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Keep up to date with the latest Stags news.

Find your perfect bungalow in North Devon

Tue 30 November 2021

Luke Williams, of Stags Bideford, comments “it’s never been so popular for movers wanting to escape the cities and relocate to the West Country and, with a large proportion of these buyers approaching retirement, bungalows are often considered to be top of the property requirements list." Here is a selection of bungalows for sale with Stags, in the beautiful region of North Devon. Read More

Is it possible to make money from ecological enhancement measures?

Mon 22 November 2021

Alister Smith of Stags Planning and Development department discusses possible implications of The Environment Bill, which is now at final amendment, including the potential opportunity for landowners to capitalise on existing land ownerships. Read More

The Farming Investment Fund - What you need to know

Thu 18 November 2021

Defra has now announced details of the long-anticipated Farming Investment Fund. The scheme is made up of two separate funds which will provide grants to improve productivity and bring environmental benefits. Stags is holding a webinar to provide further information about these grants and to answer any questions you may have regarding this funding. Read More

Adding value prior to selling your Farm or Land

Fri 12 November 2021

Andrew Ranson of Stags Farm Agency outlines some key things to consider if you are thinking of selling your farm or land which could help add value to your property and ensure the sale proceeds smoothly. Read More

New addition to expanding Cornish Farm Agency Department

Tue 9 November 2021

Following his recent graduation from the University College of Estate Management, Stags is delighted to announce the internal promotion of George Olver from a negotiator in Truro’s Residential Department to Graduate Surveyor in the Cornwall Farm Agency Department. Read More

What does the Autumn budget mean for New Homes development in the West Country?

Fri 5 November 2021

The news of various property taxes has been met with mixed reactions; however, there are still reasons to be very optimistic about the property markets, nationally and particularly in the West Country. Read More

An Update on the Farming Investment Fund

Wed 3 November 2021

The Farming Investment Fund (not to be confused with the Farm Innovation Research and Development Fund) was expected to be open for applications from October 2021. However, in a blog post on 2nd November DEFRA have announced that there is a delay with the launch of the fund, with final details still being confirmed. Read More

Buy-to-Let continues to provide a good return

Fri 22 October 2021

Thinking of investing in a Buy-to-Let property? The demand for rental property remains at an exceptional level and, with rent and capital values rising, the return from a Buy-To-Let investment remains a good option for many. Andrew Luxton, Head of Lettings at Stags, considers the options in today’s property market. Read More

Farm Innovation Research and Development Fund – Open now!

Wed 20 October 2021

Do you have a bright idea that will help the UK Agriculture sector become more efficient? Applications are now open for a new competition in which DEFRA, in partnership with UK Research and Innovation, is making £17,500,000 available for the first round of three funds. Read More

Landlords: How do you decide which agent to instruct?

Tue 19 October 2021

To make sure you and your property are fully compliant, you are receiving a good return on your investment and you have a quality tenant, choosing the right agent is the key. With so many letting agents out there, knowing what to look for and the questions to ask can be daunting. Here are just a few of our top tips and things to consider when choosing your agent. Read More

Stags Farm Agency is delighted to report on the successful sale of spectacular Mid Devon farm

Mon 18 October 2021

Lower Woodburn Farm, a very attractive and private grass land farm in East Anstey has recently been sold through Stags Farm Agency. Read More

Incredible rental opportunity in the heart of Dartmoor

Fri 15 October 2021

Rowbrook Farm is a beautiful Listed, stone-built house surrounded by approximately three acres of its own land in a stunning moorland location in the heart of Dartmoor National Park. Read More

Stags Honiton are proud to sponsor The Big Colyton Art Show

Thu 14 October 2021

The Big Colyton Art Show will take place Saturday 20 November to Sunday 21 November 2021. Read More

Sale of North Devon farm proves strength in the 2021 farms and land market

Mon 11 October 2021

The sale of Easter Ground Farm has recently completed through Stags Farm Agency after being brought to the market at the end of April 2021. Read More

Torrential weather fails to dampen trade at large farm machinery sale!

Thu 7 October 2021

Stags’ Auctioneers continued their busy Autumn by conducting yet another very successful farm dispersal sale on behalf of Messrs TJ & CA Jakins of New Barton Farm, Wembury, Plymouth which overlooked the English Channel. Read More

National audience watches online as Devon Dairy farm disperses

Tue 5 October 2021

Stags’ Auctioneers’ conducted yet another very successful farm sale at Bishops Tawton, Barnstaple on behalf of Mrs J Waldron where many modern farm machines were offered for sale both by traditional onsite auction as well as online via webcast auction. Read More

The legal updates that have impacted landlords the most in 2021, are you up to date?

