Big changes at leading independent estate agency network

A new chairman, board changes and a promise to expand its member agent offering have been revealed at Experts in Property annual gathering.

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Big changes have been announced at leading SW of England independent estate agency network Experts in Property including a new chair, board members and expansion plan.

The grouping of some 30 estate agents across Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Dorset held its AGM recently where it was decided that former agent Steve Moir would step down as its chairman and be replaced by Bristol agent Andrew Simmonds (main picture).

Steve is the ‘Moir’ in Saltash estate agency Hennings Moir, which opened in 1984 and came under new ownership when Steve retired in 2018.

Chairman of Experts in Property from 2001 till 2006, Steve once again took to the helm in 2009 and has remained in the post, even since retiring from agency.

Now, after 14 years in the role, he has hung up his hat and intends to enjoy full retirement.”

Simmonds is a working estate agent, qualified surveyor, RICS registered valuer and member of ARLA, NAEA, NAVA and the IRPM. He has spent more than two decades working in the property sector and co-hosts a well-known monthly property podcast.

“I’m excited to have been elected to take the role as chairman of the Experts in Property. It’s a great organisation and Steve has done a fantastic job. We’re all very sad to see him leave and wish him all the best for his retirement,” he says.

“Looking forward, we will of course be reviewing the range of benefits for members and looking to expand them even further, making membership to the network an even more compelling proposition for independent agents across the region and beyond.”

The non-profit making organisation is run by the agents, for the agents, supported by one paid member of staff.

Board changes have also been announced. Honiton estate agent of more than 30 years Roger Hemming has joined Okehampton-based James Stevens and the long-standing Andy Pounsberry on the board of directors.

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