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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 Auctioneershave appointed Glyn Owens to the post.

Glyn joined the business in 1984 and has been an intrinsic part of developing the partnership and its many professional services. Based in Knighton, Glyn has become a well-known figure in the rural economy having headed up the firm's Livestock auction there for a number of years.

2017 also sees the addition of five new partners within the group. Mark Fish based in Ludlow, Simon Edwards in Brecon, Jamie Tulloch in Welshpool, Katie Morris in Knighton and Zoe Herbert at Phipps and Pritchard with McCartneys in Kidderminster.

Their skills and knowledge in IT, surveying, property and professional rural services will now help shape the future direction of the business which was first founded in 1874.

Glyn Owens said of the new partners, "We are delighted to start 2017 by welcoming these five young professionals to join the partnership. Their knowledge and enthusiasm will I have no doubt contribute a great deal to the development of the firm as we move forward."

McCartneys LLP operates from 15 locations across Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Powys.

Pictured above are the five new partners left to right - Jamie Tulloch, Zoe Herbert, Mark Fish, Katie Morris and Simon Edwards and the second photo shows the full partnership left to right - Nick Millinchip, Gareth Wall, Jamie Tulloch, Michael Thomas, Michael Edwards, Chris Jones, Jenny Layton Mills, Clive Roads, Glyn Owens (Chairman), Matthew Kelly, Jeff Williams, Mark Fish, Tom Carter, Simon Edwards, Debbie Anderson, Geoff Fowden, Zoe Herbert, David Hughes and Katie Morris.


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% !

Amongst the many notable lots that we dealt with, the highlight of the year was, perhaps, the sale of Old Baskerville House in Worcester City Centre which had a headline guide of 800,000 and through spirited bidding went on to ultimately achieve 945,000! In connection with other lots sold during 2016 we also acted for both Worcestershire County Council and Wyre Forest District Council respectively!

These results would be the envy of our competitors and acutely showcase our expertise in the field of auction. However, our valued clients are the driving force to all of this and with your support we aim to replicate this success for 2017 with four planned sales, as below:

Tuesday14 March, 2017
Tuesday 6 June, 2017
Tuesday 12 September, 2017
Tuesday 28 November, 2017

We are now registering new entries for our 14 March 2017 sale please call today for a Free No Obligation Valuation from the Auction Experts. By Nick Millinchip, DipSurvPract, MNAEA Partner

Stourport Office Tel: 01299 822060 e.mail:
Kidderminster Office Tel: 01562 822244 e.mail:

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

Eight lots had been scheduled for sale under the hammer but for some sellers then irresistible offers – also with exchanged contracts – saw two of the properties sold prior to auction as follows:

(1) A rare development opportunity at Mustow Green. Near Chaddesley Corbett sold way above its guide price of £135,000 to £175,000
(2) A landmark Grade II Listed riverfront former guest house along Severnside South in Bewdley sold well.
This left a line-up of six properties, all of which sold very well indeed in the following order as below:-
(1) 83 Highfield Road, Kidderminster – A 1930’s end terrace house guided at £85,000 - £105,000 sold for £128,000
(2) 15 Holmcroft Road, Kidderminster – A modern detached bungalow guided at £110,000 - £120,000 sold for £136,000
(3) 10 Raven Street, Stourport – A Grade II Listed townhouse guided at £65,000 - £85,000 sold for £86,000
(4) 33 Leswell Lane, Kidderminster – A Victorian Cottage guided at £65,000 - £75,000 sold for £86,000
(5) 7 Comberton Terrace, Kidderminster – A Large Victorian Villa guide at £125,000 - £140,000 sold for £125,000
(6) Old Baskerville House, Worcester – A 7000 sq. ft. Grade II Listed block of 11 apartments with further development potential guided at £800,000 - £1,000,000 sold for £945,000

Phipps & Pritchard with McCartneys Partner Nick Millinchip comments on the benefits of both Phipps & Pritchard with McCartneys and Public Auction in general as follows: “Without doubt the key to our success is by putting people before property, where Lots do not get lost in endless catalogues to be sold in faraway locations, thereby creating a ‘boutique’ style service with great attention to detail and in the world of auction – like many other things in life – a combination of careful planning and experience will normally pay off!

