The 21st annual West Country property exhibition, hosted by Seymours Estate agents in partnership with Webbers, proved the West Country still has that ‘wow factor’ when it comes to making a lifestyle change or buying that second property following its success at G Live on 10 May.
The event welcomed hundreds of buyers from Guildford, Woking, Leatherhead, Burpham, Pyrford, Brockham, Byfleet and Egham and follows on from last year’s trend in which the number of buyers moving from Surrey to the West Country increased.
Coastal properties in Somerset, Devon and Cornwall were amongst the most popular throughout the show however inland village settings and equestrian and rural homes of all shapes and sizes were also a popular choice. Properties on offer ranged from under £200,000 to over £2m however 55 per cent of attendees were seeking properties priced between £500,000 and £1m.
Paul Rickard, Director of Seymours in Guildford, comments: “People are becoming more and more mobile and willing to move from county to county, which is why our exhibitions such as this one prove to be so popular. We believe that as mobility increases we need to cater for people wishing to move further afield in addition to those moving within Surrey and multi-county showcases such as this are the perfect solution. We’re delighted with the success of this event and look forward to hosting the 22nd annual exhibition next year.”
Napoleon Wilcox, Director of Webbers and Head of Webbers Fine & Country (Somerset, Devon, Cornwall, London) started the exhibitions back in 1994.
On this year’s exhibition he adds: “We see these events as a very useful barometer on the strength of not only the Surrey property market but even more importantly as a real indicator as to how the West Country is presently appealing to Home Counties buyers. Last year saw a noticeable increase in the number of buyers seeking holiday homes within the West Country, a first for many years. This year saw a notable change in pattern once again with almost every single buyer attending the exhibition looking to purchase a permanent home within the region and seeking a “lifestyle move”.
The show may be over however Seymours is still taking enquiries. To find out what’s on the market in the West Country or to arrange a valuation contact your local Seymours office or visit www.seymours-estates.co.uk. H