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Phoenix Property Magazine January 2012

Inside this issue…

Spotlight on Gedney Drove End & Gedney Dawsmere. Insurance: Coversure Insurance Services. Sutton Bridge In Bloom: Plans for 2012. Legal Advice: Preparing your will. 2011 -2012 Property market: Sales update. Plus full property listings including all our latest properties… Front cover photo: Swing Bridge in action, A17, Sutton Bridge.

206 Bridge Road, Sutton Bridge, Spalding, Lincolnshire. PE12 9SG Tel: 01406 359131 Fax: 01406 359939 Email: phoenixea@btconnect.com Open: Monday to Friday 9am – 6pm. Saturday 9am – 4pm. Closed: Sundays & Bank Holidays


LOCAL AREA INFORMATION: Gedney Drove End & Gedney Dawsmere By Tonia Humberstone, Phoenix Estate Agents

GEDNEY DROVE END The Walker Memorial Park in Gedney Drove End is owned by the Parish Council, in the park stands the Gedney Drove End and Dawsmere Village Hall. There are two public houses – The Rising Sun and the Wildfowler on the Wash. There is a School for primary pupils. From Gedney Drove End one can access the views over the Wash. Gedney Drove End Park is the start of a circular Lincolnshire Walk. There is also a wildfowl nature reserve area.

GEDNEY DAWSMERE One of the smallest villages within the parish, comprising only 54 residents. Christchurch Dawsmere is a quaint small church situated in the village, the Cemetery opposite is owned and maintained by the Parish Council. The Old Vicarage, next door to the Church is now a rest home for the elderly. A very sketchy story of Gedney Dawsmere starts with the bank, supposedly built by the Romans, that separated the Fens of Lincolnshire from the tide-washed marshes. The alluvial soil on the landward side of the Roman Bank was generally about one metre below the high tide mark though there were islands of higher ground made of boulder clay. The Saxon word for these was 'ey' or 'ea' and so the island close to the bank on which the Geden tribe settled was known as Gedney. On the seaward side was tide swept salt marsh used for grazing cattle and sheep, which were driven along numerous 'droves', and also for fishing and wildfowling. In 1660 a group of 'adventurers' (as they were then called) including a Sir Dawes, an 'Undertaker of Reclamation', began the reclamation of the marshes by building a long bank that stretched from Boatmere Creek to the River Welland. When the work was finally completed in 1795 the Sixteen Mile Bank enclosed an area of 17,000 acres divided between the parishes of Gedney, Holbeach and Moulton. The Gedney Marsh was bounded by Boatmere Creek and Fleet Haven and flowing through it was a small creek which became known as Dawsmere Creek. Apart from isolated farmhouses the only centre of population on the Marsh was at Drove End. According to White's Directory this was a huddle of small dwellings housing tradesmen, innkeepers, coastguards, small farmers and "sundry dubious characters of no fixed occupation". In 1850 Edward Cardwell, a politician in Gladstone's government, and his brother Charles purchased 3000 acres of farmland, mostly on the Gedney Marsh, and they decided to build a new settlement to house their farm workers. This was to be built about one mile from Drove End and alongside the straightened and channelled creek. Thus Dawsmere was born - a new village with 'plain, neat and well-built cottages in pairs', a smithy, wheelwright and joiner's shop, a general shop, a school and a site earmarked for a church and vicarage. According to Healey's ecclesiastical history the Church of England School for Drove End and Dawsmere opened its doors in 1857 to pupils who were to receive instruction in the three 'Rs' and the Scriptures. For the first recorded schoolmaster, a Mr. Charles Riggott, it was clearly a difficult task to begin with as the school was described as 'unsatisfactory' at the inspector's first visit in 1861. After a great deal of argument over costs and whether the church should be in Drove End or Dawsmere - it was finally built on Cardwell's site in 1869, costing £1100, and consecrated as Christ Church in 1870. The new vicarage came a year later and, interestingly, at a greater cost of £1600.