Auction transfer guarantees complete transparency thereby ensuring that the property is definitely not undersold, in that, the market will have been extensively tested which hopefully will then lead to very competitive bidding and therefore a premium price on the night for our clients. A further nicety about this method of sale is that it will also guarantee a fast and secure no hassle transaction for both the seller and buyer underpinned by 10% deposit – it is the most transparent method of sale and a real occasion! As may also may be appreciated given the prior sales a seller also has the freedom to consider any pre-auction offers.

Our next sale and final sale for this year is set for Tuesday 22 November 2016 and now is the perfect opportunity to instruct us giving a great lead time for comprehensive marketing therefore creating conditions to achieve the best possible price – Call the experts today for a free no obligation valuation”

Snowdon Walk for Charity

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.

The day started well when the team of 11 met at the top of Llanberis Pass to start our walk on the track known as Pygg Path that leads to the summit. This is a reasonably challenging walk including established paths and rock embankments but the team took it in their stride until the mist and rain started after about 1 hour. The walk became increasingly more challenging for this group of novice walkers but the desire to achieve our goal and raise money for charity drove everyone forward reaching the summit after about 3 hours when visibility was down to about 10 metres.

The exhausted team enjoyed a warm drink in the café at the top of Snowdon before embarking on the two hour walk back down to civilisation.

Macmillan Cancer Support is our chosen charity for 2016 and a very worthwhile cause. We would welcome any additional donations to help us raise as much as we can – donations can be handed in to your local office or submitted through the just giving page at -

Darren Thomas - Brecon Office (01981) 531000



A visit to The Royal Three counties Show

Donning my wellies I arrived at The Three Counties Showground Malvern on Friday 17th June to assist on our show stand.
McCartneys have a huge presence at the Agricultural shows as Pedigree and Commercial Livestock Auctioneers, Land & Estate Agents and this Year we were the sponsors of the RASE Burke Beef Pairs Trophy awarded at the Show.

As ever the stand enjoyed a prominent position close to the livestock rings where numerous school children stood in wonder as the livestock was paraded around the rings for judging. The perfect opportunity for welcoming clients old and new to visit us.

Known for being Englands largest Livestock and Equine show, so far removed from my day to day work of valuing properties within Worcestershire, Wyre Forest and beyond it was a pleasure to experience the buzz of the Show on the opening day.
I always maintain that in our industry “No two days are ever the same and that’s what makes the job interesting and enjoyable.”


Phipps & Pritchard with McCartneys take to the mountains for MacMillan

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 and all told we raised over £700 for this extremely worthy cause.

This year we have decided to raise funds for MacMillan Cancer Support, a cause close to many of our hearts here in McCartneys. It is quite amazing when you get talking to colleagues within McCartneys just how many people have been affected by cancer one way or another, both directly and indirectly.
Perhaps this shouldn’t come as such a surprise, as when you look at the figures MacMillan cancer support suggest that in 2015 an estimated 2.5 Million people had received some form of Cancer diagnosis, a staggering figure.

Our main event this year will be stepping things up a little from last year’s effort with a sponsored walk up the highest peak in England and Wales, Snowdon, with a team from McCartneys scaling the mountain on Sunday 26th June.

Those participating will be seeking some sponsorship and we also have a just giving page set up
Any support that you can give us to help raise funds for MacMillan would be hugely appreciated or if you would like to join us on the 26th June you would be very welcome.

Please contact Tom Carter for further information on 07855 834 282 or

Following in the footsteps of those before us…

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.

It is the knowledge, experience and expertise of our teams past and present that precedes our brand and reputation. Looking back through our archives our foundations were strengthened by those names such as John Cory, Gerry Morris, David Ward, David Parker, Tim Elliott the pillars of their community whose honesty was respected and trusted.

There is nothing better when out on an appraisal to meet those who have sold with us many years prior or indeed their families and to reminisce of how the world used to be.

