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Please read this interview by Lizzie Somerset who is a prolific and local  pro blogger:  http://www.lizziesomerset.com/selected-interview-lodestone-property/

As we write, we are holding our first 'open day' viewing at the old Red Cross Hall in Bruton.  It's a full day and the first of three so we are delighted to have so much interest.  Another busy month for us.  We have completed on our first 2 properties so that was a major milestone.  But no time to celebrate, we need to keep our heads down.  We had a couple of fantastic write-ups in The Mendip Times and The Frome Times about progress in our first 6 months of trading so thank you Mark and Martyn.  We have had our first meeting with Rosie at the Wells Festival of Literature and they have lots of exciting plans for 2017 which is their 25th Anniversary and which we hope to be part of.  We continue to be active on social media and forming working relationships with exciting new media platforms in Somerset:  Danielle of Country Mummy and Lizzie Somerset who are doing a great job of promoting Somerset and its people, and nice for us that they are supporting Lodestone.  And finally we are building our Lodestone team - we have a fantastic team of viewers who are spread across the region and Emma James is now supporting us in the office.  Onwards and upwards......

Apologies for the absence of any blogging this year.  Thank goodness we have Francoise full time as we could not have anticipated how busy it would be straight after New Year.  For those of you who follow us regularly, you will know that we are regularly taking on new properties, sales and rentals, and we've got quite a few under offer.  Our first property exchanged contracts a few weeks back so that was reason to pop open the bubbly.  We can't thank our friends and clients enough for all their support.  So, the hard work is worth it!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

 Some of you will be familiar with the Lodestone blog on our website which has documented our progress since we launched the business in September 2016.  We have had a much busier time than we anticipated which is great news. This newsletter gives us the opportunity to thank our friends and supporters who have contributed to that success.  We are looking forward to 2017 and in addition to tweeting and blogging, we will be sending you a quarterly newsletter so please look out for it.

EXPANDING OUR TEAM

We welcome to the team Francoise Jackson who not only brings her local, and international, property experience to Lodestone but also bags of energy and enthusiasm.  She has worked with Cathy before and is another well-connected Somerset person.

MARKET OUTLOOK  

Unlike other areas of the UK, the South West house prices have continued to steadily increase.  We have not noticed a slow down in the market and November, which is traditionally a quiet month for agents, was very busy. After the extraordinary political events of 2016, there is understandably some caution in the market, but houses are selling and there are plenty of people looking to move. 

MORE HOMES IN BRUTON

We are looking forward to marketing the fabulous new Cubis development of contemporary houses in Bruton being built by Acorn Bristol.  This development will be under way by Spring so we look forward to bringing you more news early in the New Year. There is already lots of interest, so we are anticipating a busy first 6 months.  Keep an eye on our website and social media for further updates.

THE YEAR AHEAD…

We have some fantastic properties coming on to the market early in the New Year and the Spring, so do look out for them.  And if you are getting itchy feet and feel it is time for a move, do contact us and we would be very happy to help you with your thinking.  We also plan to build on the success of the lettings side of our business after a promising start.  We have secured tenants for all our lettings within a couple of days of advertising so that is a track record that we wish to sustain.

Do remember, we also do discreet marketing.  We have some properties which are not on our website – not all clients wish to go to the open market immediately and some like to test the market first.  With our considerable local network this can also prove to be an effective approach to selling your home.

With best wishes for 2017

Cathy and Sue

Thank you to all our clients, friends and followers for your support since Lodestone launched in September and a very Happy Christmas to you all and we hope you have a happy and successful 2017.  Please continue to follow our blog next year when we hope we will have more and more to tell  you.  We are sorry to lose Jill from our team.  She has been amazing in helping us set up a robust and compliant lettings service which some of our clients have already complimented us on.  The House Hut in Frome will benefit hugely from her experience in 2017 - good luck Jill!  And we welcome to the team Francoise Jackson who has worked with Cathy previously.  Francoise brings experience of sales and rentals to Lodestone together with bags of energy and enthusiasm.  See you in 2017.

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