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    Dowen Auctions Sales & Lettings was established in 1982 by Managing Director, Denis Dowen, who is still involved in the day to day running of the business.

    Over the years the firm has continued to evolve and now has 8 estate agency branches & 3 bespoke auction stores offering coverage over mid North East England from the coast to the A1 corridor.

    Dowen was a founding member of The Great North Property Auction which has sold hundreds of properties since its inception in 2011.

    The Dowen Lettings Department is very successful with hundreds of homes under management.

    The firm operates a busy Surveying Services division, which provides professional services to both corporate and private clients.

    Conveyancing at competitive rates is offered via a panel of local solicitors.

    Dowen is a service focussed organisation where all personnel commit to delivering the highest standards of professionalism and customer service.

    We subscribe to the National Associations of Estate Agents, the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and the Ombudsman For Estate Agents and as such abide by the strict code of good estate agency practice laid down by these organisations.

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    Our enormous stunningly presented Sunderland branch is located in the heart of the City.

    Step inside either branch and you'll find a team of friendly, motivated property professionals who will be more than delighted to help you buy or rent your next home or likewise sell or let your current property.

    Our Sunderland branch also has a bespoke showroom representing and displaying our properties that are for sale via The Great North Property Auction. If you would like to try for a quick sale at auction..... contact us the region's best selling agent at The Great North Property Auction

    Dowen Sunderland is also the base for our very busy Professional Survey Department

    If you are ready to sell, auction or let your property..... or stuck with another agent going nowhere.....your next move should be to ask for a FREE VALUATION from Dowen Sunderland.

    Simply call in or phone us on 0191-5142299.... we will be delighted to be of service to you

    WE'RE SELLING & LETTING HOUSES...... Let's Make Yours The Next

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    Dowen was one of the 3 estate agents which founded the Great North Property Auction in tandem with auctioneers IAM-SOLD at the end of 2012. From the day of launch, it has been a runaway success with over 2500 properties now sold.

    We now have 3 bespoke Great North Property Auction stores in Sunderland, Peterlee and Hartlepool, whilst all our other branches are set up and equipped to offer properties via auction.

    If you are looking for a alternative way to sell your property in the Sunderland area with no estate agency fees to pay, contact us on 0191-5142299 for a free auction valuation and advice on how best to offer your property for sale at The Great North Property Auction.


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    • £899
    • INCLUDES SOLICITORS FEE on your sale
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    • SUNDERLAND ECHO advert
    We offer a second to none service which includes all of the following


    We advertise in numerous publications across our region. All properties are advertised 24/7 on DOWEN.CO.UK Our top quality presentation includes a photographic slideshow, aerial photo, location map, route guide and local schools information. Every property is advertised 24/7 on RIGHTMOVE.CO.UK the biggest property website in the UK.

    As soon as a property is listed it is matched against these buyers and then text messages and e-mails are sent to those who may be interested. Using sophisticated in-branch computer software we continually match walk-in buyers to our property register and get those who are interested round and viewing. Our sales agents are motivated and enthusiastic about selling. Each is a well-trained professional with good local knowledge and a commitment to everyday exceptional customer service.


    Sellers receive a regular courtesy call to discuss the progress of the sale. We endeavour to phone or text with feedback after every viewing. Every offer is confirmed in writing. Once a property is under offer, we keep in regular touch with the seller, the buyer, solicitors, mortgage advisors and other connected parties right up to moving day.


    We subscribe to the National Associations of Estate Agents, the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and the Ombudsman For Estate Agents and as such abide by the strict code of good estate agency practice laid down by these organisations.


    If you are ready to sell please contact your nearest Dowen branch and ask for a free valuation. Our valuer will be delighted to tell you about our selling service, your expected moving expenses and what we, as your estate agent, can do for you.

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Buyer Advice
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    Unless buying a brand new home most people buy houses through estate agents. However before rushing into a purchase you need to know how much you can afford and, at the same time, consider what you REALLY want from your first/next home. The following section should help give you a clearer idea.


