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Keep up to date with the latest Stags news.

New planning opportunities in South Somerset

Mon 12 November 2018

According to Stags Head of Planning Alister King-Smith, new planning opportunities in are available in South Somerset. Read More

Stags online fodder sales set to return this autumn

Mon 12 November 2018

Following the success of last year, Stags is set to hold more online timed auctions of fodder this autumn and winter. Read More

Government's rogue landlord database available to tenants

Thu 8 November 2018

The Government has recently given in to pressure and pledged to give all tenants access to the government’s new rogue landlord database. Read More

Properties with potential: nine renovation projects for sale in the West Country

Thu 8 November 2018

If you have the ability to see beyond 1950s carpets, peeling wallpaper and damp ceilings and realise the true potential of unloved properties, our nine renovation projects for sale in the West Country should get your creative juices flowing. Read More

The future is bright for those hoping to sell agricultural barns

Wed 7 November 2018

Considering selling off an unused agricultural barn? You might be surprised by how much it could be worth! Read More

Nine buy-to-let properties on the market now

Thu 1 November 2018

If you’re thinking of investing in a buy-to-let property, Stags has an excellent selection of suitable houses on the market right now. Read More

Everything you need to know before investing in a buy-to-let property

Wed 31 October 2018

Claire Pile of Stags Lettings department outlines everything you should know before investing in a buy-to-let property. Read More

Six properties with real fires for autumn

Thu 25 October 2018

Hunker down this autumn with our pick of the market’s best properties with real fires. Read More

West Country family wins £850 holiday with Stags

Thu 25 October 2018

Following our summer-long competition, one lucky family from Exeter has booked their luxury mini-break at the Deer Park Hotel. Read More

Top tips for presenting your home for sale this autumn

Mon 22 October 2018

As the nights draw in, Luke Williams of Stags Bideford shares his top tips for making the most of the daylight hours when presenting your home for sale. Read More

A tale of three cities: why the West Country is so much more than moors and coastline

Wed 17 October 2018

You don’t have to live down a muddy lane to enjoy the West Country lifestyle. How about a move to one of the region’s three thriving cities instead? Read More

Government commits £30 million for further rounds of Countryside Productivity Small Grants scheme

Mon 15 October 2018

As the Government announces a new round of the Countryside Productivity Small Grant Scheme, Stags' Sally Blowey advises farmers on how best to make the most of what's available. Read More

The Big Colyton Art Show

Fri 12 October 2018

Join Stags at The Big Colyton Art Show Read More

Competition winner announced following landlord networking event in Devon

Wed 10 October 2018

Stags was delighted to attend the recent Mid Devon District Council’s Landlord Networking event held at Paschoe House, near Crediton. Read More

Enjoy six months free management when you instruct Stags in 2018

Wed 10 October 2018

Instruct Stags in 2018 and you will save an average of £600 by making the most of this exclusive promotion. Read More

Six Grade II Listed West Country homes to call your own

Tue 9 October 2018

Invest in your very own piece of history with our pick of the market’s best Grade II Listed properties.  Read More

Unlock your property's rental potential with Stags' lettings advice evenings

Mon 8 October 2018

This autumn Stags is joining South West accountants and business advisors to bring you three informative events about property letting. Read More

What you need to know before serving a Section 21 notice

Fri 28 September 2018

Are you a landlord who is considering issuing your tenants with a Section 21 notice? Claire Pile MARLA of Stags Lettings department outlines what you should know before you act. Read More

Are you prepared for upcoming HMO legislation changes?

Mon 24 September 2018

If you own a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO), make sure you're one step ahead of the upcoming HMO legislation changes. Read More

Three West Country homes to rival the world's most expensive property

Mon 24 September 2018

As the world's most expensive property is launched to the market for a cool £338 million, we thought we'd reveal what one thousandth of that pricetag would get you in the glorious West Country.  Read More

Six top tips for finding the right tenant fast

Wed 5 September 2018

Need to fill your rental home quickly but don't want to compromise on the quality of your tenants? Claire Pile MARLA of Stags Lettings department offers her top tips for finding the right tenant fast. Read More

Professional Services department strengthened by appointment of Miles Webber

Thu 30 August 2018

Miles Webber MRICS FAAV has been appointed Associate Partner and Head of Estate Management and Professional Services in Michelmore Hughes Stags and Stags’ offices in Totnes and Exeter. Read More

The South West land market: an autumn update

Wed 29 August 2018

George Alder of Stags Farm Agency considers the year so far and discusses what we can expect for the rest of 2018. Read More

Seven homes with kitchens worthy of Bake Off champions

Tue 28 August 2018

If the launch of Channel 4’s The Great British Bake Off left you inspired to dust off your aprons, you'll appreciate this selection of homes with stunning kitchens for sale. Read More

The Private Rented Sector continues to grow

Tue 28 August 2018

One in five of us live in the Private Rented Sector, according to the Government’s latest English Housing Survey. Read More

How has the South West property market performed this summer?

Thu 23 August 2018

How has the South West property market performed this summer? Stags Senior Partner, Simon Cooper, discusses the impact the glorious West Country weather has had on the state of our housing market. Read More

Proposed mandatory electrical checks for all private rental homes

Mon 20 August 2018

A comprehensive review of fire safety guidelines will begin this autumn, Housing Secretary James Brokenshire recently announced. Read More

Cornish shed sells at auction

Fri 17 August 2018

On the market for the first time in 60 years, the tiny Cornish building attracted considerable interest as it went up for auction with Stags Truro. Read More

Eight apartments in impressive buildings for sale

Thu 16 August 2018

A more modest budget doesn’t have to mean compromising on grandeur, which is why we’ve rounded up our favourite apartments in impressive buildings for sale. Read More

Recommend a landlord to Stags and receive a £50 M&S gift card

Tue 14 August 2018

Do you know an excellent landlord you'd like to recommend? Here's how you can get your hands on a £50 M&S gift card! Read More

125 reasons landlords need to be in the know

Mon 13 August 2018

With well over 125 pieces of legislation now in place for the private rental sector, it is more important than ever to be well-informed when renting our letting a property. Read More

Autumn Letting Seminars 2018

Mon 13 August 2018

In the last two years Stags have undertaken a number of letting seminars throughout the South West primarily focusing on the current letting market, Buy To Let investment and held in conjunction with other professionals such as accountants and financial advisors. Read More

Revised National Planning Policy Framework 2018: Delivering housing growth in rural areas

Wed 1 August 2018

Following the release of the new National Planning Policy Framework last month, Stags Head of Planning Alister King Smith discusses how these changes could affect your development. Read More

Cool off with these seven homes with swimming pools

Thu 26 July 2018

Make a splash with our pick of the West Country's best homes with swimming pools on the market. Read More

Walk in the footsteps of the Jacksons with this Appledore home

Wed 25 July 2018

Blame it on the scrumpy? Stags is selling the New England style coastal home Jackie and Tito Jackson once called home. Read More

Could holiday letting fund your house by the water?

