7th March 2018
There is a great amount to deal with on the death of a loved one. If property was owned by the deceased then this will need to be valued as part of the process to obtain a grant of probate.
In an attempt to make this process easier, we have compiled a short summary of answers to frequently asked questions, designed for family or executors.
Whilst obtaining a probate valuation is administratively important, it is vital to ensure proper co-ordination between valuer and tax advisors to ensure that valuations are properly considered and tax liabilities are mitigated where possible. This is something we do regularly for houses, farmland, estates and equestrian property. We... more
7th March 2018
The latest RICS/RAU Rural Land Market Survey for the second half of 2017 shows availability of farmland continuing to decline. The principle driver for this is political uncertainty, with the Brexit process being held largely responsible.
Demand for farmland has also eased back from the peak of the market in 2015, for much the same reasons.
“Against this fall in supply, demand now appears to be starting to stabilise, which can only be good news for sellers and buyers... more
8th February 2018
Senior Sales Negotiator (Full Time)
A superb opportunity within our growing agency department, for a dynamic and experienced sales negotiator.
An ambitious and focused individual to compliment the current team who provide an exceptional level of agency expertise and client care.
The successful applicant will have previous sales experience and demonstrate effective negotiation and management skills while achieving and exceeding monthly budgets and targets.
Responsibilities and Duties... more
6th February 2018
An ideal Cotswold family home on the edge of the village of Bledington with a self contained annexe, large garden and paddock
Little Close is a classic Cotswold property located on the edge of the very popular village of Bledington. Having been renovated and extended by the current owners Little Close now offers an extremely attractive and well configured family home, retaining many of the orginal period features throughout.
The property has open views over the surrounding countryside and private access onto a nearby footpath. Within the grounds is a self contained one bedroom annexe, ideal for use as a... more
30th January 2018
A perspective of the capital's residential property market and the capital's interest in the Cotswolds
The UK economy and property market were demonstrably resilient in 2017, despite the first increase in the base rate for ten years and interminable Brexit negotiations.
Market extremes are, however, concealed within this overall assessment of the nation’s property markets. Substantial price inflation occurred in the West Midlands, whilst the central London property boom came to a juddering halt in 2017, with the first annual fall in prices since the financial crash in 2008. The Nationwide Building Society gave an annual fall of 0.5%.
It appears that the London residential market peaked in 2014, when the market roared ahead by 21%. It has since been... more
26th January 2018
The Hedgerow and Boundary grant is individually worth up to £10,000 and is designed to help farmers improve farmland boundaries.
The application window is now open and closes on 30th April 2018.
Farmers can apply for a one-off grant towards the restoration of a range of traditional boundaries including hedgerows, dry stone walls, stone-faced banks and earth banks. Payment rates are fixed for each item. These include hedge-laying or coppicing, hedgerow restoration through gapping-up, stone-faced bank repair and stone wall restoration, which can include a top wiring supplement.
It is important to note... more
11th January 2018
Butler Sherborn – MRICS Qualified or Trainee Rural Surveyor (full time)
Position: Rural Surveyor (Cirencester)
Butler Sherborn is privately owned with offices in Cirencester, Stow, Burford, Oxford & Wantage. We specialise in Residential Sales & Lettings, Land Sales & Acquisitions, Farm & Estate Management, Professional Valuations, Equestrian, New Homes & Development.
Our Rural department is growing and we are looking... more
2nd January 2018
The Cotswold property specialist becomes a LLP from 1st January 2018. Two new partners join founding partner, Sam Butler
Butler Sherborn, the Cotswold property specialist with offices in Cirencester, Burford, Stow-on-the-Wold, Oxford and Wantage, has changed its business status to become a Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) with effect from 1st January 2018.
In addition, two new partners - Elizabeth D’Allemagne and Richard Greasby have been appointed to join Sam Butler who founded the business in 1991.
“The move to become a Limited Liability Partnership will support the growth of the... more
5th December 2017
Whilst there have been reports in the press, about the difficult London residential property market, this isn’t entirely the case across the board.
It can be summarised by a dual market, with an under supply of properties up to £1m, and strong demand putting upward pressure on prices. However above this figure, there is little demand, which together with over supply, has resulted in a drop in prices.
This state of affairs is re-enforced by the latest UK Finance data... more
4th December 2017
“I am prepared for worst, but hope for the best” Benjamin Disraeli
Whether you are considering a future sale of your property or hoping to avoid planning enforcement in the future, a Certificate of Lawful Use or Development (CLEUD) can help to avoid future complications, issues and needless worries.
