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See the new TV Ad for On The Market!

As I announced at the beginning of the year McCartneys are proud to be part of, which launched on Monday 26 January. is a state-of-the-art new website, which is dedicated to presenting properties beautifully, clearly and accurately. It features a clean, simple search and an elegant design with no distracting advertising and no unnecessary information – just hundreds of thousands of sale and rental properties looking their best.

I also wanted to share with you the launch TV commercial which will be on air from Sunday 1st February.

So whatever your interest, if you’re in the market, do please take a look round And to find properties you won’t find anywhere else, set up a property alert today.

Debbie Anderson
Property Chairman

New STAMP DUTY changes take effect tonight, from midnight on 3.12.2014

Stamp Duty Rates cut for the majority of purchasers!

It is a rare event when the Government announce changes which make the majority of our buyers better off but today George Osborne has announced a change in the way Stamp Duty Land Tax is calculated.

The changes take effect from midnight tonight.

Under the old system stamp duty was levied on the whole amount of the purchase price, from 1% – 5 % in four different bandings.
From midnight a purchaser will only pay tax on a purchase price of over £125,000 and at a rate within each price band, like income tax.

For example

Previously a buyer purchasing a home at £185,000 would have paid stamp duty of £1850

Under the new rules they would pay a sum of £1200 a saving of £650 !

Our Industry has been calling for changes to Stamp Duty for many years. From tomorrow we believe it is a much fairer system and will save 98% of buyers money. So good news for purchasers, good news for vendors and good news for the housing market!

The new calculation is as follows

  • No tax on the first £125,000 paid
  • 2% on the portion up to £250,000
  • 5% up to £925,000
  • 10% up to £1.5 million
  • 12% on everything above that

The Government have provided a quick calculator at

Rare Opportunity to Lease a Renowned High Bird Shoot

McCartneys have been favoured with instructions to let the shooting rights over The Gatten Shoot at Pontesbury, situated within south Shropshire between the towns of Bishops Castle and Shrewsbury.

The Gatten Shoot comprises of approximately 2,000 acres of farmland, woodland, cover crops and 8 release pens laid out to provide a number of drives. It is situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty with attractive views across the south Shropshire countryside. The shoot has been let for a number of years and the current licensee has improved the quality of the shoot year on year.

The shoot is well renowned for its layout which provides some exceptionally high sporting birds.

The county town of Shrewsbury is situated within easy travelling distance of the shoot and provides a wide range of hotels and amenities. There are other hotels and public houses within a short distance from the shoot.

Offers should be submitted in writing on the application form (available from the agents on request) and submitted to the agent’s office by 5pm on Monday 22nd December 2014.

Further details of the above can be obtained from the letting agents McCartneys LLP – Church Stretton Office, or Gareth Wall on 07974 143336

McCartneys Photography competition winner is announced!

Head of PR and Valuer for Phipps and Pritchard with McCartneys Zoe Herbert and Ludlow based photographer Gareth Thomas alongside celebrity judge Sian Lloyd met up to view the submissions and pick their winner. Zoe comments “The response to the competition has been great. We had asked applicants to capture ‘The Spirit of rural border life and property’ and have received such a diverse selection it has been wonderful.”

The winning picture entitled ‘Feeding Time’ was taken by Tracey Williams and it depicts a scene on the road to Bishops Castle with the snow covered hills behind Churchstoke visible in the background.

Tracey will see her picture within the McCartneys 2015 calendar and will also receive photography vouchers.

McCartneys would like to thank all entrants who submitted pictures, the standard was very high with such enthusiasm for the subject. Property manager and Chairman of the R&D committee, Tom Carter, commented “We were absolutely delighted with the response to our first photography competition, which is something that we hope to grow in years to come. We really appreciate any opportunity to interact with the communities in which we work and what better way to do that than via the mutual appreciation of our beautiful surroundings. Our sincere thanks to everyone who took part and to our judges for taking the time out to preside over things and impart their expertise. Congratulations to Tracey on a brilliant photo which definitely captures the spirit of border life!”

