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Mine's a skinny latte - and I'll have an apartment, too, please

A residential property consultancy has opened one of the first estate agency coffee shops in the UK. 

Go Holdings, which works with companies on land acquisition, design, construction and sales, is branching into formal estate agency having purchased a shop - formerly a Colourmax printers outlet - at Hertford in Hertfordshire. 

“The unit has been completely stripped out. We’ve built a coffee bar and an estate agent bar, too, in the shop and there is a further part where you will find an office” explains Ed Casson, who is in charge of the project.

The firm has a team of three estate agents and five baristas working seven days a week. 

Mine's a skinny latte - and I'll have an apartment, too, please  Mine's a skinny latte - and I'll have an apartment, too, please

The shop operates 7am until 7pm Monday to Friday, from 8am to 5pm on Saturday and 10am to 3pm on Sunday.

“There’s a coffee bar menu like any other coffee shop and next to our estate agency bar, you’ll find a menu - to comply with legislation - with the fees for our estate agent services in the same style as the coffee shop menu” he adds. 

“On top of all of this, we have a large touch screen in one of the large front windows and have also built a virtual reality room in our back office where we will be showing properties we are marketing for sale and rent, virtually through a headset.”

The agency - to be known as Go Move - is already marketing itself via a website and says it is offering £1,000 cashback upon completion on instructions received before October 1.

This isn’t the first agency to operate in tandem with a coffee shop - even leaving aside the Foxtons-style redesign of agency branches to look like coffee shops.

UrPad, which has two offices in Bristol, opened a third during last autumn in the Route 2 cafe in Topsham, an estuary town on the edge of Exeter in Devon; it was a success although UrPad has now moved into an office of its own elsewhere in Topsham.

Mine's a skinny latte - and I'll have an apartment, too, please

  • Ann Durrell

    We replied to a similar story on LAT back in January 2016. homes4u opened our first Estate/Letting branch with an Internet and Coffee Lounge 16 years ago in Manchester City Centre, with a second and third in South Manchester a few years later. All coffee and food services were run 'in house' by our team of baristas. It certainly helped to differentiate us from other agents locally and brought us a great deal of attention both from the industry and local community. You can check out how our lounges looked on our Facebook page http://on.fb.me/1P1lcwB .We have now moved on and away from the integrated Coffee Shops in order to concentrate on core business.

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