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    How do you choose an Estate Agent when we all appear to offer a similar service? Well, the difference between an average Estate Agency and a very good one is essentially down to the people that work there - we have very good people at Hobbs Parker. To look after you properly we employ the best people who know your area well and have many years of experience handling all the tricky things that buying, selling, letting or renting houses can bring.
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What makes a good Estate Agent?
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    Experience, Experience, Experience!

    Your house is likely to be your most valuable asset.

    It's certainly far too valuable to trust to an automated valuation tool or a newcomer still learning their trade.

    Our Directors and Valuers have all been selling houses just like yours for many years. They live locally and many hold professional qualifications which not always the case nowadays with most estate agents.

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    Hobbs Parker was established in 1850
    We care about our reputation for doing the job properly for our customers. We are regulated by The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and we work in accordance with their best practice guidelines.

    We do not work on personal monthly commissions and nor do we sell mortgages or conveyancing services. We concentrate on selling your house and doing that well.

    We do not tie you into unnecessary long agency agreements.There is no small print - just a fair fee for selling your house.

    We will stay in touch with you every step of the way. You will have our direct lines and our mobile numbers.

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    Presenting your home in the best light

    You will expect us to know all about the right presentation of your property in readiness for marketing, to create the very best first impressions and which features might take precedent in your brochure.

    When we first visit your home we encourage you to consider with us:

    • How your property fits into the marketplace?
    • How many buyers might be looking for a house like yours?
    • How quickly a sale can be secured, is this a month, 3 months or a year or more?
    • Does newspaper advertising still make a difference?
    • Is your property likely to capture the imagination of local and national journalists.
    • And why an agent with a local office is still best placed to sell your house.
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    Finding you a buyer

    All good estate agents list their properties on the property portals - we do too.

    Our website is visited by around 40,000 people each week compared to just 3,000 for most estate agents. People view nearly 3 million pages on our website each year.

    The best way to sell houses is to build a direct relationship with people looking for property.

    When we market new properties we list them first on our own website and send out email alerts at 3:30 pm to just over 1,500 hot buyers you have registered for our Early Bird email alerts.

    This generates a surge of activity, phone calls and viewings.

    It's a critical part of our marketing mix and one that other agents cannot offer.

    We are very lucky to be asked to sell some fabulous properties and we make the very most of this for our clients. We spend £10,000's each year advertising our Facebook page which helps promote the properties we are marketing to tens of thousands of people every week.

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    Half our team work on 'sales progression'

    Our sales progression team are the unsung heroes of our estate agency - you will probably only fully appreciate their hard work, understanding and wise council when your sale has been concluded.

    Once a buyer has been found, you can confidently rely upon us to progress, coordinate and report to you on a regular basis, help with advice and trust us to assist with your onward plans. Many clients worry about a buyer's survey, chains, mortgage borrowing and proof of funding. 

    We can also provide assistance with your onward property search even if it is for sale with another agency

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Find your perfect home
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    Early Bird Email Alerts

    You can register for our Early Bird Email Alerts on our website, where you will be notified with new properties as soon as they come on the market and before they are published to the wider community.

    https://www.hobbsparker.co.uk/alerts/

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    Register as an applicant

    Call our office on 01233 511003 and register your details with us along with your wish list for your new home, your budget and location criteria.

    We will email or text you with property matches as they become available.
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    Viewings
    Experienced viewing staff to accompany you on your viewings, providing you with copies of our professional brochures and answering any queries you may have.
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    Followup

    Experienced Sales Negotiators to assist from the moment your offer is accepted right through to the completion of your purchase.

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    Service
    Although we are contracted by the seller, we also have a duty of care to our buyer too. As such, we are always happy to offer support and guidance at any stage of a transaction to buyers as well as sellers. We recognise that happy buyers often result in happy sellers and therefore less stress for all.
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Meet our Hobbs Parker Valuers and Directors
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    Alex Davies - Managing Director Estate Agents
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    Alex brings to our clients the benefit of specialist rural and country property expertise and a career spanning over 30 years in the property industry, he is a long serving member and Fellow of the National Association of Estate Agents, a member of the Association of Residential Letting Agents and holds a Diploma in Surveying from the University College of Estate Management at Reading. In recent years, Alex has reported widely on the effects of HS1 on Ashford and the surrounding area including interviews with national press and television.