Wed 18 July 2018

Harriet Pagan of Blue Chip Holidays investigates the options for owners. Read More

Is your equestrian property going to cost you more than it should?

Tue 17 July 2018

Chartered Surveyor Lydia Cox of Stags Professional Services department considers the options when it comes to reducing SDLT on equestrian properties. Read More

Warm up for Wimbledon with these homes with tennis courts for sale

Thu 12 July 2018

Time to dust off those rackets with this selection of truly ace homes. Read More

Seven seaside properties for soaking up the summer sun

Thu 28 June 2018

Escape to the coast with our pick of the West Country's best seaside homes. Read More

Will Young's Poldark bolthole is for sale with Stags

Thu 28 June 2018

Singer Will Young is selling his three-bedroom 'Poldark' bolthole, which sits in a spectacularly peaceful location surrounded by stunning moorland views. Read More

Wear the wrong trousers for Bristol Children's Charity

Mon 18 June 2018

Join Stags in wearing the wrong trousers in aid of The Grand Appeal, the Bristol Children's Hospital Charity. Read More

Stags cycles for Force Cancer Charity

Wed 13 June 2018

On Sunday 24 June, Stags Cycling Team will be taking part in The Nello to help raise funds for Force Cancer Charity - find out how you can support them here. Read More

How important is digital marketing when selling or letting your home?

Thu 7 June 2018

How important is digital marketing when selling or letting your home and why should you look for an agent with a finger on the pulse of the digital world? Read More

Discover a new way to sell at The West Country Sales Centre

Thu 7 June 2018

Following the success of Stags’ online timed auctions, online sales are fast becoming an integral part of the new West Country Sales Centre at Willand. Read More

Recent changes to Permitted Development Rights

Wed 6 June 2018

Alister King Smith PGDip MRICS, Head of Stags Planning Services, outlines the most recent changes to Permitted Development Rights. Read More

North Devon Link Road improvements: are you affected?

Tue 5 June 2018

As the Government approves funding for improvements to the North Devon Link Road, now is the time to ensure you are properly represented to claim the compensation you are entitled to. Read More

Live the Good Life: seven homes with small plots of land for sale

Thu 31 May 2018

Dream of keeping a few chickens or growing your own veg? Look no further than these West Country homes with small plots of land for sale. Read More

What to expect when you sell a farm or land through Stags

Wed 30 May 2018

As the decision to sell a farm or block of land is usually the result of careful consideration, it is important to use an agent who can understand your reasons and guarantee the best possible outcome. Read More

Stags acquires Michelmore Hughes, Totnes

Tue 29 May 2018

The leading West Country estate agency Stags has acquired the firm of Michelmore Hughes, based in Totnes. Read More

Occupancy arrangements: are you missing a trick?

Tue 29 May 2018

Will Smaldon of Stags Professional Services outlines the measures farmers must take to benefit from inheritance and capital gains tax relief. Read More

Royal wedded bliss: seven homes fit for a prince and princess

Thu 17 May 2018

With the royal wedding upon us, we’ve rounded up seven West Country properties Meghan and Harry could call home. Read More

Residential vs commercial farms: what’s in a name?

Wed 16 May 2018

The difference between residential and commercial farms is key when it comes to selling up, says Stags Head of Farm Agency, George Alder. Read More

Top tips for buying a larger farm

Wed 16 May 2018

Thinking of selling up and buying a larger farm? Stags farm agent Andrew Ranson shares his top tips on how best to proceed. Read More

Brexit: a chance to shape farming policy

Mon 14 May 2018

Alex Stevens of the National Farmers’ Union takes a long, hard look at the impact of Brexit on the rural economy. Read More

Six ways to prepare your home for viewings

Thu 10 May 2018

Stags Residential Lettings Manager, Joanne Payne, shares her six top tips for preparing your home for tenant viewings. Read More

Andrew Lawes joins Stags Professional Services team

Thu 10 May 2018

Andrew Lawes has been appointed head of Stags Professional Services team in Cornwall. Read More

Stags Okehampton wins national award

Thu 3 May 2018

Okehampton's best estate agent is Stags, and that's official. Read More

How to Brexit-proof your farm

Thu 3 May 2018

Stags Senior Surveyor, Lydia Cox, offers her advice on how to help your farm prosper as we approach Brexit. Read More

Government review of carbon monoxide regulations

Thu 3 May 2018

Stags Head of Residential Lettings, Andrew Luxton, offers advice to landlords ahead of the Government review of carbon monoxide regulations. Read More

This house earns £70,000 a year

Mon 30 April 2018

A beautiful two-bedroom cottage in West Cornwall earns £70,000 a year as a holiday let - and it could be yours! Read More

Eight ways to prepare your garden for sale

Thu 26 April 2018

When it comes to viewings, what's on the outside can be just as important as the inside, so make sure you bear in mind these eight ways to prepare your garden for sale. Read More

Seven top tips for buy-to-let property investors

Mon 23 April 2018

From location to lighting, here are seven key points to bear in mind when searching for a buy-to-let property. Read More

Everything you need to know about insuring your holiday complex

Thu 19 April 2018

Mark Lavington of holiday letting insurance specialist Boshers, based in Devon, knows what you need to consider when insuring your holiday cottage business. Read More

The London and Country Property Show 2018

Wed 18 April 2018

Find out how we got on as we showcased our best stock to buyers in the capital. Read More

How much is a sea view worth?

Mon 16 April 2018

Head of Stags Waterside department, David Lewis, discusses the real cost of an uninterrupted sea view. Read More

Everything you need to know about tax and your holiday letting business

Wed 11 April 2018

John Endacott, head of tax at PKF Francis Clark, shares his expert advice on the tax implications of buying and selling a holiday complex. Read More

East Devon barn conversions coming soon

Wed 11 April 2018

Stags is soon to be launching two barn conversion developments across two sites in East Devon. Read More

What's happening in the Honiton housing market right now?

Mon 9 April 2018

Kevin Clarke of Stags in Honiton discusses the East Devon property market. Read More

Ten of our best waterside properties for sale

Thu 5 April 2018

Make a splash with these fantastic West Country homes by the water for sale with Stags. Read More

Living and working in Bideford

Wed 4 April 2018

Luke Williams, Branch Manager of Stags in Bideford shares his experience of living and working in the North Devon town. Read More

Seven things to do in the West Country this Easter

Thu 29 March 2018

Keep the whole family entertained this bank holiday with our pick of the best things to do in the West Country this Easter. Read More

Six questions to ask before selling your holiday business

Wed 28 March 2018

Stags Partner Ben Stephens offers his expert advice on getting the very best price for your holiday complex. Read More

Handsome home with a tale to tell

Mon 26 March 2018

If ever you’re looking for a house that can double up as a conversation piece, then Stoneleigh in North Devon most certainly fits the bill. Read More

Devon school triumphs in newly sponsored rugby kit

Thu 22 March 2018

Stags' sponsorship of the Uffculme School Under-16s Rugby Team led to instant success on the pitch! Read More

