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Keep up to date with the latest McCartneys news.

Domestic Workshop Granted Planning Approval in Herefordshire Village

Mon 17 June 2019

McCartneys LLP planning and survey department have obtained householder planning Read More

The Portcullis Auction Room - Thursday 20th June 2019

Thu 13 June 2019

The Portcullis Auction Room are very happy to offer further works by and from the Estate of the Late Islwyn Watkins, 1933-2018; Lot 378, Lots 401 – Lot 415 & Lots 594 – Lot 599 Read More

Three Cheers for Piers

Thu 6 June 2019

I was brought up believing that the BBC was the premier broadcasting network and that ITV was very much the poor relation Read More

What Is Important to You?

Wed 29 May 2019

For many vendors I speak to the most important aspect of their sales journey is Read More

Tis the Season of the Year

Wed 22 May 2019

Following a somewhat lack lustre start to the year now spring has finally arrived all things in the livestock sector are as usual at this time of year, beginning to “sing and dance”!! Read More

Get Countryside Stewardship Applications up to Scratch Before 31 July

Mon 20 May 2019

With the deadline for Countryside Stewardship schemes just over two months away Read More

A Barn Conversion on a Moat – Well That Was a First!

Thu 16 May 2019

After nearly 12 years in this job, I thought I had come across most scenarios however this was definitely a first and a learning curve at that to. Read More

Tickets Please!! Take a Seat and Relax as We Whisk You to Bucknell Railway Station, and Tell You the Story of How It Became the Family Home It Is Today.

Tue 14 May 2019

At the end of 2017 we received a call from Austin Powell, who wished McCartneys to act as agents, to sell Bucknell Railway Station. Read More

Two Storey Rear Extension and Double Garage Granted Planning Approval to a Rural Residential Dwelling

Mon 13 May 2019

McCartneys LLP planning and survey department have obtained householder planning approval for the demolition of Read More

Confirmation Obtained That Prior Approval Is Not Required for an Agricultural Building

Thu 9 May 2019

McCartneys Planning and Survey department have received confirmation Read More

Two Storey Rear Extension Granted Planning Approval to a Rural Residential Dwelling

Tue 7 May 2019

McCartneys LLP planning and survey department have obtained householder planning approval for the demolition of existing sun room and erection of a two storey rear extension to a detached rural dwelling. Read More

The Local Agent That Goes the Extra Mile

Wed 1 May 2019

“A house is made with walls and beams, a home is made with love and dreams”. Read More

McCartneys Supports the Alzheimer’s Society

Thu 25 April 2019

McCartneys are delighted to announce that Alzheimer’s Society is our Charity of the Year for 2019. Working with our local community fundraisers Lisa and Helen we will be raising money and awareness throughout the year to support people living with dementia across the UK. Read More

The Importance of Perfect Property Presentation

Wed 24 April 2019

When visiting potential clients to conduct a market appraisal, one point I always try to hammer home is first impressions count for a massive amount and this is something I feel very strongly about Read More

Farmers Banned From Shooting 16 Bird Species From Tomorrow

Wed 24 April 2019

Natural England made a shock announcement yesterday, that from tomorrow (25th April 2019) it will remove three general licences covering the control of 16 bird species, including crows, rooks, magpies and pigeons Read More

Spring Is Well and Truly in the Air

Fri 12 April 2019

and it is incredible to see what a difference some fine weather makes to the property market Read More

The British Heart Foundation - Beating Heartbreak forever

Fri 12 April 2019

In 2018 McCartneys and Phipps & Pritchard chose the British Heart Foundation as our Charity of the Year. Heart disease is one of the world’s biggest killers, the BHF funds vital research to save lives. Read More

Grass Keep Trade on Fire

Thu 28 March 2019

McCartneys report an excellent result for the annual sale of the Whitton Charity Lands grass keep Read More

Elevated Rural Site Granted Full Planning Permission for 5 Glamping Pods

Thu 21 March 2019

McCartneys LLP planning and survey department have obtained full planning approval for the erection of 5 glamping pods at an elevated rural near Presteigne. Read More

Showcase Your Home at One of the World’s Most Exclusive Addresses!

Wed 20 March 2019

On 29th and 30th March McCartneys Fine & Country will be holding a property exhibition dedicated to our portfolio of homes for sale across Shropshire, Powys, Herefordshire & The Marches. Read More

National Rural Business Awards Results

Thu 7 March 2019

Clive Roads and myself attended the National Rural Business Awards at Chateau Impney Hotel last week representing McCartneys LLP and the whole of the Midlands in the Best Professional Services Business category. Read More

New Partner Joins McCartneys LLP

Thu 7 March 2019

McCartneys LLP is delighted to announce the promotion of Geraint Jones BSc (Hons) MRICS to a Partner within the firm, principally based out of Kington and Welshpool Read More

An Opportunity to Purchase Good Quality Land in the Heart of mid Wales

Thu 7 March 2019

McCartneys are delighted to be favoured with instructions to offer for sale in two lots Read More

National Rural Business Awards Finalists Event

Fri 22 February 2019

McCartneys won the West Midlands Best Rural Professional Services Business and now go forward to the National Final against five other businesses from Cumbria down to Somerset to see who is the Best of the Best Read More

Extension Granted Planning Approval to a Rural Residential Dwelling

Fri 22 February 2019

McCartneys LLP planning and survey department have obtained householder planning approval for the erection of a first floor rear extension to a small welsh cottage. Read More

Don’t Believe Everything You Read & Hear!

Wed 20 February 2019

Much of the press I have been reading or listening to over recent weeks and the doom and gloom surrounding Brexit paints a very sad and depressing picture of the property market with a suggestion of a lack of sales and some prices having to be dropped significantly. Read More

Extensions and Alterations Granted Planning Approval to Provide Annex Accommodation to a Rural Dwelling

Mon 18 February 2019

McCartneys LLP planning and survey department have obtained householder planning approval for the erection of a ground and first floor rear extension Read More

Have You Thought about Applying for a Grant?

Thu 7 February 2019

Are you looking to apply for a grant or enrol in a scheme, then give one of our Rural Professional experts a call below, to find out how we can help? Read More

New Boy on the Block!

Thu 31 January 2019

Clive Roads takes prestigious position of Chairman of McCartneys. As Big Ben chimed 12 O’clock on New Year’s Eve, Clive Roads partner in McCartneys for 30 years became Chairman of the Partnership, taking over from a successful period from Glyn Owens – Partner running Knighton Market/Office. Read More

Another Busy and Successful Year for McCartneys LLP Planning and Survey Department

Fri 21 December 2018

2018 has been another busy year for the Planning and Survey department at McCartneys, and a highly successful one again too.  A year which has seen the submission of 72 planning applications to 10 different local planning authorities, spanning the whole of Wales through to the Midlands and even beyond. Read More

Welsh Winter Fair Full of Festive Cheer with Packed Auction Rings

Mon 17 December 2018

Welsh Winter Fair sale report. Read More

Site in Greenbelt Granted Full Planning Permission for 3 New Dwellings

Mon 17 December 2018

McCartneys LLP planning and survey department have obtained full planning approval for the erection of three new dwellings in the Greenbelt near to Wolverhampton. Read More

The Art of Negotiation

Fri 14 December 2018

Having been involved in negotiating countless deals over the years then the current furore over Brexit is rather interesting.  It does appear that whatever one’s politics then the current process has not been handled too effectively. Read More

Auction Summary and Amazing Result in Kidderminster!

Fri 14 December 2018

Regular McCartneys auctions happen right across the firm and over in the North Worcestershire area with operations being overseen under our Phipps & Pritchard brand. Phipps & Pritchard with McCartneys Partner, Nick Millinchip is based at our busy Stourport-on-Severn Office in the Wyre Forest district and comments as follows:- Read More

Site Has Been Granted Full Planning Permission for an Agricultural Building

Thu 13 December 2018

McCartneys Planning and Survey department have obtained full planning permission for the erection of an agricultural building for storage of equipment and fodder. Read More

New £80m Funding Package Allocated to Welsh Farmers

Tue 11 December 2018

Rural Affairs Secretary, Lesley Griffiths, has announced today an £80million lifeline is being offered to Welsh farmers. The funding will enable the extension of Glastir agreements, the continuation of the Farm Business Grant, a further round of the Glastir Small Grants and an additional £16million for the Sustainable Production Grant. Read More

Charity Fund Raising Day

Mon 3 December 2018

On Friday 7th December the team at Ludlow Office will be raising money for the British Heart Foundation. Read More

Traditional Barn Complex Successfully Converted into a Two Dwellings

Wed 28 November 2018

McCartneys LLP planning and survey department have obtained full planning approval for the change of use of the traditional barn complex into a two residential dwellings on the English/Welsh borders on behalf of private clients. Read More

How Long Does a Building Survey Actually Take?

