Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

People in the Market Give Homes, Housing, Homemaker; 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 Peter Bartley

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

People in the Market Give Homes, Housing, Homemaker; 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 Peter Bartley

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Name, position and how long you have been in the property industry Peter F Bartley BSc (Hons) MRICS, I am a director with Bradley Hall Chartered Surveyors and I have been in the property industry for 22 years.

What sparked your interest in the property business? My father, who unfortunately died when I was four, was an estate agent and had his own business in County Durham. I always like to think that, while I didn't have any dealings with the business when I was younger, the property business was in my blood from an early age.

What is the best advice you have ever received about property? My original partner in the business told me to buy a flat on the Quayside in Newcastle when I first finished University which I couldn't really afford and to be honest I have never looked back from there.

And the worst? I haven't really had any bad advice and if I have throughout my career I obviously haven't listened to it.

What tips would you give to someone wanting to enter the industry? I have a lot of junior surveyors in the practice who we help and I have always advised them what a great business it is to be in and how enjoyable it is on a day to day basis. I would always advise people to work hard, get whatever qualifications you need and use common sense where necessary.

What should a prospective buyer/ renter look for when choosing an agent? Thankfully, I have never had to use an agent whether I have bought, sold or rented in the past as obviously I simply used myself. But I always put myself in the shoes of the client and would say that any prospective buyer should expect more and in my opinion his agents should deliver way beyond his expectations. This is what we try to do at Bradley Hall.

What are the three most important things people hoping to buy should think about when looking at a home? I would normally say location, location, location, but I appreciate it's not always as easy as that. With every house that I personally buy and sell - of which there have been quite a few - I have always thought about how I am going to sell it and whether I am going to make a profit.

Or if they're planning to rent? I think renting is different to buying as it is invariably short term and therefore other decisions can come into play. You may not want to buy an apartment on the Quayside in Newcastle or a beach house in the dunes at Beadnell but you may like to rent it short-term if you are in between houses or moving jobs.

What are the biggest changes you've seen in the past five years? Obviously, I think the internet plays a larger part in the business now but other changes have included clients' expectation from their agents and their desire to be provided with a personal service and for their agent to work harder and longer in achieving the desired results whether it's an acquisition or a sale. …

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