The West Country housing market is on the up

Thu 22 March 2018

The West Country housing market is on the up, Stags’ figures reveal. Read More

Barn conversions set to become easier and more profitable

Wed 21 March 2018

A new Government rule allowing more agricultural building development will see barn conversions becoming easier and more profitable, explains Stags Head of Planning, Alister King-Smith. Read More

Stags sells Broadchurch chalet

Wed 21 March 2018

The pretty blue cabin famously occupied by David Tennant in the hit series Broadchurch has a new owner. Read More

Rural retreats: homes with no neighbours for sale

Mon 19 March 2018

If a property with privacy is what you're after, look no further than these rural retreats with no neighbours for sale. Read More

Properties with woodland

Thu 15 March 2018

Conservation, diversity or simply a relaxing retreat after a stressful day; woodland can be a valuable asset to your property and the wider environment. Read More

Six Georgian gems for sale this spring

Thu 8 March 2018

We've rounded up our pick of the best Georgian gems on the market right now. Read More

Stags opens the West Country Sales Centre

Mon 5 March 2018

Stags has opened a new facility for auctioning machinery and other kit, called the West Country Sales Centre. Read More

Promote your property at The London and Country Property Show 2018

Mon 5 March 2018

As the spring market hots up, could now be the time to find a London buyer for your property? Read More

Countryside Stewardship and other grants

Wed 28 February 2018

Sally Blowey, Chartered Surveyor with Stags, discusses Countryside Stewardship and other grants. Read More

What does 2018 hold for the farmland market?

Wed 28 February 2018

If farm and land sales in 2017 can be described as ‘better than expected’, what does 2018 hold for the farmland market? Read More

Stags' amazing spaces: inspirational small builds

Thu 22 February 2018

If you've enjoyed George Clarke's Amazing Spaces on Channel 4, you'll love this selection of inspirational small builds for sale with Stags right now! Read More

Homes with holiday cottages are in strong demand

Tue 20 February 2018

Homes with holiday cottages are more popular than ever in the South West, confirms Stags Manager of Holiday Complexes, Nick Smith. Read More

The region’s first ever online fodder sale produces good results

Tue 20 February 2018

Stags’ online fodder sale, which was the first of its kind in the West Country, has proved popular, selling more than 800 bales of fodder. Read More

Stags’ latest online machinery sale goes national

Tue 20 February 2018

Stags’ latest online machinery sale attracted strong interest from as far as Edinburgh. Read More

Baltic Wharf Totnes townhouses on the market

Mon 19 February 2018

A beautifully-designed new development of quality homes is proving popular in the sought-after town of Totnes in south Devon. Read More

Rural planning: a help or a hindrance to economic growth?

Mon 12 February 2018

Stags Head of Planning Services, Alister King-Smith, discusses whether the current UK rural planning system is helping or hindering economic growth in the countryside. Read More

Ten romantic properties for Valentine's Day

Sat 10 February 2018

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, here is a selection if romantic hideaways to share with a loved one, all currently on the market with Stags. Read More

New Countryside Productivity Small Grant Scheme available to farmers

Thu 8 February 2018

The new Countryside Productivity Small Grant Scheme is now available for farmers in England to purchase equipment to improve the productivity of their farms. Read More

Chris Clapham joins Stags partnership

Mon 5 February 2018

Chris Clapham, Head of Stags Agricultural Sales, has joined the Stags partnership, bringing the number of partners who run the West Country property company up to nine. Read More

What does it take to be crowned Village of the Year?

Wed 31 January 2018

As this charming East Devon coastal village makes it into the grand final of Village of the Year, here are five reasons why Beer is a wonderful place to live. Read More

Port Isaac: is it worth the hype?

Mon 29 January 2018

Guy Parsons of Stags Wadebridge certainly thinks so and is keen to explain why. Read More

Permitted Development Rights - is time running out?

Mon 29 January 2018

Stags Head of Planning Services, Alister King-Smith, discusses why the time might be now when it comes to Permitted Development Rights. Read More

Six West Country homes with income potential

Thu 25 January 2018

Looking for a new home and business all rolled into one? Quit the commute with our pick of the market's best properties with income potential. Read More

A first for fodder sales in the South West

Wed 24 January 2018

Stags Estate Agent has launched the West Country’s first ever online fodder sale to provide a digital platform for farmers and landowners. Read More

Countryside Stewardship 2018 open for applicants

Mon 22 January 2018

The window for Countryside Stewardship applications is now open and Stags Professional Services department is here to help guide you through the process. Read More

2018 and the South West housing market

Thu 4 January 2018

As we reflect on a somewhat turbulent year, which has seen Brexit, changes to Stamp Duty Land Tax and further political and economic uncertainty, there is undoubtedly more change afoot as we look ahead to 2018 and the South West housing market. Read More

Grand Designs smallholding and cookery school for sale

Thu 4 January 2018

Featured on Channel 4’s Grand Designs in 2016, Otter Farm is a unique opportunity to own a beautiful eco home, cookery school/farm shop with nearly 16 acres of vineyard, orchards and river meadows. Read More

Dispersal sale exceeds expectations at Dulford Nurseries

Wed 20 December 2017

Stags auctioneers conducted the full dispersal sale of Dulford Nurseries, where more than 20,000 trees and shrubs were sold. Read More

Five ways to let your land

Mon 18 December 2017

Considering letting your land? Here are five options to consider. Read More

Countryside Stewardship in 2018

Thu 14 December 2017

The New Year will bring important changes to the Countryside Stewardship programme. Read More

Top 10 things to do in the West Country this Christmas

Wed 13 December 2017

Keep the whole family entertained this Christmas with our pick of the best things to do across the West Country. Read More

Property "mares"; steps to avoid

Fri 8 December 2017

Head of Stags Equestrian department, Kevin Clarke, offers advice for those selling equestrian properties. Read More

How to make the most of outbuildings

Fri 8 December 2017

Surplus farm buildings gathering dust? Maximise their potential with these profitable ideas from Jenny Cox of Stags Professional Services. Read More

Planning your equestrian development

Fri 8 December 2017

When it comes to developing new equestrian facilities there are some important aspects to consider to help ensure any required planning permissions are easily achieved. Read More

When buyers and sellers are motivated, deals can be done in record time

Mon 4 December 2017

It is not unusual for the sale of farms and land to run into months (and sometimes even years), so it is refreshing to be able to relay the news that this month Stags Farm Agency sold some land at Lapford, Mid Devon in just 23 days. Read More

Farms and land sales keep ploughing on

Sat 2 December 2017

Despite the continued uncertainties surrounding Brexit, there is still a market for farms and land, George Alder explains. Read More

'Let your house for free' winner announced

Thu 30 November 2017

Following our summer of shows, during which we ran a competition to 'let your house for free', a lucky winner has been announced. Read More

Top tips for selling your home this winter

Thu 30 November 2017

A touch of external tidying, warmth and lighting is essential when ensuring your property is at its best selling condition during wet and soggy days. Read More

Land rental market stands strong

Wed 29 November 2017

Stags Chartered Surveyor, Lydia Cox, discusses why the West Country land rental market is standing strong through uncertain times. Read More

What does Brexit mean for the British lamb industry?

