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30/11/21 - Property Market Update: Average property prices throughout Hertfordshire’s towns and villages

Here's a rundown of some of our favourite local towns and villages and how much the average property in these areas are going for.

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24/11/21 - Property Market Update: UK House Prices Fall as Sellers Tempt Pre-Christmas Bargain Hunters

House prices have seen the biggest price drop since January this month, according to data released by Rightmove.

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17/11/21 - Local Christmas Lights Switch On Dates & Times

There are whole host of lighting ceremonies taking place in the local area over the coming weeks and we are here to help ensure you don’t miss out on any of the festive cheer!

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17/11/21 - Capturing Life’s Moments – Charity Calendar 2022

Ashtons are delighted to present our first-ever charity calendar Capturing Life’s Moments, with all proceeds from the sales going to our For Life’s Great Causes charity fund.

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16/11/21 - Ashtons Quarter 3 2021 Housing Market Review

The tax holiday on stamp duty rates, which was introduced back in July 2020,came to an end in the UK on 30th September. Early concerns that the housing market would falter during this period have now passed. The landscape the housing market currently finds itself in is one of low supply and high demand due to readily available and cheap mortgages, full employment and strong wage growth.

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10/11/21 - Celebrating 40 years of Ashtons Estate Agency

2020 marked 40 years since Ashtons first opened its doors to help the people of Hertfordshire buy, sell and let their homes.

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08/11/21 - It's Official: We're the Best Medium Sales Estate Agent in the UK!

Ashtons are absolutely elated to receive the award for Best Medium-Sized (6-20 Offices) Sales Estate Agent in the UK.

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03/11/21 - Welcome to St Albans

This month, our resident video area tour guide Jamie Newson-Love explores all the delights the beautiful Hertfordshire hotspot of St Albans has to offer.

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25/10/21 - Land & New Homes: Views to 'buy for' at Hatfield Rise

The first phase of a major £45m regeneration scheme at High View, Hatfield offers buyers apartments with a difference.

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18/10/21 - Local Property Market: Berkhamsted named as top hotspot for homeowners

The picturesque Hertfordshire town was recently named one of the five best areas in the UK for home sellers by Rightmove, and it's no surprise why...

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13/10/21 - Current Market Trends: Most Popular Locations in Hertfordshire Revealed by New Study

A new study reveals the most popular locations in Hertfordshire for house hunters, and you may be surprised by the results.

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06/10/21 - EA Masters - Gold Award Winners Announced

Ashtons are absolutely delighted to have been awarded Gold Award Winner (Sales) and Gold Award Winner (Lettings) in the Best Estate Agent Guide 2021/2022.

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24/09/21 - The Seller Journey – Our 10 Step Guide

We'll take you through the seller journey step by step from start to finish, so you know what to expect from selling your home with Ashtons.

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22/09/21 - Welcome to Leverstock Green

This month, our resident video area tour guide Jamie Newson-Love explores the pretty suburb of Leverstock Green.

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15/09/21 - Raising £10,000 for Life’s Great Causes

Ashtons will be donating £10,000 to charity and we need your help to decide which local causes should be nominated!

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08/09/21 - Six Good Reasons To Choose Ashtons

Are you thinking of buying or letting your property? Here are six good reasons to choose Ashtons as your agent of choice...

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01/09/21 - Welcome to Markyate

This month, our resident video area tour guide Jamie Newson-Love visits the picture perfect village of Markyate.

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31/08/21 - Competition Giveaway: Win 4 tickets to Tom Kerridge's Pub in the Park

Ashtons are delighted to partner with this year’s Pub in the Park event in Verulamium Park, St Albans.

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25/08/21 - Sporting Spotlight – Sky Sports visits Redbourn Cricket Club

It's fantastic to see the Redbourn Cricket Club’s U8’s ‘Mini Hundred’ featured on Sky Sports this week.

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23/08/21 - Local Business Highlight – Katy’s Gift Boxes

Continuing our spotlight features on local businesses, we catch up with Katy, founder of the newly established Katy's Gift Boxes.

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17/08/21 - British Property Awards 2021 – Gold Winner

Ashtons are absolutely delighted to have won The British Property Award for St Albans.