    • Do you need to be near work?
      • Consider - The further you live away from work, the more it will cost you in time AND money to get there.
    • Do you need to be near relatives?
      • Consider - Do your relatives baby sit for you? Are you needed to help care for a relative?
    • Do you need to be near a particular school?
      • Consider - Even if you don't have kids now, you may well do in the future, so think about where you would prefer them to be educated before you buy. A good school is surely worthwhile.
    • Would you prefer to be near friends?
    • Would you prefer to be near shops and other facilities?
    • Do you need to be near to a bus stop, sports club, gym, nursery, etc?
    • Would you prefer to live in a town or village?
    • Do you like the idea of living on an estate?
    • What type of house would you like?
      • Terraced, Bungalow, Flat, Detached, Semi
    • Would you like a brand new or pre-owned home?
    • What floor plan do you prefer?
      • Traditional or Modern style
    • Are you into DIY?
      • Consider a home which needs improving could ultimately make you a useful profit. However you will need the resources to finance a DIY project. Have you got the resources?
    • Double Glazing?
      • UPVC, Hardwood, Aluminium?
    • Central Heating?
      • Gas, Electric, Solid Fuel, Oil?
    • A nice Kitchen
      • What do you like?
    • Fireplace
      • What do you like?
    • Bathroom
      • Is a shower a necessity?
    • Ensuite bathroom?
    • Hallway?
    • Decor - Modern or Traditional?
      • Consider - Would you be willing to redecorate to your taste. Or would you prefer ready to move into with little to do?
    • Do you intend to have/add to a family in the near future?
      • Consider - Is it worth buying a bigger home in which you can also live happily with a growing family?
    • How many bedrooms do you need now and in the future?
    • Where can you park your car(s)?
      • Is a garage essential?
    • Would you like a garden?
      • or would gardening be a chore?
    • Do you need plenty of storage?
    • Do you need a hobby room or extra space?
    • Do you need a study?
      • Do you work from home and need an extra room or space to do so?
    • Do you regularly have people to stay?
      • and need an extra bedroom?
    • Do you need a dining room?


    Why not prepare a list with two columns one containing what I/we


    This will help you build a picture of exactly what you want from your first/next home and allow you to quickly eliminate those homes which don't meet up to your requirements. Without proper planning many people will move into a home and then find it does not meet with their needs. Avoid this by planning now. Once you have a clear picture of what you want, use the HOMES TO BUY button to search for a home on this website, call into any of our branches to browse through sales particulars or read our ads in the local press. Once you see something you like, contact the Dowen branch involved to arrange a viewing. Many people prefer to view a selection of homes to get a good idea of what is available. Finally you will find the home of your dreams. The way forward is then to make an offer to the estate agent.

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    Letting is a good way to obtain a regular income from a vacant property. People choose to let for a variety of reasons, for example they may be unable to sell the property and therefore decide to let instead; they may be working away for a period of time and intend to return to the property in the future or simply may have decided to invest in a property in the hope of receiving a better overall return on their capital.

    All our branches offer an individual letting service with experienced personnel whose aim is to ensure that everything runs as smoothly as possible.

    We offer a choice of service:

    Management :

    We find the tenant, complete all documentation then manage the property on a day to day basis for a monthly management fee (usually taken as a percentage of the rent collected). We deal with the day to day needs of the tenant, attend to repairs and other related matters. Your bank account will be credited monthly with any rent collected.

    Tenant Finder :

    We find the tenant, complete the initial paperwork and prepare the lease then you manage the property thereafter. For this service we charge a single one off fee.


    Regular local newspaper advertising.24/7 advertising on DOWEN.CO.UK Our top quality presentation generally includes a photographic slideshow, aerial photo, location map, route guide and local schools information.24/7 advertising on RIGHTMOVE.CO.UK the most popular property portal in the UK, Property presentation via in-branch brochures and static displays. Motivated and enthusiastic lettings agents. Each is a well-trained professional with good local knowledge and a commitment to everyday exceptional customer service.


    If you are ready to let please contact your nearest Dowen branch and ask for a free valuation. Our valuer will be delighted to tell you about our lettings service, your expected expenses and what we, as your letting agent, can do for you.


