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On Thursday our Lettings Manager David Musgrove and our Head of Bespoke Jonathan Wood represented abbotFox at the Investors Show at Norwich City Football Club. The event was organised for landlords to meet with estate agents and businesses from across Norfolk and to look for new investment opportunities. For us it was a fantastic opportunity to meet directly face to face with landlords and to discuss our deliberately different approach to estate agency.

Since we opened two years ago we have always tried to do things deliberately different from the QR codes on our sold boards, our dedicated abbotFox smartphone app and our extended opening hours. This approach has proved very effective as in the last year our sales team has grown and we have expanded to include Lettings offering a range of properties to rent across Norwich. Our deliberately different approach is still at the centre of what we do and we currently make on average 1600 phone calls a day, have over 2000 social media followers and are ranked in the top 50 for estate agents on social media according to Zoopla. As our abbotFox brand grew and developed we were seeing an increasing demand for high end, luxury properties in Norwich and Norfolk from clients who were frustrated with the traditional methods used by traditional agents.

Our new website has officially launched and it is packed full of new features to make your search for a property in Norwich easier than ever. We had one key objective when designing our new website which was to make it as user friendly as possible so that you could find what you were looking for quickly and simply. The website has also been optimised for laptops, tablets and smartphones so that you can continue to search for properties even whilst on the move.

Our previous blog post looked at what an average day at abbotFox outside the office involved and it proved to be very popular and so this time we thought we would share with you what a typical working day is like inside our office. First off there is the abbotFox team composed of sales, lettings, bespoke, after sales, marketing and admin who all work together in our single, Norwich based office. The office itself is always very busy as the team works until seven in the evening as well as over the weekend in order to accommodate the busy schedule of our clients. 

Horning is a beautiful and unique Broadland Village situated along the River Bure with a history that stretches back to 1020. The name itself is thought to mean "folk who live on the high ground between the rivers"; and today the small village contains an array of waterside properties, pubs, shops and restaurants. Horning is also home to some iconic buildings including the beautiful Horning Church and the Swan Inn which dates back to 1696. Today, the Inn is seen as an important landmark in the village which has appeared in several films and books. The Church of St Benedict goes back even further to 1220 and there is also ...

The University of East Anglia ranked third overall for student satisfaction this year, having come out top in the previous year, and has remained in the top five since the survey began back in 2005. The Telegraph has also placed the city of Norwich in its list of the top 20 happiest place to live in Britain due to its friendly community, low levels of crime and significantly lower cost of living compared to London. It is therefore not surprising that thousands of students choose to study at the University of East Anglia. Whilst the University is popular amongst local Norwich teenagers looking to move onto higher education a large ...

The city of Norwich is becoming an increasingly popular place to live and this has been reflected in the growing number of house buyers from outside the area looking to purchase a property here. This increase in interest from outside buyers is not surprising because although Norwich may not be the biggest city in the UK it has a lot to offer including a lively town centre rich in history, a choice of beautiful beaches only an hours drive away and strong transport links with London. The city is also one of the safest in the UK with significantly lower house prices compared to London and the Telegraph recently included ...

A report by Aviva found that house buyers in the last year spent on average only 33 minutes viewing the property they decided to purchase. Twenty years ago the average viewing time for house buyers was 39 minutes and this figure has continued to decrease over the years. Combined with this Aviva found hat 24% of house buyers only viewed the property they bought once which means that a quarter of house buyers in the last year spent only 33 minutes in total viewing the property they eventually went on to purchase.

One of the earliest references to the town of Reepham was in the Domesday Book of 1086 where it was referred to as Refham which, in Old English, meant the reeve’s manor. Today, the town is well known as being a market town and it was given this status in around 1277 although other records suggest that it was used as a market town for sometime before it was given this iconic status. The modern market of Reepham still resides on the original Georgian site and it has been through some significant changes throughout its history.

Due to expansion we are currently seeking weekend staff. Main responsibilities include supporting both the sales and lettings teams, greeting visitors as they enter the office, answering telephone calls and registering applicants. First impressions are vital in this role, so we are looking for a well presented, confident individual with excellent communication skills. Previous experience would be advantageous however not essential. If you hold an interest in property and customer service we would love to hear from you.

Working in an estate agents was something I always wanted to do because I enjoy working with different people and challenging myself in a business. My career in estate agency began in 2007 where I worked as a Junior Lettings Negotiator for my family owned independent estate agents in Coltishall. After two years I was promoted to Lettings Manager and Partner where I helped to build and shape the future of the business. Three years later I sold my shares because I wanted to face a new challenge and I moved on to work as the Director for a well known estate agents in Norfolk.

I started my career in estate agency as a Trainee Negotiator in Teddington where I worked for 6 years. For me it was a fantastic opportunity because I have always been interested in property, particularly unique homes with historic architecture. Having built up my experience in estate agency I moved back to Norfolk where I worked for two different well known Country House agencies for over 10 years. Then, in May of 2014, I was approached by abbotFox who were looking to launch a Bespoke department at their fast expanding central Norwich office.

Our main focus at abbotFox is ensuring that all of our clients receive the best possible service during the often very stressful process of moving home. We do this through keeping our office open until 7pm during the week and also 7 days a week so that clients can contact us after work or whenever is best for them. Our office is also open 363 days a year which means that all of our properties receive maximum exposure to potential buyers. Our dedication and hard work has certainly paid off as in the two years we have been open we have grown to become the largest independent estate agent in ...

The village of Knapton has a rich and varied history dating right back to the Neolithic times based on the tools and artefacts that have been discovered in the area. Little else is known about the origins of the village because it predates the Domesday Book of 1086. However, during the Norman Conquest the village was called Kanapatone and was estimated to be worth 20 shillings which increased to 60 shillings after the surveys in the Domesday Book. In terms of the origins of the name several theories that have been put forward. It has been speculated that the name dates back to the invasion of the Danes, who settled ...

We previously wrote about the Norfolk Legend Deryn Blackwell, the 14 year old from Norfolk who battled against two different types of Cancer, and his courageous recovery. His story was truly amazing and inspirational and you can read about it here. In this blog post I would like to tell you about another Norfolk Legends nomination that we have received which is a fantastic example of the hard work and dedication of the people of Norfolk.

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