TAVERNERS MEWS, LONG SUTTON £65,000 Modern (2006) 2 Bedroom terraced house available on a 50% shared ownership scheme, situated convenient for town centre amenities benefiting from kitchen/diner, downstairs cloakroom, upvc double glazing, gas central heating, allocated parking space, enclosed rear garden & no upward chain.

NEW ROAD, SUTTON BRIDGE £80,000

CROSBY ROW, SUTTON BRIDGE £85,000

Building plot. Approx 0.5 acre site, outline planning permission for a single storey dwelling. Popular residential location, field view to one side, mature trees on site. Golf course nearby.

ATTENTION BUY TO LET INVESTORS PROPERTY WITH TENANT IN PLACE! 3 bedroom terraced house, modern kitchen & bathroom, UPVC double glazing, gas central heating, low maintenance patio garden, brick workshop/shed & no upward chain.

QUEEN STREET, SUTTON BRIDGE £82,500 MAIN ROAD, FRIDAY BRIDGE £60,000 Building Plot on the outskirts of the popular village of Friday Bridge. Full planning permission for a 3 bed detached house, Plot measures approx. 37ft/11.2m frontage x 59ft/17.9m depth (sts). Field views front & rear. No upward chain.

DAWSMERE ROAD, GEDNEY DROVE END OIRO £69,995 Residential property of breeze block construction requiring extensive refurbishment or offering development potential in a rural village location, on an overall plot of approx 0.2 acre with field views front and rear, double glazing, oil central heating. See full details for further info. No upward chain.

Victorian terraced house requiring some further cosmetic updating, 2 double bedrooms, lounge/diner, rear lobby/utility, refitted white bathroom suite, gas central heating, part UPVC double glazing, off road parking, enclosed south facing patio garden with 2 outbuildings & no upward chain.

WITHINGTON STREET, SUTTON BRIDGE £84,995 ATTENTION BUY TO LET INVESTORS PROPERTY WITH TENANT IN PLACE! Recently refurbished 2 bedroom terraced house, UPVC conservatory, refitted kitchen & bathroom, lounge/ diner, UPVC double glazing, gas central heating & enclosed rear garden.

KING JOHN BANK, WALPOLE ST ANDREW £89,950 2-3 Bedroom detached bungalow requiring modernisation in a rural location on an overall plot of 0.19 acre (sts) benefiting from front field views,12 reception rooms, utility, built in store room & workshop, carport & driveway, oil central heating, generous rear garden & no upward chain.

QUEEN STREET, SUTTON BRIDGE £89,950 Terraced house benefiting from 2 double bedrooms, modern upstairs bathroom, modern kitchen with sun room, lounge/diner, upvc double glazing, gas central heating & enclosed low maintenance rear garden with summer house & off road parking. Internal viewing a must to appreciate presentation!


ROYAL CLOSE, SUTTON BRIDGE OIRO £95,000

WEST PARADE, WISBECH £102,500

3 Bedroom semi detached house requiring further updating, 2 reception rooms, outbuilding giving store room & wc, approx. 130ft/40m long rear garden, off road parking, gas central heating, upvc double glazing & no upward chain.

3 Bedroom end-terraced house situated close to the town centre, 2 reception rooms, downstairs shower room, majority double glazing & gas central heating, off road parking, rear garden & no upward chain.

LIME STREET, SUTTON BRIDGE £96,000 FIXED PRICE ATTENTION BUY TO LET INVESTORS PROPERTY WITH TENANT IN PLACE! Refurbished 2 bedroom period end terraced house, 2 reception rooms, modern fitted kitchen & bathroom, enclosed rear garden, allocated parking space, upvc double glazing, gas central heating & no upward chain.

CUSTOM HOUSE STREET, SUTTON BRIDGE Guide Price £97,000 2 Bedroom semi detached bungalow in a no through road within walking distance of local amenities, re-fitted kitchen, UPVC double glazing, gas central heating, garage, off road parking, low maintenance gardens, conservatory. No Upward Chain!

HOLBOURNE SITE, GEDNEY DROVE END OIEO £110,000 Re-furbished 3 bedroom semi detached house on a generous plot in a rural village location benefiting from 2 reception rooms, refitted kitchen, bathroom & flooring, redecorated throughout, 2 garden areas: one being 190ft long (sts), off road parking, oil central heating & UPVC double glazing. No upward chain.