    We subscribe to the National Associations of Estate Agents, the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and the Ombudsman For Estate Agents and as such abide by the strict code of good estate agency practice laid down by these organisations.

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    The Great North Property Auction was founded in November 2011 by Dowen, two other estate agents and auctioneers IAM-SOLD Ltd. Hundreds of properties have been sold.

    To Enter Your Property Into The Great North Property Auction is simple

    We Firstly Agree With You A Reserve Price: below which we will not sell the property without your permission

    Thereafter We Immediately Take Your Property TO AUCTION ON THE INTERNET FOR 40 DAYS via The Great North Property Auction website (www.gnpa.co.uk) which works just like eBay.

    Over this time we will heavily promote your property in our newspaper adverts, bespoke auction advertising, through our branches and via the internet

    BUYERS CAN MAKE BIDS ON-LINE, IN OUR BRANCHES OR DIRECT TO OUR AUCTION OFFICE. We will keep in touch with you throughout the process and advise you of all bids



    If we get lots of internet auction bids we will take your property to one of OUR REGULAR LIVE AUCTION EVENTS AT THE RAMSIDE HALL HOTEL, DURHAM where we have our auction room and an auctioneer.

     At these events buyers bid in person or by proxy

    ONCE AN ACCEPTABLE BID IS RECEIVED the buyer pays a minimum £4200+ deposit and is expected to exchange contracts in 28 days

    It's that simple

    For a free no obligation auction valuation and discussion - contact your nearest Dowen branch

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    Dowen Surveying Services is a specialist division of Dowen Estate Agency.

    We carry out professional survey and valuation work for private individuals, solicitors, companies and institutions such as banks and building societies. Our aim is to provide a personal service where the Surveyor will also be available, personally, to discuss any aspect of the survey work he/she has carried out. Our clients find this aspect of our service invaluable, as we insist that the Surveyor concerned will always be approachable and ready to answer any queries raised in easy-to-understand layman terms.

    Why Have A Professional Survey?

    The purchase of your own home is generally regarded as the biggest financial outlay you will ever make. Most mortgage lenders will insist on at least a basic valuation before allowing your purchase to proceed. However this valuation provides little more than to advise the lender of the basic condition of the property and that it is a worthwhile mortgage risk. If you are buying for cash a survey is essential to ensure that your purchase is sound. Intelligent homebuyers therefore realise that it is important to commission a professional survey to advise as to whether the property is free from significant defect and associated expense. Money wisely spent on a professional survey can often save the need to spend thousands on repairs or replacements. In the event of essential repairs being found, your survey report could also be a useful negotiating tool to further reduce the price you pay for your next home.If no significant repairs or expenditure are required then at least you have peace of mind. Remember it is too late to re-negotiate the sale price once you have exchanged contracts or moved in. When buying a home you should never rely solely on a mortgage valuation. Most lenders themselves state, within their terms and conditions, that this should not be done. The section to the right allows you to consider the benefits of each type of professional survey and which type would best suit your needs

    We also carry out: Written Private Valuations

    This style of report is suitable if valuations are required for

    • Matrimonial Purposes
    • Disputes
    • Probate
    • Tax Purposes
    • Compulsory Purchase

    To obtain a written valuation please ask for a quote. Prices start from £80

    DOWEN SURVEYORS OFFICE21 Athenaeum Street, Sunderland, SR1 1DH

    Tel: 0191-5142299

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    Whether you are selling, buying, letting or renting you can expect first class service from all Dowen branches where our personnel are consistently in pursuit of excellence

    Denis Dowen FNAEA   Managing Director

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    Dawn Ferguson - Branch Manager

    Estate agency has been my career for years and personalised customer service is my speciality. I want each customer to have an estate agency experience which will only ever leave them wanting to do business with me and my branch in Fulwell. We are offering amazing selling fee packages and are seeing excellent buyer demand for the majority of home types. If you have a cottage, house or bungalow and are ready to sell or let, call in and see me, Dawn or phone 0191-5142299. I will be delighted to tell you about the fantastic Dowen estate agency service. Note also we have a Great North Property Auction showroom at our City branch. If you'd like to try auction just let me know.