Phipps and Pritchard with McCartneys held their property auction
on Wednesday 26th March at The Best Western Stone Manor Hotel.

There was a great turn out and the room was buzzing with excitement.

Pershore Road A three bedroom semi-detached dwelling in well established locality requiring refurbishment sold for £95,500

The real enthusiasm in the room was for 3 Coningsby Drive A three bedroom family house requiring repair and up-dating to current taste with a guide of £85,000-£110,000 which sold for £140,000

The next property auction is to be held at the same venue on Wednesday 21st May and lots are now being invited.

For further information on buying or selling at auction contact 01562 822244 or 01299 822060



Last month leading estate agents, auctioneers and chartered surveyors McCartneys launched a photography competition inviting entrants to capture “the spirit of rural border life and property.” The winning shots are to be featured in McCartneys 2015 calendar which is distributed to thousands of homes and businesses and the winning photographers will receive vouchers for photography shops.

Sian Lloyd

The big news is that television, celebrity, weather girl Sian Lloyd is forming part of the judging panel! Sian who is a regular on the ITV weather and has featured on dozens of high profile television shows has previously lived in Mid Wales and has a huge appreciation for the area making her ideal for the job!

In addition to Sian, renowned, Ludlow based photographer Gareth Thomas and McCartneys PR manager Zoe Herbert will complete the panel of judges. Gareth runs the Cat’s Whiskers studio in Ludlow and is known throughout Shropshire and beyond for his exceptional landscape and wildlife shots.

“We are absolutely delighted to have judges of such high quality involved with the competition” commented Tom Carter, partner with McCartneys. “With Gareth’s technical knowledge and familiarity of the subject area and Sian’s passion for Mid Wales and surrounds we feel that we have a perfect balance on our judging panel. Entries are already coming in and we look forward to seeing all the different perspectives of the spirit of rural border life and property that people can capture. ”

Senior and Juniors (under 16) are invited to enter the competition which runs until the closing date on 31st May 2014.

For more information and to submit entries please visit


Open Day a success

It was a pleasure to welcome so many local professionals and friends to our open day to celebrate the completion of our residential sales property centre at 31 Worcester Street, Kidderminster.

It gave an opportunity to introduce some of our new colleagues from McCartneys including our Chairman John Uffold, Accountant Matthew Kelly and Chartered Building Surveyor David Hughes and during the day our Property Chairman Debbie Anderson.

It really was lovely to see so many old friends and to have the opportunity to meet some of the new and younger professional colleagues from within our area.

Our office has a commanding presence on the corner of Worcester Street and Prospect Hill, amongst what is locally referred to as “Estates Agents Corner”. An early evening trip will show that our office does really stand out from the crowd benefiting from new illuminated LED displays with some rotating displays as well.

Although the marketing of property has changed dramatically over the last ten to twenty years with the onset of the internet, we still feel that our office should be a warm and welcoming place. The atmosphere during our day conveyed this, my staff and colleagues enjoying the opportunity to “talk property” with so many guests.

Although the property scene has changed we like to think that we are a haven for old fashioned and traditional professional and personal service. Whether we are currently acting as your estate agent or maybe you are thinking of appointing an estate agent, please do feel free to pop into our new show room to engage with our experienced and qualified staff.

Education and advancement through qualification is one of the principles of Phipps and Pritchard with McCartneys, John Uffold, our Chairman, was overheard to say “the refitted offices are a showcase to how an estate agents front of house presence should be seen by the public and here at Phipps and Pritchard with McCartneys, the wealth of qualified reception staff and negotiators ensures that in the majority of instances an excellent service is delivered to the public and our clients”.

Christopher Rees, Phipps and Pritchard Managing Partner, welcomed those in attendance and delivered a short message of thanks for their support.

Chris said “our offices really do stand out from the crowd, now dominating the bottom of Prospect Hill, commanding both corners of Worcester Street at Number 31 with our residential sales office and Number 32 Worcester Street with our long leasehold and assured tenancy department.

