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Demand for new homes has driven a sales rise of more than 50% in the last year for a Harrogate estate agency.
Linley and Simpson is now planning to expand its land and new homes department to cover the whole of Yorkshire and the Humber from its 23 offices.
The company achieved a record-breaking £75m of new home sales in just one year, representing two in three of its overall sales.
David Waddington, the agency’s director of land and new homes, said:
“Having grown into the largest land and new homes agent in the area, we now have a strong launch pad for taking our services to house builders in new territories.
“Developers can draw upon our team’s 130 collective years’ sales and marketing expertise in this sector, as well as take advantage of an aligned and connected branch network, which is set to expand further in 2022 and beyond.
“It will also enable us to consolidate our position as the number one go-to agent on the property portals for land and new home stock.”
The company attributes growth in the sector to high demand following the covid pandemic, especially for family homes in rural areas. Rising energy bills are also prompting people to seek more efficient homes.
Demand continues to be high, with 306 new homes sold in the last year, up from 211 in the previous 12 months. The average price of a new home has also risen from £354,714 to £425,834 in the same period.
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Senior carer rewarded for decade of service
A care home in Boroughbridge has recognised the long service of one of its senior carers.
Leoni Senior started as a carer at Boroughbridge Manor in 2012 before working her way up to a senior role.
Her 10 years’ service with the firm were marked with a gift of flowers and jewellery.
Avril Bowyer, deputy general manager of Boroughbridge Manor, said:
“We’re delighted to be celebrating 10 years of loyal service with Leoni. She has demonstrated her dedication and loyalty to this home and its residents year after year.
“I speak for all of us here at Boroughbridge Manor when I say that I’m looking forward to many more years of working with Leoni.”
Jane McFarlane, employee services director at Barchester, which runs the home, added:
“I’m always pleased to hear stories about the long service of Barchester staff and am delighted Leoni has achieved this milestone.
“It is dedication like this that ensures our residents are provided with a happy place to live.”