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    The team at Winkworth Torbay, covering Brixham, Paignton and Torquay, pride themselves on providing outstanding customer service and go to great lengths to ensure that all clients are dealt with in the most efficient and professional manner. Established in Mayfair in 1835, Winkworth has been successfully selling property for over 175 years, making it one of the longest established estate agency businesses in the country. Call us to ensure your property gets the exposure it needs. The company ha
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    An Introduction to Dartmouth & Brixham...
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    Location

    Dartmouth is a scenic historic town located by the River Dart in Devon's South Hams, while Brixham is a quaint fishing town located at the southern end of Torbay.

    Where to go

    Dartmouth's historic sites and outdoor activities make it one of South Devon's most popular towns. The most iconic site in the area is the artillery fort Dartmouth Castle. Visitors also consider Agatha Christie's extensive collections at Greenway National Trust Holiday Home a must-see. Dartmouth also has a plethora of outdoor activities. The South West Coast Path is one of the main scenic paths that provides a view of the coastline. Walking, cycling, and golfing around the River Dart is also a great way to take in the surrounding area.

    Brixham harbour is a central location that draws in visitors for its views. Boat trips are regarded as one of the best ways to take in all the sights. Other popular activities include biking or walking on surrounding paths, and taking in the views by taking a trip up to Geopark. Brixham also has several popular sites for those interested in history. The replica of Sir Francis Drake's iconic exploration ship, and a statue to celebrate the landing William of Orange in November 1688 allow visitors to take a step back in time.

    What's on

    The Dartmouth Royal Regatta in August draws in a large crowd. The festival is a three-day event filled with swimming, road races, tug of war, sailing, rowing, and kayaking. Shakespeare buffs are drawn in by the Dartmouth Shakespeare Week, which runs five nights a week in October. Tourists travel back in time with performances in Dartmouth Castle.

    Even the winter months provide entertainment through the Candlelit Dartmouth. The festival kicks off the Christmas season with two nights of market shopping, a visit from Santa, and dog shows.

    In Brixham, pirate enthusiasts gather to dress up and enjoy free entertainment. The Pirate Festival takes place around the Bank Holiday in May. The event is known for their world record attempts of creating the longest line of pirates.

    September brings an influx of fishing enthusiast for the annual Fishstock event at the Fish Quay harbour. Visitors come to enjoy fresh fish and live entertainment.

    Transport

    For those wishing to explore Dartmouth by boat, Dartmouth has two passenger ferries that run seven days a week and travel back and forth between Dartmouth and Kingswear. There are also two passenger ferries that run from Easter-October and travel between Dittisham and Greenway.

    Buses are the most efficient way to get travel to and from Brixham with 86 local bus services. Ferries in the area regularly depart to Torquay, Dartmouth, Greenway, Slapton, and Totnes. The Express Ferry goes between Brixham and Torquay in just 15 minutes.

    Schools

    Dartmouth Academy is a small school for children aged between 3-19. Dartington Church of England Primary School and Nursery's teaching is based off their core values of creativity, challenge, empath, compassion, and reflection. Kingswear Primary School is for ages 5-11.

    Brixham Church of England Primary is a Christian Values school for ages 3-11. Eden Park Primary School is for ages 2-11, their teaching is based on the core values of independence, teamwork, creativity, and respect. Churston Ferrers Grammar School is for ages 11-18.

    The property market

    Property prices in Dartmouth range from £109,000 for a studio flat, to £1,750,000 for a 4 bedroom detached house.

    Property prices in Brixham range from £84,950 for a 1 bedroom flat to £675,000 for a 3 bedroom detached bungalow.

    Trevor Branton, Director of Winkworth Torbay expands:

    "The property market across Dartmouth and Torbay is currently very buoyant, with a vibrant mix of house hunters including full time residents, holiday home owners and the local sailing community. Torbay is currently undergoing significant investment with many quality new shops and restaurants opening. Having experienced a very busy summer, the Winkworth Dartmouth and Torbay offices expect the market to continue at a pace throughout the rest of 2017."

    Fun fact

    Dartmouth has the oldest working steam engine in the world built by Thomas Newcomen in the 18th century.

    The hymn, "Abide with Me" was written in Brixham in 1847.

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    Tips for Sellers

    If you're thinking about selling your home, here are a few handy tips from us

    Working with your agent

    Work with your agent and make them work for you. At Winkworth, we believe every seller and their home is unique. We'd like you to tell us what made you fall in love with your home and what you enjoy most about it now. We'll highlight this information when we start marketing your home to like-minded buyers.

