My first experience in Estate Agency actually started when I was 11 years old. I used to help my father in his estate agents office, during the school holidays. On leaving school I joined full time and my position at that time was Telephone Sales, or 'Ring round girl' as they used to call us in those days.
My career progressed with a well established local independent estate agent, with promotions to Negotiator, Senior Negotiator and then to Manager/Branch Director, dealing with various aspects of the business, experiencing all kinds of markets, with finance and property shortages. The company subsequently sold out to the Halifax PLC in the late 80's and that was interesting having the bank's perspective into estate agency.
I decided to leave the madness of London and moved to Devon some 17 years ago to open and run a successful Bed & Breakfast business. However, it wasn't long before I was back to Estate Agency again. Very different to be selling individual properties in this outstanding and beautiful part of the country. Meeting Julie through the business, once we took office premises in Colyton, I joined on a more permanent basis. Whilst I'm involved with the day to day running of the office, viewings etc., once we agree a sale on the property, I usually deal with the Sales progressing, liaising with the sellers, buyers and the solicitors. This can sometimes be extremely challenging, but oh so rewarding, when the keys are handed in, the seller moves on and the property that we have completed on, takes on a new chapter with the new owners.