LONDON ROAD, LONG SUTTON £109,950 2 Bedroom semi detached house conveniently situated for local amenities, kitchen/diner, utility, cloakroom, refitted bathroom, off road parking potential, enclosed rear garden with workshop, UPVC double glazing & gas central heating. Viewing strongly advised!

BRIDGE ROAD, SUTTON BRIDGE £112,000 Modern 3 Bedroom semi detached house conveniently located for local amenities. UPVC double glazing, Electric night storage heating, Off road parking, Kitchen/Diner & Enclosed south facing low maintenance patio garden. No Upward Chain.

NEW ROAD, SUTTON BRIDGE £109,950 Circa Edwardian 3 bedroom semi detached house, 2 reception rooms & conservatory, downstairs cloakroom, modern fitted kitchen & bathroom, part upvc double glazing, gas central heating & feature approx 100ft long (stms) enclosed rear garden with wooded area. No upward chain. Viewing essential!

LITTLE LONDON, LONG SUTTON OIEO £114,000 Semi detached house convenient to leisure centre & secondary school benefiting from 2 double bedrooms, lounge/diner, kitchen with separate utility/garden room, upvc double glazed windows, gas central heating, feature enclosed rear garden, garage & off road parking. View now!


KENZIE DRIVE, SUTTON BRIDGE £121,950 Modern (2005) 3 bedroom end terraced house benefiting from kitchen/diner, downstairs cloakroom, en-suite to master bedroom, family bathroom, enclosed low maintenance garden, garage, parking space, upvc double glazing & gas central heating. View Now!

KENZIE DRIVE, SUTTON BRIDGE £121,950 Modern (2006) 3 bedroom terraced house benefiting from kitchen/diner, downstairs cloakroom, en-suite to master bedroom, family bathroom, enclosed low maintenance garden, garage, parking space, upvc double glazing & gas central heating. View Now!

BEAUPRE AVENUE, OUTWELL £134,995 ISLE ROAD, UPWELL £124,995 3 Bedroom detached cottage in a popular village, 2 reception rooms, majority double glazing, oil central heating, extensive off road parking, enclosed paved/hard landscaped garden with pond feature, outbuildings include workshop/garage, 2 dog runs, cat runs & shed. No upward chain. View now!

WRIGHTS LANE, SUTTON BRIDGE £126,000 Residential development opportunity. Popular residential location with field view. Approx 0.5 acre site with full planning permission to demolish existing buildings & erect 4 dwellings & integral garages. View Now!

Detached bungalow situated in a popular village benefiting from 2 double bedrooms, kitchen/diner, lean to, bathroom with cloakroom separate, garage, extensive off road parking, enclosed rear garden, majority UPVC double glazing, oil central heating & No upward chain. Viewing advised!

WRIGHTS LANE, SUTTON BRIDGE £135,000 2-3 Bedroom detached bungalow situated in a popular location, extended dining room/bedroom3, re-fitted shower room, UPVC double glazing, gas central heating, low maintenance rear garden, garage, driveway & no upward chain.

FALKLANDS ROAD, SUTTON BRIDGE £139,950 KINDERLEY CLOSE, SUTTON BRIDGE £121,950

STATION ROAD, TYDD GOTE £129,995

Recently redecorated modern (2005) terraced house benefiting from kitchen/diner, downstairs cloakroom, en-suite to master bedroom, enclosed garden, garage & parking, upvc double glazing & gas central heating. No upward chain. Viewing advised.

3 Bedroom detached bungalow with field views to the rear, re-fitted kitchen & shower room, conservatory, UPVC double glazing, oil central heating, garage & off road parking, enclosed rear garden. No upward chain. Viewing strongly advised.

Modern 3 bedroom detached house on a corner plot benefiting from refitted kitchen/diner, downstairs cloakroom, part upvc double glazing, gas central heating, enclosed south/east facing rear garden, garage & driveway.


