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As we approach the halfway mark through what has been an exciting and extremely productive year in the property market, we begin to look forward to the second half of the year and what this may bring. Stock levels of property to the market have increased greatly, not only in the county but also across the country. There have been reports of a slowdown in the London centric property market, although this has not rippled out to the rest of the country. The East Midlands continues to be a stronghold for property values and we anticipate a continued level of interest in houses for sale over the next six months, despite many external factors.


Bentons are delighted to announce that they are participating in a nationwide event organised by Relocation Agent Network to collect at least 10,000 items of food (and other daily necessities) for local foodbanks. Taking place between 13 and 20 June, the event - #RANFoodbank10k – will see Relocation Agent Network members across England, Scotland and Wales join forces to help tackle food poverty in the UK.


Bentons encourage everyone in the local community to visit their office in Melton Mowbray to donate any spare food items or other vital supplies like toiletries, that they may have. The foodbanks local to Melton Mowbray are in particular need of the following:


-Tinned fruit or custard

-Quick pasta meals

-Tinned vegetables and potatoes

-Pasta sauce jars

-Tinned meat/fish


-Men’s clothing for example jeans, T-shirts, shoes -Bedding for example sheets, duvet covers, duvets and pillows


This is the second year that Relocation Agent Network has hosted such an event, which coincides with Agents Giving’s ‘Donate a Food Parcel Day’ on 20 June. Agents Giving is a UK-based charity that works with estate and letting agents and their suppliers to encourage and support fundraising activities.


Richard Harrison of Bentons has said, “We’re thrilled to be taking part in this fundraising initiative, especially one that makes such a positive impact to those in need in our local community. Next time you pop to the supermarket, consider picking up an extra item and bringing it to our office during this week in June, we’d love to hit our target of collecting 10,000 items!”


The property market throughout the late winter/early spring period has been surprisingly active with a much larger number of new instructions to the market and also sales year on year. There has been a particular resurgence in the middle to upper end of the market, with many large properties over £1 million selling much more easily.  Many clients ask if there is a negative effect from Brexit, this is certainly not the case and we are experiencing extremely high levels of activity in all departments.


If you are looking to sell your property, now is the absolute prime time and we urge you to speak to one of our expert valuers as soon as possible.


Yesterday was an important day in Melton Mowbray’s food calendar, it was the British Pie Awards, which was held in the stunning venue of St Mary’s Church.  Bentons take great joy in supporting such local events, which highlight our ‘Rural Capital of Food’.  Two of our team had the very tough job of joining the team of judges for the day!  Andrea and Clare started the day judging the Bentons sponsored class, Dessert Pies and wrapped the day up helping the team judge the Steak Pie entries. A very lovely day enjoyed by all.


At Bentons, we have seen an incredible start to the year which flies in the face of pundits expectations regarding the property market. There have been a considerable number of new vendors which has kept the supply of new property to the market well stocked. This in itself has generated a superb level of interest from buyers, both existing and new.

Whilst most people are not mentioning Brexit this remains an uncertainty that is unpredictable to say the least. We anticipate that with the increased level of stock and goodwill from both buyers and sellers, we should see a robust market for the rest of this year.


At Bentons, we understand the importance of selling your home.  That is why we employ five accompanied viewing specialists within our company, these friendly, efficient and knowledgeable ladies live locally and know the area like the back of their hand.

You will see our accompanied viewing specialists darting around the county in the Benton’s Mini! Many of our clients prefer us to show prospective buyers around the property, this usually gains a much more honest and open reaction from potential buyers on the viewing appointment.  This enables us to provide more detailed and useful feedback to people selling their home.

If you would like to hear more about our complete viewing service, or receive a free valuation from one of our experts, please get in touch.


Bentons are proud once again to be participating in this years Melton Mowbray Christmas tree festival!  Held at the beautiful Saint Mary‘s Parish Church in the centre of Melton Mowbray, Bentons will have a Christmas tree carefully decorated and presented by members of our team. Following the success of last year’s theme ‘Santas Magic Key’ we have decided to do the same again this year!

Bentons tree will be decorated with a number of Santas magic keys, children are invited to take one home to leave out for Santa on the big night so he can get in to leave presents! There will also be bags of ‘reindeer food’ which will almost certainly be eaten by birds, if not, Reindeer!

The Christmas Tree Festival begins on Friday, 30 November at 9am for the general public and continues through until Tuesday, 4 December, there will be music by The Hathern Brass Band and mulled wine and mince pies on offer at certain times!  Pictured with keys and reindeer food are Lizzie Evans and Richard Harrison of the Bentons team.