Wed 29 September 2021

Over the past 18 months the pandemic has forced us to change the way we go about our everyday lives. We have all had to adapt and make significant changes and with home becoming more of a focus for us all, the property market is having to adapt too. Whether it is how we conduct viewings and arrange property visits, to the required notice periods, changes have happened and can be hard to keep track of. Read More

Water Protection Zones - Should we be worried?

Tue 28 September 2021

Chartered Surveyor Jessica Allsop of Stags Professional Services discusses The Water Resources Act, which requires the monitoring and protection of areas of land that supply drinking water, and the recent announcement regarding the Catchment Sensitive Farming programme. Read More

Excellent Online Auction result for Haven Cottage

Tue 28 September 2021

The recent result of the online auction of Haven Cottage demonstrates the continuing success of Stags' Online Auction platform. Read More

Stags Selection: Barn Conversions

Tue 28 September 2021

Barn conversions are an excellent opportunity to enjoy the rustic charm of exposed beams, vaulted ceilings and flagstone floors, whilst having the comforts of a modern home. Here is a selection of some charming barn conversions on the market with Stags. Read More

Recent discreet sale demonstrates the power of Stags' database

Fri 24 September 2021

The recent discreet sale of The Old Farmhouse demonstrates the extensive reach and power of Stags’ office network and database of over 45,000 active buyers, as Stags Launceston office successfully sold this property without it being launched to the market. Read More

Is the fabric of the South West changing?

Thu 23 September 2021

Recently, there has been press coverage stating that the fabric of rural areas throughout the UK has been changing due to urban-based buyers purchasing farms and land for a rural lifestyle change. Stags Farm Agency team decided to review the sales agreed over the last 12 months to consider whether there has been any substantial change in buyers. Read More

Stags Dulverton Office welcomes new Office and Property Sales Manager

Fri 17 September 2021

Stags Dulverton office has recently welcomed their new Office and Property Sales Manager, Alexandra Carter, who discusses the current market she is seeing in Dulverton and the surrounding villages. Read More

Farms and Land Market Update

Fri 17 September 2021

At the start of this year there was a lot of uncertainty surrounding what type of market we would find for farms and land in 2021. However, what Stags Farm Agency has actually seen is that the market today is one of the fastest moving farms and land markets we have seen for some time. Read More

Stags Farm Agency launch exceptional historic farm to the market

Thu 16 September 2021

It is not often that farms such as Huish Barton are available to purchase in the West Country, and Stags Farm Agency are very pleased to be handling this sale of an historic 316.90 acre-farm within Exmoor National Park. Read More

High Court Upholds Stags Arbitrator's Discretion on Costs

Wed 15 September 2021

A recent case, over which Mark Neason of Stags Professional services presided as Arbitrator, concerned a notice served by a landlord requiring the tenant to carry out a substantial amount of hedge maintenance. The appeal was heard in the High Court, where the presiding judge upheld Mark Neason's discretion on costs. Read More

A rare opportunity for a prime waterside home

Fri 10 September 2021

A stone’s throw from the water’s edge at Mylor Harbour is Pondhu; a spacious waterside home available to the open market for the first time in around 25 years. Read More

A busy month for Stags Farm Agency

Thu 9 September 2021

Stags Auctioneer and Farm Agent Andrew Ranson reports on the past month, including the continued high demand for farms and land, notable recent sales and exciting new instructions. Read More

Removal of a Holiday Occupancy Condition

Tue 31 August 2021

Rural Chartered Surveyor Guy Wilson of Stags Professional Services explains how recent changes to Local Planning Policy affect the removal of Holiday Occupancy Conditions Read More

Torbay: Staycation and buyers re-locating; history repeating itself

Fri 27 August 2021

Matt Williams discusses the returning popularity of Torbay, or “The English Riviera” as it is affectionately known, a 22-mile stretch of seaside resorts, picturesque villages and rocky coves on the South Devon coast. Read More

Stags Selection: Contemporary Properties

Thu 26 August 2021

From an abundance of natural light, bold lines, sleek features and outstanding eco credentials, here is a selection of some stunning contemporary homes currently on the market with Stags. Read More

Are you utilising all your farm buildings to their full potential?