Wed 21 November 2018

When it comes to buying a new home, it is advised to have a building survey to help highlight any serious problems and advise you of specific risks before you commit to the purchase. McCartneys Planning and Survey Department undertake two of the three types of RICS surveys, the Homebuyers Survey and Valuation, and the Full Building Survey. It is often a surprise to both home owners and purchasers how long we will actually spend at the property undertaking the survey. Read More

Royal Welsh Winter Livestock & Carcass Auctions

Wed 21 November 2018

At the Royal Welsh Showground Llanelwedd, Builth Wells, Powys LD2 3SY McCartneys are once again the official auctioneers to the Royal Welsh Winter Fair Read More

Will You Be Ordering Your New Flat Pack Home Online?

Fri 16 November 2018

I have just read an article about the rise of the modular home, a flat pack home you can order online, have delivered and put up within weeks. One style actually is flat and you fold it out into a house! Read More

Character

Wed 14 November 2018

This is a word that I hear used on an exceptionally regular basis:  And in fairness we estate agents throw it about quite a bit in our sales particulars as well!! Read More

We Will Remember Them

Wed 7 November 2018

On Sunday 11th November the nation will come together to remember all those who fought in the First World War. Here at our Ludlow office we wanted to show our respect and thanks and to have the opportunity to reflect and acknowledge the huge sacrifice made by so many on all our behalf. Read More

McCartneys Ludlow scoop another Gold Award !!

Mon 5 November 2018

Debbie Anderson is delighted that the team at Ludlow have once again achieved Gold standard in the British Property Awards for Regional Estate Agent in Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire and West Midlands. The team have now been shortlisted for a number of national awards which will be announced later in the year. Read More

The Year 1874

Fri 2 November 2018

In the year 1874 much happened. Harry Houdini and Sir Ernest Shackleton were born. Aston Villa and Bolton Wanderers football clubs were founded. In America the U.S. Army was fighting the Commanche and Cheyenne Indian tribes. Read More

Basic Payment Scheme Roadshow Review

Mon 29 October 2018

McCartneys recently held a series of Basic Payment Scheme roadshows at Welshpool, Brecon, Worcester, Ludlow & Knighton. Read More

What Should You Expect from Your Estate Agent?

Thu 18 October 2018

Whilst out and about on my travels over the last few months I have been staggered by clients questions and expectations relating to service. Read More

McCartneys Named Best Professional Services Business at Rural Business Awards Ceremony.

Tue 16 October 2018

McCartneys LLP have been named Best Professional Services Business at the 2018 Midlands Rural Business Awards. Read More

How Tech Can Help You!

Mon 15 October 2018

Technology has been around for donkey’s years and has been helping man kind in many ways from mass scale production to personal entertainment. Each year we find technologies getting refined and improved and every once in a while, something new and innovative pops onto the market, like the new influx of personal assistants being offered from companies like Google and Amazon. Read More

Phipps & Pritchard with McCartneys Auction Results

Wed 10 October 2018

Our last Kidderminster auction sale was held on Wednesday 29th May 2013 and was a very well attended event producing FIVE SALES. The results were as follows - click on pdf to view Read More

The Real Cost for First Time Buyers

Wed 10 October 2018

Are you a first time property buyer? Partner Tom Carter shares some expert advice on the financial implications of buying your first home! Read More

GOING! GOING! GONE!

Wed 10 October 2018

Yes, the market for residential property has much improved but it is not necessarily all about asking prices and selling prices with reference to the advice that we can offer to our potential vendors.  Read More

Award Recognises McCartneys’ Leadership and Management

Thu 4 October 2018

A leading firm of estate agents, independent auctioneers, chartered surveyors, valuers and rural professionals collected the Excellence in Leadership and Management Award at the annual Powys Business Awards. Read More

Dying for Food

Thu 4 October 2018

UK Agriculture contributed around £10.3 billion to GDP in 2017, up some 20%, but at its most basic level it provides nearly 50% of the food we eat here in the UK. Read More

69 Acre Farm For Sale in Welshpool

Wed 3 October 2018

McCartneys are pleased to be favoured with instructions to offer for sale by private treaty the holding known as Fron Grian, Cefn Coch, Welshpool, Powys, SY21 0AG Read More

Property & Land Auction Press Release

Wed 3 October 2018

McCartneys report another excellent land auction at The Metropole Hotel, Llandrindod Wells on Thursday 27th September 2018. Read More

RPA Takes over Delivery of Countryside Stewardship. Is It Good News for Applicants and Claimants? Time Will Tell...

Wed 3 October 2018

Natural England has attracted widespread negative attention over recent years, and rightly so. The organisation has failed to process applications, failed to provide agreements within the agreed timescales and critically failed to make the deserved payments to claimants. This has led to Natural England being a highly unorganised organisation and resulted in turmoil. Read More

Rare Opportunity to Purchase a Good Quality Small Stock Farm on the Edge of a Village

Wed 26 September 2018

McCartneys are grateful to be favoured with instructions to offer for sale the charming and attractive small farm known as Old Court. Located in a most beautiful part of south Montgomeryshire, the sale presents a prime opportunity to acquire a small farm with potential and diversification opportunities. Read More

Fine and Country, a Premium Brand Designed to Market Very Special Town and Country Property

Fri 21 September 2018

Back in 2002 McCartneys became a part of Fine and Country, a premium brand designed to market very special town and country property. Now 16 years later, together with independent agents in over 300 locations worldwide Fine & Country has become the UK’s fastest growing premium property brand. Read More

McCartneys Shortlisted for another 3 National Awards …

Thu 20 September 2018

McCartneys has been shortlisted for three awards run by The Negotiator Magazine.  Established in 2008, the awards are the most prestigious of the UK residential estate and letting agency industry. Read More

Site Granted Outline Planning Permission for 3 Dwellings on an Infill Plot

Thu 20 September 2018

McCartneys LLP planning and survey department have obtained outline planning approval for the erection of 3 dwelling on an infill plot in a town location. Read More

Who Said Moving Pictures Would Never Catch On?

Mon 10 September 2018

Here at McCartneys we are embracing videography, we understand its importance and effectiveness as a tool for conveying information in a captivating and informative way. Read More

So Easy to Forget!

Mon 10 September 2018

The bureaucracy and red tape attached to the food production chain is now daunting when one remembers that farming is growing and rearing food to eat.  It seems that every possible interest group, quango, government department has to have an input.  Nor must we forget all the law and regulation that exists which governs food production.  The whole thing is becoming more complicated as every year goes by and there must be a huge amount of duplication. Read More

Berriew Show Report 2018

Fri 7 September 2018

We thoroughly enjoyed attending Berriew Show again this year. Unfortunately the rain arrived in the afternoon but we didn’t let this dampen our spirits. We had quite a successful day at the show chatting to potential clients, handing out balloons, getting people involved in our ‘Guess How Many Sweets are in the Jar’ game and providing warm drinks and shelter from the rain in the afternoon. Read More

Basic Payment Scheme 2018/2019

Fri 7 September 2018

Autumn planting if not already started will soon be in full swing. The earlier dry conditions made for most farmers to enact an early harvest. Read More

Rare Opportunity to Purchase Improved Hill with Hidden Gems on Welsh Coast

Fri 7 September 2018

Glygyrog Ddu hill is situated close to the coastal village of Aberdyfi with stunning views over the Dyfi estuary.  Glygyrog Ddu hill extends to just over 90 acres, most of which has benefitted from ploughing and re-seeding during the last 15 years, to produce productive pastures to support both livestock grazing and fodder conservation.  Although traditionally used for agriculture, the land would also lend itself to diversification, including recreational and amenity uses. Read More

Cefncalonog Farm, Newcastle on Clun, Craven Arms, Shropshire SY7 8QY Press Release

Thu 6 September 2018

McCartneys are pleased to be favoured with instructions to offer for sale by Informal Tender the holding known as Cefncalonog, Newcastle on Clun, Craven Arms, Shropshire SY7 8QY.  Read More

Site Granted Full Planning Permission for an Agricultural Building to Cover Existing Muck Store

Wed 5 September 2018

McCartneys Planning and Survey department have obtained full planning permission for the erection of an agricultural building to cover an existing muck store and further develop and provide extra needed capacity on a local farm. Read More

