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Ex-BBC presenter opens hybrid agency and advertises in local shop windows

An estate agent who co-presented BBC programme Living in the Sun has opened a hybrid estate agency with what he calls a 'big difference'.

Scott Lucy, an agent for the past fifteen years, has this month launched an Amazing Results! franchise in West Cheshire.

“We’re a hybrid of an online and traditional High Street agent and we offer the best of both those worlds,” he explains.   

Lucy says he released his pension pot to purchase the franchise and that Amazing Results! do things very differently from anything he has ever experienced before.

The 'big difference' Lucy refers to is that his agency does not have an official high street presence but 'takes over' underused window space in local shops to advertise its properties. 

The ex-television presenter says this represents a win-win situation.

“The local shopkeepers get some needed extra revenue, we get high street exposure without the usual expensive costs and this is passed onto our clients through lower commission fees,” he says.

Lucy worked on Living in the Sun as a Spanish property expert for four years alongside Nadia Sawalha and the late Kristian Digby.

“I moved to Cheshire to be close to my son and daughter following many successful years owning estate agency offices in Spain. The BBC work came by out of the blue and ended up being a lot of fun until the Spanish property crash in 2007,” says Lucy. 

The agent says that the initial response to his new business has been encouraging and that he is already on the lookout for people to join his team. 

Amazing Results! describes itself as one of the UK's leading estate agency franchises. 

The firm was founded in Edinburgh in 2013 and has offices in locations around the UK, including the Orkney Islands, County Durham and St. Andrews. 

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    Just been on the Amazing Results website - very 'different' approach, shall we say...

  • Stephanos Constantinou

    Mr. Lucy introduced a really clever idea; for an agency to advertise their properties on local shops windows it can be very helpful at the end of the day!!

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    Don't you think he should just have his own shop window, Stephanos?

  • Jon  Tarrey

    Interesting idea. Not sure about the long-term potential, though.

  • Jon  Tarrey

    Indeed, John. Does seem a bit like the estate agency equivalent of hot desking.

  • Karl Knipe

    Yes, John, their approach seems to be to bombard you with as much information as possible - and links galore!

    Good luck to him. It's certainly a different approach. I have my reservations about how well it would work, but it's a novel idea nonetheless.

  • Fake Agent

    Hmm, I like the innovation, but there is a part of me that also thinks this all a bit naff. Plus, does anyone still really look in shop windows for adverts? Hasn't the internet overtaken this rather archaic practice?

    On the other hand, Living in the Sun was one of the better property programmes out there and Mr Lucy seems like an engaging fellow, so I wish him well.

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