There has always been a defining difference between Estate Agents and their conduct and practice. Currently we have The Independent, The Corporate and The Online Agent. Is there room enough for all? it would be good to see a level playing field when looking at both ethics and practice. Some base principles are regularly flouted and referred to as breeches under the Consumer Protection Regulations:

  • Distributing leaflets to homes claiming that you have buyers lined up for these sorts of properties or that you have just sold a similar property when this is not true.
  • The use of phrases such as “…contact me urgently” on direct marketing material (business cards, compliment slips etc.) which could create a misplaced sense of urgency or importance (especially with reference to ‘vulnerable’ groups of consumers).

A comment made recently by another agent when defending their fee was ‘Well, it’s not all about fee is it?’

That is correct, it is not all about fee. It is about what an agent can offer you and why they are different and for that I refer back to my predecessors. We have always maintained the same code of ethics ‘Good practice’. It has certainly stood the test of time and why we have enjoyed 168 years in the business.

Certainly the driving force behind my passion and enthusiasm within the profession of Estate Agency is helping people achieve their dream. Everyone comes to the market driven by a different set of circumstances and challenges, we are there to assess, assist but most importantly to listen and to serve our community and our clients.

Zoe Herbert DipREA FNAEA
PR & Sales Office Manager, Valuer


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.

For example, we have value added, value added tax, value analysis, over value, under value, actual value, best value, worst value, average value, cash value.

A dictionary definition of the word value is “the desirability of a thing, often in respect of some property, such as usefulness or exchangeability worth, merit or importance”. Relative to property perhaps the question most people want answered is the current market value of their property. Again we have to consider some different interpretations such as arms length, open market, willing seller, willing buyer, forced sale value, potential value. What a conundrum of words! We have unique value, particular value. We have clients who are looking for a property and “seeking value”.

Perception of value. Very few parties have little or no opinion of how they see the value of their own property. It is still surprising how many times parties are reluctant to give an indication of their own thoughts and will, so often, say “I have no idea”!

So you want to get your house valued? Does this mean a Market Appraisal with a view of coming for sale or the Bank might have asked you what is your house currently worth. Sadly, where following a death or thoughts of separation and divorce are concerned the parties will, more often than not, want to know current market value and a “bottom line” or perhaps they mean a forced sale value.

We then have the request for a valuation. The dictionary tells us that a valuation is “the act of deciding how much something might be sold for”.
Who or what is a valuer? A buyer and a seller may both enquire of perhaps the same or a different valuer the opinion of what they think something is worth. Basically, a valuation is not an exact science and so often during the depths of discussion where we are looking into the smoke screen, ghost and mirrors, that surround the subject we so often will hear a phrase either said by “the valuer” or the party requesting the advice, that ultimately value is what someone will pay.

So relevant to property and value, the value will reflect “where it is, what it is, what condition it is in, the potential or lack of potential it has and, perhaps, is it mortgageable”.

Most parties when contacting an Estate Agent will expect to receive a visit from a property expert. The dictionary tells us that an expert is “a person who has special skills or knowledge in some particular field”.

Within Phipps & Pritchard with McCartneys, we do have access to experts. Our property world is still dominated by real people in real offices. Admittedly, there are purely some on-line marketing agencies coming through but most traditional Estate Agents with office locations offer as a minimum all of the services that an on-line agent will profess to offer, but we retain prominently positioned local offices offering a depth of knowledge available locally with real people willing to come and visit you to discuss and offer the appropriate services that you may require, face to face and in the old fashioned way, plus giving you access to real experts plus, of course, the on-line and digital marketing backed up by support from our successful award winning offices.

If you are not quite sure what value or valuation you are seeking then, as ever, please do contact me or any of my colleagues and we will try to assist in the tried and tested old fashioned way.


We are delighted to report on the success of our Spring Auction at The Hogarths Stone Manor Hotel on Tuesday evening. The atmosphere was more akin to a sporting event. Two of the properties entered for the auction had been sold prior to the evening which left numbers 7 & 9 Galahad Way, Stourport on Severn as the focus of what turned out to be a most exciting sale.

Four independent parties competed in active bidding, the successful purchasers being frustrated by a very near to the end late fresh bidder, which made the sale one of the most exciting that I have seen for some time.

With a guide price of £250,000 - £300,000 being exceeded with a final bid of £307,000 being rewarded with the auctioneers drop of the hammer, the delight in the bidders face was clear for all the room to see.

