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The Property Market in Crediton has Insomnia and here’s why

In this two-minute read, we pull back the covers to see why the property market in Crediton has insomnia and discover that’s no bad thing for local property owners. PLUS, three bonus tips on getting a good night’s sleep.

The floor to ceiling coverage of the General Election may have you dozing off.

The seemingly never-ending story called Brexit might be sending you off to sleep.

And with Christmas starting to creep into our consciousness you may well feel in need of a lie-down.

But allow us to shatter a sleep myth. Counting sheep doesn’t work folks.

Another myth is that the property market in Crediton goes to sleep at this time of year, and then wakes up again in mid-January.

The truth is the property market locally has insomnia.

Yes, it certainly calms down in the run-up to an election or Christmas, but good estate agencies understand it never enters the realm of deep sleep if you know what you’re doing.

That’s because serious buyers are always out there, many want to be in their new homes in early 2020, so they are searching with real intent right now.

This means putting your property on the market in November gives you a great chance of getting in front of these wide-awake potential buyers.

There’s always a section of buyers who must move regardless of elections, political uncertainty or looming festive periods and seasonal shutdowns. And our database has plenty of them poised to leap out of bed should the right home become available.

Getting your property on the market now could prove to be your best decision of 2019.

But don’t lose sleep over it.

However, if you do struggle to get a good night’s sleep, you’ll find sweet dreams are made of these three top tips.

1) Have a regular bedtime and getting up time. (Easier said than done if you have small children).
2) Switch your phone off at 8 pm, swap your tablet / iPad for a book and let your brain and body unwind.
3) Avoid caffeine, alcohol and strenuous exercise before hitting the hay as these all stimulate parts of the mind and body that make drifting off into deep sleep much harder to achieve.

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How to avoid a Home Insurance Horror Show

In this two-minute read we look at how you can avoid scary problems with your home and buildings insurance. AND the essential items people regularly forget to cover.

It’s scare season again and few things are more chilling than discovering your home isn’t correctly insured.

Buildings and contents insurance is like an umbrella in a downpour – you only realise its value when the rain is lashing down.

It can sometimes feel that insurance companies are trying to trick you with some of the questions they ask.

This Halloween we’ve treated you to these top tips which will help you and your loved ones steer clear of a dreaded insurance nightmare on your street.

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Treat: Be aware of the difference between buildings and contents insurance. A common mistake people make is only insuring their contents thinking the building is covered and vice versa. Buildings insurance generally covers structural and fixtures and fittings.

Trick: Don’t undervalue your contents. It’s a mistake to undervalue your home’s contents thinking that you will save a few quid on the monthly/annual premiums you’ll pay. If you must make a claim this short-sighted approach can leave you seriously out of pocket.

Treat: Combined Buildings and Home insurance can often (but not always) be cheaper when bought together, so it’s worth looking into this when you are purchasing a policy.

Trick: If you run your business from home you need to let your insurers know. You may need a different type of cover if this is the case.

Treat: The golden rule to avoid any insurance claim calamities is to be as upfront and honest as possible from the outset.

Trick: When it comes to very high-value items (artwork, family heirlooms etc) it’s worth remembering these can seriously push up your premiums when included with the rest of your home’s contents. Consider looking into covering these separately with a specialist insurer.

Treat: What can be more scream-inducing than discovering all your downloaded films and music have been lost? Not all policies cover your downloaded music and movies so check this out when looking at different policies. This is THE most overlooked aspect of home insurance in the digital age.

2810 SkeletonsTrick: And finally, the scariest of all spine-tingling insurance nightmares is forgetting to renew cover. So, think ahead – when you buy a new policy set yourself a diary reminder two weeks before it ends because it pays to shop around for cover.

You don’t want to live with FOFS (Fear of Forgetting Stuff) lurking in the deepest, darkest corners of your mind.
And if any landlords are reading this it’s vital you check you have the correct insurances in place.

We’d be happy to have a chat with you about what kind of policies you need.

Thanks for reading and wishing you a happy Halloween!

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Be in for Xmas – New Homes in Chulmleigh

Ladywell Meadows is beautifully located on the outskirts of Chulmleigh, offering a superb NEW range of two, three and four bedroom homes with a mix of detached, semi-detached and terraced freehold houses for sale.   If you can move in before Christmas Devonshire Homes will include a contribution towards stamp duty, £500 towards legal fees, flooring, and a £1000 high street voucher – what a Christmas present that would be!


Chulmleigh itself is a small town with an impressive range of shops / facilities: a bakery, butchers, deli/café, newsagents with post office, 2 pubs serving food, a bistro, tandoori restaurant, a primary school, Chulmleigh Community College, which ranks highly in the GCSE league tables, a health centre, dentist, library, golf course, two churches, a sports club and more.

Each home is superbly finished to a high standard with modern bathrooms and kitchens, and are a great example of new build brilliance on offer in Devon.

