We can’t believe that a year has passed already since we first opened the doors to Wimbledon Homes!
And what a year it has been! Over the last 12 months, we’ve renovated our brand-new office on Wimbledon High Street, sponsored several local events including school fairs, charity days and an art festival, and, most importantly, helped a plethora of vendors and buyers to navigate the ever-changing property market.
Our Founder, Mark, shares his reflections on the last year and his hopes for Wimbledon Homes moving forwards…
Can you summarise how the first year of Wimbledon Homes has been?
Our first year has seen lots of hard work and great fun for the whole team!
It’s no secret that conditions this year in the property market have been challenging – and we are proud to have established a successful new business which has launched to a flying start. It’s been very fulfilling for the whole team to see our efforts pay off.
What has been Wimbledon Homes’ biggest success since launching, so far?
The reaction from our clients, friends, and local residents. We’ve been inundated with local support, which has been very touching and demonstrates that our personable and friendly approach to working is definitely the right one.
The testimonials that we have received from satisfied buyers and vendors have proved there was a gap for our sort of boutique agency that puts their requirements and needs before anything else. We’re pleased to be established as the local agency going that extra mile seven days a week for our clients.
Have there been any surprises over the last year that you weren’t expecting?
Obviously, we’ve all been through a difficult couple of years and there have been a few surprises from the politicians who haven’t made house buying easy.
However, in general, wonderful Wimbledon will always be popular with buyers. The market here is resilient market and the broad range of properties will always appeal to a wide market. It’s a great place to live, full stop!
What do you like most about being an independent estate agency in Wimbledon?
Having been in the business for over 20 years, when founding Wimbledon Homes, I wanted to concentrate on providing a really personal, friendly and passionate service for clients. Selling or buying a home is one of the most important and expensive decisions you will ever have to make. I wanted to ensure that process was as smooth and stress free as possible.
Whether you are buying or selling, you need someone who has your back and will go that extra mile for you. There is a lot that can go wrong from negotiating an offer, dealing with different personalities and often the skill is managing this and keeping everyone calm. It really is a personal business.
Besides supporting buyers and sellers, what other things has Wimbledon Homes been involved in over the last year?
It was always our aim to get involved in the local community and since opening we have sponsored The Rowans School Summer Fair, the Wimbledon & Putney Commons Conservators Art on the Common exhibition, Wimbledon High School Ball, King’s College School Christmas Fair and the Wimbledon Guild Christmas in the Village event. We have also supported St Raphael’s Hospice and Wimbledon Guild.
It has been really rewarding being involved with lots of local fundraising enterprises – we’re looking forward to another busy year of local events throughout 2023.
What are your hopes for the next year and beyond?
To capitalise on the successes of our first year and welcome many more discerning clients to trust us with selling their home or finding the right property for them. You will be in good hands!