South Molton's resurgent economy will ensure a bright future for the market town as far as the residential and commercial property markets are concerned.
That's the judgement of Richard Webber, partner with Greenslade Taylor Hunt, based in the firm's new South Molton office.
His belief in South Molton's resilience, despite difficult times for the country as a whole, is based both on the confidence shown in the town by Greenslade Taylor Hunt, as one of the region's top estate agencies, and his personal experience in the weeks since the firm acquired the long-established and highly-regarded business formerly run by Martyn Coombes.
"It is particularly pleasing to me to be able to look forward with such confidence, as I am a born-and bred local farmer's son. I know the area well and I am relishing being back on the home patch.
"South Molton has been of interest to Greenslade Taylor Hunt for some time and we are delighted with our prominent premises in The Square, which have undergone a complete refurbishment, and also with the positive response and reception we have received.
"The town itself appears to be undergoing something of a resurgence, with many new businesses opening and certainly the office has been very busy since opening, with levels of activity higher than expected for the first three to four months of the year.
"The property market is still difficult, and affected by the problems in the wider economy, but there are certainly still buyers out there for sensibly priced property," Richard added.
Richard Webber, who has been with Greenslade Taylor Hunt for 15 years, in Taunton and latterly in Honiton, believes the company has much more to offer than just the normal estate agency services. "GTH is a large and very diverse firm, which also runs one of the largest weekly livestock markets in the South West."
"The firm has an excellent and strategically important spread of offices from South Molton, Tiverton and Honiton in Devon, right through Somerset, to Burnham on Sea in the north and Dorchester to the east. Many purchasers are still coming from out of the region and our offices are well positioned in the major stopping off towns/centres for people coming into the south west," Richard said.
In addition to Richard, Greenslade Taylor Hunt's South Molton office is staffed by office administrator Sandra Tucker, who worked with Martyn Coombes for 17 years, and prior to that was with Webbers. A newcomer is Michael Adey, who has joined the office from a Barnstaple-based agent and is described by Richard as a young and dynamic addition to the team.
"With spring now here we are approaching the best time of year in North Devon. We often take our surroundings for granted but it is clear to see why Devon is one of the most desirable counties in the country in which to live, "Richard said. "I consider myself extremely lucky to work in such beautiful surroundings."
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