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David Baker & Company has attained the high standards necessary to be awarded with the property industry’s most prestigious mark of excellence.

On Thursday 10th October, over a thousand of the leading estate and letting agents from across the UK gathered at Battersea Evolution, London for a leadership conference, exhibition and awards luncheon, where the results of this year’s Best Estate Agent Guide Awards were revealed.

The results follow the largest assessment of the property industry, with the winners receiving their awards from TV’s Gabby Logan and Jonathan Davies.

Over 15,000 estate agencies are included in the assessment, which is conducted by Property Academy and the UK’s leading property portal, Rightmove.

Each office is scored against a unique set of criteria, using a combination of data analysis and mystery shopping, from which, the top 3% of agencies in the country are identified.

The Best Estate Agent Guide Awards are awarded for marketing, results and customer service.

Home-movers and landlords can search for those estate and letting agents that made the grade in their area by visiting or by looking out for the distinctive winners marks.

We were delighted to be recognised for their dedication to providing the very highest levels of service.   This is a massive pat on the back for the incredible amount of effort that the team put in on a daily basis and the care we take in being your Estate Agent of choice. Thanks to all the people and companies that have supported us, and all the lovely sellers, buyers, tenants and landlords that have chosen us this year.

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David Baker & Company supported the Penarth u16 rugby team on their recent tour to France, where they performed admirably and came third! Despite feeling that they did enough to win the tournament, they came up just short but scored 25 tries and conceded only 2. They were unlucky losers, 6-3 in the semi-final, with close refereeing decisions going against them. The final was contested by two local French teams but the boys acquitted themselves well. The tour was thoroughly enjoyed and was a great learning experience for the players involved. Aled Rees was also voted the best number 9 in the tournament in the coaches vote.

To finish the season, the team beat rivals Cowbridge 33-29 last Sunday in their final game!


Local tennis club, Penarth Windsor LTC, is hosting the LTA British Tennis Tour next week, from 7th-12th May. 

The British Tour 2018 provides a circuit of tournaments designed to give up and coming players the opportunity to gain experience in their quest to become professional tennis players, to provide competition for professional players in between competing in professional events at home and abroad, as well as providing a national level open competition circuit

Being a Tier 1 event, the tournament has a high class entry field, including Wales’ highest ranked pro, Evan Hoyt. 

There is free entry daily, with play to continue into the evenings on the club’s artificial clay courts. 

David Baker & Company are proud to have been able to sponsor the Mens and Ladies winners' trophies.

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In his Autumn Statement this week, Chancellor George Osbourne announced a 3% surcharge on the ordinary rate of stamp duty, the land tax paid by purchasers of property in the UK.

This 3% increase above the normal rate, would suggest that the government is looking to raise the barriers to buy-to-let investors and those looking for second homes, whilst improving the situation for first time buyers at the lower to middle part of the market.

Whilst this may well be the case, the unknown would be what effect such a move will have on the availability of privately owned rental property to the market, and any potential increase in rents as landlords look to cover these increased costs. With a clear lack of council properties, and in fact any sort of affordable housing, private rental property is an important aspect of the property market for large numbers of people.

The move coincides with changes to Capital Gains Tax and tax relief available to private landlords.

It has brought strong comment from The National Landlords Association in particular, whose Chief Executive, Richard Lambert, commented "The Chancellor's political intention is crystal clear; he wants to choke off future investment in private properties to rent. If it's the Chancellor's intention to completely eradicate buy-to-let in the UK then it's a mystery to us why he doesn't just come out and say so".

On the other side of the debate, Campbell Robb, Chief Executive of Shelter, said "We welcome measures to increase stamp duty for buy-to-let and second homes, and that this money will be spent to build more homes. But the Chancellor can't ignore the fact that home ownership schemes like starter homes or shared ownership won't work for many, so building more genuinely affordable homes to rent is still absolutely essential."

