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12Feb

Leading independent Swindon estate agent, Castles Residential Sales & Lettings has made three new recruits, taking its employee headcount to 16.


Joining the company recently were Mohammad Karim and Mike Hughes as sales consultants and Sarah Dunn as the property consultant for Royal Wootton Bassett and West Swindon.


Mohammad and Mike both arrive with extensive sales experience from outside the property sector, so add new insights and enthusiasm to the company’s established, yet progressive, team. Sarah has 29 years’ experience of which over 20 years have been spent in Royal Wootton Bassett.


Mark Noble, founder and managing director of Castles Residential Sales & Lettings, said: “Last year was a big year for us and this year looks like it’ll be even busier. The arrivals of Mohammad, Mike and Sarah signal our intention to continue our impressive growth and build on our 2015 figures. In fact, they’re already creating a buzz in the office and I’m convinced they’ll help us make 2016 a fantastic year.”


Castles Residential Sales & Lettings recently revealed that the number of rental properties it manages is up 34 per cent year on year. Its sales team, meanwhile, exchanged contracts on more than 300 homes during 2015.


Castles Residential Sales & Lettings is ranked 101 out of 14,536 UK estate agents on allAgents, as of Thursday 11 February 2016, making it the customer review website’s best ranked estate agent in Wiltshire. It was handpicked by Cartus, the world’s premier provider of relocation services as Swindon’s only relocation agent and was selected for memberships with The Guild of Professional Estate Agents and The Relocation Agent Network.
The company won the Wiltshire Small Business of the Year award in 2007 and The Relocation Agent Network’s Best Agent regional award for Wiltshire in 2011 and 2012. In 2014, Castles Residential Sales & Lettings finished runner-up and received a commendation in the latter award.


Last year, Castles Residential Sales & Lettings won two awards at the 2015 allAgents Awards. The company took home the prizes for the best sales agent and the best lettings agent in Swindon.
  

04Feb

One property in every three that go up for sale or rental in Swindon never makes it onto the internet.


That startling statistic was revealed by Mark Noble, founder and managing director of leading independent Swindon estate agent, Castles Residential Sales & Lettings.


Urging people not to rely on internet searches alone, Mark said: “We strongly recommend anyone looking for a new home to register with us the minute they start. People are missing out because many homes get snapped up without being advertised publically. Similarly, anyone wishing to sell or let their home should call us as soon as possible too, as we have waiting lists of potential buyers and tenants for homes of all types and sizes.”


At Castles Residential Sales & Lettings, some properties are selling and letting within days, if not hours of becoming available.


The gathering pace of the property boom in Swindon is such that online portals like Rightmove and Zoopla are unable to keep up. “There are several buyers for every property in Swindon,” says Mark. “Very often, by the time a home appears on the portals, it’s gone. Some p
eople are afraid to put their homes on the market as they’re worried they won’t find what they’re looking for. We have new properties going up for sale every day, yet in some cases the only way to find out about them before they sell is to register with us.”


Castles Residential Sales & Lettings is ranked 101 out of 14,538 UK estate agents on allAgents, as of Thursday 4 February 2016. It was handpicked by Cartus, the world’s premier provider of relocation services as Swindon’s only relocation agent and was selected for memberships with The Guild of Professional Estate Agents and The Relocation Agent Network.


The company won the Wiltshire Small Business of the Year award in 2007 and The Relocation Agent Network’s Best Agent regional award for Wiltshire in 2011 and 2012. In 2014, Castles Residential Sales & Lettings finished runner-up and received a commendation in the latter award.


Last year, Castles Residential Sales & Lettings won two awards at the 2015 allAgents Awards. The company took home the prizes for the best sales agent and the best lettings agent in Swindon.
  

22Dec

Castles Residential Sales & Lettings enjoyed another successful year in 2015.


The number of rental properties managed by the estate agent is up 34 per cent year on year. On the selling front, the business exchanged contracts on more than 300 houses during the 12 months from January to December.

With almost 200 customer reviews on allAgents.co.uk, Castles Residential Sales & Lettings enjoys an overall customer rating of 4.73 out of 5. The business is ranked 102 out of 14,482 UK estate agents on the site as of 18 December 2015.


