Two members of Swoffers Lettings and Management team are celebrating 10 years with the company this month.
Manager Ross Yeates joined Swoffers after 8 years in the finance industry.
I was looking for something new; something a bit different,’ says Ross about his decision to move into property.
‘I’m someone who loves meeting new people whilst being able to be out and about, not tied to a desk. I started out as a Property Manager, working closely with Craig and Nikki who I still work closely with. What hit me initially was the variety within the job, from being in a one bedroom flat in town one day, to a large Open Market house the next.
‘I love problem solving and, in Property Management, there is always something that needs to be solved! I have moved further into the lettings side of the business now and what is probably most enjoyable about the job is finding someone their perfect home, which matches their needs as much as it can,’ says Ross.
‘I love talking to people from overseas about our island and helping them to understand how the relocation process will work, along with promoting what a pretty amazing place Guernsey is to live!’
Local Market Lettings Negotiator Laura Gorvel joined Swoffers in September 2009 after a stint of temping following her return to the island from the UK where she worked as a sales negotiator.
‘I love the variety of the job and meeting anyone and everyone,’ says Laura.
‘I enjoy helping to match people to their ideal homes – especially those with four-legged family members. The Swoffers team is great to work with and are more than just colleagues – we’re like a slightly dysfunctional family!’
Both Laura and Ross have seen the lettings team grow dramatically over the last 10 years as the number of instructions, the workload and the company’s property management portfolio has grown.
‘Going forward, I know not to expect any two days to be the same; the market isn’t showing any signs of slowing down (touch wood!) and I’m looking forward to providing the same friendly, high quality service to all our clients new and old,’ says Laura.
Ross echoes Laura’s thoughts for the future.
‘I guess I too have seen the company evolve from what was probably 18 staff when I joined, through to 30 plus that it is now! With that comes challenges but also exciting times along the way.’