We hope that those of you who are reading this article may, if you are thinking of a property, call in to consult with us and see if we may be of service, whether it be the sale of property, organising a valuation or survey, perhaps a property management or rental requirement that you have, plus many property related things in between.

It is not every day that businesses in these difficult economic times get the opportunity to undertake such an investment in an office refit, we are delighted with the result and hope that it will keep us at the leading edge with a new look that should last us for many years to come.

Chris Rees MRICS, Managing Partner


How unkind, not to say unknowledgeable (and certainly disrespectful to the Burke family) when someone in a crowded room announces that McCartneys are sponsoring “a Burke Trophy” “ha ha” “and they would win it hands down!!” – by the time that individual had received the “Ian Hislop” treatment from me, the “Burke” was truly on the other foot!

Of course what this un-educated “rat-conteur” was trying, most unsuccessfully to gibe was that “ours truly” have been given the opportunity at the Royal Three Counties Show this year to sponsor the most prestigious event in the beef cattle industry, the FA Cup, Grand Slam, Super 12, Grand National equivalent – THE R.A.S.E. BURKE TROPHY.

This Trophy was originally presented annually at the Royal Show at Stoneleigh (once the Flag Ship of British Farming) from 1951 to 2009 when the show closed. Since then it has been awarded at major shows around the country and this year the Royal Three Counties Show has secured the coveted award.

The competition is for the Best Pair of Beef Cattle (a bull and a female) and is selected from each beef breed that has classes at the show.

Not only will there be some classy cattle on show but the judge who will have the ultimate selection also has plenty of class! Mrs Kay Adam from Forfar, Scotland comes from a very strong dynasty of cattle breeders north of the border.

Our very own Chairman John Uffold will, along with the Society’s President Dame Janet Trotter DBE., HML, (a new suit ordered John ! ! ) be dishing out the silverware with “yours truly” coming “off the bench” with my McCartneys hat (a bowler of course) and my Three Counties Deputy Chief Beef Steward position sneaking in for the “snaps”.

All joking apart we as a firm are thrilled to have been invited to sponsor this fantastic award at what must be one of the most highly regarded shows in the country. The “hard yards” over many years to secure “Official Auctioneer” status for eight cattle breed societies (and 14 sheep breed societies) has been (as all the PR men say) challenging but to be involved in this side of the industry and then be able to have a major involvement in the culmination of THE competition of all competitions is truly exciting.

Now the “Ahh” bit – you may have seen photographs in the press recently or even on our website with a rather handsome man holding the Burke Trophy on its arrival at the Malvern Showground (me for the short sighted!) – The last, and only time, I have ever held the Trophy was in 1981 when the Longhorn cattle pair won the Burke Trophy at the Royal show – at that time I was a (very) young Auctioneer and also Secretary of The Longhorn Cattle Society – not a bad photograph then of a fresh faced boy but not as good at the night that followed! ! ! ! If this year follows suit we won’t be taking any wise cracks from people in a crowded room (read bar!)

Clive Roads - Partner, Auctioneer, Agricultural Department Chairman

Three New Associates for McCartneys LLP

McCartneys are pleased to announce the appointment of three new Associates. Simon Edwards, Phillip Blackman-Howard and Geraint Jones have joined the partnership as Associate Members.

Simon Edwards joined McCartneys in 2009 and is based in the Brecon and Llandrindod Wells Offices. Simon undertakes a wide range of professional work across much of Mid Wales.

Simon is a graduate of the University of Manchester, post graduate of the University of Reading, a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS), Member of the Institute of Revenue, Rating and Valuation (IRRV) and a RICS registered valuer.

Simon leads a small team providing Chartered Surveying services. He is actively involved in the sale of all types of rural, residential and commercial property by private treaty, tender or auction. He has also specialised in valuation for secured lending, Capital Gains Tax, Inheritance Tax and also looking after landowner interests against utility companies and government during large construction schemes such as the building of new roads or laying pipes or cables.

