Estate agent marks 40 years as key player in home town

Andrew Hayes started in the industry in the early 1980s when it could take weeks to list a property for sale, rather than the minutes it takes today.


Gascoigne Halman branch manager Andrew Hayes (main picture, left) has celebrated the milestone of 40 years in estate agency, and a career that began in his Cheshire home town back in 1983.

Hayes discovered estate agency thanks to his father finding him a summer job while he was at college. The appeal of the property industry was immediate, and Hayes swiftly progressed from office junior to a fully qualified estate agent.

His career started when simply getting a property listed for sale could take weeks. Camera film rolls had to be physically sent off for processing in a lab, and a simple particulars brochure could take weeks to produce and print.

After some 6,000 house sales, Hayes is thankful for the efficiencies new technology has brought to the industry: “The way we initially search for homes to rent or buy online has fundamentally changed, but it is far swifter now to get a property listed for clients.

“But people do still like to talk to estate agents and the local knowledge we possess combined with our industry expertise has ensured our role remains invaluable.”

Gascoigne Halman bought Hayes’ business in 2020, after he had operated a Your Move franchise for 20 years.

Hayes celebrates with colleagues

“His commitment to the market town of Frodsham, where he was given his first break into the industry remains unwavering: “We’ve had a really busy start to the year in Frodsham,” he says. “Indeed, our first quarter has surpassed 2022.”

John Halman, executive chairman of Gascoigne Halman (main picture, right), says: “Andrew’s commitment to estate agency and, in particular, the Gascoigne Halman team is incredible.

“He has successfully grown Frodsham into a 10-strong team, and he is hugely valued by all his colleagues for the commitment, enthusiasm and leadership that he brings to his role.”

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