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News From Fine & Country Essex
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    A modern thinking estate agent
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    From our regional head office just off the A12 in a business park at Rivenhall, Fine & Country Essex has built up a team of experienced senior estate agents each specialising in a particular locality in order to ensure that a highly personalised bespoke service can be offered to our clients along with specialist knowledge of the areas that each agent takes responsibility for.  Each agent is based in their own locality and is on hand at short call for market appraisals and viewing appointments.  The agents are supported by a highly skilled professional administration, support and marketing team from our modern purpose built offices open daily from early until late.  Free clients parking outside.   
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    Fine & Country Planning & Development
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    Introducing Fine & Country Planning & Development in association with Philip Morphy. Philip's particular expertise lies in the residential, small commercial and listed buildings fields and he has worked on all types of work from multi-million pound projects and master plans through to the smallest residential extension.

    Philip leads his clients through the complexities of the Planning, Building Regulations, Listed Building and other consents that may be required before a development can even begin to take place. Initial consultations will be carried out on site with no charge, and after that as little or as much work can be undertaken as the client requires. There is no set fee or stage of work that must be undertaken, and Philip is equally happy to advise on an ad-hoc basis as he is to provide a whole package of construction drawings.

    Once a project is designed and approved, Philip is well equipped to arrange its tendering to reputable builders so that competitive prices are received. He will also inspect the work as it progresses, certify monies and deal with any construction problems when they arrive until the work is complete.

    In short a complete planning, architectural and development service to suit the individual requirements of any prospective client.

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    Launch of new equestrian department
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    Fine & Country Essex is pleased to announce the formation of a new specialist Equestrian department.

    Here at Fine and Country we know how frustrating it is when an Estate Agent ¿with little or no equestrian knowledge values your property having never sat on a horse, never mind mucked one out!

    Mathew Flowers with over 40 years of specialist experience is our Equestrian ¿Consultant and will guide you through what is on most occasions a different selling experience to a conventional 'Fine & Country' home.

    ¿We understand and respect the time, motivation, dedication and knowledge it has taken to develop your equestrian facilities.

    As one of the leading estate agents specialising in the sale of equestrian property, both nationally and Internationally, and with a dedicated website presence along with regular advertisements in Horse & Hound and other equestrian titles ¿coupled with an understanding of the particular needs of equestrian buyers, Fine & Country Equestrian Living is the natural choice of agent whether you are buying or selling.
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    Local Expertise, International Audience
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    The right buyer for home could come from quite literally anywhere.

    In today's market, buyers are found through local and regional marketing, national newspapers and magazines or increasingly from overseas, using interactive technologies such as tablets and mobile phones. This is why the widespread exposure of your property is crucial.

    With offices in over 300 locations worldwide, including the UK, Spain, Portugal, France, Dubai, South Africa, Australia, USA and Russia, we combine the widespread exposure of the international marketplace with national marketing campaigns and the local expertise of independent property professionals.

    For more information or for a free valuation, please contact our Regional Head Office on 01376 505260 and speak with one of our local specialists.

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    London Buyers
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    Essex is well and truly in demand from wealthy London buyers and a good many of those are 'lifestyle' buyers wishing to escape to the country, coast and culture of our wonderful county whilst remaining within easy travelling distance of work, family and friends.

    Others are simply cashing in on what are often more modest and at the same time more valuable properties in London and then buying something special that offers so much more ... for so much less money in your local area!

    If you are selling and you believe that you have a property with London appeal then it is essential that you choose a selling agent with real London coverage and most definitely NOT an agent that simply relies on the internet or professes to have a 'representative' office in London when in reality there is no proper  connection at all!

    Fine & Country has its international HQ in the very heart of London's Mayfair at 121, Park Lane and this office is the national and international referral hub for the many Londoners and ex-pats that are actively seeking a home in this area.

    If you are thinking of selling then contact an agent that can actually demonstrate how it reaches these buyers as opposed to one that promises but actually fails to deliver.  Alternatively, if you are buying then please contact any local Fine & Country office or Fine & Country HQ on 0207 0791515
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    Mike Bidwell joins Fine & Country Essex
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    Fine & Country Essex appoints new Regional Director.  Fine & Country is delighted to announce the appointment of Mike Bidwell to head up its highly successful and fast expanding Essex business.  Mike joins the office having previously been based in the international HQ in London's Mayfair and brings over 30 years of estate agency experience and expertise.


