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Stags, the West Country property experts, has announced three Partnership changes for 2022.
Alex Rew, Managing Partner, reports that Stags has had an extremely busy 18 months since the property market re-opened in the summer of 2020, with property transaction levels increasing significantly as many people brought forward their plans to move to the West Country. The ability to work remotely enabled the move for many, whilst some have just decided to accelerate their life plans upon re-assessing priorities.
Alex says “Demand has grown across the board, whether for purchase or rent, and sale prices and rents have increased to reflect this. Some hotspots have risen by over 15% and, with low supply levels, we expect 2022 to be another busy year.
We are delighted to be able to promote two new Partners, Tracey Hill and Kevin Clarke.”
Both Tracey and Kevin have been with the firm for a number of years. Tracey has proven herself year on year to be an incisive and approachable Head of Finance who also deals with a lot of the firm’s business administration. She joined Stags in 1995 and has sat on the Estate Agency board for 10 years before joining the Partnership.
Kevin joined Stags straight from college and completed a distance learning RICS degree before qualifying as a Chartered Surveyor. He has worked in a number of positions in the firm, including Exeter residential sales, Farm Agency, Professional Services, Manager of the Dulverton, and, more recently, Honiton offices where he and the team have shown continual development and success.
At the other end of his career journey, Simon Cooper has decided to retire from the Partnership but will remain in the firm sharing his considerable knowledge accrued over several decades! Simon joined the firm in 1987 as a fresh-faced young surveyor, assisting the Head of Residential and Farm Agency at the time with selling farms. He then moved to the Wellington office a year later to run the property department. He was promoted to the larger Honiton office in 1997 and, after a successful period, was made a Partner in 2003. He soon moved to head the Exeter Office, where the residential department has grown from strength to strength assisted by his unceasing energy and commitment. Equally at home on a farm, in a house, or a more complicated property, Simon has a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm as well as a passion to help others.
Alex says: “We welcome both Tracey and Kevin and look forward to working with Simon in his new role.”
The firm has also promoted 14 colleagues to Associate and Associate Partner, as part of a commitment to professional development and in recognition of both hard work and dedication.