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    Moving is a busy and exciting time and we're here to make sure the experience goes as smoothly as possible by giving you all the help you need under one roof. The company has always used computer and internet technology, but the company's biggest strength is the genuinely warm, friendly and professional approach that we offer all of our clients.
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Symonds & Sampson Ilminster 
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     Friendly, Experienced and Exceptional Service
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    We pride ourselves on the time we take to understand your needs when you come to sell your home and make sure we provide the best marketing package to ensure we reach both local, regional and national buyers.
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Buying Through Us
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    Initial contact with us will usually be via a website, over the phone or in person at one of our eleven residential sales offices. You can continue to get up-to-date lists of available properties on an ad hoc basis but you may prefer to register with us. This will allow us to send you details of properties just as they come to the market or when prices are revised.

    Our applicant database is web-based and shared instantly across all ten offices so that you need only sign-up once to be matched with any property that fits your requirements. You can register by contacting one of our offices where a member of staff will take your details and discuss the current market and properties available with you. We endeavour to get all sales staff to see the property but, where this has not been possible, someone who has seen it can ring you back. You will receive notification of new properties via e-mail and can download full colour particulars.

    If any property is of interest please contact the relevant office to discuss it further and to make arrangements for a viewing.

    Once you make an offer it will be submitted in writing to the vendors. The staff will need to collect personal details from you, if not already known, such as the position of your own sale and availability of finance.

    We will advise you of the outcome of any offer. Once an offer is accepted, we will notify your solicitors at the same time as the vendors. Because agents can speak to both buyers' and sellers' solicitors we will keep in touch with you during the sale process with updates, up to the point at which contracts are exchanged .

    Following exchange of contracts we will liaise with you and the vendor about the hand over of keys at completion. .

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Meet the Team 
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    The key to any good estate agent is a team that has the experience and understanding to know how to provide an exceptional level of service to their customers. When Symonds & Sampson looked to open their latest office in the beautiful market town of Ilminster that was the most important criteria when hand picking the team. With a combined experience of over 55 years in estate agency, Tim, Georgie and Melissa have the skills and knowledge to guide both buyers and sellers through the sales process. 

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    Tim Bennett - Manager 
    Tim is Somerset to his core, having spent all his life in the county his early childhood was spent in a farming environment but rather than follow the family tradition and following his mum's advice that he would make a good auctioneer because he talked all the time Tim took an opportunity with a local firm to start an apprenticeship.
    It didn't take Tim long to realise that he had a natural ability to deal with people and he thrived in an environment where he could build a strong reputation and create a successful business within the residential arm of estate agency.

    Over a period of 30 years Tim has gained a wealth of experience having worked from the very bottom as a trainee to senior management positions, specialising in residential sales, business development, customer care and team development.

    As Tim's children have now flown the nest his passion for motorcycling often means he and his wife, Annette can be found enjoying the beautiful west country scenery on two wheels. This has extended to trips across Europe and Canada.
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    Senior Negotiator - Georgie Wakinshaw- BSc.Est Man
    Georgie is Somerset through and through with even her ancestors hailing from the county and has over 20 years of estate agency experience. She prides herself on her honest advice and cheery nature even in the most difficult of circumstances. When she is not at work (or at her other job, motherhood), she can be found in her classic Fiat 500 driving around the countryside making use or her National Trust Membership with her husband or singing in a local 12 piece band!
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    Negotiator - Melissa Runcieman
    Melissa was born and bred in Lyme Regis before moving to Ilminster some years ago. She has plenty of estate agency experience having already worked in the town. Outside of work you may find her on the stage or out walking with her dogs.
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    Auctioneer - Mark Lewis
    Mark needs little introduction as the face of Symonds & Sampson's property auctions. A chartered surveyor and former livestock auctioneer Mark also sells country houses and is editor of our in house magazine Country Matters.
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    Karen Mitchell MARLA - Lettings Manager
    Karen was born and grew up in Somerset, the daughter of a dairy farmer. Always a country girl at heart she moved to Yeovil in 1982 when she bought her first property. Her daughter Eloise came along in 1989 and son Daniel in 1992. Once her children started school she became a property letting manager for a local Independent letting agent. Karen joined Symonds and Sampson in June 2009 as a property letting manager furthering her knowledge and passing her ARLA exams. In her free time Karen enjoys spending time with her partner Ian, her children and granddaughter, enjoying coastal walks, cooking, shopping and relaxing at home. Also holidays exploring new places, socialising and eating out with friends.
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    Trudi Gumbrell MARLA - Lettings Manager
    Trudi has been with Symonds & Sampson for five years. Prior to undertaking her current role, she was based in our award-winning Dorchester and Poundbury offices driving both branches to unprecedented levels of success. Before joining us, she was very successful with a large corporate estate agent in Yeovil, therefore her mantra is very much to operate her offices with "an independent service with a corporate drive". For over twenty-five years she was a partner in a firm specialising in replacement windows, conservatories and construction, therefore she has a good knowledge of building and planning issues. On a personal level Trudi lived for many years in Milborne Port and is a well-known and popular figure in the town and surrounding villages. She now resides in Yeovil with her partner and two dogs who they both adore! In her spare time, she very much enjoys socialising, creative cooking, walks on the beach and has a passion for travel. If you are considering letting your property why not contact Trudi and book your free market appraisal so she can talk you through the many benefits of Symonds & Sampson marketing and managing your property.
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    Gemma Cassidy MARLA - Lettings Assistant
    Gemma has worked for a variety of departments at Symonds & Sampson over the years but now operates the Yeovil lettings department engine room.
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      Some of our lovely reviews:

