamated to create super agency Tiger Estates & Management. Tiger Estates & Management is the brainchild of Steve Webster, Michael Stones and Craig Webster, and is located in the former Progress office at 48 Cookson Street, Blackpool. Tiger Estates & Management has been formed so that the brands of Progress and Stones can grow and become stronger in what is a very buoyant competitive market. Tiger is not just another property agent jumping on the lettings and management bandwagon. They know the industry and how to give landlords the best possible return from their investment with minimal hassle. The existing Stones and Progress staff have been retained, together with the introduction of new faces to make up an experienced property management team, with over 100 years’ combined property management experience. Nita Reed, manager, has 30 years of experience within the property industry, and has worked for some of the largest and most established property agents in the North West. Nita has been an instrumental part of Stones Properties and takes on the position in Tiger Estates & Management with huge

Put your trust in experienced team

professional respect and knowledge. Michael Stones and Steve Webster are the directors of Tiger Estates & Management, both of whom have vast experience in all aspects of the property industry. Craig Webster, the youth of the management team, has 10 years’ experience within the property industry despite his tender age. Currently training to become a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, Craig will help the company in the future to be a recognised RICS company. Craig’s experience allows for

competent no obligation rental valuations to be carried out, which means that the asking market rental valuations are achieved. Services that Tiger Estates & Management include; ● Full referencing for tenants. ● No let no fee. ● Residential and commercial lettings ● Property investment ● Property administration Tiger Estates & Management offer a full range of services. They can assist in simply finding a tenant, offering an administra-

NEW VENTURE: Tiger Estates and Management offices in Cookson Street, Blackpool

tion only service, where you find the tenant and they process their references and supply all the tenancy agreements and any court procedures that are required. They also offer a full management package. Tiger Estates & Management will be advertising through all major property portals to optimise the marketing of your property. Tiger currently enjoys close relationships with a number of major employers within the area, providing a strong corporate side to the company. Landlords benefit from the expe-

rience that the Tiger team have to offer through professional and friendly property advice that will endeavour to achieve the best returns. Tiger’s expansion plans include further offices with the first opening in Manchester in the next few months. To coincide with the launch of Tiger Estates & Management there is a special introductory offer to any new landlords. If you are interested then please contact Tiger Estates & Management on 01253 627111/ 296363.

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MCDONALD Property Rentals is the Fylde’s leading letting agency, an independent company you can trust who have managed property on the Fylde Coast since 1973. McDonalds Property Rentals specialise in letting residential properties and are proud of the professional service offered to both landlords and tenants The company have three prominent letting centres, at Blackpool, Cleveleys and McDonalds offer a full property manageFleetwood. ment service or let only service. The staff of 12 receive ongoing professional The charge for each is very competitive. training from the Association of Residential It’s worth getting more than one quote to Letting Agents, now part of the National compare services and fees, as many letting Federation of Property Professionals, who are agents charge a number additional fees, committed to raising the standards within the which can be much more expensive. letting and property management profession. It’s important that the property is offered Additionally, in-house training is given on at the correct market rental value. customer service. If the rental asked is too high, it will take McDonalds offer one of the largest selection too long to let, and rental income will be lost. of rental properties on the Fylde coast, with If the rental is too low, then a landlord will even more properites becoming available. also lose income. They also manage properties in Preston and A good letting and managing agency Lancaster. should, when offering a property to let, spend It’s very important for landlords to investitime, energy and money in promoting your gate a company before they instruct an agent. property by taking prominent newspaper There are agents who don’t have any qualificaadvertisements, erecting a clear modern “To tions whatsoever. Let” sign, and providing an easily accessible These companies are not members of any web page where the properties on offer can professional organisation, and therefore be viewed. there’s no control over rents or bonds received. McDonalds invest in considerable advertisSome may only have a PO Box address, or no ing in Local Directories to encourage address visible address at all, in some cases enquiries. only an e–mail address. Over 100 prospective clients visit their web Anyone who wants to ensure that their proppage every day. erty, and their interests are looked after is well McDonalds advertise your property on advised to contact an established company, not RightMove and PropertyFinder, the two leadjust an individual who could be treating proping property portals in the UK and erty management as a part-time job. PropertyLive, a new portal developed by The


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National Association of Estate Agents and The National Association of Letting Agents. When letting a property, it’s important to ensure it is presented to a standard that will attract and encourage a prospective tenant to proceed. Something quite small can make a difference. McDonalds carry out hundreds of accompanied viewings every month. Prospective tenants must complete a detailed application form and give formal photographic evidence of identification. A minimum of three qualifying references must be supplied. Details are given to the landlord for consideration, and if a landlord wants to meet the applicant, this is arranged. If the landlord accepts the applicant, McDonalds arrange for a full tenant reference check to be carried out. If a guarantor is recommended, a credit check is also required. Should either credit check show anything adverse, the landlord is advised, and decides if the application is to proceed. Before anyone moves in, a detailed inventory of the furnishings and condition of the property is prepared, photographs taken, and


all defects noted. This is signed by both landlord and tenant. A comprehensive Assured Shorthold Tenancy Lease is prepared which will include clauses required by the landlord. The first month’s rent has to be paid in advance, and McDonald Property Rentals as stakeholder under the Tenancy Deposit Scheme hold a bond equal to one month’s rent. McDonalds take meter readings and inform all the services that the tenancy has started. Statements showing all income and expenditure are sent out on a monthly basis to all landlords. Quotations from reliable tradesmen will be obtained for any work required to a property. If a landlord wants his own tradesmen to do the work, this is not a problem. During the term of the tenancy, a property manager will call at the property on a regular basis and carry out an inspection. A report is then prepared and sent to the landlord. Any legal notices to terminate a tenancy will be prepared and served on the tenant. McDonald Property Rentals work on a No Let No Fee basis. Call one of their three offices and find out more about our friendly, professional service that you can trust. It’s the best move you’ll make.