Phipps and Pritchard Property Market Update for September

Tue 4 September 2018

We are bracing ourselves for increased activity as we move into September. It is noticeable that peoples focus is turning back to property as we see the end of the Summer Holidays and children returning to school next week. The mailing list which has been surprisingly high with proceedable applicants the largest sector being those in rented has shifted in latter weeks with the first time buyers increasing once again. Read More

Fine & Country Is the Fastest Growing Premium Estate Agency Brand in England and Wales over the Last 12 Months

Tue 4 September 2018

This is according to figures provided by TwentyCi, an independent statistics provider. Growth is measured by the number of properties on the market in the last 12 months, in this case from August 3 2017 to August 2 2018, and compared to the previous 12 months (August 3 2016 to August 2 2017) in England and Wales. The results revealed that Fine & Country has grown by 18.9 % year on year, which is substantially higher than the next closest competitor at only 4.2% growth Read More

The Importance of a High Street Presence in Estate Agency

Fri 24 August 2018

I am so often asked how we differ from the online offering. My response is such that for tech savvy individuals the online option is attractive. Cost is a huge factor for many people however more often than not we see people who have paid and are having to pay again for a ‘true’ high street agent. The incentive for the online agent is building stock and their brand presence, their fees are paid up front so you question where is their motivation following taking your money to sell for you? They have been paid and listed your property – now what? Read More

Come & Join Us At Berriew Show – Saturday 25th August 2018!

Mon 20 August 2018

We’re happy to announce that McCartneys will be having a stand at Berriew Show again this year. We thoroughly enjoyed last year’s show so we’re looking forward to attending again, especially as it is the 70th anniversary of Berriew Show. Read More

Site Granted Full Planning Permission for a Grain Storage Building

Mon 20 August 2018

McCartneys Planning and Survey department have obtained full planning permission for the erection of a new grain storage building to further develop and provide extra needed capacity on a local farm. Read More

More than £4,000 raised on Three Peaks 24 Hour Challenge

Fri 17 August 2018

McCartneys are very pleased to announce the successful completion of the Three Peaks 24 Hour Challenge by their team where during one of the hottest weekends recorded this year the three mountains of Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon were scaled within the set time limit of 24 hours. Whilst the challenge was no mean feat most importantly a fantastic £4,031 was raised for the British Heart Foundation, McCartneys’ chosen charity of the year. Read More

McCartneys Launch their 2015 Photography Competition

Tue 14 August 2018

With so much interest and success from last year it was a unanimous decision around the table to run the competition again. Read More

Site Granted Full Planning Permission for an Agricultural Building

Mon 13 August 2018

McCartneys LLP Planning and Survey department have obtained full planning permission for the erection of an agricultural building to further develop and provide extra needed capacity on a local farm. Read More

Honeybourne Sheep Sale Report - Wednesday 1st August 2018

Fri 10 August 2018

There cannot have been a year when the weather has played such an important factor leading up to the annual sale at Honeybourne. With very little grass (if any) in most parts, I must have had dozens of calls asking me what will the trade be like “will there be any buyers” and “will the lambs be in suitable condition”? Read More

Get Involved - 24 Hours in Farming #Farm24

Tue 7 August 2018

From 5am on Thursday August 9th, farmers across Britain are being encouraged to take to social media to showcase the work they do within 24 hours using hashtag #Farm24. The social media campaign aims to provide an insight to consumers of the hard work and dedication which goes on behind the scenes in producing consumers food before it reaches the supermarket shelves. The event, which runs from 5am Thursday 9th August to 5am Friday 10th August, aims to reach over 112 million people and promote British agriculture. Read More

Family Run Business Obtain a 15 Year Extension for Their Right to Quarry

Wed 1 August 2018

McCartneys LLP planning and survey department have obtained planning permission to extend the duration of the existing permission through a variation of condition application. Read More

Advice from Surveyors to Homeowners When a Survey Is Being Undertaken

Tue 24 July 2018

Whilst there is often information about what a surveyor will be looking at when undertaking a survey at a property, there is never really any advice for homeowners on how they can assist the surveyor to enable the survey to be carried out smoothly and in an acceptable amount of time. We felt that it would be well worth trying to set out a couple of basic points from our own experiences. Read More

Hat-trick for McCartneys’ Rural Professionals

Thu 19 July 2018

I am delighted to say that McCartneys Rural Professional Team has made the finals of the Rural Business Awards for the third year in a row, this time in the new Midlands Category. Read More

North Herefordshire/Powys Border Standing Straw Report

Thu 19 July 2018

McCartneys report a very strong standing straw trade over the 1175 acres of standing straw within north Herefordshire and the Powys border, which they have offered on behalf of clients through the beginning of July. Read More

Extension Granted Planning Approval to a Residential Dwelling

Wed 18 July 2018

McCartneys LLP planning and survey department have obtained full planning approval and listed buildings consent for the erection of a two storey extension to a rural cottage. The extension provides a utility and shower room on the ground floor and a double bedroom on the first floor.  This extension provides the cottage with 2 bedrooms in total allowing a family to live in the dwelling. Read More

Dispersal Sales

Fri 13 July 2018

As a company we conduct ‘On Farm’ sales throughout the year. These vary from the usual retirement sales of live and deadstock to the more unusual auctions of reclaimed building materials to vintage and classic farm machinery. Read More

170 Years Young!

Wed 11 July 2018

We are celebrating 170 years in Estate agency this year. We are a trusted brand that has serviced Worcestershire, Wyre Forest and beyond and continue to do so. Read More

Scorchio!

Fri 6 July 2018

With crops ripening rapidly due to the hot sunny summer and with standing straw prices at record highs due to the strong demand after a hard winter and the lack of straw – everything is heating up.  Read More

My Adventure Led Me Here

Wed 27 June 2018

When I receive a sales enquiry from a client wishing to relocate from the City, I can completely understand. In August 2017, I knew absolutely nothing of Knighton, by September 2017 we’d made an offer, through McCartneys, on a Cottage. Read More

A Reduction Has Been Announced to Solar Energy Tariffs

Mon 25 June 2018

The Government announced at the end of August that its consultation on a review of the Feed-in Tariff scheme. The announcement of the cut backs proposed was greater than what the solar energy industry expected and will possibly lead to some uncertainty in the short term. Read More

Long Leasehold Property Management Department

Fri 22 June 2018

Our Long Leasehold Property Management Department currently manages a portfolio of over 70 sites across the Worcestershire and Shropshire, ranging from housing estates to blocks of apartments, Listed Buildings to new purpose built blocks or conversions with managed facilities including gated entries, swimming pools or tennis courts. Read More

My First Year at McCartneys

Fri 22 June 2018

On the 2nd May 2018 I completed my first year of working for McCartneys Estate Agents in the Welshpool Office. When I left Sixth Form in 2016 I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do but after a couple of weeks of working for McCartneys I had realised that estate agency was going to be the career for me. The past year has flown by but in the best possible way, as it feels like I have worked here forever. Read More

McCartneys Supports the British Heart Foundation

Fri 22 June 2018

We have officially kicked off our fundraising activities for the British Heart Foundation.  If you visit one of our branches you’ll find a donation tin and lots of free BHF literature, so please do make any contribution you can. Read More

Property Stock Levels Increasing

Fri 22 June 2018

As the second May Bank Holiday has been and gone there is a noticeable increase in viewing and offer activity. The diaries have been extremely busy which is great as the stock levels have been so very low for the last 18 months. It is good to see the stock levels increasing. Read More

Can You Repeat That Please?

Fri 22 June 2018

I have been astonished just lately by the amount of repeat business that I seem to be picking up. Either from clients whom I have sold property for in years gone by, previous purchasers who have bought from me and now wish to move on again and indeed new clients to whom my services have been recommended by others. Read More

Site Granted Reserved Matters Planning Permission for an Agricultural Workers Dwelling

Thu 14 June 2018

McCartneys LLP planning and survey department have obtained reserved matters planning approval Read More

Everything's Coming up Roses!!

Tue 29 May 2018

Now is the time of year when our gardens come into their own. The Malvern Spring Festival kicked off the horticultural year in style and last week we had the joys of the Chelsea flower show. At this time of year when not at work I can be found in my garden, no good looking for me in the house, the garden is where I will be and where I am most content. Last night as I was tying up my sweet peas and trying the stop the cats from scooping tadpoles out of the pond I thought how vital our gardens are to us all. Read More

Time for a Change at McCartneys as Tom Carter Becomes the New Chairman of the Property Department

Fri 18 May 2018

With Debbie Anderson, who has been McCartneys property chairman since 2011, stepping down to concentrate on front line sales at the company’s Ludlow office, Tom Carter has been appointed as the new Chairman of McCartneys Property department. Read More

Can You Afford Not to Apply for mid Tier? Don't Miss the Deadline!