Wed 25 August 2021

With the Basic Payment Scheme being phased out, now is an ideal time to assess your farming assets to determine whether any are not being fully utilised and are surplus to requirements. Read More

Simon Cooper discusses the latest property price figures published by the Office for National Statistics

Mon 23 August 2021

Simon Cooper discusses the latest figures that have just been issued from the Office of National Statistics for property price changes from June 2020 to June 2021. Read More

Record Result for Stags’ Recent Online Auction of East Devon Farm

Mon 16 August 2021

Stags Farm Agency is delighted to report on the successful online auction of Wolversleigh Farm in Sidbury, Devon. Read More

Stags Planning Department Receive Consent for Eco-Friendly Holiday Home

Thu 12 August 2021

Stags Planning Department are delighted to announce that they have received planning consent for a new eco-friendly holiday home just outside Dartmoor National Park, and discuss their new design software. Read More

Stags Selection: Beautiful Bathrooms

Mon 9 August 2021

Whilst the bathroom might not be at the top of your priority list when it comes to your dream home, a beautiful bathroom can really enhance an already beautiful property. From roll-top baths to feature fireplaces, here are a selection of homes for sale with Stags with some truly beautiful bathrooms. Read More

Devon Farm Dispersal Sale draws National Interest

Mon 9 August 2021

Stags Auctioneers report a very strong trade for machinery at the dispersal sale at Pithayes Farm, Whimple on Saturday 31st July. Read More

Residential farms and amenity land all highly sought-after

Fri 6 August 2021

Andrew Ranson, Stags Auctioneer and Farm Agent, discusses the continued demand for farms and land, notable recent sales, and exciting new lots reaching the market shortly. Read More

Getting your Garden Photograph-Ready

Wed 28 July 2021

If you are lucky enough to benefit from some outside space, getting it ready for photos before you sell your home can be just as important as getting the inside of your house ready. Read More

Stags Selection: Waterside Homes

Fri 23 July 2021

Cool off this summer with these waterside properties that are currently on the market with Stags. Read More

Sun shone bright for South Cornwall Farm Dispersal

Wed 21 July 2021

Find out the latest trade and highlights from Bolitho Barton Farm farm dispersal Read More

Stags launch three outstanding Cornish coastal properties to the market

Tue 20 July 2021

The breath-taking county of Cornwall is renowned for its magnificent coastline. For those seeking such splendid surroundings, a home along the coastline offers the chance to have this on your doorstep. Stags specialises in waterside properties and is delighted to bring you three coastal gems that are new to the market. Read More

Demand for Rural Property Continues at Pace

Fri 9 July 2021

Andrew Ranson of Stags Farm Agency discusses both the recent sales and the exciting opportunities new to the market Read More

Exceptional East Devon farm launching to Online Auction soon

Thu 8 July 2021

Privately situated East Devon farm with exceptional views to the Jurassic Coast over the Sid Valley comes up for sale by Online Auction Read More

A selection of unusual Dorset place names and their history

Thu 8 July 2021

With an office in every corner of the West Country, Stags has 145 years of experience across the region, from hamlets to cities, coastal cottages to contemporary townhouses. Here’s a few of the unusual place names we have come across in Dorset and their presumed origins. Read More

Sustainable Farming Incentive - Progress Update

Wed 7 July 2021

Sally Blowey of Stags Professional Services explains the further details recently released by DEFRA regarding the Sustainable Farming Incentive Read More

Stags report on Lettings webinar success

Mon 5 July 2021

Claire Pile MARLA of Stags is delighted to report the success of the firms recent lettings webinar which provided an update on the current market and the impact of Covid. Read More

Farming in Protected Landscapes - An exciting new opportunity

Tue 29 June 2021

DEFRA have recently released details on The Farming in Protected Landscapes programme. The scheme is open to all farmers and land managers within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) or National Park in England. The application window for funding in the first year of the programme is between 1st July 2021 and 31st January 2022. Read More

A selection of unusual Somerset place names and their history

Thu 24 June 2021

With an office in every corner of the West Country, Stags has 145 years of experience across the region, from rural retreats to bustling towns, coastal villages to country estates. Here’s a few of the unusual place names we have come across in Somerset and their presumed origins. Read More

