Countrywide has increased its regional footprint in Oxfordshire with the acquisition of leading lettings agency, Finders Keepers.
The company, which was founded in 1972 by Mary Channer, who is the mother of the firm’s existing Managing Director, Dan Channer, offers a plethora of lettings services and currently managers more than 2,000 homes and boasts a 99.3 per cent occupancy rate.
Channer said, “I started Finders Keepers at the age of 27, and now that the digits are almost reversed I feel it is time to retire. This is made easier by knowing that the great team will stay in place and I am confident that Countrywide will be great custodians of the Finders Keepers brand, culture and business.”
The acquisition of Finders Keepers forms part of Countrywide’s strategy of expansion through acquisition and organic growth across the UK.
Bruce Evans, Commercial Director at Countrywide, said, “The business will be fully integrated within the overall Countrywide retail division giving landlord clients access to our exclusive range of products and services, and the benefit of our strong and secure infrastructure to support both landlords and tenants.”
Meanwhile, Countrywide has also made a significant investment in ‘The Buy to Let Business’ to help enhance its offering in the buy-to-let mortgage sector as well as the growing PRS.
Countrywide’s investment provides it with a significant stake in the Camberley based ‘The Buy to Let Business’ which which holds ambitions to expand in order to capitalise on growth in the sector.
The business, which was established in 2006, registered turnover of £5million in 2015/16 and has achieved average turnover growth of 86 per cent in each of the last three years, placing it among the 50 fastest growing businesses in the UK.
Peter Curran (left), Managing Director of Countrywide Financial Services, said, “Countrywide has a clear vision of bringing people and property together, so a focus on providing an exceptional customer experience is central to our values.”