Wed 29 November 2017

Stags Auctioneer and Markets Manager, Chris Clapham, discusses the future of the lamb industry post-Brexit. Read More

How can a Stags Expert Witness help settle your property dispute?

Wed 29 November 2017

Stags Professional Services team can assist with partnership dissolution, matrimonial proceedings, dilapidations and much more. Read More

Don't be a Christmas mouse, be an early bird instead

Mon 27 November 2017

Stags Property Sales Valuer, Philip Cox, explains why there is no time like the present when it comes to marketing your property. Read More

Stamp duty abolished for most first-time buyers

Wed 22 November 2017

Stamp Duty has been abolished for first-time buyers for properties under £300,000 with immediate effect. Read More

Should I put my house on the market before Christmas?

Thu 16 November 2017

Think we estate agents are battening down the hatches? Think again. Read More

East Devon land sells in record time

Wed 8 November 2017

Stags Head of Farm Agency, George Alder, discusses the high demand for East Devon land. Read More

Pre-owned or new: which home is right for you?

Mon 30 October 2017

Stags Partner Chris McCaughey weighs up the pros and cons of buying a new build home in the West Country. Read More

Dartmoor farm sells to South East buyer

Thu 26 October 2017

A farming family from West Sussex are the proud new owners of a small farm on the edge of Dartmoor National Park. Read More

Government finally issues guidance on MEES

Thu 26 October 2017

Andrew Luxton of Stags Residential Lettings Department discusses new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards regulations. Read More

Beat the road rage with our roadworks schemes

Tue 17 October 2017

Can Stags Professional Services team help you claim compensation for roadworks schemes on your patch? Read More

Dispersal sale produces excellent results

Mon 2 October 2017

Following the tragic death of a popular farmer, a dispersal sale at Berry Farm in Devon received unprecedented interest. Read More

How important is a garden when buying a house?

Thu 28 September 2017

Stags Property Sales Manager, Simon Zeal, discusses the significance of outside space to a house search. Read More

Landlords seminars

Thu 21 September 2017

Confused about how recent legislation changes might affect you? Have your questions answered at our upcoming landlords seminars across Devon, Cornwall and Somerset. Read More

Average tenancy length is now 20 months and increasing

Mon 18 September 2017

Andrew Luxton sheds light on tenant demand in the South West and further afield. Read More

West Country tourism market update

Mon 18 September 2017

Head of Stags Holiday Complex department, Nick Smith, discusses the latest developments and his projections for the future of the West Country tourism market. Read More

A chance to diversify within National Parks and AONBs?

Fri 15 September 2017

Stags Planning Assistant, Guy Horswell, advises on a possible alternative to Class Q regulations, allowing the change of use of agricultural buildings. Read More

What's in a name?

Thu 14 September 2017

Stags valuer Philip Cox discusses the origins of some of East Devon's most interesting place names. Read More

How to sell farmland in 6 simple steps

Wed 13 September 2017

Considering selling farmland but not sure where to start? Stags Head of Farm Agency George Alder offers helpful tips for increasing saleability. Read More

When is the sum of the parts greater than the whole?

Mon 4 September 2017

When selling a farm, is it best to divide your land into smaller lots for sale or sell as a whole? Stags Farm Agent Andrew Dodds discusses the pros and cons. Read More

South West housing market defies national downturn

Mon 4 September 2017

According to the latest RICS market survey, the South West housing market is standing strong in the face of a national standstill. Read More

South West land values and the current market

Mon 4 September 2017

According to Stags head of Farm Agency, George Alder, a lack of supply, coupled with strong local demand, has affected South West land values. Read More

Breach of planning control: the 4 or 10-year rule

Mon 4 September 2017

Is your property immune from enforcement action? Stags Head of Planning Services, Alister King-Smith discusses breach of planning control. Read More

South West house price inflation slows to 5.3%

Tue 29 August 2017

According to the latest house price index summary, the annual percentage increase in the South West compares favourably across the UK. Read More

Follow transformation of Stoke Canon barns available to buy next summer

Fri 25 August 2017

Following renovation work by Woofenden Construction Ltd, Stags will be selling eight barn conversion units in Stoke Canon from summer 2018. Read More

Stags lettings manager Jenna Kerby passes ARLA exams

Fri 25 August 2017

Congratulations to Stags letting manager, Jenna Kerby, who has recently successfully passed her ARLA exams. Read More

The rising demand for West Country holiday homes

Tue 22 August 2017

Considering buying a West Country holiday let business? Stags Holiday Complexes manager Nick Smith reveals why now could prove a lucrative time to do so. Read More

New leasehold houses to be banned in England

Fri 18 August 2017

The Government has unveiled proposals to ban the sale of new leasehold houses in England. Read More

Business rates - are you paying too much?

Thu 10 August 2017

How expensive is your business property? Here's everything you need to know about appealing against business rates. Read More

Dream of owning your own lake?

Thu 3 August 2017

A lake for sale in Cornwall will be sold to the highest bidder at auction on Tuesday August 8th at The Whitsand Bay Hotel. Read More

Brexit and the West Country farmland market

Wed 2 August 2017

Stags Farm Agent, Andrew Ranson, shares his views on Brexit and the West Country farmland market. Read More

Sold at auction!

Wed 2 August 2017

Stags auctioneers, Ian Osborne and Andrew Ranson, are pleased to report a highly successful sale in their most recent collective property auction at Lanhydrock Hotel and Golf Club, Cornwall, on 26th July. Read More

Stags welcomes two new additions to the Exeter Lettings team

Fri 28 July 2017

Stags is delighted to announce two recent appointments to the Exeter lettings team. Read More

Latest market trends for Cornish farmland prices

Thu 27 July 2017

Are you considering investing in Cornish farmland? This market update discusses the latest trends for farms and land in the county. Read More

Making the most of Permitted Development Rights

Wed 19 July 2017

Are you a landowner looking to generate extra income from old farm buildings? This article will help you get to grips with agricultural development rights. Read More

Property cash buyers at an all-time high

Tue 18 July 2017

Following new IMLA research, Totnes office manager James Baker comments on the surge in property cash buyers in the South Hams. Read More

West Country property market 2017: what we know so far

Mon 17 July 2017

Stags partner Simon Cooper reports on the first half of the 2017 West Country property market. Read More

Celebrating 10 years in Bideford

Fri 14 July 2017

Stags Bideford office celebrated its 10th anniversary on Friday 14th July from 4pm together with owners and buyers past and present. Read More

Braunton Big Summer Bash

Wed 12 July 2017

Stags enjoyed all the fun of the fair at this family-friendly event at Braunton Recreation Ground Read More

Who can benefit from new Permitted Development Rights?

