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Direct Moves 
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    Directing you to your new home... 
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    Dorchester town is thriving and we are always happy to help you buy or sell your home. Our friendly team will guide you through the process from start to finish. Why not pop into our high street shop and we will be happy to help.

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    Our Experienced Team
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    Highly trained and knowledgeable
    We have a fantastic, hard working and knowledgeable team led by Barry Barnes and Emma Hughes, with Clare Cross, Charlotte Brown, Ben Murphy and Benjamin Bond. Unlike Internet agents, we have a superb high street office, and are always here to help
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    Our Promise to you
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    Always listening to the client 
    We constantly evolve, driving new marketing ideas, and we find that although the technology of the internet portals on which we advertise is invaluable, there is nothing better than an experienced agent listening and advising you on the best home for your requirements. We also advertise in magazines, newspaper, myriad property websites, on local radio and have the largest window displays in the area. So, if you a considering selling or buying a property now or in the foreseeable future, we would love to see you. 
     Emma Hughes Co Founder of Direct Moves
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    Reflection on 2016
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    What a year 2016 has been for  Direct Moves!! Our rebranding in January has been more of a success than we could ever have imagined, ensuring that we maintain our position as one of the top selling agents in the area.  As 2017 fast approaches, Direct Moves is looking forward to another successful year with new and exciting opportunities.....Watch this space !
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    FEES from £750 + VAT
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    With fees from as little as £750 + vat, we offer a range of pacakges to suit every budget.  To find out more, give one of our team a ring on 01305 259400 or pop into our office for a chat.
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Thinking of selling your property?
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    You should contact Direct Moves....Why?......Let me tell you........

    Active working Co-Founders.
    Established in 1997, Direct Moves Co-Founders Emma Hughes and Barry Barnes are still actively involved in the day to day running of Direct Moves, bringing together their combined decades of experience to each office alongside experienced Director Rachel Press.

    Dependable, experienced and professional.

    Direct Moves endeavour to retain its excellent local reputation and daily provides our clients with exceptional service from experienced agents. Our staff retention is second to none and we have a bank of longstanding loyal team members so there is no one better qualified to sell your home.

    Impeccable service as standard.
    As a company we actively embrace technology and the comprehensive marketing it brings but we are great believers in hard work and effort. After all you don't get to become market leaders in your area by resting on your laurels. We advocate personal service and the proof is in the pudding, our clients keep coming back and according to a recent independent survey of our clients by Trading Standards we were voted best agent in our area with an astonishing 9.9 out of 10 for service! As an independent company it is imperative that you, the client, are our first concern.

    Loyalty Card.
    Just as a thank you for using our services we have developed our Loyalty Card scheme giving new vendors and purchasers a vast array of discounts and special offers on an ever increasing list of goods and services. Working with local companies we have an ever growing number of businesses becoming involved. Supported by Dorchester BID and Chamber of Commerce.

    Marketing and exposure.
    Our marketing strategies are ever changing to keep ahead of the fast paced business we find ourselves in. To complement our hard work as individuals we advertise your home on over 25 different property websites giving your home a massive amount of coverage. We are currently running an exciting local radio campaign and we also regularly advertise in local press and publications, however we feel that in today's technological culture newspaper advertising is a somewhat outdated medium. Our window displays were purposely sought as the largest in the town, and in keeping with the times we even indulge in social media interaction and have found this to be an unexpectedly successful addition to our marketing.

    Pain free selling.
    Because of our excellent reputation, we have cultivated solid working relationships with relevant, first-rate local independent businesses with whom we can put you in touch. Direct Moves aim to make your sale or purchase as pain free as possible.
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Local knowledge and experience counts.
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    Local knowledge.
    If you're looking for your perfect property, our experience and knowledge of the local area is outstanding, our team are largely local residents, born and bred in Dorchester town. What they can't tell you about the town isn't worth knowing.

    Are you registered?

    You should be!! Never mind our state of the art software...our state of the art team are passionate and efficient and will make it their business to get you the perfect home, they will keep you updated of any new instructions matching your requirements, they will contact you regularly whether we have something suitable or not, just so that you know how important you are to us and we still have your needs at the forefront of our minds.

    Find out about new properties first
    Our newly implemented state of the art database will match you to properties and match properties to you. You can be contacted a number of ways, whichever is best for you, we can email, call, post or even text message. You tell us which is your preferred means. Although we strongly recommend providing us with an email address as this is one of the most efficient and convenient ways of contacting you fast...especially if you are in a position to go quickly, the faster we can get in touch with you the faster you're moving! Sign of the times...are you on Facebook or Twitter?, follow us and receive regular updates on new property to Direct Moves, and regular property related news.

