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    About Downer & Co
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    DOWNER & CO is the most prominent and successful firm of independent Chartered Surveyors and Estate Agents in the Newbury area. Established in 1988, the company is determined to remain the best organised, most user friendly and IT advanced agency, providing all our clients with the best possible service, seven days a week.
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    Why not follow the Newbury Property News Blog
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    Comment from Lee Fenn-Tripp Director of Downer & Co: If you are an existing landlord West Berkshire, or thinking of becoming one, then a good source of information is the Newbury Property News. Although I operate Downer & Co Letting Agents in Newbury I am also a landlord myself and have over 15 Years experience buying selling, letting and managing property in the local area. I am always happy to chat to you openly and honestly about any aspect of the local property market. Or follow my blog on www.newburypropertynews.co.uk

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    Since 1988 Downer and Co's reputation has been built on our passion for the business. It is important to every one of us that we provide you with an unparalleled level of enthusiastic and professional service. It really matters to us that we continue to offer you objective advice on every aspect of residential property and we are proud to be bonded members of RICS (Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors) and also members of ARLA (Association of Residential Lettings Agents), We believe that this will help Landlords and Tenants alike understand our commitment to pushing boundaries, improving our already high quality of service and to exceed the high standards set by these two institutions.
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    At Downer & Co we regard it as a personal challenge to look after your best interests at all times and close communication with our customers is an absolute priority.We are well aware of the shortcomings associated with our profession, and go out of our way to be helpful. It is with our people, however, that you will see the biggest difference. They are true, thoughtful professionals.

    The quality of presentation offered by Downer & Co to all its clients is excellent and proven to be effective.

    We achieve more viewings and better prices because we make extensive use of all means available to market your property, securing its prominence to potential buyers or tenants.

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    To arrange an honest and realistic market appraisal of your property, without obligation, or to speak to us about any aspect of property buying, selling, renting, management or investment, please contact us.
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Landlords, let us help you find a great tenant.
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    Are you considering renting out a property?
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    If you are considering renting out your property or purchasing a buy-to-let property, you may find it helpful to compare the various services offered by Downer & Co.

    The best way to do this is to call us or pop into our office on Cheap Street Newbury to request our Services and Landlords Brochure.

    We would be delighted to talk to you.

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    Why choose us?
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    Downer & Co have many years' experience managing investment properties for our clients and never forget that the difference between a good property manager and a great one often comes down to what happens after a property has been let!

    Our Lettings and Management Department is run by highly qualified, experienced and trained professionals, who regard it as a personal challenge to look after your best interests.

    Our service is tailored to suit the individual needs of each of our Landlords - our objective is for you to be able to relax in the knowledge that your property is being looked after as though you were there yourself.

    With hundreds of residential properties under management, we know our business. We are committed to meeting and exceeding the expectations of our Landlords through:

    • Achieving the highest possible occupancy rates for your property
    • Finding reliable and suitable tenants
    • Close consultation regarding tenant selection
    • Ensuring that rents are paid promptly
    • Regular property inspections and reports
    • Professional and accurate processing of all administrative documentation
    • Acting immediately to all requests from Landlords and Tenants
    • Maintaining excellent communication at all times

     

    Our dynamic marketing guarantees prominence in the marketplace and helps to find the best tenants for our Landlords' properties.

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    What else can we offer you?
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    The Downer & Co Lettings Department understand everything from studios to country houses and are also happy to advise on: - 
    • Suitable buy-to-let properties
    • Rental/capital values
    • Rental yields and capital growth
    • Management issues
    • Property finance
    • Property investment portfolios
    • And every other aspect of residential property management
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    And if you have any queries?
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    Please do not hesitate to contact us.

    We are happy to help answer any questions you may have.

    We look forward to speaking to you and meeting you in due course!

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Tenants, let us help you find your perfect home.
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    Do you know what you're looking for?
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    Like most other things in life, the pick of the bunch is first off the tree... and it is no different with good rental properties. It pays to be prepared so that when the perfect property is listed, you can secure it quickly

    The first thing you might like to do is work out what kind of property you are looking for. Things to consider may include, but are not limited to: -

    • Budget
    • How many bedrooms do you need?
    • Do you need a garden?
    • How long do you need to rent for?
    • When do you need to move? (We recommend starting your search 6-8 weeks before)
    • Do you have a pet? If so, this may limit the properties that are available to you
    • Furnished or unfurnished?
    • Location - eg do you need access to a station/bus route/main road?
    • Amenities - schools, shops, pubs, cinema, sports centre.