Wed 12 July 2017

Last year new Permitted Development Rights were introduced, but who could benefit from these and how? Read More

Local amenities increasingly important to West Country property search

Wed 5 July 2017

Simon Cooper explains why a walk to the local shop or pub could make or break a West Country property search. Read More

Many landlords still confused about tenancy agreement changes

Tue 4 July 2017

Andrew Luxton of Stags Residential Lettings Department sheds light on new eviction notice legislations. Read More

Getting used to uncertainty

Thu 29 June 2017

Stags Property Sales Valuer, Philip Cox, questions how an uncertain political landscape will affect the South West property market. Read More

10 reasons to choose a house by the sea

Fri 23 June 2017

Head of Stags waterside department, David Lewis, reveals why buyers are prepared to pay a 40% premium to be beside the seaside. Read More

New permission in principle for brownfield sites

Tue 13 June 2017

A new planning order will give developers more certainty when submitting applications. Read More

Why the holiday complex sector is standing strong through political uncertainty

Tue 13 June 2017

As an election campaign and resulting hung parliament sends the property market into a state of uncertainty, one particular sector seems to be weathering the storm. Read More

What is a probate property valuation?

Tue 13 June 2017

Do you know the difference between a Red Book valuation and a market appraisal? Read More

What does the general election result mean for the South West housing market?

Mon 12 June 2017

As Britain faces a hung parliament, how will West Country house prices fare? Read More

Countryside Stewardship: are you missing a trick?

Thu 8 June 2017

With the ever increasing uncertainties arising around the future of agricultural subsidies, now could be the perfect opportunity to ensure another 5 years of funding through Countryside Stewardship. Read More

Online auction success

Wed 7 June 2017

Harvey Pile from Stags On Site Sales team reports on a very successful first online auction. Read More

Changes to EPC regulation

Tue 6 June 2017

Claire Pile from Stags lettings department outlines future EPC changes that landlords should be aware of. Read More

Everything you need to know about BPS

Tue 6 June 2017

Stags Chartered Surveyor, Sally Blowey, discusses post-payment amendments and the future of BPS. Read More

Cornish spring farmland market update

Tue 6 June 2017

Stags Farm Agent Andrew Ranson reviews the market for farms and land across Cornwall. Read More

An update from our livestock centres

Mon 5 June 2017

Stags Head of On Site Sales, Chris Clapham, offers the latest facts and figures from our South West livestock markets. Read More

Top cleaning tips to help avoid issues at the end of the tenancy

Sat 3 June 2017

The most common cause of tenancy deposit disputes in private rented properties is cleaning - here's how to avoid it. Read More

Five questions you must ask yourself when searching for a holiday complex

Thu 1 June 2017

Manager of the Stags holiday complex department Nick Smith reveals his top tips on finding the right holiday complex for you. Read More

Why pre-purchase advice is key to buy-to-let investments

Wed 31 May 2017

Following two well-attended Landlords Advice Evening in the Barnstaple and Okehampton Offices, we would encourage all prospective Buy-to-Let investors to seek advice first. Read More

Stags attends the London and Country Property Show 2017

Thu 25 May 2017

Stags recently showcased a selection of West Country properties at the London and Country Property Show. Read More

Planning approved for agricultural barn conversion

Mon 22 May 2017

Stags has successfully obtained prior approval consent for the conversion of this barn to a dwelling under Class Q Permitted Development Rights. Read More

Stags Spring Equestrian Market

Mon 22 May 2017

Head of Stags Equestrian Department, Kevin Clarke, shares his reflections on the year so far and offers helpful advice for anyone currently considering to buy or sell equestrian property. Read More

Team Totnes Rows for Rotary International

Sun 21 May 2017

Stags' Totnes office is taking part in the Longbow Canoe Festival on 21st May. Read More

Planning Application Fee Increase

Thu 18 May 2017

Alister King-Smith sheds light on changes to local authority planning charges. Read More

South Molton Market sees surge in sheep trade

Thu 11 May 2017

South Molton Market, like most other centres around the country, has seen as upturn in sheep trade over the past month. Read More

Historic station house for sale

Thu 11 May 2017

Ripe for renovation, Eggesford Station sits on the picturesque Tarka Line and comes complete with a waiting room and ticket office. Read More

100 acre arable block in Mid Devon sells above guide price

Tue 9 May 2017

Stags Farm Agency is pleased to announce that it has completed the sale of 100.29 acres of productive arable land in Eggesford, near Crediton, Devon, which had a guide price of £700,000. Read More

Letting exam success in Stags Tiverton Office

Mon 24 April 2017

Andrew Luxton MRICS FARLA, head of Stags Residential Lettings Department congratulates Gemma Webber in passing her NFoPP Level 3 Technical Award in Residential Letting and Property Management, and becoming a member of ARLA (Association of Residential Letting Agents). Read More

Dispersal Sale Success at Shute Farm

Sun 23 April 2017

Stags Head of On Site Sales, Chris Clapham, reports on a successful dispersal sale at Shute Farm in Crediton. Read More

Compulsory money protection for all letting agents on its way

Fri 7 April 2017

After two years of campaigning by ARLA the Government have just confirmed that they will be introducing compulsory money protection and it will become mandatory for all agents to offer this greater level of protection for landlords and tenants. Read More

Two land parcels in the South Hams to go to informal tender

Thu 6 April 2017

With Spring finally in the air, Stags have launched two blocks of land in the sought after South Hams to the market. Both are being offered for sale by informal tender and are expected to appeal to different types of buyers. Read More

Sold: an historic 274 acre dairy farm in Somerset

Fri 24 March 2017

Stags Farm Agency are delighted to announce that Binham Grange & Farm at Old Cleeve near the West Somerset coast has sold to an investor, off a guide price of £3,500,000. Read More

New penalties for rogue landlords

Thu 23 March 2017

The Government have recently confirmed that new measures to crack down on rogue landlords will come into force on the 6th April 2017. The new measures include powers to prosecute and impose significant fines or issue civil notices with penalties of up to £30,000. Read More

A sticky field doesn't mean a sticky trade!

Wed 22 March 2017

A wet and sticky entrance greeted salegoers at Cheriton Farm, Cheriton Bishop on Monday the 21st March but this did not deter a large crowd from attending the Farm Machinery sale on behalf of Messrs M W & J M R Dobin. Read More

Stags Auctioneer Andrew Ranson demonstrates to pupils the art of livestock auctioneering

Wed 22 March 2017

Stags Auctioneer Andrew Ranson demonstrates to pupils the art of livestock auctioneering, as 1,500 children enjoy an interactive day learning about farming and where their food comes from. Read More

Annual Tax on Enveloped Dwellings (ATED)

Wed 15 March 2017

ATED is an annual tax payable on residential properties held by Companies or Partnerships valued at more than £500,000. Read More

New PDR could allow five new dwellings from a barn

Tue 14 March 2017

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) is reported to be consulting on the introduction of a new agricultural-to-residential permitted development right (PDR) which would allow conversion of a farm building of up to 750m2, for a maximum of five new dwellings, each with a floorspace of 150m2. Read More

Land in Exe Valley tops £10,200 at auction

Fri 10 March 2017

Stags Farm Agency is delighted to announce that 18.95 acres (7.61 hectares) of productive Grade 2 arable land close to the Exe Valley village of Thorverton has sold at auction for £194,000, equivalent to £10,238 per acre. Read More

Stags acquire Ward & Chowen of Tavistock

Mon 6 March 2017

The West Country agents Stags are delighted to announce that they have acquired the business of Ward & Chowen Chartered Surveyors, Estate Agents and Auctioneers of Tavistock which will become Stags “21st” office. Read More

Online auction success!

