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Pancake race, mystery Valentine Day card and site visits: Just another week in the life of a New Homes Manager


Watford Mencap

Charity Organisation Watford Mencap

WE won the Best Small Agency in the Country title at the Sunday Times Awards 2012. It was a proud moment for the company but the title I really wanted to win was the Annual Rickmansworth Pancake Race 2013 for the charity organisation Watford Mencap on Tuesday 12th February. No, seriously it really was.

I am so competitive and had to implore my boss, Alex Sewell, to include me in the sales team line up. I had all the gear and fancied myself as a bit of a Jessica Ennis, although I’m sure you wouldn’t find her charging through a freezing Rickmansworth High Street on a Tuesday morning, desperately trying to keep a pancake in a frying pan.

Sadly, my dream was not to be realised as we finished second in our heat.  Looking for a scapegoat, the rest of the team reckoned that I was the weak link, as the newcomer from the 2012 winning line up. Of course, I am not having that! I am laying the blame firmly with our valuer Liam Byrne, who unwittingly dropped the pancake just before crossing the finish line in the lead.  I know how seriously I took the race because my hamstrings are still tight and I could not feel my toes for a while after the race had finished, as it was so cold that morning.


Valley Road Rickmansworth

Jacaranda House. One of 4 Presigious New Homes by Bewley on Valley Road, Rickmansworth.


I was out of my running gear and sporting an equally ‘flattering’ high visibility jacket, hard hat and boots on Wednesday and Thursday for sites visits:  The Bewley Homes site at Valley Road, Rickmansworth, named ‘Orchard Grove’ has a really good feel about it.  Some new build homes are just quite plain and uninspiring but this has already got good character and the developer has added great specification.  One of the six bedroom detached houses is nearly finished and will be ready as a show home just after Easter, watch this space.  This is the first time I’ve worked with Bewley Homes and I’m enjoying the relationship with them:  Some developers tend not to involve an estate agent in the build process, but Bewley Homes really want us to get involved and help with the preparation of the site and the marketing.  I wouldn’t want to be an interior designer but I do know what works and what doesn’t for selling ‘the dream’.


Artists impression of The Paddock, Upper Hill Rise. Launching early April 2013. 5 Brand New Detached Houses from £895,000

We’ve worked with Bugler Homes for much longer and they walked me around their site at The Paddock, Upper Hill Rise in Rickmansworth on Thursday.  Again, they value our opinion and we talked fireplaces and kitchens with them.   I must say that talk of kitchens just makes me impatient to get mine done in my newly purchased home.

It would probably help if I didn’t spend the week plotting with the girls in the office to send a mystery Valentine’s Card to our Rickmansworth Sales Manager, Joe Rylett.  He’s still trying to work out who it was from but I guess now the secret it is out….

We love you Joe Rylett


I’m sure he’ll find a way of getting us back……sorry Joe!



High Viz and Hard Hats

My colleague Emily & I in our flattering new outfits