Coversure Insurance Services By Elizabeth Spriggs, Coversure Insurance Wisbech We are a local company who have access to a whole wide range of products that are available on the market so we can find you the best type of insurance to fit your needs. Whether youâ€&#x;re looking for the cheapest premium or high levels of cover we can assist you all the way to achieving what you require from your insurance. We cover all types of insurances household, liability, commercial, vehicles and travel to name a few. Any insurance you can think of we will endeavour to find you a premium for it. Customer service is our top priority we ensure that the customer is happy at all times and do our upmost to maintain that, we keep our customer informed every step of the way making them aware of everything we are doing for them from quoting there insurance to handling any claims or queries they have. We concentrate on our customerâ€&#x;s needs from start to finish which carries on the whole time for years to come as we pride ourselves in our repeat business and customers recommendations to there family and friends and even there own customers.

Contact our office today and speak to Liz about your insurance needs. Tel: 0800 308 1140

MORE PROPERTIES NEEDED Due to recent sales success we urgently need more properties to offer potential buyers. Do you have a property to sell in our area? If so, please contact us for an informal chat or to arrange a free no obligation appraisal on your property. Tel: 01406 359131 or email: phoenixea@btconnect.com If you have instructed another agent on a sole agency basis, the terms of that agreement must be considered.


CHURCH DROVE, OUTWELL £139,995 3 Bedroom detached house situated convenient for local primary school and village amenities, 2 reception rooms, conservatory, downstairs cloakroom, lpg central heating, part upvc double glazing, attached garage, extensive off road parking, enclosed gardens & no upward chain.

BRIDGE ROAD, SUTTON BRIDGE £145,000

LIME WALK, LONG SUTTON OIRO £155,000

Detached bungalow requiring some further modernisation, 2-3 double bedrooms, kitchen/breakfast room, utility room, bath/shower room & separate cloakroom, gas central heating, double glazing, integral garage & extensive off road parking, enclosed rear garden with feature patio & no upward chain.

Detached bungalow in a popular location with field views to the front, benefiting from 3 double bedrooms, 3-4 reception rooms, Majority UPVC double glazing, oil central heating, garage/workshop & multi vehicle off road parking, generous enclosed rear garden. Overall plot approaching ¼ acre (stms)

WEST STREET, LONG SUTTON OIRO £150,000 WOODLANDS, LONG SUTTON £139,995 Recently refurbished detached bungalow in a no-through cul de sac, 2 double bedrooms, re-fitted kitchen/diner, utility room & „wet room‟ shower room, pantry cupboard, integral garage & driveway, lawned gardens, upvc double glazing, gas central heating & no upward chain. Viewing is essential!

Detached circa Edwardian cottage in a town centre location with permitted use as chiropody clinic on the ground floor with reception room, treatment room, kitchen, utility & cloakroom. Plus self contained residential 1 bedroom apartment on the first floor. UPVC double glazing, gas central heating, off road parking, gardens & no upward chain.

CHALK LANE, SUTTON BRIDGE OIEO £140,000

FOLDS LANE, LONG SUTTON OFFERS OVER £150,000

Modern 3 bedroom detached house with field views benefiting from lounge/diner, separate dining room, utility, conservatory, downstairs shower room, upstairs bathroom, UPVC double glazing, off road parking, south facing enclosed rear garden & no upward chain.

2 Bedroom detached bungalow situated convenient to town centre facilities in a secluded position with generous south facing rear garden, 2 reception rooms & conservatory, utility, detached garage & off road parking, UPVC double glazing, gas central heating.

WRIGHTS LANE, SUTTON BRIDGE £157,950 Detached bungalow situated in a popular location, 2 double bedrooms, conservatory/utility, majority UPVC double glazing, gas central heating, bathroom with corner bath & separate shower, garage & off road parking, good size rear garden.

LUTTON GOWTS, LONG SUTTON £164,995 3 Bedroom detached bungalow situated on the outskirts of Long Sutton, 2 reception rooms & conservatory, bathroom, shower room, UPVC double glazing, gas central heating, off road parking , feature enclosed garden.


LIME WALK, LONG SUTTON £165,000 Modern extended 4 bedroom detached house on a corner plot, convenient for local amenities, 38ft long lounge/diner, majority UPVC double glazing, gas central heating, enclosed rear garden, garage & driveway.

