A franchise for two agency offices in west London has been acquired by property professionals Faith Cook and Georgia Everton-Wallach – the first women owners in that part of the capital.
The Winkworth offices are in Fulham and Parsons Green and the two co-directors were based in the Fulham office before taking over as joint franchisees.
Cook, who has been working in the property industry in the area for over a decade, ran the sales team at Fulham for five years; Everton-Wallach joined the Winkworth lettings team in 2015.
Lucy Britton, head of talent and recruitment at Winkworth, says: “We have a number of franchisees who worked in the business before taking over when the time was right for the incumbent owners to sell or retire and we would like to see more professionals taking this route with Winkworth. We are particularly keen to see more women franchisees at Winkworth. Come and talk to us if you are an ambitious and experienced agent looking to run your own business as part of our franchise network.”
Cook says: “When the business came up for sale, we had our heart set on acquiring it. We have built up an extremely loyal following of clients, we share a passion for the area and the people here and will continue to focus on always providing a first-class service. I think the international buyers, post pandemic, will be back in force, adding zest to the market which has been rather dominated by young professionals in recent years.”
And Everton-Wallach comments: “We are really proud to be the only female estate agent office owners in the area and we have great plans to expand the business. On the lettings side, we expect to see strong levels of demand from families, students, graduates, corporate relocations and, as travel restrictions ease further, from international tenants too.”
The co-directors have an eight-strong team across the two offices.