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Sold Properties

Here is a selection of our most recently sold properties. With over half a century of estate agency experience we here at Abbot and Slater are perfectly placed to help you sell your current home and make your move to your next dream home. We have sold a wide variety of property sizes and styles over the years and you can be sure our dedicated and experienced team will work tirelessly to get you moving. Please call us on the number above for more information or come and visit us at our flagship office in Market Cross, Sturminster Newton and see for yourself what we offer.

Christmas and New Year Opening Hours

We will be closed for Christmas from 1 p.m. tomorrow, Friday 23rd December, and open again at 10 a.m. on Wednesday the 28th December.  Our opening times between Christmas and New Year are: Wednesday 28th December 2016    10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Thursday 29th December 2016    11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Friday 30th December 2016    11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday 31st December by prior appointment – Viewings can be arranged as normal.  We open again on Tuesday the 3rd January 2017. […]

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We will be closed for Christmas from 1 p.m. tomorrow, Friday 23rd December, and open again at 10 a.m. on Wednesday the 28th December. 

Our opening times between Christmas and New Year are:

  • Wednesday 28th December 2016    10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Thursday 29th December 2016    11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Friday 30th December 2016    11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Saturday 31st December by prior appointment – Viewings can be arranged as normal.

 We open again on Tuesday the 3rd January 2017.

If you’d like to speak to us when we are not open please call on our usual number (01258 830860) and leave a message on our answer phone.  We will get back to you as soon as possible.  

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all of us at Abbot and Slater.

 

And The Winner Is!!

We have just recently been bombarded by programmes where either the public or an individual has decided the winner of a competition. Strictly Come Dancing saw a wonderful array of dance routines by Danny Mac, Louise Redknapp and Ori Oduba with the public eventually voting for Ori and his partner Karen Clifton to be crowned Strictly Coming Dancing Winners for 2016. The following evening saw the crowning of the Sports Personality of the Year with athletes from all disciplines being commended […]

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We have just recently been bombarded by programmes where either the public or an individual has decided the winner of a competition. Strictly Come Dancing saw a wonderful array of dance routines by Danny Mac, Louise Redknapp and Ori Oduba with the public eventually voting for Ori and his partner Karen Clifton to be crowned Strictly Coming Dancing Winners for 2016.

The following evening saw the crowning of the Sports Personality of the Year with athletes from all disciplines being commended for their dedication and professionalism, winning a bumper quota of medals throughout 2016, including some stunning performances during the Rio Olympics in the summer there were 16 contenders for this accolade. One of the outstanding moments for me of this wonderful array of competitors was to see Nick Skelton take third place. At 58 he is a man who has shown outstanding dedication to his chosen sport finally to win an Olympic Gold Medal, when as he says “Time was running out”.

The overall winner was Andy Murray a man who has shown such dedication and commitment to the Sport of Tennis since he first picked up a racket in Dumblane, encouraged by his mother.

Finally there was the winner of the Apprentice, with the competition depleted to two remaining candidates, who had to pick the correct team, create a marketing strategy and impress Lord Sugar and his team with their money making business plan. It was cakes that won the day here with Lord Sugar going with his gut instinct and making Alana Spencer his new business partner.

What I asked myself made these people stand out as winners and the answer came back loud and clear, DEDICATION, PROFESSIONALISM AND DETERMINATION to be the very best and stand out from the crowd.

We all want to be winners at the things we aspire to but like all of the above professionals we need help to make our dreams become reality. They all took guidance from their teachers, trainers and those with expertise who could help them achieve their goal. Each of the celebrities in Strictly Come Dancing was paired with a professional dancer who guided, taught and to coin the often used phrase was with them throughout every stage of their journey.

Our wonderful Sports Personalities to a man or woman had people to thank, professionals who guided, supported and helped them to achieve their goal. I have no doubt that Sir Alan Sugar would not have appointed Alana Spencer as his new business partner if he did not think that she could learn from the professionals he already has on his team how to promote her product to a much wider audience and make a success of her business.

As we prepare for any change of circumstance it is important to make sure you have a winning team on your side. Professional, dedicated and determined to help you make the changes you are hoping to make be it in sport, at work, or on a personal level.

At Abbot and Slater we pride ourselves on our professional approach, dedication and commitment to getting our clients the best possible price for their home and ensuring that the sale of any home entrusted to our books runs as smoothly as possible. Going the extra mile for our clients is what we do best. We sell homes as our profession, have trained to do so and have decades of experience that we can call on to ensure that the sale of your home is as stress free as possible.