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    Why sell with Fine & Country
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    Fine & Country is the region's best selling specialist estate agency for period and individual modern homes. From country cottages and townhouses to farmhouses, properties with land or equestrian facilities to luxury homes, Fine & Country is responsible for more property sales in the upper quartile of the market place in UK than any other brand .

    Why? Fine & Country offers a unique blend of intelligent and creative award winning marketing coupled with a highly professional, dedicated and hardworking approach to the sale of homes of character and individuality from small cottages to significant country homes and estates.

    Here at Fine & Country we appreciate the most exclusive and more expensive properties require a more compelling, sophisticated and intelligent presentation - leading to a common, yet uniquely exercised and successful strategy enhancing the lifestyle of the property. This unique approach to luxury homes marketing delivers high quality, intelligent and creative concepts for property promotion combined with the latest technology and marketing techniques.

    Having secured numerous national and international awards in recent years, the company has enjoyed another year of success by winning the award for the Best International Real Estate Marketing title for an unprecedented fifth successive year.

    The exclusive Fine & Country brand operates in more than 200 locations throughout the UK as well as internationally in fifteen countries on four continents including South Africa, Portugal, Qatar, Dubai, Russia, Ireland, France, Spain, Portugal and Australasia.

    Among the countless marketing tools at our disposal include; regular advertising across a range of quality newspapers including the Sunday Times, Daily Telegraph, Times, Financial Times, London Evening Standard, Country Life and Horse & Hound as well as numerous other local and regional publications.

    The online exposure is also extremely impressive and as well as Rightmove includes Zoopla, Primelocation (the websites of choice for many Londoners and expats in particular) promotion on over 550 different web sites around the world (including Hong Kong, North and South America, Middle East, China and India) and a stunning HQ in Park Lane, Mayfair, delivering direct access to the lucrative London market through regular specialist property exhibitions and further afield.

    As an interconnected network of top quality agents working together to maximise exposure to potential buyers, Fine & Country offer the quality of service and personal touch of an independent agent coupled with the widespread promotional coverage that only a large international organisation has the ability to reach.

    Contact the office on 01376 505260 for one of the best selections of fine city and country property for sale. Fine & Country also offers a free valuation service if you are thinking of selling

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    Why buy with Fine & Country
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    Because Fine & Country specialises in the bespoke sale and marketing of period and individual homes throughout the Essex region and is backed up with over 200 offices throughout the UK including London it stands to reason that collectively we have the  biggest selection of property for buyers to choose from, town or village, waterside or rural, old or new making us the number one choice for the discerning buyer.

    We highly recommend that prospective buyers contact our offices and register their requirements for two very important reasons:

    Whilst Fine & Country offers what is probably the furthest reaching and most frequent local, regional, national and international marketing for those sellers requiring the very widest possible exposure for their property, we also handle a growing number of confidential sales whereby the owner is requiring of complete discretion enabling us to only approach carefully selected buyers.  

    Furthermore, we have a policy of contacting our  registered buyers to notify them of suitable available properties before the marketing campaign commences and this gives a distinct advantage  to those  that we have on our database.

    Please contact our  regional HQ on  01376 505260 or email essex@fineandcountry.com
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    Marketing
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    Fine & Country's creative and multi award winning marketing is one of the key factors of its success.

    Fine & Country provides a highly tailored and professional service by marketing property in a creative, sophisticated and intelligent manner.

    Prospective purchases require more than room measurements, they want to understand what it is like to live in the property and its environment - from schooling to shopping and from transport to terrain. It is a case of presenting and promoting property as if it were our own.

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    What is our unique approach to marketing?
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    As part of its innovative approach to marketing your property to the widest prospective audience, Fine & Country produces its own unique Lifestyles magazine, which is specifically posted out to relevant parties throughout Essex as well as being made available to take away from selected spas, golf-clubs and retail outlets. Published on a quarterly basis, this high-quality magazine features all properties currently on the market and is therefore an excellent additional way of actively promoting your property to interested parties.

