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40 Carter Street, Fordham, Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB7 5NG


We are delighted to have opened our office in Fordham on 1st February 2020.

We have sold many properties over the last 7 years in the area and it is lovely to have our office in the village of Fordham.  Our office was fondly known as ‘Fancy Pants’ which bizarrely was a fancy dress hire shop for many years.  Redecorated with new flooring and modern office furniture we feel lucky to have such a nice working environment.  We have also invested in a state of the art television to showcase our properties for Sale 24/7 at the front of the office.

Over the last 7 years our priority has been to offer exceptional customer service and top drawer marketing.  Our commitment to these core values remains the same and has seen us steadily grow our business through the recommendation of previous clients and this same clients returning to us.

It is exciting to be in the heart of Fordham, and we are here if anyone wants to pop in and see us to request a valuation of their property.  We are also here for clients whose property sales are going through for updates as in our experience, sales progression is an incredibly important part of being an estate agent and can be forgotten about by other agents.  We specialize in purely selling and do not dilute our core skills by being involved with lettings/property management.

We are fortunate to have a great relationship with Shire Financial Services who have been based in Newmarket since 2006, and to complement our customer experience still further, and we have a mortgage advisor from Shire FS based in our Fordham office 5 days a week with Saturday appointments also available for your convenience.

Thank you to everyone who has popped in to see us, wished us well, and welcomed us to the village.

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Why would anyone downsize? For example, if you are 70, retired, and living in a large detached house in Cambridge where you raised your children, but you don’t need so much space now, you could sell it and buy a smaller house, thus releasing equity.

On top of the lawyer’s and estate agent’s fees, and the other costs associated with moving, you would have to pay a staggering amount in stamp duty – wouldn’t you be better off staying put?

Many people clearly think so. Across England, there are more than a million properties occupied by someone aged 65 or older and with at least two spare bedrooms. And they’re not going anywhere: more than 90pc of the 10.3 million households lived in by someone 55 or older did not move home in the three years up to 2015.

Why not? A survey by Later Life Ambitions, a campaign group that represents a quarter of a million pensioners, found that half of its members said the cost of moving was the main barrier to them upping sticks, with 30pc specifically citing stamp duty.

Policy Exchange, a think tank, has come up with a solution to get around this: reduce stamp duty for older people. In a report published this week it said this would “incentivise a new wave of older homeowners to downsize – which in many cases is simply not worthwhile”.

It specifically called on the Government to remove the 2pc stamp duty band, levied on homes priced between £125,000 and £250,000, for older homeowners looking to move. This would save you £2,500.

Policy Exchange is far from the first to suggest a tax exemption for downsizers. Crossbench peer Lord Best, a member of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Housing & Care for Older People, has long argued that it would encourage pensioners to downsize, releasing family housing for younger buyers and stimulating the sluggish property market.

It wouldn’t have to be out of the kindness of the Treasury’s heart; academic research has shown that a 1 percentage point reduction in stamp duty could boost property transactions by 20pc – suggesting that easing the tax burden on downsizers would bring in more stamp duty overall.

The Institute of Public Care at Oxford Brookes University worked out that even if transactions rose by just 10pc, the exemption would generate £186m in extra tax revenue per year.

The Government is clearly capable of applying some imagination to stamp duty. A year ago it changed the rules for first-time buyers, removing the levy altogether on properties worth up to £300,000 and taking 5pc on the purchase price between that and £500,000. This saved first-timers up to £5,000 in stamp duty.

Policymakers have also supported younger buyers’ property dreams with schemes such as Help to Buy – which has incentivised developers to build homes for this age range at the expense of catering for downsizers. The only bigger barrier than stamp duty to pensioners moving home, according to a Bank of England survey, is that they can’t find a suitable property. Older homeowners are stuck, and the entire property market is suffering.

Enabling pensioners to move home is more than a matter of freeing up the market for others. Living in homes that are not fit for purpose can dramatically increase an older person’s isolation, from rattling around in empty rooms not to mention running costs.

Accidents that arise from unsafe homes are estimated to cost the NHS £2.5bn a year – about the same as the burden from smoking and drinking. Falls alone cost the health service £600m a year. And don’t forget the looming care crisis: The Policy Exchange report pointed to evidence showing that older people who move into housing more suited to their needs are less likely to enter a care home than those who live in mainstream housing.

HMRC says it has helped 180,500 people buy a home since the cut in stamp duty for first-time buyers, saving this group a collective £426m. Imagine what it could do by extending this relief to the other – much larger and more valuable – end of the property ladder.