Where we have the opportunity to offer appropriate properties for sale by auction, such results really do confirm that this is one route that, if identified and recommended to be appropriate for the sale of a property, can produce a transparent transaction both pleasing to the vendors and the purchasers.

The atmosphere and drama that a well-run auction can produce still excites me. We have been running property auction sales for generations. If you feel that you have a property that may be suited to sale by Public Auction, then our next sale is set for Tuesday 7th June 2016. For appropriate advice please contact myself or my colleagues as listed below.

CHRIS REES MRICS – Managing Partner
ZOE HERBERT DipREA FNAEA – PR & Sales Office Manager


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. The short answer, given current marketing conditions, is normally yes! The internet is not the “be all and end all” of selling a property and I was taught in my very early days as an Estate Agent, back in the early 1980’s in London, that the in-house mailing list was the key to the success of the Agency. Without it we could not contact potential purchasers in an era before e-mail and the proliferation of mobile phones!

In those days we were able to take a photograph of the property, measure the property and produce a set of details after making a “lithoplate” and still get the property out to the mailing list on that same day!

Oh to have had the benefits of the computer and the ability to run a mailing list that is instantaneously accessible and via which we can e-mail detailed particulars, text message notifications of new instructions and price reductions, and easily contact proceedable parties.
Proceedable parties are currently the key note of the mailing list. Our own mailing list as at the 7th March 2016 has a total of 826 actively managed applicants, of which, 76% are potentially proceedable applicants, being recorded as cash buyers, first time buyers, parties leaving rented accommodation, and those parties who have sold and are waiting to find a property to purchase. Only this morning, we re-marketed a property and have had four appointments to view the same confirmed within the first 24 hours of re-marketing!

Parties recorded all have an equal opportunity therefore of being contacted when we make a property available.

So, every week at our staff meeting in Kidderminster, we discuss the mailing list. It is our window into what is happening within a market place and enabling us to give, normally, correct interpretation of market strength and, more importantly, the trend that we predict with reference to property and prices i.e. whether demand is such that prices will remain static, decline or increase. We are all aware that over the last 12 – 18 month period, the market has seen a price gain. If we reflect upon the mailing list with reference to proceedable applicants at the back end of 2014 into 2015, we saw a mailing list rise from 65% proceedable in the November of 2014 to 69% by the February/March 2015. This underlying growth in the proportion of proceedable parties drove the market further forward last year to what, in many instances, is reflecting prices that are now getting near to or in some instances back to the heady heights of 2007.

So, if you are thinking of instructing an Estate Agent then, in my opinion, the mailing list is still one of the most key essential ingredients the Agent can offer to you that gives control of marketing to the agent and not just a blind reliance upon the internet.

After 40 years of being associated directly or indirectly with the sale valuation and survey of residential properties, the mailing list is still the key tool to successfully helping us to sell, hopefully, your property or to put you, as a potential purchaser, in touch with the properties we have to sell.

Managing Partner

Historic Weavers’ Cottages in Horsefair, Kidderminster to be offered for sale
by Phipps & Pritchard with McCartneys

Watercolour Impression by Bob Tolley

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! Please click on the pdf below to view the Official Press Release.

All enquires to either Nick Millinchip or Chris Smith at Stourport Office on 01299 822060 or




BUILD Magazine Announces The 2015 Real Estate & Property Awards Winners

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

The 2015 Real Estate & Property Awards have been put in place to celebrate the people and firms whose responsibility it is to shape and steer the industry in what is traditionally a highly volatile and occasionally unpredictable sphere.

Laura Hunter, Awards Co-ordinator, said: “With these awards, we pay tribute to the outstanding firms and individuals who have worked tirelessly to shape this dynamic and innovative industry. It is truly an honour to put the spotlight on the incredible work done by our winners.”

Zoe Herbert PR Manager comments ‘We are absolutely delighted to have been awarded this accolade. We have enjoyed a very successful 2015 and look forward to continuing success through 2016’

McCartneys are best in Wales!

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.

On Friday 4th December, over 650 leading property professionals from throughout the UK attended a glittering ceremony at The Lancaster London Hotel opposite Hyde Park where the winners of the most highly regarded awards in the estate agency industry were revealed. The winners were presented with their awards by International rugby star and MBE Matt Dawson, with renowned journalist, author and newsreader Penny Smith acting as compere.