    Fine & Country also actively markets your property through its weekly pages in select regional press and also high-quality county and lifestyle magazines.

    On a national level, Fine & Country features properties and editorial in The Sunday Times and other relevant broadsheets.

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    What does this mean to you, the seller?
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     We will present your property with a real insight into what makes your property so special, selling not just the house, but the lifestyle surrounding it.
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    How do we establish this?
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    Following a structured conversation with our property journalist, we work with you to establish the very best aspects of your home and the lifestyle it can offer a prospective buyer, From favourite rooms to treasured views, from original features to glorious gardens, we will help you draw on the history, character and charm of your property and present this in a unique way to prospective buyers. Tied in with our innovative approach to photography and a detailed factual description, we will produce a bespoke and engaging feature.

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    How do we present your home?
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    We produce a free high-quality booklet style brochure. This will include our unique lifestyles editorial ,professional photographs, and detailed floor plans.

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    Park Lane
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    Our showrooms in London are amongst the very best located in Europe, attracting clients from all over the world.

    Our International Property Centre serves not only the lucrative London market but also provides marketing services for all Fine & Country property throughout the UK, and is also a vital hub for our international market, referring clients from all over the world.

    Using state of the art technology, property details are available 24 hours a day through our touchscreens.

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    What about digital marketing?
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    Social media is the king of communication for this century and we believe at Fine & Country that we are bang on trend.

    As well as linking your property to our own Lifestyles website, and home website of www.fineandcountry.co.uk, your property will be seen on Rightmove, and through other relevant property search engines.


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The Outstanding Selection of Essex Homes
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    Buying need not be stressful
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    When buying a property, we will work with you to make the entire purchase process as easy as possible.

    Whether buying a home for you and your family to live in, or as an investment, our local experts will support you through the process and explain all the different options available to you.

    The easiest way to find your new property.

    Every property we are selling is advertised online

    The ability to search for your new home or investment by location, price, number of bedrooms or even a combination of all these factors.

    On some websites you can also draw around your desired area on a map Register for instant notification by e-mail Professional photographs, pdf sales particulars as standard, complete with detailed descriptions and floor plans Invaluable, independent advice.

    Well trained motivated staff with expert local knowledge.

    Co-ordinated searching across our office network for 200 offices nationwide and 100 offices in three continents

    Members of the Property Ombudsman and National Association of Estate Agents We abide by a strict code of conduct, giving you all the peace of mind you need

