New Estate Agency Breaks Through Tough Times For Homeowners
York, Selby and Leeds estate agents relaunch as Preston Baker in confident move for difficult economic times.
Cousins and business partners Ian Preston and James Baker have announced the launch of their independent estate agency, Preston Baker. “We know that times are difficult all round for homeowners in the region, but when we launched as Bairstow Eves three years ago, we bucked market trends by being proactive agents and first-class communicators. Despite the recession, we expanded from one to four branches and consistently outperformed our competitors.”
Together with fellow directors Rebecca and Chris Rosindale, Ian and James took the decision to go independent in the wake of the Countrywide’s sale of its Bairstow Eve franchises to the Yorkshire firm Hunters in September this year.The new firm will continue to operate its offices in York, Selby and Oakwood and Headingley in Leeds. “The decision to become independent was an easy one to make,” says managing director Ian. “Without the restrictions and limitations of a franchise operation, we can respond more proactively to the needs of our clients and better serve our customer base.” While other operations are shrinking, Preston Baker’s York office on Walmgate is expanding its premises to house its growing staff and lettings department. Breaking through the walls on Saturday, James Baker said, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going, and when it comes to working for our clients, we’re tough on ourselves to make sure we give the best service in difficult times as well as good.”
The company is in a transition period until the end of November, when it will formally relaunch as Preston Baker, with a state-of-the-art website www.prestonbaker.co.uk and advanced communication technology within its four branches. “We have seen relatively stable prices in most areas throughout the year. Whilst demand has not been strong, a shortage of homes in the market has kept prices stable.
If you have been thinking about selling to now is the time to take advantage of the shortage of property on the market,” says Ian Preston. Preston Baker offer free valuations for homeowners considering putting their property on the market.