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    Williams & Donovan Lettings is Hockley's longest established lettings and property management company with a prominent office in the centre of town. This is a specialist office dedicated only to the rental business. Every member of our team has many years of experience and accumulated knowledge and can guide both Landlords and Tenants through the process of property rental.

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    We offer tailor-made services to suit a Landlord's requirements, offering anything from a Tenant finding only arrangement through to full property management services. Some clients ask us to just advertise their properties and they do the rest, others require only a tenancy agreement and inventory for their own Tenants. Whatever your needs, big or small, we can help.

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    For complete peace of mind all client money is held in a separate ring-fenced account and protected by the Client Money Protection Scheme administered the National Federation of Property Professionals. Williams & Donovan Lettings also subscribes to the Property Ombudsman's Code of Practice for Letting Agents and is a member of the government sponsored National Approved Letting Scheme.

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    If you are a new Landlord please ask for our free Landlord Guide. This explains letting procedures and your legal obligations in clear, uncomplicated language. We are happy to visit your property to offer a valuation and answer your questions without obligation. Alternatively if you prefer to telephone or call in the office any member of our team will be able to help.

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    Your home or investment property is a major asset which you wish to protect. At the same time becoming a landlord brings a raft of legal responsibilities and obligations. At Williams & Donovan Lettings every member of our team has many years of experience in all aspects of the rental business and will guide you through the entire lettings process while helping you to comply with current and ever changing legislation.

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    We do appreciate that landlords come in all shapes and sizes from the experienced investor with a significant portfolio to the first time landlord with a single property to rent. Our services can be tailor-made to suit individual needs. We can help from just providing tenancy documentation through to a full letting and management service, or anything in between.
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    All our prospective tenants are referenced and credit checked and your final approval is requested before proceeding with a tenancy. We normally obtain a damages deposit equivalent to one month's rent but a higher deposit is often taken where pets are allowed. All damages deposits have to be covered by one of the government approved protection schemes. Landlords can utilise our membership of the Deposit Protection Service custodial scheme or make their own arrangements.

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    We will provide a full inventory of contents and irrespective of the service you request from us we can arrange for energy performance certificates, gas safety certificates, electrical inspections and smoke alarm installation. Where you ask for our full management service we have retained tradesmen to cover all eventualities but landlords can instruct us to use their own contractors if they so wish
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    Our existing landlord clients use our services for their properties in Rayleigh, Hockley, Rochford, Ashingdon, Hullbridge, Canewdon, South Fambridge, Southend-on-Sea, Westcliff-on-Sea, Leigh-on-Sea, Shoeburyness and Great Wakering. Please call us on 01702 200313, email us at lettings@williamsanddonovan.co.uk or drop into our office at 69 Southend Road, Hockley SS5 4PZ for free advice and a copy of our Landlord Guide.

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    We will ask you to complete an application form authorising us to carry out a credit check and take references. The references may vary according to your circumstances but will include either an employer's or accountant's reference and if applicable a previous landlord's reference.

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    If your income is insufficient to support the rental commitment some landlords may accept you with a guarantor. The guarantor must be able to prove financial ability to pay the rent on your behalf, agree to a credit check and sign a legally binding guarantor agreement.

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    You will usually be asked to pay a damages deposit equivalent to one month's rent and we will transfer this to the Deposit Protection Service Custodial Scheme for the term of your tenancy. Your deposit will be safe and the landlord can only make deductions with your agreement. In the rare event that you and your landlord cannot agree over any proposed deductions the Deposit Protection Service provides a free arbitration service to resolve the dispute.

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    For your peace of mind any funds paid to Williams & Donovan Lettings are protected by the National Federation of Property Professionals Client Money Protection Scheme.

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    Please call us on 01702 200313 if you have any questions and any member of our team will be able help.

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    The content on this Microsite has been uploaded by Williams & Donovan, Hockley. Rightmove Group Limited makes no warranty as to the accuracy or completeness of the content, any queries should be sent directly to Williams & Donovan, Hockley. Where properties are displayed on a page, this comprises a property advertisement. Rightmove Group Limited who operate the website Rightmove.co.uk makes no warranty as to the accuracy or completeness of the advertisement or any linked or associated information, and Rightmove has no control over the content. These property advertisements do not constitute property particulars. The information is provided and maintained by Williams & Donovan, Hockley. Please contact the agent directly to obtain any information which may be available under the terms of The Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) (England and Wales) Regulations 2007 or the Home Report if in relation to a residential property in Scotland and if you have any query over the content.

    *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 Williams & Donovan, Hockley on 01702 200666.


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      EA Master 2019 Winners!.....

