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01/07/22 - Ashtons Acquire Home County Sales & Lettings

Harpenden based Home County Sales & Lettings (HCSL) has just been acquired by Hertfordshire based estate agency Ashtons, the company’s third acquisition in just fifteen months.

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28/06/22 - Awards and Recognition – Most Outstanding Independent Estate Agency 2022, Harpenden

We are honoured to be awarded the title of Most Outstanding Independent Estate Agency, 2022 – Harpenden in the 2022 UK Property Awards.

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22/06/22 - Land & New Homes: 10 reasons a new build home might be the right choice for you.

Today, we are seeing more and more home buyers foregoing period charm and traditional features in favour of sleek, contemporary homes and there are plenty of reasons why. Here’s our breakdown of some of the many advantages of investing in a new build property:

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16/06/22 - How to ensure your move runs like clockwork: Our top tips for keeping your move stress and hassle free

Everybody knows that moving home is no walk in the park. There’s no sugar-coating the fact that property sales are complex, and can be an incredibly demanding, time-consuming and emotional time.
The good news is that it doesn’t need to be. Our top tips will help ensure your move runs like clockwork and is as stress-free as possible.
Let’s get started…

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08/06/22 - Property Market Update: New property price record puts prices at £55,000 higher than pre-pandemic

The price of properties coming to market this month has reached yet another all-time high for the fourth consecutive month, with the average price increasing by +£7,400 (2.1%) in the last month alone, to now sit at £367,501 – over £55,000 higher than pre-pandemic prices, according to property website Rightmove’s latest House Price Index.

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06/06/22 - Ashtons Lettings team win Silver at the British Property Awards!

The Ashtons Lettings team are riding high once again, after winning the Silver Award at The British Property Awards 2021-2022 for Letting Agent in the South-East (Hertfordshire).

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30/05/22 - Are you a Landlord?

Are you considering letting your first property this year, or expanding your current portfolio? If so, then unlock your property’s true potential with Ashtons.

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26/05/22 - Ashtons Quarter 1 2022 Housing Market Review

Quarter 1 of the housing market, both locally and nationally, has continued at the accelerated pace we witnessed during 2021. The prevailing winds of inflation and the associated rise in the cost of living, the tailing off of the pandemic, the ongoing war in Ukraine and the rise in interest rates have as yet taken no significant effect.

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23/05/22 - Ten reasons to love Redbourn

Last month, we took a look at our top ten reasons to love Hitchin and we had so much fun in the process that we have decided to turn our attention to another one of our favourite villages, Redbourn.

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16/05/22 - Celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in Hertfordshire

Get the bunting out and make sure to royally celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee this long bank holiday weekend!

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10/05/22 - Property Market Update: Homes selling faster than ever in a Spring market ‘frenzy’

The price of property coming to market has hit a new record high for the third consecutive month according to the latest market analysis from Rightmove.

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26/04/22 - How to prepare your property for viewings

Whether it is a simple declutter, a fresh lick of paint or fixing that leaky tap, small changes can make all the difference when it comes to presenting your property to potential buyers and ensuring viewers can see its full potential.
Here are our top tips to making sure your property is viewing ready...

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19/04/22 - Welcome to Berkhamsted

Join our resident area tour guide Jamie Newson-Love as he explores all that the charming historic market town of Berkhamsted has to offer...

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13/04/22 - Ten reasons to love Hitchin

We decided to take a look at what is it about this historic market town that makes it just so fabulous, and here are the results: Our top ten reasons to love Hitchin…

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04/04/22 - Easter events & activities for the whole family to enjoy

Ready to start planning some family-fun Easter activities? Now that the Easter holidays are officially here, we’ve compiled a list of fantastic events taking place in the local area this year.

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23/03/22 - Property Market Update: Best ever Spring sellers’ market as prices hit another new record

UK house prices have hit a record high as Rightmove publishes latest House Price Index.

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21/03/22 - The best places to live in Hertfordshire have been revealed in a new poll…

Hitchin has been named the best place to live in Hertfordshire, and indeed one of the top places to live in the entire UK, by popular lifestyle website Muddy Stilettos.

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14/03/22 - Unlock your dream home with Ashwell Mortgage Services

Here at Ashwell Mortgage Services, we work hard to find our clients the most competitive mortgage deals available, tailored to suit their individual needs.

