Carol

Forum Replies Created

Viewing 11 posts - 1 through 11 (of 11 total)
  • Author
    Posts
  • in reply to: Any advice on living in Farnham or Epsom? #6457

    Carol
    Member

    Hi M, Harriet Holden-White in our County Homesearch Surrey office would be delighted to help you. She is on 01428 606030, http://www.wefindhouses.com, harriet@county-homesearch.com. I do hope this helps. Regards, Carol

    in reply to: Moving to Wales but getting the jitters! #6105

    Carol
    Member

    Oh really, don’t be concerned, you are doing the best thing possible for you and your family. I grew up here in Pembrokeshire but moved away for 25 years and only returned 10 years ago so I know from personal experience what it is like. However, I am also a property finder with The County Homesearch Company and find houses for people in West Wales all the time. Every single one of the people who have moved here from away say it is the best thing they have ever done and absolutely love it. The locals are friendly, there is wonderful community spirit, incredible social life and the lowest crime rates in the country. One of my clients – four generations of a family who all sold their respective homes and moved here together – all decided to learn Welsh and loved it so much that Grace, who was 5 when they moved, went by choice to a Welsh medium school and is completely bilingual. However, the majority of my clients speak no Welsh and have found it absolutely no problem. The only thing that matters when settling into a new community is to be friendly, join in and fit in with the life around you. That way, certainly in West Wales, you will be accepted completely and get the very best out of life. There are many charity events going on and helping with these is a great ice breaker and way of making friends and volunteers are welcomed with open arms. Enjoy.

    in reply to: When it all goes wrong…a cautionary tale #4192

    Carol
    Member

    Unfortunately 30% or so of property transactions fail between offer being accepted and exchange of contracts. One of the things we do for our clients, which cuts this percentage considerably, is micro-manage the transaction for them. People often just give their purchase over to the solicitor and wait for it to happen. It is important to be totally on top of things and chase progress constantly. The problem is that if you chase your solicitor all the time, your bill will esculate so it is a difficult situation for individuals.


    Carol
    Member

    I agree with the others. Get out of London and you and your children will enjoy a better qaulity of life in a place where children can enjoy their childhood and not grow up too quickly. Here in Pembrokeshire we have an excellent small private school called The Castle School which is far less expensive than many others around the country http://castleschool.wix.com/castleschool#!. House prices are very reasonable and we are surrounded by fabulous award winning beaches. If I can be of further help, please do not hesitate to contact me on westwales@county-homesearch.com.

    in reply to: Property finders #3876

    Carol
    Member

    Hi Lucy, I run the West Wales office of The County Homesearch Company and we would be delighted to talk you through the pros and cons of moving here – mostly pros I have to say – and help you with your move to the country. We also have offices throughout the UK so can help you wherever you decide to move to and are the UK’s leading independent property homefinders and the principal home finder for “Location, Location, Location” so are the real life Kirsty and Phils as, of course, they do not have specialist knowledge of all of the UK. Our website is http://www.wefindhouses.com but please do feel free to give me a call and I will gladly talk you through the process with no obligation (01834 862816). I also have numerous testimonials from satisfied clients for whom I have found houses, as do all our offices, and we do indeed deal with properties for people with ‘normal budgets’ and generally save our clients far more than our fees. I look forward to hearing from you. Kind regards, Carol

    in reply to: Moving to London #3364

    Carol
    Member

    I would recommend Balham very highly. I lived there for years and it has a wonderful, friendly, village atmosphere with lots of great restaurants and also the fantastic common with lido, tennis courts, cafe, etc. Great place to live.

    in reply to: Spain! Sotogrande & surrounding areas #2673

    Carol
    Member

    I love Sotogrande. I’ve spent many happy times there – first in the 1970s and the last time I went was about 4 years ago to a friend’s wedding.

    in reply to: Removal Companies #2672

    Carol
    Member

    GB Liners are incredibly reliable and good http://www.gbliners.com/. I have used them personally and have recommended them to a number of clients who all sing their praises.

    in reply to: Choosing the right solicitor #2671

    Carol
    Member

    Anyone moving to West Wales – I highly recommend Roland Lewis at Ungoed Thomas & King in Carmarthen. Absolutely brilliant service and extremely nice.

    in reply to: where to go? #2465

    Carol
    Member

    To get really good value for money with everything you have asked for I would suggest Carmarthenshire but this may be too far away from your relatives. If not, do feel free to contact me as I’d be happy to help.

    in reply to: Social life outside London #2376

    Carol
    Member

    As a diretor of The County Homesearch Company Wales we assist people to find houses in West Wales and, as such, spend a lot of time helping people settle into the area; introducing them to people, sending them details of events they may enjoy etc. If you do not have the advantage of having used a homefinder to introduce you into an area and are struggling to settle, to quote the American comedy songwriter Tom Lehrer “Life is like a sewar; what you get out of it depends on what you put into it”. Certainly in rural areas like West Wales you will be welcomed with open arms into the area and get a huge amount more fun out of life if you join in and contribute to the community. Most villages have village halls in which varied events are held from fundraisers like pudding nights and table top sales to badminton, keep fit or dance classes. Go and join in – there is bound to be something you will enjoy and it is the best way to meet people and find out what other activities take place in the area. Get involved in community projects in the area – these may involve getting some shopping for an elderly neighbour whilst doing your own or walking someones dog when they first come out of hospital – these people are likely to be a fountain of information on local people and places and you will be doing a good turn at the same time as integrating into the community – a win/win situation.

Viewing 11 posts - 1 through 11 (of 11 total)