Fri 18 May 2018

With the uncertainties surrounding the future of Basic Payment, many farmers are considering whether now is the time to enter into a Mid Tier Agri environmental agreement and benefit from the funds available. Read More

Twenty First Century Countryside

Fri 11 May 2018

What do drones, driverless cars and cloud computing have in common?  They are three of the 10 key drivers for rural change as identified by the global policy forum, the OECD, which held it’s 11th Rural Development Conference 9-12 April. Read More

How Soon We Forget!

Fri 11 May 2018

As we all enjoy the fine weather of late, it is easy to forget that only about 8 weeks ago we were enduring a long hard winter and there was no sign of Spring. Read More

Gold Award for McCartneys Ludlow

Wed 9 May 2018

McCartneys have been recognised as one of the best estate agents in the county, having received a Gold Award for their Ludlow branch from the British Property Awards. Read More

Woodland Site Granted Full Planning Permission for 4 Log Cabins

Wed 2 May 2018

McCartneys LLP planning and survey department have obtained full planning approval for the erection of 4 log cabins in woodland near to Builth Wells.  Read More

Powys County Council Local Development Plan Has Now Replaced the Unitary Development Plan but What Does It Mean?

Fri 27 April 2018

As of the 17th April 2018, Powys County Council now has a new Local Development Plan or LDP for short. The LDP has replaced the Unitary Development Plan (UDP) and covers the period from 2011-2026. Read More

Time to Look in the Loft

Fri 20 April 2018

Could this be the time of the year to have a look through all those items in your loft. Antiques and collectables are more popular than ever. The television is full of programmes promoting the business and believe it or not collectable items are short in supply. Read More

Have Your Say on Rural Crime

Wed 18 April 2018

A new National Rural Crime Survey has been launched to shine a light on the problems and impact of crime in rural communities. Read More

Auction of Welsh Single Farm Payment Entitlements – Thursday 19th April 2018

Wed 18 April 2018

On Thursday 19th April 2018 McCartneys will be holding an auction of Welsh Single Farm Payment Entitlements.  Read More

Important Weavers' Cottages in Horsefair, Kidderminster Sold!

Thu 12 April 2018

Phipps & Pritchard with McCartneys Partner Nick Millinchip is proud to announce the successful sale of the three iconic Grade II Listed Weavers’ Cottages’ rescued and painstakingly repaired by The Worcestershire Building Preservation Trust Ltd (WBPT) using grants and loans including substantial investment from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) of £730,000 and from the Architectural Heritage Fund of over £300,000. Read More

Residential Sales Department Have Moved and Joined Forces with the Letting & Management Departments

Fri 6 April 2018

The move has enabled us to offer all of the above services from one location. Customer service is at the forefront of our business and one of our key motivators is to ensure that we provide the best experience for our customers. Read More

Extension Granted Planning Approval to Residential Dwelling

Wed 4 April 2018

McCartneys LLP planning and survey department have obtained householder planning approval for the erection of a single storey extension to a rural village cottage. The extension provides a large kitchen diner together with a utility room to the cottage. Read More

Site Granted Full Planning Permission for Residential Development

Wed 4 April 2018

McCartneys LLP planning and survey department have obtained full planning approval for the erection of 5 dwellings which includes 1 affordable dwelling. Read More

Full Planning Permission Granted for Replacement Dwelling

Tue 27 March 2018

McCartneys LLP planning and survey department have obtained full planning permission for the replacement of an existing rural cottage. Read More

Promoting Good Practice – New Water Regulations for Farmers

Mon 26 March 2018

From 2nd April 2018 the new Farming Rules for Water are being introduced to all farmers across England, which must be adhered to. The rules seek to set a baseline of good farming practice in relation to the use of manures and fertilisers, as well preventing pollution and reducing soil erosion. The new Rules also require every field parcel to have a soil test every 5 years. Whilst termed a “new” set of rules, there is overlap with existing requirements under Cross Compliance. Read More

What Is My Target Market and Who Is My Buyer Likely to Be?

Fri 23 March 2018

This is a question which I’m often asked when clients are considering the sale of a property and I have to say that the answer has become more and more protracted over the years. Read More

What a Transformation!

Fri 23 March 2018

Sometimes a small addition can provide all the extra space that you need. A small rear sunroom added to a converted barn in North Shropshire. Read More

Farmyard Redevelopment Scheme Granted Full Planning Permission and Listed Building Consent

Fri 23 March 2018

McCartneys LLP planning and survey department have obtained full planning approval and listed building consent for the redevelopment of a farmyard to the South East of Worcester. Read More

Excellent Pedigree Murray Grey Herd for Sale

Tue 20 March 2018

18 Pedigree Cows (2007 to 2016) and 1 Pedigree Murray Grey Bull (2012). Read More

Sponsorship Deal Gives Back to Club

Fri 16 March 2018

Welshpool RFC has been a huge part of their chairman Tom Carter’s life.  Not only did he play for the club for nearly 17 years and captained the first team on numerous occasions, it’s also where he first met work colleague Jake Best (pictured above left) when he was playing youth rugby.  Both now work for McCartneys across the Welshpool and Newtown offices. Read More

We’ve Moved Too!

Wed 14 March 2018

We love nothing more than helping you buy and sell property so you can move onto your next adventure in life and we’ve been on the move too!  Our Phipps and Pritchard sales and lettings offices in Kidderminster have come together under one roof, 32 Worcester Street. Read More

Should We Do Any Work Before Putting the House on to the Market?

Tue 13 March 2018

One of the most common questions which I’m asked whilst visiting properties is “should we do any work before putting the house on to the market?”  Read More

Auction of Reclaimed Building Materials - Saturday 7th April 2018

Mon 12 March 2018

At Chillington Industrial Estate, Eastfields, Wolverhampton, WV1 2BS on SATURDAY 7th April 2018 at 11.00am prompt. Read More

Changes to Permitted Development Rights for Agricultural Buildings

Mon 12 March 2018

New legislation due to come into effect on the 6th April 2018 will relax the permitted development rights for agricultural buildings and increase the range of potential development opportunities. Read More

Planning permission gained to convert a Grade II listed barn into 4 dwellings

Mon 12 March 2018

McCartneys LLP planning and survey department have obtained full planning approval, and listed building consent for the change of use of a traditional part brick, part timber barn into four dwellings. Read More

Over 1.3 Million Pounds Worth of Property and Land Sold at Auction

Fri 9 March 2018

Another electric evening was experienced at Hogarths Stone Manor Hotel last Tuesday night 13th March. The latest property auction hosted by Phipps & Pritchard with McCartneys was probably the most popular and successful event yet. Read More

Hearts and Minds in the Countryside

Fri 9 March 2018

Last year, dressing as characters from the Wizard of Oz and a mass cycle ride were just two of the ways McCartneys raised money for mental health charity, Mind. With your help we’ve done phenomenally well, in fact better than the photo shows. Read More

Planning permission gained to convert a Grade II listed outbuilding into a Podiatry Clinic

Wed 14 February 2018

McCartneys LLP planning and survey department have obtained full planning approval and listed building consent for the change of use of an old pigsty into a podiatry clinic on the outskirts of Worcester on behalf of private clients. Read More

Local auctioneer to help local Football Club with their quest to buy pitch!