     

    Decide on what are your "must haves" and what you can compromise on, and then make sure you register with Downer & Co so that we can keep you informed of all properties that become available fitting your criteria and budget.

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    Are you ready?
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    Now that you are armed with your priority list, you will no doubt start viewing potential properties. You will need to be prepared to act quickly and be able to make an offer when you see the right one - and be warned; it might be the first or second one you see!

    To make sure you don't lose out on the perfect property, get yourself ready: -

    • Start viewing properties in good time eg 6-8 weeks before you need to move
    • Have your reservation fee ready (we will request this as a Bank Transfer after the landlord accepts your offer)
    • Prepare your referees - We will need one from your employer and also one from your previous landlord and our referencing company will contact them to get these. It may be useful to let them know so they know to expect a call or an email.
    • Carry originals that prove your ID and address for the previous three years (eg bank statements, utility bills etc) as we will need copies of these for your file
    • Ask us for a Tenant Applicantion Form and be ready to sign it (this will enable us to check your references and do a credit check on you)
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    And if you've got any queries?
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    Please do not hesitate to contact us.

    We are happy to help answer any questions you may have. 

    We look forward to speaking to you and meeting you in due course!

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Who are Downer & Co Lettings?
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    The Downer & Co Lettings team aims to exceed all of your expectations and provide financial security and peace of mind throughout your career as a landlord.

    Our Lettings department is run by personnel with years' of invaluable experience. We consider ourselves to be true, thoughtful professionals and ensure that we have access to the most up to date information regarding legislation and regulatory information.

    We are also supported by a team of solicitors who are specialist in Landlord and Tenant Law. Unlike the majority of lettings agents that have one person doing everything, our Lettings Department consists of dedicated and specialised professionals. The team includes several qualified Negotiators and three Property Managers, who work closely with trusted and experienced trades people. We also have a dedicated Client Account Bookkeeper as well as an Administrator.

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    Lee Fenn-Tripp MARLA: Director

    Lee heads up Downer & Co Lettings team and has worked in the industry since 2001, for both corporate and independent agencies. He joined Downer & Co in 2006 and has a particular interest in helping investors source the right properties for their requirements. He will be able to assist you on all enquiries relating to your property and tenancy.

    leefenn-tripp@downer.co.uk

    01635 271026

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    Melissa Wisbey MARLA: Senior Lettings Negotiator

    Melissa has a background in customer service and training and is particularly good and finding the best tenants for a Landlord. Melissa also frequently exceeds Landlords expectations in tenancy negotiations. If you have any questions relating to the let of your property, specific negotiations, referencing of your tenant, renewing a tenancy agreement and the letting process, please give Melissa a call.

    melissawisbey@downer.co.uk

    01635 271025

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    Sue Slatter: Lettings Negotiator

    Sue works with applicant s to find the right property that matches their needs. Sue is primarily responsible for the viewings, bookings, client feedback and administration in the office so if you are looking for information on how your property is being marketed then you should telephone Sue . 

    sueslatter@downer.co.uk 

    01635 271053

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    Catherine Herriott: Lettings Negotiator

    The people skills Catherine gained in working in education and with vulnerable children stands her in good stead with Downer & Co, where she enjoys developing the long term relationships that are associated with letting your property. Catherine negotiates terms on new lets, renews existing tenancies and also deals with tenancy administration. 

    catherineherriott@downer.co.uk

    01635 271052

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    Rosemary Anslow: Senior Property Manager

    Rosemary draws upon her wealth of property knowledge, lengthy experience and exceptional diplomacy skills to manage the maintenance on our properties. She is in charge of the property management team and personally takes responsibility of all the house we manage. 

    rosemaryanslow@downer.co.uk

    01635 271022

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    Victoria Buckell MARLA: Property Manager

    Vicki came to Downer & Co from a block management background, realising that she wanted a more people orientated role. She is particularly good at working with Landlords, Tenants and Contractors to get to the root of a maintenance issue and takes responsibility for the flats and apartments we deal with.

    victoriabuckell@downer.co.uk  

    01635 271019

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    Gay Sharples: Lettings Co-ordinator

    Gay has been with Downer & Co for 14 years. With her keen eye for detail, she draws up all of the legal documentation and ensures that the correct processes are followed so nothing gets missed.

    gsharples@downer.co.uk

     01635 523880

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    Lucy Sadler MARLA: Director & Client Accounts

