THE GREAT GARDEN TRAIL

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 …

Read more

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.

ON A MUSICAL NOTE

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 …

Read more

RACING AT AMPTON

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.

WORD TO THE WISE

3 March 2017

Ben Marchbank considers opposing forces that are affecting the property market this spring. The post-Brexit property market is turning into a paradox. With low interest rates, declining numbers of unemployed and an economy that appears to be on a strong path of sustained improvement things should be booming. Confidence, the lifeblood of the property market, should be surging though its heart, pumping up prices as the numbers of available properties dwindle. It should be the classic sellers’ market. Except it isn’t. Why? The answer is …

Read more

BEDFORDS’ BABY BOOM!

31 January 2017

Stork sightings have been on the up in East Anglia! Sarah Carrington Smith and her husband Joe have announced the safe arrival of Albert this week, a brother to Florence. Meanwhile in Suffolk, just a few days later, Ro Diaper and her husband Oliver announced the happy arrival of Rory, a brother to Willow, and Bella Jolly, a former Bedfords’ negotiator and her husband Will have also had a second child, Jemima a sister to Bea.

AMPTON RACES – 15th JANUARY

11 January 2017

Bedfords are proud to be supporting Ampton Point-to-Point this weekend. For more information, please click on link https://en-gb.facebook.com/Amptonraces/ Hope to see you there.

NATIONAL ADVERTISING

5 January 2017

Bedfords secured around £250,000 worth of national advertising for our clients in 2016, with houses appearing in numerous publications including The Financial Times, The Telegraph, The Guardian, The Sunday Times, The Week and Country Life. We continue to ensure that our clients’ properties receive the widest possible coverage. Do call us if you would like to see your house marketed all in the right places in 2017.

BEDFORDS’ SECRET HOUSES

14 December 2016

In certain parts of Norfolk and Suffolk, the market is more seasonal than elsewhere; as any local resident knows, the coastal villages and beaches that are thronged with holiday-makers during the warmer months become quieter (and often the better for it) out of season. In the property market, this can create a difficulty. A house that goes on the market in November may well fail to attract serious interest before the following spring, by which time it will have been listed online for five months …

Read more

Ben Marchbank from Bedfords offers some good advice about selling your home in this or any market.

4 November 2016

In 1987 a book called The Art of the Deal was published. Part-credited to one Donald J Trump (I wonder whatever happened to him?), it is estimated to have sold over one million copies and it held the number one spot on the New York Times Best Seller List for 13 weeks. What made it so popular? Simply that people were fascinated to learn how to make better business deals. Selling a home is business. So here are seven of my key thoughts on the …

Read more

LUCKY YOU

6 September 2016

Ben Marchbank of Bedfords finds lessons to be learnt from Olympic preparation. The fabulous Rio Olympics remind us that dedication, natural talent, great coaching, relentless training, self-belief and a total focus on winning are what creates a gold medalist. Luck comes last on the list, for Olympians can’t rely on luck. Instead they have to depend on things they have control over. A 16th century proverb says, ‘Diligence is the mother of good luck’. And it is diligence that wins gold medals. If selling houses …

Read more

CLASSIC AND SPORTS CARS BY THE LAKE – SUNDAY 4TH SEPTEMBER

1 September 2016

Bedfords are pleased to support this event at Hall Farm, Fornham St Martin. With over 600 pristine cars on show, it makes for a great family day out. For more information go to the event website – www.classicsportscarsbythelake.co.uk  

Walsham Le Willows Open Gardens

26 August 2016

Bedfords are proud to sponsor the Walsham Le Willows open gardens event this Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday. For more information, please go to – www.walshamopengardens.com

50th Celebrations at Holkham Hall

14 July 2016

We celebrated our 50th anniversary with a party at Holkham Hall yesterday evening. It was a great excuse to get together with and thank our former clients, who in many cases are now friends, for their support over the last fifty years. James Morgan of Hayes & Storr Solicitors gave a speech which was both witty and topical. He was joined on the stage by both Ben Marchbank, partner at our Burnham Market office, and David Bedford, whose speeches both abided by the maxim of …

Read more

BEDFORDS SUMMER REVIEW 2016

12 July 2016

Our summer review is now available. The Review celebrates our 50th birthday. For your copy, please contact Hillary (Bury St Edmunds) 01284 769999.

