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Welcome to Country Properties Estate Agents and Lettings Agents Welwyn Garden City

Overview

Why Buy in Welwyn Garden City?

Welwyn Garden City is a town laid out along tree lined boulevards with a neo-Georgian town centre originally founded by Sir Ebenezer Howard in 1920.

There is the Campus West centre with theatre, cinema and art gallery exhibiting works by local artists alongside a well-stocked library and popular Coffee bar and meeting place

The town offers rapid access to the A1(M) and London with Kings Cross and Moorgate just a 30-minute train journey away. Local buses also run to Hatfield, St Albans, Stevenage, Hitchin, Hemel Hempstead, Hertford and Watford.

Welwyn Garden City has a fine range of shops including John Lewis and the Howard Centre, all set into attractive shopping squares lined with flowering Cherry trees.

When you view a property through Country Properties be sure to allow extra time and maybe enjoy a bite to eat in one of the many cafes or restaurants on the main avenue between the Howard’s Centre and the Coronation Fountain or perhaps enjoy a cold drink in one of the many public houses.

Welwyn Garden City is very popular with families as we have first-class schools and comprehensive sporting facilities at the Goslings Sports Park. There is a choice of three 18-hole golf courses and within a short drive of the town centre is Stanborough Park which has a fishing lake and another lake designated for wild swimming and water sports and a picnic and play area.

House Prices in Welwyn Garden City (Source: Rightmove)

Over the last year properties in Welwyn Garden City had an overall average price of £393,030 and many sales during the last year were terraced properties, selling for an average price of £364,337. Flats sold for an average of £260,182, with semi-detached properties fetching £477,983.

Overall, sold prices in Welwyn Garden City over the last year were 3% up on the previous year and 5% up on the 2016 peak of £375,001.

Buy, sell, auction or let your property with
Country Properties, Welwyn Garden City

With you all the way…

From the very beginning, Country Properties set out to break new ground and our aim is to continually strive to provide our customers with a more effective, informative and pleasurable experience.  Even though it is crucial that the Estate Agent you choose is innovative, Country Properties believe this alone is not enough.

At Country Properties, we believe an exceptional Estate Agent needs to be extremely knowledgeable, proactive, excel at customer service, embrace the latest technology and be keen to venture way beyond the normal boundaries of marketing.

Country Properties is the longest established independent Estate Agent in Welwyn Garden City, trading from the same location on Bridge Road when the Principal, Mr Chris Coventry opened the office in 1989.  The business has greatly evolved under the helm of Chris Coventry and his team are always looking for ways to continue to be market leaders within the Garden City.

Whether you are a first-time buyer, looking to move to a new family home where you can grow your family, perhaps you are looking to downsize, or you are an investor. Whatever your reason for purchasing or investing a new property we can help you as Country Properties have the experience and local knowledge to guide you through to fruition.

Why choose Country Properties Welwyn Garden City?

Whether you are an investor, first time buyer, or looking for a new family home to grow into, or you want to sell and downsize, we can help you as we have the experience and service of a nationwide estate agent, with the knowledge of a local branch giving you a stress-free experience that culminates in the best price for your property. We are a fully networked group of offices and we ensure your property really takes centre stage.

90% of buyers start their property search on-line, Country Properties offer a proactive approach which ensures we generate maximum interest in your property in the shortest possible time as buyer competition is key to achieving the best possible price for you. At Country Properties we go further to ensure maximum coverage is achieved by profiling all of our properties on our own website and top property portals such as Rightmove and On The Market, we also utilise Facebook as another means of generating interest in the properties we market as this is a powerful tool when used correctly and we also advertise regularly in the Welwyn and Hatfield Times newspaper.  Due to the location of our office within the town centre we are able to produce our glossy Life magazine which is delivered free to thousands of homes each month and is a very powerful and effective marketing tool.

Free Property Sales Valuation

We also offer bespoke, professional marketing packages for your property and can guide you throughout the whole transaction and provide impartial advice by providing you with a property valuation.

To book your property sales valuation please call 01707 339146.

Ready to Market your Home or to Sell a Plot of Land?

First impressions count. To ensure you get the best price possible for your home this starts with our award-winning marketing strategy:

Professional Photography

As with the construction and design of our property brochures, the photographs we endeavor to capture are taken to portray the essence and character your property has to offer by enhancing its most appealing features and inspiring prospective buyers to take their interest further.

Professional Floor Plan and Energy Performance Certificates

Floor plans emphasize space, allows potential buyers to plan furniture placements and visualize how they will live in the property and to also see the potential for renovations and additions.

Stress Free Viewings

You know your property better than anyone else, however, if you would prefer not to be around and to make your property experience as stress-free as possible when viewings take place, then Country Properties are more than happy to show prospective buyers your home or if you prefer we can also offer accompanied viewings to save you the time and hassle or during the current climate we can also offer virtual viewings.

Once a viewing has taken place, we will provide you with feedback on how the appointment went and give you regular feedback on how your property or parcel of land is performing on the property portals.

