Passionate about Selling Houses!
A Brief History of Sam
Sam was educated at Gordonstoun and Shuttleworth Agricultural College, before starting what was supposed to be a brief stint in the City. Upon being approached to join a respected publishing company, this ‘brief stint’ turned out to be somewhat longer than expected…he eventually became Deputy Editor of the Insider Magazine, and helped found its glossy quarterly magazine, IQ.
When the company was sold, Sam went on to work as freelance copywriter, eventually specialising in Defence and Technology, working with a number of national and specialist companies. This work included writing Ministerial level briefing papers, and brochures for defence and security contractors. Unfortunately, cutbacks and consolidation meant that this work became harder to win, so Sam made the decision to change career to join Nony in the Estate Agency world.
Sam quickly found his niche working in this industry, valuing and selling rural and village properties in Hampshire, much helped by his background in Agriculture which was invaluable. He has also been a Town Councillor and Campaigner within his home town of Alresford, and is especially proud to be a member of the local charity, The Alresford Pigs Association.
Initially finding it a challenge to balance a busy public life with the demanding role of being a rural estate agent, Sam found that his wealth of contacts and in-depth local knowledge quickly made him a household name, and the ‘go to’ agent in the local community. Within just two years, Sam was nominated as Best Individual Negotiator in the Times and Sunday Times Estate Agency Awards – losing only to his wife.
Sam has sold and managed complex sales successfully for clients throughout Alresford and the Itchen Valley, and delights in meeting new people and seeing properties across the region. There will be few places that Sam won’t know, and these are those he especially delights in discovering!
As an Estate Agent, Sam, is totally committed to giving the best service possible to his clients. Recognising that the world is changing, and people need to reach their agent outside of the restrictions of 9-5pm, Sam often receives calls at 9pm from those who simply have had ideas they wished to bounce across him, and finds himself also being out and about undertaking viewings and valuations across weekends and Bank Holidays.
Despite Alresford having a small high street, for Sam there is no such thing as ‘just popping out for a minute’ due to his clients, past and present, coming up to him for a chat. Having been a school governor, Councillor, now an Alresford Pig, you will also find him each year helping at numerous local events including the renowned annual Alresford Agricultural Show, and the yearly Watercress Festival.
When not selling houses, or immersed in fundraising for the Alresford Pigs, you will often find Sam busy in his shed making bird houses, and bee/insect hotels, to sell within the town in aid of the charity, or digging the garden, and impatiently drumming his fingers awaiting his name coming to the top of the waiting list for an allotment!
I am known for totally immersing myself into the houses and clients I have represented, with the ethos of:
“if someone gives you their house to sell, it is probably the biggest and most important asset they own. No-one chooses to sell for fun – it will be to fulfil a need of some form. If a client entrusts their home to you, they will worry/stress and likely live and breathe it until it is sold.
Therefore, the least their agent can do is do the same”.
Sam has excelled at a fantastic rate, creating amazing relationships with buyers and sellers in the Alresford area.
Here are some of the fantastic reviews he’s had!
His integrity and discretion – pre-requisites in the estate agency business – are hardwired into him and he has the pleasant knack of being able to answer all the questions you ask – and if he doesn’t know the answer there and then he will find out and come back to you.
That kind of old-school skill is one that comes with the wisdom of experience and cannot be taught.
I wish him well in his future career.
I’m sure you will do excellently as your professional approach is bound to reap dividends.
I can thoroughly recommend him - and have done many times.
From the moment we met you, we were extremely impressed with your friendliness and professionalism! You always kept us updated with the latest information and got to know our needs perfectly.
Once a sale had been agreed, you did a brilliant job of chasing everything through and we felt absolute trust in you and the team.
Now that we’ve become part of the community we can see how involved you are personally and the kids always have a warm greeting for “Smiley Sam”.
Thanks so much for making a big move significantly easier.
He is an extremely experienced agent with in- depth market knowledge and an intuition which enables him to sell you the property that he knows you need and will enjoy, which is not necessarily what you think you want.
We have no hesitation in recommending him and when it’s time for us to move on again we fully intend to be in touch!
If you’re ready to be next in line for the best house buying or selling experience in Hampshire,
just send Sam a message using the form below!