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Stress-free way to let

PERRYMAN Residential Lettings are a specialist lettings and management company covering the North West, the South of England, and beyond. They are here to make letting or renting property a straightforward, stress-free process. One of the great things about choosing Perrymann is that they are independent property managers – their only vested interest is in giving you the high quality letting service you demand. Perryman work for landlords based in both the UK and overseas, so they know all about taking responsibility for your property in a way that really does deliver peace of mind. At Perrymann they don’t believe in jargon or complicating things; they always work with transparency so you always know where you stand. That’s what has earned them a solid reputation for specialist management service which is truly tailored to your needs. It’s also why they have an extensive property portfolio that covers Lancashire, London, Sussex and Suffolk. And as you’d expect, they have ARLA trained staff – their industry’s best-practice standard. They are also members of the Residential Landlords Association (RLA).

INDEPENDENT ADVICE: Perryman Residential Lettings

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‘Share’ deals up for grabs

ANNUAL TARGET: John Prescott

BUILDERS planning to offload dozens of new homes to Governmentfunded housing associations, which make them available to key workers and others unable to buy on the open market, look likely to have their hopes dashed. A report in the trade journal, Building magazine, says the number of unsold new homes on the books of housing associations has “hit a peak of more than 10,000’’. More than 4,500 have been standing empty for over six months. The likely result is that housing associations will have to switch many of their new homes over to rented use, with a subsidy paid by Government, for the foreseeable future. This is because many associations face a tight cash squeeze, even though they sold nearly 3,900 new homes in the last quarter of 2008 worth £272m. One reason for slow sales by housing associations may be the disappointing take-up of the Government’s Social HomeBuy programme, a key policy to widen the take-up of home

ownership launched in April 2006. The programme went nationwide in spring 2008. The scheme enables tenants, in homes owned by councils or housing associations, to buy a share of a property from 25 per cent, and to pay rent on the remainder. Over time, they increase their mortgage to take 100 per cent ownership of their home. Only 290 families had taken advantage of the scheme by December 2008, say Conservatives, but barely 100 of the country’s 1,900 housing associations, are making the scheme available. This is a far cry from the 5,000 annual target suggested when John Prescott, the former deputy prime minister, originally unveiled the scheme. Builders usually have to provide a proportion of new homes on all new developments for housing associations as a condition of planning permission. Of 107,000 new homes started in 2008, some 72,000 were earmarked for private sector sale, while 35,000 were for housing associations, which have largely taken on the role of local authority housing departments. As conditions in the open market worsened through 2008, many builders sold additional properties to housing associations to get them off their books. This was partly funded by the new quango, The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), which received cash from Government to keep construction work going on sites which ground to a halt because of a lack of private buyers. Now, it seems, even housing associations have run out of buyers even though Social HomeBuy, which enables occupants to part-buy and part-rent, gives a measure of protection against falling prices which buyers don’t get in the open market. Around five million people live in homes managed by housing associations, and more than one million are expected to join the waiting list for housing association homes in the next two years. Further details of various HomeBuy schemes are available on


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Spacious home

Detached bungalow


Norbreck Road Cleveleys

THIS extended semi-detached property offers quality, style and space throughout. The accommodation briefly comprises; hall, lounge, dining room, conservatory, kitchen with integrated appliances, three bedrooms, bathroom and wc. There is a lawned front garden and a driveway providing off road parking space. The landscaped rear garden incorporates raised patio and decking area.

Allitt (01253) 863030

Blackpool Road Carleton


THIS semi-detached bungalow offers a porch, hallway, lounge, dining room, kitchen, conservatory, two bedrooms and a bathroom. The block paved front garden and driveway provide parking space and lead to a garage. The rear garden is approximately 100 feet long and has a raised decked area with a patio. There are also mature trees, a lawn, pond, greenhouse and shed.

Broomheads (01253) 813814

Seek out a dream home New build properties Bridge House Road Marton



A SELECTION of two bedroomed semis and town houses offered with a choice of fitted kitchens with appliances, bathrooms and tiling, carpets and curtains. As an added incentive legal fees will be paid by the vendor. A show house is now ready for viewing between 9am and 4pm Monday to Friday. For further details, please contact Joanna Moore.

Moores Builders 07525 175473

Many original features Lytham Road South Shore


THIS charming mid-terraced cottage was built around 1800 and boast many original features. Accomodation comprises: porch, lounge, dining room, kitchen, ground floor bathroom, two bedrooms and a wc. There is an attractive front garden with a rockery and and water feature. The rear garden is enclosed and is low maintenance.

Farrell Hayworth (01253) 341000

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