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“I love it when I get to make the ‘congratulations’ call; it’s a great feeling,”


Amy Hart has just started as an associate negotiator at Savills. As part of the local residential team led by Sarah-Jane Bingham-Chick, she manages the sale of waterside and coastal property in and around Salcombe, Kingsbridge and Dartmouth.


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fter spending over 10 years behind a desk as a lawyer, she is enjoying the freedom of getting out and about around the South Hams, explor-


ing hidden cottages, modern apartments and some of the areas most impressive waterside homes. “I’ve lived here all my life and know it pretty well but there is always more to discover. It’s a privilege to spend time with people in their homes and see what they have done with their own space.”


Amy joined the Savills team in Septem-


ber. Previous to this she was based at a law firm in Kingsbridge where she spe- cialised in property law. “I worked on the legal side of each transaction from offer through to completion. It was mainly a nine to five desk job and most of the time I only got to see the agent’s brochures rather than seeing the property myself. So, I decided, after over 17 years in the same firm, it was time to see what life was like ‘on the other side’ and experience more of the face-to-face part of the job.”


Amy looks after residential valuations and prop-


erty visits, she negotiates sales and finalises the deal - this part of the job is a particular joy for her: “I love it when I get to make the ‘congratulations’ call; it’s a great feeling,” she says enthusiastically. “But there is so much I enjoy about the job - getting to know the buyers, finding out what’s on their wish list and trying to match them with just the right property. It’s great to watch their reaction when you show them their dream house.”


Amy says they have many properties which they


market openly, but they also provide a more discrete service for people who don’t want to shout about


the property they’re looking to sell: “People do that for all kinds of reasons, including security - they may not want people to know if they’re selling an empty house. If it’s a prominent, well-known property they may choose to sell privately to avoid time-wasters, who book an appointment to look around just because they’ve always wanted to know what it’s like inside.”


It’s great to


watch their re- action when you show them their dream house.”


Amy says the trend at the moment is using property to secure a secondary income. “With busi- nesses like Airbnb booming, people are realising how easy it is to rent out a room, barn or annexe. More buyers are looking for extra space for these golden opportu- nities when they give us their wish list.”


The Savills office is based in Exeter so, when she isn’t doing local viewings, Amy has an hour and a quarter commute from


her house in Stokenham. “The journey doesn’t faze me - I enjoy the time after work to relax and listen to music or a podcast. When I worked in Kingsbridge I often walked to the office and when I got home I was still in work mode.” She says her aim at Savills is to do her bit to try and change the perception of estate agents. She says there are often misconceptions. “Buying or selling a house can be a daunting task so we work hard to allay any concerns and keep the process as trouble free as possible. It can be a hand holding exercise and I try to put people at ease and enjoy helping families find a place to call their own.”


Amy Hart. Associate. Savills South Hams Tel 01392 455745 Mobile 07814 339 521 email: amy.hart@savills.com www.savills.co.uk


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