Farm and Land Market – cautious optimism for 2021…

Wed 23 June 2021

Before most of us had heard the word COVID there were concerns that Brexit may have had a negative impact on the demand for farms and land, and as a result on land values. After analysing the sales that Stags Farm Agency have been involved with during 2020 and the first half of 2021 the opposite has been true. Read More

A selection of unusual Cornish place names and their history

Tue 22 June 2021

With an office in every corner of the West Country, Stags has 145 years of experience across the region, from cities to hamlets, coastal cottages to towering townhouses. Here’s a few of the unusual place names we have come across in Cornwall and their presumed origins. Read More

Tiverton Professional Services instructed to let three separate farms

Mon 21 June 2021

The Professional Services team at Stags Tiverton have been instructed to complete open market lettings of three separate farms with a combined area of just under 1,000 acres. Read More

Tess Wigram joins as Lettings Manager for Stags Exeter

Mon 21 June 2021

Stags is delighted by the strengthening of our Residential lettings department in Exeter with the full-time appointment of Tess Wigram as the lettings manager, who joined last month and who will be working alongside the current team of Polly, Jackie and Josie. Read More

Basic Payment Changes: Delinking and Lump Sum Exit plans explained

Mon 21 June 2021

DEFRA are currently consulting on their proposals for a Lump Sum Exit Scheme and approach to delinked payments under the Agricultural Transition Plan. Sally Blowey of Stags Professional Services outlines the current proposals. Read More

Property market - a cliff edge?

Mon 21 June 2021

You may well have picked up articles about the property market falling after this initial stamp duty freeze ends.  However, this couldn’t be further from the truth as far as I’m concerned, and here are the reasons why I think that the market will be very strong for the rest of this year Read More

Could your next venture be “Carbon Farming”?

Fri 18 June 2021

Hannah Lukins of Stags Professional Services Team discusses the Carbon Farming Initiative Read More

Stags Selection: Glorious Gardens

Thu 17 June 2021

From landscaped lawns to wildflower meadows, here are a selection of properties for sale with Stags with a garden for every summer activity, whether that’s entertaining guests, playing a family game of sports or getting closer to nature. Read More

Teignbridge District Council Publishes Important Review of Local Planning Policy - Act Now

Tue 15 June 2021

Teignbridge District Council are presently undertaking an important review of planning policy that will cover how planning is approached in the period to 2040. It is essential for property owners to act now if they wish to have their voice heard, in particular with regard to potential sites for housing and employment. Read More

A selection of unusual Devon place names and their history

Mon 14 June 2021

With an office in every corner of the West Country, Stags has 145 years of experience across the region, from cities to coastal towns, rural hamlets to fishing villages. Here’s a few of the unusual place names we have come across in Devon, and their presumed origins. Read More

Stags strengthens the Residential Lettings Department with three new appointments

Wed 9 June 2021

Stags is delighted to announce the appointment of three new managers joining our experienced lettings team. Read More

Stags Selection: Thatched Houses

Tue 8 June 2021

From characterful cottages to fabulous family farmhouses, here is a selection of some gorgeous thatched homes for sale across the West Country with Stags. Read More

Extraordinary online auction result adds to Stags’ continuing auction success

Tue 8 June 2021

The recent auction of Primms Cottage on Dartmoor not only reflects the current state of the property market in the South West but also confirms Stags’ online auction platform is going from strength to strength. Read More

Stags Lettings Department strengthened by appointment of new North Devon manager

Wed 2 June 2021

Stags are delighted to announce the strengthening of their North Devon Lettings Department with the appointment of Jasper van der Zalm as Residential Lettings Manager Read More

Stags Selection: Homes with Income Potential

Tue 1 June 2021

Are you looking to escape the 9 to 5 life in favour of running your own business from home? Or perhaps looking for an additional project to run alongside it? Here are some examples of properties with their very own income potential that are on the market now with Stags. Read More

Exmoor - the perfect place for your dream equestrian home

Fri 28 May 2021

One of two National Parks in the South West, Exmoor is one the best locations for buyers looking for an equestrian property in the region. Located on the Devon/Somerset border with the M5 to the east and A361 to the south, the moor is accessible and yet rugged in equal measure. Read More

Escape to the coast - The West Country Waterside market update

Fri 21 May 2021

As we head towards Summer, Ben Stephens Partner at Stags and Head of the Waterside department, discusses the extraordinary levels of activity in the waterside property market. Read More

Have you correctly documented changes during a tenancy?