STANLEY DRIVE, SUTTON BRIDGE £185,000

CHURCHGATE, GEDNEY £199,995

Modern 4 bedroom detached bungalow in a sought after location, en-suite to master bedroom, conservatory, kitchen/diner, utility room, UPVC double glazing, gas central heating, double garage & off road parking, enclosed front & rear gardens.

Detached bungalow in a non estate village location with rear field view, 3 double bedrooms, 3 reception rooms, conservatory, kitchen/breakfast room, cloakroom, double garage, extensive driveway, UPVC double glazing, oil central heating & enclosed south facing rear garden. No upward chain.

ANNE ROAD, SUTTON BRIDGE £185,000 3 Bedroom detached bungalow with field view to the rear, UPVC double glazing, gas central heating, bathroom with corner bath & double shower cubicle, cloakroom, Period detached cottage with conservatory, side and rear garden areas, accommodation layout giving potential to garage & off road parking. view to separate into 2 parts. 5 bedrooms, appreciate size & layout. 4 reception rooms, 2 bathrooms, downstairs cloakroom, central heating, separate workshop/garage building & enclosed garden. MAIN ROAD, TYDD GOTE £184,995

WRIGHTS LANE & NEW ROAD, SUTTON BRIDGE £205,000 Residential development opportunity, 2 sites together. Total of 5 plots. Popular residential location with field view. Approx 0.5 acre site with full planning permission to demolish existing buildings & erect 4 dwellings & integral garages. Plus further approx 0.5 acre site with outline planning permission for a single storey dwelling and separate access

LONGDON CLOSE, SUTTON BRIDGE £189,995 GEDNEY ROAD, LONG SUTTON £184,950 3 Bedroom 1930s detached house on an overall plot of 0.15 acre (sts), 2 reception rooms, conservatory, refitted kitchen with integral appliances, utility, refitted upstairs bathroom & downstairs shower room, gas central heating with refitted boiler, upvc double glazing, garage, extensive parking & enclosed rear garden with part field views.

Modern (1997) detached bungalow situated in a popular cul de sac benefiting from 3-4 double bedrooms, en-suite, conservatory, refitted kitchen/breakfast room, utility room, garage & driveway, south facing enclosed rear garden, wood effect upvc double glazing & gas central heating.

CHURCH STREET, GEDNEY DAWSMERE £210,000 3 Bedroom detached former school masters house in a rural village location with field views, overall plot approaching 0.3 acre (stms), character features, 2 reception rooms, majority UPVC double glazed windows, oil central heating, extensive parking, detached barn: workshop & garage.


Sutton Bridge In Bloom Plans for 2012 By The Big Bloomers

As we go into 2012 the Sutton Bridge in Bloom team have many plans and ideas to further enhance the planting areas around the town. With the Queens Golden Jubilee and the London Olympics taking place this year, you can expect to see some reference to both these events in our new planting schemes, and we are looking forward to planting and improving a couple of new areas using ideas from both of these great events. Looking back at 2011, we have had some highs and lows to deal with. The hanging baskets caused us a lot of problems last year but we are working at sorting out those problems to enable us to have a great show this year. The sponsorship and use of a Watering Bowser by one of the local businesses was a major high for us. All In Bloom groups have one priority when planting, and that is the watering. The use of the Bowser enabled us to keep all of our areas going over the dry summer months and we are grateful that local businesses are willing to help us in such a generous way. Another high for us was winning three awards at the East Midland in Bloom Competition. We hope to improve on our success last year and perhaps, with luck and more hard work, this year we will win a Silver! Yet another high being awarded a grant from the Lottery Fund. The money from this great award has been used to purchase and erect a Poly Tunnel, which will give us the opportunity to grow and nurture our own plants, both for use around the Town and for selling to raise funds. We had a successful fund raiser in the Summer which was well attended by local residents and we hope to have a couple more this year, so do keep a look out for notices as we would love to see you there. We have planted up our containers with winter displays and our Volunteers have been working hard weeding and clearing to keep our displays looking good all through the colder months. We would love to do more, but a lack of Volunteers is a real issue for us and we cannot take on more unless we get more Volunteers on board. We are lucky to have a good group of people we can call on when needed, but if you feel you could spare a couple of hours here and there to help us we would love to hear from you. We can be contacted by telephone on 07717 460382, or email: bigbloomers@btinternet.com We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the businesses and residents who supported us last year, and to wish everyone a happy, healthy and blooming 2012!