    I'm Sunderland born and bred and so of course live in the City. That's where I like to socialise with my family and friends.

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    Kelly Robson - Sales & Auction Negotiator

    Dedication, self motivation and a professional friendly manner is what you'll get from me Kelly Robson when you visit the Sunderland City branch at Dowen. I started my working years as a professional musician and supplemented my lifestyle with a career in retail and restaurants. I made the career switch to estate agency when the demand of family life no longer balanced with restaurant hours. Working at Dowen has been the best career move I have made so far as all my life skills have come to fruition. I'm working in a great team which is taking the business ever upwards. If you are looking to buy a home in Sunderland get in touch with me and I'll guide you through from making a viewing to moving in.

    My home life involves my family and in particular caring for my beautiful little daughter

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    Georgina Blenkinsopp - Junior Sales Negotiator

    I commenced my apprenticeship with Dowen in September 2014 and on completion was offered a full time position. I am really enjoying all aspects of the role and looking forward to an extensive career within Dowen Estate Agents.

    My hobbies including listening to music, surfing the web and hanging out with my friends & family

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    Liz Robson - Branch Lettings Manager

    I have worked in sales and customer services since the age of 15. I moved into the estate agency around 14 years ago and began specialising in lettings around 6 years ago. My customer feedback is excellent. I have a great personnel relationship with my landlords and make sure the service we deliver is of the highest standards. If you have a well presented home to let or a tenant about to leave contact me to discuss what I can do for you. Also if you are a responsible tenant looking for your next home, please get in touch with me Liz.

    Away from work, my husband cooks us both delicious meals, we socialise with friends and family plus I support and follow the sporting progress of my daughter who is a Paralympic gold medal winner.

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    Chris Eilliot - Head Of Surveying Services

    For over 20 years I've headed our successful survey department. If you are looking for a survey on your next purchase or need a written valuation for any purpose call us on 0191-5142299

    I'm a keen rugby fan and have a particular love of France and the good dining that visits to there permit.

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    Margaret Milburn - PA To Survey Department

    I've been PA to our survey department for over 2 decades. If you require a professional survey from a chartered surveyor contact me, Margaret, on 0191-5142299 and I'll provide a quote and arrange a mutually convenient appointment for a surveyor to visit the subject property.

    Away from work my time is spent with my family plus I enjoy holidays abroad in particular to the Canary Islands

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      Customer service is paramount to the success of any business. Our aim is to constantly deliver the service levels we would expect to receive ourselves. You will find everyone at Dowen Estate Agents, friendly, approachable and well trained. We are committed to making your estate agency experience the very best possible   Denis Dowen FNAEA  - Managing Director

    Testimonials from Sellers

    • Seller Testimonial

      Ms K Duffy (290514)
      Carolyn is welcoming and friendly yet plain speaking and direct. No fuss, no flannel.
    • Seller Testimonial

      Mr A Hawthorn (040314)
      A very professional attitude with up to date information on the progress of our sale. All completed within 4 weeks. A credit to the Dowens team, and now I am enjoying my re-location to Ireland.
    • Seller Testimonial

      Mr & Mrs Sawyer (241113)
      Great at doing her job. Purchase of properties went in a straight forward manner . Very approachable and knows her job.
    • Seller Testimonial

      Ms M Mordue (11113)
      Linda has acted on behalf of our vendors estate agent - Dowens at Durham - she has been a fantastic support especially over the last couple of weeks when she has gone above and beyond being helpful - she has gone out of her way to help complete our purchase and worked effectively and efficiently with all parties concerned! I would reccommend Linda at Dowens to all my associates and friends!
    • Seller Testimonial

      Mrs P Wardle (300813)
      Without Linda's drive, determination and perseverance I doubt the sale of my property would have gone through. Her tireless efforts to keep the sale moving and get round any obstacles put in her way was truly admirable. Whilst doing all this she kept me regularly informed and provided a friendly but professional service at all times.
    • Seller Testimonial

