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ALL THE LATEST NEWS, VIEWS AND STORIES FROM AROUND YOUR LOCAL AREA:OCTOBER/NOVEMBER PURPLE


DIAMOND CLIMBS TO THE TOP…


Purple Diamond has been awarded an ‘Exceptional’ rating reserved for the top 5% of UK estate agents in the prestigious 2018 Best Estate Agent Guide.


Following the successful EA Masters event and awards ceremony in London, the 2018 guide has been published by the Property Academy, which includes the top 20% of estate agents in the UK.


Each year, Property Academy surveys thousands of buyers and sellers, landlords and tenants in order to better understand their opinions and expectations of the home buying, selling and renting process. With so many estate agency branches in the UK, they know it can be difficult to choose correctly and there is a lack of independent and trustworthy information to help customers compare agents and find the best in an area. This is why they decided to produce the Best Estate Agent Guide.


Compiling this was a mammoth undertaking but with aid from the sponsors Rightmove, intel on 25,000 agency branches, 1m properties, 3m transactions, 50m leads and a staggering 3bn property views was scrutinised before carrying out the biggest mystery shop exercise the industry has ever seen, with nearly 30,000 agents contacted, to ultimately find the very best estate agents in the country.


Many in the industry said this simply couldn’t be done, so respect is due for pulling off this amazing feat.


At the awards ceremony, this was broken down further, awarding a ‘Highly Rated’ rating to those firms inside the top 20%, a rating of ‘Excellent’ to those inside the top 10% and finally a rating of ‘Exceptional’ to those high-quality agents who were in the top 5% in the country.


Director Aidan Lillington said: “After going to such exhaustive lengths to find the best agents in the UK, I am incredibly proud of what the team have achieved and that Purple Diamond have been ranked in the top 5% in the country. For a new business like us it is imperative we stand out from the crowd, as the market is highly competitive and the luxury home market is mainly dominated by long-running, traditional brands.


“As a result, we set off to be an innovative agent, using modern technology and pioneering methods to allow us to reach a wider audience for our clients and at the same time differentiate ourselves from our old school competitors. Having this powerful endorsement will firmly put us on the map and help us to grow our brand across the county, in doing so creating more jobs and opportunities for local people. I could not be more proud of everyone involved, from the team themselves to our professional service partners who are constantly refining and improving the product we offer.”


WWW.THECOCKERMOUTHPOST.CO.UK Yew Tree House, Broughton Cross, Cockermouth


Yew Tree House is a modern versatile family home, built for the current owner and offering flexible accommodation, successfully using a Mediterranean theme. Secluded, partly hidden from the roadside and built around a lovely, private courtyard garden with covered terrace and ornamental pond, this fantastic four bedroom home includes a Master bedroom suite with en-suite, his & hers dressing rooms plus private study/sitting room. Other benefits include two large reception rooms, a stylish kitchen/breakfast room with space for sofa, en-suite facilities to all bedrooms, double garage with plenty of parking and lawned gardens to three sides. A unique and distinctive property.


Purple Diamond Guide Region: £450,000 Bank House Farm & Cottages, Matterdale End, Penrith


Bank House Farm is a traditional 5 bedroom Lakeland Farmhouse dating back to the early 19th century which is set in an elevated position between Troutbeck and the shores of Ullswater, just outside the hamlet of Matterdale. It comes together with two adjoining one bedroom holiday cottages and approximately 6 acres of grazing land, making it perfect as a primary residence with potential for equestrian usage, a lifestyle business, second home or even to add to a portfolio of other properties. The property is set in mature grounds of around an acre and enjoys picturesque views of the surrounding fells including Little Mell Fell, Gowbarrow Fell and across to the North Pennines.


Purple Diamond Guide Region: £985,000 Call


(01900) 828011 and (017687) 20700


Email cumbria@purple-diamond.co.uk Click www.purple-diamond.co.uk Visit 39a Station Street, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 9QW


Purple Diamond


Successfully selling rare and beautiful homes throughout Cumbria and the English Lake District


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