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Interview of Jake Gready
Written by the Estate Agent Today team
Jake Gready, Managing Director for NEXA Bristol

Who are you and what does it say on your business card?

Jake Gready

Managing Director

NEXA Bristol

What services do you provide?

buying - selling - renting - letting - developing - managing

How do you help landlords and property investors?

Our One Agent: One Solution service is distinctly different to that of the typical and traditional estate agency. Our landlords and investors benefit from our full attention throughout the entire journey. As well as being able to help our landlords with every aspect of the lettings process our sister company G5 Properties, is an investment and development company and therefore we intrinsically understand the mindset, approach and requirements of developers and investors. We use this experience to build a different type of agency team that can identify and understand value and dedicate time and focus in finding the right development or investment opportunity for clients. We understand the powers of income generated from growing portfolios and understand the unique opportunities that lie in acquiring projects for development purpose.

What makes you different from other letting agents?

We provide our clients with a local industry professional to act as their dedicated account manager who will be their single point of contact. This means they only ever deal with one agent and they receive a seamless and transparent solution.

Our unique business model rewards our account managers on a highly competitive results-based structure that enables us to source the best people for the job and create a better experience for our clients, and a more rewarding and motivating experience for our staff.

The account manager is personally assigned to each client and will provide a personal service from start to finish through the entire journey, available any time of day, enabling us to create a high-performance culture and a customer-centric estate agency.
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What is your greatest achievement in your current role and what made it so special?

Having only been in my current role for a very short time, I would say opening NEXA Bristol this month has been my greatest and proudest moment. My late father was an independent agricultural estate agent when I was growing up, and he would have been very proud to see me walking his footsteps today. That made it special.

What is the most satisfying part of your job?

The most satisfying part of my job is handing someone a set of keys for their new home. Whether that be a sale or a let property, its always nice to see someone happy to move into their new place.

What do you see as the biggest challenge facing landlords at the moment?

The industry seems to be ever changing and there are many concerns for landlords. Legislative changes are causing a real headache, but this year the UK is facing an uncertain economic outlook, and of course Brexit. The most common concern for my landlords though has been the reduction in mortgage tax relief.

What is your property prediction for the remainder of 2019?

Brexit is causing a lot of uncertainty in the market which does affect people’s sentiment and the decisions that they make. We are seeing a lot of people put their plans on hold until the details are clearer. I think things will remain stable until we know what is happening and then we could see a flurry of activity.

Country house or city apartment?

I grew up on a farm so for me its always a country house. That said I love working in the city and Bristol has so many amazing apartments and penthouses in some magnificent locations.

Trendy roof terrace or traditional English garden?

Despite being a country bumpkin I’m not much of a gardener so a trendy roof terrace with views over the harborside in Bristol and no lawn to mow for me.

Would you rather be a free-moving tenant or settled owner occupier?

I have 3 children so being a settled owner occupier gives me the security that I need.

What is your favourite room in your home?

My kitchen. I love to cook in the evenings and being single parent to 3 very hungry teenage boys, this is where I spend most of my time when I am not at my laptop!

Homes under the Hammer or Location, Location, Location?

Neither, I’m more of a ‘Grand Designs’ man myself.

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