      Mrs M McAndrew (230813)
      I would like to say how warm and wonderful these two women are, they have looked after me and my husband with care and respect, and I would recommend them to anyone, they both went the extra mile for us which was very appreciative, I would just like to thank them both for all their hard work.
    • Seller Testimonial

      Ms. M Alton (270613)
      From the day Trudie walked into my home I felt totally confident that Dowen were the best people to sell my property. All the staff have been very friendly, helpful and professional, in particular David who has been absolutely fantastic. Even my buyers have commented on his professionalism.
    • Seller Testimonial

      Mr M Savage (170413)
      Tanya was warm, friendly and very helpful but at the same time very professional and showed her wide experience in all matters concerning the sale of our house. From the moment she became involved things moved forward and her suggested selling plans worked well as the house was sols fairly quickly considering the current market. Selling a house is very stressful but Tanya put us at ease and helped us through all stages of the sale. She liaised with us on a regular basis and kept in constant touch to keep us informed of all developments and her advice throughout the process was of great assistance to us. My wife and I would like to thank Tanya for all her help and guidance in the sale of our house we are so grateful. She is a very real asset to the Denis Dowen team an d you should be proud to have her there. Thank you again.

    Testimonials from Buyers

    • Buyer Testimonial

      Mr.J Dineen (111013)
      Again went out of her way to be more than helpful, not just in buying also in rental. Very patient, outstanding knowledge, fantastic advice. Well done  Dowen Peterlee. Again one very happy customer
    • Buyer Testimonial

      Mr Johnson (071013)
      What a well natured women - very customer focused, a pleasure to speak too
    • Buyer Testimonial

      Mr and Mrs Metcalf (070912)
      The lady (sorry we did not get her name) was prompt and friendly. Professional yet personable. Efficient but good humoured. She was honest to draw our attention to things that needed doing, though these were few and far between. It seems as though you have good systems which allow viewings to take place when quickly & convenient to potential buyers. We felt at ease to view the property at our leisure rather than under pressure or rushed. Cheerful, friendly, polite and well informed. Many thanks John & Claire
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    *Guide Price: An indication of a seller's minimum expectation at auction and given as a “Guide Price” or a range of “Guide Prices”. This is not necessarily the figure a property will sell for and is subject to change prior to the auction.

    Reserve Price: Each auction property will be subject to a “Reserve Price” below which the property cannot be sold at auction. Normally the “Reserve Price” will be set within the range of “Guide Prices” or no more than 10% above a single “Guide Price.”

    Auction Fees: The purchase of this property may include associated fees not listed here, as it is to be sold via auction. To find out more about the fees associated with this property please call Dowen, Sunderland on 0191 514 2299.

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    The Dowen Lettings Department is very successful with hundreds of homes under management

    Offer your property to let with Dowen and in general you will have one point of contact, namely a dedicated, personal Lettings Portfolio Manager
    This person will look after you from listing your property to finding a tenant

    Our Lettings Portfolio Managers are experienced and knowledgeable. All endeavour to build a strong personal relationship with the landlords they represent
    Many large multi-branch agents locate their letting department in one central location, often meaning you'll never know who will pick up the phone, when you call with a query or problem

    Feedback tells us that our landlords appreciate our personal one on one approach, because they always know who they are dealing with at Dowen Lettings
    Full details of our service is detailed on our website


    Tenants With Dowen you can expect a fair and measured service taking your needs as tenant into account
    If we are managing your property on behalf of the landlord, you will have a your own personal Dowen letting agent to deal with you and your tenancy, on a day to day basis

    Full details of our service is detailed on our website


    Dowen is a service focused organisation, where all personnel commit to delivering the highest standards of professionalism and customer service, to landlords and tenants alike

    For your peace of mind, we subscribe to the National Associations of Estate Agents and the Ombudsman For Estate Agents. As such abide by the strict code of good estate agency practice laid down by these organisations


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    21, Athenaeum Street, Sunderland, SR1 1DH

    Buying: 0191 687 0400  Local call rate
    Letting: 0191 687 0309  Local call rate
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