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29th September 2018

In conversation with….

A dynamic and engaged Land & New Homes Network member, Dean has seen his West Midlands estate agency go from strength to strength in recent years. Here, he explains how a focus on innovation, hard work and an ambitious outlook has enabled the business to expand – and open a dedicated land and new homes agency.

 

In conversation

Dean Grove

Partner, Lex Allen Grove

 

Why did you join Land & New Homes Network?
We’ve got a really successful business with a 37% market share here in the West Midlands and had actually looked into opening three other residential branches, but the figures didn’t quite stack up. We were looking for an opportunity and land and new homes seemed the obvious choice – we’d already taken on a couple of sites and knew there was a market out there.

 

What were your first impressions as a member?

Honestly? That the opportunity was much, much bigger than we’d thought. We were a little taken aback and realised that we’d just been ‘playing at it’ before. So we jumped in with both feet…

 

How so?
The new branch is now happening. We’ve bought a new premises and it’s going to be a dedicated land and new homes space. There’ll be five of us working in there in the new year and we’ve already got 270 contracted units already to go for next year. And there’s a shedload coming down the line!

 

So it’s safe to say you’re looking forward to 2019, then?

Absolutely. There may be tough times ahead, but you’d be mad not to take note of key market trends that are happening. We increased our market share in the 2008 crash and that was purely down to innovation and to trying new ideas and approaches. You need different irons in the fire.

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Dates for the diary

28 April 2020

Builder Breakfast – South West

At the Land & New Homes Network, we are committed to bringing together the most influential stakeholders in our industry and our Builder Breakfasts are a great way for us to share our insights along with our strategic partners.


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13 May 2020

Builder Breakfast – Hertfordshire and Essex region

At the Land & New Homes Network, we are committed to bringing together the most influential stakeholders in our industry and our Builder Breakfasts are a great way for us to share our insights along with our strategic partners.


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I have been working with Kevin as a member of The Land and New Network since October 2017. I have found his advice and guidance to be second to none. Through Kevin’s insight and advice Orchid have started to build a strong land and new homes division. Kevin is a true professional in his field.

Matthew Bennett – Orchid – Hertfordshire

Thanks for your email outlining the next content for the iQ folder.   I’ve received the hard copies in today’s post and have to say I am very impressed with all the new material you guys are producing for us members.

Nick Thring – Duncan Yeardley – Berkshire

I have worked with the Land & New Homes Network for a couple of years now. Their advice & guidance during this time has been invaluable and inspirational and I have no hesitation in recommending them.

Frank Schippers – Frank Schippers Estate Agents

What’s best about the Land & New Homes Network?   The firepower it brings, and the confidence it gives you.   I really can’t praise it enough.

Rob Price – Homes Estate Agents – Hampshire

Land & New Homes Network have helped me and my business take it to another level over the last year. The support from the whole team has been greatly appreciated with Kevin & Ian always on hand. I would recommend other forward-thinking agents to consider the network as a large part of their business. It’s not gift-wrapped for you, but the support, collateral, and connections give you an opportunity to make it a real success.

Matt Nicol – Nicol & Co – Worcestershire

An excellent workshop. Top tip to be implemented straight away – identify developments to promote our rentals team.

Steven Harvey – Oasis Estate Agents – Middlesex

Always provides key improvements to our business.  Thanks as always.

Pep De Fazio – Homes

Thank you for a brilliant day it was amazing. I love your attention to detail this comes across very strongly in the way you do everything.

Shaun Adams – Cooper Adams

It is a great vehicle for learning new ways how to expand our land and new homes division.

Dawn Carroll – Manning Stainton

Great insight and fantastic support!

Bee Coulon – Location Location

Overwhelmed! Seriously, such a lot of valuable and well presented material

Dee Quealy – Quealy & Co

A fantastic business that delivers everything it promises a no brainier for good independent Estate Agents

Will Smith – Complete Land & New Homes

Very informative day, loads of knowledge passed on, the business has been very carefully planned and organised.

Richard Fowler – Richard James – Wellingborough.

Very professional, enthusiastic with a real drive and determination to succeed. Installed belief in us from day one in Land and New Homes and the benefits to our company.

Paul Stone – Maitlands

Well structured course. Top tip to be implemented straight away – tracking planning applications.

Luke St Clair, Knightsbridge Estates – Leicester

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