“How are you different to all the other estate agents?”
A question I often get asked, and with so much choice on Rickmansworth High Street alone I am not surprised! For a long time, I have believed the only way we can distinguish ourselves from our competition is based on service, and for residential sales & lettings I still believe that is the case. However, since our partnership with the well-established Watford based Chartered Surveyors Perry Holt & Co, I do now believe we have a more tangible USP.
We are now a property consultancy in every sense of the word. We can offer advice on every aspect of the property market with specialists in residential & commercial sales or lettings, chartered surveying, land & development, specialised new homes sales & investment opportunities, all in house. I am sure many of our corporate competitors will say the same thing but where we differ is the speed at which we are able to provide an expert opinion on any combination of these fields. It won’t have come from a separate office in London, from a team of people you may well never meet face to face, it will come from a local person with years of experience in their field.
To give you an idea of what you can expect from our property one stop shop, I’ll give you a whistle stop tour.
Having sold over £1.2 billion worth of property in WD3, we have helped thousands of local people move and are proud to say that over 50% of our sales business comes from personal recommendation or repeat business. Kate Woodward, our Senior Branch Manager in Chorleywood & Kevin Anderson our Area Branch Manager both have over 20 years’ experience in estate agency and have built excellent reputations locally. Kate & Kevin are supported by a driven & enthusiastic team who put people before profit and focus on delivering the level of service they would want to receive themselves. If you invite us over for a free market appraisal you will receive an honest opinion on price, supported by local comparable evidence and market knowledge. If you decide to instruct us to sell your home, we won’t tie you into a contract because we are confident that our team will perform and deliver on our customer service promise. Click here to find out more about what you can expect from our sales team.
Having previously won Sunday Times Lettings Agency of the Year, we relaunched our lettings service in 2018 and now offer a bespoke service to a smaller selection of Landlords. This means we can tailor our service around their individual needs, from a first-time accidental Landlord to an investor with a portfolio of rental properties. The lettings team is enthusiastically led by Tiffany Salmon and our Property Management service is expertly run by Louise Felgate who has over 15 years of experience, so you can rest assured your property will be in safe hands. Click here to find out more about what you can expect from our lettings team.
Our Managing Director, Emily Armstrong, was responsible for starting our bespoke new homes service many years ago alongside our Founder Alex Sewell and it has gone from strength to strength ever since. Still heavily involved in the department, Emily & the New Homes team concentrate on pricing & selling new homes developments and have been involved in the sale of over 900 new homes in the area. Emily has built some strong relationships with both local and national developers, and we are proud to be one of the most recognised brands locally for new homes sales. Whether you are a developer looking for pricing on an impressive new site or are a first-time buyer looking to find out more about government initiatives on new homes such as help to buy and shared ownership, one of our new homes team will be able to help. Click here to find out more about our new homes offering.
As Alex & Emily have built such strong relationships with Developers, it seemed like a natural next step to start our Land department and get involved in the development process right from the start. Ben Howard, our Land Manager works closely with Alex to actively identify new sites and dispose of sites through a network of trusted contacts. We can provide full site appraisals giving advice on land value, build costs and a GDV with comparable evidence. Whether it be a single dwelling or a site in excess of 100 units we will help you find a suitable buyer and negotiate the best price. Click here to find out more about our land department.
Chartered Surveying & Commercial Property
When it comes to commercial property in Watford, I challenge you to find a pair who know more than Perry Holt & Joel Lobatto. Perry is a Chartered Surveyor and has been working in commercial property since 1970, becoming a Fellow of RICS in 2000. He has several valued clients who appreciate his advice on property acquisition, letting and sales, valuation, rent review and property asset valuation. Our resident commercial expert Joel Lobatto has worked with Perry for the last 12 years. Dealing with multi-national clients, site acquisition and disposal of sites along with all other aspects of commercial property, to date Joel has carried out over 500 deals with sales and acquisitions totalling over £100 million. So, whether you have a commercial property you are looking to sell or let, are looking for a premise yourself, would like a valuation or have any other questions, we can help. Click here to find out more about our commercial team.
Using a combination of knowledge on the different specialisms mentioned above, we can confidently advise on local investment opportunities. Whether you are looking for an apartment to generate some rental income, or something on a much larger scale, make sure you get in touch, and we can advise you on the best option for you in the current market.
So that’s my whistle stop tour of the Sewell & Gardner and Perry Holt partnership complete! Whether you are actively looking to move or just have some confidential questions about one of the areas above, please make sure you get in touch. I am confident my colleagues are the best people to help.