Why not come along and visit our marketing suite and SHOW HOME WHICH IS NOW OFFERED FOR SALE (stop press: it’s gone sale agreed, but you can still have a look around and others too) and set your housing plans in motion.  These houses are under construction, and are selling well, so hurry and benefit from the full range of choices available. The Government Help-to-Buy Scheme and our successful DevonshireMove Scheme are applicable for these properties (subject to terms and conditions). The 3 bedroom Marshall style Show Home is open daily, 10am to 5pm or call us on 01363 777999 if you’d like to chat about the development or any other property related matter!


Got a question? I’d love to hear from you!

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Rob Stoyle (partner)
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Can a drone really help sell a property?

Google Maps have been offering aerial views for some time, I am sure we have all had a good look around to see what’s local to us and found it interesting, it’s especially useful if you are looking to purchase a property in that area.  Google Maps uses satellite images and details are often a little out of focus, that is not so when using a top of the range drone with DSLR camera attached as used by Helmores Estate Agents – one of our fleet of drones!

There are many advantages to offering our drone footage service and we find it surprising not more estate agents have taken to the use of them, though understand the cost and training involved may be preventative for some.  Fortunately, I have always been keen on gadgets and kept up to date with new technology as it arises.  I completed my drone pilot’s training back in 2013 and have “Permission for Commercial Operations” certificate which allows me to lawfully and safely carry out drone photography and video.

Drones cannot work for every property we sell, there are rules and regulations that must be complied with, however for the right property their use can really help show off the setting.  They will show the property as a whole, the layout of the gardens and grounds and spectacular Devon countryside surrounding it.  Drone footage allows a prospective buyer to see far more than they would from ordinary sales particulars, a bit of drama can be added with the right music and before you know it the viewings are lining up!  

We are very fortunate in Devon, it’s very rare any aerial footage will show anything untoward, we are surrounded by so much beautiful countryside.

Check out some of our aerial images that we’ve shot over the past few years:

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Canapes and Fizz at Bevin Gardens, Copplestone launch

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Our official launch event is being held on 13th and 14th September – we’d love you to come and join us!

Consisting of 31 homes (two, three and four bedrooms), Bevin Gardens ofHOPWOOD fers an envious element of modern living in a rural village location. The development offers a range of different house styles, traditionally built, that are idSTEPWOODeal for first-time buyers, growing families and downsizers looking for new homes in Mid Devon.

EXT_BEVIN_GARDENS_STREETSCENE PLOTS 35 - 40Located in the village of Copplestone, Bevin Gardens benefits from a range of amenities LAWFORD available throughout the village, yet remains within easy reach of Crediton, with the convenience of local schools, sports and shopping facilities, as well as the vibrant, historical city of Exeter.

Visit for a VIP invite which includes canapes and fizz!

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New Homes OPEN DAY July 27th!

Come along to our New Homes Open Event at Tarka View, Crediton – 27 July 2019!

The countdown begins to our special Open Day on Saturday 27th July, with doors opening from 10am-4pm.

Whether you are seriously house hunting or just at the early stages of considering a move, you are very welcome to come along to our open day at the Tarka View development on the edge of Crediton for a tour of the brand new Copplestone and Webb homes and see for yourself what these lovely new homes have to offer.

Special sales incentives will be announced on the day, and you’ll also get the chance to find out more about the Help to Buy and Helmores Easymove scheme.

Enter your details here and we’ll send you a free VIP invite!


Click here for more info:  TARKA VIEW


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NEW HOMES – Tarka View, Crediton

The Copplestone, Tarka View, Crediton is available now at £269,950 – get in touch with us for a full brochure and viewing: or 01363 777999

The house is beautifully located on the south east corner of Crediton with lovely views.  It has a generous floor area with over 1000 sqft of space (excluding the large garage) over 3 floors although the living really is focused on the first and second floor giving privacy, more open views and less street noise. The layout gives a well fitted kitchen/dining room with integrated appliances (double oven, hob, extractor, fridge/freezer) opening out onto the garden making it ideal for those with pets and children. The living room is on the front with some views out over the rooftops to the beautiful Devon countryside. In addition, there is the all-important WC on this floor, again perfect for growing families. On the second floor are 3 full height bedrooms with an ensuite and wardrobe to the master bedroom plus a family bathroom.


The specification includes flooring (tiles and carpets), turfed gardens, HIVE smart heating controls, 10 year LABC warranty and is available to move into straight away.

Council Tax: Band C
Utilities: Mains water, electric, gas, telephone & broadband
Fastest broadband speed within this postcode: Up to 67Mbps
Drainage: Mains drainage
Heating: Gas fired central heating (HIVE Smart controlled)
Listed: No
Tenure: Freehold


Tarka View is a collection of 185 new, freehold, homes in Crediton, ranging from one-bedroom apartments up to large four-bedroom detached houses. Crediton is a popular and thriving market town located in beautiful Mid Devon, offering idyllic rural living with the convenience of outstanding local schools and amenities.


The development offers a range of different house styles, traditionally built, that are ideal for first-time buyers, growing families and downsizers looking for new homes in Crediton. The development itself takes its name from the scenic Tarka Line railway, which links Crediton to North Devon and the nearby city of Exeter.



