The London Office was set up in 1992 to act on behalf of provincial agents to promote their client's properties to a wider audience. We act for 35 independent firms of Chartered Surveyors and Estate Agents, with 226 offices, specialising in the sale, purchase, rental and management of all types of country and town properties from Scotland to Cornwall to Kent.
Based in the heart of central London, it is our aim to assume the role of the London marketing arm for our country agents, enabling clients to have the best provincial representation with full national and international marketing. Our street level offices, with large window displays, on St James's Place, ideally located to place properties in front of both national and international buyers. Using the experience of qualified personnel, we are able to give objective advice on regions, properties, schools and travel times to visitors.
The London Office holds full sales particulars of specific properties, from attractive 'chocolate box' cottages to large country estates marketed by our member firms. In this way, we ensure that our client's property information is put in front of buyers as swiftly as possible and do whatever we can to ensure they are at the top of the pile. We are also involved in the buying and selling of properties both nationally and internationally in areas not covered by one of our participating agents.
We always look for innovative ways to find London buyers and symptomatic of this is organising the successful annual "The London & Country Property Show". This has proved most successful in initiating contact between the London-based buyer and personnel from provincial offices; a crucial factor in securing a buyer's ideal property.
The benefits are not solely biased towards London, but are also evident throughout the network, as purchasers are put in contact with vendors and vice versa. The strength of a dynamic affiliated network should not be underestimated. Many of our members have been part of the network since its inception and as a result there is a close working partnership between the different members and offices. Many of the partners have previously worked for large national firms and have taken that experience to their local area to provide a professional and personalised service. They are very conscious that you cannot trade on reputation alone. In this ever-changing industry, it is essential to be proactive, embracing modern technology alongside traditional methods, to ensure the client receives the best service.
We also produce our own property magazine, 'Acquire', which contains a wide selection of property from the United Kingdom and abroad. Our dedicated International department is available to help satisfy the interest in overseas property. Through a network of overseas agents, each specialising in their immediate area, we offer UK buyers' advice and access to suitable properties.
Bob Bickersteth MRICS
Bob has worked in the residential country property market for over 30 years. During this time he has built up an extensive knowledge of the market, villages, schools, commute times and even local pubs. With street level offices strategically placed on St James’s Place, in the heart of London, Bob and his team assist Londoners wishing to move out of the capital. Bob is a fountain of knowledge, which he is more than happy to sit down and share in helping potential purchasers find their home or bolt-hole in the country.
Paul has worked in the property industry for over 21 years and of those 11 years in international sales selling property across Europe, America, the Middle East and Asia. More recently sharing his time between London and Mallorca, Paul has developed an intimate knowledge of the Balearics, one of Europe's most sought after locations, the South of France, the Alps and Italy.