      Williams & Donovan have been independently identified as one of the top estate agents in the country and now feature in the Best Estate Agent Guide. Over 3 billion data points were analysed and 20,000 mystery shops carried out in the search for this year's top performers -the biggest assessment of any industry. The awards are made for property marketing, results and customer service. There are 15,000 estate agents in the country, and we are among this year's TOP award winners putting us in the top 3 percent of estate agents in the country.


      Selling a property...

      Williams & Donovan are the top performing agent in the area selling 148 properties within the past 12 month period with the closest rival agency selling just 38 properties. Statistics taken from Rightmove Intel between 16/10/2018 - 16/10/2019


      More detailed views for your property...

      Williams & Donovan achieve more views and more exposure for their clients properties. Rightmove's average detailed views per day, per property within the SS5 postcode is currently 59.

      Williams & Donovan create an exceptional 93 views per day for their properties. That's 238 more views per week, 1,031 more views per month and a staggering 12,375 more views per year on their clients properties! Statistics taken from Rightmove Intel between 16/10/2018 - 16/10/2019.


      Looking for a property...

      Contact Williams & Donovan today and give yourself the best chance of finding your new home. They have listed 182 NEW instructions within the past 12 months with the closest rival agency listing just 54 properties. That's 3.5 times more likely to find through Williams and Donovan than any other agent in the area. Statistics taken from Rightmove Intel between 16/10/2018 - 16/10/2019.


      About us...

      We strive to be the agent of choice by providing exceptional customer service, honest advice and creative marketing.

      As an independent company we thrive off our exceptional service. We have a proud reputation as the go to agent in the area and ensure every client; both buyer and seller are guided through the whole process.

      With the corporate companies the directors and area managers hide in their 'head offices' and ultimately do not answer to you, the client!

      All three directors live in the area and still are at the core of the business. They will oversee the whole process and are further assisted by two office managers who in turn are backed up by a hand selected team who all care for the business as if it is their own. This ensures you receive the exceptional service many agents promise but we feel only us deliver.

      Our business offers a full residential and commercial estate agency service complimented by property management, lettings and financial services.

      Our marketing campaigns are designed to promote our clients properties in a way that is suitable to their timescales and objectives. Editorial and local advert media will be utilised at every opportunity and incorporated into intelligent marketing campaigns.

      We offer a proactive and enthusiastic approach to buying, selling and renting homes across the entire 'SS' postcode region. This helps us to achieve our primary aim of combining traditional values and expert local knowledge within a modern estate agency service.

      For all of our clients we aim to get them the best possible price, to move in the quickest timescale, with as little stress as possible to a committed buyer.

      We believe we employ some of the most talented, professional and respected individuals within the industry who have helped us to achieve our status as one of the most successful independent agents in the country.

      As proof of our commitment to customer service Williams & Donovan further subscribe to the Property Ombudsman scheme and are licensed members of the National Association of Estate Agents. They are two separate independent bodies which oversee everything we do as a company. You can trust that you are dealing with total professionals.

      Find out for yourself why Williams & Donovan have become the areas most successful independent estate and lettings agents by booking in your FREE NO OBLIGATION VALUATION.


      Hockley Sales Office Opening Times

      Monday: 08:30 - 18:00

      Tuesday: 08:30 - 18:00

      Wednesday: 08:30 - 18:00

      Thursday: 08:30 - 18:00

      Friday: 08:30 - 18:00

      Saturday: 08:30 - 17:00

      Sunday: Closed

      Bank Holidays: Closed

      Christmas Holidays: Hours differ

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    Our Hockley Sales Team
    • Introduction

      We believe we employ some of the most talented and respected individuals within the industry who have helped us ascertain our status as market leaders within the local area. We have helped move thousands of clients since opening in 1999 and continue to help hundreds of clients each year to sell and find their new home. 

      We have one of, if not the largest sales team is the 'SS' postcode. Read about our team below!
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      Colin Donovan MNAEA - Director

      Following on from a career in London and then working for both independent and corporate estate agents, Colin and his business partner Ian opened Williams and Donovan in 1999. The business quickly became one of the most recognised and successful companies in the area and our success continues today.

      Colin an Ian laid down their aim for the company very early on which was to be the agent of choice by providing exceptional customer service, honest advice and creative marketing and this is still at the core of the business today. 

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      James Whyte - Director

      James joined us in 2004 having worked for both independent and corporate companies since 1998. He is a popular face amongst the community having grown up and lived in Hockley all his life, he lives with his wife and two boys.

      James has been a vital part of our success in becoming the Market Leader and in 2016 he became one of our directors. He is an exceptional agent and knows the local area and its property market better than anyone. He also carries out market appraisals as well as being heavily involved in the day-to-day running of the branch. 


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      Paul Dunne - Manager

      Having worked as an Estate Agent for over 30 years, Paul is one of the most experienced and respected agents in the area having worked in several roles within the industry. Since joining us in 2009 he quickly become a integral part of the team and is now our office manager.