Wed 7 February 2018

Newcastle on Clun Football Club have been offered a great opportunity to purchase their football ground at Millfield in Newcastle. Read More

Countryside Productivity Small Grant Opens Today 7th February 2018

Wed 7 February 2018

The new Countryside Productivity Small Grant Scheme has opened today for farmers in England, covering the livestock, dairy, arable and horticultural sectors to purchase equipment to improve the productivity of their farms. Read More

McCartneys Takes Strategic Approach with New Appointment

Mon 5 February 2018

McCartneys LLP has appointed Mike Hamer to run the property side of its Kington, Knighton and Prestigne offices.  Mike, joins the business with a wealth of experience, not only in property development, but also sales, marketing and research. Read More

Oscar Night at McCartneys

Wed 31 January 2018

Stars were lighting up the sky on January 13, when we announced the winners of our annual McCartneys group awards. Read More

Early 2018 Property Market Comment

Wed 17 January 2018

We have seen a very positive start to 2018.  There was a noticeable quietening down of the phones, as expected, during December as people prepared for the festive season. Read More

Method of Sale

Sat 13 January 2018

If you are thinking of selling your property or land in 2018, then you may have more options open to you than you realise. Read More

Busy and successful year for McCartneys LLP Planning and Survey Department

Wed 27 December 2017

A busy year for the planning and survey department at McCartneys in 2017, and a highly successful one to.  A year which has seen the submission of 69 planning applications to 11 different local planning authorities, ranging from the Welsh Coast to the Midlands, down to South Wales. Read More

Ludlow Market Key Dates for the Christmas Period

Fri 15 December 2017

During the Christmas period Ludlow Market will behaving sale on Wednesday 27th December 2018 and also Monday 1st January 2018. For more information please contact 01584 872251 and speak to Michael Thomas or John Uffold. Read More

The Importance of a High Street Presence

Fri 15 December 2017

I am often asked about the noticeable array of emerging online estate agents. What do we offer that is different? Read More

By Informal Tender - Coronation Cottage, Lydham, Bishops Castle

Fri 1 December 2017

Informal Tender closing at 12noon on Thursday 7th December 2017. Read More

Now is the time!!!

Thu 16 November 2017

If you are looking to sell your property, then now is the time to do it. Do not wait until Spring!!!  But it’s Winter I hear you cry! Read More

Weavers' Cottages in Kidderminster Shortlisted for a Historic England Angel Award

Wed 11 October 2017

The Weavers’ Cottages in Horsefair, Kidderminster have been shortlisted as one of three finalists in the Best Rescue of a Historic Building category of the Historic England Angel Awards 2017 Read More

Prestigious Rural Awards Name County Business a Finilist

Tue 5 September 2017

McCartneys LLP has beaten off stiff competition to be named a finalist in the prestigious Rural Business Awards (RBAs), due to be held on 5th October. Read More

Park Farm for sale by Public Auction on Tuesday 12 September 2017

Mon 24 July 2017

Park Farm, Hartlebury, North Worcestershire - Special barn with planning permission for conversion and private 1 acre lake in a scene reminiscent of an oil painting! Read More

Property Market Update from the The Wyre Forest into the West Midlands

Sat 22 July 2017

"We have enjoyed a very positive July and August with much needed stock coming in and filtering through", explains Phipps & Pritchard with McCartneys Property Expert Zoe Herbert from our Kidderminster office. Read More

McCartneys are fundraising for the local charity Mind on the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal

Tue 18 July 2017

McCartneys are supporting Mind, the mental health charity and have organised a fundraising event on the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal on Sunday the 24th of September to raise monies and awareness for the cause. Read More

Almost two million pounds worth of property sold at the Manor!

Thu 13 July 2017

More auction success at Hogarths Stone Manor Hotel, Kidderminster was achieved again last night with a staggering £1,743,000worth of property sold on the evening. Read More

Bryngwlfa, Llanbister Road, Llandrindod Wells, LD1 6UD Press Release

Thu 6 July 2017

McCartneys are pleased to be favoured with instructions to offer for sale by Formal Tender the holding known as Bryngwlfa, Llanbister Road. Read More

McCartneys are Best in Welshpool!

Fri 9 June 2017

AND THE WINNER IS…………. McCartneys have just won The British Property Awards for BEST ESTATE AGENT IN WELSHPOOL. Read More

MID WALES’ LEADING ESTATE AGENTS MCCARTNEYS SHORT LISTED FOR TOP INDUSTRY AWARD

Wed 3 May 2017

Tom Carter, partner in McCartneys Welshpool office said: “I am absolutely delighted to have been short listed for such a prestigious award completely out of the blue, it is wonderful that once again our hard work and the unrivalled results that we achieve for our clients here in in Mid Wales are being recognised at a national level. Our customer service levels, response times to enquiries and the service that we offer out of office hours have been highlighted by the judges which we are really proud of as we strive to offer the very best estate agency service in the area.”  Read More

THREE Important Historic Properties Now Available From £129,950 - Weavers’ Cottages, Kidderminster, DY10 2EN

Tue 2 May 2017

These historic Grade II Listed properties have been painstakingly repaired to the very highest standard and are now in the market to be sold straightaway priced to attract immediate interest from able buyers. Read More

Historic Weavers’ Cottages Almost Ready To Be Sold!

Fri 7 April 2017

Phipps & Pritchard with McCartneys Partner, Nick Millinchip is delighted to be favoured with kind instructions from The Worcestershire Building Preservation Trust (WBPT). Read More

LLWYNMORFA, CROSSGATES LD1 6RF – PRESS RELEASE

Fri 7 April 2017

McCartneys are pleased to be favoured with instructions to offer for sale by public auction on Thursday 25th May 2017 (in 2 Lots) the holding known as Llwynmorfa, Crossgates.  Read More

Macmillan Mobile Team are coming to Kington Livestock Market

Fri 24 March 2017

Thursday 13th April 2017 between 9am and 2pm at Kington Livestock Market, Love Lane, Kington, Herefordshire, HR5 3BT. No appoinment is necessary, please just drop in. Read More

The Future of Estate Agency has Arrived!

Wed 1 February 2017

​​​​​​​Virtual 3D Viewings – Now Available exclusively through McCartneys Read More

McCartneys Strengthens Team for 2017

Wed 1 February 2017

McCartneys LLP, has started the year with a flurry of new appointments to the partnership.  With long-time Chairman John Uffold having retired at the end of 2016, the independent Chartered Surveyors, Auctioneers, Valuers, Land & Estate Agents and Fine Art Auctioneers have appointed Glyn Owens to the post. Read More

McCartneys Christmas Awards Party

Wed 25 January 2017

A change of scenery proved to be very successful at the McCartneys 2016 Christmas/Awards party, held on Saturday 14th January at The Castle Hotel in Brecon. Read More

McCartneys Triumphs at Estate Agency ‘Oscars’

Wed 18 January 2017

McCartneys have again scooped an industry ‘Oscar’ at the Estate Agency of the Year Awards 2016 in association with The Sunday Times and The Times.   Read More

Buyers are Waiting for Your Property

Wed 18 January 2017

Thinking about waiting till the Spring to sell your home?  Well you’re not alone, many people think the winter isn’t a great time to sell but that’s become something of a myth in the last few years. Read More

Auction Resume for 2016

Tue 10 January 2017

During the course of 2016 Phipps & Pritchard with McCartneys LLP were favoured with kind instructions to offer 24 varied lots for sale by Public Auction. For some of our vendor/clients then irresistible offers meant that a few lots successfully changed hands prior to auction but from those 24 instructions it is great testament to our skill, and expertise, is the field of auction that only just one lot did not actually transact. Thereby creating an incredible “strike rate” of 96%! Read More

McCartneys receives an award for the second year running at the Estate Agency of the Year Awards.

Tue 13 December 2016

McCartneys was awarded Silver in the Best Wales Agency category at The Estate Agency of the Year Awards 2016 in association with The Sunday Times and The Times. Read More

Don't Wait Until Next Spring

Mon 5 December 2016

When you read news articles that says ‘Housing transactions to drop over next two years in ‘tough times’,  we all buy into the idea that the housing market is on a downer, BUT don’t believe everything you read, remember headline grabbing articles sell papers. Read More

McCartneys Try and Help Give Cancer the Boot!

Thu 24 November 2016

A Thursday night bit of fun for a small group of 12 from various McCartneys offices raises £110 for Macmillan Cancer Support.   Read More

The Right Technology in the Right Hands Equals Happy Clients!

Mon 14 November 2016

Two customer satisfaction questionnaires from a property sale recently landed on my desk, which intrigued me enough to investigate the story behind them. Read More

Review of the Wyre Forest Property Market

Fri 4 November 2016

Property prices in Wyre Forest have seen quite an increase since Christmas and in general would be at least 5% up. Like the rest of the country we witnessed a real spike for transactions in the market in the run up to 1 April 2016 with buyers rushing to exchange contracts before the Government introduced changes to the Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) system for buyto-let purchases and also second homes. Read More

Fundraising 'Promise Auction' Conducted by McCartneys Auctioneer Raises £7,500 Towards Local Cause

Tue 11 October 2016

McCartneys are pleased to have been able to help in the fight to keep open one of our local village primary schools recently. Read More

Mid-Wales Letting Agent Achieves Property Qualification of Excellence

Tue 20 September 2016

Kate Pinder achieves NFoPP QCF Level 3 Technical Award in Residential Letting and Property Management. Read More

Yet More Evidence if Needed That Selling at Auction is a Very Viable Option

Fri 16 September 2016

Our latest public auction sale was held on a hot evening on Tuesday 13th September 2016 seeing the room packed to full capacity with equally hot bidding!  Read More

Property & Land Summer Auction Report

Mon 1 August 2016

The McCartneys summer auction attracted a good sized crowd with a variety of lots forward. A wide range of land and property gave the basis for a very successful evening. Read More

Leave – what will it mean for the agricultural industry?