Auctions

Buying and selling property or land at auction is easier than you think.

Over the past few months since lockdown began the number of properties sold via auction has increased by over a third which means properties are achieving even higher prices as the auctioneers are able to sell properties by phone, via the internet, or by proxy which means the convenience of remote bidding is highly effective and swift. Combine this highly effective method of selling along with unparalleled local knowledge of Country Properties you have a winning combination.
Auction is the quickest way to move into your next property. As there are no chains at risk of collapsing and exchange happens at the fall of the hammer, this means you could be picking up the keys to your new property in no time at all. If you need to sell, the auction is the ideal way to achieve the best possible price and have money in the bank quicker than you think.
Country Properties has partnered with the UK's property auction experts Auction House to help support and guide even more people to buy and sell at auction. If you want to find out how much your property could be worth at auction, contact the team for a free valuation and to see how we can support you throughout.

Sponsorships

Country Properties are the proud sponsors of both Isabel Hospice and also the Welwyn Garden City Youth Hurricanes Football Team.

Isabel Hospice

By marketing your home through Country Properties, you will be supporting more families within the Welwyn Garden City community to help provide their loved ones who have a life-limiting illness with vital care and support.

When you sell your home through Country Properties you will enable Isabel Hospice to continue providing their care and support to those most in need, completely free of charge, and care is provided in the patient’s own home, or in the Isabel Hospice Living Well community hubs or their In-Patient Unit.

Isabel Hospice relies heavily on donations from the community and in 2019 must raise at least £5m so they can continue to care for more people, earlier in their journey.

To make this all possible Country Properties are more than up for the challenge faced by Isabel Hospice to ensure the word is spread amongst our friends, our families, and our neighbours to ensure all those in need are able to benefit from the care and support provided by Isabel Hospice.

If you instruct Country Properties to sell your property or parcel of land, we will donate £39 to Isabel Hospice which will pay for 1 hour of vital care.

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Welwyn Garden City Youth Under 11’s Hurricanes Football Team

Country Properties are proud to support the Welwyn Garden City Youth Under 11’s Hurricanes football team. Read more here.

Awards & Reviews

allAgents is the UK’s largest independent customer review website for estate agents and letting agents, and assists with helping consumers to make a more informed decision on which estate or letting agent to choose to sell or let their property with.

All reviewers are asked to follow the allAgents review code and to write a fair and honest review which are then moderated and checked for authenticity prior to being published.

Country Properties actively encourages both past and existing customers to review their experience so others can feel confident in making the right choice. Read our customer reviews here.

Lettings

With legislation changing all the time you need to be confident that you are fully compliant. Our Lettings Team will ensure you are fully aware of all the relevant legal requirements and responsibilities regarding letting a property.

Tailored Lettings Service

Country Properties offer a tailored service that can be customised to suit your individual requirements and offer the following options:

Fully Managed service – we offer professionally conducted ‘check-ins’, mid-term inspections and ‘check-outs’ and rent collection all as part of our service.
Tenant Find Only service whereby we will find a suitable tenant, book the inventory and also conduct the ‘check-in’ upon request.

Property Improvements

When conducting our market appraisal, we do far more than just ‘value’, we can provide advice on the condition of your property, preparation and the art of presentation for the lettings market. Basically, anything that will help you achieve a higher rent and make the property as safe and attractive as safe as possible to a tenant.

Choosing the Right Tenant

Country Properties will listen to your requirements and act upon them accordingly. All prospective tenants are professionally vetted, and we do not operate on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.

Latest Rental Values

With a fast-flowing level of properties being let we are always at the forefront of market conditions, trends and achievable rental values and offer free property valuations.

Free Property Lettings Valuation

We also offer bespoke, professional marketing packages for your property and can guide you throughout the whole transaction and provide impartial advice by providing you with a property valuation.

To book your property lettings valuation please call 01707 339146.

Ready to Let your Property?

First impressions count. To ensure you get the best price possible for your property this starts with our award-winning marketing strategy:

Professional Photography

As with the construction and design of our property brochures, the photographs we endeavor to capture are taken to portray the essence and character your property has to offer by enhancing its most appealing features and inspiring prospective buyers to take their interest further.

Professional Floor Plan and Energy Performance Certificates

Floor plans emphasize space, allows potential buyers to plan furniture placements and visualize how they will live in the property and to also see the potential for renovations and additions.

Stress Free Viewings

You know your property better than anyone else, however, if you would prefer not to be around and to make your property experience as stress-free as possible when viewings take place, then Country Properties are more than happy to show prospective tenants your home or if you prefer we can also offer accompanied viewings to save you the time and hassle or during the current climate we can also offer virtual viewings.

Tenant Referencing and Background Checks

Becoming a Landlord can be a huge decision and choosing the right Letting Agent is extremely important. Country Properties have procedures in place to safeguard our Landlords against unsuitable tenants by ensuring our tenants are rigorously checked to ensure a successful rent is achieved.

All tenants aged 18 and over are named on the Tenancy Agreement will be required to have a reference check completed; even if they are not contributing financially towards the rent as this is an essential part of the Country Properties lettings process.