      Paul oversees everything the office does and ensures our clients are always receiving the exceptional service we promise to deliver. He will go that extra mile to make the sale happen and is vastly experienced at negotiating offers and progressing difficult sales through to completion; often putting those difficult solicitors in their place. 

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      Tom Revell - Assistant Manager
      Tom is our Assistant Manager and Commercial Manager. He joined us in late 2013 and has quickly developed his role since joining us. He knows the market inside out, carrying out our market appraisals ensuring your home looks its very best when coming to market. In 2020, Tom launched our Commercial Sales & Lettings department.  He covers any Commercial related requirements and from all our offices covering the whole of the 'SS' postcode. 

      Tom is now a highly experienced agent and important part of our team and future. He has an abundance of qualifications including a Diploma for the Sale of Residential Property awarded by Property Mark and a Diploma for the Sale of Commercial Property awarded by RICS. 
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      Denise Gibb - Senior Sales Consultant

      Denise joined the team in October 2014 with over 11 years experience within the property industry. Having grown up in Devon, she moved to Hockley in 1992 where she has lived since with her partner and three children.

      Denise knows the area and people well and has excellent local knowledge which will help both seller and purchaser. She arranges and conducts viewings as well negotiates offers and is a friendly voice to guide our clients through the sales process once a price is agreed.

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      Lily Riddell - Sales Consultant
      Lily joined us in October 2020 and is a fantastic addition to the team. She joined us after 4 years experience within the industry and brings a fresh energy to the office and to our clients. 

      Lily helps promote our clients properties to prospective purchasers, negotiate offers and progress our sales through to completion ensuring service is the main focus. 

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      Jack Haggar - Sales Consultant
      Jack joined our team in October 2020 having worked for another local agency previously. He is energetic and positive, helping with arranging and conducting our accompanied viewings as well as providing our vendors with constructive and regular feedback. He is fantastic addition to our team and we are thrilled to have him on board. 
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      Claire Chrome - Sales Consultant
      Claire joined us in January 2018. She helps arrange and conduct our accompanied viewings as well as provide our vendors with regular feedback. 

      Claire has always lived in Hockley and is a friendly face around town. She knows the area incredibly well and is always on hand to listen and give advice when needed. She also works every other Sunday so you can rely on Claire if you would like to book and viewings or have any general questions on a day where most other companies are closed.
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      Janice Wheeler - Secretary

      Having previously worked for a total of 23 years with the banking industry in London, Janice joined us in March 2004.

      Having grown up just out side of London Janice moved to Folly Lane in Hockley where she lived for many years before moving to Rayleigh where she lives with her husband.

      Her position within Williams & Donovan is to undertake the secretarial and administrative role and she is an integral member of our team.

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      Deborah Hickman - Secretary

      Following on from a career at a city stock brokers Deb then had her two children. She has since worked for financial advisors and conveyancers. before joining us in August 2012. 

      Having lived in Hockley all her life, she knows Hockley like the back of her hand and loves the village. Deb is one of our secretaries and works in the background to help ensure your property details and online advertising always look their best.  

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      What Our Customers Say!
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        Don't just take our word for it, we let our customers do the talking! Here are just a small selection of our reviews, however please take the time to read our reviews on Google, Yell.com and Facebook. We are proud to have 5 STAR reviews on all these websites.

        This again reiterates one of the many reasons we are one of the only agents in a 15 mile radius of the 'SS5' postcode with an EXCEPTIONAL rating on the 'Best Estate Agent Guide'. Search for the agents in your area on: https://bestestateagentguide.co.uk/

      Testimonials from Sellers

      • Seller Testimonial

        They made this a Stress Free move!
        Mr & Mrs Osbourne - July 2018

        Recently bought and sold through W&D, the second time we have used them. 

        We couldn't be more happy with their service, from Tom who took the photos and details and negotiated an amazing price for our property, Claire who showed us our lovely home now and Denise who was so helpful and kept us informed on weekly updates.

        They all made this a stress free move, a few days after the move I was surprised with a lovely bouquet of flowers! Thank you again. I would definitely recommend Williams & Donovan
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        No hesitation  in recommending W&D!
        Mr & Mrs Atling - September 2019

        Tom (W&D Hockley) came to value our property. Unlike some other agents, he wasn't pushy or forceful but really professional and knowledgeable and we were very pleased with the photographs that he took. 

        Then Denise looked after us from beginning to end and she was absolutely brilliant keeping us updated with regular progress reports. She was patient, kind, empathetic and really knew her stuff. Thank you Denise for all your help and support. 

        We would also like to say thank you to Paul who looked after us while Denise was on annual leave. He really had his work cut out towards the end of our sale with unresponsive parties at the beginning of the chain but his dogged determination resulted in a satisfactory outcome. 