EAUDYKE BANK, TYDD ST GILES OIRO £215,000

CHURCH LANE, TYDD ST GILES £239,995

4 Bedroom semi detached cottage, edge of village rural location, overall plot of 3/4 acre (sts), feature views, 3 reception rooms, downstairs wetroom, upstairs bathroom, kitchen/breakfast room, utility, wash room, double glazing, double garage, workshop & gardens.

New build 4 bedroom detached house situated opposite the village church & with field views at the rear, overall plot of 0.14 acre (stms), lounge/diner, study, kitchen/diner, utility, en-suite, family bath/shower room & downstairs cloakroom, detached garage, off road parking & no upward chain.

FIRDALE CLOSE, PEAKIRK £220,000 Detached chalet bungalow in a cul-de-sac location with rear field views, 2-3 bedrooms, 2 reception rooms, garden room, UPVC double glazing, oil central heating, garage & driveway, en-suite cloakroom, downstairs cloakroom.

STATION ROAD, LONG SUTTON OIRO £239,950 Detached house with original part dating back to mid 1800s, part field views, 4 double bedrooms, 4 reception rooms, downstairs cloakroom, upstairs bath/shower room, majority UPVC double glazing, gas central heating, off road parking, side gardens, no upward chain.

STABLE COURT, LEVERINGTON £275,000 Modern 4 bedroom detached chalet style house offering open plan kitchen/family room plus 2 formal reception rooms, ensuite to master bedroom, downstairs cloakroom, utility, upvc double glazing, gas central heating, south facing enclosed side/rear garden, detached double garage, extensive parking.

NIGHTINGALE WAY, SUTTON BRIDGE £249,950

SALTS ROAD, WEST WALTON OIEO £294,995

Detached Allison 'Mayfield' design house built 2005 and situated in a sought after location benefiting from 4 double bedrooms, en-suite, 3 reception rooms, kitchen/breakfast room, utility room, cloakroom, double garage, upvc double glazing, gas central heating & low maintenance gardens.

Modern 5 bedroom detached house, overall plot 0.19 acre (sts), 2 en-suites, kitchen/diner, conservatory, study, utility, downstairs cloakroom, workshop, double garage & extensive parking, oil central heating, UPVC double glazing & secluded rear garden with decking area.

BULL BRIDGE, UPWELL £255,000 Modern detached house, front field views, 4 double bedrooms – 2 en-suite, family bath/shower room, cloakroom, 4 reception rooms, kitchen/diner with integrated appliances, utility, garage, extensive parking, brick outbuilding with music room, games room, shower room & cloakroom – annex potential.

BROADGATE, SUTTON ST EDMUNDS £355,000 Modern detached cottage style house, rural village location, overall plot of 1.75 acres (sts) , paddocks, field views, 4 double beds, en-suite bath/shower room, 4 reception s, kitchen/breakfast room, downstairs cloakroom, open fireplace, feature beams, extensive parking, oil central heating & double glazing.


Getting the right advice: Preparing your will By Jo Wheatley-Johnson, Fosters Law

