Professional Properties started letting and managing property in 1999 and the same management team is still in place now!
Professional Properties is based Cedar House, at 35 Ashbourne Road, Derby. This historic building has been home to other property related businesses including residential developers Birch Homes and Miller Homes. Cedar House was originally home to Andrew Handyside, owner of famed Derby iron founders Andrew Handyside and Co, which constructed Friar Gate Bridge for the Great Northern Railway.
“Traditionally, the property market has been driven by high street agents who conventionally advertise properties in their windows and prospective customers are required to visit their office to sign numerous pieces of documentation. However, new technology has changed the face of the industry and certainly streamlining the process for tenants and buyers.
Over 85% of property searches now start online. The online property portals make it easier for tenants to search for available properties and footfall into our high street offices is now minimal.
Electronic signatures allow the signing of tenancy agreements and other documentation to be done remotely on smartphones, tablets and computers. Recent court rulings have confirmed that this form of signature is completely legally binding. This removes the requirement for tenants and landlords to visit our office, should they wish to sign digitally.
However, one thing technology cannot replace is experienced staff who know the letting industry inside out, as well as having unrivalled local knowledge in the areas in which we operate. This new technology has allowed us to reallocate some of our clerical and administration staff to more customer facing roles thus improving our service for both landlords and tenants.
Having all our staff in the same building also improves internal communications, efficiency and productivity thus enhancing our service.
The technology is there to remove all geographical barriers for us to continue to provide an unrivalled service and we are confident that we will have the ideal structure to enable us to operate in a fast moving property environment.
We currently have 8 full time members of staff out on the road conducting viewings, preparing inventories, moving tenants in and out and carrying out regular periodic inspections.
Whilst Cedar House has retained its original character, extensive modernisation of the internal specification means that it is able to meet the demands of the 21st century property market so I would urge you to visit us and have a look for yourself.” Susan Cope, Managing Director
“Having started with Professional Properties back in 1999, I have witnessed enormous change within the lettings industry in the last 18 years – mostly for the good! We are experts in our field, our staff are trained regularly, internally and externally, to keep them abreast of all of the changes in the industry.” Simon Joyce – Property Director
Founder and Managing Director of Professional Properties!
Ann is our student lettings manager and has vast experience in the local area.
Jane has overseen the rapid growth at our Burton lettings branch.
Simon is the lettings expert and senior rental valuer at our Derby branch.
David is our Burton lettings guru and local rental valuation expert.
An accountant by trade, Daren looks after the finances and marketing.
James has drive and passion, essential to be Head of Property Management.