    Lucy has worked in the letting industry since 2008 during which time she has worked for both the Private and Registered Social Landlord sector. Having good experience of both and with the highest levels of attention to detail, Lucy works diligently to meet the varied accounting requirements of our managed and non-managed portfolio. Lucy also oversees business development and is always available to help new landlords.

    lucysadler@downer.co.uk

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    Jennifer Vaughan Property Manager

    Jenifer has been working in the property industry for several years in residential and also in property recruitment and HR. She has built up a loyal contractor base over the years and works closely with Rosemary and Viki ensuring that the maintenance of your property is conducted to the highest of standards. All questions about property maintenance should be directed to Viki Rosemary or Jennifer 

    jennifervaughan@downer.co.uk

    01635 271024

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    Sian Barr: Saturday Negotiator

    Sian helps us on a Saturday, getting out and about to show applicants properties and dealing with enquiries in the office.

    lettingsnewbury@downer.co.uk

    01635 523880

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    Where we're active

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    Current Properties

    Previously Marketed Properties

    Note: Markers represent the centre of postcodes, not exact locations

    Find us

    44 Cheap Street,
    Newbury,
    RG14 5BX

    Telephone us

    Buying: 01635 906040  Local call rate
    Letting: 01635 906039  Local call rate

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    What do our customers say about us?

    Testimonials from Landlords

    • Landlord Testimonial

      I Taylor (Brecon) - Landlord
      "... We are very pleased with the speed with which the property has been re-let and congratulate you and your colleagues for the expertise that you have once again shown..."
    • Landlord Testimonial

      P White (BFPO) - Landlord
      "...A long overdue note to thank you for all your patience, efforts and understanding in dealing with our planned investment..."
    • Landlord Testimonial

      G White - Tenant.
      "... I have been delighted with your service so far and would very much like to continue to rent through yourselves..."
    • Landlord Testimonial

      A & B Quinn - Tenant
      "... you have been incredibly helpful and thoughtful as a management company and we would certainly recommend Downers to any one else...."
    • Landlord Testimonial

      D & L Cook - Landlords
      "...Thank you very much for all that you and your colleagues have done for us in managing 59 Crawford Place, whilst we were the owners. Our association with Downers has been so positive, over so many years. Thank you to Rosemary especially, for her efforts on our behalf, and to you all, for excellent, efficient, reliable service to us all the way. We could not have kept the studio on without the help of you and your team, and we are big supporters of the Downer & Co. brand! Thank you again. If you need us to write anything to prospective owners needing a Lettings Agency, get in touch! ..."
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    Disclaimer

    The content on this Microsite has been uploaded by Downer & Co, Newbury. Rightmove Group Limited makes no warranty as to the accuracy or completeness of the content, any queries should be sent directly to Downer & Co, Newbury. Where properties are displayed on a page, this comprises a property advertisement. Rightmove Group Limited who operate the website Rightmove.co.uk makes no warranty as to the accuracy or completeness of the advertisement or any linked or associated information, and Rightmove has no control over the content. These property advertisements do not constitute property particulars. The information is provided and maintained by Downer & Co, Newbury. Please contact the agent directly to obtain any information which may be available under the terms of The Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) (England and Wales) Regulations 2007 or the Home Report if in relation to a residential property in Scotland and if you have any query over the content.

    *Guide Price: An indication of a seller's minimum expectation at auction and given as a “Guide Price” or a range of “Guide Prices”. This is not necessarily the figure a property will sell for and is subject to change prior to the auction.

    Reserve Price: Each auction property will be subject to a “Reserve Price” below which the property cannot be sold at auction. Normally the “Reserve Price” will be set within the range of “Guide Prices” or no more than 10% above a single “Guide Price.”

    Auction Fees: The purchase of this property may include associated fees not listed here, as it is to be sold via auction. To find out more about the fees associated with this property please call Downer & Co, Newbury on 01635 523777.


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      Downer & Co 
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      Since 1988 the reputation of Downer & Co has been built on our passion for the business. We are a completely independent, highly regarded and well established firm of Chartered Surveyors and Estate Agents - professionally trained and qualified and only satisfied with the highest levels of advice and conduct.

      It is important to every one of us that we provide an unparalleled level of enthusiastic and professional service and that we continue to offer you objective and realistic advice on every aspect of residential property. At Downer & Co we regard it as a personal challenge to look after your best interests at all times and close communication with our customers is an absolute priority.

      We are well aware of the shortcomings associated with our profession, and go out of our way to be helpful. It is with our people, however, that you will see the biggest difference. They are true, thoughtful professionals.