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11/08/21 - Welcome to Studham

This month our resident area guide Jamie Newson-Love explores the beautiful village of Studham.

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04/08/21 - Give your property maximum exposure with Ashtons

Ashtons are delighted to announce that we now list our properties on all three major property portals; Rightmove, Zoopla, On the Market and in addition, Prime Location.

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27/07/21 - Ashtons Acquire Putterills Land and Development Ltd

Ashtons and Putterills Land & Development Ltd. are to merge and create the largest Land and New Homes business in Hertfordshire.

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23/07/21 - Buy to Let Offer

Any landlord of Ashtons/Aitchisons who has bought a buy to let property, agreed loan finances with our partner Ashwell mortgage services and then instructed one of our lettings offices to find a tenant before 1st October will also pay 0% of the legal fees for introducing a tenant. Includes Right to Rent checks, referencing, tenancy contracts and property compliance document checks to the value of £396.

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21/07/21 - The Tenant Journey - Our 9 Step Guide

The Ashtons step-by-step guide to renting a property.

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20/07/21 - The Landlord Journey – Our 10 Step Guide

The Ashtons step-by-step guide to letting a property.

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14/07/21 - Ashtons Quarterly Housing Market Review

Now that the most significant stamp duty savings have passed, it feels like a suitable juncture to review the local housing market.

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07/07/21 - Ask the Expert – Aitchisons Residential

This week, Nick Wearmouth is joined by Andy Young, Head of Residential at Aitchisons Residential.

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30/06/21 - For Life’s Great Causes – 3 Fantastic Causes to Support this July

This week, we are shining a spotlight on three incredible charity initiatives that we feel everyone should get behind and support this July!

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23/06/21 - Welcome to Chiswell Green

This week we visited Chiswell Green, a popular village with a strong sense of identity, located just two miles south of St Albans.

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16/06/21 - Local Business Highlight – Handmade in Harpenden

This month our local business highlight is Handmade in Harpenden, where we met with co-founder Farhana in their brand new studio and discussed all things home fragrance and how it can evoke the most meaningful of memories.

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09/06/21 - Property Market Update Spring/Summer 2021: Ashtons reflects on COVID-19’s impact on the property market

This month we have seen the sunshine finally return to our streets, the COVID death rate has hit zero for the first time since the pandemic began and we are set to see further restrictions lifted imminently – all meaning there is much to look forward to this summer.

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26/05/21 - Welcome to Tewin

Our next video in the Area Guide series is Tewin, a pretty village to the east of Welwyn Garden City.

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28/04/21 - Acquisition of Aitchisons Residential by Ashtons

Two of the most experienced and reputable Hertfordshire estate agency brands join forces.

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26/04/21 - How Interior Design Can Improve the Value of Your Home

We’ve teamed up with Deborah Fitz Interiors to discuss how interiors can help improve the value of your home, and share some quick and easy top tips.

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22/04/21 - Ask an Expert - Conveyancing

Nick Wearmouth meets Stuart Wickham from Taylor Walton Solicitors to discuss conveyancing in the current climate.

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21/04/21 - Welcome to Digswell

This designer village lies north of Welwyn Garden City and benefits from fast rail links into London via Welwyn North station.

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26/03/21 - Redbourn Cricket Club Sponsorship

Redbourn Cricket Club and Ashtons have confirmed a three year extension to their sponsorship arrangement, which sees the estate agency group supporting the cricket club as its headline sponsor until the end of 2024.

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25/03/21 - First Time Buyers

Buying your first property can be incredibly daunting and we pride ourselves on being able to offer a supportive hand to guide you through the whole process.

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16/03/21 - Ask an Expert - Property Surveys

This week we caught up with Chris Harkin from Harkin Associates as part of our Ask an Expert video series to discuss property surveys.

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16/03/21 - Welcome to Wheathampstead

This pretty village is scattered with historic buildings and a variety of independent shops, pubs and restaurants. Located north of St Albans, the village is a 10 minute drive from Harpenden. Wheathampstead gives you the village lifestyle while still being close to the larger town’s amenities, schools and transport links.

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09/03/21 - Winners of The British Property Award

Ashtons Estate Agents have just won The British Property Award for Harpenden. Their team performed outstandingly throughout the extensive judging period, which focused on customer service levels.