It is feared that thousands of people are putting themselves at risk of being cheated by unscrupulous salesmen who offer to write their wills but who are not adequately qualified, trained or insured. A recent survey showed that 67% of consumers wrongly believe that all Will writers are solicitors and 82% of the 1,000 people polled thoughts that training and qualifications are required before someone can become a Will writer. Furthermore, in 2011, the UK‟s Legal Ombudsman highlighted dangers of using Will writing companies to Make Wills and the BBC‟s The One Show also called for Will writing to be regulated to protect the public. Despite all this publicity, at present, anyone can write a Will for payment. Jo Wheatley Johnson, Manager at Fosters Law, said, “Will writers need no training and they aren‟t regulated so if you choose a Will writing company to do your Will you are taking a huge risk. I have heard horror stories of clients who have used Will writers and then paid the price.” “It can be very costly to sort out after you have gone, leaving your family to pick up the pieces as problems generally only come to light when you have died. Many people make Wills when they enter their senior years and are targeted by Will-writing companies who often apply high-pressure selling techniques, offering wills for a low or discounted fee, then recommend themselves to be appointed as executors, selling other services without full advice, such as transferring the home into a trust in an attempt to avoid care fees. Terms and conditions can be poorly worded and difficult to understand. Will writers often claim they are significantly cheaper than solicitors but recent research carried out by Which? Magazine found on average the price of a Will from a Solicitor is £130 and from a Will writer is £107. Professionals, such as solicitors and legal executives are regulated, have relevant qualifications, undergo continual training, must be insured and provide redress if things were to go wrong. Given the protection you get by making a Will with a regulated professional the small difference in price is well worth it. Jo went on to say, “We need new regulations to help protect the consumer, particularly older or more vulnerable people. Personally, I recommend using a solicitor and who has a thorough understanding of not only the complex legal requirements of will writing but the financial and emotional implications for the client and their family as well.”

Jo Wheatley Johnson is the Manager at Fosters Law, Long Sutton office, 14 Market Street, Long Sutton, Lincolnshire. If you have any legal enquiries please email jwj@fosters-law.co.uk or call 01406 455014.


What’s happening? 2011-2012 sales market update By Jaimie Rice, Manager, Phoenix Estate Agents 2011 proved to be a lot more successful than 2010, with a much better flow of activity all round. 2012 looks to offer the prospect of being even busier still, but will still require a lot of hard work as it is likely to still be a challenging market. Based on what we have experienced over the last year, the most common obstacles have been: Stock levels: There are not enough new properties coming on the market for sale, leading to a shortage of stock. To a buyer this means they are watching the same properties moving in price & changing marketing agents, but not enough new properties coming on the market to tempt them. Without the choice some buyers could back away and wait for the „one‟ to come along. Agents are desperately working to get as much new stock on their books in order to get the buyer activity flowing better. The more we have to offer potential buyers the more successful we will be in encouraging them to be more active in their viewing and buying activity. Mortgages: Many people are still struggling to raise necessary deposits to get approved for a mortgage or their financial margins are so tight they end up property searching with a tick list for what they want their new home to have which is probably realistically a bit out of their budget. Buyers are sometimes reluctant to look outside of their full tick list, and could miss the right property this way. Often hovering on agents mailing lists looking over property details & not actually viewing inside properties. Even with the best property details & photos you can‟t get the full perspective on a property until you see it for yourself. So get out & look – the right property could have been right under your nose all along. Many potential sellers have been waiting out the market, either hoping for an upturn in prices or activity before putting their property for sale or just getting the Christmas period out of the way first. So i am hopeful that the new year should bring an influx of fresh stock to the market. If you are a seller who can afford to price your property realistically competitive for the market conditions, you should find success in getting a sale – with the only question being how long will it take for that buyer to come along. As an agent we usually work with a property stock level somewhere between 75 -85 properties on the books, at the time of preparing this editorial we were handling in the mid 50s. This is largely related to 2 things: one being that we have had huge sales success over the most recent months and so have completed on quite a number of sales recently – losing stock for the right reason! The second being that with hardly any new properties coming on the market, we haven‟t replaced the stock at the usual rate. Many people would be surprised to know that we have sstc people registered on our mailing list & no properties matching their requirements available to offer them. So when we say we need more properties it is 100% genuine. To all of you reading this with a property to sell or looking to buy, I hope that 2012 proves successful for you. If you would like any further advice or information especially about the property market, your property, other advice you have been given please don‟t hesitate to get in touch – we will be happy to help. Telephone: 01406 359131 or email: phoenixea@btconnect.com Here‟s to a successful & prosperous New Year for all!

Phoenix Estate Agents Property Magazine January 2012  

Phoenix Estate Agents Property Magazine January 2012

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