13 March 2019

Would you love to show beautiful houses to interesting people, and get paid for it? The Bury St Edmunds office has had a fantastic start to the year and find ourselves looking for further assistance in showing potential buyers our lovely properties. Sure, sometimes the hours can be unsocial (but incredibly social too!) and a last-minute call from the office can send you out in the glorious Suffolk countryside unexpectedly, but job satisfaction is incredibly high, the houses are amazing and you will have total …

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1 March 2019

Ben Marchbank of Bedfords reflects on a property market affected by Brexit and uncertainty, but showing some clear signs of resilience. It has been a trying two years since the Brexit referendum. No market likes uncertainty, and the property market is no exception. It is hard to think of an event in recent memory that has fostered so much worry and confusion over such a prolonged period. However, as we (hopefully) reach the Brexit endgame, we can see some welcome signs of regeneration from opposite …

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16 January 2019

We all know that East Anglia is the place to live, and now Kit Harington, who plays Jon Snow in Game of Thrones thinks so too. After searching ‘all over’ for his home, Ed Sheeran suggested he look in Suffolk. Kit said he was now ‘in love’ with the East Anglian county. For full interview, click on link from BBC News: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-suffolk-46881747

AMPTON POINT TO POINT – Sunday 13th January

11 January 2019

Bedfords are proud to sponsor the Ampton Point To Point, first race is at 12 noon. For more information visit, https://www.pointtopoint.co.uk/fixtures

To Brexit and Beyond

3 January 2019

Emmerson Dutton of Bedfords ponders the property market in Brexit year, 2019, and explains some home truths amongst many unknowns. There was a time before 1973, the year of the UK’s first big property boom, when houses and flats were seen as investments, but hardly as commodities. They were mostly regarded as homes that would be paid for by the time their owners retired – providing security in later years and perhaps even the means to move to a bungalow by the coast. In the …

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‘Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose’

4 December 2018

The French have a saying, “plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose”, which translates as “the more things change, the more they remain the same”. Given the period of political and economic uncertainty we are currently facing, reminding ourselves that a fundamental truth lies behind this proverb may yet be a source of reassurance. The likelihood is that once we have left the EU, we will enter a transition period during which we will still abide by the majority of its rules, contribute to …

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6 September 2018

We are looking for a sales negotiator in our Bury St Edmunds Office. We are keen to hear from driven and personable individuals interested in joining our team. For more information, please contact Jennie Stammers on 01284 774612 or jennie@bedfords.co.uk.


25 August 2018

Bedfords are proud to support the Walsham-Le-Willows Open Gardens event this weekend. It takes place on Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday. Go along for a lovely day out.


13 July 2018

Ask anyone who is putting their property on the market about how long the legal side of things could take once they find a buyer and most will say about eleven weeks. Oh, would that it were only eleven weeks! Today the national average period taken to get from acceptance of an offer to exchange of contracts is almost double that. It is a national disgrace. Time was that a property transaction would take about twenty-eight days to exchange and another twenty-eight to complete. That …

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SUFFOLK SINFONIA – Saturday 23rd June at 7.30pm

18 June 2018

‘We are delighted to once again support the Suffolk Sinfonia and their concert at the award-winning venue, The Apex on Saturday 23rd June at 7.30pm, in the heart of Bury St Edmunds. The performance will be under Guest Conductor Rupert Bond, who returns once again at the helm, conducting the first performance of one of his own compositions as well as pieces by Mahler, Wagner and Nielsen’s Third Symphony ‘Espansiva’. We would be delighted to see the seats filled for this outstanding programme of works …

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14 June 2018

We are pleased to once again be a sponsor to the Hidden Gardens Of Bury St Edmunds. This year around 30 gardens, old and new, large and small will be opening across the town centre, giving visitors the chance to enjoy a delightful walk around our historic town. All gardens are within walking distance of each other. There will be refreshments offered and an opportunity to buy plants at some of the gardens, with music also featuring too. Hospice Community Fundraiser, Miranda McCoy, said: “Hidden …

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Every spring they flock east…

19 May 2018

Every spring, they flock east, seeking new nesting grounds. I am, of course, writing about the annual migration of the London ‘spotted house-hunter’ to our warmer climes, which has just begun and tends to mark a season of high activity in the property market here in East Anglia. We all know why these buyers head east; we are indeed fortunate to live in a region with a rich architectural heritage; East Anglia is possessed of a vast array of interesting period houses, many of which …

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Suffolk Sinfonia Concert

12 March 2018

Bedfords are once again very pleased to support the Suffolk Sinfonia and the first of their three performances at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds. The programme features the Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No 3, and welcomes the return of award-winning Suffolk-born soloist Matthew Fletcher performing the Shostakovich Piano Concerto No.2 in his home town.


