Whilst an agent selling a property quickly and to the first potential buyers introduced is always
going to be a major plus we feel strongly that the service we received was far more, from start to
finish, than just the achieving of that important detail.
Andrew, without any doubt you were the most impressive of the five agents we saw during our two
year process. Your approach, good advice, clear thinking and professionalism were a huge asset that
we recognised from day one. The online representation of the property was also the best we were
Jane, your tenacity, attention to detail and great communication, ably supported by Erin, were so
appreciated and confidence inspiring, helping us greatly to get through those final drawn out and
nervous weeks.
It is customary for us all to receive letters of complaint when things go wrong so we very much
wanted to send a few lines to reinforce what outstanding service we both thought we received
from Samuel Wood Ludlow.
With thanks again and wishing you all the best for the future, Tony & Kathy


FOR SALE £499,000
Beautifully presented, extended and improved Traditional Detached Property occupying a pleasing semi-rural position just on the outskirts of the North Shropshire town of Wem. The earliest viewing is recommended of the thoughtfully designed accommodation. Reception Vestibule, Entrance Hall, Living Room, Dining Room, Sitting Room, Large Breakfast Kitchen, Separate Utility Room, Ground Floor Shower Room/WC, Study / Ground Floor Bedroom 6, Spacious Landings, Five First Floor Bedrooms, En-Suite Bathroom and Beautifully Appointed Principal Bathroom, Gas Fired Central Heating, Extensive Double Glazing, Double Garage, Gravelled Entrance Driveway, Traditional Garden with views overlooking open countryside. Call our Shrewsbury team to a viewing 01743 272710


FOR SALE £239,999 Earliest viewing is recommended of this DETACHED Three Bedroom Property occupying a pleasing position within the favoured residential area of Telford Estate. The accommodation is very presented and provides Reception Vestibule, Living Room, Dining Room, Conservatory, Kitchen, Separate Utility, Guest Cloakroom WC, Three Bedrooms, Bathroom, Garage, Delightful Gardens, Gas Fired Central Heating, Extensive Double Glazing. NO UPWARD CHAIN. EPC Rating D.


There was some fuzzy heads Sunday morning from the Church Stretton Team due to a very generous client who sent down a bottle of Champagne and blackcurrent Liqueur as a thank you to the team for all our work involved in a sale. Great to be appreciated and it was very much enjoyed.!!


FOR SALE £525,000 Earliest viewing is recommended of this exquisite, extended and beautifully appointed Detached Country Property occupying a lovely position in the heart of the beautiful North Shropshire Countryside. Please contact our Shrewsbury office for further details 01743 272710


FOR SALE £395,000 On a quiet cul de sac on the edge of the pretty town of Clun is this most spacious detached home with lovely gardens which run down to the River Clun. Call the Carven Arms office to book a viewing 01588 672728



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 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 over many years to be the best choice.