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'Carpe Diem'

September 2021 Estate Agency

My friends in the Midlands tell me that the housing market there has recently been all but frantic. Perfectly ordinary houses (their words, not mine!) attracted numerous viewings almost as…

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'Carpe Diem'

September 2021 Estate Agency

My friends in the Midlands tell me that the housing market there has recently been all but frantic. Perfectly ordinary houses (their words, not mine!) attracted numerous viewings almost as soon as they were listed. Was it the urge to benefit from the tail-end of the Chancellor’s reduction in stamp duty, even though it was already partially withdrawn.  Who knows?

Here in Keswick I’ve seen much the same. It is notoriously difficult to see into the future. That’s obvious, I hear you say, but many of us still act as if tomorrow will be similar to today (except where the weather’s concerned!).

Recently, two episodes reminded me just how fragile our anticipation of even the immediate future can be. One of my Aunts has recently moved into a rest home; nothing unusual in that except that only two months before she was leading a “normal” life with her husband. But now, without warning, she finds herself confined to a home in need of a high level of care.

At the other end of the age spectrum, my gorgeous son has just celebrated his third birthday. The clan gathered from far and wide; fortunately, the weather was good and we were able to spill out from my home into the back yard. But – he’s three!  It feels only a few days ago I was carrying an eight-pound bundle back from the Cumberland Infirmary. Where did those thousand days go?

So, if you’re thinking of moving home, my homespun advice is – it’s better to get on with it than wait for what you imagine will be the “ideal” moment. It’s all too easy to think of reasons why you should delay a week, or a month, or a year, until ….. well, until what? Before, you know it, a thousand days have passed, and you’ve three years less to enjoy the benefits of a decision you could have made earlier. Or, new circumstances have arisen which now prevent you from proceeding in the direction you knew you wanted to go.  So, Carpe Diem!

Any property decision is a serious one and does require a deal of thought. But whether for a new smaller or larger home, investment, holiday home or to develop land to raise capital,  the sooner you start on the road, the sooner you’ll reap the benefits, both financial and otherwise. Here at PFK, we will help you through all stages of your deliberations, and if expert advice is needed I can draw on specialist expertise within PFK.  And when your decision is made, I and my team will keep in touch with all relevant parties to expedite the process.

Please feel free to come and talk to me at any stage of your thinking.

Hannah Sims, Branch Manager at PFK Keswick.

Forest School

July 2021 Estate Agency

FOREST SCHOOL? It’s discouraging to discover that for years, I’ve been misunderstanding a well-known English saying. But maybe, just maybe, I haven’t. If I heard the…

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Forest School

July 2021 Estate Agency

FOREST SCHOOL?

It’s discouraging to discover that for years, I’ve been misunderstanding a well-known English saying. But maybe, just maybe, I haven’t.

If I heard the phrase “Can’t see the wood for the trees” I’d think I was being criticised for fixating on the details of some issue or other. Instead, I should stand back and see the “Bigger Picture”. But I didn’t get it. I thought that by looking at the trees I was looking at the broader situation and not getting stuck in the detail.
And then finally, recently, the penny dropped. It all depends on what you mean by the word “wood”. So, does it mean the biological insides of the tree, its timber; or is it referring to the collection of trees, the forest? If I wanted more detail about a tree, I could scrape away the bark and look at its timber, its wood. But if I wanted to take a broader view, I’d have to consider all the other trees nearby, the wood. Yes, it’s the same word – wood.

So, I wasn’t mistaken after all; it’s just that I had a different perspective!
Having cleared that up, I do find it is worth looking in both those directions – inwards and outwards – when making plans about property, whether for investment or as your home. Our needs and wishes do change over time, and the unexpected disruption of the last 18 months may well have hastened that process. It then seems simplest just to sell what you have and buy something better or more suitable, obviously depending on individual circumstances.

Perhaps this is the “forest” approach?
On the other hand, (the “timber” approach?) you may have other ways of achieving what you want. Can your present property be extended or adapted? How would its value be impacted? Is there land which could be divided and is planning permission likely? Would it be suitable for residential or business use? And how should it be marketed? With so little to buy in Keswick at the moment, maybe your plans have to be less focussed on selling, and more about what options you can develop yourselves.

