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16Apr

 

The village of Wroughton is situated to the west of the city of London along with smaller cities such as Bristol, Bath and of course Swindon. Wroughton is filled with opportunity and allows you to live in a quiet place with the luxury of the city only a few miles away. Wroughton has become a place of interest for potential home buyers.

History of Wroughton

 

Wroughton is one of the biggest parishes in the United Kingdom. Home to around 8,000 people, this village is most well known for The Ridgeway, a national path which is connected to the ancient Uffington White Horse. The town is about 6km away from the larger town of Swindon. The traditional English village has a mixture of traditional and modern shops.

 

Property

 

When you are looking for property in Wroughton, you will find different areas which will offer you a vast range of houses and flats. The quiet village of Wroughton will offer you a range of Victorian and Edwardian terraces, flats, bungalows, cottages and semi-detached and detached houses. Some houses have large gardens perfect for those with children and some have a garage for a car or bike storage.



Schools and Work

 

Properties in Wroughton will provide you with easy access to many local schools in the area. Wroughton offers a number of primary and secondary schools alongside sixth form colleges too. For older children, the central location of this town allows easy access to a few close by universities such as Bath University, The University of West England and The University of Gloucestershire.

 

There are also many jobs available in different sectors of this village such as jobs in retail, IT, business, manufacturing and many more. Wroughton's location also offers the opportunity to work in a bigger city whilst going home to the beautiful countryside.

 

Wroughton is a very popular village to live and properties do become available on a regular basis, but due to its popularity, speed is of the essence to avoid disappointment.

 

Days Out In Wroughton

 

Wroughton offers a range of activities for families, couples and individuals.

 

Swindon town centre is a perfect place for you and your family. The town has a great selection of high street and independent shops to kick off your weekend. The town offers hundreds of cafes, restaurants and takeaway shops for when you’re peckish, and the town also has events on all the time such as concerts, parties and fashion events.

 

Lydiard Park is a beautiful historic estate set in 260 acres of parkland. There are tea rooms and cafes, events and education programmes making this a fabulous day out for all the family. Dogs are allowed on the grounds and there are BBQ’s available to rent in the summer. The park hosts events all year round such as open-air theatres, live music and more.

 

Coate Water Park is a country park around 5km away from Swindon city centre. The county park has a 56-acre reservoir and in the 1970s a smaller lake was created. Now the water park is used as a water park, nature reserve and play area. It truly is a wonderful day out for the whole family

 

The BETTER Facility is a place for anyone who loves sports and activities. The facility offers a swimming pool, an ice rink, a gym, a spa and also some extreme sporting options. They even have libraries, children centres and regularly host events.

 

Transport/Commuting

 

There are 30 local bus services from Wroughton and the nearest train station is in Swindon which is only 6km away. The bus route is extremely regular and as Wroughton is such a central town, any bigger city would only be a short train ride away.

 

Estate Agents

 

For advice and guidance on buying a property in Wroughton speak to our friendly expert advisors at Castles Estate Agents in Swindon. We will guide you through the entire process with ease. We can help find you the property of your dreams and guide you in the right direction to make an offer on the home of your dreams. We at Castles estate agents have years of experience in helping people buy and sell homes. We also have the knowledge to make your buying process easier for you. Please call us today on 01993 611677 for more information.

 

29Mar

Recently, Brexit has been surrounding the UK with a continuous sense of doom and gloom and especially with the announcement that Honda will be closing their Swindon car plant, you would forgive yourself for thinking that the local housing market would take a turn for the worse, with potential buyers and sellers procrastinating until there was a clear view as to what the future of the relationship between our EU departure and the UK housing market would hold.

 

We can all agree that there is a whole host of uncertainty circling, yet here at Castles Estate Agents in Swindon, we can reassure you in current times.

 

good news

 

Mark Noble, managing director of Castles estate agents in Swindon is delighted to report that Castles are experiencing some excellent results despite the above challenges but does stress that the market remains tough but if you are motivated to move home and you choose your estate agent wisely then you can still achieve your ambitions to move, however, choose the wrong agent and you can sit on the market for many months.

 

Here at Castles, we have a track record for not only selling property over the last 16 years but doing so at the very best possible price. We often find ourselves selling properties that have sat stagnant with another agent for months and we have often been successful in the first few weeks of marketing the property.

 

Some of our most recent property successes include:

 

A property in Hayden End, Swindon which had been on the market for up to 6 months with several different agents. We increased the asking price and successfully sold the property for £5,000 more than it was previously marketing for within 10 days of being instructed.