Fri 3 March 2017

Stags conducted their first Online Timed Auction dispersing the contents of the historic Stag Inn, Rackenford, EX16 8DT through Stags own website. The sale attracted astounding interest and was viewed online by 9,262 people during its 10 day duration. Read More

Basic Payment Scheme Announcement

Wed 1 March 2017

The application window is now OPEN! Read More

So why do Vendors sell by auction?

Mon 27 February 2017

Stags have seen a dramatic increase in the popularity of auctions, particularly in the western region of their domain. Read More

Introducing Stags online timed auctions

Fri 10 February 2017

Stags have been instructed to disperse the contents of what is thought to be the oldest public house in Devon. The sale will include furnishings, catering equipment, antiquities, industrial appliances and various other lots, and will be sold via Stags' s new state of the art online auction technology. Read More

Lettings exam success in Stags Honiton Office

Fri 3 February 2017

Andrew Luxton MRICS FARLA, head of Stags Residential Lettings Department congratulates Kelly Hall in passing her NFoPP Level 3 Technical Award in Residential Letting & Property Management and becoming a member of ARLA (Association of Residential Letting Agents). Read More

Act now! New charge in Mid Devon will impact on new rural workers' dwellings

Tue 31 January 2017

Mid Devon District Council is consulting on proposed Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) charge until the 14 February 2017. CIL is a charge put on a range of new developments to help meet the costs of related infrastructure. Read More

State of the market and predictions for Bideford and the North Devon Area for 2017

Mon 30 January 2017

Luke Williams, Manager of Stags Bideford Office, reports on the state of the market in 2016 and makes his predictions for the North Devon Area for 2017 Read More

Consider grass keep arrangements carefully

Mon 30 January 2017

If used correctly, a grazing licence agreement can allow a landowner to claim under the Basic Payment Scheme and provides protection against breaches of Cross Compliance by a grazier says Jenny Cox of Stags Professional Services. However, we often see grazing licences being used incorrectly and this leads to risks. Read More

£120 million rural growth programme extended

Fri 27 January 2017

The government has published details of how another round of grant funding, designed to help projects that will create jobs and generate money for rural areas, will work. Read More

Dramatic increase in Cornish Auction popularity

Thu 26 January 2017

Prominent South West auctioneers, Stags, have recorded a 60% increase in the number of properties they have sold by auction across Cornwall and along the Devon borders. Read More

Post Brexit surge in amenity land interest

Wed 25 January 2017

West Country land and estate agents, Stags, report an increase in the number of enquiries they are receiving for small recreational/amenity parcels of land. Read More

Greater Exeter councils to work together on future planning policy

Fri 20 January 2017

In a departure from tradition, when planning policies were largely developed in isolation, four councils in the Greater Exeter area are in the process of finalising an agreement that will see them work together for the first time. Read More

Stags trainee top of the class

Tue 17 January 2017

Trainee Auctioneer Harvey Pile, from Dunkeswell in East Devon has gained success by achieving top marks and being awarded ‘The Golden Gavel’ by the Dick Harrison Trust while completing his first year of a Flagship Livestock Market Operations and Management course run by Harper Adams University. Read More

Right to Rent Act producing results

Mon 16 January 2017

Brought in under the Immigration Act 2014, Right to Rent was introduced in February last year, it requires Landlords and Agents to check the immigration status of prospective occupiers before they allow them to move in. Read More

Stags complete another successful seminar season

Thu 15 December 2016

Stags Professional Services held a range of successful seminars in 2016 in conjunction with some of the South West’s best-regarded solicitors, accountants and bankers. Read More

South Molton Market sees sheep numbers jump

Wed 14 December 2016

Prime sheep being sold through the South Molton Market to the beginning of December show a 15% increase compared to the same period of 2015, at just under 56,000 lambs. Read More

Landowners face prospect of lower rents from telcos

Tue 13 December 2016

The government is proposing reform of the Electronic Communications Code, some 30 years after it first made its way onto the statute books. Read More

Basic Payment Scheme 2016 - some good news (at last!)

Mon 12 December 2016

Much to everyones surprise, payments have already started rolling in for the 2016 Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) and the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) are hoping to have paid 90% of claims by the end of the year. Read More

South Devon Auction Packs a Punch

Fri 9 December 2016

An auction held by Stags on 8th December 2016 drew a large crowd to The Dartmoor Lodge Inn at Buckfastleigh. Read More

Planning drop-in sessions a hit

Fri 9 December 2016

To help people begin navigating the stormy seas of the planning system, in November Stags held four planning advice drop-in sessions. Read More

New partner, retiring partner, returning team member and exam success

Fri 9 December 2016

The partners at Stags have announced that they have added to their ranks, with the appointment of George Alder as full equity partner from 1 January 2017. Read More

183 acres of prime East Devon land comes to the market

Thu 8 December 2016

Stags Farm Agency is delighted to announce that it has been instructed to sell 183 acres of productive and arable and grassland at Bicton College, East Devon. Read More

Stags Partnership Expands

Tue 6 December 2016

Partners at the West Country's leading estate agency Stags have announced that they have added to their ranks, with the appointment of George Alder as full equity partner from 1 January 2017. Read More

Wet and muddy conditions do not deter salegoers

Tue 22 November 2016

Stags held their final On Site sale of the year last Saturday at Crockers Farm, Hemyock on behalf of John and Barbara Churchill. Johns family have farmed the land for over 100 years and are now hoping to move into a bungalow in Hemyock. Read More

Auctioneer ends on a high Land to £62,727 per acre

Tue 22 November 2016

Stags are pleased to announce that they had a successful final collective auction in Taunton for 2016 with 11 out of 13 properties being sold. This highlights the success of the auction system; it is quick and efficient, with purchasers able to acquire a property, exchange on the same day and complete, normally within four weeks. Read More

Very Strong Prices at Pedigree Devon Dispersal

Wed 16 November 2016

Stags Auctioneers were delighted to conduct the dispersal sale of the Stone Farm Pedigree and Organic Devon Cattle, Surplus Farm Machinery and Fodder on behalf of Ray and Ilga Auvray at their farm on the outskirts of Bideford, North Devon. Read More

Qualification success in Stags Okehampton Letting Office

Mon 14 November 2016

Andrew Luxton, Head of Stags Residential Lettings congratulates Maria Craze in passing her NFoPP Level 3 Technical Award in Residential Letting and Property Management and becoming a Member of ARLA (Association of Residential Letting Agents). Read More

Simon Forman, the Barnstaple Office Manager says, 'North Devon is holding its own'

Fri 4 November 2016

So far this year we have endured the increased Stamp Duty on second homes and buy to let properties, followed by the lead up to, and then the actual 'Brexit' referendum as well as the financial and political ramifications which followed. Read More

Jolly holiday spirit all year

Wed 2 November 2016

Nick Smith, Head of our Holiday Complex department reports on the Holiday Complex market so far this year and how VisitBritain reported a record breaking first four months of 2016. Read More

Land at Padbrook Park: Where will the interest swing in from?