New figures produced by HMRC and analysed by investment consultancy London Central Portfolio suggest that stamp duty receipts fell 8.5 per cent in 2018 compared to the previous year. The duty gathered for HMRC some £8.669 billion - that’s £802m less than a year ago. 

 

Information taken from Daily Telegraph 8.12.18 and updated with revenue fall information reported on Estate Agency Today web-site 4.2.19

Helping to reduce stress levels associated with the home moving process is a priority for Andrew Berry, director of Grant Berry estate agents. Research has shown that the anxiety of moving house is one of the most stressful events that can occur throughout your life and considered on a par with divorce and bereavement. However, there are many ways in which you can reduce the stress of moving house for all the family by choosing an estate agent who really understands, and goes above and beyond the level of service usually associated with traditional estate agents.

With over 35 years Board level and senior management experience in property and financial services, and with national professional qualifications in estate agency, Andrew and his team will assist local people in all aspects of moving home.

After working in the corporate sector all his life, Andrew gave up the pay cheque at the end of each month to start his own business to and offer an ‘exceptional’ service to vendors. Having experienced the highs and lows of selling, buying, investing and renting throughout the years, Andrew firmly believes the innovative marketing capabilities the company offers will really make a difference in the way the property is marketed.

Benefits to clients include first class photography including aerial photographs, use of both 2D and 3D floorplans, no lengthy contracts to tie you in, accompany all viewings, provide regular communication on activity and a real passion for offering a first-class service. Understanding that the publics perception of estate agents is often unsatisfactory, Grant Berry Estate Agents has been set up to show it is as much about personal relationships as it is about the property itself.

The service starts before Andrew undertakes a free market appraisal. Comparable market evidence is produced, most importantly on properties sold, and an honest appraisal on your property’s condition is provided. Equally vital is ensuring that a property is presented in its best possible light on all the major property portals. Price, says Andrew is driven by supply and demand, with location and condition the most important factors in determining a fair market price, delivering a personal agency service to vendors can help maximise the sale price of a property and prevent properties going ‘stale on the market’.

Covering Ely, Newmarket, Mildenhall and all surrounding villages, any property owners looking to sell, or indeed struggling to sell, should contact Grant Berry Estate Agents and experience why almost all our instructions come from recommendations.

Is cheap always best?  With regards selling a property, a number of ‘on-line’ estate agents have launched in the last few years to give vendors a cheaper option.  We believe a number of High Street agents have had it good for many many years and been able to rely on their existence to secure a decent market share. They have been able to dictate terms and charge over-inflated fees in the knowledge there has been a lack of competition.

So, the advent of ‘On-line’ agents has certainly ruffled feathers amongst these High Street agents, put pressure on their fees and also their market share.  A good number of clients and people we have spoken to over the last few years believe it was time the High Street agents were challenged as they had become complacent and their propositions had not evolved over the years.

Property sellers, can choose to go with pure ‘On-line’ agents, including those that charge for ‘listing’ a property, rather than on a ‘No sale, No fee’ basis, cheap fee agents, or the usual selection of High Street agents.

Our clients chose Grant Berry Estate Agents because we charge competitive fees, but just as important, a market leading service, where they are kept informed throughout what can be a highly stressful and anxious journey.  Being kept in the dark is no longer an option, and this can result in the collapse of chains because the parties involved just do not know what is going on, unacceptable!

We know where the ‘cheap’ agents are involved, we will do the chasing on their behalf as it is expected the property owners will likely have to do their own viewings, and liaise with their buyers throughout the process.  From outset, there is a great feeling when a sale is agreed and both sellers and buyers in such circumstances are both happy.  But, when something in the process doesn’t go quite to plan it can open a can of worms and leave both parties perplexed and frustrated with the other party.

Likewise, our experience is that the High Street agents are under pressure from the powers that be to drive results, through numbers, and there is a general disregard for their actual clients.  It’s a numbers game because they are under pressure to deliver for the corporate owners, so irrespective of selling your property, as long as they meet their targets, then that is their real focus, and to keep their jobs.

We know that the majority of our instructions come from word of mouth recommendations or clients that have either sold or purchased from us before.  We believe this is testament to the fact that we are different, and proud to be different.  One of our vendors posted a review to say we should be careful, as we are in danger of giving estate agents a good name – one never to forget, and have sold more properties for her and family.

So the collapse of Emoov and Tepilo recently, costs 140 staff their jobs just before Christmas but also leaves their vendors and buyers not knowing what is happening.  Their Business models could not support their proposition.

One of the fundamental reasons for setting up our own estate agency, was the poor experience we had received when looking at property over many years.

