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Ex-Knight Frank high flyer sets up online agency

A high flying agent with experience at a string of top end companies has set up an online business with his wife, a property marketing expert.

Patrick and Celia Paton will run Paton & Co from their home in the Scottish Borders.

Patrick has run his own Edinburgh lettings agency in the past before taking up senior roles with Knight Frank and Smiths Gore, and most recently becoming a partner at Rettie.


Celia’s marketing experience includes working with clients including John Lewis and Pizza Express; in 2015 she became head of marketing for a Scottish property firm that went on to become Scotland’s largest estate agent.

In local media, Patrick Paton says: “Instead of a shop window, we will provide enhanced online marketing, which makes perfect sense when 95 per cent of home buyers start their house search online.

“A year ago, we might have been looking for office premises, but recent events have highlighted the possibilities of working from home and using technology more effectively to allow a better work-life balance.

“With two young sons, we know how important that is, which is why we understand clients who are searching for a particular lifestyle as much as a new house.”

The agency’s new website states: “We do things differently. We offer our clients the best of the old and the new, bringing together the knowledge base and the high level of customer care that you would expect from a traditional estate agent, while also providing responsive and intelligent advice. 

“By embracing the latest technologies, we provide a global reach tailored to a relevant audience for your property. Our approach delivers outstanding results as well as long-lasting relationships with our clients.

“Each property we market is presented with immersive and high quality photography, while virtual tours bring each home to life. We want potential buyers to be able to experience your home from the comfort of theirs; to welcome them in and show them around. And we go that step further by sharing our knowledge of your local area, enabling buyers to see not only your property but also the lifestyle that comes with it.”

You can see the Paton & Co website here.


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