Wed 26 October 2016

Stags Farm Agency has brought 114 acres of land on the edge of Cullompton, Mid Devon, presently being the main part of Padbrook Park Golf Course, to market. The main driver for the sale is the owner’s decision to refocus investment on the hotel and leisure side of this well-known facility. Read More

Autumn brings pair of large dairy farms to market

Mon 24 October 2016

The remarkably dry summer enjoyed by the West Country this year has been followed by a continued spell of clement weather for autumn cultivation's and maize harvest, a much welcome piece of good fortune for our region’s farmers. Read More

Free planning advice

Mon 17 October 2016

Simplifying the planning system has been an objective of successive governments, and each year there are claims from Whitehall that progress is being made. Some might agree that there has been a degree of success: around 88% of all planning applications are now approved compared with around 85% at the start of the decade. However, for all but the most basic of planning applications, the system is often far from simple. Read More

New fodder sales to be run as winter looms

Thu 13 October 2016

Following a run of successful fodder auctions in Exeter last Winter, Stags will be organising further new sales in South Molton and Honiton beginning January 2017. Read More

Banks keen to lend to the agricultural sector

Wed 12 October 2016

Despite BREXIT uncertainty and continuing pressure on farming incomes, banks are keen to lend to the agricultural sector, writes Toby Perry, Rural Practice Surveyor at Stags Professional Services Read More

Tidal power: the FRANCE - ALDERNEY - BRITAIN (FAB) link takes a step closer to reality

Tue 11 October 2016

A major international project that will see tidal-generated electricity flowing between the Channel Islands and the UK and France has taken a step closer to reality, with a route having finally been decided and construction scheduled to commence in 2018. Read More

Cornish auction success bucks national trend

Thu 6 October 2016

Cornwall based Auctioneers and Estate Agents, Stags, offered 8 auction lots to a packed room of potential bidders at the Lanhydrock Golf and Country Club, Bodmin recently. The lots included a building plot near St Breock, Wadebridge, a derelict coastguard cottage at Portloe, a 3 bedroomed cottage for renovation at Treviscoe, St Austell and various land lots at Boscastle, St Breock, near St Austell and St Clether. Read More

Stags welcomes James Baker to their Totnes Office

Mon 3 October 2016

Peter Symons, Senior Partner at Stags welcomes James Baker to the Totnes office. James had been running a major agency in Southernhay, Exeter for many years and he joined Stags at the beginning of October. Read More

Plan for CGT Rate on Residential Sales

Wed 14 September 2016

The 2016 Budget earlier in the year announced significant changes to the Capital Gains Tax regime for individuals, partnerships and trusts. Read More

Stags Sponsor Winners!

Mon 5 September 2016

Stags is pleased to sponsor the Stoke Hill Rovers U8 team and in their lucky new green kit, the team were unbeaten and became the Exeter Football Festival U9 Champions Read More

Important News For East Devon Residents

Wed 10 August 2016

Important East Devon District Council Planning Document Out For Consultation Read More

Property Advice Surgeries

Mon 8 August 2016

Considering your next move and puzzled by the post referendum property market? Read More

Last chance for EU funding

Wed 13 July 2016

Stags Rural Professional Department can offer advice and assistance with applications and all aspects of a variety of schemes. Read More

Compulsory Purchase - get what you are entitled to!

Wed 6 July 2016

At Stags, our Professional Services Team deals with many claims on behalf of our clients which may arise from a variety of utilities works. Read More

Positive Court Ruling for Small Scale Housing Development

Mon 4 July 2016

Alister King-Smith reports on how a Court of Appeal Ruling brings good news on affordable housing for owners and developers of smaller housing sites. Read More

Stags Farm Agency - a review of 2016 to date

Sat 2 July 2016

Stags Farm Agency look back at the first half of 2016 in the Farms and Land Market where there have been challenges for farmers. Read More

Positive Start for Standing Straw Sales

Fri 1 July 2016

Stags Auctioneers start 2016 off on a positive note following two years of reduced Standing Straw Auction Prices. Read More

Compulsory Purchase & Compensation

Thu 9 June 2016

Compulsory Purchase and Compensation are you getting what you are entitled to? Read More

Good News For Small Site Developers

Wed 1 June 2016

A recent high court ruling has brought good news for small site housing developers in the West Country Read More

Stags Yeovil 10 Year Anniversary

Thu 21 April 2016

Stags Yeovil Office are celebrating their 10th anniversary this year and to mark the occasion they are planning a charity bake off/cake morning in aid of MacMillan on 11th May. Read More

Stags: selling, more than just listing

Fri 15 April 2016

2015 saw a steady increase in market share of Stags core properties. A shortage of available property in the West Country, as well as the rest of the UK, coupled with a steady increase in population, has resulted in a modest price increase of 2% over the course of the year. Read More

Holiday Complexes Department

Thu 14 April 2016

This sector of the leisure market is extensive and offers a diversity of opportunities. Here in the West Country tourism has always proved the backbone of our economy. Read More

Stags Waterside Department

Wed 13 April 2016

2015 was a milestone year for Stags Waterside department as it saw a high of £60 million of properties sold along our stunning coastlines, a substantial 15% increase on the previous year. Read More

Residential Lettings Department

Mon 11 April 2016

The Governments new legislation comes into place on the 1st February 2016 and will require all landlords and agents in England to check a tenants immigration status or “right to rent” in the UK. Read More

Collective auction for East Devon property draws a crowd

Fri 8 April 2016

Fears that interest in buying property is waning were not in evidence this week, with the successful auction of nine lots at the Stags collective auction held at The Devon Hotel, Matford, Exeter on Wednesday. The sale attracted over 100 interested parties, making for a packed audience for Stags’ auctioneer Andrew Luxton. Read More

Spring Collective Sales

Thu 24 March 2016

Whilst the number of On Site Sales throughout the South West has fallen over the past 10 years, spring is finally arriving and our On Site Sales calendar is looking much busier. Read More

Stags Plymouth have a successful day at Pentillie Castle & Estate

Wed 23 March 2016

The Stags Plymouth team had a fantastic day at the Pentillie Estate in Cornwall on Sunday. Read More

Recent Changes affecting Landlords

Tue 22 March 2016

Andrew Luxton MRICS FARLA, Head of Residential Lettings, reports on the significant changes that have affected Landlords during 2015 and into 2016. Read More

Don't forget the Planning Basics

Tue 22 March 2016

Major changes to the Planning System have been a ‘hot topic’ for the last few years, however the core principles of the system should not be overlooked. Read More

Farms and Land Market Update

Mon 21 March 2016

George Alder, Head of Stags Farm Agency, comments on the market for farms and land in 2015 and makes his predictions for 2016. Read More

Have land values peaked in Cornwall?