Thu 20 May 2021

No matter how long or short the duration of a tenancy there are often changes that occur and are all too often forgotten about, undocumented or result in a landlord, property or tenant being non-compliant. Claire Pile MARLA details six of the most common changes that occur and the action you should take if they arise. Read More

Six homes fantastic for family living

Tue 18 May 2021

We bring you a selection of beautiful family homes from across the West Country, all available for sale and all with fantastic space both inside and out. Read More

Government announces reduction to current tenancy notice periods

Thu 13 May 2021

Claire Pile MARLA of Stags Residential Lettings is pleased to report that the Government has announced changes to the current notice periods in line with the phased easing of restrictions. Read More

Stags selection: Six Grade II-Listed properties for sale under £1 million

Fri 7 May 2021

Bag your very own piece of West Country history without the extravagant price tag with our pick of the market’s best Grade II-Listed properties for sale under £1 million. Read More

Online bidders go through the Mill!

Fri 7 May 2021

Stags Online Auction team are delighted to report on further sales successes to include South Mill House, Stockland Nr Honiton, dealt with by the Honiton Office of Stags generated a significant amount of interest and frantic bidding. Read More

£1.75million of Machinery Sold in First Quarter, Stags Auctioneers’ Report

Thu 6 May 2021

Despite lockdown restrictions beginning to ease, Stags Auctioneers’ report their third collective online timed auction of tractors, vehicles and excavators, farm machinery and agricultural sundries, of 2021 to be their most successful sale to date. Read More

South Molton Market: Thursday 29 April

Thu 29 April 2021

Find out the latest trade and highlights from South Molton Read More

Stags strengthen Professional Services department with appointment of Senior Surveyor Matthew Wilcox

Wed 28 April 2021

Stags have strengthened their Professional Services department through the appointment of Matthew Wilcox BSc (Hons) MRICS as Senior Surveyor. Matthew will be based in the Tiverton office and brings with him a wealth of experience in various rural professional matters and estate management. Read More

A home for horse and rider in the wonderful West Country

Fri 23 April 2021

2020 was certainly an unusual year and whilst we are still emerging from the third Lockdown, there is a large degree of optimism to be had. Last year saw significant additional demand and buoyant conditions from May, with properties selling quickly and at increasing prices throughout the year. Buyers for Stags Equestrian properties were numerous with 30% of those sold to buyers from the South East, and over 2% from abroad Read More

Changes to Countryside Stewardship and BPS explained

Tue 20 April 2021

With the 17th May deadline for Basic Payment Scheme applications fast approaching, there are some changes to the 2021 scheme due to the UKs exit from the EU, that applicants should be aware of. Read More

Stags Selection: Rural Retreats

Thu 15 April 2021

Whether you are looking in Devon, Cornwall, Somerset or Dorset we have beautiful rural retreats in every corner of the West Country. From a charming period farmhouse in North Devon to a characterful stone and slate cottage nestled in the Lynher valley. Read More

Everyone wants their own piece of the English countryside

Mon 12 April 2021

Most blocks of land in excess of 25 acres would be sold to farmers and the occasional investor, but why are the general public purchasing smaller blocks of land? Read More

Why is the West Country proving to be such a popular place to buy property?

Fri 9 April 2021

It is incredible to think we are now a quarter of the way through 2021 and we are just coming out of the 3rd lockdown due to Covid-19. Though sadly other parts of the UK economy have been put on hold or closed, the property market has been kept open under government guidance and rules, which has enabled people from around England to move home. Read More

Online property auction success continues

Thu 1 April 2021

Stags are delighted to report on further successes selling property through their on line auction platform maintaining the 100 % success rate since sales commenced in 2020. Read More

High flying prices at online machinery auction

Tue 30 March 2021

Stags Auctioneers have had a busy few weeks conducting numerous auctions across the West Country which is only set to continue. The team is delighted to report on a few recent highly successful Online Timed Auctions of tractors, vehicles and machinery. Read More

Stags Farm Agency Buying Farms and Land Part 2 & 3

Fri 26 March 2021

So far this week we have posted the first instalment of our farming podcast in which we put your questions to George Alder our Head of Farm Agency and Farm Agent Andrew Dodds. Today we bring you the final two instalments to our first topic with the remaining answers to your questions regarding the process of buying farms and land. Read More