 

A property in Gorse Hill, Swindon had been on the market for a month with Purple Bricks with no success, Castles were instructed, and we agreed a sale within 4 days of marketing.

 

So, whatever happens with Brexit and Honda, we can rest assured that people have to move for many reasons including, moving in together, divorce, having children, retiring, relocation and aspiring to move up the property ladder. These are just a small handful of reasons why the housing market will always remain there for those who truly wish to move!

 

We can’t influence what is happening with Brexit or Honda or the state of the housing market but as professional estate agents, we really can influence the property journey you choose and help you make the right choices. Now is as good a time to sell your home as any other, but if you do have any questions be sure to speak to one of our qualified estate agents. We’ll be more than happy to address your concerns and help you get your property sold quickly and efficiently.

 

Here as Castles, we have supported thousands of people selling their properties and can offer our expert advice and market experience to help you conduct a successful sale. If you’re thinking of selling your home or like the above cases are finding yourself struggling with your current estate agent, please be sure to visit our website today and click on the Feefo tab. There you can read over our 100s of reviews that have given us an impressive 4.9* rating out of 5*.

 

Also, be sure to give us a call on 01793 611677 and speak to one of our experienced, qualified estate agents about selling your home in Swindon. We will be more than happy to answer any questions you have and can even offer you a free property valuation.

 

29Mar

Buying a House in Swindon

 

Situated west of Greater London and Reading and east of Bristol and Bath, Swindon is a town filled with opportunity. Attracting newcomers from across the UK, Swindon’s reputation is fast growing as a fantastic place to move to. Named as one of the top 20 best places to buy a property in Britain and ranking within the top 30 best places to live in the United Kingdom, it’s not surprising that you’re considering living in Swindon.

 

History of Swindon

 

Swindon began life as a small Saxon village established around a quarry. It’s wasn’t until 1840, when the famous Isambard Kingdom Brunel brought the Great Western Railway to the town, that the town exploded to house the railway workers. The town experienced another population increase at the end of the Second World War, when an influx of new houses were constructed across to town to solve the growing house crisis in London caused by the Blitz. The town’s quiet courtyards and alleyways boast a varied selection of traditional shops and pubs with the mix of modern chain stores.

 

map of Swindon

Property in Swindon

 

When looking for houses in Swindon, you’ll find that different areas will offer you a range of different houses.

 

Swindon’s Old Town offers some widely sought after Victorian and Edwardian terraces. It’s a bustling area which attracts a diversity of professionals and young families. Going a bit further afield, the area around the Coate Water Country Park is another hugely popular area. It’s populated with a variety of detached houses, which were built in the thirties, with large gardens perfect for those with children.

 

More recently, Swindon has also welcomed several new build sites, which offers reasonably priced modern housing. Though if you’re not one for modernity, the region around Broome Manor boasts a mix of Georgian regency and rural style farmhouses delivering a rustic, peaceful country atmosphere.

 

Schools and Work

 

Our property for sale in Swindon will provide you with easy access to the many local schools in the area. You’ll have over 50 primary schools and 11 secondary schools to choose from, plus Swindon college which offers further education for school leavers aged 16-21.

 

There are also thousands of offices and businesses in Swindon, with a wide choice of job roles in manufacturing, wholesale, administration & finance, business, IT and retail.

 

We have hundreds of houses for sale in Swindon and we’ll be more than happy to help you find the right property for both you and your children.

 

Days out near Swindon

 

Swindon offers plenty of things to do on a day out, especially for those with children.

 

Coate Water Country Park is a beautiful country park is a fantastic community space and with a children’s playground, summer splash pool, all year café and space to run around it can make for an enjoyable family day out. It also has a nature reserve and a site of specific scientific interest, as the park is bursting with interesting bird and wildlife species and offers both fishing and birdwatching.

 

Swindon town centre is a great choice if you love shopping. It is fully pedestrianised and offers both an indoor and outdoor shopping experience. The undercover Brunel Centre with over 100 shops and cafes, The Parade with its distinctive and decorative canopies which houses more well-known shops, and the old town area with more established family businesses, and the amazing McCarther Glen outlet centre makes this an exciting time for dedicated shoppers.

 

Swindon is also home to the famous Swindon Town Football Club. The County Ground Stadium is right in the town centre and has hosted international football fixtures and a variety of concerts.

 

Estate Agents Swindon

 

For advice and guidance on how to put yourself in the best position for buying a house in Swindon, speak to our expert advisors at Castle Estate Agents in Swindon. We can guide you through the entire process, from finding a property that meets your requirements to making an offer and having it accepted. With years of experience helping people with buying and selling homes across Swindon, we have the knowledge and expertise to make your buying process as smooth as possible. Contact us today on 01793 611677.