So as far as we are concerned The Winner Is, the vendor who chooses Abbot and Slater as their chosen Agent.

If you would like to discuss the sale of your home by our Winning Team, call Christine or Tracey on 01258 830860.

Ask Hillary

Christine Slater from Abbot and Slater looks at some fast changing attitudes in the property market. The presidential election result in America reminded us – if we needed any reminding – that we live in a time of massive immediate and fundamental change. A point not lost on us here in the UK after Brexit. In the property industry even Budget tax changes can alter buying and selling habits overnight. But there is a more gradual, yet no less significant […]

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Christine Slater from Abbot and Slater looks at some fast changing attitudes in the property market.

The presidential election result in America reminded us – if we needed any reminding – that we live in a time of massive immediate and fundamental change. A point not lost on us here in the UK after Brexit. In the property industry even Budget tax changes can alter buying and selling habits overnight.

But there is a more gradual, yet no less significant change going on in our country which is having a significant effect on our attitude to property.

The baby boomers (born between the mid 1940s and the mid 1960s) are finally making way for the millennials (born in the 1980s and 1990s) – Generation X to Generation Y. The digital generation is becoming the increasingly dominant force in the property market. And that will only gather pace in the years ahead. But this new group does not think or act like the old one.

The baby boomers could be relied upon incrementally to develop their parents’ ideas. This new generation have their own thoughts entirely. For income and social reasons they are generally older when they buy property for the first time. They are far happier to rent than their parents were. They are not so keen to take on older, larger properties and are more reluctant than the last generation to repair, renovate and re-model. DIY is not regarded as a recreation and leisure time pursuit for the younger generation.

Millennials often prefer more compact homes built in thermally efficient and ecologically agreeable materials. They want to control the heat, security, lighting and garden irrigation from a beach in Thailand. Sometimes they prefer a holiday in Thailand to buying a property in the first place – a point of view their parents would never understand.

Millennials often tend to favour new homes over old ones – if they have the choice. Those baby boomers who are in the market now are planning retirement, and often prefer urban locations so they can be close to amenities such as shops, entertainment, transport and health services. Older rural properties remain in high demand but some changes may be required to maximise their value with younger or retirement buyers in mind. Your estate agent will understand this and be able to recommend the right course of action – best listen to him or her.

Just as we witness year after year the dwindling numbers of world war veterans filing past the Cenotaph on Armistice Sunday, so we in the property industry witness a changing of the guard in the business of buying and selling homes. There has probably not been such a sweeping change in housing attitudes since the 1960s. The government should take note. Developers should take note. Estate agents should take note – and in particular house sellers should take note. For established norms in buyer behaviour are being swept away. The millennials have their own rules and everyone will have to get used to it, just as the political elite have to get used to it.  Ask Hillary!

The Art of the Deal

Christine Slater from Abbot and Slater offers some good advice about selling your home in this or any market. In 1987 a book called The Art of the Deal was published. Part-credited to one Donald J Trump it is estimated to have sold over one million copies and it held the number one spot on the New York Times Best Seller List for 13 weeks. What made it so popular? Simply that people were fascinated to learn how to make […]

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Christine Slater from Abbot and Slater offers some good advice about selling your home in this or any market.

In 1987 a book called The Art of the Deal was published. Part-credited to one Donald J Trump it is estimated to have sold over one million copies and it held the number one spot on the New York Times Best Seller List for 13 weeks.

What made it so popular? Simply that people were fascinated to learn how to make better business deals. Selling a home is business. So here are seven of my key thoughts on the art of the property deal:

People are only human
Everyone wants as much as they can get for their property. But let’s face it all potential buyers want to pay as little as possible. Sometimes buyers and sellers don’t play nicely together. Property transactions often expose human nature in the raw. For both parties to get what they want ideally they should compromise a little. Each should be nice but firm.

Reasonable wins
The key to a successful property deal is not to make unreasonable demands with your price or with an offer or counter-offer. Being reasonable always trumps being unreasonable.

Don’t haggle; negotiate
Ill-advised buyers and sellers haggle. Informed buyers and sellers negotiate. Negotiation isn’t just about price. It can involve fixtures and fittings, furniture and white goods. It might involve access to carry out remedial work before completion, or even renting back the property for a while after completion if necessary. It is also about timing. When two or more parties are involved in a chain and each has their own idea about when they want to move, discussing exchange and completion dates plays a crucial part of any negotiation.