Fri 8 July 2016

​​​​​​​The monumental decision on 23rd June to exit the European Union is likely to have significant repercussions for the agricultural industry in the UK. In the short term, things might be fine because a weaker pound means our exports will be more valuable and the imports more expensive. This could see livestock prices improve, although the implications on the goods we bring in from abroad is that they will be more expensive to buy. Read More

Snowdon Walk for Charity.

Fri 8 July 2016

At the end of June one would expect lovely sunshine and blue sky’s but that’s far from what we experienced when a McCartneys team took on Snowdon on 26th June in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. Read More

Classic Car, Bike & Automobilia Auction

Thu 7 July 2016

A Premier Sale of Classic Cars, Bikes and automobilia will be conducted by McCartneys at the Brecon Classic Motor Show on Sunday 7th August 2016. Read More

Post BREXIT Property Market

Wed 29 June 2016

So the referendum is done and the UK has voted to leave the EU. What will this mean for the property market in the coming months? I read reports ranging from utter doom to a sense of mild and considered optimism. Read More

Demand Outweighs Supply

Tue 28 June 2016

When asked how the market is at the moment, the only answer I can give is extremely good. It was thought by some that with the lead up to the EU referendum, and the uncertainty that surrounds it, sales would slow and the market would become quite quiet. Read More

A visit to The Royal Three counties Show

Thu 23 June 2016

Donning my wellies I arrived at The Three Counties Showground Malvern on Friday 17th June to assist on our show stand. Read More

High Demand for Rural Property

Thu 16 June 2016

We’ve been delighted to receive instructions to sell some wonderful country cottages in Mid Wales over the last couple of months and the results have been excellent for our clients in terms of prices achieved and the time taken to agree sales. Read More

McCartneys take to the mountains for MacMillan

Wed 1 June 2016

About 18  months ago we took the decision to start supporting a charity for the year. 2015 saw us raising money for the Air Ambulance with our main event being a sponsored walk up Pen Y Fan in the Brecon Beacons (pictured above) and all told we raised over £700 for this extremely worthy cause. Read More

Sponsorship - Why Do We Do It?

Thu 26 May 2016

As far back as I can remember sponsorship has been the 'back bone' of many events both large & small. Without it many would find it hard to survive. Read More

A House in the Woods

Wed 11 May 2016

If glorious isolation is what you’re dreaming of then Warren House in Stansbatch, Herefordshire will be right up your street, or should we say track! Read More

Attractive Agricultural Smallholding For Sale

Thu 28 April 2016

McCartneys are pleased to be favoured with instructions to offer for sale by private treaty Hill Farm, Bucknell. Read More

Following in the footsteps of those before us…

Wed 20 April 2016

Established 1848 Phipps & Pritchard with McCartneys have been around property a very long time. In fact soon to be celebrating 170 years in Estate Agency. Read More

Little Chapel Sings

Mon 4 April 2016

Over half a dozen potential buyers were present in a full saleroom for McCartneys auction of the little Mission Hall at Hay-on-Wye. Read More

In Touch with the Market at Stourport

Mon 4 April 2016

Phipps & Pritchard with McCartneys LLP has a fine heritage having been established all the way back in 1848 and still runs today with the very same deep rooted values such as honesty, integrity and professionalism underpinned by a friendly highly knowledgeable personal service yet at the same time we still always continue to strive for progression thereby leading the way in all aspects of modern property transfer in order to exceed our clients expectations. Read More

VALUE!

Fri 1 April 2016

What a word! We are, in our day to day capacity as valuers and auctioneers, being asked regularly to “can you please value this or value that”. But if you stand back and consider the word value and its associated close relatives, we have a whole world of words surrounding one core word. Read More

Brexit – Yes or No - It’s Probably Not Good News For Home Sellers!

Fri 1 April 2016

Whether you are personally pro or anti Europe, the referendum on 23th June is likely to do nothing to help property sales this spring. Read More

Mid-Wales Development Plot Nearing Completion

Fri 1 April 2016

The first of the new properties at Rectory View in Berriew is now complete with the remaining three nearing completion. Interested parties are now invited to view unit two which is a large 3 bedroom semi detached house which exhibits the quality of finish that will be echoed throughout the development. Read More

A Year On And The Signs Are Still Good!

Wed 30 March 2016

Last year I wrote about how if 2015 fulfilled half the potential it had promised, it would be a year to remember...I think it is fair to say that 2015 was definitely a year to remember! Read More

McCartneys Spring Auction 2016

Tue 29 March 2016

The first auction of property recently took place at The Salwey Arms. Three lots forward, two in North Herefordshire and the other in Powys. Read More

Phipps & Pritchard with McCartneys Property Auction Report

Mon 21 March 2016

We are delighted to report on the success of our Spring Auction at The Hogarths Stone Manor Hotel on Tuesday evening of last week. The atmosphere was more akin to a sporting event. Read More

Don't Wait for Spring

Tue 15 March 2016

With its spectacular countryside and ranking as one of the happiest places to live in the UK, mid Wales has long been a magnet for anyone looking to escape more frenetic parts of the UK. Read More

Creative Collaboration Between Seller and Agent

Tue 15 March 2016

In a fast-changing world, the vendors of Highclere in Newtown, Powys have taken a new approach to selling their five-bedroom house. Working with McCartneys to take advantage of premium marketing under the Fine & Country brand, they’ve also chosen to set up a Facebook page for their property to help convey a sense of lifestyle. Read More

The Power of a Well Run Mailing List

Mon 14 March 2016

I am often asked, when I am undertaking Marketing Appraisals, whether we have people waiting to view properties such as the one I am inspecting. Read More

Stamp Duty Changes – Second Home and Buy-To-Let Buyers Affected

Sun 21 February 2016

With more changes to stamp duty due to come into effect on the 1st April 2016, it would be prudent for any buy-to-let or second home buyer to be aware of the impact this will have on them. Read More

Rescue Works Begin for Historic Weavers Cottages in Kidderminster

Fri 19 February 2016

Historic Weavers’ Cottages in Horsefair, Kidderminster to be offered for sale by Phipps & Pritchard with McCartneys – following extensive repair and conservation by The Worcestershire Building Preservation Trust Ltd having secured a mix of important grant and loan funding to do so! Read More

Right To Rent 2016 – Lettings Update

Fri 12 February 2016

As 2015 came to a close we saw several changes for the lettings market bringing in new rulings as of October 1st. These changes were in respect of carbon monoxide / smoke alarms in rented accommodation along with grounds for landlords regaining possession of their properties. Read More

Rent Smart Wales

Mon 8 February 2016

2016 is going to be an eventful year for the residential letting market in Wales. We will see the tax and stamp duty changes that were announced in the budget and autumn statement take effect, along with the Renting Homes Bill potentially becoming law which could see significant changes to the way in which residential tenancies are written in Wales. Read More

Blue Monday?

Mon 1 February 2016

Let’s face it, January is a bit of a long haul, we have all (just about) recovered from the excesses of Christmas, ignored our bank statements, waited for pay day, got the kids settled back into school, probably signed up for gym membership, battled against seemingly never ending rain and gale force winds; now helpfully all named so we know when to expect the latest onslaught from Gertrude or Jonas or maybe storm Kevin? We got though Blue Monday which is a miracle given the fact that all the news reporters spent the whole of that day telling us how awful everything is and to top it all no one I know won the £33m on the lottery. Read More

BUILD Magazine Announces The 2015 Real Estate & Property Awards Winners

Mon 21 December 2015

BUILD Magazine announced on 17th December the winners of the Real Estate & Property Awards. Phipps & Pritchard are awarded Best Local Estate Agency Worcestershire 2015. Read More

Early Christmas Presents for McCartneys Clients

Fri 18 December 2015

Christmas is almost here and historically the property market usually quietens down…….but not so at the Tenbury Wells office of McCartneys who are reporting record numbers of sales for the month of December. Read More

Winners at the International Property Awards 2015-2016

Thu 10 December 2015

McCartneys LLP has been named Best in United Kingdom in the Best Real Estate Agency category at the final of the International Property Awards Summit held at London’s Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square, 7th December 2015. Read More

McCartneys Are best in Wales!