Phillip Blackman-Howard Joined McCartney’s just over two years ago. Herefordshire born & bred with an Agricultural background Phillip has worked within the Rural Professional sector for over 25 years.

Based in the Tenbury Wells office Phillip covers a wide range of professional work covering Single Farm payments, agricultural lettings, farm & land sales and property auctions as well as assisting in Ludlow, Worcester & Knighton livestock markets.

Geraint Jones, joined McCartneys LLP in 2007, after studying Building Surveying at Liverpool John Moores University. Geraint has progressed through the firm over the last 6 years, gaining Level 3 Diplomas in both Domestic and Non Domestic Energy Assessment (DipDea & NDipDea). Geraint is a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS) (Building Surveying Facility) and the RICS Registered Valuer Scheme.

Geraint undertakes a full range of professional duties, including new design, extensions and conversions of domestic, agricultural and commercial buildings, together with a wide range of planning and building regulations applications. Homebuyers Surveys and Building Surveys are an important part of his work, which also includes land surveys and Energy Assessments.

Geraint is based mainly at the Newtown and Welshpool Offices; he is keen to expand work within the local area and is looking forward to playing a major role in the future growth and development of the company.


As a partnership we are dedicated to strengthening and developing all aspects of our business. These appointments reflect our commitment to rewarding colleagues who have achieved success and standing within our diverse business and with whom we will serve and develop our clients both old and new.




One of the major factors following a flood is the potential devaluation or blighting that can take place to a person’s property. So on top of the misery that goes with dealing with a flood, there is then the on-going worry if someone had been thinking of moving or selling their house, needed to sell/re-mortgage or whatever, there is then the anguish that goes with the worry about how the flood will have affected their, in the majority of instances, major capital asset.

I am sure that we have all been watching the news and one interview that stays with me is the young man who had literally bought his property the week before! Will he immediately have bought a property that has turned into negative equity!I am sure that you have all been watching the barrier system that has been deployed at Severnside North and Severnside South, Bewdley, being of the aluminium panel type and on the other side of the road at Beales Corner, the frame and weighted skirt system with the assistance of pumps being deployed. There are, in the main, two major flood events (1) flash flood and running water, then, as in the Somerset Levels, (2) standing water, both creating the same immediate stress factor but the standing water becomes really quite harrowing for the parties involved.We, at Phipps and Pritchard with McCartneys, have a wealth of professional knowledge relating to construction and the effect that flooding can have on values relating to property. We should all access the RICS Flood Information to make sure that we are all up to speed with current thoughts and able to guide interested parties to the relevant web sites. If you type in “RICS guide to flooding” into a search engine there is an immediate list in front of you that perhaps we should all look at, as this is such a topical subject.Personally, my own home was flooded with 3/4ft of water on the 20th June 2007 and 20th July 2007. The first flood event was a flash flood and the second event was, in part, caused, we believe, by the Kidderminster flood alleviation bund/dam holding water in Puxton Marsh through to Wolverley Village where I live. So, on a personal footing, if you are looking for someone to talk to about flooding I could possibly be considered, in this area, a veritable expert!The RICS guide title – “A Clear Impartial Guide to Flooding” is available on the RICS site as a downloadable PDF document. It is accessible to the public and ourselves as property professionals, and a download is perhaps worth a read.