We would often ask questions about a property and be told the person just worked weekends and to ring the office on Monday, or the person worked for lettings and was just helping out their Sales colleagues, or they were simply employed to do viewings and couldn’t help us.

I am delighted to report that we have won instructions from vendors for whom we have done ‘accompanied viewings’ who wished to view a property being marketed by us.  Whilst the property we showed them did not meet their needs, they have phoned up a few weeks later to say they had since viewed other properties, but that  we were the only agents who imparted detailed knowledge about the property and surrounding area, and as such wished us to sell their own property!  We believe this is testament to personally meeting the vendors from outset, asking questions about their property, their circumstances, work they have undertaken, so we can pass on this information when we do viewings and inform prospective buyers accordingly.  We then take our own photos, offer help and advice on presentation, and measure up so we can produce accurate 2D and 3D floor-plans. 

We do all ‘accompanied viewings’ as don’t see that as the vendor’s responsibility, surely that’s why they pay an estate agent.  We continue to be shocked at how many vendors, including elderly owners, do their own viewings, as perhaps their agent can’t really be bothered.

The last 12-18 months in our opinion has been more a more challenging marketplace for selling property, with less ‘proceed-able’ buyers out there.  This being the case, we believe in producing the best possible marketing, knowing about properties so we can answer any questions, and have extended hours of availability to speak to potential buyers and perform viewings.  Our vendors are advised of who is viewing their property, their position, and usually within an hour of completing the viewing, we provide them with initial feedback.  It is about keeping our clients informed and providing a level of service they have never experienced previously.  We have not needed to resort to knocking on doors of houses on the market, cold calling vendors, or simply telling people we are the best estate agents around.  Our Business success is based firmly on offering the very best service possible to our vendors and buyers, and keeping all parties informed throughout, from first point of contact through to the day of completion and handing over a Thank you card and bottle of fizz.

Ultimately, it is our clients that decide how we perform, and to this end, it was incredible to win “Best Sales Branch of the year, 2018 in Ely/CB7” following reviews posted on www.allagents.co.uk, the largest review sight in the UK for estate agents by our clients.  In fact, better still than winning the award were the reviews themselves.  It is testament to how we continue to look after our customers and want to exceed their expectations, so much so that they too recommend us in the future.

Please ‘click’ here to see the award, and the client reviews. Thank you for reading, and if you are serious about moving, or know someone that wishes to, please do not hesitate to contact us, and let us show you all agents are most definitely not the same!