What is it?
A Certificate of Lawful Existing Use or Development is a legal document, not a planning permission, issued by a Local Planning Authority. It is used to... more
15th November 2017
As part of the construction of HS2 seven million new trees are to be planted from London to the West Midlands.
A separate fund of £5 million is available to support the restoration of existing ancient woodland sites and the creation of new woodland. The Forestry Commission has launched the first phase of the fund with £1million released for applications from January 2018.
The fund targets land within 25 miles of HS2 - click on the 25-mile buffer map below to check if your land... more
27th October 2017
The partner Planning Authorities of Gloucester, Tewkesbury and Cheltenham are looking for potential development sites as they carry out the annual assessment of the suitability of land for variety of uses.
The development sites will be assessed for a variety of uses in accordance with National Planning Policy Guidance. The purpose being for Planning Authorities to gain a better understanding of the amount and type of development deliverable.
During December of each year the... more
26th October 2017
The Jumps Season is finally going up a gear, and we’re delighted that our winter runners are starting to come out over the next few weeks.
The Ben Pauling/ Daryl Jacob combination has had a good start, with Skidoosh putting on a fine performance , to take a competitive bumper at Worcester. This lovely horse, despite being a bit green, showed his ability to win well. We are looking forward to see what is to come from him in the next few months, and we hope the future is bright... more
19th October 2017
Energy Efficiency Regulations
The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015 have been brought in to tackle the least energy-efficient properties in England and Wales – those rated F or G on their Energy Performance Certificate (EPC).
The Regulations establish a minimum standard for both domestic and non-domestic privately rented property, effecting new tenancies from 1st April 2018.
Benefits of Energy Efficiency
It is proven that EPC F and G rated properties... more
10th October 2017
Rural and Professional
The Rural & Professional Department led by Richard Greasby, have produced a new brochure detailing the comprehensive services they offer. These range from Farm Management, Land Sales and Acquisitions through to Professional Valuations and Accounts.
19th September 2017
The perfect chance to catch up over a cuppa and a slice of something delicious for a great cause - Macmillan Coffee Morning. Friday 29th September 10.00 a.m. - 12.00 noon. All welcome coffee, cakes and chatter!
Butler Sherborn are delighted to be hosting Macmillan Coffee Mornings in their Cirencester and Stow offices from 10.00 - 12.00 noon on Friday 29th September. Please do drop in and join us. Together we can make sure no one faces cancer alone.
15th September 2017
Ben Pauling Racing, sponsored by Butler Sherborn
Ben Pauling Racing, sponsored by Butler Sherborn, had their first Open Day, followed by their annual Owners’ Day Lunch and party last Sunday. Ben paraded his brightest and best, with Cheltenham winners, A Hares Breath and Willoughby Court looking ready for another exciting season. The success of the yard last season is underpinned by the increase in the number of horses Ben has in training, which is now in excess of 65.
There are new additions to the team, as Gill Tait comes... more
15th September 2017
We are now three quarters of the way through 2017. Whilst all the good and varied reasons for buying and owning land remain, we continue to see the polarisation of demand and sale prices making the work of a rural valuer all the more challenging.
Uncertainty has been the buzz word, whatever your political views, since the unexpected referendum result last year, the general election and the start of Brexit negotiations. We are seeing buyers of commercial farmland alone being a little... more
13th September 2017
Blenheim International Horse Trials 13th-17th September 2017
Head of Butler Sherborn’s Equestrian Department, Ben Way, is taking two horses for their first 3* outings in their 8th & 9th year. He will ride Mr and Mrs Lay’s 9 year old gelding, Croisiere in the 9 year old class with his dressage on Thursday.
His second horse, is the 8 year old gelding, Enduro A Dalriada, owned by Mrs Kate England, and will do his test on Friday with the show jumping set for Saturday and cross country on Sunday.
5th September 2017
Moreton Show Saturday 2nd September 2017
Butler Sherborn kick started their day at Moreton Show with an exclusive Breakfast on Saturday in The Members’ Enclosure. Together with the Dancing Diggers, Heavy Horses and an exceptional show of livestock, Butler Sherborn and their guests enjoyed the benefits of the sunshine and the Cotswold Distillery Gin Bar. Thank you to everyone who came to see us.