    Testimonials from Sellers

    • Seller Testimonial

      We have been very please with service we received from Symonds and Sampson in Ilminster - Georgie Garrett especially has gone above and beyond to insure a stress free sale, she has been quick to respond with any query's and always so helpful and reassuring. Thank you to everyone from the Ilminster branch - next step is to find us our dream home!!! Miss C
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      Would highly recommend Symonds and Sampson. From beginning to end Tim, Georgie and Melissa have been professional, friendly and delivered a first class service. Wouldn't hesitate to use them again. Mr and Mrs A
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      Dear Ilminster Office, A big thank you to you all for organising a successful sale of our house in Ashill. Georgie you were super efficient and kept us up to date with the progress throughout the sale. It has been a pleasure to deal with your office. I will definitely recommend you to my friends! From Mrs S
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      Dear Ilminster Office, I felt I had to write to say what an excellent service we have received from Tim Bennett. The whole process from beginning to end was stress free and handled in such a quiet way as to make my husband and I feel relaxed through the whole process. On the occasions I spoke to Tim's assistants, they were also delightful and most helpful. Yours faithfully, Mr and Mrs R 
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      Thanks for your support in bringing the sale over the line. Your strategy was spot on and definitely hit the target market. The best thing I can say about the brochure was the statement said by our buyer -  " this was the first brochure that told and showed the truth about the property" You definitely made the difference and we are pleased that you confirmed our faith in selecting you. It was a smart move in putting you two together alongside the very professional Melissa Best regards  Mr and Mrs R
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      Thank you so much for all the exceptional care and support you gave me during the sale of our home. I will miss chatting with you all and popping in for a coffee. Mrs A
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      Thank you all so much for all the hard work! You made an incredibly stressful time a lot easier and for that we are extremely grateful. Mr and Mrs M
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      To Tim, Georgie and Melissa, Thank you so much for your card and gift, the sale of my house was a pleasurable and enjoyable experience thanks to you all, you are a great team and I am sure your business will go from strength to strength. With all best wishes Mrs W
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      To Tim, Georgie and Melissa, Thank you so much for everything you have done for us. We will definitely be recommending you.
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      The team at Symonds and Sampson, Ilminster, gave us the best possible service. They sold our house, with a refreshingly different approach, and also helped us find our next property. They were unfailingly cheerful, optimistic and professional. Perhaps best of all they went that extra mile, giving us that much-needed advice and guidance to deal with problems along the way.
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      We sold our property within days of marketing through Symonds & Sampson in May of this year. The description and photographs in the brochure were first class and the service we received from Tim and the team during the sale was faultless.
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      A most helpful and professional team helping with the sale of a property. thanks Georgie and Melissa.
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      Tim and Melissa did a great job for me, sold our house very quickly, gave great service through out, I would highly recommend and use Symonds and Sampson again. 
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      Best estate agent we have ever used. we were guided through every step of the way and never left in the dark, thank you team .
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      We are so glad we chose Symonds and Sampson, Ilminster, to sell our property. From the day we walked into the office their kind and caring professionalism was consistent. Any and all concerns during the process were sorted in a timely manner. Tim Bennet, Georgie and Melissa made a great team to work with because they followed through what needed to be done and kept us up to date. Kind Regards, Happy New Year!

    Testimonials from Buyers

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      Thank you to Tim, Georgie and the whole team for all your hard work in securing our home. Mr & Mrs H
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      Thank you all so much for the smooth running of us buying our first house, and dealing with all our questions and random calls! We love out new house! Mr B and Miss B
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      To Tim, Georgie and Melissa, thanks for all your help with the purchase of our new home in England! King regards Mr and Mrs E
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      We purchased a property through S&S earlier this year. Always helpful, returned our calls, and could answer questions. We will use them if we sell and would recommend without hesitation. Thanks Tim, Georgie and Melissa
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      Georgie and Co were great - they were very friendly and really went the extra mile to help me during a quite complicated sale process. Always easy to get hold of and speak to - I was very impressed.
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      We have just exchanged contracts having purchased through Symonds & Sampson Ilminster. From start to finish their service has been exceptional, indeed they were the last link in the top end of the chain and were the conscience of the whole chain, clearing blockers and ensuring we were all kept informed. Whilst the whole of the team have been friendly, relaxed but professional our prime contact throughout has been Georgie Wakinshaw, extremely experienced and always a good ear to bounce any queries or questions off of. As always selling and buying is a stressful time for all concerned but Georgie and her colleagues managed to minimise any stress points. Would thoroughly recommend and I don't say that about too many Estate Agents. Mr A
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      A brilliant team: nothing was too much trouble, however stupid my questions might have been! Can't recommend them highly enough.
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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 Symonds & Sampson, Ilminster on 01460 200790.