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Hello! We've just had our first year anniversary and now that we've had time to catch our breath after a busy year we felt it was time to blog again and give you three good reasons to use our services and tell you all about how far we've come!
1. We've a brilliant new team
Just over twelve months ago, when we set up our business in Bruton, Somerset, marketing and selling stylish properties in the heart of Somerset, there were only two of us (Cathy and Sue). Since moving into our new offices in Bruton in the Summer, however, we now have a team of five in the office plus a viewing team of 17, which means we're able to cover the whole of the county very easily.
Here we all our at a team meet-up with Cathy (far left) and Sue (far right)
We're really pleased to report that potential buyers really seem to appreciate how well our viewing team understand that you are not just looking for bricks and mortar, but a lifestyle too. And because our team are all local to the areas they show, who better to inform you about the house and area than them. In fact, we're regularly getting great, positive feedback about that and encourage anyone looking around one of our properties to ask away!
Our offices in Bruton - a former signal box
2. Our numbers are rising
- We've received just over 90 instructions in 12 months - including the fabulous Cubis development in Bruton which we are just about to officially launch.
- We've sold or put under offer 33 of those so far and have rented 28 properties
- We attract and market a range of desirable properties and prices, from a lovely country cottage for £200,000 to a large country estate just outside Bath for £6.25 million
- We have an off-market service and have sold several houses discreetly this year.
3. We're all over the place!
We've also made our social media and online presence a priority and have alreabeen featured by several local blogs like Lizzie Somerset and Muddy Stilettos and are followed on Instagram by lots of other Somerset influencers like SomeSuch Magazine and Somerset Cool. We are also developing a growing local network with key online businessess which really helps us to be able to give you up-to-date information about living in the county. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter where we regularly post pictures of our latest properties as well as on our thriving Instagram account. And if you're looking to receive regular updates from us, please sign up to our newsletter here.
One of our most exciting moments was meeting BBC Africa Correspondent Fergal Keane at the Wells Lit Fest, where we sponsored his talk about this latest book.
Cathy (L) and Sue (R) meet Fergal Keane
So we're very happy that our professional, informative and friendly approach is working well as we love to help you find a home you're happy with. Finally though, we have to say a big thank you to all colleagues and family who have helped us get so far this year. On to the next one now!
Cathy and Sue x
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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/
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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......
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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!
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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.
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