I know the area well in and around Keswick and I can call on specialists in PFK to advise on change of use, planning requirements and all other relevant aspects. It would be a pleasure to welcome you into our newly renovated office here in Station Street, where we can talk over these issues in a safe and welcoming space.
Hopefully, then, I will be able to help you see the wood from the trees!

Hannah Simms – PFK Keswick Branch Manager

New Estate Agency Manager appointed at PFK Penrith

June 2021 Estate Agency

Penrith Farmers and Kidd’s PLC are pleased to announce the appointment of the new Penrith Estate Agency Manager, Daniel Brown. Daniel began his career in Estate Agency at Countrywide…

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New Estate Agency Manager appointed at PFK Penrith

June 2021 Estate Agency

Penrith Farmers and Kidd’s PLC are pleased to announce the appointment of the new Penrith Estate Agency Manager, Daniel Brown.

Daniel began his career in Estate Agency at Countrywide in Cornwall and has worked in the business for several years. Daniel and his partner Kate moved to Cumbria after falling in love with the area after visiting numerous times.

Daniel has a passion for all things property and believes customer service is key. Daniel commented, “I am so excited to join the team here at PFK Penrith. I look forward to contributing to PFK’s excellent success and help people buy, sell and rent.”

Outside of work Daniel enjoys, hiking up the fells, gardening and trying out all the restaurants and cafés Cumbria has to offer.

PFK’s Head of Estate Agency, Lynne Lancaster, says: “I am very pleased to welcome Daniel to the PFK team and he joins us as Branch Manager of the Penrith office.  Daniel brings years of experience in estate agency and a wealth of knowledge which will enable him to add significant value.  I look forward to working with Daniel as he helps our business grow and the team progress”.

Daniel would love to help you on your property journey, contact him for your free property valuation on 01768 862135 | penrith@pfk.co.uk

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New Estate Agency Manager appointed at PFK Carlisle

June 2021 Estate Agency

Penrith Farmers and Kidd’s PLC are pleased to announce the appointment of the new Carlisle Estate Agency Manager, Tessa Milner. Tessa lives in Greysouthen with her son, Harrison. She…

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New Estate Agency Manager appointed at PFK Carlisle

June 2021 Estate Agency

Penrith Farmers and Kidd’s PLC are pleased to announce the appointment of the new Carlisle Estate Agency Manager, Tessa Milner.

Tessa lives in Greysouthen with her son, Harrison. She began her career in Estate Agency in 2007 at Cumbrian Properties in Carlisle then went on to be Branch Manager at Grisdales in Workington. In 2013 Tessa opened her own company which specialised in vintage jewellery and had that for seven successful years. After the pandemic hit, Tessa realised she missed doing what she loved which was Estate Agency. She enjoys the variation it has to offer and meeting new people and hearing their stories.

Tessa joins PFK with a wealth of estate agency experience and has a passion for the business. Tessa commented, “I am excited to be joining PFK as Carlisle Branch Manager. I join a fantastic team of people who have been extremely welcoming. I look forward to helping people buy, sell and rent in and around Carlisle.”

Outside of work Tessa enjoys, running, traveling and all things music such as festivals.

PFK’s Head of Estate Agency, Lynne Lancaster, says: “I am very pleased that Tessa is joining PFK as Branch Manager of the Carlisle office. Her many years of experience and wealth of knowledge in Estate Agency will enable Tessa to add significant value and I look forward to working with her as she helps the business grow and the team progress.

Tessa would love to help you on your property journey, contact her for your free property valuation on 01228 558666 | carlisle@pfk.co.uk

Stamp Duty Holiday Extended

March 2021 News Estate Agency

Properties up to £500,000 will benefit with stamp duty holiday being extended until 30th June and then from 1st July until end of September stamp duty holiday will only continue…

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Stamp Duty Holiday Extended

March 2021 Estate Agency
Properties up to £500,000 will benefit with stamp duty holiday being extended until 30th June and then from 1st July until end of September stamp duty holiday will only continue on properties up to £250,000. On 1st October 2021 we will revert to pre covid stamp duty thresholds. Whilst the level of saving will reduce July – September, the average saving of £2,500 will still benefit certain buyers.
 