Tenant referencing is an essential part of the letting process, giving the Landlord the reassurance that his/her new tenants are who they say they are, work where they say they work and can make rental payments.

When an applicant makes a formal offer, the tenant will be contacted in order to complete an online application form/questionnaire which is returned to our third-party referencing company to begin the referencing background checks.

  • Rent Affordability
  • Employment Reference (Confirming Salary & Employment Status)
  • Credit Reference (Also provides information on County Court Judgements & Bankruptcies)
  • Current Landlord Reference

flatfair

Why every landlord should use flatfair instead of a cash deposit

Country Properties have partnered with flatfair who offer a simple and safe alternative to tenancy deposits and instead of a limited six-week deposit, flatfair offers landlords extra protection of up to the value of 12-weeks’ rent (though never more than six week’s rent arrears), with optional free recovery for any additional charges. Which means there are fewer voids and access to a larger group of tenants and flatfair offer faster payouts in case of charges.

flatfair is free for landlords, tenants simply pay flatfair a small membership fee, equal to the value of one week’s rent + VAT and cover the cost of any lawful charges at the end of their tenancy.

flatfair helps tenants and landlords settle end of tenancy charges quickly, fairly and securely, whilst protecting everyone through government-authorised Independent Dispute Resolution.

flatfair is insured by an A-rated financial institution and has watertight processes in place, delivering high success rates when collecting owed sums from tenants. flatfair, however, is not insurance and tenants remain fully liable for any sums owed under the Tenancy Agreement.

Protected Deposits

From 1st April 2019 all lettings and management firms handling clients’ money were required to be part of a Government approved Client Money Protection (CMP) Scheme in order to continue to trade.

CMP Membership Number: CMP001698

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Meet the team

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    Chris Coventry

    Principal

    Chris started his career in 1979 working for Howards, the first Garden City estate agent. He opened Country Properties in 1989 with the aim of providing high quality ethical service and has seen the office go from strength to strength. He enjoys all sports and resurrecting classic cars and lives just south of Hitchin with his wife Jo and 2 mad Whippets!!

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    Chris Chalkley

    Sales Manager

    Chris started working as an estate agent in Hitchin in 1996 for one of the large corporate companies, moving up through the ranks he stayed with that firm becoming the Branch Manager of Letchworth Garden City office. Looking for a change he moved to Welwyn Garden City and started working for Country Properties in 2002 and he has been with us ever since. Chris is a competitive guy whose interests include spending time with his wife and three children and many sports, he is a qualified football coach and has managed a successful youth football team since 2005 who are proudly sponsored by Country Properties.

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    Gary Young

    Senior Negotiator/Valuer

    Gary joined Country Properties in February 2020 and brings over 20 years’ Estate Agency experience with him. Having managed branches within a large corporate agency, Gary decided to take the unusual decision to take a backward step on the career ladder and come back to his roots of being an estate agent and being more customer facing and re-finding his love of helping clients move home which he has definitely done here! Gary is married with three daughters and enjoys being part of a coaching team with an under 10’s girls football club and also enjoys playing golf during his spare time.

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    Doug Moore

    Lettings Manager

    Doug joined Country Properties in Welwyn Garden City on its opening in 1989 so he obviously enjoys it! In particular meeting new people and doing his best to help them. He has been married to his wife Jane, since 2001 and has 3 sons. When he is not at work his family and energetic boys keep him busy.

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    Joanna Ford

    Lettings Negotiator

    Joanna joined the Country Properties team in November 2013 after returning to work from maternity leave. Prior to this she was a barristers clerk for a family law chambers in London. In her spare time she is kept busy by her young daughter but also enjoys socialising with friends, dancing and keeping fit.

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    Charlotte Walsh

    Office Administrator

    Charlotte joined our office in April 2018 as our full time Office Administrator. After a long career working in London, Charlotte decided to retrain as a Hypnotherapist as she is passionate about helping people and continues to work part-time in Welwyn Garden City by helping her clients to deal with a variety of issues such as weight reduction, overcoming their fears and phobias, dealing with relationship issues and to stop smoking. Our office now enjoys making healthy eating choices but we are still not sure how this change has suddenly come about! When Charlotte is able to tear herself away from our office, she enjoys a variety of different hobbies which includes walking her dog, playing golf, photography, and is also a member of the Welwyn Garden City Book Club.

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    Sue Rogers

    Accounts

    Sue joined our offices in May 2017, and has settled in very well. She has been dealing with accounts and figures for a good many years now. She is a friendly, jolly and dedicated member of our team. When she is not working in our offices she enjoys Zumba and running, she also has 2 teenage children that keep her busy.

Market Insights

Chris Coventry - Franchise Owner

Contact Welwyn Garden City

3 Bridge Road, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, AL8 6NH

Mon to Fri: 9am – 6pm Sat: 9am - 5pm Sunday and bank holidays closed


Sales : 01707 339146

Sales

Lettings : 01707 339146

Lettings


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