    Local relevant business relationships.
    We can recommend first rate, relevant local companies, saving you the bother of searching or choosing the wrong one. These independent companies' reputations are excellent locally, we wouldn't recommend inefficiency. We can put you in touch with an excellent Independent Financial Adviser, Solicitors, Energy Assessor, Lettings agent, Surveyors and other property services. Ask us and we can point you in the right direction.

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Additional Services
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    Excellent working relationships
    We are lucky enough to have excellent working relationships with a variety of efficient, independent local companies to whom we can refer you. Should you require advice, we would recommend several companies including


    Weymouth 01305 771000, Dorchester 01305 250100, Bridport 01308 422313.
    Selling and buying property can be complicated and stressful; to help you through the process you need a solicitor who is totally committed to looking after your interests. At Nantes we will make sure that you are given impartial advice on all aspects of the transactions so that you can make the best decisions at each stage. Our fees are quoted to you and fixed at the outset; they are only payable if you exchange contracts. You never have to call us to find out what is happening. We will actually take you through the paperwork at an interview, or by telephone if you do not wish to come in to see us.

    Humphries Kirk

    Dorchester 01305 251007
    Clients are impressed by the detail and depth of local knowledge that we are able to provide and which gives added benefit to our comprehensive legal expertise. We offer competitive rates and a personal hands-on service which, we like to think, is second to none.
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    Independent Financial Advisers
    Alison Theobald at Pennywise
    Fully qualified independent financial advisers. Weymouth 01305 778901, Dorchester 01305 268942
    The mortgage market is a complex area. At any one time there may be over 3000 different mortgage options, only some of which will meet your needs. We can help you source the best products. We can also advise you across a range of financial subjects including Investments, Pensions, Mortgages, Personal and Business Protection Insurance and Wealth Management.
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    Chartered Surveyors
    Christmas and Brugge. Residential, commercial and professional. Dorchester 01305 264917
    Are able to provide a bespoke property surveying service to prospective purchasers or existing homeowners. They offer a wide range of property services from witness reports, building party wall advice and property valuations to preparing dilapidation's and schedules of conditions. They have been practicing for over twenty years in Dorset .
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    We will happily recommend companies that we have had good experience of using personally or professionally.
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    Barry Barnes - Director and Co Founder
    Barry has 30 years of experience in the business and is Co Owner of Direct Moves with Emma Hughes. Barry is excellent at providing tips on how to maximize the sale ability of the properties that he values and has many clients who return to him due to his proven successful track record.
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    Emma Hughes - Director and Co Founder
    Emma has been an Estate Agent for over twenty seven years! Emma set up Direct Moves in 1997 and together they have built a trusted and highly successful Estate Agency. Emma primarily deals with all the sales proceeding to exchange of contracts, where she exercises her business model.. "There is a solution for every problem!"
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    Clare Cross - Office Manager
    Clare has taken lead role within the office,overseeing all aspects of the business.Clare is a skilful negotiator and thrives on the thrill of a sale. Clare has been in sales for over 30 years and has swiftly become a valuable member of the team. She has been with Direct Moves since 2011 as a sales advisor and has since grown from strength to strength to be able to give the best advise on both selling and purchasing.
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    Benjamin Bond - Sales Advisor
    Benjamin started with Direct Moves March 2016 he is a natural estate agent who is charming, friendly and approachable, Benjamin is enjoying his new challenge immensely and developing new skills daily, matching buyers to their new homes with a new found expertise. He has discovered a competitive edge that is pushing him to the top of the pile
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    Ben Murphy - Sales Advisor
    Ben joined our Dorchester sales team June 2016 bringing with him years of customer service and intends to continue in the tradition of top quality one to one service that Direct Moves are famous for. Ben is striving to become a valuable member of the team learning and adapting to new situations. He relishes a challenge and new experience, he is willing to put his all into selling your home. You can always rely on his smiley welcoming face to make sure your experience with us is a pleasant one.
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    Client Testimonials
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      Dorchester Office