Award winners were decided following a rigorous and thorough judging process by a panel of 20 industry experts who assessed initial entry submissions before conducting an extensive review of the entrants, which included over 150 hours of telephone interviews and independent mystery shopping exercises. The whole of the judging process was overseen by The Property Ombudsman, Christopher Hamer, and Gerry Fitzjohn, VP of The Property Ombudsman acted as Arbiter.

Now in its thirteenth year as a dedicated competition, these awards have become widely recognised as the most prestigious and difficult to win. With more entrants than ever before, over 6,000 offices were represented this year, but only the very best of the best were crowned as winners.

Individuals were also recognised for their hard work and commitment to customer service in four different categories.

McCartneys, winners of the Wales Estate Agency of the Year 2015 were delighted to receive the award. Tom Carter commented “We are absolutely over the moon to have won best agency in Wales. I am so pleased that all the hard work, the extensive marketing and the quality service that we are offering our clients here in Mid Wales has been recognised on a national level”.

A website listing all the winning companies with comments from the judges as to why they won can be found at

The regional awards were sponsored by Zoopla Property Group and the official News Partner was Property Industry Eye, whilst the specialist categories were sponsored by some of the industry’s leading suppliers including Moneypenny, VTUK, Metropix, Qube Global, Reapit, Brief Your Market, Ravensworth, Samsung, Eurolink, Customer Perspectives, Fairfield Displays, DezRez, Property Detective, The Property Software Group, Boomerang, raterAgent, I AM Sold, FLR Spectron, and Property Academy.

International Property Awards 2015-2016

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.

McCartneys LLP competed against the best property professionals in the World to win the title of ‘Best Real Estate Agency in United Kingdom’, property’s highest accolade.

This following McCartneys initial success in October as they were named the winner as the best in their region ‘Best Real Estate Agency Shropshire’, ‘Best Real Estate Agency Marketing West Midlands’ are also 5* award winners at regional property finals and chosen to represent their company against a rigorous critique.

The International Property Awards is in its 22nd year and is the world’s largest, most prestigious, and widely recognised programme. Worldwide, the 2015 International Property Awards has received more than 2000 entries from over 110 countries this year.

The International Property Awards are judged by an independent panel of 70 industry experts. Judging focuses on design, quality, service, innovation, originality, and commitment to sustainability. The judging panel is chaired by Lord Caithness and Lord Best, members of the House of Lords in the UK Parliament.

Winners have competed against companies from Europe, Asia Pacific, the Americas and the UK to become the ‘World’s Best’ in their field.

PR Manager Zoe Herbert comments ‘Winning the initial stages of these awards was a great achievement and we felt privileged to have been chosen from such a high standard of agents to represent our Country at the International Property Award Finals. We are absolutely delighted and proud to have emerged as not only the winners of our region but awarded ‘The Best Real Estate Agency in the UK.’

What makes us different?

Market leadership and the ability to lead the market with new and innovative ideas.
Professionalism – We have a team of experienced and qualified staff.

Brand recognition – A trusted brand whose reputation precedes it. Our brand is often associated with long term relationships resulting from repeat business
Competitive edge - this is what differentiates us from our competition, the ability to offer a competitive package and sustain this level to retain the percentage edge.
Market Leadership – we pride ourselves on a mix of excellent customer service, consistency and a brand reputation. Reputation is priceless.

Property Chairman Debbie Anderson comments ‘
‘To be awarded Best Estate Agent United Kingdom is a fantastic achievement and I am very proud to have represented McCartneys at the awards. It is I believe, well deserved recognition of all the hard work and commitment of our sales teams across the company. It has made a very exciting and rewarding end to another fantastic year!’


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.

Having already competed throughout the regional stages of the International Property Awards 2015-2016, representatives from up to three highest scoring nominees per category from each region will gather at the London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square Hotel in Mayfair on Monday, December 7th. There, in the presence of Lord Best, joint chairman of the judging panel, the region’s overall winners will be announced before the ultimate World’s Best international winners are revealed.