In other news, the Chancellor also confirmed the government will incentivise lenders to provide mortgages to first-time buyers with just 5% deposits.

Estate Agency Update From Lynne Lancaster

February 2021 News Estate Agency

According to the Nationwide, January 2021 saw a house price growth of 1.8%, the highest growth since November 2018.  Mortgage lenders are also saying they saw an increase in…

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Estate Agency Update From Lynne Lancaster

February 2021 Estate Agency

According to the Nationwide, January 2021 saw a house price growth of 1.8%, the highest growth since November 2018.  Mortgage lenders are also saying they saw an increase in mortgage applications and approvals, all of which is encouraging and it doesn’t end there.  PFK continue to see new instructions gain an enormous amount of interest and therefore buyer confidence appears to be back!  In fact, it would be fair to say that demand is currently outweighing supply as we see people want to move and therefore certainty is definitely replacing uncertainty. The news of the extended Stamp Duty Holiday to 30th June 2021 should also encourage home movers.

PFK are a team of local people who are property experts and our aim is to help our customers on their property journey from beginning to end.  We have our own in-house marketing team who are able to provide professional drone videos, photographs and targeted social media campaigns in order to put your property in front of a specific audience and achieve the best results.  Quite often our marketing campaigns on social media and to our registered buyers provide us with a list of buyers/tenants before going live to the wider market!  However, it is not about selling your property quickly it is about marketing your property right, finding a buyer that suits you and achieving the best price – that is the most important factor!  When PFK agree a sale or a rental, we are there with our customers until we achieve signed contracts and this has been especially important within the last year.  It was suggested in the last 3rd quarter of 2020 half (52%) of house sales in England and Wales fell through before completion.  So, having an agent who is keen to find you the best price and then progress the sale after it is agreed is essential and an important tool in the PFK package.  We use our experience, enthusiasm and customer service to make sure there is an end result – we don’t just leave it with the property lawyers, we actively help and assist where we can.

If you are considering selling, renting or buying and you want an agent who is proactive and works for you, then contact your local PFK expert who will be able to assist you in relation to your property journey.

PFK continue to be here to support our customers safely in a way that’s convenient for them.  That can be in person, over the phone, by email or via video appointment.  We will continue to make sure we protect our staff and customers.

Lynne Lancaster, Head of Estates. 

PFK February Newsletter

February 2021 Estate Agency Land agency Planning

A very warm welcome to our newly launched quarterly newsletter, which we see as being a vital way of communicating with existing and future clients, and our fellow professionals. Estate Agency…

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PFK February Newsletter

February 2021 Estate Agency Land agency Planning
A very warm welcome to our newly launched quarterly newsletter, which we see as being a vital way of communicating with existing and future clients, and our fellow professionals.

Estate Agency

During 2020 PFK Estate Agents had an exceptionally busy year with both sale & rental of properties.
The start of 2021 saw the unfortunate increase in CV19 cases, new variants and that has led to a reduction in new properties coming to market.  However, what we continue to see is strong activity and demand from buyers and tenants choosing to move to our area looking for a better work/life balance, altered lifestyle, retirement or holiday homes.  So, we see ourselves in a position of demand outweighing supply and as we start to see cases reducing, more vaccinations take place then more people will have confidence to step into the market.PFK have a team of local people with a huge amount of experience whose aim is to help our customers on their property journey.  We also have our own in-house marketing team who are able to provide professional drone videos, photographs and targeted social media campaigns in order to put your property in front of a specific audience and achieve the best results for our customers.  Quite often with our ‘coming soon’ campaigns we have a list of proceedable buyers/tenants before going live!
So, if you are considering selling, renting or buying then contact your local PFK expert who will be able to explain how they can assist you and what recommendations they would make in relation to your property journey.Instructing an agent is simple but making sure you have instructed the right agent is vital.
PFK continue to be here to support our customers safely in a way that’s convenient for them.  That can be in person, over the phone, by email or via video appointment.  We will continue to make sure we protect our staff and customers and we also believe that the property market in our region will continue to remain active:

Land Agency

Following a busy end to 2020, the team at PFK Land Agency are looking forward to an even busier 2021.

