Tue 29 Sep 2020
Rachel North, Operations Manager
AB reached 22 years in business last month so we've put together a 22 Things About Us list so you can get to know more about us, the team, our ethos and business.
1, AB are members of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) & The Property Ombudsman (TPO) redress scheme
3, AB has supported many charities over the years including Macmillan Cancer, Pembury Hospital Special Care Unit, the Children’s Trust, Demelza and Hospice in the Weald, the Speldhurst Pram Race, the Ashurst Raft Race, and Meningitis Now
4, The AB Team has almost 300 years’ experience between them
5, The 1st house we sold was in Byng Road 22 years ago. We let and fully managed that house until it was re sold in 2020. The purchase price increased more than 500k in those 22 years.
6, AB was established in 1998 by Peter Boyes and John Alexandre hence the origins of our name. Dan Boyes joined AB in 1999 and Kate Boyes, our Group Director, joined in 2003. We nudged 3rd generation family firm last year when Oliver Alexandre joined us for work experience before joining the University of Reading to study Land Management, the same degree that Kate holds a 1st class.
7, £700,000 worth of tenant deposit money is protected by The Dispute Service Custodial (TDS) Ltd, a Government recognised scheme
8, AB were appointed letting & managing agents of Tunbridge Wells 1st build to rent (B2R) development in 2018, Brooke House
9, All client funds are insured by the RICS Client Money Protection Scheme.
10, AB are the managing agents for The Garden Rooms featuring Tunbridge Wells 1st living wall designed by ScotScape
11, AB East Grinstead Head of Sales, Jason North is a direct descendant of Dudley Lord North, 3rd Baron North who discovered Tunbridge Wells chalybeate spring in 1606.
12, The AB Team has a collection of awards – Gold for Property Management Company of the Year at the Negotiator Awards; the Highly Commended accolade at the 2015 Property Management Awards; Silver for the Best Block Management Office at The Sunday Times / Times Property Awards & Bronze for Small Lettings Agents at the Negotiator Awards.
13, AB has over 6k subscribers to our monthly newsletters featuring AB blogs & articles, instructions, industry news, shop local features and much more
14, The most viewings for 1 property was 70 over 2 days for a Tunbridge Wells family house in need of complete renovation
16, Our AB East Grinstead office takes part in the ‘Big Reveal’ Christmas window display competition each year but are yet to win!
17, AB block & Estate management portfolio reinstatement value is insured for over 100 million pounds
18, Between our Letting and Block & Estate departments AB manage a over 3,000 residential units
20, During lockdown AB kept going. AB Virtual came to life with virtual meetings, viewings, valuations. We posted several #shoplocal #stayhome #stayactive blogs featuring many local businesses providing home deliveries. Through our social media, newsletters and website this reached many of our residents who were shielding, self-isolating, living in rural areas or did not want to visit the supermarkets.
21, AB free canvas Bag for Life was loved by Tunbridge Wells & East Grinstead residents and stock ran out after only 5 days!
22, Our 22nd year of business will undoubtedly see more change in the property industry, in the way we all work, rest & play during these unprecedented Covid-19 times. The AB Team will continue to support all our clients, tenants, residents & local businesses and we wish you all safe.