    When not providing in-depth property advice or coordinating marketing strategies Alex is a keen skier and an Arsenal football club supporter.

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    Simon Godfrey - Director at our Tenterden Office
    I joined Hobbs Parker in 2007 after a career of more than 25 years in financial services. In my early years I spent time working in each of the Hobbs Parker Estate Agents specialist teams and I now head up our Tenterden office.I'm originally from the West Country and I moved to Woodchurch in the 1990's where I still live with my wife Clare and our three children. Now in my fifties, I have recently taken up running much to my own surprise - I couldn't ever see myself running but have found that it's another great way to enjoy the local countryside.I'm also a fan of skiing and cycling (the MAMIL cliché fully applies here!) as well as cooking which I find especially rewarding.
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    Sarah Holgate - Head of The Villages
    After qualifying as a bilingual and legal secretary, I started my work life as an insurance broker for the construction industry. I guess this is where my love of architecture and buildings stems from. When my son was 2 years old, we decided to move from Maidstone to Ashford and I had my daughter a couple of years later. Shortly afterwards, in 2005, I started working at Hobbs Parker in the Estate Agents department and was very fortunate to be trained by some of the best valuers, negotiators and surveyors in the industry. I have gained a huge amount of knowledge and experience over many years working here in every department even including a short spell in car auctions! I am now fortunate enough to do the job I most coveted being Head of The Villages - I don't know of many people who can say they love their job but I honestly do, it's a real privilege to help people move and find them their dream home.
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    James Hickman - Head of Farms, Land and Equestrian
    James has been at Hobbs Parker for nearly thirty years. He is a rural practice Chartered Surveyor who specialises in the sale of farms, land, smallholdings and equestrian properties. He also conducts Hobbs Parker's Property Auctions. His particular areas of expertise include advising on the most appropriate method of sale (from private treaty, tender or auction) and giving lotting advice for farms and land. James is married with three grown-up children. In his spare time, he enjoys relaxing with his family, walking and watching sport.
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    Greg Wood - Valuer and Head of New Business
    I joined Hobbs Parker in 2018 following several years working for a sales and lettings national franchise business. During that time I worked with a fantastic group of business owners, helping them develop their businesses and, in a number of cases, launch new sales departments. I dealt with numerous cold start launches as well as various business acquisitions and mergers. Prior to this, I spent over 8 years working for a large corporate estate agent. This was my first role in estate agency and from the classic 'tea boy' job title on day one, I progressed through practically every role in the industry. For the bulk of my time, I spent several very happy years as a branch manager selling properties in and around Ashford. When I moved on, my role had progressed into an area sales director position.The downside of this was being detached from the best job in the industry - which is exactly what I do now - valuing property! So, enough of the formal stuff, this isn't Linkedin after all, here's a little bit about me. I am born and bred in Ashford, I have lived in and around the town for most of my life. After returning from 3 years in Cardiff (while at University) I moved to Folkestone and several years after that I have moved back to Ashford. Outside work, I am a very active family man who, just about, balances home life with all manner of outdoor pursuits. From swimming to shooting and cross country running to triathlon I seem to manage to squeeze this in around work and family life. My active lifestyle is topped off by owning a working cocker spaniel called Bramble. The only thing she enjoys more than running around a field is running around it twice!
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    Moya Bowerman - Associate Director, Lettings
    I trained in Estate Agency in Folkestone in the late 1980's and made a move to the lettings side of the business. Whilst training as a Property Manager I attained my ARLA 1 and 2 qualifications and became Residential Lettings Branch Manager for a large lettings agency in Canterbury. I am now a fellow of the Association of Residential Letting Agents and I was delighted to join Hobbs Parker in 2008 to lead the new Residential Lettings business. In the years since then, we have grown to become one of the leading letting agents in the area. I lead a dedicated lettings team and we all take pride in the personal and specialised service we offer.
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    Bill Lightfoot - Director, Development Consultancy
    My grandfather, Robert Guy Hobbs, introduced me to Hobbs Parker when I was two years old, when he sat me next to him on the auctioneer's rostrum, while he sold the cattle at a rattling pace. I was a regular visitor to the auction market and the Hobbs Parker offices from then onwards. I was often put to work helping Polly the tea lady on her rounds, chasing sheep around the market and stuffing envelopes in the post room. Eventually, aged 19, I escaped this cruel world of child labour and with my A levels in my back pocket, went away to study Rural Estate Management at the Royal Agricultural College. Remarkably I graduated and then moved on to live and work in the Yorkshire dales. Too young and foolish to appreciate the stunning beauty of the national park, I did, however, learn from some very straight talking and seasoned professionals and managed, under the strict eye of the RICS, to qualify as a Chartered Surveyor in 1995. Travelling back South again in 1996, I set about designing and building a new house in Brook. I still live there today with the mistakes of my naive architecture, my lovely wife Keeley, my three naughty daughters, three dogs, two cats, pigs, chickens and our old horse Jack. At the same time, I joined Hobbs Parker, although this time I was paid a wage. Not a living wage, nor in fact a minimum wage but a wage none the less! I worked in every conceivable part of the business before finding my natural place in the business of property.Invited into the partnership in 2001, I set about, with the help of some very bright and determined colleagues, building a remarkably successful local estate agency business. Mindful of the great history and reputation of the firm, I have insisted that we treat all of our customers with respect and provide them with sound honest advice. The result is our enviable reputation for professionalism which I am very proud of. Whilst managing the estate agency I have, along the way, with an interest in architecture and planning, specialised in the competitive world of property development. I provide detailed advice to land owners and property developers in all areas of the business including valuation, promotion, sales and purchase, legal agreements and viability assessments. It is a very interesting specialism, not least of all because of the financial sums involved, but also because it is not something that can easily be learnt from books and lectures but really only through gritty experience.All in all my work at Hobbs Parker manages to keep me out of mischief. However, when I am not at work you will find me mostly ferrying the kids here and there, walking the dogs in the hills and woods around Brook, huffing and puffing around the squash courts of Kent and merrily eating and drinking with my friends and family.
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    Testimonials from Sellers