Some principles aren’t worth standing on
Some principles have little place in negotiation. Principle is all very noble but sometimes it is best to focus on the desired outcome rather than the cut and thrust of getting there. The aim is to move. A sale is only part of the move. The end game should always be the focus. If one side decides to be mean and petty that does not mean the other side should be too. Bad behaviour is annoying but standing on principle is often counter-productive.

Move forward not back
Having made the deal it is usually best to hang on to it. Losing a deal can be costly in money and time. Also no one likes it when another side reneges on an agreement. It breeds a great deal of ill feeling – sometimes enough to blow a deal. At the very least it can throw up other difficulties – often with several other parties if there is a chain of inter-related sales.

Expect the unexpected
Be prepared for the unexpected. Sometimes a genuine legal, financial or survey issue shows up from nowhere and the deal may have to be adjusted. This may be unavoidable. Again it is best to accept that stuff happens and that reasonable behaviour on all sides can often resolve these irritating difficulties.

A good Estate Agent is your new best friend
Many people think that estate agents simply put properties on the internet and conduct viewings. But that is only the start. Their real work is in the art of the deal – making sure clients get what they want, when they need it. Estate agents do this in the crucible of an intricate personal, legal, financial and sometimes emotionally charged theatre of life. A good estate agent is a highly experienced expert in this. It really is better to have a professional estate agent on your side from the start instead of wishing you had one somewhere down the line when it may be too late.

To find out how Abbot and Slater’s professional and proactive approach to the sale of your home can help you secure that deal call Christine or Tracey on 01258 830860.

Eagle-eyed

Eagle-eyed property market watchers may have noticed a change. Certainly those in London will have seen a marked difference from a year ago. The market has done an about turn in favour of buyers. Fewer buyers and more properties available have changed the fortunes of purchasers. What does this mean for the market elsewhere? Well, often where London leads other areas follow. In a buyers’ market purchasers have more choice, negotiate harder and have the luxury of taking their time […]

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Eagle-eyed property market watchers may have noticed a change. Certainly those in London will have seen a marked difference from a year ago. The market has done an about turn in favour of buyers. Fewer buyers and more properties available have changed the fortunes of purchasers. What does this mean for the market elsewhere? Well, often where London leads other areas follow.

In a buyers’ market purchasers have more choice, negotiate harder and have the luxury of taking their time in finding a new home. There is no need for them to be rushed into quick action.

For sellers this new dynamic will create a different set of questions and decisions. Pricing will be key. So too will property presentation and condition. But one of their biggest decisions will be which estate agent to use. Some might not have sold a property for a long time and there have been many changes. New options are available.

While there was a strong sellers’ market low-cost online property listing companies sprang up to cash in when selling property was relatively straightforward. But now things will change. Simply listing a property on a property portal will no longer be enough. Each house or flat will have to be competitively and accurately priced, serious and motivated buyers will have to be found rather than fallen over, and once a sale has been agreed it will take experience and expertise to keep it on track through all the legal, financial and dependent sales complications that are an inevitable part of most property transactions these days. These all take time, tenacity and training – things that the bargain basement operators aren’t well equipped for.

Of course one should always look for great value. But sometimes that does not mean the lowest price – or commission in estate agency terms. In estate agency good value means finding the firm that will get the top price from the best buyer, often in the quickest time. Anything else is of no value at all. In fact it is a false economy. It is hoping for the best and that has no place when it comes to selling such a valuable asset.

So if you are selling in what may soon become a buyers’ market it is best to shop around and ask your estate agent what he or she will do differently in this different market. Ask what makes one firm better – not cheaper – than another. It is very easy to be the cheapest choice. It takes skill, expertise and sustained performance to be the best choice.

To find out how Abbot and Slater can help you achieve the best for your property this Autumn call Christine or Tracey on 01258 830860.

Lucky You

Christine Slater of Abbot and Slater finds lessons to be learnt from Olympic preparation. The fabulous Rio Olympics remind us that dedication, natural talent, great coaching, relentless training, self-belief and a total focus on winning are what creates a gold medalist. Luck comes last on the list, for Olympians can’t rely on luck. Instead they have to depend on things they have control over. A 16th century proverb says, ‘Diligence is the mother of good luck’. And it is diligence […]

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Christine Slater of Abbot and Slater finds lessons to be learnt from Olympic preparation.