 

18Feb

Why You Shouldn’t Let Brexit Stop You From Selling Your Home


cracked egg painted with EU and union flag symbolising Brexit

In 1999, the world was struck by fear of an impending ‘Millennium bug’. People believed our electronic systems would fail and planes would fall from the sky. Now, twenty years later, we are struck by another uncertainty - Brexit anxiety. As the 29th March inches nearer, more people are asking whether they should still sell their house under the potential chaos and confusion unleashed by the possibility of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit.

 

Here at Castles Estate Agents in Swindon, we take a closer look at the facts surrounding our EU departure and the current UK housing market.

The Brexit Effect

 

Following the referendum back in June 2016, it was reported that house prices stagnated. And while many pointed to Brexit as the cause, other experts maintain that this could also have been due to the yearly summer plateau. While it is true that the rate of house price growth nationally has slowed, many argue that, rather than this being a direct consequence of the Brexit vote, it is simply a ‘long-overdue market correction’. Additionally, it is important to note that while house price growth may have decreased, house prices have not.  

 

The below graph shows house price growth both pre and post-referendum.

 

Another factor which is commonly used to reflect market uncertainty is transaction volumes. The 2016 referendum had little impact on transaction volumes nationwide. In fact, according to the HMRC, there was a greater number of transactions in December 2018 than during the same period the previous year.

 

With all this in mind, here are some reasons why you shouldn’t put off selling your property in light of Brexit...

 

Don’t Let Uncertainty Put Your Life On Hold

dog waiting by window with life on hold

According to a recent study by the Home Owners Alliance, only a small percentage of people are putting off big life decisions, such as moving, due to Brexit and the current confusion in Westminster. HOA Chief Executive Paula Higgins said:

 

“In these situations, it’s obviously important to have an eye on the bigger picture, but it’s much more useful to think about your own situation. If you’re planning on moving there’s no reason not to, there will always be people looking to buy. I think it’s very unlikely a buyer with their heart set on a property just like yours will decide against making an offer because they’re unsure what Boris might do next.”



House Prices Still On The Rise

 

According to the latest figures, while house price growth has slowed, average house prices remain on the increase. For those people looking to sell their houses in Swindon, this is especially true.

 

Less Competition

paper plane standing out - less competition

Another bonus to those looking to sell is that, as some people are waiting to see what the results of Brexit will be, the housing market will look a lot less crowded, giving your property a better chance of being seen by more buyers. Less competition could help ensure your house gets sold sooner rather than later.



Lower Mortgage Rates

 

On Thursday 7th February, the Monetary Policy Committee voted to keep the national base rate at 0.75%, in the midst of ongoing uncertainty due to Brexit. Currently, mortgage rates are at a historic low. More potential buyers will be encouraged to take advantage of these low rates, with fixed-rate mortgages offering a sense certainty amidst the uncertainty.

 

Long Term

family moving house

Buying a property is typically a medium to long-term commitment. Very few people will buy, only to sell 12 months later. It is more likely that people will stay in their property a few years before thinking of selling. Experts say that during this time, any blips that could potentially arise following our departure from the EU will have been corrected. Therefore, people should not be afraid to buy or sell now, particularly if they have no plans to move again immediately.

 

Spring Market

 

Spring is one of the best times of year to sell. True, this year our spring will coincide with Brexit, but it still remains a great time to sell. Post-Christmas and New Year, more people are looking to move and times to sell are much shorter. Take advantage of this prime selling slot if you’re planning on selling this year.

 

If You Aren’t Sure, Speak To An Agent

couple speaking with estate agent

If you want to sell your house, but are concerned about selling due to market uncertainty around Brexit, the best thing you can do is speak to a qualified local estate agent. Ask for guidance and support from an experienced agent who can not only address your concerns but also help get your property sold quickly and efficiently. At Castles, we have supported hundreds of people selling their properties, with expert advice and market experience, resulting in many successful sales.

 

In Conclusion…

 

As the saying goes, ‘the only certainty is uncertainty.’ When it comes to selling your home, now is as good a time as any. As a nation, we don’t yet know what the fall out from Brexit will be, so waiting until later to sell your home might not be better. As David Blake from Which? Mortgage Advisers puts it:

 

‘I’m sure many people are waiting until we know more about whether the UK will leave with a deal, but this could go on a while and it’s tough putting your life on hold for an unknown.’

 

If you’d like to speak with one of our experienced, qualified estate agents about selling your home in Swindon, contact us on 01793 611677. For a free property valuation, complete our online form today.

 

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