BRICKS AND MORTALS

21 June 2016

David Bedford was recently on Radio BBC Suffolk, talking about his new book and 60 years in property. David is pictured here with Lesley Dolphin.  

HIDDEN GARDENS OF BURY – Sunday June 19th

13 June 2016

Bedfords are pleased to sponsor the Hidden Gardens of Bury. There are about 30 gardens open within walking distance of the town centre. Please come along to see the hidden gems of Bury St Edmunds. For more information, please go to www.hiddengardens.co.uk. All monies raised will be donated to the St Nicholas Hospice.

EUSTON RURAL PASTIMES – 12TH JUNE

10 June 2016

Bedfords are proud to once again support the Euston Rural Pastimes Event this Sunday at Euston Hall. We look forward to seeing you at this fun family day out.  

BRICKS AND MORTALS by David Bedford

3 June 2016

David Bedford has written an autobiography of his life in estate agency to coincide with Bedfords’ 50th anniversary this year. This publication can be purchased at our offices in Burnham, Bury St Edmunds, Aldeburgh and Woodbridge..

MEOW WOOF

27 April 2016

Pet Sounds was released in 1966 by The Beach Boys. At the same time, David Bedford thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be nice’ to open an Estate Agency.

They think its all over

14 April 2016

Did you know, while Geoff Hurst was ending a victorious World Cup campaign for England in 1966, David Bedford was just beginning his life-long partnership with property. Celebrating 50 years of exceptional estate agency.

Budget reaction: Bedfords welcomes brownfield initiative

18 March 2016

Leading regional estate agent Bedfords has welcomed the scheme outlined in this week’s Budget to make council-owned brownfield land suitable for new housing. The firm, with offices in Norfolk and Suffolk, was responding to the announcement revealed in Chancellor George Osborne’s 2016 Budget yesterday afternoon. The Housing and Planning Bill states that all local authorities will be required to keep up-to-date registers of publicly-owned brownfield land that could be suitable for development. Under the new scheme, local authorities will be invited to bid for a …

Read more

Bedfords Sponsor Netball

17 March 2016

Bedfords have again sponsored the South Lees Under 10 netball tournament. This year the event was won by Westley School. Well done to all who took part.

Racing at Ampton

9 March 2016

Bedfords are pleased to support this event this weekend, Sunday the 13th March, the first race is 1.30pm.

Norfolk By Design – March 18th – 20th 2016

3 February 2016

Norfolk By Design, an exhibition showcasing some of Norfolk’s brightest artists and designer-makers, is to be held in the Main Barn at Creake Abbey, North Creake from 18th – 20th March. Supported by Bedfords, the exhibition features 36 exhibitors and is open daily 10am – 4pm with late-night opening until 7pm on the 18th.

Racing at Ampton – Sunday 10th January

8 January 2016

Bedfords are pleased to support the Ampton races this weekend.  The first race is 12 o’clock.

An Estate Agent’s Christmas Carol

16 December 2015

Emmerson Dutton from Bedfords tells a heart-warming Christmas story. Scrooge had been trying to sell his house all year – but to no effect. He was fed up with cold winters and longed to move to Spain where he had found a villa at a knockdown price being sold by a motivated seller. Now it was Christmas again and there was still no sign of a buyer for his own house. Scrooge hated Christmas. Bob, at the local estate agent, Cratchit and Co, had almost …

Read more

Buying to Win

1 December 2015

Emmerson Dutton suggests some ways to ensure how buyers can get just what they want when buying a home. There are homebuyers who demand the best of everything in anything they purchase. They want the latest granite-surfaced kitchen with steam oven, the Philippe Starck bathroom – like the one they had on their last five star holiday – and a decor in fifty fashionable shades of grey. If a house or flat does not have these things some buyers will not even view. But this …

Read more

Right Sizing

10 November 2015

Emmerson Dutton of Bedfords reflects on the changing mood of home buyers and why now, more than ever, finding a property that fits well is important – at all stages of life. We hear so much about up-sizing and down-sizing in the property market. But, now especially, the correct thing to do is right-size. That is to live in the space which suits you best. Today it is just not that sensible to rattle around in a huge family house when the children have left …

Read more