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Posted on Friday, July 26, 2019


Harrogate Semi Exceeds Auction Guide Price by £57K

A three bedroom semi in Bilton, Harrogate, has sold at auction for £57K above the guide price. The property on King Edwards Drive went under the hammer at FSS’s July Auction with a suggested guide price of £185,000. With three double bedrooms and plenty of original features, this attractive stone built property attracted...

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Posted on Wednesday, July 17, 2019


“We all got along so well… and still do!” Memories from our first auction co-ordinator

Margaret Hammond (pictured far left) was one of the first employees of Feather Smailes Scales back in 1994 but her working relationship with Charles Smailes dates right back to 1974. To celebrate our 25th anniversary we caught up with Margaret and asked her to share her memories with us.  “Charles and I worked together at W H...

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Posted on Wednesday, July 3, 2019


Gazumping is back – we tell you how to avoid it

According to TV property guru Phil Spencer, gazumping has returned to the UK housing market, with up to a third of buyers in some towns and cities losing out to a higher bidder after their offer has been accepted. Phil believes a lack of homes for sale in the most desirable parts of the country is creating a highly competitive environment...

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Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2019


Town meets country at July property auction

Harrogate’s July property auction will feature town centre and countryside properties right across Yorkshire, from Summerbridge to Scarborough. Country retreats going under the hammer One of the gems of the July auction is a charming two bedroom stone cottage on Main Street, Summerbridge (pictured - guide price...

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Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2019


FSS Marks 25 Years: An Interview with Charles Smailes

Charles Smailes already had more than 30 years’ local property experience behind him when he co-founded Feather Smailes Scales in 1994 with Jim Feather and Peter Scales. He was just 22 when he became a partner at W H Mawer estate agents on Albert Street and went on to become regional Managing Director for General Accident, which bought...

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Posted on Tuesday, June 4, 2019


Harrogate property firm celebrates 25 years

Harrogate property firm FSS is celebrating a quarter of a century in business after first opening its doors on Raglan Street in 1994. As the only Harrogate agent to cover both residential and commercial property, the firm’s breadth of industry knowledge has seen them called on to value some intriguing sites over the years including...

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