Edwin Thompson, Chartered Surveyors buck the property trend and reveal strong increase in house sales
While the housing market may still be looking difficult for most, chartered surveyors Edwin Thompson are pleased to reveal a 51% increase in house sales over the first quarter, an increase of more than double over two years for the same period.
“Our estate agency department has been going from strength to strength” said senior partner Neal Thompson. “In particular our Keswick and Galashiels offices have been doing very well. The market as a whole has not been good, but is starting to slowly pick up in areas and we appear to be benefitting from word of mouth recommendations.”
The firm which offers full surveying services including building and architectural advice, also has a commercial department seeing considerable growth. From their Keswick office in particular they act for a number of hotels, restaurants, retail outlets and small businesses and the agency team there, which covers the whole of Cumbria, has more than doubled its figures on the same period last year.
The Galashiels office which acts for a number of large developers including Barratt Homes and Persimmon has also seen things taking off with nearly 60% growth. “We have focused on giving vendors competitive prices for our services and a comprehensive package with no hidden extras” says Les Walsh head of the agency department. “I think that’s attractive in a market where houses are slow to move. But most importantly each team focuses on strong client service – going the extra mile, and in particular giving realistic valuations.”