    Make sure your agent is aware of your situation, too. If you are just testing the water and aren't 100% committed to moving, they need to know. Likewise, if you can't move for six months, or, if you need to move imminently, tell your agent and they may be able to regulate the pace of the sale.

    Listen to your agent's advice. They do know the local market and fundamentally, they have your interests at heart.

    Money matters

    Settling on an asking price will be one of the biggest decisions you make in this process. Invite a selection of local agents to come in and value your property, but don't just go with the agent that provides the highest valuation and/or the lowest fee. An over-inflated asking price may really inhibit the speed of the sale. A low agent fee may mean you get a mediocre service at best.

    Do your own research on the Land Registry website and find out what similar properties to yours have sold for in the area. If an agent gives you a much higher valuation than the others, ask them to provide examples of comparable sales.

    Preparing your home

    There's no avoiding those little DIY jobs that have been waiting to be done for years when you are looking to sell. Take some time to fix those loose floorboards, finish paint jobs, nail down the squeaking floorboard and fit the last skirting board. These details matter.

    Once that's done, have a good clear out. Get rid of any clutter and thin out your personal items, like bulky ornaments, family photographs, paperwork and toys. This gives buyers the space to visualise themselves living in your house.

    Before the viewings begin, make sure your home is sparkling clean from top to bottom, especially the kitchen and bathroom. If needs be, have the carpets professionally shampooed, particularly if you have pets.

    Improve your home's kerb appeal, too. Paint your front door, polish up the brass (if you have any) and sweep away any leaves from the front of the house. Mow the lawn and make sure your garden looks neat and tidy. Show how particular areas can be used for al fresco dining with strategically placed garden furniture.

    By law, you will need to commission an EPC (energy performance certificate) for your property. Your estate agent can help you to organise this. You won't be able to market the property without one, so get it sorted as soon as possible.

    Line up your solicitor and do some pre-planning

    Instruct a solicitor from the outset so that you are ready for action. Waiting until you have accepted an offer can delay the process unnecessarily.

    Make sure you have all of your paperwork in order as this can really speed things up. So, if your property is leasehold or share of freehold, make sure you have the papers ready to pass on to your solicitor. Likewise, obtain any planning or building consents well in advance - these can help clinch a sale. Your estate agent and solicitor will be able to advise you on the type of paperwork you need to gather.

    When the buyers are in

    It is usually best to let your estate agent show the buyers around whilst you go out - they will feel more comfortable if you're not there. This means they can have an open discussion about your house without fear of causing offence. They'll also be able to take their time imagining how your home could become their home.

    It's a tricky one, but try and work around viewings. It really helps matters if buyers are able to view your home at a time that suits them. If not, there's the risk they'll see another property and forget yours.

    If you have tenants in the property, give them plenty of notice about your plans and keep things friendly. That way, they're more likely to keep the place looking tidy and accommodate viewings.

    If at all possible, pack your pets off for a day trip to the neighbours or in-laws. Another nice touch is to leave any parking space you may have free for the buyer. Something as simple as an easy park will help ensure they enter your home in a good frame of mind.

    Avoid strong cooking smells and don't smoke in the house in the run up to viewings. Open windows and place a few bunches of fresh flowers around the house to freshen things up and demonstrate that you care about what the buyer thinks.

    Post-viewings

    Do take feedback on board - if all the feedback from viewings points towards a particular issue - do something about it.

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    Tips for Buyers

    Some handy tips for those about to buy a property

    Getting to know the local agents

    Get to know your local estate agents and make sure they understand exactly what you are looking for. Be proactive, too - chase them every now and again. This will make sure you are at the forefront of their mind when a new property comes to the market.

    Legal advice

    Line up a good solicitor from the outset. Get recommendations from friends, family, colleagues and even local estate agents. Don't necessarily opt for the cheapest either - it could prove to be a false economy. Keep in regular touch with them.

    Arranging your finances

    Research what mortgage deals you can get. Price comparison websites can be a great resource if you have the time to keep checking them. Alternatively, find a good mortgage broker - seek recommendations from friends, family and colleagues.

    Make sure you have a written 'in principle' mortgage offer from the start, as this can really speed things up once you have an offer accepted. Likewise, you'll be in a much stronger position if you find yourself in a bidding war with a buyer who doesn't have their financing in order.

    Budgeting

    Set a budget for the entire process and stick to it. There are many other costs to consider outside of buying the property itself. Think about stamp duty, solicitor's fees, removal costs, any work that may need doing on the property, the first month's council tax and utility bills, possible service charge and ground rent etc.

