The Honest Estate Agent Part 1

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Paige Modestou

An Introduction of What to Expect from Me

Why are you making a blog?

As we all know, social media is making a huge impact on the way people interact with one another and learn. I feel that making my own blog and by sharing my knowledge, experiences, successes and mistakes I can help other agents learn, smile, laugh and hopefully not cry. I will be keeping my posts personal and most likely very briefly covering any up and coming legislation changes as my fellow letting agents will know how frequently this can happen and how often we receive multiple emails covering the same topic. I also like to challenge myself by pushing my boundaries and coming out of my comfort zone both personally and professionally and I’m extremely excited to share this process with you.

Who are you?

I fell into the estate agency industry four years ago when I started a business administration apprenticeship. I then worked for a RICS agency and helped build their residential portfolio in both sales and lettings. I predominantly worked within the lettings and management covering viewings, maintenance, inspections, check-ins etc. After a couple of years, I wanted to branch out into  the  sales  side  and  moved to my previous role where I first met Luke Shevels, my current manager. After my first month with Luke by my side helping me to feel welcome and guiding  me  through the general conveyancing process he left the company to work for Southdown Surveyors. After Luke’s departure I was given a lot more responsibility with taking on property  details, sales progression and eventually valuations and gained a lot of conveyancing experience.

What are you doing now?

I was approached by Southdown Surveyors and offered an excellent opportunity to work alongside Luke again and to open their estate agency department. After meeting the team and Directors I realised that we both share the same ethos and vision, so I jumped at the chance and now here I am, Senior Property Consultant at Southdown Surveyors.

I’m now one week into my new role and already starting to feel settled and my excitement continues to grow. We have sent off our Rightmove application and already have one letting and two sales instructions. One of my favourite parts of the job is creating property brochures and carrying out viewings, so I will look forward to venturing out of the office for viewings very soon.

I am already seeing the benefits of working alongside Chartered Surveyors. Myself and my fellow colleagues carried out a valuation on a property and it was extremely interesting and eye opening to sit down, share and compare our different  techniques  and  styles for finding comparables and coming up with a final figure. I also accompanied a survey on a HomeBuyers Report Inspection yesterday and enjoyed  seeing what goes on behind the scenes and the different techniques used. I learned the “heel drop test” which checks for any bounce or movement on the floor, as Surveyors cannot lift flooring.

I hope you have enjoyed my first post and I look forward to sharing more with you in the near future. Now enjoy the bank holiday weekend in the very rarely there Eastbourne sunshine and keep your eyes peeled for post number two.

Kind Words...

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We have recently completed a Major Works project on our block of flats with Southdown Surveyors. I am happy to advise that the whole process has been painless and successful.

The project commenced and continued with appropriate advice and guidance; from beginning to end. Progress meetings were frequent and helpful. The contractors work was appropriately inspected/supervised throughout and the scaffolding was down within days of contract completion. 

My previous experiences with major works projects were not happy ones with poor quality work, inadequate supervision and poor surveyor/contractor relationships and massive delays with scaffolding removals. 

On this occasion my fellow Directors and I felt we were fully consulted and advised on options and outcomes and delighted that we came in within a few pounds over budget.

I have no hesitation in highly recommending Southdown Surveyors for Major Works projects.     

Director of local building