Compton House 8 Shaw Croft Centre Dig Street
Time at John German? I first joined JG in the Ashby office as a Trainee Land Agent in 1981 where I qualified as a Chartered Surveyor a year later. After 10 years in various parts of the country I moved to JG Stafford office to head up the Residential Estate Agency and Valuation department where I stayed until we opened in Uttoxeter in 2004. I now work from Ashbourne and Uttoxeter combining with my role as Managing Director.
Favourite part of your job? Despite how long I have been doing it, I get huge satisfaction from doing a deal and achieving a great result for a Client. It is great when Client’s follow your advice and the result achieved match or exceed every ones’ expectations.
Top tip for buyer or seller? When Selling it is vital to prepare well to avoid unnecessary delays and avoidable issues spoiling the sale in the final stages of the deal. So apart from spending time getting the house to look really good when going on the market, it is really worth while reviewing the condition of the house, sorting out those teething problems which will deter Buyers and create a plethora of damning words from Surveyors and ensure all the appropriate certificates and other paperwork is readily available for your Solicitor.
What would be your dream home? I am trying to build my own at present so time will tell but I have been very lucky to live in a beautiful Georgian property for the last 26 years where my family have grown up and a house I love and shall miss very much. However as many of our Clients find, downsizing is an inevitability for most of us – it’s good for Estate Agents too!
"We originally went on the market with an online company because of the tempting price and we had nothing but hassle and stress. So we came into contact with John German in Ashbourne. Totally professional and friendly. Came around to value the house explaining the whole process. We sold and had a long chain but Sally/Stuart looked after us through the whole process. They were great and would totally recommend them. YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR!!!! Thank you for all your help in getting us to our dream house! "