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Rugby star trio set up estate agency in sport’s Welsh capital

Three players with regional, national and international rugby careers say they want to disrupt the property market.

Nigel Lewis

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Three Rugby stars have launched the latest branch of national estate agency Nexa in the Welsh capital of the sport, Cardiff, promising to turn the property industry ‘on it head’.

The estate agency has been founded by Olly Kohn (top, left), Rob Higgitt (middle) and Joe El-Abd (right). Between them had successful Rugby careers at regional, national and international levels, and is part of the national growing Nexa branch of estate agencies with offices in

Kohn is arguable the more famous Rugby Union player of the three. As well as playing for Bristol, Plymouth and Harlequins as a lock forward, in 2013 he was called up to play for Wales in that year’s Six Nations, which the squad went on to win.

Kohn had to retire due to injury soon afterwards, but prior to the competition he courted controversy after claiming Welsh heritage through his grandfather to be eligible for the squad.

Higgitt and El-Abd are also former Bristol players. Higgitt was a star member of the squad’s defensive line during the late noughties, while El-Abd was a well-known flanker-turned-coach for the club and possesses legendary status in Bristol with over 100 appearances including some as captain.

The trio are promising to disrupt the estate agency scene and already have a sizeable portfolio of rental properties owned by current and former Welsh rugby players.

nexa oliver griffithsThey have also recruited Oliver Griffiths (pictured) as the firm’s senior client director. He recently return to Cardiff after a five-year stint working for Jackson-Staffs in Richmond, Surrey.

Nexa, which has six other territories including in Bristol, Lilverpool, Portsmouth and Chichester, offers vendors and landlords a dedicated client director to look after their transactions which, it says, sets the company apart from other agencies.

“Too often in the property market, the refined service is given to high-value properties and developers; leaving renters, landlords, and lower value properties left in the dust to receive an inconsistent, pass-around service,” says Kohn.

“I am over the moon to be a part of a company that is revolutionising UK estate agencies and providing solutions to the frustrations you typically see in the industry.”

Read about other former Rugby stars in the industry.

March 19, 2021

One comment

  1. Couldn’t agree more with the sentiment that lower-value homes aren’t always given enough consideration. When you think that cornflakes (a couple of quid) come in a brightly coloured box but a house of £100k (perhaps someone’s most valuable asset) will sometimes be photographed from the agent’s car window, not even bothering to get out of the car. However, the industry IS changing. More agents now than ever before have realised that it’s not just the property that suffers when they are shoddy, but their brand as well! Amen to that.

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