Fast-growing Teesside estate agents Hunters has won a national property award for a fourth successive year.
It is just the latest in a series of industry gongs for Hunters, which also recently received the North East Estate Agents of the Year Bronze Award in the prestigious Negotiator Awards.
The Teesside team followed up the North East success with further acclaim, by topping Hunters’ Platinum Sales gong for overall property sales and Gold Lettings award for most properties let across Hunters’ national network of 170 branches.
The awards were presented at a glitzy ceremony at York Racecourse hosted by explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes and BBC sports presenter Kathryn Downes.
It was the second successive year the Teesside estate agents has sold more homes than any other branch across Hunters’ national network, with 2015 sales 10% up on the table-topping figure for 2014.
The success means two of Hunters’ 15-strong team can now look forward to a dream trip to Las Vegas, with sales negotiator Rosie Marucci and lettings coordinator Debbie Magill bound for the USA in May, with a four-day visit to include a helicopter trip over the Grand Canyon.
Lisa Preston, Hunters’ Teesside branch manager, said: “The past year has been the most successful period since our launch less than six years ago.
“Average house prices haven’t increased on Teesside at anything like the rate they have in some of the major cities, and yet we’ve outperformed branches in some of the most affluent areas of the country.
“To do that we have had to sell a lot more units than they do. Our Platinum Sales award is recognition for our dedicated sales team, who have an excellent track record of selling homes across Teesside.
“Our success is based on the fact that we don’t just talk about what we do – we actually do it. We achieve higher prices than our vendors expect, and we start early and finish late to capture those extra sales.
The Teesside team won the Gold Lettings for a third time in four years, regaining an accolade they also received for 2012 and 2013. Total lettings of properties in Middlesbrough were 15% up in 2015 compared to the previous 12 months.
Lettings manager Georgina Evans added: “We’ve substantially increased our share of the student lettings market over the past 12 months, with out range of properties from two-bed to 10-bed across the TS1 area.”
Hunters, which has a policy of donating 5% of annual profits to Teesside charity the Middlesbrough and Teesside Philanthropic Foundation, is now looking to build on last year’s 102% increase in turnover with a projected 25% upturn this time around.
Lisa added: “We’re confident of a successful and exciting 2016 as we look to build on our growth and help many more people buy, sell and let properties across the area.”