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Shaftesbury and Sturminster Newton are listed in the top 10 most sought-after rural towns in the country.

Have you seen the news today?

For some months now, the flurry of buyers looking to move to the coast and country has been widely reported.  Today, the BBC and other press have picked on a report from Rightmove, in which Shaftesbury and Sturminster Newton are listed in the top 10 most sought-after rural towns in the country.

Giles Wreford-Brown, Partner at Symonds & Sampson LLP in Sturminster Newton is hardly surprised. The firm’s internal data shows a staggering increase in buyers registering for property in the area. 

  • a 206% increase in applicants registered for properties in North Dorset in 2020 compared to 2019
  • a 783% increase in applicants registered by our North Dorset offices in 2020 compared to 2019
  • a 1126% increase in applicants registered who live beyond the immediate area in 2020 compared to 2019.

‘Month on month, we are registering more applicants and arranging more viewings. A lot of those prospective buyers come from outside the area, most notably the area from Poole and Bournemouth to Sussex and Surrey, where the property market is equally buoyant. Right now, we are seeing fewer people moving out of London itself, simply because the market in the Capital is not quite as hot as the Home Counties and many houses are taking longer to sell.

'Whilst there is this significant interest from people moving to the area, we do tend to find that once people move to Dorset, they tend to stay, so there is a high level of demand for property from within the area.  A property either with or having potential for a home office is high on today’s house-hunter’s list, whilst the area’s unspoilt villages and countryside, good accessibility via roads and rail, good schools, and with the coast near enough (yet far enough to be away from the crowds) have always made it a popular choice.'

It’s a seller’s market right now, Giles has agreed sales of a number of good quality properties recently, at - or more often - above Guide Price.  Competition from ‘proceedable’ purchasers, i.e. those with a ‘closed’ chain or cash in hand has resulted in competitive bidding, sometimes even starting in excess of the Guide.

Mark Lewis, Symonds & Sampson’s Senior Partner adds that the statistics recorded for North Dorset are echoed across our 15 regional offices, with applicants able to register in one office but access and arrange viewings of property across a wider area. Our strength as a firm is the network of experienced agents throughout our offices, all ready, willing and able to help match people to property.

If you're looking to move to these popular towns, take a look at these two superb properties which have just come to the market: 

Shaftesbury, Guide £485,000. A 3 bedroom Victorian house with lovely proportions and a good sized garden

Sturminster Newton. Guide £810,000. A beautifully finished 6 bedroom house with separate detached barn




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