• Berrimain Eaton News and Updates

Open Viewing Saturday 19th 11am-12pm – 40 Bernards Hill, Bridgnorth

40, Bernards Hill, Low Town, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV15

Offers around £255,000

OPEN VIEWING SATURDAY 19TH 11AM – 12PM

Three double bedroom period house well worth internal viewing. It’s spacious with a garden having views across town and in good condition with a sandstone cellar.

For more information, please click here (PDF) 

The Little Brothers of the Good Shepherd

These three intrepid members of BE recently presented themselves at Darlington Street Methodist Chapel to assist in the soup kitchen run by The Little Brothers of the Good Shepherd who used to be in Thornley Street but now rent space from the Chapel.

We do various Community Service projects from time to time which not only assists the chosen charity but also opens our eyes to things we would not otherwise experience.

Sarah, David and Charlie were unsure about what to expect and were not enthused when Paul said that the first task was cleaning the toilets which were in a disgusting state and needed thorough cleaning and removal of vomit and everything else associated with dirty toilets. We meekly followed him like lambs to the slaughter and with looks of unconcealed horror on our faces. Halfway there he turned round with a big smile and said ‘ you fell for that’ which we certainly did!

Laying up tables followed with some sorting of a profusion of tinned goods, Sarah acting as a waitress and Charlie and David perfor¬¬ming the difficult task of making tea and coffee!

This is a major enterprise serving hot meals every lunch time and providing carrier bags of provisions on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The food is provided by almost all the local supermarkets and food businesses who give damaged or other items they could not sell. The throughput is astonishing and they not only provide food but advice on benefits problems and try to equip people to get back into work.

On our day the menu was soup, fried chicken, stew and bread and butter pudding. There were about 100 takers and we were told that was a quiet day. The overriding impression was of a very slick operation and grateful and polite recipients.

“But what should we do with the teenagers?”

“Bridgnorth offers the full spectrum to keep young people occupied, from amateur dramatics to its own cinema…”

The reality of modern family life in rural Shropshire isn’t quite what the tourist guides would have you imagine; it’s now the norm for both parents to work, but juggling the commute, school run, shopping, cooking and housework takes its toll on valuable parenting time. And for lone parents working in the UK (and research says there are around 1.2 million of them), parenting can be even more challenging.

So how can we factor these demands on our parenting time into our search for the perfect home?

Much recent focus has been placed on buying property in good school catchment areas. The availability of Ofsted ratings has driven savvy buyers into appropriate postcodes, where they have enjoyed rising property prices. But outside education, what do our teens do with their time if you manage to wean them off their devices for a while?

Plenty to offer older kids

Caroline Eaton of Berriman Eaton says, “In Bridgnorth we’ve seen a gradual trend of families moving back into town, giving up their views and pony paddocks in favour of walking distance to tennis, swimming, cricket, hockey, football, rowing or rugby clubs. In fact, Bridgnorth offers the full spectrum to keep young people occupied, from amateur dramatics to its own cinema.

“Local restaurateurs have caught onto the teen trend with affordable meal deals in popular haunts such as Graze and Peepo.”

A teen-friendly home

There are various ways of making your home a haven for teens, depending on how many children you have… but one thing’s for sure: sharing bedrooms with siblings certainly seems out of fashion.

Mumsnet.com highlighted some must-haves:

  • A combi boiler for endless hot water so teen girls can constantly wash their hair;
  • A master bedroom located as far as possible from the children’s bedrooms;
  • A bare minimum of two loos;
  • Space for a large fridge and freezer – teenagers are constantly snacking;
  • Good internet connection in every room;
  • Plenty of electrical sockets;
  • A potential ‘den’ or second TV/computer gaming room.

So, when you’re searching for your ‘forever’ house, think about the needs of your growing children – and ensure your family home is future-proof!

Example houses

Teen dream homes / Ideal homes for families with teens:

  • 5 Castle Terrace Bridgnorth £450,000 Classic heart-of-town residence with a whole basement… perfect for teenage parties!
  • 22 Love Lane Bridgnorth £425,000 Deceptive split-level detached with bedrooms and bathrooms on both floors… and walking distance to everything!
  • 17 Kings Court Bridgnorth £315,000 Fantastic value five-bedroom detached with no work required!

Bobbington Open Viewing, Saturday 15th July, 11am – 1:00pm

Location: Blacklands, Six Ashes Road, Bobbington, Stourbridge, West Midlands, DY7

Offers around £825,000

This gracious eight bedroom detached residence with views is set within approximately 2.3 acres of landscaped grounds and adjoining paddock, outdoor swimming pool and a detached double garage with gym and shower room.

For more details, please click here.(PDF)

Buy-to-let clampdown has ‘backfired’ on Government, claim

Government attempts to level the playing field of home ownership through extra buy-to-let charges have backfired, research suggests.

Figures from listing website Home.co.uk show an 11.6% slump in available rental stock over the past six years.

Scotland has seen the most dramatic fall, with a 34.7% decrease in available properties to rent between July 2011 and June 2017, according to the research.

In Wales over the same period there has been a fall of 28.1% while South West England has seen a decline of 26.5%.

Just one area, the north east, saw a rise in supply since 2011, bucking the national trend with an increase of 33.4% in available property to rent.

Doug Shephard, director of Home.co.uk, says the areas with the biggest drops in supply have unsurprisingly seen some of the biggest rent rises.

Wales has seen rents increase by 11.3% over the last year and, during the same period, Yorkshire has seen rents rise by 8.4%.

In Scotland, the past six months have seen an increase of 5.4% in the average rent.

South west rents are up 5.7% over the past 12 months while in the south east the average rent increase is 0.9% and in the East Midlands the rise over the same period has been 4.5%.

It is a different story for those areas where supply is holding firm or rising.

London’s more modest dip in supply has seen rents fall by 5.3% over the past 12 months, while the north east has seen a drop of 8.9% over the past six months, indicating that the long-term increase in supply of rental properties is having a negative effect on rents.

Shephard said: “It is ironic that the government’s justification for tax changes in the private rental sector was to ‘level the playing field’ for wannabe homeowners.

“The result of this barrage of red tape and taxation, at both local and national government levels, has meant that the supply of rental properties has fallen behind demand in most regions thereby driving up rents. Of course, it’s not the first time that Government tinkering and tax grabs have backfired but the upshot for generation rent is appalling.

“The ‘elephant in the room’ for the Government is that record low mortgage interest rates have driven unprecedented investment in the PRS over recent years.

“Simply put, those already with significant home equity have been able to come up with deposits for properties intended to let whilst aspiring homeowners are as cash-strapped as ever as they pay out huge sums in rent. However, ultra-low interest rates and the associated pain for renters look set to persist for the foreseeable future.”

Article source: http://www.propertyindustryeye.com/buying-agency-rebrands-to-reflect-focus-beyond-property-purchasing/

Bridgnorth Manhunt Drama

High Drama in Bridgnorth as Armed Police hunt for two violent criminals on the run. Business continued as normal.

The manager of an estate agents, Berriman Eaton, based in Whitburn Street, was out at a meeting when the street was closed.

Bruce Attwood said: “I was out at a meeting but my colleague was told she has to stay in the office.

“The police were here at 11.30am, before I went out, so they were there for at least two and a half hours with sniffer dogs.

“Someone said cars had smashed into each other.

“I’ve been working here for 15 years and I’ve never seen anything on this scale in Bridgnorth.

“It’s quite shocking, especially with what’s been going on in the country.”

Read more here.