New recruit for Hunters’ award-winning team

Hunters Tom Osbourne

A fast-growing Teesside estate agent has welcomed a new valuer to its award-winning team on the back of a promising increase in property sales.

Hunters Teesside has recruited Tom Osborne, pictured above with senior valuer Steve McDonald, as the estate agent looks to build on last year’s 102% increase in turnover with a projected 25% upturn this time around.

The news comes on the back of the Teesside team beating 150 Hunters branches across the country to receive two national awards.

In Hunters’ annual awards, the Teesside branch topped the elite Platinum Sales division, whilst also topping the table for Most Improved, measuring the biggest sales increase on the previous 12 months.

The estate agent also topped the national Hunters league tables for market appraisals, listings, gross sale units and exchanged units.

Having grown from scratch in June 2010, Hunters now represent 9.5% of property sales in their core areas of Middlesbrough and Stockton.

Figures supplied by online real estate portal Rightmove show that, over the last month, Hunters had the second biggest market share for new instructions in their core Teesside areas.

With exchanged units – that’s actual properties sold – also set to increase further following last year’s 86% upturn, branch manager Lisa Preston believes there’s plenty of reasons for optimism about the Teesside property market.

Lisa said: “Whilst Hunters have enjoyed a quick rise to prominence on Teesside from a standing start, the property prices have been generally unchanged over the past 12 months.

“However, June was our busiest period for home sales for 15 months, so there’s cautious reason for optimism that local property market will start to really pick up.

“Tom joins us at a time when we’re on a high after our double award success when we topped national Hunters tables for performance, ahead of affluent areas of London and Yorkshire.

“Our successes during our formative years have already resulted in our staff being rewarded with Hunters national award prizes of trips to New York and Cape Town with another success forecast this year meaning lucky staff members could be jetting out to Las Vegas.”

Tom, who was raised in Hong Kong but now lives in Eaglescliffe, has joined Hunters after gaining experience as a surveyor with Sanderson Weatherall and with estate agents Roseberry Newhouse and Manners and Harrison.

The son of an airline pilot, 29-year-old Tom is targeting a high-flying career with Hunters.

He said: “Hunters have built their swift rise on a reputation for excellence, so that was a big draw for me. Middlesbrough and Stockton have a great diversity of stock, with something for everyone. I’ve already valued homes from as little as £5,000 right up to the other end of the scale.

“I love to be out an about, doing viewings, valuations and getting meet people face to face, so I’m looking forward to helping first-time buyers and homeowners to find the perfect property.”


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