- May 9, 2012
It’s always a sign of renewed optimism when we see a new agency open in town and they don’t come much newer than Youngs. Not that either of the two partners are in any way new to the business. Jamie Jones has been working in the property industry for 12 years. In Brighton he worked for Fox & Sons, then for a few years he moved to central London, still in estate agency, before moving back to Sussex and working for Harrison Brant in Shoreham.
But it has always been his ambition to set up his own company and be his own boss – so why now? “I really wanted to do my own thing and not work for someone else and I thought that the time was right. The opportunity to take these premises in Kemp Town came up and I seized the opportunity. The location is great, a corner property with plenty of passing trade, great visibility and central to the area in which we will specialise. I know this area of Kemp Town and Queens Park well, my grandparents were local pub landlords when I was growing up so this feels like home. I also love the diversity of the area, not only the people but also the property, something at every level from a simple studio to a luxury family home or a penthouse apartment.
“Joining forces with David Pay was an ideal partnership. David has many years experience in property, both sales and more recently lettings, which he will continue to do. So we start the new business with a large portfolio of letting property and already some great properties for sale.
“The team will be completed with the addition of Emily Gingell and Oliver Pay who will be negotiators. Now we have pooled our resources we are in a position to be strong in our local market place, but we will also be representing properties for sale – and to let – right across the city of Brighton and Hove.”
“I want clients to come to Youngs knowing that we will go that extra mile to make sure that they get the best possible service and best possible result”
Despite the signs of recovery in the property business it’s still a tough market out there, so how do Youngs plan to face the competition?
“We have no intention of going in with silly offers, tiny percentages that could only be achieved by cutting down on the quality of the service that we will give. That’s just not how I work” says Jamie. “I want clients to come to Youngs knowing that we will go that extra mile to make sure that they get the best possible service and best possible result. I fully intend to match any deal and even better it, because I want to prove that we offer a first class service. We have invested a great deal in a new website, and a mobile phone version of the site too.
We are investing in a strong presence on all the best property portals, including latesthomes.co.uk. We know that communication is key when selling your house. With such an important transaction you want to know what’s going on at all times and certainly want to be sure that we are not missing any potential buyers. That’s why our phone lines are open until 8pm, seven days a week, longer than any of our local competitors, so clients can be sure that we’re not missing anyone!
“Every property marketed by Youngs on a sole agency basis will be given a free premium Rightmove listing worth £125 plus VAT, a service our competitors will usually charge you for up front. It’s another great reason to choose Youngs.
“Our company is founded on family values and ethics. Because of this we have decided that 5% of our profits will go to Macmillan nurses, a cause very close to our hearts from personal experience.”
Youngs opened for business on Tuesday 1 May and are clearly aiming to take not just Kemp Town, but the whole town by storm.
Youngs, 39 Upper St James’s Street, 01273 626258,