Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

In Our Series in Which People in the North East Property Market Give a Personal View on Homes, Housing, the Industry and More, Homemaker Meets Rebecca Long

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

In Our Series in Which People in the North East Property Market Give a Personal View on Homes, Housing, the Industry and More, Homemaker Meets Rebecca Long

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Name, position and how long you have been in the property industry My name is Rebecca Long and I am a sales apprentice for First Choice Estates at their new office in Ryton, west of Gateshead. I have only been in the industry since February this year.

What sparked your interest in the property business From a young age I had an interest in property. I always loved watching the property programmes on the TV. My interest continued to grow as I got older so I thought the best place to start developing a career in the industry was with an estate agent.

What is the best advice you have ever received about property? Do your research to try to make sure it is a sound investment.

And the worst? Not to make a rushed decision on any property you are going for.

What tips would you give to someone wanting to enter the industry? If you have interest in the property career then go for it. You always have to start at the bottom but with the right members or staff around you who have great knowledge you can quickly learn everything you need to know.

What should a prospective buyer/ renter look for when choosing an agent? Any prospective buyer/renter should look for a professional, friendly, approachable agent with workers who have a lot of experience and the right knowledge to benefit your experience working with them.

The agent should provide a good working relationship with you and take into consideration your requirements.

What are the three most important things people hoping to buy should think about when looking at a home? 1) Price 2) Location 3) Suitability to needs.

Or if they're planning to rent? 1) Location 2) Size 3) Price What are the biggest changes you've seen in the past five years? The biggest change I have seen is how much of an effect the internet has had on estate agency as more people use it to search for properties than using mailing lists.

Also the recession has had a major impact on the market. Houses put up for sale have sometimes been sticking before selling sell, but the rental side has been very buoyant.

Where do you see the market in five years? Hopefully, there will be more development of homes, but affordable homes for those who struggle to save enough for a deposit for a home and can get an affordable mortgage. …

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