      The quality of presentation offered by Downer & Co to all its clients is excellent and proven to be effective. We achieve more viewings and better prices because we make extensive use of all means available to market your property, securing its prominence to potential buyers or tenants.

      To arrange an honest and realistic market appraisal of your property, without obligation, or to speak to us about any aspect of property buying, selling, renting, management or investment, please contact us

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      List of Services

      Downer & Co have been providing an unparalleled level of independent, honest, professional and expert advice to homeowners, buyers, landlords, tenants and investors since 1988.

      There's not much we don't know about property. And even less we can't help you with. If you are thinking of buying, selling, renting, letting or investing in property, please talk to us.

      We can advise, free of charge, with a level of knowledge that only experience can bring on any or all of the following:

      Market Appraisals
      • For Sale

        We value hundreds of millions of Pounds worth of property in the Newbury and surrounding area each year using recent, comparable evidence to arrive at accurate and realistic sales prices for our Vendors

      • For Probate

        Local Solicitors rely on Downer & Co to provide probate valuations for their clients

      • For Rental

        Downer & Co manage hundreds of properties in West Berkshire so we have very accurate, up-to-date knowledge of rental values

      Advice
      • Land

        Uniquely, at Downer & Co we have extensive in-house experience of residential development and are particularly skilful at spotting opportunities - we have numerous examples of successfully securing gains for clients who thought they had nothing more than a big garden!

        We are extremely well placed to advise on development potential, land values, joint ventures, construction principles and financing options

      • Builders and Developers

        If you are building houses or flats with a view to selling, you may want to speak to a specialist. We have a huge amount of actual experience and thoroughly understand the development process. We can advise on the most saleable floor plans, create brochures and marketing materials, staff Show Suites and conduct the entire marketing process

      • Floor Plans and Finishes

        We frequently advise our customers on how to optimise their layouts and which finishes to invest in, to ensure they achieve the maximum return on their investment

      • Extensions and Renovations

        It is sometimes hard to decide whether to move to a bigger place or extend your existing home. Downer & Co can advise you on the financial viability of extending or renovating your property. This is based on years' of experience and being prepared to be fair with you

      • Presentation

        If you are preparing your property for sale or rent, we can advise you on what is and isn't worth spending time and money on

      • Mortgages and Financial Services

        For owners, occupiers and investors

      • Investment

        We will help you to analyse yields and costs to assist you in optimising the potential of your purchase

      Negotiation
      • For Our Vendors

        When our Vendors are buying residential property, even if it is out of our area, we frequently advise them on how to conduct the negotiations or handle it for them

      • On Sales and Lets

        We are unashamedly proud of our negotiating skills - which only 28 years' experience can create

      Guidance
      • Structural and Homebuyers Reports

        We are happy to guide our Vendors on the contents and recommendations made in structural and homebuyers reports

      Reassurance
      • Downer & Co are Members of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and also Members of the Association of Residential Lettings Agents (ARLA) and abide by their stringent codes of conduct
      Other stuff we do
      • Keys

        Purchasers and tenants can, if required, leave a set of keys with Downer & Co so if they ever lock themselves out of their property

      • Shoulders

        Buying, selling, renting or letting out your property can be stressful. We will do our utmost to relieve you of any stress but occasionally other events might be going on in your life at the same time which will make the process harder for you eg divorce, a job move, illness etc. We are always here, happy to listen and help if we can and there is always a hot cuppa, a friendly face and a broad shoulder

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    Selling 
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      If you are thinking of selling your property, possibly your most valuable asset, you will want to choose an agent who offers distinction and reflects your own values. An agent you can trust, with a proven track record.

      It requires more than whipping up a For Sale board and listing a house on Zoopla to get you the most money for your property. Maximising your property's selling potential requires sound knowledge and resources - financial as well as human.

      Since 1988, the team at Downer & Co have taken great pride and care in ensuring that we offer sensible, up-to-date and experienced advice which will result in you selling your home at the best possible price and in a timescale to suit you. We pride ourselves on our friendly, non-stuffy, non-corporate service and with absolutely no modesty consider ourselves to be superb negotiators.

      Our valuations are considered - we endeavour to understand your specific circumstances and will collect detailed information on your property as well as consulting comparable evidence before offering you our informed opinion.

      Once you have appointed Downer & Co to look after the sale of your home, we will take advantage of all media available to us to generate as much interest in your property as we can.

