23Jul

When Emma Mott bought a house from team in Chatteris, little did she know that just weeks later she’d become our newest recruit!


Emma, who hails from St Ives, and her husband spotted a house in Chatteris and decided it was just what they’d been looking for. But Emma was also in the process of selling her own house, with another agent, and was having a number of difficulties.

 

Explains Emma: “I needed to sell my house and ended up doing quite a bit of the work and negotiating myself. As a result, and because we were buying the house in Chatteris, I found myself in the Ellis Winters & Co office on several occasions so I was able to ask the team there for their help and advice. Everyone was so helpful and I really enjoyed spending time with them.”

 

Adds Jan Townsend, director at Ellis Winters & Co: “Emma was clearly very competent and had a real grasp of the buying and selling process. When I said to her “if you ever want a job, pop in and see us” she did just that and now she’s part of the team – we’re delighted to have her with us.”

 

Concludes Emma: “Over the last few weeks, I’ve been carrying out viewings at properties – I really enjoy that – and learning all about the sales process from my colleagues. I’ve been made to feel very welcome and I’m looking forward to my brand new career in estate agency. Buying that house has been a life changer in more ways than one!”

27Jun

Sue Davies, director at Ellis Winters & Co has achieved a Level 3 qualification in Residential Letting & Property Management from the National Federation of Property Professionals.

 

Over the last six months, Sue has studied hard to complement her vast experience of practical residential lettings and covered a variety of different areas relating to the industry including health & safety, law and residential property lettings and management practice.

 

Explains Sue: “Very few agencies have reached this level of professional qualification and I believe it is something that may soon become mandatory for lettings agents to have here in England as it is in Wales.

 

“As such, we must adhere to strict codes of practice, facilitate an audit each year and take out insurance to protect our clients. It’s this level of commitment to best practice that we have always focused on and are now able to further enhance for every landlord we work with. We’re also on the verge of gaining accreditation to the Association of Residential Lettings Agents (ARLA) which will be a key milestone for the business.

 

“I’m delighted to be able to add value to Ellis Winters & Co in this way and I’m now in the process of supporting several of my colleagues who are also working towards the same qualification.”


Concludes Ian Winters, director at Ellis Winters & Co: “Sue has put a huge amount of time and effort into this and she epitomises our approach to training and development for all of our team. On behalf of everyone here, I’d like to congratulate her on her latest academic achievement.

16Jun

We got in the Carnival spirit this year scooping second place in Chatteris’s window display competition and entertaining the crowds at the annual Chatteris Carnival.


Tracy Raine and Debs Spencer were responsible for the our Olympic-themed winning window display. It’s been a few years since we has entered the competition and the £20 prize money was donated to Cancer Research.

 

Explains Sue Davies, director at Ellis Winters & Co: “The window looked great and it was great to see so many people pass the office as the Carnival procession went by. We had lots of balloons to give to the children and all the adults got a copy of our Brazilian carrot cake recipe so we’d love to hear if anyone had a go at baking when they got home!”

 

On our stand, visitors were treated to rentals negotiator, Clarissa Duggan’s special hula-hoop skills competition. Children and adults alike competed to see who could spin the hula-hoop the most times in one minute and two minutes respectively.

 

Max Smith won the children’s prize of a £25 gift voucher and Nicola Gerken took the adult prize of a £50 gift voucher. 

 

Many Carnival goers also had their photo taken, with funny accessories, in the Ellis Winters & Co photo booth. Copies of all the photos taken on the day are available from the Ellis Winters & Co office.

 

Concludes Sue: “The sun shone and we all had an absolutely brilliant day talking and laughing with everyone in the local community. A huge ‘thank you’ to our wonderful, friendly staff and in particular Tracy who organised everything and everyone, as usual! All proceeds from our stall will be donated to the Carnival committee.”

 

08Jun

Independent estate agents, Ellis Winters & Co, got into the carnival spirit at this year’s March Summer Festival in West End Park on Saturday by blowing up balloons!


Explains Mike Ellis, director at Ellis Winters & Co: “Three of us – including my dog Lottie! – spent the morning blowing up 288 balloons and packing them into two of our company cars.

 

“We then invited festival goers to guess the number of balloons and to be in with a chance of winning £100 for the closest answer. We received guesses ranging from 22 to 999! 

 

“Mrs Christine Sandford, who pinched £1 from her husband to have a go, was the lucky winner and our stall raised £122.00 which we will give to the carnival committee to help with future events in the town.”

18Mar

23 year-old Amy Robinson has joined the growing team at Ellis Winters & Co in St Ives as lettings assistant.

 

Local girl Amy has three years’ experience in lettings negotiation after heading into the property industry after leaving college.


“As soon as I met with Ian and the team here I wanted the job,” says Amy. “It’s a really friendly and welcoming office and I already feel at home here after just a couple of weeks.

 

“It’s fun learning all the aspects of managing a client’s property well but a little daunting that every detail needs to be correct and customer service expectations are so high! On the whole it will be a great challenge and, with help from the team, I am looking forward to mastering the role.”

 

Commenting on Amy’s appointment, director Ian Winters said: “Due to increasing demand across both residential lettings and sales, we were keen to recruit someone who could hit the ground running and help out from day one. Amy fitted the bill perfectly and is working really well with the existing team. She’s great with people and has the enthusiasm and intelligence we need to deliver the very best levels of service that people have come to expect from us.”

 

03Feb

We have launched a brand new service specifically aimed at landlords who aren’t satisfied with the current management of their property investment or portfolio.

 

The new service, ‘Easy Switch’, will enable disgruntled landlords to change their current agent with just one phone call.

 

Explains Mike Ellis, director at Ellis Winters & Co: “Over the last few months we’ve taken calls from numerous landlords who haven’t been entirely happy with the way in which their property or properties are being managed.

 

“They’ve wanted to simply swap to a new agent but have been reluctant to do so believing it would cause hassle and disruption which they simply don’t have time to deal with. So, for this very reason, we decided to launch ‘Easy Switch’ to offer a credible alternative and a really simple way to make the switch.”

 

Continues Mike: “We specialise in residential lettings and have over 11 years’ experience in managing properties – we currently deal with over 600 properties locally and pride ourselves on outstanding customer service for both landlords and their tenants.

 

“Any landlord using ‘Easy Switch’ to move over to us will see that the day-to-day management of their property investment is what we do best. From comprehensive inventories at the start of the tenancy, to final inspections and move out, we understand the importance of conducting your tenancy in a correct and legal manner.

 

“We are able to take care of everything under one roof – the accounts, arrears chasing, referencing, inspections, tax statements, rent increase negotiations, marketing and maintenance, we can deliver it all.”

 

Concludes Mike: “We’re all about enhancing customer experience wherever we possibly can and ‘Easy Switch’ is just one service we can offer that does just that. Call us on 01354 701000 and make the switch to maximise your investment.”