    Do your research

    Fully research the area you are interested in buying in. Think carefully about the things you need and the things you would like, such as good local schools, transport links, green spaces, shops etc. Research the types of properties that are available in your price range and be realistic about your expectations.


    Viewings

    Try to be as flexible as possible when it comes to viewing times. Evenings and weekends may be best for you, but possibly not the seller. It might be worth taking a day or two off work and lining up multiple viewings. Be punctual for all your appointments, otherwise, you risk missing your slot and annoying the seller, who is likely to have gone to some effort to get the property ready for you.

    View the property three or four times and do so at different times of the day, so you get a real feel for what it is like.

    After the viewing, be sure to give the estate agent some honest feedback. That way, they get a better idea of what you will and won't accept. Keep an open mind though; very often, people end up buying something that is very different to the 'dream' home they imagined.

    Making an offer

    When you make an offer, make sure you let the estate agent know your position, like how flexible you can be on moving dates and whether or not you have a mortgage offer.

    If you really love the property, try not to make very low offers that will no doubt be refused. You could end up annoying the seller and this might make future negotiations that bit harder.

    Offer accepted

    Book a survey as soon as your offer is accepted. These can take a few days and you want to keep the process moving.

    Although it's an additional cost when you're already throwing money about left right and centre, a survey could identify any serious problems with the property and ultimately end up saving you £thousands.

    Moving in

    Try to avoid moving on a Friday. The roads tend to be busier and removal firms often charge more because Fridays are the most popular time to move. If you can, take some time off work and move mid-week.

    On moving day, make sure you have a box with all the essentials like milk, teabags, coffee and loo roll close to hand.

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Meet the team
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    Our highly successful team has a wealth of experience and knowledge which is second to none to ensure that your moving experience is as pain-free as possible. Very conveniently situated on Middle Street in Brixham is a perfect showcase for your property. Please come and talk to us about your property requirements.
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    Richard Blake M.N.A.E.A
    Richard started his professional life in the 1980's with the Royal Air Force in Air Traffic Control. However, an interest in property led to the establishment of his first Estate Agency in Shrewsbury in the early 1990's. Following the unexpected demise of his business partner, Richard took the opportunity to follow a long-held dream of relocating to South Devon. Richard is married to Karen who works for a prominent local charity and they have two girls Charlotte and Ellie and two rescue greyhounds! Richard is a keen Rugby supporter - probably something to do with growing up in Wales! He loves the outdoor life that Devon offers and can often be found walking the South West Coast path or getting out and about on the water. Richard is also a past president of the town's Rotary Club and supports and sponsors the Dartmouth Royal Regatta, the Dartmouth Music Festival, and the Dartmouth Food Festival along with the local sports clubs. Having lived in Dartmouth for over 20 years Richard now has a unique insight and extensive knowledge of the local and wider property market. Along the way he has also made many useful contacts and has a true passion for his profession.
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    Trevor Branton DipFA
    Trevor started his career in the mid 1990's in Estate Agency from a farming background. After several years working in various corporate and independent agents, both in the UK and New Zealand, he progressed his career into the Financial Services Industry and is a DipFa qualified Financial Adviser. He is married to Natasha with 2 children, Jess & Lucy and has a keen interest in classic VW's. You will often see him at car shows in his old VW Beetle or Camper. His love for property and talking to people has brought him back to be part of Estate Agency
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    Tara Busby-Price M.N.A.E.A
    Brixham born Tara started working in Estate Agency in 2002 when she joined a local independent agents after making the decision to leave the Travel industry. She has been in Estate Agency ever since and has a real passion for what she does. The daughter of a local policeman Tara has many local connections and enjoys arranging and participating in local events as much as possible. She is married to local builder Lee and has a son called Lucas. They are currently renovating an old cottage in the former orchards of Higher Brixham and when she is not found with a paintbrush in her hand she enjoys taking their dog Hugo for a ramble along the great southwest coast paths.
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    Here is what some our clients are saying about us.
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      Here are just a couple of reasons why using us to sell your home makes perfect sense.

    Testimonials from Sellers

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      What a great team of professionals! They had a buyer for me within seven days where another local agent and an online agent could do nothing after months. Easy to deal with, supportive and helpful at every turn, I cannot recommend them enough. Jackie J

    Testimonials from Buyers

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      A quick message to say what a pleasure it was purchasing through yourselves. We found you to be so helpful and friendly that it took away a lot of the stress in house-moving. We would always be happy to recommend you to anyone for the sale or purchase of a property.
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