The fabulous Rio Olympics remind us that dedication, natural talent, great coaching, relentless training, self-belief and a total focus on winning are what creates a gold medalist. Luck comes last on the list, for Olympians can’t rely on luck. Instead they have to depend on things they have control over. A 16th century proverb says, ‘Diligence is the mother of good luck’. And it is diligence that wins gold medals.

If selling houses were an Olympic sport who would you wish to represent you? An inexperienced, poorly trained, badly equipped person whose ethos is cutting costs and, in the main, relying on luck?  Or would you prefer a professional armed to the teeth with an impressive array of features, benefits, experience and training, all designed to help you get the most from your sale?

Sadly there are lots of competitors entering the race for your business and offering cheap fees for a cheap service. Did the highly successful GB cycling team cut costs? No it did not. It did not put top riders on their parents’ old bikes and then hope that everyone else in the race would get a puncture. Instead it invested in technology. It invested in training. It invested in people. It invested in success. No stone was left unturned in preparing to come first. Winning a gold medal can be a life-changer for the recipient. But it can never be left to luck. Too much is at stake. Winning at selling your property can be a life-changer too as your home is so much a part of your life. It provides shelter, it helps sustain your family and it helps you to build security and wealth. It helps you win in life.

So when you are deciding who will represent you in selling your home check out the competitors, weigh up their past successes, their experience, their desire to win and their complete disregard for luck – because the best make their own luck and that will be lucky for you.

If you would like to find out more about our dedicated team call Christine and Tracey at Abbot and Slater on 01258 830860.

Hexit

Christine Slater from Abbot and Slater takes a look at the post-Brexit property market and offers some sound advice to those selling their homes over the summer months. Most but not all home sales occur because the seller is moving on to another property. Yet time and again many sellers become focused on the sale rather than looking ahead to the move. The sale becomes the be-all and end-all when really it is just a part of the whole move. […]

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Christine Slater from Abbot and Slater takes a look at the post-Brexit property market and offers some sound advice to those selling their homes over the summer months.

Most but not all home sales occur because the seller is moving on to another property. Yet time and again many sellers become focused on the sale rather than looking ahead to the move. The sale becomes the be-all and end-all when really it is just a part of the whole move.

Estate agents the world over will recall occasions in a declining or static market when a seller refused an offer from a reasonable buyer only to see the value of their property fall further over time, leaving them worse off than ever. In these situations sellers need to take into account the ultimate aim – the move.

In this immediate post-Brexit period it is perhaps too soon to determine exactly where the market is heading. But across the country in all but the hottest locations prices have steadied and in some cases declined.

This is a time for caution not for alarm and certainly not a time for digging one’s heels in over price. The smarter move is to understand that what one may lose on the swings one may gain on the roundabouts. That is, a negotiated sale brings the freedom to negotiate a great purchase, always bearing in mind that the ultimate goal is a life or lifestyle move to somewhere else.

Flexibility and pragmatism make the best selling strategy in this confusing market where there is a great deal of ambiguity. There is low supply but this doesn’t necessarily mean high demand. Interest rates are low but so to a degree is confidence. Also, buy-to-let investors and second home buyers have suffered a setback through rising stamp duty. So if your aim is leaving your home – Hexit – negotiation is the name of the game and, like the UK’s exit negotiations with the EU, there will be plenty of strong argument and posturing but in the end there will be a deal. It’s in everyone’s best interest.

If you are considering making your move and would like a free confidential market appraisal or would like to hear how Abbot and Slater’s approach could make the difference call Christine or Tracey on 01258 830860

 

Our Tracey is a Best Employee Finalist

Our very own Tracey Hughes, Office Manager here at Abbot and Slater in Sturminster Newton, has been shortlisted for the Best Employee Award in this years Blackmore Vale Business Awards. Out of over 30 original entries it is now down to the final 3 and we are thrilled that Tracey is one of them. Well done Tracey – you absolutely deserve to have got this far and we are all rooting for you. Please click here to go to our Facebook Page where you […]

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Our very own Tracey Hughes, Office Manager here at Abbot and Slater in Sturminster Newton, has been shortlisted for the Best Employee Award in this years Blackmore Vale Business Awards.

Out of over 30 original entries it is now down to the final 3 and we are thrilled that Tracey is one of them.

Well done Tracey – you absolutely deserve to have got this far and we are all rooting for you.

Please click here to go to our Facebook Page where you can see the lovely comments so far.  If you’d like to add to them please do!

