We are proud to announce that we have started 2020 the best way we could have imagined, with the acquisition of one of the longest standing and locally renowned businesses in Claygate Village. The team at Catling & Co, along with an extensive portfolio of managed rental properties is a welcomed addition to our business, and we look forward to building upon their local reputation and the service they have provided to the Claygate community over the last 25 years.
Although we will be converting the high street office at 15 The Parade, Claygate, KT10 0PD into a Newton Huxley branch at the begining of February 2020, the Catling team will remain in this branch and we welcome their continued support in maintaining the proactive, professional and approachable reputation that Newton Huxley has built since our launch in 2015.
John Catling, who will remain as a consultant for a period of time during the transition has released an open letter to clients past and present:
As Catling & Company enters its 26th year of trading, it is with a heavy heart that I have finally made the decision to spend more time with my family and retire.
I have taken careful consideration to ensure that my loyal clients remain in good hands, and at the end of 2019 I officially handed over the reins to Len Taylor & Sam Kamali at Newton Huxley, who are another local, bespoke agency just like Catling & Co. I have no doubt in my mind that Newton Huxley, together with my team at Catling can at the very least maintain the standards we have upheld over the last 25 years, and will work to improve upon them.
Sarah Wren and the rest of the existing Catling & Company team will remain indefinetely, I will also be retained as a consultant to assist with the transition for a period of time.
I would like to thank you for your continued loyalty and custom and very much look forward to the next chapter.
One of the Managing Directors at Newton Huxley, and local Claygate resident Len Taylor had this to say about the recent aqcuisition of Catling & Co:
We are delighted and feel priveleged to have been given this opportunity to work for the clients that John and his team have taken such good care of over the years.
As a Claygate resident myself I feel very fortunate that we have such an active community and have experienced first hand the positive impact this has on local residents, and I hope we will be able to contribute for many years to come.
As estate agents we also know that this is part of what makes the area a number one choice for young families moving from South West London which is why we opened here in the first place. I hope that we can rely upon the support of the local Claygate community, and in return we will continue to provide a reliable, trustworthy service that we are immensely proud of.
The team at Newton Huxley are already experiencing increased interest in our available properties both for sale and to let for January. 2020 is widely anticipated to be a positive year for the housing market, and we invite you to pop into the newly refurbished branch from 1st February should you wish to discuss the local market or any property plans you may have.
For those that live locally, you have hopefully noticed the increasing number of our "for sale" and "to let" boards going up over the last two years and more importantly, the high proportion that are being changed to "sold" and "let by". With a business model that focuses on proactivity in selling and letting property, by encouraging a "pick up the phone and sell" culture within our sales and lettings teams, we have experienced exponential growth in East and West Molesey, Claygate, Hinchley Wood, Esher and Walton On Thames, and are proud to report that our list of happy sellers and landlords keeps on growing!
Here is our latest video advert highlighting some of the statistics taken from the past year:
Many experts predict either a slow in growth or in some cases (particularly in South West & Central London), a drop in property values. Surrey has always been resilient in turbulent property markets and we fully expect this trend to continue.
As we focus on the South West London buyer that is looking to increase space in search of better value for money than what is offered by the London market, and looking to settle their family here and secure a place in one of Surrey's renowned primary and/or secondary schools, we have noticed that areas such as East Molesey, Hinchley Wood, Claygate, Walton On Thames, Hersham and Esher are still increasing in popularity thus creating a temporary boom within the local market, allowing sellers to hold firm on asking prices and achieve the result they are looking for.
There will inevitably be periods of uncertainty as we progress towards our exit from the EU. This will require some additonal proactivity from estate agents to secure fewer proceedable buyers, but we see no evidence of property values in the local area decreasing, however the chances of property values moving upward are very low.
This is still very good news for those looking to upsize and we would recommend that anyone looking to move this year do so sooner rather than later whilst activity and interest from buyers remains high.
If you are considering moving this year and would like an up to date valuation of your property, please call 0208 396 6717 or complete our valuation request form and a member of our team will contact you to arrange a free, no obligation appointment.
Words by Natalie Kitchin | Property Consultant at Newton Huxley, Molesey.
The Princess Alice hospice hold a special place in my heart, as I’m sure they do for so many other members of the community. For 30 years they have been there to support people with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses. Just this year my family and I found ourselves calling upon this fantastic organisation, whose compassion and care was second to none as we faced such a difficult and challenging time.
So as soon as I found out about the Towpath Trundle, safe in the knowledge that I could give something back I strapped on my walking shoes (which those who know me can tell you, isn’t something I do lightly!) and accompanied by my Mum and our two dogs we began the 23rd annual 8 mile walk!
We were absolutely blessed by the weather with blue skies shining on us for the duration.
Despite having grown up in Walton, it is easy to forget the beauty that surrounds us, walking along the river helped me to remember what a beautiful area it is and just how lucky I am to have spent my life here. Helped along by some ice creams we found ourselves enjoying our walk, especially the tranquillity of the river and the wildlife that comes with it.
Along our trundle it was so lovely to see so many committed people taking part, as we walked we managed to find Wally and also bumped into a few fairies!
After two hours we reached the finish line, we triumphantly collected our medals and treated ourselves to a slice of cake and settled down on the grass to enjoy the company of those who had also taken part. It was so fantastic to be surrounded by so many charitable people in our own community, but also to see just how many lives the Princess Alice Hospice had touched and made a difference to.