Traditional farm with an abundance of charm and appeal sells in Somerset

Fri 26 March 2021

Farms with such abundance of charm and appeal as Washers Farm are rarely available to purchase, so when Stags Farm Agency received instruction to offer the farm for sale on behalf of the vendors, it was always going to be a particular sales highlight for the team. Read More

There has never been a better time to consider a Buy To Let investment

Thu 25 March 2021

Over the last few years the Private Rental Sector has seen many changes with added regulations and compliance as a result of the government’s desire to improve the standard of private rented accommodation. In addition, changes to the way rental income is taxed has made many landlords consider their existing portfolio or consideration to purchasing extra properties. Read More

Avoiding tenancy deposit disputes

Wed 24 March 2021

Claire Pile MARLA of Stags Lettings department outlines the importance of tenancy inventories and written records when letting a property.  Read More

Stags Farm Agency Buying Farms and Land Part 1

Tue 23 March 2021

Recently we asked members of the public via our social media channels to submit any questions they have regarding the process of buying farms and land. This week we put these questions to George Alder our Head of Farm Agency and Farm Agent Andrew Dodds. Read More

Driven by desire!

Fri 19 March 2021

Despite the recent inclement weather and restrictions of Lockdown 3, it is clear that the focus of buyers is already turning to the summer months and the acquisition of a coastal home. Read More

Do you know a landlord? Recommend a Landlord to Stags and receive a £100 M&S gift card

Wed 17 March 2021

Whether you are a landlord or not, by way of a thank you if you recommend a new landlord to Stags, for each property we let on their behalf we will send you a £100 Marks and Spencer gift card. Read More

South Molton Market: Thursday 11 March

Thu 11 March 2021

Find out the latest trade and highlights from South Molton Read More

Expectations for Cornwall’s 2021 Farms and Land market run high

Mon 8 March 2021

As Spring arrives, Associate Partner, Andrew Ranson of Stags Farm Agency Department, considers the market expectations for Cornwall's farms and land market for 2021. Read More

Stamp Duty Holiday Extension Explained

Thu 4 March 2021

The Chancellor announced the extension of the Stamp Duty Holiday in his Budget speech yesterday (March, 3). Originally planned to end in March, the revised dates are... Read More

Proprietary Estoppel: an opportunist charter or relief for the deserving?

Tue 2 March 2021

In more recent years, since Davies v Davies [2016], proprietary estoppel has remained fertile ground for litigation, with a total of twelve claims reaching court in 2018. Read More

Preparing your property for professional photography

Mon 1 March 2021

This may not be a huge surprise to hear, but our professional photographers usually get more out of a photoshoot if they have more to work with. This means that the more time you spend tidying up your property, the better the photographs will look and the better the house will appear on viewings. Read More

Farm Tenancy Agreements – don’t let them collect dust!

Fri 26 February 2021

Andrew Lawes B.Sc Hons. MRICS, a rural practice chartered surveyor and Head of Professional Services for Cornwall at Stags, reminds us of the significance of these important documents. Read More

Competitive bidding at Online Property Auction

Wed 24 February 2021

The increasing popularity of both buying and selling property by online auction was further confirmed by Stags latest success of Sedgewell House in South Devon. Read More

Planning for the future of agricultural payments

Tue 23 February 2021

Key dates and updates in relation to the future of agricultural payments. Read More

Help to Buy Scheme has been extended to cover completions before 31 May 2021

Mon 22 February 2021

With many of us being much more mindful of the damaging effects our modern lifestyles are having on the environment, the latest research of buying new properties is reassuring. The research indicates that new properties are almost 6 times more energy-efficient and generate over 60% fewer CO2 emissions than older style homes.   Read More

Promoting land for possible development - East and Mid Devon

Wed 17 February 2021

Generally, for many, the first thing they know of a new development is when they see a digger starting onsite. What they do not see is the months, or even years for larger developments, of paperwork behind the scenes and the hard work often put in by the landowner to ‘promote’ the site. Read More

100% success rate for online property auctions in 2020

Tue 9 February 2021

Stags is delighted to report on the success of their online property auctions held in 2020. Being unable to hold in the room auctions as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic has resulted in the acceleration of the online property auctions, which has proved very successful, appealing to both vendors and purchasers. Read More

Second hand machinery demand remains strong, despite new export barriers

Mon 8 February 2021

Stags Auctioneers report another highly successful Online Timed Auction of tractors, vehicles and machinery and general equipment which closed on Sunday 24 January. Over 600 lots were on offer and 487 of them were sold successfully resulting in a 76% clearance rate. Read More

Land near Culmstock sells in double quick time!