Our latest reviews from allAgents

We were very pleased with the attentive service provided by Andrew and Anna-Marie. This is the second sale that they have completed for us and I would go back to them again.
Alison Earl | 26 April, 2022
Excellent personal service, Always ready to answer any questions and help where they can. This is the second property Andrew has sold for us.
strange | 20 April, 2022
Grant Berry are consummate professionals. Our house sale, like many, had its stress points but the guys worked hard and communicated regularly. They had a number of innovative ideas that made our house stand out as well as providing valuable advice on the simple things we could do to make our property more saleable. I would heartily recommend them.
Andrew Samalionis | 6 April, 2022
We could not have asked for more from both Andrew Berry and Anna-Marie Grant from the first meeting to completion of the sale. Their personal attention to detail through out the process, speed of action at all times, approach to marketing techniques and keeping us informed at all times could not be faulted. They worked so well with each other & our solicitor that definitely helped to bring the initial agreement for a sale to conclusion. Action speaks louder than words and they have delivered for us. We highly recommend to others and would not hesitate to use them again.
Alan D L Tysoe | 30 March, 2022
Fantastic service from Grant Berry, the photos they took of my house were of an excellent quality and they were always quick to respond to messages.  Would highly recommend.
Caroline Roe | 17 March, 2022
Andrew and Anna-Marie provided a very professional service and good advice helping us to make good decisions on an unusual sale. The marketing and use of sale media was well above expectation.
Phill Wilding | 14 March, 2022
Andrew and Anna-Marie were excellent for me. They cost a little bit more than other quotes but I felt they had the local touch and experience to sell my property. The flat took quite a while to sell, probably due to a mixture of the pandemic and the demographic it would attract but Grant Berry were pro-active throughout and kept me up to date every few weeks with progress. Once an offer was received, they were brilliant throughout the process and made sure it was always moving forward. I live a long way from the property so they also helped out with the clearance which I was enormously grateful for. I would strongly recommend their services.
Rupert Collier | 7 March, 2022
Both Andrew and Anna-Marie know their business inside out. They were always there for me when I needed them. They are very professional and efficient as well as being kind and caring. Always willing to go that little bit further. I would gladly recommend them to anyone who might need their services.”
Sheila Heggs | 9 February, 2022
Brilliant Service from the Team @ Grant Berry Both Anna-Marie and Andrew were prompt, efficent and professional in making my first purchase as smooth and as stress free as possible. From start to finish the process was flawless even with some very tight deadlines. Would not hesitate to use Grant Berry Estate Agents services in the future. Highly recommended. Thanks and Great Work Guys.
Mark Herald | 2 February, 2022
Andrew & Anna-Marie from Grant Berry were just amazing right from the start. They know the market and how to show off a property to the best effect, with video footage and realistic photos. We sold at a difficult time in the market place, but they stuck with it and found us buyers several times as different ones dropped out for various reasons we could not have anticipated. They were on the case with all the solicitors and just kept on pushing until the sale finally completed. Worth their commission!
Helen Hawes | 1 February, 2022
We were recommended to Grant Berry through several family and friends. We were so pleased we went with them the advertising of the house was excellent, quality photos and virtual video really made the property stand out. When viewings took place we always got feedback on how they went and they provided us with a professional service throughout.
Gemma Spence | 29 January, 2022
Very pleased with the service received from Andrew and Anna-Marie throughout the sale of our house. We appreciated their helpful and friendly advice throughout the process as this was our first time selling a property. Anna-Marie was great at keeping in contact once we had agreed an offer and was very helpful in pushing through our purchase too. The ad on rightmove looked great and we couldn't believe how quickly it sold and how much interest the was as we tried to sell the year before but with not as much interest. We also used their recommended solicitor and broker who we were very pleased with. Would hesitate to recommend or use again.
Maddison Koehler-Sidki | 12 January, 2022
Wonderful service, fully recommended. Both Andrew and Marie were very helpful and professional throughout both sale and purchase. Both went above and beyond
Jill Brown | 5 December, 2021
Fantastic from start to finish. We now have our dream bungalow thanks to the excellent service from Andrew and Anna-Marie
Colin Miller | 2 December, 2021
Andrew and Anne-Marie were so helpful throughout the house buying process, from first viewing to completion. They regularly communicated to ensure things were running smoothly, and were always available if I had questions or issues. I would thoroughly recommend Grant Berry in the future.
Hayley Chidlow | 30 November, 2021
Grant Berry offer a superb service, they are efficient, professional and helpful. They really go the extra mile. I am happy to recommend them.
Tina Hall | 10 November, 2021
Great service, good advice and support throughout process. Definitely recommend the video service, it made a real difference in selling our house. Trust their instincts and go with it.
Tony Jacklin | 2 November, 2021
Friendly, professional, helpful and great communication - couldn’t ask for more. Grant Berry couldn’t do more to help, not only with the purchase but with chasing solicitors and answering questions promptly helping to push the sale through. A friendly atmosphere that’s all too often lacking these days. Would definitely recommend. Thanks to all at GB.
Heather Hartley | 25 October, 2021
Andrew and Anna-Marie were very helpful throughout our whole buying process especially when we were exchanging and completing. Very friendly and very fast at responding to emails and voicemails.
Céline Prescott | 21 October, 2021
This is the 3rd time in the last 18 months that I have dealt with Andrew and Anna-Marie. Once again they proved what excellent agents they are with the housing selling within days of being listed by them. Their level of service and professionalism is second to none and they always seem to go that extra mile for both the buyer and seller. I would highly recommend them.
Catherine Dickinson | 20 October, 2021
