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Canapes and Fizz at Bevin Gardens, Copplestone launch

Come and explore a Bevin Gardens home!site plan page layout

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:  [email protected] 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
[email protected]
01363 777999

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London’s Looking Exhibition

It’s that time of year…we are once again taking over 119-121 Park Lane offices in London on Wednesday 3rd April 2019. Enabling us to showcase the best of our Devon properties, estates and farmsteads to Londoners looking for that escape to the country.

This special property exhibition hosted by us provides excellent exposure of some of the counties best homes to buyers right in the heart of London, providing an excellent opportunity for local sellers to get their house seen by the lucrative city market.

A growing number of people are relocating to Devon for a better quality of life, and we have seen increasing numbers of buyers from London and the South East registering and purchasing property through us. That’s why we feel that this is such an important opportunity to be on hand to talk to potential buyers is an important step to take.

As ever, we want to ensure we show off our brilliant portfolio of properties as best we can, so we will be exhibiting a selection of our Virtual Viewing Tours, giving home buyers the chance to experience and explore the houses they are interested in before they take time to visit in person. For a buyer based in London who is looking at property. this is invaluable, saving time and allowing them to really understand the space and layout of a home, providing a substantially more efficient way to buy a property.

Want to know more? Do get in touch – I’d love to hear from you!

Rob Stoyle
[email protected]
01363 777999

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2 Industry Award Wins for Helmores!

I am absolutely delighted to announce that we secured Best Estate Agent in the UK and Best Estate Agent in the South West at the prestigious Guild of Property Professionals awards held at the QEII Centre, London on 17 January.  It’s the first national award we’ve ever won, and the moment was incredibly surreal!

50151346_10218334260370331_7146515604164313088_o50208995_10218852504492380_5468008205537771520_nI was overwhelmed to be recognised by the Guild of Property Professionals as the UK’s best agent in 2019.  We collected the prize which presented by British TV presenter, Rachel Riley and Iain McKenzie, CEO of The Guild, in front of nearly 500 other estate agents.  It’s a result of hard work and dedication –  especially over the past year, and is a culmination of the efforts of our whole incredible team throughout the last 12 months and a symbol of our commitment to excellence within the property industry.

The Guild Awards 2019 were also presented in association with The ESTAS; awarded based on customer surveys regarding the agent’s service – these scores contribute to the decision of The Guild Awards judging panel when selecting winners.

These two awards mean a lot to us as they are also based on feedback from vendors, buyers and prospective sales customers. Not only is it important to know when we are doing well – but also if we haven’t. That way we can always make sure that we are constantly growing the excellent skills that we have here. It is really important to recognise not only the office as a whole, but also the many individuals that contribute to these customer service levels.

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The Guild Awards were sponsored by The Telegraph, who commented: “As the UK’s best-selling quality daily newspaper, The Telegraph is looked to by its readers as a trusted source of expertise. It is therefore fitting that we are able to celebrate excellence in the property industry by sponsoring The Guild of Property Professionals Awards.”