Camilla J. Peachey is one of Castles Residential Sales & Lettings’ delighted customers. She said: “I truly believe in this team as they helped me so much. From the start, they have been continually there for me as a seller answering the questions I had. They had buyers through the door within days. I was amazed how quickly they sold my property not once but twice. The whole team have a friendly voice on the end of the phone. My sale wasn't straightforward and, to be honest, very nearly didn't happen, but Castles helped me keep it all together by negotiating things like dates of exchange and completion with other buyers and sellers in the chain.”


Reflecting on the great year,
Mark Noble, founder and managing director of Castles Residential Sales & Lettings, said: “It’s been another great year for us. And, in terms of business done and our satisfaction ratings, the figures bear this out. Once again, our unwavering commitment to customer care has paid dividends. I congratulate and thank the whole team here at Castles Residential Sales & Lettings.”


Established in Swindon for 13 years, Castles Residential Sales & Lettings is one of the town’s leading independent estate agents. The business has the experience and expertise to guide sellers and buyers, landlords and tenants through their entire process. Sellers and landlords are looked after by a dedicated executive who strives to conclude transactions, swiftly and effectively.


allAgents is the largest customer review website for the UK property industry. In September, Castles Residential Sales & Lettings, picked up two gongs at the 2015 allAgents Awards for receiving the highest averaging customer reviews in the area over the previous 12 months.


The company was handpicked by Cartus, the world’s premier provider of relocation services its only agent in Swindon.
This means that, working with around 600 other Cartus agents across England, Scotland and Wales, Castles Residential Sales & Lettings gives you increased reach. It also means expert help and local knowledge is on hand to help you with your onward property search, wherever that may be.


Castles Residential Sales & Lettings was selected for memberships with the Relocation Agent Network and the Guild of Professional Estate Agents.
The Guild exclusively appoints one member per town. Members work together to provide a seamless service throughout your moving process.


Castles Residential Sales & Lettings won the Wiltshire Small Business of the Year award in 2007 and The Relocation Agent Network’s Best Agent regional award for Wiltshire in 2011 and 2012. In 2014, Castles Residential Sales & Lettings finished runner-up and received a commendation in the latter award.

06Nov

One of Swindon’s top estate agents, Castles Residential Sales & Lettings, has been shortlisted by Relocation Agent Network, a national network of selected estate agents, for the 2015 Best Agent West Region Award.


The winner will be announced at a black tie evening Awards Dinner held at the Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel, London on Friday 13 November. The Awards Dinner closes Relocation Agent Network’s annual National Conference, and this year is hosted by well-known comedian, Tim Vine.


Relocation Agent Network’s 2015 Best Agent West Region Award is an annual prize for the agent that has consistently made the best overall contribution to the Network throughout the year and offers nominees the chance to become the Network’s ‘Best Network Agent in the West
Region’. To reach this stage of the award programme, agents must demonstrate excellent customer service, innovative business initiatives and a commitment to the Relocation Agent Network principles.


Mark Noble, founder and managing director of Castles Residential Sales & Lettings said, “We are delighted to be shortlisted for Relocation Agent Network’s Best Agent Regional Award. It really does highlight the team’s effort, commitment and enthusiasm over the last 12 months.”


Richard Tucker, Relocation Agent Network’s managing director commented, “As a network of selected estate agents, made up of 16 regions across England, Scotland and Wales, our regional awards recognise those agents that truly demonstrate outstanding customer service and innovative business initiatives. Congratulations to Castles Residential Sales & Lettings for their well deserved nomination.”


Castles Residential Sales & Lettings is ranked 101 out of 14,443 UK estate agents on allAgents, as of Friday 6 November 2015. It was handpicked by Cartus, the world’s premier provider of relocation services as Swindon’s only relocation agent and was selected for memberships with The Guild of Professional Estate Agents and The Relocation Agent Network.


The company won the Wiltshire Small Business of the Year award in 2007 and The Relocation Agent Network’s Best Agent regional award for Wiltshire in 2011 and 2012. In 2014, Castles Residential Sales & Lettings finished runner-up and received a commendation in the latter award.

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