 

Brexit Special

Christine Slater from Abbot and Slater looks at how the referendum result could affect the UK property market. Well now we know. Britain is leaving the European Union.  All the scaremongering is over and we will learn in the coming years which of the two sides was right after all. But what will this decision mean for the property market in the UK?  In the short term perhaps not so much as one might imagine.  Those people who put off […]

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Christine Slater from Abbot and Slater looks at how the referendum result could affect the UK property market.

Well now we know. Britain is leaving the European Union.  All the scaremongering is over and we will learn in the coming years which of the two sides was right after all.

But what will this decision mean for the property market in the UK?  In the short term perhaps not so much as one might imagine.  Those people who put off a house move until after the referendum will in time trickle into the market, driven in the most part by need.  But it might not actually be the referendum which will turn out to have had the greatest effect on the property market this year.  The real game changer might be tax – the extra stamp duty on second homes and buy-to-let properties, and the new tax burden for foreign buyers.

These Treasury measures are profound and have the potential to shift opinion and practice – if they haven’t already done so.  It is hard to pinpoint exactly when the UK property market became so driven by overseas investors – many of whom may never set foot in the properties they own – and domestic buy-to-let investors benefiting from low interest rates and rising property values.

But now however there appears to be a slight move away from an investment led property market to one more driven by buyers needing affordable homes for themselves and their families.

We seem to be in a particular period of opinion change in the property market right now.  Tastes are different.  The growing numbers of retirees want youthful urban living with all the convenience it can bring.  New building materials bring cost savings and help the environment so there is an increasing demand for homes made from these materials and fitted with labour-saving technology.  Younger buyers are in general more reluctant to renovate houses than their parents were at the same age, wanting instead ready-to-move-into properties which give them more time to pursue their careers and leisure interests.

Of course our economy is the prime driver of the property market. But all things being equal we may come to see that the European question was not quite so influential on housing in the UK as buyers’ desire to buy, builders’ desire to build, lenders’ desire to lend and – ultimately – politicians’, planners’ and the public’s desire to make available suitable land.  In or out of the EU those desires have always had less to do with Brussels and more to do with us.

Modern End of Terrace Cottage in Sought After Village Location

Built approximately 20 years ago by a small local developer this charming 3 Bedroom Cottage in Pidney, Hazelbury Bryan has a considerable amount to offer a First Time or Investment Buyer.  Located within walking distance of village amenities including the local Inn, Village Hall and Red Barn Stores, the cottage also offers ease of access by car to the Village School and Church. It shows attention to details throughout the build process to give the cottage an authentic feel with […]

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Built approximately 20 years ago by a small local developer this charming 3 Bedroom Cottage in Pidney, Hazelbury Bryan has a considerable amount to offer a First Time or Investment Buyer. 

Located within walking distance of village amenities including the local Inn, Village Hall and Red Barn Stores, the cottage also offers ease of access by car to the Village School and Church. It shows attention to details throughout the build process to give the cottage an authentic feel with traditional plaster finishes including rounded corners to window frames all of which have double glazed windows.  Internal doors are ledged and braced and the property benefits from Oil Fired Central Heating together with a multi fuel stove in the Sitting Room which is set into a charming brick fireplace, this room also has exposed beam work and French doors to the rear elevation and garden.

The Kitchen/Breakfast room is to the front elevation and enjoys a range of wall mounted and floor standing units together with space for a dishwasher and integrated Electrolux electric oven and Ignis Hob over.  It has feature display shelving, tiled splash backs and space for an upright Fridge/Freezer as well as space for a small table and chairs. 

The Master Bedroom is to the front elevation and offers countryside views as well as a Built in Wardrobe with hanging rail and shelving.  There are two further Bedrooms and a Family Bathroom with white suite although there is a Cloakroom on the Ground Floor.

Outside the property benefits from a Car Port and Parking for 2 vehicles together with a further communal parking area for Visitors.  The Rear Gardens have been paved and are enclosed with panelled fencing thus offering ease of maintenance with a pergola and clematis adding to the charm of this cottage garden.  There is a Timber Shed in the Garden and a rear gate which leads to the Car Port and Parking area. 

To the front elevation the property is approached via a picket gate with the garden to the front enclosed from the lane by picket fencing.  A wrought iron archway with clematis surrounds the front door. 

With 811 years remaining and no Ground Rent or Service Charges Payable this charming cottage comes to the market through Abbot and Slater with a Guide Price of £217,500.  It is a must view modern country cottage. 

For more details please click here.

To request a Brochure or arrange a viewing please call Tracey Hughes at Abbot and Slater on 01258 830860.


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