Thu 10 December 2015

McCartneys was awarded as Wales Estate Agency of the Year 2015 at The Estate Agency of the Year Awards 2015 in association with The Sunday Times and The Times and sponsored by Zoopla Property Group. Read More

Fire Sprinklers To Be Installed In New Homes In Wales

Thu 10 December 2015

From 1st January 2016, Building Regulations covering construction of all new residential properties in Wales will change. It will become mandatory to have a water fire sprinkler system installed. This new requirement will have to comply with BS 9251 : 2014. Read More

New Member of Staff Joins to Head up the Lettings Department at Newtown & Welshpool Offices

Mon 30 November 2015

Tom Carter, partner in charge at McCartneys in Welshpool and Newtown is delighted to announce the appointment of a new member of staff. Read More

Final Countdown to Reveal the Best Real Estate Agent/Agency in the UK as well as in the World

Wed 28 October 2015

In its quest to discover the best real estate professionals in the world, the International Property Awards in London invited agents and agencies to present their full range of services. The judging committee chaired by two members of the House of Lords scrutinised hundreds of entries and McCartneys with Phipps & Pritchard was a top scoring entrant for Best Real Estate Agent UK. Read More

Is an Open House right for You?

Thu 22 October 2015

In the property world, open house viewings are becoming more common as part of an overall marketing strategy. The idea of an open house viewing is that the house is available for a period of time on a certain day for any interested buyers to come and look around. Read More

Not just anybody can be an Estate Agent and nor a Teacher for that matter

Fri 16 October 2015

Hay-on-Wye Primary School infants made a visit to our Hay Office earlier this week to discover what our job was all about. Read More

Lunch in Covent Garden and selfies with Big Ben

Fri 16 October 2015

All in a days work when McCartneys with Phipps & Pritchard hit London to collect their awards. Read More

The Gruelling Ironman Challenge

Tue 13 October 2015

When it comes to superheros, McCartneys have their own "Iron Man" in the shape of Jamie Tulloch who took part in the Ironman Wales competition held on Sunday 13th September. Read More

5 Star Winners at the UK Property Awards!

Mon 12 October 2015

On Friday evening myself, Anneka, Chris, Zoe and Mark representing McCartneys and Phipps & Pritchard went down to London to the 2015 UK Property Awards ceremony. Read More

McCartneys Achieves a Highly Acclaimed UK Award for Real Estate Agencies

Fri 4 September 2015

The results of the UK stage of the International Property Awards 2015-2016 have just been announced and McCartneys is justifiably proud to be among the winners. Read More

Very Rare Opportunity for Simple 3G Living - A Fine Country House in 11 Acres with FULL Planning Permission for a Totally Separate Detached Bungalow Dwelling.

Fri 24 July 2015

This property is a brand new instruction being handled by Phipps & Pritchard with McCartneys Partner Nick Millinchip who is based at Stourport-on-Severn Office on 01299 822060. Please click the link for full details of Howney Stile, Orleton, Stanford Bridge, WR6 6SX Read More

Stunning Success for large site of 27 Contemporary Homes in Brierley Hill, West Midlands by Woodcock Construction Ltd.

Wed 22 July 2015

Only one fantastic 3 bedroom house remains at the Royal Glassworks – Plot 5, nearing completion and ready for immediate occupation – which is priced at £165,000.  Read More

What a Great Night with two Charities Benefitting

Tue 14 July 2015

It’s always great to see local businesses thriving within our community and on the 1st July I was lucky enough to be invited to the first birthday celebrations of Great Escape Fitness, Gym and Spa in Welshpool. Read More

An Inspired Idea Online v Print Media

Tue 14 July 2015

Marketing is one of the major components of any good estate agency business and the key debate amongst most agencies is online marketing or print media. Read More

Interactive Innovative Initiative

Thu 25 June 2015

Senior Sales/Lettings Negotiator and newly appointed Office Manager Hazel Price joins the team at Leominster. Having worked for McCartneys for 9 years and responsible for a number of duties from sales negotiating to lettings, undertaking appraisals and listings within Herefordshire, Shropshire and Powys. Having Hazel on board will further strengthen the already dynamic team of Lister & Valuer Lee Anderson, Sales Negotiator Julia Skivington and Administrative Support from Amy Paddock. Read More

POULTRY HOUSING AND RENEWABLE ENERGY

Thu 18 June 2015

New association will provide an experienced professional approach to the farming industry. Read More

Yet More Rules!

Mon 15 June 2015

Agents and Landlords are going to see a seismic shift in the Commercial Letting field come April 2018 - which is not that far away in the grand scheme of things. Read More

ROLL UP ROLL UP IT'S SHOW TIME. . . . . . . . .

Thu 11 June 2015

As the months turn we suddenly find ourselves approaching mid-summer and very soon the longest day (blimey winter’s on the way). With hopefully better weather the summer shows across the country start to take their place in the calendar of events. Read More

So when's the best time to put your house on the market?

Thu 11 June 2015

Well as soon as possible, that’s when! Gone are the seasonal barriers to selling. If you want to sell your house the most important factor is to get it on to the market so that buyers can see it. Read More

Issue 2 of the McCartneys Property News is now out!

Wed 10 June 2015

After an extremely successful first edition we have decided to publish a second one, which you can view by clicking on the link below or if you fancy getting your hands on the newspaper version hurry down to one of the following outlets in our areas to pick up your free copy - Sainsbury's ∙ TESCO ∙ ASDA ∙ The co-operative ∙ MORRISONS Read More

Hidden Treasures?

Wed 3 June 2015

It never ceases to amaze me the hidden treasures people have squirreled away, ranging from the ridiculous to the sublime. Read More

McCartneys Summit Pen y Fan

Sun 31 May 2015

Despite some unusually nasty weather for the time of year the McCartneys team made it to the top of the Brecon Beacons on Sunday 31stMay in aid of Air Ambulance, its chosen charity for 2015.  A team of 12 plus friends and family started the walk at 10.30 in full waterproof’s and took just 50 minutes to get to Pen y Fan when we were able to get a windswept photograph of the team all soaking wet. Read More

McCartneys Reaches Out For Your Help….!

Fri 29 May 2015

On the 31st May 2015 the McCartneys team of Estate Agents and Auctioneers are walking to the summit of the highest peak the Brecon Beacons have to offer, Pen Y Fan, to raise money for both Wales and County Air Ambulance, which are extremely worthy charities. Read More

New Recruit Adam Jenkins Joins the Newtown Team

Tue 19 May 2015

After a successful interview I joined the McCartneys team in the Newtown office on Monday 13th April 2015. Since day one I was welcomed with open arms by the team consisting of Tom Carter, Laura Morris, Jake Best and Beth Darby (who has just returned from maternity leave). All of whom have been very helpful and have managed to put up with the many questions I’ve had to ask. Read More

Seller Beware!

Mon 18 May 2015

Caveat emptor......”buyer beware!” A common phrase in the property world to advise a purchaser that a property is being sold as seen or that full information about a property may not be readily available to them. I am however increasingly coming across the need to flip this on its head and say Caveat Venditor...........”SELLER BEWARE!” Read More

The Leader vs The Chaser

Mon 18 May 2015

It has been stated that Estate agents are as popular as Traffic wardens in the UK however we are not all the same. Read More

Measuring Success

Fri 15 May 2015

As Wyre Forests leading Independent Estate Agent like anyone we like to measure success however this is really only the tip of the iceberg to what people see. Read More

So Frequently Sought But So Rarely Found

Tue 12 May 2015

AUCTION ANNOUNCEMENT FOR 2 JUNE 2015 - 2 Tanwood Cottages, Tanwood Lane, Chaddesley Corbett, Kidderminster, Worcestershire. DY10 4NT Read More

Fine & Country Mid Wales Exhibition a Huge Success!

Tue 12 May 2015

A recent Mid Wales Fine & Country Exhibition took place in a world renowned Park Lane, London office.  I was delighted to be able to attend the event with colleagues from across McCartneys 4 regions where we were able to gain first hand experience of the Park Lane office, with direct contact with perspective purchasers and overseeing how these leads feed through to our local offices. Read More

Are you claiming small business rates relief? Are you eligible for small business relief?

Tue 12 May 2015

Do you occupy one property with a rateable value below £12,000? Read More

Are Pension Changes Good or Bad for the Local Property Market?