10 January 2018

…but that doesn’t stop Ben Marchbank of Bedfords’ Burnham Market office looking into his crystal ball and offering insight into what 2018 may hold in store for the property market. The decorations are down, resolutions remain unbroken (so far…) and a New Year bringing new opportunities awaits us all; may I wish you all a happy and prosperous 2018! One of the perils of January lies in the expectation that we should provide an expert prediction for the forthcoming year; personally, I agree with Churchill …

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Budging the Problem

28 November 2017

Emmerson Dutton of Bedfords comments on the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s autumn budget and how it affects the property market. In the autumn budget the Chancellor, Phillip Hammond made a series of changes designed to help the housing sector. Abolishing stamp duty for first time buyers – including those purchasing properties up to £300,000 outside London – is a huge step in the right direction in helping thousands of people afford their first homes. The Chancellor has listened to the property industry and made this …

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Suffolk Sinfonia at The Apex – Saturday 18th November

15 November 2017

‘We are pleased once again to support the Suffolk Sinfonia who are playing a fine programme of music this Saturday at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds, under guest conductor James Murray. Once again, our very own Emmerson Dutton will be performing in the bass section. We look forward to seeing you there!’

Bedfords Burnham Market office ranked in national top 100

31 October 2017

Our Burnham Market office has won a place in a guide to the best 100 estate agency offices in the country. In the biggest ever study of the estate agency industry in the UK, The Property Academy assessed over 25,000 estate agency branches in Britain, in a quest to shine a light on the best performing agents and improve customer service standards. The study focused on the experience of consumers, and involved analysis of hundreds of thousands of data points, as well as a large-scale …

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11 October 2017

Ben Marchbank of Bedfords sees yet more similarities between the Brexit talks and property negotiation. Every negotiation begins with conflict of some sort – different points of view where both sides have strong and seemingly entrenched initial opinions about what each wants. This is the argument stage. But negotiations can’t proceed if both parties don’t move from those entrenched positions. Deadlock has to be broken otherwise neither party can proceed to any sort of end, never mind an agreeable one. This means one side has …

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11 October 2017

Bedfords Review – Issue Five

1 September 2017

Our latest Review publication is now available. Please view the digital version via our Publications page. Alternatively, if you would like to receive a hard copy, please contact your local Bedfords office.


3 August 2017

Paul Bedford suggests a new way of thinking when it comes to selling property. Microsoft co-founder, Bill Gates, thinks that we overestimate the amount of change which will happen over two years but underestimate the amount of change over ten. This certainly seems to be the case with housing. Our tastes move on hugely over a decade as new materials, technology, design, our experiences of staying in modern hotels and even watching reality home shows on the television increasingly influence us. Public opinion and governmental …

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Come and see the Suffolk Sinfonia this weekend!

22 June 2017

We are delighted to support the Suffolk Sinfonia, and look forward to their performance this Saturday at The Apex, Bury St Edmunds. The programme looks great, full of beautiful music and features local violinist Jamie Forman performing the Tchaikovsky Concerto. We hope to see you there.


16 June 2017

Bedfords are proud to support this wonderful event again this year. The weather looks like it is going to be lovely on Sunday, so come to Bury and look at some of the beautiful gardens that you wouldn’t know were there, whilst supporting St Nicholas Hospice. For more information and tickets – www.hiddengardens.co.uk.


6 June 2017

Bedfords are proud to be supporting this annual event again. It is a lovely family day out. For more information, please go to www.eustonruralpastimes.org.uk.  


2 June 2017

James Bailey from our Burnham Market office will be taking part in the Norwich 100 Charity Cycle ride around Norfolk on Sunday 4th June. For more information on the course, please go to www.bike-events.co.uk.


26 May 2017

Bedfords are delighted to sponsor the Great Garden Trail which is series of open garden events running from April to August. Which gardens will you visit? From April to August, over 100 keen gardeners around east Suffolk will be sharing their carefully crafted flower beds, cultivated lawns and perfect patios with us as part of The Great Garden Trail, to help raise funds for St Elizabeth Hospice. Maybe you would like to sneak a peek at one of the grand halls of Suffolk, or relax …

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PAWS IN THE PARK – 21st MAY 2017

18 May 2017

Wet noses and wagging tails are not our usual marketing tactics, but this Sunday we will be delighted to see you all at the Paws in the Park family dog show at Nowton Park, starting at 10am. For professional marketing advice on the sale of your home, call the agent with a proven pedigree on 01284 769 999.

The 12th Annual Pin Mill Duck Race

4 April 2017

The 12th annual Pin Mill Duck Race, will be on Easter Monday at Pin Mill. Sign up for your ducks in the Pin Mill Studio, races start at 11am and the grand finale at around 12noon. This is a fun and friendly family event – suitable for all ages. For more information, please see the Pin Mill Duck race page on Facebook.


14 March 2017

Bedfords are proud to support the Suffolk Sinfonia who are performing at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds on Saturday 18th March. Notwithstanding that our very own Emmerson will be part of the Double Bass section, the programme is a variety of beautiful music – the Cello Concerto in D Major by Haydn, including soloist David Lale, and The Magic Flute overture by Mozart and the beautifully written 4th Symphony by Brahms. There are a few tickets left, so why don’t you join us and …

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10 March 2017

Bedfords are proud to be sponsoring the Ampton Point-to-Point this weekend on Sunday 12th March. First race at 1.30, pony racing starts at 12.30. A great day out, we look forward to seeing you there.