A NEW firm is flying the flag for north Northumberland as one of the most desirable places to live.
Estate agent Justin Matthews has set up Hotspur Residential at Bondgate Without in Alnwick, which offers properties for let in an area covering Berwick to Morpeth.
And his first month of business has seen more than half of his portfolio snapped up by eager tenants, one of whom is relocating from London.
Justin, 32, has been an estate agent since the age of 18, starting his career in London before moving to Amble 10 years ago. He was branch manager of Your Move in Alnwick for seven years before deciding to set up his own company.
“I saw that there was a gap in the market, which is why I have decided to focus entirely on residential lettings and property management for landlords, “ he said.
“Given the ongoing financial climate, more people are going to be living in rented accommodation for longer, now that it is more difficult to obtain a mortgage.
“I am 100 per cent committed to residential lettings and property management, so even when the housing market picks up I won’t be planning to move into selling homes. I’m also available for experienced landlords or anyone considering letting their property.
“The reaction in the first month has been really good. I started with 15 properties up for let and I currently have eight deals going through.
“One of my clients is in the process of moving from London, which is something I did myself.”