Two well-known estate agencies in Cornwall have merged and united under one name with plans to expand.
Harding Laity in St Ives (pictured, above), which is the town’s longest-established firm and Bodmin-based My Place Estate Agents will now move forward under the Harding Laity name with plans to open a new branch in Wadebridge near Padstow in June.
My Place was incorporated in 2016 while Harding Laity has a 30-year track record in the St Ives market.
The merged estate agencies will include a combined team of 11 staff with a further two to be created at the new branch.
Richard Yeo, former My Place chief and now managing director of the combined company, says: “This is truly an exciting time for us, as we move forward with these two successful Cornish businesses becoming one.
“We are thrilled to be investing in the high street and creating jobs at this time.
“We strongly believe that Cornwall is a key location, which has driven us to extend our investment into the Cornish market.
“However, when merging the two companies, we did so based on the strong belief that an estate agency isn’t just about selling homes, it is also about a strong passion for the areas we represent.
“The pandemic has certainly changed the property market long-term.
“A lot more information is being gathered digitally by home buyers, who may be less interested in transport links and more interested in home office potential and where to get a great coffee nearby. This merger will enable us to offer that high level of personal service to our clients throughout Cornwall.”