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Fine & Country Lifestyles
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    Confidential Marketing
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    Each year Fine and Country meet with clients who have properties that they are looking to sell, but for personal reasons they do not wish for full publicised marketing. Here at Fine & Country we have an extensive mailing list of buyers who are looking, and will respond to a call from us when such a property arises. Should you feel that this would be appropriate for you, then please call us in confidence and we will guide you through the process.
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    Accompanied Viewings
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    Here at Fine & Country we understand that viewing feedback is one of the most important elements to selling your home, and often the best feedback comes from the actual viewing when a comment is made that may not be repeated the next day when we follow up the visit. Should you prefer, we are willing to accompany all viewings at no extra cost. The benefit of this is that we know what to listen out for when a viewer is looking round, and our experience shows that we are more likely to get honest feedback on the spot.
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    Equestrian
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    Fine & Country have a specialist knowledge and expertise in the sale of equestrian property throughout the UK and in Essex in particular and understand that the successful sale or purchase of such properties requires a breadth of knowledge far beyond the standard 'house agent'.  This is why Fine & Country have recruited an experienced team of agents that have a passion for equestrian pursuits that matches their desire to exceed the expectations of their clients and customers
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    Waterside
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    Seaside, lakeside or riverside, what ever your property requirements whether buying or selling then consult with an agent that values these enormous lifestyle benefits and will ensure that your enquiry is dealt with knowledgeably and efficiently.  If you are a seller, Fine & Country delivers the widespread marketing exposure necessary to ensure that your home is promoted to the widest possible audience of buyers - locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.  If you are buying then Fine & Country can assist you by notifying you of properties that meet your needs throughout the county of Essex as well as throughout the UK and abroad.
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    Golf Property
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    Thanks to our special relationship with European Tour Properties and Troon Golf, Fine & Country is the leading estate agency specialising in the sale of golf property around the world.  Whether you are selling in Essex or buying internationally, Fine & Country delivers a dedicated professional service.  With property for sale throughout the UK as well as the Middle East, South Africa, the USA, Portugal, France, Spain, Estonia and Finland, Fine & Country is the first choice for all of your golf buying and selling requirements.
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Meet the team you can trust ...
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    Boasting 100 years of estate agency experience!
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    Whilst still retaining the ambition, desire and hunger to maintain their position as the leading estate agency specialising in the sale of fine and country property throughout Essex and south Suffolk.  With individual property specialists covering the areas of Chelmsford, Colchester, Southend, Dedham, Ongar, Long Melford, Maldon, Frinton on Sea and all of the towns and villages in between.  Fine & Country has the effective multiple award winning marketing formula that will get your property sold for the very highest possible price within your timescale and without stress or aggravation and we have the evidence to prove.  If you are thinking of selling or buying in Essex then consult the experts.
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    Mike Bidwell, Regional Director - Essex
    With over 30 years of estate agency experience in East Anglia and London, Mike is Fine & Country's town and country homes specialist having been with the brand since 2003. He has a hugely successful and distinguished track record both as an individual and leader of the multi-office network combined with expertise in the international arena and a reputation for pro-activeness and getting the job done. As well as running the Essex business, Mike is very 'hands-on' in his own right and allocates time every day to prospecting for new buyers and sellers.
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    Luan Litanzios, Local Partner - Mid Essex
    The newest addition to the Essex team having 'transferred' from Fine & Country Suffolk. Luan was born and brought up in south Suffolk and it is therefore fitting that she is our Local Partner for Long Melford and surrounding area including the Stour Valley. This locality boasts some of the region's prettiest villages with a wide variety of picturesque period cottages, substantial country homes and equestrian properties. Being such a great advocate for the advantages of living in the area, Luan is the agent that you need on your side when it comes to achieving the very best price and market advice.
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    Alison Taylor, Local Partner - Colchester
    With almost 20 years estate agency experience in the Colchester and Essex coastal areas has joined the team to concentrate on the marketing and sale of period and individual modern homes in Colchester/Lexden and the surrounding villages, a market sector in which she has specialised over the last few years. Having lived in the area for virtually her whole life, Alison is an absolute goldmine of local information and has an enviable reputation for ensuring that her clients are taken care of every single step of the way through the home buying/selling service.
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    Michael Johnson, Local Partner - Southend on Sea
    Michael has joined us to expand our sphere of operation into the Southend area. We see this hugely popular corner of Essex as somewhat lacking in terms of a specialist upper quartile estate agent offering true national and international coverage as well as access to the lucrative London and investor markets and we mean to fill that gap. It would be fair to say that Michael knows the area like 'the back of his hand' and this detailed knowledge will be of great value and advantage to buyers and sellers alike.
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    Matthew Flowers, Equestrian Property Specialist
    Matthew has over 25 years of experience in the equestrian and specialist estate agency field with strong roots in the rural property scene in East Anglia and he looks forward to being of service whatever your requirements, whether it is specialist advice or simply the most suitable places to ride out or the name and contact details of the best local vet or farrier. As well as having a dedicated equestrian website, Fine & Country can also be found most weeks in Horse & Hound. We are prominent sponsors and supporters of the East Anglian Game Fair and proud members of the CLA.
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    Marie Ghirardani, Client Manager
    As well as being our resident specialist for property in the Chelmsford area, Marie is a highly experienced estate agent having honed her skills in the local area over many years and being one of only a small percentage of agents that carries the actual qualifications to prove it. Marie has a real eye for detail and can take the credit for the presentation of our highly acclaimed, award winning lifestyle brochures and web presence that makes Fine & Country properties stand out from the crowd.
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    Jo Cunningham, Head of Administration
    The 'unsung hero' behind the scenes who looks after the essential points of detail and care that make all the difference to the impressive way in which Fine & Country homes are presented and the efficient manner in which a property transaction is administered. Jo joins us after sixteen years with a leading national auction house so she has thorough knowledge of property transactions in a fast paced environment where attention to detail is vital. Effective systems and processes are essential to the smooth running of every successful business and in Jo, Fine & Country has one of the best and most experienced practitioners around.
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      Fine & Country Essex Contact Details - 
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      Colchester area - 01206 545476
      Dedham area - 01206 323375
      Chelmsford area - 01245 257001
      Witham area - 01376 505260
      Ongar area - 01277 699043
      Southend area - 01702 568060
      Long Melford area - 01787 257012