If you wish to contact me please do so at 01562 822244 or CHRIS REES MRICS

McCartneys Backs Elite Beef Award at Royal Three Counties Show

The FA Cup equivalent of the Beef showing world is coming to Worcestershire for the very first time, courtesy of the county's leading livestock auctioneers.The prestigious RASE Beef Burke Trophy, originally presented annually at the Royal Show from 1951 until its closure in 2009, and then at major shows around the country, will be awarded to the best pair of Beef cattle at this year's Royal Three Counties Show.The Beef Pairs Championship is sponsored by McCartneys - official auctioneers to eight cattle breed societies and fourteen sheep societies - and carries a top prize of £500.Show organiser the Three Counties Agricultural Society has invited renowned judge Mrs K. Adam of Glamis, Forfar, Angus to select the winning pair. he Society's President, Dame Janet Trotter DBE HML, and McCartneys Chairman, John Uffold, will present the trophy in the Show's Main Arena on Saturday 14th June.Royal Three Counties Show Chief Beef Steward, Richard Bradstock, is thrilled that the Burke Trophy will be at Malvern this year.He said:  "The Royal Three Counties Show regularly has excellent livestock entries, particularly beef cattle, largely as a result of top class showing facilities, as good as any in the country, within a friendly atmosphere, which is well recognised on the show circuit.  Having the Beef Burke Trophy here is just reward for having achieved an entry level which puts us on a par with the finest agricultural shows in England, thanks to the tremendous support of our long-standing exhibitors over the years. We are extremely grateful to McCartneys for supporting this prestigious award."Clive Roads, Partner and Agricultural Chairman of McCartneys and the Show’s Deputy Beef Steward, said news of the Burke Trophy coming to Malvern was “the icing on the cake” for all those involved in the Royal Three Counties Show. “Only last year, the Show was granted a Royal title, and then HRH The Princess Royal accepted an invitation to be its Patron. Now, one of the most coveted trophies of our industry is on home ground”, he said. “It’s the perfect hat trick!Three Counties is now a major livestock show, with a very healthy beef entry, and thoroughly deserving of this accolade. McCartneys is very proud to be sponsoring the Beef Pairs Championship in this special year.”

Pairs for The Burke Trophy Beef Pairs Championship will be selected by the breed society. Only pairs from the Hereford, Aberdeen Angus, British Blonde, British Blue, British Charolais, British Limousin, British Simmental, British White, Devon, Highland, Longhorn, Murray Grey, South Devon and one pair from Any Other Breed classes are eligible to compete.

Energy Assessments Explained

Energy assessments have been part of our lives since the autumn of 2007, and still after all these years, whilst many are aware of their existence, most people know absolutely nothing about them.So let me explain: An Energy assessment provides the information to produce an EPC which is an asset rating that tells you how energy efficient a building is and its impact on the environment.A is the best, coloured perfect “eco forest green”…. and G the worst (deep scarlet showing that your house lurks in the depths of inefficient squalor)… and is produced in a bar chart form very similar to the ratings given to new electrical appliances that you see whilst wandering the halls of Curry’s or John Lewis. If you have a brand new home it’s likely to have a higher rating, reflecting the current building regulations requiring more and better insulation and more efficient heating systems, whist an older property, a lower rating.The energy performance certificate also lists ways to improve the rating - such as installing double glazing or loft, floor or wall insulation. The theory being, the better the rating your property gets, the more attractive it should be to a buyer or tenant as it indicates lower energy bills. But how is the rating calculated I hear you all asking… well firstly the assessment process makes one or two assumptions… well lots and lots of assumptions to be precise.Firstly your pretty South Shropshire country cottage is assumed not to be in pretty South Shropshire, but in Derbyshire instead… now I’ve nothing against Derbyshire as such, but it’s not South Shropshire by any stretch of the imagination; However every single property that has an energy survey carried out, as far as the energy assessment is concerned, EVERY property is in exactly the same place in Derbyshire. Furthermore every property is assumed to have the same occupancy levels, in this case a standard nuclear family of 2 adults and two and a half children. Based on this level of occupancy, it is further assumed that on average, this standard nuclear family is running approximately 7 baths a week to a standard depth and temperature, are standing under a shower for around 40 minutes a week. During the colder months, every property is assumed to be heated Monday to Friday for 5 hours a day to 21c and for 9 hours a day at weekends. Now I don’t know about you, but that does seem a little excessive, whatever happened to putting on an extra jumper?The energy assessor when visiting your home will them complete your assessment by recording what you possess in the way of heating:, boiler type and style and what fuel, temperature control and thermostats, insulation in the walls or internal or external, what is in the loft or roof space, whether any double glazing exists and what age it is, and where applicable energy saving and conservation measures such as PV or solar panels, windmills and the like. And finally make a calculation as to the volume of the property (length breadth and height).With all that information the system then calculates what it reckons it will cost to heat and power your home for a period of 3 years, and issue a rating accordingly.Simple really, however I have to impress upon you that the assessment carried out by your friendly energy assessor is non-invasive. That is to say, carpet and floorboards won’t be lifted, and holes not drilled into walls or ceilings; the assessor will only record what he can see or has access to written evidence or photographs, such as a guarantee or receipted invoice for works carried out. So for example if you having an energy assessment done and your property benefits from a converted loft done some time ago by a previous owner, then unless there is written evidence of insulation present in the eaves, for example, and the date on conversion is unknown, then the assessor has to assume the worst case scenario, ie that there is nothing there.. Likewise if you know that a previous owner has had the floor retro fitted with insulation - unless you have something to prove it, the assessor has to assume that it’s not there. You may think that is wrong, but us Assessors are regularly audited on our energy reports and unless the auditors can reproduce the same results based on the evidence we have to upload to the Mother Assessor’s ship, ie by looking at the proof we provide, we fail the audit, fail more than one, and this seriously restricts the work the assessor can do in the future. The system is not perfect, but what is there is what we have to work with, so please don’t blame your Assessor, he’s only doing his job.

