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Countrywide estate agency expands in Covid response to London exodus

John D Wood says it's seen a nearly 70% rise in demand for country properties from those fleeing the pandemic-hit Capital.

Nigel Lewis

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Countrywide estate agency John D Wood has expanded its business with the launch of  a Country House department selling sell prime rural properties in Surrey, Kent, Hampshire, Sussex, Berkshire, Oxford and surrounding areas.

The company says the new team is a direct response to the Covid-driven trend for London home owners to make a break for the Home Counties, and the company says enquiries have risen by 68% for country homes in recent months.

Based at its Weybridge branch the new team is led by Vince Dennington (pictured), who has been at the company for nine years and until now had been a regional director.

John D Wood has 25 offices of which nine are outside the capital although the new department will have geographical reach beyond its branch network as it currently does not have a high street presence in Kent, Sussex or Berkshire.


duffy countrywide“In recent years, our focus has predominantly been within Kensington and Chelsea, South West London, and Surrey,” says Polly Ogden Duffy (left), the Countrywide firm’s MD.

“As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic we have seen a significant increase in buyers looking for a second home or weekend retreat outside of London.”

Dennington adds: “We have an extensive database of buyers looking for their next home, particularly from London, wanting second homes or a complete move away from the city.

“I am thrilled to be heading up the Country House department. Having worked with our clients here at John D Wood and Co. for many years and with a deep understanding of the market I am delighted to be building our network outside of our current prime locations.”

Read more about the ongoing ‘rural rush’ out of the capital.

October 12, 2020

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