The preparation for the 2021 grass letting season has commenced to ensure that all arrangements are made for agreements starting in March and April. Grazing licences can be, and in a lot of cases are, renewed each year, particularly where a good relationship is established between both land owner and grazier. PFK Land Agency typically organise more than 250 grazing licences each year with most commencing in April.

The team are also looking towards the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) claim window opening in late March, which stays open until mid-May and allows land owners to claim rural grants based on the amount of land they are in possession of. This is an extremely busy time for the team, given the small window of time that the claims can be made.

The selling season for farms and land is also fast approaching, with the spring typically being the busiest time for new listings of land and property. The early months of the year are spent gathering information in preparation for sales, so that listings are launched as soon as they are looking their best in the springtime.
If you are considering selling your land or property in 2021, now is the time to get in touch to ensure it is launched at the best possible moment to attract maximum interest.

2021 promises to be another eventful year at PFK Land Agency and the team comprising David Stout MRICS, Jo Edwards MRICS, Abi Wass, Jess Knight, Joan Williams and Angela Byrne are very much looking forward to what it brings.

We wish all clients past, present and future the best for the forthcoming year and if we can be of any assistance, please don’t hesitate to get in touch on 01768 866611 | landagency@pfk.co.uk

Planning & Development 

Our Planning Specialist, Kayleigh Lancaster, recently celebrated 4 years at PFK. Throughout her time at PFK, Kayleigh has been instrumental in securing planning permission for a wide range of landowners, developers, house builders, businesses, and individuals. Kayleigh’s 2020 highlight was securing planning permission for a new tourism development within the Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site. This included the redevelopment of traditional stone barns and the siting of camping pods.

Naomi, our Graduate Planner, is currently working on her Assessment of Professional Competence in order to gain chartered membership of the Royal Town Planning Institute. Since joining PFK in 2018, Naomi has begun to build up her own caseload and has been the lead consultant on a wide range of applications and projects.

Kayleigh and Naomi are also available to assist with any enquiries about land and development whilst our Land Specialist, Janet Flintoft, is on maternity leave. We are looking forward to welcoming Janet back in the summer.

St Cuthbert’s Garden Village
This year we are excited about working with new and existing clients on plans for St Cuthbert’s Garden Village. St Cuthbert’s Garden Village is an ambitious proposal for south Carlisle that includes the development of up to 10,000 new homes, new employment opportunities, community facilities and a new southern link road. Carlisle City Council published their Masterplan for the village in November 2020, highlighting areas within and surrounding Cummersdale, Durdar, Brisco and Carleton that will provide new residential development. If you or anyone that you know owns land to the south of Carlisle, please do not hesitate to get in touch with either Kayleigh or Naomi to seek further advice.

Business as Usual
This has been the most challenging start to any year in recent history; however, Planners have already demonstrated and continue to demonstrate flexibility and proactivity in responding to these challenges, both in terms of ways of working and in implementing those measures that are needed to support societal changes during and post pandemic.

All of the Local Planning Authorities in Cumbria have maintained and even improved their services through the transition to digital delivery. As LPAs continue to progress planning applications, PFK Planning and Development are best placed to advise you on any planning or development queries. Please do not hesitate to contact us on 01228 586805, or email planninganddevelopment@pfk.co.uk.

Lynne Lancaster, Head of Estate Agency, looks ahead to 2021.

January 2021

In light of the recent lockdown announcement I am sure we are all now considering & contemplating how 2021 will pan out. 2020 was a challenging year for everyone – those…

Lynne Lancaster, Head of Estate Agency, looks ahead to 2021.
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Lynne Lancaster, Head of Estate Agency, looks ahead to 2021.

January 2021

In light of the recent lockdown announcement I am sure we are all now considering & contemplating how 2021 will pan out.

2020 was a challenging year for everyone – those who suffered due to the virus, those who lost their jobs/businesses, those on furlough and those who continued to work.

When the property market closed in March 2020 and agents stopped operating, we all tried to predict what would happen on our return.  When the market reopened and we saw a huge surge in activity as people reviewed their lifestyles, where they lived, looking for more outside space and homes with suitable space to work from, we were all taken aback and suddenly very busy.

