‘An estate agency which has notched up £13m worth of property sales in its first 17 months has officially opened its new shop in Verwood.
Mayor Cllr Matthew Parker carried out the traditional ribbon-cutting at Castleman Estate Agents yesterday afternoon, watched by two of the founding partners and invited guests.
It’s really good to see new businesses coming to Verwood and I’m particularly impressed at how community-minded the agency is,” said Cllr Parker.
Castleman Estate Agents was founded by partners Andy Tibbles, Nick Richards and Joe Merrifield in July 2020.
It’s named after the Castleman Trailway, the popular walking, cycling and horse-riding route.
The 16.5-mile trailway follows much of the old Southampton to Dorchester railway line, weaving its way through many of the key areas served by the business.
Previously based in West Moors, the agency’s new home at 7 Station Road, Verwood, has put the emphasis on comfort and relaxation.
It includes an informal customer seating area as well as a kids’ play section.
Three local artists – Nathan Lock, Hattie Jane Photography and Lindsay Chapman – have been invited to display their work on the walls.
The office will also be available for community use at weekends.
Guests at the opening included Ian Girling, Chief Executive of Dorset Chamber, pictured second left with the Mayor and (left) Andy and Nick (right).
Andy said the £13m property sales had been about double what they’d expected.
“It’s been very busy and we’re very pleased.
“We plan to open another shop in the next 12 months, preferably in West Moors again,” he said.
About 30 good causes have been helped to date through The Castleman Community Foundation which supports local projects.
Andy said: “We feel that supporting the local community, especially during these difficult and challenging times, is vitally important.
“The community foundation is an integral part of our business.”
Apart from the founders, the agency has three self-employed agents – Dean, Hannah and Janine – and an apprentice, Danielle.
Adam Benham, of Adam’s Mortgage Group, is also based in the office.
Andy said: “Our sales have ranged from a £100,000 garage to a £1.3 million property.
“We’re getting a lot of repeat business as neighbours see what we can do.
“We’re confident of a busy future.” ’
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