Connells subsidiary Sequence has begun an aggressive push to buy up independent agents and has announced its second purchase this month via its main high street brand, William H Brown.
Following the purchase of Enfield, North London agent Barnfields at the beginning of August, William H Brown has now bought a second agent, Cory & Co in the Essex port town of Harwich (pictured, right).
Like Barnfields, Cory & Co is an independent family-run agency but unlike it, Cory & Co’s founder is retiring and the business is being absorbed into the local William H Brown branch.
Norman Cory (pictured, left) established Cory & Co in 1981 trading in the Harwich, Dovercourt and surrounding villages and is also a leading light in the local town and keen Rotarian.
William H Brown will transfer its lettings, property management and remaining sales deals into its existing branch along with three members of staff.
“This acquisition strengthens our position in the local market and fits our targeted approach of building our managed property portfolio,” says Mike Rowley, Acquisitions Director for Sequence (pictured, right).
“There is huge demand for rental property in Harwich and its surrounding areas and we’re looking forward to welcoming and working with the Cory & Co team to provide more landlords and tenants with the full spectrum of market leading lettings services that we offer.”
Sequence has a head office in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire and following the recent acquisitions has nearly 400 branches under 11 different brands, the largest of which is William H Brown at 204 which has the most branches in Yorkshire.
Its other brands include Allen & Harris (42 branches); Bagshaws Residential (5); Barnard Marcus (43); Brown & Merry (13); Fox & Sons (57); Jones & Chapman (10); Manners & Harrison (4); Roger Platt (3); Shipways (10).