        All in all the whole team at Hockley were great; always answering the telephone in a polite, courteous manner, passing on messages in a timely manner to ensure that phone calls were returned promptly. 

        We would have no hesitation in recommending Williams & Donovan; they made a potentially stressful chapter in our lives really quite bearable.
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        Nobody else comes close!
        Mrs Wood - September 2019

        Hugely capable & competent. Very reassuring from start to finish. 

        Having bought and sold a few times through the Hockley branch. All the team there are so friendly, helpful, down to earth and approachable, to the point where I'm actually going to miss speaking to them. 

        They always return calls and reply when they say they're going to, via phone and email, but most importantly they all work as a team. These guys really do know their field and therefore come very highly recommended. 

        Nobody else comes close. Thank you W&D.
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        So glad we chose W&D for our Sale
        Mr & Mrs Seal - August 2019

        We are so glad we chose Williams and Donovan for our sale. 

        They have the in-depth local knowledge to know where the potential customers are, and found us a buyer within a few days of going on the market. 

        We particularly appreciated Denise's supportiveness and assertiveness when the chain was struggling to make progress. Recommended for sure.

      Testimonials from Buyers

      • Buyer Testimonial

        Top Service!
        Mr & Mrs Stillwell - September 2019

        Excellent Estate Agents. We used the Hockley branch recently to both sell and purchase our home. 

        They were all very helpful, informative and professional. I'd have no hesitation in recommending them. 

        TOP SERVICE!
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        They were Fantastic!
        Mr & Mrs Reilly - October 2019

        We have recently bought our house through Williams & Donovan in Hockley and they were fantastic! 

        We dealt mainly with Paul who was always helpful, professional and good-humoured which was very much needed in our case as our chain dragged on! 

        The rest of the team were all very helpful and despite our many, many emails and phone calls, they never made us feel like we were a pain. 

        We would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone.
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        The team of wonderful people
        Mrs  Warren - August 2019 

        We would highly recommend the team at William & Donovan Hockley. They have been more than amazing with the purchase of the house. 

        Always happy to help, answer any questions we had and went above and beyond. We worked closely with Denise who knows her stuff, was efficient and always very friendly. She made everything as easy as it could have been and we can't thank her enough for all the work she put in for us. 

        Chloe was always very polite, professional and was a pleasure to talk to. Paul was also friendly and always happy to help. All in all cannot fault this team of wonderful people who made a huge dent in the stress of moving. Thankyou
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        Brilliant from Start to Finish
        Mrs Stalley - November 2019

        My experience with Williams and Donovan was brilliant from start to finish! We bought our house through them. 

        We mostly dealt with Denise Gibb who was professional, efficient but very friendly, she kept me up to date throughout the process. The whole team were always very polite and helpful and always called back immediately. 

        We cannot speak highly enough of the Hockley office.
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      Disclaimer

      The content on this Microsite has been uploaded by Williams & Donovan, Hockley. Rightmove Group Limited makes no warranty as to the accuracy or completeness of the content, any queries should be sent directly to Williams & Donovan, Hockley. Where properties are displayed on a page, this comprises a property advertisement. Rightmove Group Limited who operate the website Rightmove.co.uk makes no warranty as to the accuracy or completeness of the advertisement or any linked or associated information, and Rightmove has no control over the content. These property advertisements do not constitute property particulars. The information is provided and maintained by Williams & Donovan, Hockley. Please contact the agent directly to obtain any information which may be available under the terms of The Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) (England and Wales) Regulations 2007 or the Home Report if in relation to a residential property in Scotland and if you have any query over the content.

      *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 Williams & Donovan, Hockley on 01702 200666.


      Welcome to Williams & Donovan, Hockley

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      Branch address

      1 Woodlands Parade
      Main Road
      Hockley
      SS5 4QU

      Get in touch

      Buying: 01704 633102  Local call rate
      Letting: 01702 744057  Local call rate

      Disclaimer

      The content on this Microsite has been uploaded by Williams & Donovan, Hockley. Rightmove Group Limited makes no warranty as to the accuracy or completeness of the content, any queries should be sent directly to Williams & Donovan, Hockley. Where properties are displayed on a page, this comprises a property advertisement. Rightmove Group Limited who operate the website Rightmove.co.uk makes no warranty as to the accuracy or completeness of the advertisement or any linked or associated information, and Rightmove has no control over the content. These property advertisements do not constitute property particulars. The information is provided and maintained by Williams & Donovan, Hockley. Please contact the agent directly to obtain any information which may be available under the terms of The Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) (England and Wales) Regulations 2007 or the Home Report if in relation to a residential property in Scotland and if you have any query over the content.

      *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 Williams & Donovan, Hockley on 01702 200666.