The International Property Awards is in its 22nd year and the largest, richest and most prestigious property competition in the world. This year in excess of 2,000 companies from over 100 different countries took part, making the total financial value of the competing projects astronomical. Indeed, their total worth is estimated at approximately £20 billion.

Covering 48 different residential and commercial categories, regional heats are staged for Arabia, Europe, Africa, Canada, Central & South America, the Caribbean, USA, UK and Asia Pacific. These have been celebrated at gala presentation events in Kuala Lumpur, Barbados, Dubai and London during the course of the year. Up to three of the highest scoring entries from each category in every region are then re-evaluated to establish the winners at both regional and international level, culminating in an annual grand final.

Judging is carried out through a meticulous process involving a panel of over 70 experts covering every aspect of the property business. The judges not only look for the most impressive and innovative real estate companies, they also examine their services, background and marketing strategies.

President of the International Property Awards, Stuart Shield, says, “After a year-long process of evaluating and assessing many thousands of entries our judging panel is now ready to announce its final results. We will now reveal the finest real estate professionals in each region and also those that have excelled overall to win the fiercely contested title of ‘World’s Best.”

PR Manager Zoe Herbert Comments ‘The International Property awards are renowned for celebrating the highest levels of achievement by companies operating within the property and real estate industry and is a world-renowned mark of excellence. We pride ourselves on being a forward thinking, forward moving agency and therefore this is a fabulous achievement to be recognised and nominated to attend the Awards ceremony on 7th December for the title of Best Real Estate Agent UK.’

Lunch in Covent Garden and selfies with Big Ben – All in a days work when McCartneys with Phipps & Pritchard hit London to collect their awards.

Winning two awards was a tremendous achievement however when we arrived at the Marriott on Friday evening to be told we had received the highest accolade of five stars in both categories we were thrilled.

It is always nice to receive positive feedback following the intense work and preparation that goes into producing the portfolios. McCartneys with Phipps & Pritchard strive to be at the forefront of Estate Agency especially in regards to technology and what we can offer to our clients and we are so pleased to have this recognised by a judging panel of no less than 84 judges including Peter Bolton King, Global Property Standards Director RICS.
The icing on the cake was to be called back to the stage to receive a nomination to represent McCartneys as Best Real Estate Agent for the UK at the International Property Awards in December. The International Property awards celebrate the highest levels of achievement by companies operating within the property and real estate industry and is a world-renowned mark of excellence.

Another trip to London! The glitz, the glamour, the shoes , the bag and the dress. My husband congratulates and adds ‘is another outfit essential?’ My response ’Darling, we all know PR stands for Posh Rags’

A ‘Good company’ survives, a ‘Great company’ succeeds. McCartneys are GREAT:
Giants in their field
Rural professionals
Estate Agents
Auctioneers/Agricultural experts
Team – A team of professionals ensuring that people matter and where good service is considered the key to profit.

Zoe Herbert DipREA FNAEA

When it comes to superhero's, 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.

This gruelling event featured a 2.4 mile sea swim, followed by a 112 mile bike ride and a marathon to finish.

Prior to competing Jamie, Manager and Associate Member of McCartneys Welshpool Estate Agency office declared he hadn't attempted anything quite like this before and stated ‘I am trying to raise money for a very worthy cause. I've never done a triathlon before so some people think I’m crazy jumping in at the deep end with the Ironman Wales, arguably the toughest triathlon there is and the hardest on the Ironman circuit. However, I feel that if something is worth doing then it’s worth doing properly and it’s good to push yourself to the absolute max.’

Jamie did indeed complete the course in an impressive time of 12 hours, 59 minutes and 14 seconds, and while hoping to raise £1000 managed to far exceeded his target.

After the event Jamie said ‘I have to say, physically, it was the hardest day of my life but still very enjoyable and rather surreal in places. I finished in a time of just under 13 hours which I was very, very pleased with as I only hoped, never really expected to. I’ve also managed to raise a total of £1294 plus Gift Aid for a great charity, , which makes the event even more worthwhile.’

John Uffold Chairman of McCartneys LLP donated £250 noting what an outstanding achievement this was.

5 * Winners at the UK Property Awards !!!

On Friday evening we went down to London to the UK Property Awards. Myself, Anneka Wilks , Chris Rees, Zoe Herbert and Mark Fish represented McCartneys and Phipps & Pritchard.