Time will tell whether the planned changes effect the market in a positive or negative way, but there will certainly be plenty of discussion and speculation in the meantime.


As we head into winter and towards Christmas, it gives us an ideal opportunity to reflect on what has been a mixed but very busy year for us and the property market in Penarth.
On the back of a lacklustre end to 2014, the market has never seemed to get going this year, but having said that, instructions and sales are roughly level. Demand has certainly increased and maybe that is why supply appears on the low side. Many vendors are not willing to market their property until they have found the next one, and this is having a knock-on effect, creating somewhat of a stalemate in certain price brackets. Penarth continues to be one of THE places to live in Wales, and this popularity shows no signs of abating.
Community minded
We are proud to say that we have once again supported a number of local charities and organisations this year, donating money and our time to groups such as PODS, Penarth Hockey Club, Rugby Club, The Old Pens, Penarth Bowls Club, Marie Curie, All Saints Church, St Augustines Church, Cogan Coronation FC and Save the Children. We love Penarth and always take a lot of pleasure in helping out where we can.
Improved service

As we reported earlier in the year, Charles Wood has joined the business and we are now able to offer a wider range of surveys and valuations including Homebuyer reports. We have made a good start with regular enquiries coming through. Customers are really appreciating the fact that we can survey the property and talk them through the findings, rather than just issuing them a copy of the report and moving on to the next one. We can carry out surveys across South Wales, so feel free to give us a call to discuss your requirements.
The future
With the economic forecast still unclear, we do not expect next year to be wildly different. The demand for property locally will still be high, and the main issues will be surrounding the supply of new property onto the market. This imbalance continues to drive up prices, with lenders remaining circumspect and cautious with their values.
Here’s to 2015, and a positive and forward thinking 2016!



David Baker and Company would like to announce the appointment of Charles Wood. Charles joins the company on the back of over 24 years surveying experience across South Wales. Starting with Cooke & Arkwright in 1991, Charles qualified as an Associate of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors in 1998 and moved on to King Sturge in 2000 as a member of the Professional Department in Cardiff, with responsibility for both valuation and landlord & tenant matters. In May 2006 joined Countrywide Surveyors, carrying out mortgage valuations and Homebuyer surveys for both banking and private clients, throughout the whole of South, East and West Wales.  Since 2010, the majority of valuations have been in the Vale of Glamorgan, specifically Penarth, Dinas Powys and Sully, as well as areas of south and east Cardif

‘I am very pleased to have been able to appoint someone with Charles’ skill set and knowledge of the local area. Having worked in the valuation business across South Wales for a number of years, Charles will be able to offer our clients as well as those buying and selling through other agents an excellent service under the David Baker & Company brand. Charles is a local guy and I’m confident he will fit into our team really well’ – David Baker.

David Baker & Company now offer a range of property surveys, including Homebuyer reports for new or existing clients. For more information, please call 029 2070 2622 or email


From Property Industry Eye

Regulations have now been laid in Parliament to require private rental properties to be brought up to a minimum level of energy efficiency from April 1, 2018.

It means the clock is now ticking for such homes to achieve an EPC rating of at least E.

Energy and Climate Change minister Ed Davey (Lib Dem) said that these “new tough rules for the private rented sector” would benefit around a million tenants.

The changes mean that F and G rated properties will become illegal to let out.

But Spark, the specialist energy provider to the private rented sector, warned that the requirement could prove a disaster.

The firm estimates that one in ten private rental properties will become illegal for rental purposes in the next three years, and that energy efficiency upgrades cost on average £9,000 per property – more than a year’s average rent.

Chris Gauld, CEO at Spark, said: “This legislation has the potential to burst the current buy-to-let boom.

“If landlords cannot afford these upgrade costs, which will run into thousands of pounds, then their rental property will be unlettable and void periods would inevitably follow.

“This could spell disaster for landlords and that is why we are urging them to check the EPC rating of every property in their portfolio and plan ahead for these added costs.”

