Maverick Cornish estate agent Chris Wood has quit the industry with a stinging attack on those who have “taken their toll” on him over 30 years.
Wood, who ran his PDQ Estates business in Helston, has in recent years had high profile disagreements with Purplebricks, the National Association of Estate Agents, the Advertising Standards Authority, Zoopla and others. Previously he had campaigned against portal juggling - the alleged listing, de-listing and re-listing of properties by agents.
Some weeks ago he shut his firm's office saying he would continue to operate mostly online: however, now he has closed down the business completely, claiming that a potential buyer was unable to commit.
In a long and personal closure message posted on his company website in recent days, Wood says he will look after clients who accepted offers subject to contract on their homes through to completion, but would otherwise cease trading.
In addition to paying tribute to some property professionals with whom he worked - saying it has been “a privilege and an honour” to deal with them - he gives a chunk of his statement to a stinging attack.
He says: “The current market conditions and thirty years of fighting with lazy solicitors, ‘computer says no’ call-centre lenders, over-zealous surveyors, incompetent estate agents in chains and a small, but significant, number of buyers and sellers who believe they can lie through their teeth or change their minds with impunity despite causing incredible distress and cost to everyone around them, have taken their toll.”
Wood - who was in the industry for 30 years and ran PDQ for 18 years - says he will now focus on another business concern and charity work.
Meanwhile media reports in Lincoln suggest there is no clue found yet as to the sudden closure of a popular estate agency in the city.
Burton & Co Property Centre closed towards the end of last week, clearing its windows of property details and erecting a closed sign overnight.
The company’s website no longer functions, its listings have been removed from Zoopla, and attempts by Estate Agent Today to leave messages have been unsuccessful.
The firm was established in 1986 with a substantial office just off Lincoln city centre’s High Street.