    • Seller Testimonial

      The team at Hobbs Parker, James Hickman and Sue Savva, marketed a house for me with the inhibition of updating and modernisation which would not encourage a lot of buyers. Over 40 vewings were conducted, culminating with a cash buyer all due to the audience and reach of Hobbs Parker.
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      I must thank all of you at Hobbs Parker for your interest and work in making this happen. I couldn't be more pleased with what you have done.
    • Seller Testimonial

      I have bought and sold 3 houses in Wye for myself and my mother, all via Sarah, very ably assisted by Lesley in the office. As I have moved around a lot, I have probably bought and sold more than 12 houses in my life, and Sarah is the only professional estate agent I would recommend. Her knowledge of Wye and the surrounding villages cannot be surpassed.
    • Seller Testimonial

      From the first meeting to the sale of the home everything was done efficiently to complete the sale including viewings and assistance from internal staff members. It was also good to be advised and updated of all developments from beginning to end. I was impressed by the efforts of all members of staff involved in the sale.
    • Seller Testimonial

      Selling a house is not something you do every day so it is difficult to compare. The agent maintained good contact about developments in the sale and was enthusiastic and friendly The price achieved was about 25% higher than I initially anticipated despite the condition of the property making it difficult to sell. The agent seems to have good contact with serious purchasers. Yes I would use them again.
    • Seller Testimonial

      We sold a property through Hobbs Parker that I thought would be quite difficult to value owing to various outbuildings etc. Well I needn't have worried. Being local estate agents I found their knowledge of the market to be very impressive. We decided to sell through them purely on the friendliness and professionalism of the staff that we dealt with. The property was marketed and successfully sold by them. Any issues that were raised during the purchasing process was always dealt with very promptly and professionally. I wouldn't hesitate using them again.
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