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      We use a large variety of marketing materials to obtain the best results and tailor the marketing of each property as appropriate. We may include some or all of the following:

      • Full colour advertising in the local newspaper/s in our eye-catching and prominent advertisements
      • Imaginative and accurate full colour sales brochures with floor plans as standard
      • Prominent web presence via listings on premium property portals RightMove, Primelocation, Zoopla and others
      • Specifically targeted mailings and phone calls to carefully selected, pre-qualified prospective purchasers
      • Distinctive For Sale boards

      We are well known for our negotiating skills which are a fundamental talent required to achieve the best possible price for your property, yet something that is often overlooked by sellers when selecting an Estate Agent.

      Our way of working is unique; we employ dedicated support staff who will provide you with regular feedback on viewings, written Vendor update reports to explain the marketing of your home and detailed sales progressing once the sale is in the hands of a solicitor - right through to completion.

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      Buyers are carefully qualified and we don't just check out their situation, both in terms of their ability to proceed and also their finances - we check the entire chain. Thoroughly. And frequently. Our vigilance and experience, combined with strong relationships with local solicitors, surveyors and other experts is why our fall-through rate is consistently well below the national average.

      To arrange an honest and realistic market appraisal of your property, without obligation, please contact us now

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    Buying 
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      Whether you are a first time buyer, a seasoned homeowner or an experienced investor, choosing the right property will be paramount to you.
      At Downer & Co we understand that homes are more than investments; they are a haven for the things that matter most - family, relationships and treasured possessions

      For investors, choosing the right property could make the difference between a profitable investment and a costly mistake

      Whatever your budget and wish list looks like, we will be friendly, talk to you in a language that you understand, translate the jargon and guide you through the entire buying process from the first tentative approach through to moving day

      To get started it is a good idea to register with us so that we can keep you up-to-date on the latest properties coming onto the market that may be of interest to you

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      Property Buying Tips

      Congratulations! You have worked hard and saved even harder and now you're about to become a property owner.

      Experience has shown us that buyers who take the time to prepare a Wish List before they start viewing properties have a higher chance of finding the perfect property plus they do so without spending years looking at hundreds and hundreds of properties that are all ultimately unsuitable.

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      Making your wish list
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      To help you, we have set out a list below of the kind of things that you might like to consider. Once you have made your list, put your wish list into an order of priority and then decide which items are a "must", which ones are just "preferable" and which ones you can be flexible on. Refer to your list before you book a viewing and take it with you when you are on the viewing and tick off for each house you see which items on your wish list each property fulfills.
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      To get you started, some of the things to consider include but are not limited to
      The property:
      • No of bedrooms/bathrooms
      • Are you willing to do work to it? If so, how much
      • No of reception rooms
      • Is a separate dining room important?
      • Conservatory?
      • Space for extension?
      • Size of garden - level of privacy? Which way should it face?
      • Parking - are you willing to pay for a permit?
      • Garage/s
      Other things to consider:
      • School catchment areas
      • Access to local shops, train stations, buses, pubs etc
      • NHBC Guarantees
      • The area and neighbourhood - amenities, crime, neighbours
      • Energy efficiency / house running costs
      • Council Tax Banding
      • Road and other transport links
      • Environment - eg flooding, pollution etc

      Helpful links:

      Some of the below listed websites might be useful once you have started to narrow your search:

      • West Berkshire Council - Excellent site with a myriad of local information including school catchment areas
      • Council Tax Bandings
      • Google Maps
      • AA Route Planner
      • Environment Agency's website - Environmental information such as the risk of flooding in a particular area, pollution levels, etc.
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      First Time Buyers 

      Most of us at Downer & Co are homeowner ourselves and we are all just about young enough to remember what it was like to be a First Time Buyer. The difficulty in scraping a deposit together, the fear of "making a mistake" and buying the wrong property, being overwhelmed by jargon and legal documents...

      So if you are First Time Buyer you can talk to us at Downer & Co. Come in and have a cup of tea or coffee or pick up the phone; we are happy to talk you through it all in language that you can understand and without you feeling patronised. We can help you with advice on what to buy, put you in touch with an independent mortgage advisor, suggest a couple of different solicitors - we'll even pass on the name of our favourite plumber!

      If you are thinking of buying for the first time then please give us a call or pop in to see us. You will have our full attention and respect and we will help you make that vital first purchase as easy and enjoyable as possible!

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    Who Are Downer & Co 
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      To arrange an honest and realistic market appraisal of your property, without obligation, or to speak to us about any aspect of property buying, selling, renting, management or investment, please contact us

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      Simon Downer FRICS: Director 
      Also Pictured: Henry the Labrador and Louis the Golden Retriever: Customer relationship advisers. 

