Hello and welcome to the latest PJT - your regular Monday fix of who’s moving where in our industry.
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Now, let’s go this week with a big scalp claimed by Zoopla - as you may have read, Gráinne Gilmore - a familiar name in recent years, speaking at a string of estate agency seminars and conferences - is to become the portal’s Head of Research.
At Knight Frank she was responsible for her highly-respected analysis of housing and construction sector markets; now she will work alongside Zoopla’s existing Research and Insight Director, Richard Donnell.
Arguably, they now create the most authoritative residential property research team in the industry.
Up to Yorkshire now where experienced agent Jonathan Raynor has been appointed to head up Dacre, Son & Hartley’s thriving Baildon office.
Jonathan grew up locally before building and running his own successful estate agency business, specialising in both sales and lettings, in Manchester city centre. He then sold the business, after a decade of trading, and has now returned to Yorkshire.
He replaces previous Baildon manager Mark Kane, who has been promoted to head up Dacre, Son & Hartley’s flagship Skipton office on the cusp of the Yorkshire Dales.
Jonathan says: “It’s great to return home and have the opportunity to work in a different side of the property market. When this is combined with Dacre, Son & Hartley’s prestige and heritage, it makes this a fantastic career move at an exciting time.”
Now to the burgeoning Build To Rent sector where operator Get Living has hired no less a person than the former chief executive of Savills - Jeremy Helsby - as an advisor.
Get Living is a joint venture between a Qatari developer, a UK private investment fund and a Dutch pension fund; it has 3,000 apartments under management in London and Manchester. It is building 5,000 more including 700 new apartments in Glasgow and Leeds.
“I’m excited to join the Supervisory Board at such a key time for the business and the sector, as Get Living continues to grow and lead the build to rent sector, pioneering the way residents in the UK live and rent” says Jeremy.
Online auction firm MyBid4It has appointments news too - new accounts manager Dominic Crossan has joined, bringing a wealth of agency experience.
He’ll be responsible for creating new agency relationships, training and supporting clients through the process of marketing properties via online auction.
“Joining MyBid4It has been an amazing experience. Working in the property sector in sales I have practised the original way of selling a property. After seeing what MyBid4it can offer I believe this can completely revolutionise the market place, assisting estate agents in opening different avenues of income” he says.
Now two financial support firms serving the industry - Less Tax 4 Landlords and the Less Is More Property Business Group - have appointed Nigel Hall as group managing director.
With a background in senior roles regulated by the Prudential Regulation Authority, Financial Conduct Authority and Solicitors Regulation Authority, Nigel has been with the company for over two years already as head of business planning, and is very much looking forward to driving the business to new heights in 2020 and beyond.
“The most important focus now is to make sure the group strives to provide the best service possible to current and future clients. I am very grateful to have a wonderful and supportive team, and together we will put all our energy into making sure we remain the best option for clients” he explains.
That’s it for now. We’re back, of course, next Monday, so until then…