The competition was strong with agents, developers, interior designers and architects from all over the UK competing to be the best in their field. I am delighted to announce that McCartneys & Phipps & Pritchard won 5* Awards for Best Estate Agency Shropshire and Best Real Estate Marketing West Midlands. It is a real accolade to be recognised at such a high level.

As a result of our win we have now been nominated for the International Best Estate Agency United Kingdom award to be announced on the 7th December. The judges took all of the 5 star award winners and nominated the highest scoring – McCartneys with Phipps & Pritchard were 1 of just 3 who were picked to go forward to represent  McCartneys for the UK at The International Property Awards.

Our success in these awards is testament to the committed teams of staff across the firm who daily strive to provide the very highest levels of customer service. Mark Fish Associate Partner and Head of IT is responsible for our website and its development which I believe is one of the best in the industry, Zoe Herbert is a Valuer from Kidderminster and heads up our PR department, she prepared our submissions for this prestigious award, Anneka Wilks our surveyor works across the firm from Mid Wales to the West Midlands managing , selling & letting commercial property . Chris Rees is the Managing Partner for Phipps & Pritchard, an iconic brand in the West Midlands.

We all enjoyed our evening very much, I feel proud to be part of such a successful team and look forward to the next award !!

Debbie Anderson
Property Chairman

The National Association of Valuers and Auctioneers (NAVA) ‘Auctioneers of the Year Awards’ celebrates industry talent
Insolvency & Business Asset Auction House, McCartneys

McCartneys recently attended the NAVA Awards. The National Association of Valuers and Auctioneers (NAVA) annual awards ceremony took place on 23rd September 2015, celebrating the best of the industry.

Now in its fifth year, the awards were held at the Oxford Belfry, where the industry came together to recognise excellence and outstanding achievement across the profession.

The Insolvency & Business Asset Auction House of the Year 2015 award, open to auction houses and firms that regularly conduct live auctions on a regular basis, went to McCartneys and attending the event to collect their award was the Chairman of McCartneys John Uffold, Michael Thomas LLP Member and Philip Blackman Howard Associate Member.

McCartneys are delighted to have been recognised in the awards and indeed to come away with such an accolade.

Phil Arnold, president, National Association of Valuers and Auctioneers (NAVA), said: “This event is an industry institute. Now in its fifth year, it’s a great way for us to show off and congratulate the great work conducted by valuers and auctioneers across the whole business. It’s also a good chance for attendees to network with others and share their experiences and build on their knowledge. We were extremely impressed with this year’s entrants – the standard was very high. We’re already looking forward to what next year’s awards will bring and if you’re working with a novice auctioneer, or you are one – make sure you enter the 2016 awards, to be in with a chance of winning an industry accolade.”


NAVA Awards Winners as follows:
Property Auction House of the Year sponsored by Together
Network Auctions

Insolvency & Business Asset Auction House

Fine Art & Antiques Auction House
Peter Francis Auctioneers

Community Award sponsored by Proxibid
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The results of the UK stage of the International Property Awards 2015-2016 have just been announced and Phipps & Pritchard with McCartneys is justifiably proud to be among the winners.

Phipps & Pritchard with McCartneys competed against a number of the region’s most accomplished real estate agents to receive this recognition. The level of award or awards it has won (either highly commended or 5-star) will be revealed when the official announcements are made at a gala presentation dinner at the London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square in Mayfair on the evening of Friday, October 9th.

The company may even go on to represent the United Kingdom in the final stage of the competition later this year. If it has attained the highest score in the real estate agent category, Phipps & Pritchard with McCartneys will compete against other winning companies from Asia Pacific, Africa, Canada, the USA, Central and South America, the Caribbean, Arabia and Europe for the coveted crown of World’s Best Real Estate Agent.

The award is a major achievement for Phipps & Pritchard with McCartneys as entrants are judged against a strict set of criteria. Judging was undertaken by a panel of over 70 experts from all over the world and chaired by two active members of the House of Lords: Lord Caithness and Lord Best.