      Since 1988 the reputation of Downer & Co has been built on our passion for the business, as well as our passion for people. Oh and for cake, we all love a bit of cake.

      Downer & co is a completely independent, highly regarded and well established firm of Chartered Surveyors and Estate Agents - Professionally trained, qualified and only satisfied with the highest level of advice and conduct. In plain speak that means that we really care about doing a good job for you as we want you to come back to us time and again, and recommend us to your friends.

      We are well aware of the shortcomings associated with our profession, and go out of our way to be helpful, honest and effective.It is with our team however, that you will see the biggest difference. We are true, thoughtful professional. Above all we're real people. People you can trust. People you can relate to.

      e-mail simondowner@downer.co.uk
      Tel: 01635 271004
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      Richard Bailey, Director 
      Richard has agreed sales on almost 2000 properties since joining Downer & Co in 1999. Back then Richard had more hair and a much higher golf handicap but his skills as a brilliant negotiator were always apparent. With experience of everything from apartments to very large family homes, many people who buy from Richard return as vendors because they have seen firsthand how effective he is at getting the very best price for his clients. Appointed as a director in 2011, Richard is currently trying to persuade the Board of directors to relocate the Downer & Co offices to the Golf Course.

      e-mail: richardbailey@downer.co.uk
      Tel: 01635 271012
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      Leo Downer, Director 
      Before joining Downer & Co in 2006 Leo spent three years in Melbourne, Australia honing his selling skill. A lifelong fly fishing enthusiast, Leo was disappointed to find that the fish Down Under were just as reluctant to be caught as they are here in the UK but that doesn't stop him persevering! A thoughtful professional with exquisite manners and a friendly personality, Leo's ability to make vendors fell like they are the only clients in the world not only makes him popular but also very effective, particularly if an when issues arise during a sale. Now if only he could use his negotiating skills as effectively with the fish.

      e-mail: leodowner@downer.co.uk
      Tel: 01635 271011
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      Stuart Vosper, Sales Negotiator 
      Stuart never gives up. Whether it's continuing to push his middle-aged body to play semi-pro football, getting the best price for his vendors or believing that one day he will win the Accumulator, Stuart's dogged determination has benefited hundreds of happy vendors over the past eight years. Stuart is very quick witted and his wry observations keep everyone entertained on a daily basis. Before joining Downer & Co Stuart worked in the insurance industry for fifteen years where is learns the value of providing exceptional customer service.

      e-mail: stuartvosper@downer.co.uk
      Tel: 01635 271001
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      Fraser Crumlish, Office Manager 
      Everyone loves Fraser. Fact. Downer & Co without Fraser would be like a British summer without rain. A Sunday roast without potatoes. Fraser decided to dedicate his life to being a thoroughly nice man when he was very young and for some reason (for which we are all grateful) decided that the best way to spread his particular brand of joy was by working in Estate Agency.  That decision was made in 2000; Fraser has celebrated his first decade with Downer & Co.  Apart from being everyone's favourite, he is the Office Manager and oversees all the support staff and the day-to-day running of the office.  Fraser mainly deals with the after-sales progression and has a real understanding of the conveyancing system and is often calls upon by Solicitors to assist in tricky situations that arise during some transactions. Anyone wishing to get into Fraser's good books should bring wine. Or Gin. Preferably both.

      e-mail: frasercrumlish@downer.co.uk
      Tel: 01635 271008
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      Imogen Bowers,  Residential Sales
      Many have tried but no one has yet managed to get Imogen flapping-no matter how stressful the situation, she remains calm, smiley and effective.  A fundamental part of the sale support team, Imogen deals with properties after they have been valued and stays in touch with potential vendors till they are reading to go on the market. When not organising the negotiators Imogen escapes in her caravan with her dogs.

      e-mail: imogenbowers@downer.co.uk
      Tel: 01635 271002
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      Jenny Dexter, Sales Support 
      Jenny started working at Downer & Co before the internet was even internet was even invented which is just as well as she knows more than any of us and, arguable, more than Google. Need the recipe for a perfect Meringue? Ask Jenny. Struggled with the meaning of life? Speak to Jenny. When it comes to booking viewings or providing our vendors with feedback, Jenny comes into her own - her knowledge, dedication and quiet determination to reach people makes her everyone's rock.

