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New family takes on Hunters’ flagship office

One of Hunters’ flagship North East offices is under new family ownership.

Experienced landlord Thom Swalwell is Hunters’ new franchisee in Sunderland, alongside sister-in-law Leila Chen, having taken on the business from previous owner Chris Kelly.

Swalwell’s background lies in residential and commercial property investment and management, while Chen is highly experienced in the retail sector.


Swalwell said: “I’m delighted to take on such a well-known branch of Hunters and it’s a new challenge that both Leila and I are relishing.

“It’s a new environment for both of us but my experience in property and her background in retail and customer service, I think, are the perfect blend for us to take Hunters Sunderland forward.”

Predominately a sales business, the new owners have already set their sights on growing Hunters Sunderland’s lettings portfolio, helping North East landlords to navigate their way through ever-changing legislation in the sector.

Hunters managing director Rob Smith added: “I’m delighted to welcome both Thom and Leila to the Hunters family.

“They have an incredible knowledge of the local area, Thom in property and Leila in customer-facing businesses, so I’m sure the Sunderland office will go from strength to strength under their leadership.


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