One of Surrey’s longest-established, family-run estate agents has returned to its roots with a new takeover by the award-winning, independent Seymours property group.
Twenty-six years after his father first established Seymours, Richard Stovold has reinstated the Guildford estate agent into the family with a new, enthusiastic team, who are excited to embrace the local property market.
Colin Stovold first founded Seymours with Paul Rickard in 1992, establishing a branch at 249 Guildford High Street, next to what is now The Harbour Hotel. The branch moved to its current office at 6 London Road in 2010.
When Paul sadly passed away in 2017, the branch was sold but a recent opportunity arose for Richard, who has overseen Seymours Burpham since 2004, to acquire the agency, along with fellow Seymours partners, Franco Orlando and John Ferrucci.
“We are so pleased to have this office back in the family as it’s where the Seymours story began,” says Richard. “We’ve established an excellent team of dedicated staff here with decades of experience in the property industry and we are really excited to be back among the people of Guildford.”
Richard, who lives with his wife and two children in the village of Shalford, is keen to establish relationships with charities and schools in Guildford so the branch can build on Seymours’ excellent fundraising and community work – last year the Woking office raised over £20,000 for Sam Beare Hospice.
“Living just down the road from Guildford town centre, I am immensely passionate about the local area and what it has to offer people,” Richard adds. “There is such a variety; from the good mix of outstanding state and independent schools, to the shops and restaurants and facilities like The Spectrum. Then there’s the river if, like me, you enjoy a bit of paddle-boarding and the Surrey Hills for walking and cycling. There’s something for everyone.”
So, what’s to be said of how Guildford is fairing in the current, somewhat turbulent, property market? “Honestly, the market is still good in Guildford. There is a bit of sensitivity due to external factors and political uncertainty but people are still looking to move to be near the station and the schools here,” Richard explains.
“My biggest advice to those looking to sell is to try not to focus too much on the headline numbers – if you’re getting offers not quite at the exact level you want, try and negotiate on what you are purchasing to cover the difference. And please do come in and see us, we’d love to help with your move.”
For further information or to arrange a free no obligation valuation of your property please contact Richard Stovold at Seymours Guildford on 01483 576833.
Seymours is a member of The Guild of Property Professionals and all staff members are trained under The Guild’s Associate Training Scheme.