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Leading independent estate agency founder steps down after 30 years

Nick Carver, who established his leading NE estate agency in 1991, is handing over the business to younger members of his family.

Nigel Lewis

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Nick Carver (pictured above, left) is stepping down from family estate agency business, Nick and Gordon Carver Estate Agents, after 30 years at the helm.

The founder of one of the North-East’s leading estate agency firms has seen it grow from a single room when he started the firm with brother Gordon in 1991 to a chain of five offices around the region. Nephew Henry Carver has now been promoted from Darlington branch manager to company director, joining his brother James and father Gordon on the board.

“We have built an enviable reputation over the past 30 years, and this milestone makes us one of the longest-established and most trusted estate agents in the region,” says Gordon.

“However, no business can stand still and these changes are designed to put a structure in place that will ensure Nick and Gordon Carver Estate Agents, part of the Carver Group, is still going strong for the next 30 years.”


Gordon and Nick became partners in Addison Hudson estate agents, which had offices in Darlington, Aycliffe, Northallerton, Richmond, Barnard Castle and Bedale. That business was sold in 1987 and Nick launched his agency in Darlington four years later, with Gordon joining in 1995.

Nick and Gordon Carver Estate Agents now has offices in Darlington, Richmond, Northallerton, Newton Aycliffe and a sub-office in Hurworth-on-Tees. Some members of staff have been with the business throughout its history, including Northallerton branch manager David Buckle and Aycliffe branch manager David Tinkler, who both joined as teenagers.

Carver Group also incorporates Carver Commercial, a long-established independent firm of chartered surveyors and commercial property consultants.

July 27, 2021

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