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09/03/22 - For Life's Great Causes - The Winning Charities

Now that the news has sunk in, the winning charities from this year’s campaign discuss what winning means to them and how the donations will help their respective great causes.

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02/03/22 - Ashtons named as one of 2022’s Best Companies to Work For

Ashtons are beyond proud to announce that we’ve been awarded Property’s Number One Company to Work for in 2022 by Best Companies, the organisation that inspires, measures and recognises workplace engagement, previously sponsored by The Sunday Times.

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28/02/22 - Property Market Update: The biggest ever monthly house price rise sees average UK home prices at a record high

New statistics published by Rightmove reveal that the average price of property coming to the market has risen by 2.3% (+£7,783) in February 2022.

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22/02/22 - Ashtons establishes the largest Land & New Homes team in Hertfordshire

In 2021, Ashtons officially acquired Putterills Land & Development Ltd, in an exciting move that established the largest Land and New Homes business in Hertfordshire.

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08/02/22 - For Life’s Great Causes – Winning Charities Announced!

Our annual For Life’s Great Causes charity campaign has now closed – and the top three charities receiving a share of £10,000 have been decided… by you!

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28/01/22 - For Life’s Great Causes – Meet the Charities

Welcome to our third and final instalment of ‘Meet the charities’. Throughout our For Life’s Great Causes charity campaign, we’ve been shining a spotlight on each of the twenty shortlisted charities and giving you some further insight into the life-changing work they do throughout the county we all call home.

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26/01/22 - 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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26/01/22 - Breaking News: Aitchisons Residential is now officially Ashtons

There have been some exciting developments over in Berkhamsted recently, as the Aitchisons Residential office undergoes a full refurbishment to officially transform into Ashtons.

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25/01/22 - For Life’s Great Causes – Meet the Charities

Welcome to our second instalment of ‘Meet the charities’ where we shine a spotlight on some of the fantastic charities shortlisted in this year’s For Life’s Great Causes charity campaign.

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18/01/22 - For Life’s Great Causes – Meet the Charities

The charities have been shortlisted, the online poll is open, and you can vote for the local charity closest to your heart at www.lifesgreatcauses.co.uk. Now it's time to meet the charities...

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14/01/22 - We’re Giving Away £10,000 For Life’s Great Causes!

The online poll is officially open - cast your vote today to have your say on which local charities will receive a share of £10,000.

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Jun
30
2022

Neil Rooney

Client rated 10

Very helpful and professional. Emily and Lydia were very reactive.

Jun
29
2022

Philip Remington

Client rated 10

Very professional and helpful. All the staff were courteous and knew who I was when calling them.

Jun
21
2022

Clive Wilson

Client rated 10

Everyone was lovely and it felt like a personal service.

Jun
20
2022

Anonymous

Client rated 9

All the people I dealt with were friendly and informative, with a good knowledge of the property I was viewing. I appreciated the cooperative approach...

Jun
20
2022

Anonymous

Client rated 9

All the people I dealt with were friendly and informative, with a good knowledge of the property I was viewing. I appreciated the cooperative approach...

Jun
20
2022

Anonymous

Client rated 9

All the people I dealt with were friendly and informative, with a good knowledge of the property I was viewing. I appreciated the cooperative approach...

Jun
14
2022

Amad Purtow

Client rated 9

Ashtons were very good and helpful. I must mention Louise Walker who was extremely helpful and beyond expectations.

Jun
13
2022

Anonymous

Client rated 10

On the whole I am very pleased with the service I receive from Ashtons. Ella was very helpful.

Jun
07
2022

Alison Farrant

Client rated 10

Excellent service from all.

Jun
06
2022

Wilson Melendez

Client rated 10

High standards, friendliness and professionalism of Ashtons staff was one of the best we experienced when buying and selling our house over the 23 years...

May
31
2022

Anonymous

Client rated 10

Lucy was fantastic! She always seemed friendly and happy to help and was great at keeping me informed with the process, answering all my questions...

May
30
2022

Mark West

Client rated 10

Rebecca and her team have been fantastic in keeping me informed throughout the sale of my property and I would not hesitate to recommend her...


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