He said it was important for the changes to be communicated early to landlords.



These plans may have a significant effect on the supply of rental properties, and will certainly make potential buy-to-let investors reappraise the type of properties they are purchasing. Older, period properties will fall foul of this legislation and more modern and efficient builds will be prefereable. Anyone with rental property already should look into this and check their current energy efficiency rating.


As part of his Autumn Statement for 2014, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osbourne has announced measures to reform the current Stamp Duty Land Tax system.

From midnight tonight, Wednesday 3rd December, the pricing structure will be as follows, with money being paid in sections across relevant bands.

£0 to £125,000 = 0%

£125,000 to £250,000 = 2%

£250,000 to £925,000 = 5%

£925,000 to £1,500,000 = 10%

£1,500,000 and above = 12%

This means that there should no longer be the large differences in Stamp Duty payments at the changing of bands, and in general purchasers stand to save money. Examples are....

Price £172,500    PREVIOUS £3,450       NEW £950        SAVING £2,500

Price £300,000    PREVIOUS £9,000       NEW £5,000     SAVING £4,000

Price £495,000    PREVIOUS £14,850     NEW £14,750   SAVING £100

Price £505,000    PREVIOUS £20,200     NEW £15,250   SAVING £4,950

So under the new system, Stamp Duty is not paid as a percentage of the total amount. Instead, buyers will not pay any tax on the first £125,000, then depending on the purchase price will be 2% on the portion up to £250,000, 5% on the portion from £250,000 to £925,000, 10% from £925,000 to £1,500,000 and 12% on anything over £1,500,000.

The Government has said that 98% of purchasers will see a saving, and having work out some quick sums this afternoon, all of our current vendors will save, and at an average of over £2,500. If you would like to work out what you will owe, here is a SDLT calculator from HMRC

If you require any further guidance on this, please don't hesitate to give us a call on 029 2070 2622.


David Baker & Company are extremely happy to sponsor the Cogan Coronation under 7s football team this season. Having always been keen to support local initiatives and sports team, this is the latest in a long line of activities that we have been involved with, and one that is very worth while. It is Cogan's first year team, and the encouragement of young people into sport is vital! Good luck to the team this year!



Properties with Views

With the sun shining for (most of the time) this summer, we’re sure many of us have been taking the opportunities to get out there and take in some of the wonderful scenery Penarth and Sully have to offer. It’s times like this when you wish you could make the most of some of these views every day, and wake up to your very own piece of paradise. No is a great time to do just that, and with properties available in Northcliffe Drive, Whitcliffe Drive, Hayes Point, Victoria Road, Cliff Parade and Bradford Place amongst other locations, there is plenty to choose from.

The Perils of Moving House

David Baker & Company try our best to make things as easy as possible for anyone buying or selling their property, and whether you are a first time buyer, or downsizing from a bigger property, there are plenty of pitfalls out there. As they say, Perfect Planning Prevents Poor Performance and although you can’t legislate for all eventualities, it is increasingly important to do all your homework in advance. If you require a mortgage, seek some independent advice (Penarth has a number of good financial advisors) and make sure you know how much you are able to borrow. Whether you require a mortgage or not, it is always good to consult a qualified surveyor and ask them to give you a sensible view of the property you are intending to buy. Likewise, a good and proactive solicitor with expert local knowledge that you trust can make all the difference – don’t just go online and find the cheapest quote.

New Arrivals

The David Baker & Company team would like to announce two new arrivals. Firstly, Craig Jefferies, somewhat of a prodigal son, has returned to the business following two years working in Brighton and the South East of England with Strutt & Parker. As a result of the recent excellent performance of the company, Craig’s return adds some much needed ‘hands on deck’ and his experience and knowledge in the local market is priceless. The second new addition is a little less experienced, and was in fact born on the 10th July. Florence Baker is Richard and Kate’s second daughter and David’s second grand daughter. She has already spent some time in the office and feels right at home!

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