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Sale of Residential Land and Building Plots

WHY BARFORD + CO?

Experience Expertise and Local Knowledge

Barford + Co has, for nearly four decades, had a significant involvement in the new residential development which has taken place in Huntingdon, St Ives, St Neots, Sandy and Biggleswade and the surrounding villages. We continue to operate at the leading edge of the residential land market and our planning and development teams provide expert advice to a range of housebuilders, landowners and private clients.

Land and Development Expertise

We are experienced in the sale of residential land and have acted on numerous sites where having first obtained planning permission, we are then instructed to dispose of the land with the benefit of that planning permission. At a time when the complexities of obtaining planning permission have never been greater, seeking professional advice is critical to ensure that land values are maximised.

Maximising Value Through the Planning Process

The correct approach and tactics can generate significant added value. Our agency surveyors work in conjunction with our planning team and the combined expertise is the key to achieving the optimum outcome. Obtaining planning permission is one thing. Obtaining a planning permission which maximises value is something different. This should not be left to chance.

Planning Permission Granted

Once planning permission has been obtained, and the decision has been made to sell, our agency team has an unparalleled level of expertise and experience in dealing with land disposals. Our reputation is for tenacity and hard work in achieving the best price and also for exploiting angles to add further value.

Disposal Strategy

Working with you, we will identify the appropriate disposal strategy which will depend upon a range of factors including timescale for sale. A client requiring a quick sale might not wish to consider offers on a conditional basis. A client who is in no hurry may decide that a conditional sale (eg subject to detailed planning pernmission being obtained), with the prospect of higher sale proceeds, but within a longer timeframe, may be preferable.

Tailored Marketing Packages

Our success as agents arises from marketing packages which are tailored to achieve the optimum outcome for you. Your property will be given the maximum possible exposure to prospective purchasers. Initiatives include:

  • Computerised applicant matching
  • Email alerts to potential purchasers (as appropriate, national house builders, local developers/small builders and, for individual plots, self-builders) for new sites and plots coming onto the market
  • User friendly site search facility from Barford + Co website with easily downloadable sales/letting particulars
  • Maximum exposure to regional and national markets via various third party websites
  • Well presented sales details with accurate site plans and location maps
  • Targeted mailshots to developers via our regularly updated in-house mailing lists

Do Not Take Risks with Your Valuable Asset

Your residential site or plot is an extremely valuable asset. It is critically important that you do not risk appointing an agent which does not have the expertise or ability to market your site effectively. Selling land is a complex process – it is not like selling a house. Ensure that you appoint a company which:

  • Can demonstrate that it is experienced in selling land
  • Understands the planning and technical aspects of the site
  • Is professionally qualified
  • Can prove to you that it has the ability to obtain the maximum price

Going the Extra Mile

Our way of dealing with your site goes beyond that of a typical agency service. We are renowned for:

  • Adding value - we will advise you on ways to add value before marketing commences
  • A tenacity in following up applicants, negotiating the best deal and driving the transaction forward to completion
  • Securing the optimum outcome within your required timescale

Conversion Opportunities and Properties With Development Potential

We also provide advice on existing properties where there is potential to add value. This may be by considering a planning application for change of use, or where re-modelling and extension could add value.

If you own any of the following types of property please contact us for a no obligation report and appraisal which will identify development potential and scope for adding value:

  • Small bungalows, cottages and houses with large areas of garden
  • Under-utilised or dilapidated workshops, garages and petrol filling stations in roadside positions
  • Disused depots, yards and industrial buildings in residential areas
  • Run-down dwellings which may be rebuilt or demolished
  • Large houses or office buildings with potential for conversion
  • Farm yards, redundant agricultural buildings and barns

Competitive Charging – No Fixed Fees

We do not set fixed fees. Every instruction is charged according to our clients’ requirements for marketing.

The Importance of Local Knowledge

Land values are primarily assessed by reference to comparable transactions. Our depth of local knowledge and firsthand experience of market conditions is essential to ensure that the value of your property is correctly established before you embark on the marketing exercise.

Do We Sell Houses?

Barford + Co is not a house agent. However, we have many clients (including a number of solicitors) who appoint us to sell higher value houses with scope for improvement, conversion and extension. They appoint us so as to avoid the possibility that the property may be under sold by an agent which does not have the ability to spot angles for adding value.

Our Reputation

Barford + Co has been established for nearly 40 years and is one of the region’s leading residential land agents. As members of the RICS and RTPI you are assured of the highest professional standards.

For more information on sale of residential land plots and conversion opportunities or for advice on development potential, please contact Phil Halmshaw on 01480 213811 or email phalmshaw@barfords.co.uk

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