A PROMINENT estate agent in Farnham scooped a top prize at this year’s British Property Awards. ME Estate Agents has been named Best Estate Agent in Farnham, their third win in four years.
The team at the Castle Street branch attributed their success to the team’s “wealth of experience” and “engaging with people, and not just by property”. Simon Greenwood, director for sales and lettings told the Herald: “It was a great result, a lot of work goes into that and we are over the moon.”
Ben Dickinson, sales director for land and new homes recognised engagements with the community as a priority for winning: “We are all local and all live in and around Farnham. It is a personal service here at ME.”
The estate agent, which served as sponsors for this year’s Farnham Soapbox event used their Castle Street branch as a “hub”, serving teas and coffees, as well as having a “kids area”. Ben added: “You need to be involved with people and want to be friendly, it is not always about the transaction.”
Additionally, ME also boasts a modern, sleek office, that aims to “stand out against other estate agents”. They also have access to an advanced way of viewing properties through virtual reality, which Simon called its main “unqiue selling point”.
He said: “It is not a gimmick, we have a good track record.” The virtual reality allows prospective buyers to view a 360 degree walkthrough of potential homes. Along with their community engagement and distinctive features, they recognised there may be upcoming effects from Brexit but praised Farnham’s housing market.
Simon said: “It has its own micro bubble of a lot of people who are not affected by Brexit. “Their need to move is greater than what is going on in the politics world.” Simon also saw one of main reasons people move was the local schools. He said: “It is off the charts. I did a viewing for a house with a couple whose child was 8. “They want to move here to send him to Weydon School.”
ME previously won the Best in Farnham award in 2016 and 2017. It has an “extensive judging period”, focusing on customer services and agents that “go the extra mile”. The estate agents has now been shortlisted for a national award, but even being recognised in the local area was “rewarding” to the team. On the competition next year, Ben insisted the company will hold onto the award. He said: “It is something that we will retain, not try, we will retain. We can show consistency. “It takes long time to build up a reputation, but I think we are doing it quite well.”