      e-mail: receptionsales@downer.co.uk
      Tel: 01635 271003
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      Kristine Duff, Sales Support 
      A Scottish South Africa, Kris assists in the sales office combining support, viewings, administration and marketing along with booking viewings and giving feedback to our vendors. Kris saw in the Millennium in Sri Lanka 20m under water, drinking champagne in Scuba gear - if she'll go to that depth to escape the Millennium Bug just think what she'll do to secure a viewing or get you your feedback!
      e-mail: kristineduff@downer.co.uk
      Tel: 01635 523777
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      Chris Tyce Viewings 
      Chris is a gentleman. And a gentle man and one of our most complimented members of staff. As the Downer & Co viewings specialist for the past many years, Chris has mastered the art of simultaneously making everyone feel like they have all the time in the world on a viewing, calming down unruly children and showing the property at its absolute best. His gentle and positive manner allows potential buyers to not only see but also carefully consider whether or not a property is right for them, without ever feeling rushed or stressed.  

      Email: sales@downer.co.uk
      Tel: 01635 523777
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      Sally Ward, Weekend Sales Support 
      Sally has been part of Downer & Co's Weekend support staff for so long that it's immpossible to think of a time when she wasnt an integeral member of the team, Sally is known for her carful attention to detail and friendly deposition - no one at Downer & Co can remember ever seeing Sally without a huge smile on her face 

      e-mail: salesnewbury@downer.co.uk
      Tel: 01635 523777
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      Jo Smith, Company Bookkeeper
      Because Jo is a Chartered Accountant, her ability to maintain efficient detail and brilliant bookkeeping for both Sales and Lettings is held in extremely high regard. Jo lives with her very energetic family and in what little spare time she has acts as a Treasurer to AFC Newbury (Boys & Girls).
      Email: josmith@downer.co.uk
      Tel: 01635 523777
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      Ros Meyer, Sales Secretary
      Ros's skills on a computer keyboard are surpassed only by her incredible past achievements which include cycling across Romania and, on another occasion, cycling up to the Arctic Circle.  Responsible for all typing In the office, Ros works with laser-like precision and a speed which never ceases to amaze. Though her cross country cycling days are now behind her, Ros still enjoys to travel and is always plotting her next adventure.

      e-mail:rosmeyer@downer.co.uk
      Tel: 01635 271005
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      Sian Barr, Viewings 
      Sian provides us with extra cover for viewings on Saturdays for both the Sales and the Lettings departments. She is very good at showing your home in an unhurried, positive and professional manner. Sian's passion is keeping fit which is an asset when you are a highly energetic mum to two small children. We can confirm, as well, that she makes exceptionally good cakes.

      e-mail: receptionsales@downer.co.uk
      Tel: 01635 523777
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      Andy Pittard, Boards 
      Always smiley and friendly, Andy will arrive at your house in the Downer & Co van and put up the For Sale sign if you have agreed to have one (which we would encourage). Andy takes great pride in ensuring that the Downer boards are in top condition and stand straight.  He'll return before you know it to amend the sign from 'For Sale' & 'Sold Subject to Contract'. In his spare time Andy is a keen family man who is kept busy by his children and grandchildren.
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      Find us

      44 Cheap Street,
      Newbury,
      RG14 5BX

      Telephone us

      Buying: 01635 906040  Local call rate
      Letting: 01635 906039  Local call rate

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      What our customer say 

      Testimonials from Sellers

      • Seller Testimonial

        fast , stress free sale and completion
        • 'Fantastic professional service . Staff were always friendly and available to speak to. My property was a shared ownership resale which makes it a little trickier to find suitable buyers , this wasn't a problem and Stuart instantly arranged several serious viewings. The property achieved several offers straight away and was sold quickly. Stuart and Fraser kept in contact with myself and chased the sale through from start to finish to achieve a. Would defiantly instruct again !!'Caz, Vendor
      • Seller Testimonial

        Could not fault these guys,
        • From the first meeting it was obvious they were very straight forward and professional, with no false promises or unreal expectations, just an honest and frank appraisal of our home and what we could expect. House sold in nine days, but sale went wrong at the last minute ( not their fault but first in the chain). They immediately went to work and sold again from buyer waiting in the wings. Could not fault these guys, and would recommend them to anyone who wants to sell with minimum strife.Mick and Pauline, Vendors
      • Seller Testimonial

