A leading estate agent has taken a well-aimed swipe at competitors who have set up hub-and-spoke operations and reduced their branch networks during the Covid crisis.
The comments have been made by John Halman (above, right), the well-known industry figure and founder of Cheshire’s leading estate agency Gascoigne Halman, which was bought in 2015 by the Connells Group.
The estate agency has now made its latest acquisition after acquiring the business of Andrew Hayes (above, left) in the Cheshire market town of Frodsham, where he has operated a Your Move franchise and worked for more than 20 years.
This will give Gascoigne Halman its 22nd branch and at the announcement of the deal, Halman said the purchase gave a ‘strong message’ to the market.
“In what have been unprecedented times, many estate agents have taken a backwards step, with merged offices and less local service,” he said.
“Our philosophy is completely the opposite. We believe that estate agency is a people business and that local knowledge, professionalism and dedicated customer service is what people deserve and require. “Andrew’s track record in Frodsham is second to none and we are delighted to welcome him into our business.”
Hayes is to head up the new Gascoigne Halman office in Frodsham, its third new branch in recent months including in Chapel-en-le-Frith and Glossop.
Gascoigne Halman is not afraid of controversy. The company was at the centre of an ultimately failed effort three years ago to break OnTheMarket’s ‘one other portal rule’, which it claimed was a ‘restrictive practice’.