Simon Smith - Bishops Castle (01588) 630070

Leaders of the field, McCartneys with Phipps and Pritchard shine at their Annual award ceremony.

McCartneys Annual award ceremony took place at The Luctonians, Kingsland Friday 10th January 2014. The evening was a resounding success. The highlights and accolades are listed below: The Stourport on Severn Office of Phipps and Pritchard with McCartneys was awarded the coveted title Office of The Year 2013 and Partner in charge Nick Millinchip comments "Myself and staff are extremely proud to receive such an important accolade from our fellow colleagues and we shall strive to further build on our successes as we move forward into 2014. The housing market is still far from easy but people are our strength both in terms of my exceptional support staff and of course our valued clients' who in turn see value in us through great service together with expert knowledge." The recipient of the Negotiator of the Year was awarded to Rachel Gittoes of the Brecon Office. Rachel has worked tirelessly balancing two roles through 2013 to ensure the smooth running of Brecon Office. Manager of the Office Darren Thomas said ‘ we are delighted that Rachel’s hard work this year has been rewarded, she is an outstanding member of staff’ Unsung Hero recipient was Zoe Herbert, for the development of the PR through both Phipps and Pritchard with McCartneys. Public Relations is a powerful marketing tool. It is estimated that positive editorial coverage can be worth ten times the value of equivalent advertising space and Zoe has successfully secured publicity throughout the regional and national press. Under the Fine & Country umbrella Zoe worked alongside Tom Carter to become one of the winning companies of the esteemed UK Property Awards in the 2013 UK regional competition. Competing against a number of Real Estate Agencies in Mid Wales to receive this recognition. Due to this success Fine & Country Homes from McCartneys are now able to display the winners’ logo which is recognised as a symbol of excellence throughout the global industry. The recipient of the Customer Service Award was Kelly Wear of Portcullis Sale Room. The Livestock Market Award was presented to Nick Baxter who is based at The Ox Pasture, Ludlow. Special Recognition Award went to Mark Fish and Adam Pearson for their continued commitment in driving forward the IT department putting McCartneys at the cutting edge of technology. Other awards were Most Promising Newcomer which went to Wendy Mawer, secretary to John Uffold, Chairman of McCartneys, Drover of the year went to Edgar Pryce and two Long Service Awards were presented to George Griffiths and Geoff Price. McCartneys with Phipps and Pritchard are one of the largest leading Independent estate agents, they strive to offer the highest level of customer service to their clients. With a portfolio as large and diverse as theirs teamwork is essential and this is recognised with their annual award ceremony.

“The workforce is the most important asset of any business.  The annual awards are recognition of all those who go over and beyond the call of duty to achieve their goals and those of the business” said John Uffold Chairman.



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