Mon 11 May 2015

Nick Millinchip, a Phipps & Pritchard with McCartneys LLP Partner, and based at Stourport Office, comments as follows:- “As ever this depends on whether you are a buyer or a seller but, at this moment in time, it’s too soon to yet tell if there will be a major effect locally.” Read More

Successful Charity Auction

Mon 27 April 2015

I was pleased to support our local community recently, undertaking a charity auction on behalf of Wyre Forest Dog Rescue which took place at The Gainsborough House Hotel, Kidderminster. Read More

A Day in the Life of an Estate Agent

Fri 24 April 2015

Many people think that we (as estate agents) turn up to our office at 9.00 make a few calls, sell a few houses and then swan off for lunch and a game of golf - but this couldn't be further from the truth. Read More

And so it continues…..Basic Payment Scheme Update 2015

Thu 16 April 2015

Following the RPA’s announcement, on 19th March, that the Rural Payments online system will no longer be used to claim Basic Payment this year, we will now be reverting back to paper forms for 2015 in ENGLAND. Read More

The Innocence of Youth

Fri 10 April 2015

That’s good coming from a grumpy old g…!!! – so old I can hardly remember when I was (a youth)!    Yes I can that was supposed to be a joke – Yes I know very feeble . . .  stop taking the “michael” and read on . . Read More

Land Compensation & Compulsory Purchase

Tue 7 April 2015

The world of Land Compensation and Compulsory Purchase is varied and many farming clients will come into contact with it at some point during their working lives. The most common contact is the laying or repair of water or gas pipes or even BT or electricity cables. Occasionally, some landowners may even have part of their property acquired for road schemes or other such public works. Read More

Change of use of Agricultural Buildings to Residential use in England

Mon 30 March 2015

From 6th April 2014, in certain circumstances, agricultural buildings can be granted permitted development rights for change of use into dwellings.  This only applies in England and not to other countries of the UK. Read More

Spring has started but we need more sellers.

Mon 23 March 2015

We feel the 2015 market has finally got going after seeing a very slow start to the year. The typically traditional times to sell have become less apparent over recent years with only December being a noticeably quieter month. Read More

'Upbeat Feel to the Market'

Thu 19 March 2015

McCartneys have kicked off 2015 season with a definite upbeat feel following the launch of the highly successful ‘on the market’ website and an increasing number of buyers coming out of the woodwork. What advice can we give you about marketing this spring with an election looming in May? Read More

Can we help you in any way?

Mon 16 March 2015

Please see the list of available services that the McCartneys Planning and Survey Departments have to offer. Read More

Land for Sale by Tender

Mon 16 March 2015

McCartneys Knighton Office have been favoured with instructions to offer for sale by Informal Tender 32.34 acres of prime level pasture land known as Upper House Lands, Walterstone, Herefordshire. Read More

Kington Office Has Blown the Winter Cobwebs Out.....

Thu 12 March 2015

McCartneys Kington has a new ‘Spring’ in its step, with a new Residential Sales Manager heading up the estate agency. Read More

All it needs is a bit of TLC

Thu 12 March 2015

I clearly remember saying exactly that to an investor client of mine about three weeks before Christmas. I was referring to the property that I was showing him round at the time whilst giving him some advice on expanding his property portfolio. Read More

Fine Art Saleroom Update

Mon 9 March 2015

McCartneys Portcullis saleroom are pleased to announce a very busy start to 2015. Having already held two successful sales in January and February our March sale has some very interesting lots consigned. Read More

‘An upturn in demand for house surveys for the surveying department'

Mon 9 March 2015

Following a slow winter and start to the new year due to the slowing housing market and the bad weather, McCartneys Planning and Surveying Department has been pleased to see a rise in the number of enquires received for both Homebuyers and Building Surveys. Read More

Portcullis Saleroom to carry out Valuation Day for Girlguiding CYMRU

Mon 9 March 2015

McCartneys will be conducting a free valuation day on behalf of Girlguiding Cymru in order to raise funds for the Friends for BRONEIRION HOUSE. Read More

Just Reward for a lot of Hard Work

Fri 6 March 2015

McCartneys are delighted to announce that Marie Lawley MNAEA (pictured above), Sales and Lettings Negotiator based at their Bridgnorth office, has been chosen as one of the top six achievers in the ‘NFOPP Technical Award in the Sale of Residential Property’ and has been invited to attend the National Awards Ceremony being held at Warwick Castle in May. Read More

RESPOND OR THIS COULD COST YOU BEEF FARMERS!

Thu 5 March 2015

Following on from a recent article by Katie Morris on Lifetime Assurance for Cattle, I now am urging all Farmers to respond to the Red Tractor Lifetime Assurance Consultation. You can do this by completing the attached Consultation Response Form which needs to be completed and sent by 27th March 2015. Read More

Where have all the good cows gone?

Wed 25 February 2015

A continual stream of farmers are giving up keeping suckler cows.  Our beef industry is blighted by bovine TB, cheap foreign meat imports and marginal profits. Read More

Exam Success for Local Agent

Fri 20 February 2015

We are pleased to congratulate Dean Morris from McCartneys Tenbury Wells Office for recently passing his NFoPP (National federation of Property Professionals Awarding Body) Level 3 Technical Award in Sale of Residential Property. Read More

Brecon Show Potential Sale Report - Saturday 14th February 2015

Mon 16 February 2015

This year's show brought forward one of the best entries in terms of quality for several years. 99 cattle were entered with 85 forward on the day and attracted buyers from all parts of the U.K. Read More

It has been a very buoyant start to the year

Thu 12 February 2015

With 69% of our database able to proceed there has been positive activity in the viewings and offers being arranged and dealt with at our Kidderminster office.  Read More

Successful Basic Payment Scheme Meeting

Wed 11 February 2015

Ludlow Livestock Market was the venue on Wednesday 4th February for a Basic Payment Scheme joint meeting between South Shropshire National Farmers Union and McCartneys LLP. Read More

New Year, New Team

Fri 6 February 2015

Sam Wood BSc (Hons) is delighted to have taken over the running of the busy Church Stretton Office. Jo Wall the previous manager has moved over to Kington to progress further her rural professional work and Sam who has been at Craven Arms 7 years will now also take the helm at Church Stretton. Supported by Elaine Pugh, Sales Negotiator and Christine Williams, Receptionist and Viewing Assistant, Sam is looking forward to offering clients in Church Stretton the very highest levels of service. Read More

Laura's Back in the Saddle!

Fri 6 February 2015

"Since returning to work in November following on from my maternity leave it has been great to get back into the thick of it" Laura explained. Read More

Changes to Stamp Duty

Thu 5 February 2015

A colleague of mine wrote a recent article about the changes made by government to Stamp Duty, applicable to buyers of property over £125,000 but over the past few months it would seem that the average consumer is still very much unaware of the savings they now make especially when looking to purchase in a price bracket between £250,000 and £300,000. Read More

Annual Fine & Country Conference in London

Thu 5 February 2015

A Group of  McCartneys and Phipps and Pritchard Partners, associates and colleagues ventured into London to The Park Lane office of Fine and Country and then to the Annual Fine and Country Conference at the Millennium Hotel in Mayfair. Read More

Awards recognise hard work and achievement

Wed 4 February 2015

McCartneys again rolled out the red carpet in January at their Annual Awards. This event recognises staff achievements within both the Residential and Rural aspects of the business. Read More

Buy to let advice

Sat 31 January 2015

I can hardly believe that we already find ourselves at the end of January! However I am happy to report that the market so far this year seems extremely positive. Read More

An Introduction to New Property Recruit Jake Best

Sat 31 January 2015

Having studied Mathematics at university, it seems fair to say that a career in estate agency was definitely not the natural route to go down! Read More

See the new TV Ad for On The Market!

Fri 30 January 2015

As I announced at the beginning of the year McCartneys are proud to be part of OnTheMarket.com, which launched on Monday 26 January. Read More

Basic Payment Meeting Wednesday 4th February at 2pm at Ludlow Market

Mon 26 January 2015

To explain the elements of BPS with a talk about the online process and what McCartney’s can do to help farmers in the area. Read More

On the High Street, On the Market and On Call!

Wed 14 January 2015

I am delighted to announce some major new marketing strategies for 2015 to ensure our vendors and landlords receive the very best coverage and service. Read More

Wishing all our clients Old and New a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Tue 23 December 2014

2014 has been another record breaking year for property. The market has been strong, demand for property for sale and to let remains high. The government’s announcement on Stamp Duty will I believe sustain the market into 2015. Read More

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