Wed 3 February 2021

Stags Farm Agency are pleased to announce the successful sale of 19.34 acres of land on Blackwater Road, near Culmstock. Read More

Green Homes Grant applications now being submitted

Fri 29 January 2021

As part of the Governments drive to improve energy efficiency of Let homes they introduced the Green Homes Grant at the end of last year. Providing an ideal opportunity for landlords to apply for vouchers from a £2 billion fund in order to cover two thirds of the cost of hiring trades people to upgrade the energy performance of their homes, up to a maximum contribution of £5,000. Read More

Evictions Ban extended for ANOTHER six weeks

Fri 29 January 2021

The housing secretary recently announced that the current ban on bailiff evictions due to the Covid crisis will be further extended until the 21st February. Read More

Electrical Safety Inspection deadline fast approaches

Thu 28 January 2021

The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector Regulations came into force on the 1st June 2020 and applied in England to all new tenancies from 1st July 2020 but more critically to all existing tenancies from 1st April 2021. Read More

West Country property market: Winter review

Mon 25 January 2021

"I know that 2020 proved to be rollercoaster of a year in selling West Country property and, in my over 30 years with Stags, I can’t recall a year like it, not even the 1988 or the 2007 boom" reports Simon Cooper, Partner at Stags. Read More

South West Farms and Land Review 2020

Wed 20 January 2021

At the start of 2020 we could not have predicted or even imagined the type of year we have experienced. Despite Covid-19 and the background uncertainty for agricultural trading and relationships from 1st January 2021, the farms and land market in the South West has been short on supply and robust on price. Read More

Continuity and continued success for Stags Okehampton

Mon 18 January 2021

Last year was a difficult and testing year for many due to Covid 19, but one thing that continues into 2021 and remained consistent throughout a very busy last year, was the property market in Okehampton, the surrounding towns, villages and hamlets.   Read More

Lockdown 3…the property market remains open

Wed 6 January 2021

We have been here before and we are here to help. We understand this is an unsettling time for many. Following the Prime Minster’s announcement on 4th January, the updated Government guidance states “Estate and Letting agents and removal firms can continue to work. If you are looking to move, you can attend property viewings.” Read More

Stags Selection: New year, new homes!

Wed 23 December 2020

From a luxurious, contemporary home on the Jurassic Coast designed to complement the beautiful area to a city centre Georgian style townhouse in Truro, we bring you our selection of New Build properties in the West Country, all currently on the market with Stags Estate Agents. Read More

Stags Selection: Cosy homes for Christmas

Tue 22 December 2020

Browse our pick of the West Country's best homes for a Cosy Christmas and make next year extra special. Read More

Piers Layburn returns to take the Launceston office forward

Fri 18 December 2020

Piers Layburn has been working in the industry for over 10 years, joining Stags in 2013, with experience selling property across Cornwall and the Westcountry at every level from apartments to country homes. Read More

Wonderfully situated residential farm sells in Dartmoor

Wed 16 December 2020

Stags Farm Agency is pleased to announce the successful sale of Sanduck Cross farm, near Lustleigh, Newton Abbot, Devon. Read More

Selling property in one of the top 20 happiest places to live

Wed 16 December 2020

A recent ‘Happy at Home’ study undertaken by Rightmove has named Plymouth and the surrounding area in the Top 20 happiest places to live in the South West. Read More

The online auction hammer falls once again with great success…

Fri 11 December 2020

Stags selling farm and land in the West Country by Online Auction. Read More

New manager for Stags Wadebridge

Thu 10 December 2020

Stags Wadebridge welcomes new manager Wayne Elliot, having started his career with Stags at the Truro office where he established a firm reputation for achieving sales across all sectors of the property market and helping grow our market share. Read More

Online machinery sale…over £850,000 worth of bids placed

Wed 9 December 2020

Online auctions have grown in popularity this year, with convenience and ease of bidding seeing this method set to stay. Our latest sale, held in November, has yet again received record numbers of entries and bids. Read More