Stuart Shield, president of the International Property Awards, commented, “I’m delighted that the UK’s real estate agents, property consultants and lettings agencies have demonstrated such an extensive range of exemplary services, They have also embraced the latest in new technology and managed to achieve the extremely high levels of customer support that is vital to succeed in this competition.”

Zoe Herbert PR & Office Manager said- We are thrilled to have won awards in the categories of Real Estate Agency Marketing for the West Midlands and Real Estate Agency for Shropshire and furthermore have the opportunity to take our brand and represent the UK for the ‘Worlds best Real Estate Agent.’ This accolade is celebrated throughout our branch network.

The leader vs The chaser

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

As an independent agent we are able to provide our clients with a personal service. We are not burdened by targets to achieve and therefore are able to commit 100% of our time to our vendors.

The other side of the coin sees our competition having to jump through hoops to fulfill their targets and to do so resort to tactical play to try and achieve. So sad but so true! So often do our vendors bring in business cards with ‘Do you wish to sell, call me’ etched across. A recent scenario we encountered was a vendor whom we brought to market, sold within 7 days and they were a few days off completion when they visited our offices with a letter in hand and a wide smile.

‘We thought we would bring this in for you to see’ the letter from agent ‘x’ addressed to The Homeowner went on to read …we see that you have been trying to sell your house with Phipps & Pritchard with no success please contact us….

Our vendor felt the need to take their letter and update them just how fast we did indeed sell them. Back to key elements – Research, a wonderful tool!

Basic preparation, a trusted brand, honesty, knowledge and experience of our market place and that around us assist us to be leaders in our field.

Zoe Herbert DipREA FNAEA

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.

Beneath the calm water are all of the elements which assist us to lead. A strapline used to within an inch of its life within Kidderminster Office echoed by our Managing Partner is ‘Back to Basics’. Sticking to the basics gives us a structure that is the core strength of our business. Having goals, being persistent, and having focus just some of the key ingredients to our brand.

Established in 1848 we have been going a long time, our name and the red square brand being well known within the Wyre Forest. For many, it is the past positive experiences that they have had, that bring them back. We aim to provide a rounded service encompassing not just a sale or purchase but assisting you in all aspects of moving. Where there are problems within a sale process we have close contacts we can call upon be it timber and damp, drainage or maybe assistance with surveys. We have qualified RICS surveyors who are on hand to answer any queries you may have.

It was interesting to stumble across an article in The Telegraph about finding the right estate agent which re-itterates the elements behind a successful brand.
‘find an agent with local market knowledge, a recognisable quality brand, prominent high-street office and good local reputation. And beware agents who simply employ people on commission to get listings because they are more likely to overvalue, forcing you to reduce the price later.’

Always use a qualified agent, regulated by a body such as the NAEA; RICS; Guild of Professional Estate Agents; or Property Ombudsman.

Zoe Herbert DipREA FNAEA

McCartneys are delighted to announce that Marie Lawley MNAEA, 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 qualification and has been invited to attend the National Awards Ceremony being held at Warwick Castle in May.

Bridgnorth Partner, Phil Herdson FRICS comments “This is a great achievement for Marie and to be nominated as one of the top six achievers in the Country is an undoubted feather in her cap. This is the culmination of an intense period of study and is a reward for the commitment she has made.”




It has been a very buoyant start to the year.

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. 

In January alone we arranged 265 viewings and received over 50 offers.  This was a 9% increase on January 2014. 

February has again exceeded expectations with a staggering 12 sales being agreed in the first 11 days of the month.

If you are looking to buy or sell it really is a great time for vendors/buyers to come to market. 

For a free market appraisal contact 01562 822244

Awards recognise hard work and achievement

Phipps & Pritchard with 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.

Among the awards winners were Phipps & Pritchard with McCartneys Residential Lettings & Property Management Centre with a Special recognition award, Most promising newcomer for 2014 was Jessica Forrester, Negotiator of the Year was Sharon James from Brecon Office, Brecon Office also taking The Office of the year award.

Phipps & Pritchard with McCartneys enjoyed a very successful 2014 and celebrates the hard work and commitment of its team. How do we measure success? Hard work, sacrifice, persistence, goals, focus and risks.

Always at the forefront with new and innovative ideas giving us the competitive advantage which is why we are the Leaders in their field.



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