        They went above and beyond
        • All staff at Downers have been totally amazing. We have negotiated a sale with a property which had 'some issues' and everybody has been helpful, constructive and very professional. The customer care and communication has been of the highest level, this is no mean feat as they had a mature lady and two grown up daughters all in different locations to keep informed. the service I have ever received from an Estate Agent before! They were excellent.'KT,  Vendor
      • Seller Testimonial

        He found us a buyer at asking price within a week
        • Stuart Vosper at Downer & Co did an outstanding job selling our house for us. He found us a buyer at asking price within a week and was extremely proactive throughout the process. We had a difficult chain and he really fought our corner and assisted in pushing things along to make the move happen. Definitely worth the commission; we feel that he really added value over and above simply finding us a buyer.'Kylie M, Vendor

      Testimonials from Buyers

      • Buyer Testimonial

        thoughtful, professional and courteous
        • Both Leo and Fraser were in their approach during my search for and eventual purchase of the right property for me. The whole process would have been far more stressful without their assistance, for which I was very grateful. Their replies to any questions or messages were prompt and helpful, and always took my needs into consideration. However busy their own workload was, they always made me feel that I was a valued and important customer, which is quite rare these days in many areas of business. I would certainly recommend Downers very highly to anyone needing an estate agent or property advice.C. R. Dawes, Purchaser
      • Buyer Testimonial

        will certainly recommend Downers to others
        • Richard arranged a viewing and dealt with our offer very quickly and professionally. We had terms agreed within 48 hours of seeing the property.Fraser then dealt with us over the lengthy time to get to exchange (through no fault of Downers) in a patient and, again, professional manner, keeping us updated regularly with progress and keeping the vendors calm when they were getting extremely frustrated about the time taken.All was sorted in the end and we complete on Friday! Looking forward to moving and will certainly recommend Downers to others, both to buy and sell through.Chris,  Purchaser
      • Buyer Testimonial

        always been professional and extremely helpful.
        • We have known Downer & Co for nine years during which time they have always been professional and extremely helpful. They have a wealth of experience and during the past 9 years we have used their services for selling two houses and purchasing one. Richard will always offer good advice, even if its not to your liking, he is honest and we respect that. Fraser takes time to make you feel a valued customer and returns calls promptly. We were looking to purchase a very specific type of property and Richard and Fraser contacted us immediately it became available. Throughout the process they are professional, friendly and helpful and provided an extremely good service, we would not hesitate to recommend or use them again.Terry and Diane,    Purchasers
      • Buyer Testimonial

        Easy process!!
        • Fantastic company. We originally were show our property by Stuart and immediately could see the potential. Offer was placed and Stuart very quickly tied it up. Fraser then took charge of our deal and took it too completion. Great after sales by Fraser. Easy process!! Would definitely use againScott Clarke, Purchaser
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      Welcome to Downer & Co, Newbury

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        DOWNER & CO is the most prominent and successful firm of independent Chartered Surveyors and Estate Agents in the Newbury area. Established in 1988, the company is determined to remain the best organised, most user friendly and IT advanced agency, providing all our clients with the best possible service, seven days a week.

      Find Us

      Branch address

      44 Cheap Street,
      Newbury,
      RG14 5BX

      Get in touch

      Buying: 01635 906040  Local call rate
      Letting: 01635 906039  Local call rate

      Disclaimer

      The content on this Microsite has been uploaded by Downer & Co, Newbury. Rightmove Group Limited makes no warranty as to the accuracy or completeness of the content, any queries should be sent directly to Downer & Co, Newbury. Where properties are displayed on a page, this comprises a property advertisement. Rightmove Group Limited who operate the website Rightmove.co.uk makes no warranty as to the accuracy or completeness of the advertisement or any linked or associated information, and Rightmove has no control over the content. These property advertisements do not constitute property particulars. The information is provided and maintained by Downer & Co, Newbury. Please contact the agent directly to obtain any information which may be available under the terms of The Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) (England and Wales) Regulations 2007 or the Home Report if in relation to a residential property in Scotland and if you have any query over the content.

      *Guide Price: An indication of a seller's minimum expectation at auction and given as a “Guide Price” or a range of “Guide Prices”. This is not necessarily the figure a property will sell for and is subject to change prior to the auction.

      Reserve Price: Each auction property will be subject to a “Reserve Price” below which the property cannot be sold at auction. Normally the “Reserve Price” will be set within the range of “Guide Prices” or no more than 10% above a single “Guide Price.”

      Auction Fees: The purchase of this property may include associated fees not listed here, as it is to be sold via auction. To find out more about the fees associated with this property please call Downer & Co, Newbury on 01635 523777.