Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Q & A; 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 Ian Turvey

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Q & A; 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 Ian Turvey

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Name, position and how long you have been in the property industry Ian Turvey, senior partner of Turvey Westgarth Chartered Surveyors. I qualified as a land agent 30 years ago and have worked in the property industry in the north-east since 1987.

We established Turvey Westgarth in 2005 to provide a wide range of professional and agency services to clients throughout the North East. We are based in Rothbury, an ideal and attractive base for clients from Berwick and the Tweed Valley in the north, to Newcastle and Tyneside in the south.

What sparked your interest in the property business I had always been interested in farming and rural property. Ten years spent working for the National Trust really helped to develop that interest.

What is the best advice you have ever received about property? In terms of buying residential property - ensure you're entirely comfortable with the location and then invest as much as you can sensibly afford.

And the worst? Buy something which seems cheap even if you don't like it.

What tips would you give to someone wanting to enter the industry? Think about the field you'd enjoy working in rather than the one that pays most.

What should a prospective buyer/ renter look for when choosing an agent? It's important to develop a relationship with the people you're going to rely on. Call in to the office unannounced and assess how you're treated. Not everything's done on-line!

What are the three most important things people hoping to buy should think about when looking at a home? Does it excite you? Is the price right? And will you enjoy living there? Or if they're planning to rent? Is it in good order? Are all certificates in place? And do you have confidence in the landlord/managing agent? What are the biggest changes you've seen in the past five years? In the past two years rather than the past five I have noticed that levels of confidence and enthusiasm are beginning to return and prices are starting to rise again.

Where do you see the market in five years? Hopefully confident and stable. We won't see a return to the madness of the few years pre-2008 What should the Government be doing to further help the property market? …

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