    Testimonials from Sellers

    • Seller Testimonial

      Very Happy with Direct Moves
      We were very happy with the way Direct Moves sold our house last year in Dorchester and also very happy with the way they acted for us in our purchase of our property in Dorchester. Mr Ward July 2017
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      professionalism and patience
      "A big thanks to Clare and the team at DirectMoves for making the process of selling our house so easy and straight forward. In particular i'd like to thank them for their patience with us in securing our instruction and the professionalism they demonstrated at a difficult time for the family. If I was buying or selling a house in the area I would definitely use DirectMoves again without hesitation. Best wishes to all the team. David Brown" Kind regards 14th April 2017
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      Most proactive agents in Dorchester.
      Dear Clare This is just to advise that it looks as if we are to exchange contracts shortly. We are so sorry not to have been able to conclude a sale with Direct Moves, as we feel you are without doubt the most proactive agents in Dorchester from our experience, working hard for your clients. We wish you all the best and hope to pop in to say hello when we are in Dorchester in April. Thank you again for all you have done. With kind regards Keith March 2017
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      we are very grateful..
      Dear Emma Thank You, what a relief! Thank you for your help and support, and to Ben, Ben and Clare. Celebrating tonight at the Kings Arms in Portesham. We're very grateful to you all. Lesley and Clive Buller
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      nothing was too much trouble..
      Hi Clare, Thanks to you & the team for handling the sale of 33 Broadmead for us. You really did provide us with an excellent service. Have written the following testimonial as we discussed. "We highly recommend the efficient, friendly & professional service provided by the team at Direct Moves, Dorchester. We were given excellent feedback prior to and following every viewing. Nothing was too much trouble. If you are looking to sell your home these are definitely the Agents for you." We really appreciate the work you did to sell Mum's bungalow in such a short space of time. We will definitely recommend you to our friends & family! Best Wishes to you all Nicky & Mark Richards
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      customer service from both offices was excellent
      We would like to thank you all, at the Dorchester office for our sale & the Weymouth office for our purchase, for the help, advice & assistance provided. The sale was not without its ups downs but we were always kept well informed of the situation. Special thanks to Clare for all her work in keeping us updated & to Charlotte for the initial marketing. The purchase was smoother but again the staff at Weymouth kept us informed & always answered any questions that we had. The customer service from both offices was excellent & we would have no hesitation in recommending Direct Moves should you be thinking of selling your home.
      Mr and Mrs Willsher, Dagmar Road, March 2016
    • Seller Testimonial

      ..succeeded where others failed...
      We would like to say a big thank you to all of you at Direct Moves .You succeeded where others failed to sell our property in Cerne Abbas. You gave us a friendly service, with regular contact.
      We wish all of you a HAPPY CHRISTMAS and a very prosperous 2016. 
      Kind regards. 
       John and Carol Roffe. Long Street, December 2015
    • Seller Testimonial

      ...excellent and friendly service.
      Dear Direct Moves. As most of us know buying and selling a house of any kind is stressful. Therefore I would like to thank Clare, Charlotte, Sarah and Emma at the Dorchester branch for making the process as easy as possible. I had an offer within 24 hours of marketing, a helpful solicitor was recommended by them and I was able to live in another part of the country whilst things progressed. Thank you for an excellent and friendly service.
      Mr Dench, Greenings Court. November 2015
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       ...highly motivated and extremely professional...
      I am writing this letter to comment your offices (Dorchester & Weymouth) for their help throughout October 2014 to March 2015, with regard to their efforts to both find a new suitable property and to sell my existing property.  Throughout my term of contract I found the staff at both branches to be extremely helpful, highly motivated and extremely professional.  I would not hesitate to use your company's services again or to recommend them to others.
      Andrew Mason, Broadmead, Broadmayne March 2015
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      ...as stress free as possible...
      Just a short note to thank Rachel, Clare and everyone at Direct Moves Dorchester for their excellent customer service.  We recently sold our property through Direct Moves and the staff could not have been more helpful.  They explained the process every step of the way and kept us informed at all times.  They certainly ensured that the whole experience was as stress free as possible and we cannot thank them enough.  I would certainly recommend them to anyone thinking of selling their home.
      Mr & Mrs Holmes, South Walks Road, February 2015
    • Seller Testimonial

      ... a glowing report...
      I am happy to tell you that my experience with Direct Moves, with my father as a prospective buyer, has been completely positive. My father and I have been shown around retirement apartments by other agents in the town and in my opinion the experience was less than the standard I would expect. Direct Moves on the other hand have been exemplary in the handling of the viewings and negotiations. I would particularly like to say that Clare has more than gone the extra mile to make this a smooth purchase and my personal thanks to her for this. I spent some years working as a mystery shopper for a national organisation so the good and bad points in any organisation are very noticeable to me and I am acutely aware what companies expect of their staff. Had I been mystery shopping on behalf of Direct Moves the Dorchester branch would have a glowing report.Mrs C Howard, Culliford Court, January 2015
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      Already recommended...
      Myself and Juliewould like to thank Rachel and all the team for the professional and excellent service we received.  We have already recommended Direct Moves to lots of people and will continue to do so in the future.
      Mr & Mrs McHugh, Cambridge Road, December 2014
    • Seller Testimonial