We closed 2020 looking forward to a return in January, new beginnings, helping people move and endeavouring to help those get their sales across the line before the stamp duty holiday comes to an end. However,  buying, renting or selling a property is not about a tax advantage, it is about new beginnings, about building a home for one’s self or family and it is about investing in the future.

We have outstanding NHS personnel and medical scientists putting us well on the road to Covid recovery and we now know that the Brexit trade talks have come to one resolution or another.  So, as government guidelines allow Estate Agents to work in this lockdown and buying, renting or selling can continue, PFK are here to support our customers safely in a way that’s convenient for them.  That can be in person, over the phone, by email or via video appointment.  We will continue to make sure we protect our staff and customers as best we can and we also believe that the property market in our region will continue to remain active through 2021.

Take care, stay safe and contact PFK should you have any queries in relation to buying, renting or selling in Cumbria.

Lynne Lancaster – Head of Estate Agency 

Estate and Letting agents continue to operate in tier 4.

December 2020

Estate and Letting agents continue to operate in tier 4 and house moving (sale or rental) can continue. PFK, since March 2020 have had safe measures in place in line…

Estate and Letting agents continue to operate in tier 4.
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Estate and Letting agents continue to operate in tier 4.

December 2020
Estate and Letting agents continue to operate in tier 4 and house moving (sale or rental) can continue. PFK, since March 2020 have had safe measures in place in line with government guidelines.
 
Appointments can still go ahead, so please contact our offices who will be happy to help you. 
 
Carlisle – 01228 558666 – carlisle@pfk.co.uk
Cockermouth – 01900 826205 – cockermouth@pfk.co.uk
Keswick – 017687 74546 – keswick@pfk.co.uk
Kirkby Stephen – 017683 71235 – kstephen@pfk.co.uk
Penrith – 01768 862135 – penrith@pfk.co.uk
Whitehaven – 01946 695535 – whitehaven@pfk.co.uk
 
Appointment in branch is by pre-booked appointment only. 

Escape To The Country

December 2020 Blog Estate Agency

At the start of the coronavirus lockdown those with second homes in the countryside were quick to relocate to take advantage of the increased space and greater freedom the countryside…

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Escape To The Country

December 2020 Estate Agency

At the start of the coronavirus lockdown those with second homes in the countryside were quick to relocate to take advantage of the increased space and greater freedom the countryside has to offer.

As lockdown eased, this translated into significant demand for rural properties. According to Rightmove, enquiries increased by 126% during June and July of this year, particularly for those looking to make the move from larger urban areas to the countryside.

With the demand for larger rural properties increasing, prices have risen due to limited supply, with even more modest country homes being highly desirable. Rural properties with paddocks or a field will be particularly desirable as they can attract a mixed-use stamp duty saving. And for those not able to move to the countryside, the demand for homes with good sized gardens will increasingly attract a premium.

Relocation to the countryside offers many benefits, including the opportunity for a better work-life balance with increased possibilities for flexible and home working meaning it is no longer a key requirement to live within easy commuting distance of a place of work.

Cumbria and the Lake District are perfectly placed to strike this balance, with an outstanding natural environment and excellent transport links to larger urban centres by road and rail.

At PFK we are experts in our local market and supported by in-house expertise in planning and land agency, we are perfectly placed to make your rural property dreams a reality.

There has never been a better time to escape to the country!

James Harrison, Carlisle office sales negotiator. 

 

Here are a few of our best rural properties currently on the market with our Carlisle office…

https://pfk.co.uk/property/40-bank-end-thursby-carlisle-cumbria-2199809/

https://pfk.co.uk/property/the-cottage-wigton-wigton-cumbria-2266338/

https://pfk.co.uk/property/kelora-longtown-carlisle-cumbria-2274906/

https://pfk.co.uk/property/plot-4-kings-view-north-end-burgh-by-sands-carlisle-2109541/

https://pfk.co.uk/property/ravenswood-kirkbride-wigton-cumbria-2325505/

https://pfk.co.uk/property/27-coopers-close-high-hesket-carlisle-cumbria-2103533/

 

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