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Behind the Scenes with The London Office Bob Bickersteth


Set up in 1992, The London Office acts on behalf of leading provincial estate agents to promote their clients’ properties to a wider audience and at the helm is Bob Bickersteth, acting for Spence Willard


So who is moving to the Isle of Wight and why?


“People looking to move to the Isle of Wight are a very mixed crowd; from those looking for a lifestyle change, who want to go further afield outside of the traditional commuter belt, ex pats returning to the UK, empty nesters wanting to downsize and cash in on a London property, to young families looking for an affordable place to move to with good schools and connections for commuting — it’s a completely broad spectrum across the board. It comes down to affordability, schools, family or lifestyle change.”


How important is it for provincial agencies to have a London Office?


“It is important to cast the net as widely as possible to do the best for a vendor, which includes a physical London presence to complement the offices on the Island. Prospective purchasers like to browse and are inquisitive of prices and we are well placed to tap in to the London and international markets. They are able to search the entire database


of properties and take hard sets of property details with them. Of course, one of the great plus points of the Island is the sailing and the fabulous coastal and sea views. Much of the conurbation is around the edges, so there are plenty of properties for sale with those benefits.”


“I’ve been promoting out-of-London properties for twenty years from our offices in the heart of St James’s. We have window displays with a selection of properties across the price ranges which attract people walking by, as well as people who know us by reputation. The benefits of the internet are there, but there is no substitute to talking face to face with an experienced agent about individual properties and who can impart advice on schools, villages and even pubs.”


With twenty-seven years of property experience under his belt and having been based in London for many of those, Bob is perfectly placed to give prospective buyers expert objective advice.


spencewillard.co.uk


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