From accommodating a viewing last minute at the weekend to the purchase of our new house via Grant Berry i can say i would highly recommend them to anyone. They remained informative friendly and organised for which we thank them. Both Andrew and Anna Marie were brilliant
Adriano Scotto di marrazzo | 20 October, 2021
Anna-Marie and Andrew were extremely helpful and were always on hand to assist with any queries and concerns I had. I had a difficult time with a buyer unexpectedly pulling out and they remained calm and got the house sale back on track quickly and efficiently. I would highly recommend their services.
Charlotte Cartwright | 19 October, 2021
Andrew and Anna Marie were very personable and professional throughout our buying process, we felt that our needs and wishes, we’re being considered alongside that of the sellers, which at times can be a conflicting position to hold! There was transparency and the whole process felt very smooth as a consequence. We would highly recommend using them either at purchase or sale.
Jenna Rutherford | 27 September, 2021
We purchased through Andrew and Anna-Marie, who were great at liaising between ourselves and the Vendor. The communication was great at every step, and they were never more than a phone call away.
Nick Verge | 16 September, 2021
Grant Berry were really helpful, excellent communication. They guided us through every stage of the process. Would definitely recommend Grant Berry.
dawn Stewart | 7 September, 2021
We had a difficult time trying to sell our house due to Covid last year and we lost our first buyer due to completion delays in the new-build house that we were trying to buy. Andrew and Marie were great in securing our final buyer and their communications were excellent. We are grateful to them that they sold our house as we then managed to secure our beautiful new home.
Emma Wilshaw | 30 August, 2021
Andrew gave me a friendly welcome from the start when viewing the property I purchased. Anna-Marie liaised regularly through email.
Clare Sharp | 30 August, 2021
This was a really easy experience ,I was kept informed all the time and andrew was always on the case with problems with solicitors being rubbish I have used andrew a few times now and what I like is the truth and not beating round the bush which i didn't get from others I have used in the past I think honesty helps sell and andrew has pushed beyond it just being just a job it comes from his heart I feel and would recommend him to everyone and use him again with out doubt
Peter Ludman | 26 August, 2021
I thought Andrew and Anne-Marie were excellent along the way of purchasing my new property. Andrew did a very good job of showing me round the property and answering my questions as best he could. Also there were various queries I had after the sale had been agreed and even after completion that both Andrew and Anne-Marie were able to help with promptly. I would definitely recommend anyone to purchase a property through Grant Berry. You get more of a 'personable' service than some of the larger estate agents.
Nancy Macdonald | 26 August, 2021
We're so glad we used a local estate agent instead of a national company or online service. Thank you to all at Grant Berry who helped us especially Andrew who we predominantly dealt. 5* review from us.
Graham Adams | 24 August, 2021
Lovely team of Andrew and Anna-Marie helped us buy our lovely family home. Excellent service from day one. Helped us through when the exchange date had to be changed. Always on hand when we had questions both by phone and via email. Thank you for the fantastic service you had provided!
B Ahilan | 24 August, 2021
From start to finish Grant Berry gave us a great service, tips for getting the most out of our viewings, friendly advice and regular updates on how things were progressing, i would highly recommend them
Mel Ashley | 24 August, 2021
Very helpful kept me informed all the way a pleasure to deal with would definitely recommend a small local business every time
John Perry | 23 August, 2021
You know when you have an awesome estate agent is when they work hard for you, are nice people and your house sells within the time period they tell you. Seriously use Grant Berry.
Paul Brown | 23 August, 2021
We bought an investment property in our village and Grant Berry were the acting agents. We found them extremely helpful and were always on hand to assist with any queries and concerns we had. We would highly recommend their services.
Mark Atkins | 23 August, 2021
Andrew and Anna-Marie at Grant Berry are very professional and absolutely fabulous to work with. They are excellent communicators and their diligence is unrivalled. We are very grateful to them for helping us make the move to our dream home.
Mbou Eyole | 18 August, 2021
This is the most professional, efficient, trustworthy, polite Company, and I was treated with great respect and I most certainaly was not just a number. I would recommend Grant Berry to anyone who is considering selling their property.
Judy Goodwin | 2 August, 2021
Andrew and Anna-Marie were so helpful from the first viewing to handing over the keys on moving day. We had quite a difficult situation with our solicitors and it was not a straight forward process, but they were always willing to make calls and push things when needed. Would definitely recommend Grant Berry to anyone!
Becca Littlechild | 23 July, 2021
great couple to have selling our house we have now used them twice never had to chase them and they were chasing the solicitors and the buyers without us knowing.
Luke Darley | 13 July, 2021
Highly recommend Anna-Marie and Andrew. Great communication from start to finish. Great team effort and would only use them for future requirements.
darren huckle | 2 July, 2021
We would like to thank Andrew for his utmost patience and dedication in making sure that we eventually acquired our buy to let property since our solicitors really dragged out the process (6months). Andrew regularly chased our solicitors to find out what was causing the delay and kept us informed. He was persistant and went over and above his call. We would not hesitate to recommend him. Thank you Andrew!
Sharmala Naidoo | 11 June, 2021
Grant Berry Estate agents exceeded our expectations in all regards. Starting with a realistic valuation of our property based on their knowledge of the market linked to a really good understanding of their local area. They were professional in their advice throughout. Their photography and video tour were both of a high standard. Both Andrew and Anna-Marie were excellent in keeping us informed on the progress of our sale and keen to advise and update where necessary. In all areas we could not have asked for a better service. In summary the team achieved a sale in record time based on a really good understanding of factors involved. Thank you again. J Bye & A Smith
Annabel Smith | 10 June, 2021
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