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08/03/21 - Ask an Expert - The Budget 2021

Nick Wearmouth summaries the Budget updates that will effect the housing market, and what this means for you. Including an extension to the stamp duty holiday and guaranteed 5% deposit mortgages.

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23/02/21 - Welcome to Welwyn

Continuing our series of local area guides, this month we're focusing on Welwyn. Sometimes referred to as Old Welwyn or Welwyn Village, to distinguish it from the much newer settlement of Welwyn Garden City about a mile to the south.

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22/02/21 - Ask an Expert: John & Simon - Ashwell Mortgage Services

John Ingram meets Simon Field who heads up Ashwell Mortgage Services. Ashwell Mortgage Services offer bespoke independent mortgage advice, providing clients’ certainty in achieving their property aspirations from the onset.

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04/02/21 - For Life’s Great Causes – The Winning Charities

On 1st February, Ashtons For Life’s Great Causes online poll came to a close. After an exciting month watching the votes soar, the total number received reached over 10,000.

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27/01/21 - For Life’s Great Causes – Meet the Charities

We’re giving away £10,000 For Life’s Great Causes, and there’s less than a week to go before the poll closes. The top three charities as voted for by you will win a share of the money. We find out more about some of the local charities that have made the shortlist.

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26/01/21 - Welcome to Redbourn

Continuing our series of local area guides, this month we're focusing on Redbourn. The idyllic village situated between Harpenden and St Albans.

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26/01/21 - Ask an Expert - Economic Review

It could be seen as a fool’s errand to try and make any sense or prediction related to the economy over the next twelve months. We are currently in the midst of national lockdown 3.0 with the new virulent strain of Covid 19 rampaging across the country. It would be reasonable to feel very bleak regarding the prospects for the year ahead. Although Ashtons as a business takes a more optimistic position.

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07/01/21 - We’re Giving Away £10,000 For Life’s Great Causes!

Ashtons are once again giving away £10,000 for their For Life’s Great Causes charity campaign – and we need your help to decide which local causes should receive the funds.

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05/01/21 - Third Lockdown Update - Business as Usual

To clarify, people in England will still be able to move. Removal firms, tradespeople and estate agents can operate by entering homes – but rest assured, adherence to safety and social distancing remains crucial and will be followed at all times by Ashtons.

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Rahul Joshi

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Chris is a gem. He is transparent, professional, knowledgeable, efficient and is extremely helpful in answering my questions in regards to the property. He was...

Dec
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Janice Graham

Client rated 10

When we decided we wanted to move home I went onto the internet and used a comparison site to see who we should consider. Ashtons...

Dec
03
2021

Flame Emin

Client rated 10

Collin Hickey, was an amazing gent, had compassion, patience and constant communication I never once felt I had been neglected.
I am going to use Ashton’s...

Dec
03
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Chris Parkin

Client rated 10

Chris Hawes was great to deal with, thank you.

Dec
02
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Claire Reeve

Client rated 10

All very friendly, efficient and professional

Nov
18
2021

Steve Jordan

Client rated 10

Sam Ward was exceptional throughout the sale process, we would not have got over the line without his professionalism in dealing with difficult and emotional...

Nov
18
2021

Ana Busneag

Client rated 10

Chris Haws was the main agent with whom we discussed for renting houses twice up to know and he was extremely responsive to all our...

Nov
17
2021

Phoebe Mills

Client rated 10

Alix was extremely professional and insightful from the offset with getting a quote and listing the property. We've been dealing with Louise since then who...

Nov
03
2021

Natalie Caswell

Client rated 10

Ashtons were absolutely amazing from beginning to end fabulous staff dealt with all the issues I feel in fact they went above and beyond for...

Oct
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2021

Dolores Delaney

Client rated 10

I have found that Ashtons and the tradesmen have been very good at responding to issues quickly and cost effectively

Oct
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Caroline Shelley

Client rated 10

Sophie Healey responded to my enquiry in a prompt friendly and helpful manner

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Anonymous

Client rated 10

I have always been very pleased with the service provided by Ashtons. Coleen, Kirstie and Chloe are pro-active, knowledgeable and polite. They are excellent ambassadors...


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