If you are looking for a beautiful new home, Crediton offers a superb location, striking the perfect balance of a busy market town with a thriving local community. What’s more, HELP TO BUY is available – for both first time and second time buyers.  



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Promotion for Ian!

We’re excited to announce the appointment of Ian Blanchford to the role of Partner of Helmores!

Ian started his property career in 1998 as a junior negotiator with an estate agency in Exeter, working his way up to a sales manager for a large national chain of estate agents. He joined Helmores in 2010 as a negotiator, then sales manager and most recently as a valuer and marketing specialist. He will start his new role with immediate effect, further utilising his extensive expertise and unrivalled knowledge of the mid-Devon property market.

Helmores has been independently family owned since 1699 and has been going from strength to strength in recent years, voted the Best Estate Agent in the UK and Best Estate Agent in the South West at the prestigious Guild of Property Professionals awards in January this year.
Rob Stoyle, owner of Helmores, said: “This promotion is a public recognition of the sterling work that Ian has done. He is a well loved member of the team and also of the community. Success in estate agency is local knowledge and Ian’s is second to none! His family is well known – as is his love of our local football club! As a business it makes a lot of sense to have him in this position. He is hard working and diligent and his pricing and market knowledge is excellent. To have him as part of this business ensures that the future of Helmores is in good hands. I’m thrilled that he has accepted this position.”


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The Chicken Or The Egg?

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Probably the most common question I ever get asked is: 

Should I find a suitable house to buy and then put my house on the market or secure a buyer first then start looking?

So here’s the answer, and it’s very simple… 

Secure a buyer for your property FIRST (assuming you need to sell your current property to buy your next).

Hopefully you would have done your research by speaking to estate agents, browsing online and driving round some areas you wish to buy in before even deciding to sell.

You need to make sure your expectations are realistic and by all means start viewing some potentially suitable houses to make sure what you will want to buy is realistic for your need.

But, don’t get too emotional and try not to fall in love with a house until you have an offer on your property.

Why? I have listed just a few reasons below:

If you are ‘proceedable’ (i.e. are able to proceed with the purchase if your offer is accepted), the reality is you will be taken more seriously by the seller and the estate agent.

If you fall in love with a house (because buying a house is an emotional decision), and then put your house on the market, it is unlikely the person selling your dream home will take it off the market and wait for you to sell. This increases the chances of you losing the house which will always put you under more pressure to sell your own property which could result in you accepting a lesser price, not to mention increasing your stress levels!

With a buyer behind you, you are likely to be able to negotiate a better price rather than saying ‘I can pay X amount WHEN I have a buyer for my house and IF I get the price I am expecting’’

Until you have an offer on your property (whether you’ve accepted it or not) you don’t REALLY know how much money you have available to spend on your next house.

So remember, find a buyer and then find a house to buy!

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Aerial Photography

Aerial photographs are a fantastic way to showcase a country property, and its a feature that you’ll see a lot on our property details, particularly rural properties which have open space surrounding them.

However, there are strict rules and regulations surrounding drones in terms of the distances required from people and properties.

We’re often teaming up with Aerial Media Services to help out with our drone shots – they are CAA approved drone operators based in Devon but who operate the length and breadth of the country too. They are also well versDJI_0198.jpged in property since operating drones on Grand Designs, House of the Year, Inside Outside Homes and other shows on principal terrestrial TV channels.We operate a number of drones for our aerial photographs and aerial videos – with the summer fast approaching the potential for drone shots increases as they are generally fair weather flyers!

Whilst anyone can purchase a drone, there are guidelines for those using them for commercial purposes that need to be adhered to – Helmores and Aerial Media Services are CAA approved which means that they hold what’s called a ‘Permission for Commercial Operations’ (PFCO) – this is a license which grants the holder permission to fly for commercial gain – for us as Estate Agents, we’re using our aerial photographing capabilities in order to help to sell your property – so whilst we don’t get a direct benefit from it, the benefit will be seen upon the sale of the property. It all helps!


Taking an aerial photograph can be fun and rewarding – however, there are advantages to having the experience of having flown drones and taken aerial photographs – it takes time and skill to get the best out of your drone/camera – basic and more advanced photographic skills are a must as well as post production skills. Getting the best angle for your property, getting the best out of the landscape, getting the most out of your camera/drone are things that we’ve built up over time and sent to the memory bank!

DJI_0012.jpgOf course, drones have come a long way since the early days – attaching a Go Pro camera to the undercarriage of a drone with 5 minute flight times are now archaic! Full frame cameras, 25 minute flight times and up to 30 megapixel RAW photographs are fairly standard these days (although reading this article in a years’ time, these standards will also be defunct!). Drone technology is ever changing and it’s a job to keep up with the technology. However, one thing is for certain, drones are here to stay and the aerial photos and videos will always help you as a vendor and us as a PFCO holder sell your house!

This article was initially written by Adam H-W  who is a drone operator based in Devon but travels nationwide.

Want to know more?
Get in touch – I’d love to hear from you!
Rob Stoyle
01363 777999

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