Diverse farm with established holiday business sells in Somerset

Tue 8 December 2020

Stags Farm Agency department is pleased to announce the successful sale of Walkers Farm, near Stoke St Gregory in Somerset. Read More

Deep roots allow strong growth for Stags Professional Services team

Tue 8 December 2020

Stags was established in 1874, therefore, we have many years of experience, contacts and relationships to continue to build upon. We aim to ‘add value’ in our dealings with and for our clients. Whether this is via our Professional Services team, our Land Agents, Planning Consultants, Lettings staff or Market and On Site Sales Department, our driver is always the same. In recent months we have had many new faces join our team, all bringing additional strength and expertise to our offering. Read More

Stags Selection: Six properties with real fires for Winter

Fri 4 December 2020

As we head towards Christmas and the days get colder, it’s time to hunker down and warm up as we approach winter with our pick of the market’s best homes with real fires. Read More

Timing is everything…don’t delay

Thu 3 December 2020

Stags is currently experiencing an extraordinary level of activity for the time of year, which is showing few signs of abating. This is down to a number of factors but primarily due to the desire for people to move to the West Country as well as the impending finishing of the Stamp Duty (SDLT) holiday which finishes at the end of March 2021. Read More

Woodland – Time for a health check?

Thu 3 December 2020

As we know, Countryside Stewardship will continue to be offered in 2021, 2022 and 2023, with the new Environmental Land Management (ELM) scheme scheduled be in place in 2024. Since its introduction many farmers and land managers have made use of Mid-Tier, Higher Tier and the Hedgerow and Boundaries grant but many aren’t aware of the Woodland Tree Health Grant (WTHG). Read More

Changes to the current planning system explained...

Tue 1 December 2020

Alister Smith, the head of Stags Planning and Architectural Design team, comments on recent changes that have been made to the planning system. Read More

Stags welcomes Karen Cottrell as the new manager of their Dartmouth office

Mon 30 November 2020

Karen Cottrell started her estate agency career in Kent in 1998 successfully working within both the sales and lettings sectors. In 2004 the family relocated to SW France, during the following 10-year period Karen and her husband worked to renovate two French houses whilst managing a holiday lettings business in the area. Read More

Holiday Complexes - Who are the buyers?

Fri 27 November 2020

We currently have over 570 registered buyers for Holiday Complex businesses within the Stags database. Lifestyle movers make up the majority of these buyers, typically families and early retirees. Increasingly couples with young children are looking for good schooling and a decent internet connection enabling them to work from home, and this is a trend we have seen continued from previous years and a growing market. Read More

Where are we now in the Holiday Complex market?

Fri 27 November 2020

Since the end of the first lockdown we have seen strong demand for Holiday Complexes including camp sites, glamping sites, caravan parks and other self-catering holiday accommodation. Read More

Exceptional tenant demand for large properties in the West Country

Thu 19 November 2020

Stags Launceston let, the stunning, Treharrock Manor this week for £4,500 per calendar month, showing that demand for large family properties in the South West is higher than ever. Read More

Stags Selection: Wonderful Victorian Homes

Fri 13 November 2020

With gabled roofs and heavy ornamentation Stags brings you a selection of glorious Victorian homes, from a beautiful Victorian villa to a spacious semi-detached home perfect for family living. Read More

Top Tips for selling your property with Stags over the Winter months

Wed 11 November 2020

The weather has now truly changed as Winter approaches. We all face the extra effort thats needed in ensuring our properties are kept in tip top condition. Here are our top 10 tips. Read More

Stags New Homes going from strength to strength

Fri 6 November 2020

Like most sectors of the property market, New Homes have also continued to sell well over the Summer this year. The stamp duty savings on completions prior to the end of March 2021 are certainly adding to this surge of interest for all of our developments over the West Country. Read More

Lockdown 2: Can you still move? YES

Fri 6 November 2020

We are in now in lockdown for the second time this year, but what does it mean if you are looking to move house? Read More

Stags Selection: Cosy Cottages

Wed 4 November 2020

We bring you a selection of cosy cottages from up and down the West Country, all with a wealth of character features. From inglenook fireplaces and wood burning stoves to exposed beams, these quaint cottages are perfect for cosying up this autumn. Read More

Stags further develops their planning and architectural department

Tue 3 November 2020

Stags Planning and Architectural department has been strengthened by the recent recruitment of Carlos Ramos and Anna Brooks, who have joined the team based in Exeter.  Read More

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