Barrow High Street business Strawberry Lettings and Sales really is thriving: properties are moving fast, the market is buoyant and bricks and mortar are still proving to be a great investment. However, the involvement of ‘cheap rate’ and on-line agents can, from time to time, prove problematic.
Owner Nicola Hickinbotham says, “Often when we provide a valuation the home owner will have been approached by another agent who has either convinced them that the house is worth much more or that a ‘Do-It-Yourself’ service’ could save them thousands in fees. The truth is that agents who value ‘high’ to gain instruction often then quickly recommend that the price be dropped to generate viewings. (Not surprisingly the new price is similar to ours!) Few sales run entirely smoothly and success depends on the skill and experience of the agent to find the right buyer, achieve the asking price and see the sale swiftly through to completion. An on-line agent won’t be there when support is needed a telephone queue does nothing to reduce stress levels. Our success, and our clients’ success, starts with a fair, realistic valuation and personal attention from professional staff who know their stuff and everything about the area.”
Many businesses claim to be part of the local community but Strawberry really is. Kim and Claire live in Barrow and have children who go to the village school. Kim is a member of the school PTFA. Strawberry supports the Kindu Trust that is the major project of David Dipple and Hall Orchard children. Hannah, daughter of Nicola, visited Ethiopia with the school last year and returned very concerned about the plight of twin girls who needed sponsorship to complete their schooling. Strawberry was proud to take on this commitment. They also run fund-raising events, such as cake stalls, for Rainbows.