Wed 2 March 2016

Farm Agent for Cornwall, Andrew Ranson considers how the well reported downturn in commodity prices across all agricultural sectors is raising concerns that land values may ease. Read More

New Planning Expert joins Stags

Thu 25 February 2016

Stags are delighted to announce the arrival of Alister King-Smith PGDip MRICS to join their successful Professional Services team. Alister will head up the provision of Town and Country Planning Services for Stags clients building further on recent successes. Read More

Basic Payment Scheme 2016

Mon 8 February 2016

As spring feels closer by the day, so does the annual deadline for the submission of Basic Payment Scheme application forms and trading of entitlements. This year the deadline for submissions will be Monday 16 May. Read More

Stags grow their market share

Mon 1 February 2016

I am delighted to report that 2015 was a record year for the sale of land and farms throughout Cornwall and along the Devon Cornwall borders for Stags. This year we have seen the number of agreed sales for farms increase by 20% and the number of land deals have more than doubled. We put this down mainly, to an increase in market share, rather than an increase in the supply across the region. Interestingly we and other local agents do not appear to being valuing any more land or farms than would be expected at this time of year, unlike the slight increase in supply seen nationally. Read More

Landlords - Are you prepared for Right To Rent?

Wed 27 January 2016

The Governments new legislation comes into place on the 1st February 2016 and will require all landlords and agents in England to check a tenants immigration status or “right to rent” in the UK. A failure to prepare could leave landlords at serious financial risk, with potential fines of £3,000 if they do not comply. Read More

Qualification Success!

Tue 15 December 2015

Stags are pleased to announce that Nicola Palfrey of the Launceston Office has qualified as an Agricultural Valuer and is now a Fellow of the Association of Agricultural Valuers. Read More

Stamp Duty A Window Of Opportunity!

Mon 7 December 2015

Buy-to let landlords and second home buyers will soon have to pay more in Stamp Duty, the Chancellor has announced. Whilst the devil is always in the detail, the headline statement is that with effect from 1st April 2016, a 3% increase will be applied to Stamp Duty Land Tax rates for the purchase of a second home or buy-to-let costing more than £40,000. Read More

BPS Payment Window Officially Open!

Fri 4 December 2015

Approximately 38% of all BPS applicants have now received their first BPS subsidy payment this week, with further payment tranches intended later this month. Whilst this is a pleasant surprise for those who have been paid, we advise applicants who have not yet received their remittance advice or payment to be patient and not to panic. Read More

Non Agricultural Lettings on farms and written agreements

Mon 30 November 2015

Mark Neason of Stags Professional Services discusses potential pitfalls. The significance of allowing non-farming businesses to occupy farm buildings has recently been highlighted in the case of a family who has been assisted by Stags Professional Services. Read More

Christmas is Coming, Wild Goose is Getting Fat!

Fri 27 November 2015

Oh come all ye faithful house hunters! The 12 days of Christmas are fast approaching so no better time to seek out a home of character and charm abundant with festive magic before the bleak mid-winter! Read More

Stags is proud to sponsor Stoke Hill AFC

Fri 27 November 2015

Greg Crosse of Exeter Stags said "The Stags business was grown from the support of the local community, so it is really important to us to give something back. When we heard the youth team at Stoke Hill Under 8s were in need of a new kit, we were delighted to offer sponsorship to cover the costs." Read More

From Honiton with Love

Fri 20 November 2015

If you have a golden eye for property then Bond's Cottages is most definitely for your eyes only. Enjoying a tucked away yet convenient location along an older burgage plot perpendicular to Honiton's historic High Street, far from being a spectre, the property offers charming 2 bedroom accommodation of significant comfort and character. The kitchen/dining room is comprehensively fitted in traditional shaker style with a range of quality integrated appliances whilst the Living room features a brick and stone fireplace with wood burning stove to sit in front of watching the sky fall through wide casement windows. Read More

Early payment of Dairy Support Payments a small gesture

Mon 16 November 2015

The first batch of EU Dairy Support payments has been made to over 10,000 farmers across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland today – two weeks in advance of the anticipated payment date for the grant. Read More

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

Wed 11 November 2015

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

Seeking the good life? Want to be self- sufficient? Buy Now!

Mon 9 November 2015

Stags Farm Agency is pleased to offer two blocks of land with smallholding opportunities. The land at Barton Vale Farm, near Tedburn St Mary, extends to about 13.93 acres (5.64 hectares) and is suitable for a range of uses and has far-reaching views of the surrounding countryside. Predominately pasture but with a young orchard comprising apple and plum varieties, field shelters and a copse of 75 Christmas trees, Barton Vale presents an opportunity for the ‘Good Life’. Why not rear your own Turkey on the land and harvest your home grown Christmas Tree at the same time! Read More

Cheddarmarsh Farm attracts buyers from across the Southwest

Fri 6 November 2015

On what turned out to be a day full of sunshine the Stags On Site Sales team travelled to Cheddarmarsh farm, Kingswood, Stogumber, on Wednesday the 28th October to disperse a range of surplus sheep and general farming equipment on behalf of Chris and Jeanette Chilcott. Read More

Buy To Let Update Success

Thu 5 November 2015

Stags Residential Lettings Department is delighted to report on two highly successful Buy To Let seminars that took place recently in Exeter and Truro. Read More

Successful Mid Devon Auction for Stags

Fri 23 October 2015

Stags is delighted with the results of their auction on 22 October when a diverse range of properties were sold, achieving a total of £2,239,000 for their clients. Auctioneer Andrew Luxton offered four properties in various lots to a packed room at the Hartnoll Hotel near Tiverton. Read More

Just launched - 168 acre mixed farm with multiple dwellings and barns for conversion

Fri 16 October 2015

Burrow Farm at Ashbrittle, close to the Devon/Somerset border, is a superbly positioned mixed farm with three dwellings, modern farm buildings and traditional barns with planning permission for conversion. Read More

Changes to the Model Repair Clauses for Agricultural Tenancies

Thu 15 October 2015

From the 1st October 2015 changes were introduced to the standard repairing liabilities for landlords and tenants in agricultural tenancies, particularly affecting AHA tenancies, but some FBTs may be affected too. Read More

New rural grant funding now available

Wed 14 October 2015

Two new capital grant schemes for farmers and rural landowners are now open under the Rural Development Programme for England. The new LEADER and Growth Programme schemes offer capital grant funding for rural businesses to provide education and training, renewable energy projects, tourism facilities and business startup and expansion. Read More

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