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      Award Winning Customer Service
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      Fine & Country is not only internationally acclaimed for its marketing and advertising, it is also recognised for outstanding customer service to buyers and sellers in the prestige end of the market place and has been recognised countless national and international industry bodies including the RICS, NFOPP, FIABCI and NAR to name but a few.  Fine & Country have also been past winners of the Sunday Times 'Best Prestige Agent'.

    Testimonials from Sellers

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      Help and Patience
      Feb 2016 - We wanted to say thankyou for your help and patience over the last year to get our house sold. Mr and Mrs H
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      it felt like you really listened
      Nov 2015 -  would like to thank you for your services during the long and emotional process of selling our beloved home. There was always someone at the end of the phone for advice and support and suggestions we made were acted upon making it feel like you really listened. In particular, I would like to thank Steve for all his help and calm attitude whatever the problem. Mr and Mrs L
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      I'm so glad I chose to go with him
      Dec 2015 - Mike was fantastic, being overseas meant I needed to leave everything in his capable hands and he went beyond the call of duty. I'm so glad I chose to go with him. Ms M
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      first class
      Jan - 2016  found the service provided by Fine and Country to be first class. My asking price was met and the sale went through in a timely manner. I would not hesitate to use Fine and Country again. Mr L
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      second to none
      Jan 2016 - We found that the service from Fine And Country was second to none, Steve and his team are on the ball, and have the experience to handle difficult negotiations . Highly recommended. Mr and Mrs J
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      recommend above all others in the area
      Sept 2015 - The service we have received has been honest, professional and at times over and above the bar. Steve and Melanie have met us at the property countless times, answered a huge number of questions and been very honest and straight talking. We would recommend them above all others in the local area just for their knowledge of the local market and their honest and non aggressive approach.  Mr and Mrs M
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      professional service

      Oct. 2015 - Thanks very much for your honest and professional service in particular Melanie. She has kept us informed of the progress all along the way to make sure things went as smoothly as possible. Mr and Mrs Q


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      professional, efficient, most of all approachable

      March 2016 - We had excellent service by Fine and Country and could not recommend their services enough. The whole team were very professional, efficient and most of all approachable. Whenever I telephoned I always received an honest and pro-active response. I would have no hesitation in using or recommending their services again. I would also like to take this opportunity in thanking the whole team for their efforts in securing the sale on my property in Bradford Street. Thanks you all very much and keep up the great service. Mrs M

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      over and above the bar
      Aug 2015 - The service we have received has been honest, professional and at times over and above the bar. Steve and Melanie have met us at the property countless times, answered a huge number of questions and been very honest and straight talking. We would recommend them above all others in the local area just for their knowledge of the local market and their honest and non aggressive approach. Mr and Mrs M
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      we have won the lottery
      Aug 2015 - We are so thrilled with our new home, it feels as if we have won the lottery!  Every day when we wake up it feels like we are on holiday in the country and we definitely don't miss London one little bit!  We owe the whole team at Fine & Country an enormous debt of gratitude because we fully realise that our dream would not have become a reality without your valued help and assistance and we cannot thank you enough.  We will be certain to recommend that our friends and colleagues consider a move out of town and if and when they do, Fine & Country will be the only agent that we recommend!
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      you are the best!
      Sept  2015 - Dear F & C, you are the best!  Thank you so much for helping us complete our move - without you we are certain that we would still be in Chelmsford getting more and more frustrated.  Estate agents don't have the best reputation in the world but you guys have done a great deal to win us over.
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      best by a mile
      Sept 2015 - I am writing to let you know that Al and I have unfortunately decided to stay where we are for the time being.  Our buyers still haven't got the mortgage and to be honest, we are getting so stressed about the whole thing that we are going to wait another year.  What we would like to say, however, is that you were all a credit to your profession, nobody tried to help us like you did and your adverts are the best by a mile.
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