      Excellent job!
      To all the girls at Direct Moves thank you so much for the personal but professional service.  Well done.  Excellent job !
      Mrs Meteer. Princes Mews East. November 2014
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      impressed...quick... extremely professional
      I would like to say that I am very impressed by the service I have received.  The sale was extremely quick and went along without any problem.  Charlotte was extremely professional and kept me well informed.  I would recommend Direct Moves.
      Mrs P Ward, Thomas Hardye Gardens, October 2014
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      ..enthusiasm, support and commitment is fantastic.
      We tried two other very well regarded agents prior to choosing Direct Moves, all we can say is the difference in commitment to helping us sell or home was unbelievable. The whole team have one goal, to sell your house. They have a very positive approach that gives you confidence, they always keep in touch. They don't feed your ego and will tell you what they think your house will sell at, if you listen to them you will sell. Their enthusiasm, support and commitment is fantastic. Nothing is too much trouble and the communication is second to none. We couldn't recommend them highly enough. To Rachel, Clare and the whole team, Thank You!
      Mr & Mrs Lonsdale, Rectory Road, March 2014
    • Seller Testimonial

      ... stood out by a country mile...
      My Aunt died recently which left me her property to sell.I contacted a number of local estate agents and I can honestly say that Direct Moves stood out by a country mile.They were not interested in scoring points off other estate agents but buckled straight down to the business of property selling.I was very sensibly advised about market value and likely buyers. At every step of the sale I was kept informed of any development and the sale went as smooth as silk. I am in no way connected with the business but I would have no hesitation in recommending Direct Moves to anyone.
      Mr Lacey, Robins Garth, March 2014

    Testimonials from Buyers

    • Buyer Testimonial

      very happy buyers 
      We were very happy with the way Direct Moves sold our house last year in Dorchester and also very happy with the way they acted for us in our purchase of our property in Dorchester.
      Steve & Rosie ward ..
      July 21st 2017

    • Buyer Testimonial

      proactive agents
      Dear Clare This is justt to advise that it looks as if we are to exchange contracts shortly. We are so sorry not to have been able to conclude a sale with Direct Moves, as we feel you are without doubt the most proactive agents in Dorchester from our experience, working hard for your clients. We wish you all the best and hope to pop in to say hello when we are in Dorchester in April. Thank you again for all you have done. With kind regards
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      frequently checked in on days off..
      Hi I would just like to say how professional and helpful Clare was. She followed up constantly with both solicitors to keep the sale moving, and frequently checked in on her days off. An excellent service. Sent from my iPhone
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      You all have a great customer service mindset
      Thanks so much to you and all the team for all your support - even to me the purchaser.  You all have a great customer service mindset. It's been a real pleasure dealing with you all and even being geographically remote, you've all been very supportive. Very warmest wishes to you all and thanks again to the whole team
      Linda Ambrose, Greenwood House. October 2016
    • Buyer Testimonial

      ...extremely professional and efficient...
      Direct Moves are without any doubt the best estate agency we have worked with. Everything from the initial call, the viewings, the offer and the final negotiations were handled in a extremely professional and efficient manner. But overall, the thing that will make us come back to and recommend Direct Moves is there extremely friendly and positive style, they are great to work with.
      Mr and Mrs Miller, Baglake. October 2015
    • Buyer Testimonial

      Friendliness and helpfulness
      May we thank all at Direct Moves for theirhelp in our purchase of this property.  We found that throughout the time we were looking for a suitable property that Clare was in touch with us weekly and quickly alerted us to a suitable property coming on the market.  The friendliness and helpfulness of all at Direct Moves took the hassle out of what can be a fraught process. 
      Mr & Mrs Morgan, Lancaster Road, February 2015
    • Buyer Testimonial

      ...professionalism and attention to detail...
      I have been particularly impressed with your ethos and operating model and if I compare it with the experience that I have had with other agents more recently you stand out as superior.  Although only buying a property in this instance, the professionalism and attention to detail that you displayed would make you the first choice when I wish to sell.
      Mr & Mrs Myers, High St Fordington, October 2014
    • Buyer Testimonial

      We trust you and enjoyed dealing with you.
      Thank you all so much for your help and support inhelping us buy our first home.  Not only did you make the process really straightforward but we trust you and enjoyed dealing with you !
      Mr & Mrs Norman, Oak Road, October 2014
    • Buyer Testimonial

      ...consistent support...
      Rachel and her team at Direct Moves provide a friendsly, personal, professional and enthusiastic service.  Rachel was always available to speak to and provide regular updates to guide us through the process of purchasing our home.  Throughout this very stressful time, the team have always been a consistent support through the emotional ups and dows and have made a fretful time much smoother.  I cannot recommend Rachel and her team enough.  Thank you all for your help and assisting us in finding our dream home.
      Olga Walsh, High Street. September 2014
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