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Award for John Smale & Co

Long established within the local community, John Smale & Co is a family run, independent estat agent offering high-quality services to its clients throughout North Devon. We invited David Edwards to furnish us with an eye-opening overview of the firm and the services it provides. Since 1990 John Smale & Co has been a Chartered Surveyors and Estate agents offering exemplary service to its...

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From our Mayfair Office

Swingsand Roundabouts Nick Churton of our Mayfair Office looks at some of the many positives in the autumn property market. As we look forward to the autumn season in the 2018 property market the naysayers may well be citing Brexit as reason enough not to make a house move. They may say there is too much uncertainty. They may have would-be movers wait. But why wait? What good will waiting do? By...

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September Market Comment 2018

What shame that that glorious summer is nearly over! Some fabulous days and nights very much enjoyed by all. We did sometimes feel that the house moving process was relegated as a priority whilst we had the lovely weather. As a result the latter weeks of August were fairly quiet for Estate Agents. We are hopeful there will be a resurgence of activity as we are move into September as people come...

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August Market Comment

This summer has certainly been a heat blast! Working inside an office with a shirt and a tie has not been the easiest, but its been great to see the area in all the sunshine. When the weathers like it has been it seems a waste of time and money to go elsewhere. If only it is always like this! As a result the market has been a bit funny with people finding others things to do in the sun and the...

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The North Devon Show 2018

We were pleased to be one of the sponsors of the North Devon Show this year. We hope you saw our boards spread over North Devon promoting the show. The event was excellent with just the perfect weather! It was a well organised event with lots to see and do. We will be back next year and hope to see our clients there.

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A Spanner in the Works

Our Mayfair Office, Nick Churton comments on the legal process and time delay! Ask anyone who is putting their property on the market about how long the legal side of things could take once they find a buyer and most will say about eleven weeks. Oh, would that it were only eleven weeks! Today the national average period taken to get from acceptance of an offer to exchange of contracts is almost...

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Croyde Scrumptious Trail on behalf of Over & Above

The lovely Smale ladies completed the 10 mile Scumptious Trail over the weekend on behlf of the Hospital Charity Over & Above in glorious weather! Over and Above raised £12 000 on the day! Well done all.

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January 2018 Market Comment

Happy New Year and a prosperous 2018! As usual the Christmas period was over far too quickly! A very enjoyable time but probably not a time that should go on too long! It’s good to get back to routine. So the big question, what are the predictions for 2018? Reading the property press it seems unanimous that we will still see growth in the housing sector but a slow growth of around 2%, Rightmove...

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Market Comment December 2017

Only a short time now until Christmas! As we head closer to the 25th December the property market is getting slower and slower as people concentrate on thoughts about presents, food and drink! This is the usual seasonal slowdown and nothing unusual. We will have to wait until January to see how the real market is performing and whether the governments concession on Stamp Duty for First Time...

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Pre-Christmas Market Review

David Edwards, Managing Director. All of a sudden it seems Christmas is starting! With still 5 weeks to go the first mince pies were served up in our office today. It doesn’t look good for the team’s diet! As a result of the slight interest rate hike it has made the market a little quieter as people reflect on what they now wish to do with their home, shall we move now or later and maybe see what...

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