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Who grows there?

publication date: Dec 31, 2010
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If you’re not growing, you’re shrinking – and there’s certainly growth in estate agency, even in these tough times.

Watts & Sons opens lettings department

Watts & Sons has opened a lettings department to meet increasing demand. While Devon is a far cry from London, (says Lynn Watts) there is also a consistently high Lynn Watts and Jodie Isaacdemand for rental properties in the Tiverton, Devon, area.

Watts & Sons opened the department with one empty property which had been on the market for a number of weeks. Lynn proposed that the vendors let the property until a suitable buyer came along. Since then, business has gathered momentum for the lettings department, Lynn has been joined by Jodie Isaac as
lettings manager to manage a growing portfolio.

Watts & Sons has been selling property since 1966. Lynn Watts said: “The sales side had slowed down due to the uncertainty in the market and squeezed lending criteria, which meant an increase in the demand for rental properties. Having prominent High Street premises, people would often ask if we offered a lettings service, so opening the lettings department was a natural progression for us.

We’re delighted to have Jodie on board – she has a bank of knowledge and is extremely likeable, she helps my brothers, Robin and Michael and we have every confidence that with her input, we can continue to attract new landlords and add properties to our portfolio to match to our growing list of applicants.”

Benham & Reeves Opens At Imperial Wharf

Benham & ReevesBenham & Reeves has opened a new residential lettings office at Imperial Wharf, London SW6.

The office is located on The Boulevard at Imperial Wharf, on site for the major St George development overlooking the Thames. Benham & Reeves at Imperial Wharf also features interior design specialist In:Style Direct, providing a range of contemporary furniture, soft furnishings and accessories.

Ross Faragher, Managing Director, St George Central London, commented, “We are delighted that Benham & Reeves and In:Style Direct have opened at Imperial Wharf, providing a valuable service for investors and residents.”

Anita Mehra, MD, Benham and Reeves Lettings, commented: “The opening of this London office is a real landmark for us and with the surge in demand for rental properties at Imperial Wharf this is the ideal location.”

Hucknall Haart celebrates first bir thday

A leading Hucknall estate agency is marking its first birthday with its best sales month yet. Haart, in the High Street, which opened in October 2009, sold more properties in September than ever before – with Hucknall Haartbusiness still booming.

Branch Manager Matt Copley said, “I think the reason that we are so successful is that we ensure the properties we sell are priced correctly.There are many highly motivated vendors out there who want to sell their properties before Christmas and they are coming to us because they know that not only do we provide a great service but we are also very realistic when it comes to valuing a property.

“We go to considerable lengths to ensure that a property is not over-valued or under-valued and have a very skilled and experienced team here.”

Matt’s team includes Senior Negotiator Wayne Auld, Negotiators Diana Cartwright and Holly Carnell and Mortgage Advisor Steve Holden. Area Manager Graham Miles said, “Matt and his team have achieved incredible results. The branch offers outstanding customer care which is crucial to its success.”

A broken ankle and a broken record!

Monika MatuleviciuteA south London lettings agency is celebrating after achieving its most successful month ever in spite of its manager breaking her ankle.

The team at Felicity J Lord Lettings in Shad Thames let out more properties in September than ever; all the more remarkable as  had tripped and broken her ankle. “At first I was very concerned, as we are such a small team here. Everyone has been fantastic, we have all pulled together. I carry out the valuations so the team have taken me to appointments and helped in so many ways. To have achieved our best month despite this setback is incredible.”

Monika says that much of its success is down to her team’s expert knowledge, with negotiators Ricardo Rocha and Martina Mecelova, supported by administrator Anna Zloteck.
Divisional Lettings Director Mariella Petralia said, “Monika and the team at Shad Thames thoroughly deserve their success and should be extremely proud of their achievements.”

Leaders continues on expansion trail

Leaders has announced its latest acquisition - the purchase of from K R Letting Services Limited in LeadersSouthampton.

The business which was serviced from K R Letting Services’ offices, has been integrated with the Leaders’ branch, which looks after more than 1000 properties. Two members of K R Lettings staff have joined Leaders, but the original shareholders have left the business.

K R Letting Services vendor Kellie Regan said, “I am confident that our landlords, tenants and staff joining Leaders will be well looked after.

“The management team at Leaders has impressed us with their professional and pragmatic approach and the speed with which they have completed their acquisition, creating minimal fuss and disruption to our landlords and tenants. They are clearly experts at making this process as painless as possible.”

LMS MS to Train Bloom Property Apprentices

LMS, suppliers of outsourced conveyancing and EPC services announced its sponsorship of The Bloom Apprenticeship Academy for Estate and Letting Agents. This coincides with the launch of the Academy’s first dedicated training centre in Birmingham, where 25 apprentices have already started on their six-month government-funded course leading to the achievement of their NFoPP Technical Award and Level 3 NVQ Diploma.
Property Apprentice training
Andy Knee, MD of LMS said, “Bloom approached us to help them deliver the conveyancing part of the syllabus and we are delighted to be involved both as a sponsor and a training partner. We visited the new training centre in Birmingham yesterday and were really impressed to see so many bright young people clearly on a mission to succeed!

“Conveyancing will never be the most stimulating topic on what is clearly an extensive and well thought-out course. So our job is to deliver conveyancing training in a way that not only educates, but engages. We’ll be training apprentices as to how to work closely with IFAs and mortgage providers.”

Bloom’s MD Greg Morrall said, “One of our key objectives is to ensure that our apprentices, (most of whom we have already placed with an employer) are able to add real value in the workplace by having a thorough understanding not only of all the various property legislation and compliance issues, but also of the reality of effective working practices in estate agency.

Barbon holds graduation ceremony

Property and commercial broker Barbon Insurance Group Limited recently held a prestigious graduation ceremony for the 15 employees who successfully completed its challenging 18-month BIG Management Programme.

During the ceremony, CEO Martin Oliver offered his congratulations and presented each graduate with their Chartered Management Institute Diploma in Management.
15 candidates have graduated
Martin Oliver said, “We are delighted at the level of enthusiasm and dedication that each of these Barbon employees demonstrated throughout the BIG Management Programme. It was an extremely challenging course that required a high level ofpersonal commitment. They are our leaders of the future and I have no doubt that each graduate will go on to achieve great success and have a positive impact on the Group, as well as the insurance industry in general. I wish them all the very best of luck in their future careers.”

Winner of Martin Oliver’s special prize (£200 Red Letter Day) for the best Management Project was Kara Moyse, Business Change Co-ordinator at Lincoln-based HomeLet where she has been employed for five years.

All 15 candidates have graduated with a Level 3 Diploma in First Line Management and Level 5 Certificate in Management and Leadership, accredited by the Chartered Management Institute.