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AB are excited to  introduce you to our new Head of Sales for East Grinstead, Jason North  Read his bio here and take 5 minutes to get to know him. 

1, Kent Connections?

I grew up in Kent and went to Ashdown House prep school back in the 70s.

2, 1st paid job?                                                                       

Bike courier running the gauntlet of central London roads!

3, Estate Agency career journey?

I started in 1987 in Fulham for a company called Sturgis. I moved to Chesterton’s Chelsea Green branch where I was poached by Lane Fox in 1998, who eventually merged with Strutt & Parker.  I stayed as Partner for 18 years before joining Barnes International to expand their London presence.

4, 3 things most people do not know about you?

I’m terrified of heights and spiders.

I’m a direct descendant of the 3rd Lord North, Dudley who discovered the chalybeate spring in Tunbridge Wells in 1606.

I  was the lead singer of a band in the 80s whilst at Sherborne Boys 

5, Last thing you listened to?

I have just listened to ‘The Town That Didn’t Stare’ podcast  about East Grinstead. Fascinating!

6, What’s happening in the local East Grinstead sales market? 

Whilst there is pent up demand, stock is low. East Grinstead will be one of those commuter towns which will benefit from the change in working habits and those London residents making that move to the country. The outlook is positive.

7, What’s in your work diary at the moment?

My days are quite varied. I sell property, value homes, act as buyers’ advocate when they are frustrated at the lack of service from their own estate agents, and I’m also a finding agent retained by buyers to find their next home! I am also working closely with our Lettings and Block Management teams on conversion business. 

8, 3 things we should all do before selling our homes?

1, Ask a friend you trust to come and look at your home dispassionately. They will be able to point out issues which you have become accustomed to.
2, Make sure that you have all your house paperwork ready and up to date i.e planning permissions, certificates etc. Call your solicitor and let them know you are thinking of selling. They will send you the requisite forms to fill in and this will avoid delay when you do find a buyer.
3, Get three agents to value your home but make sure one of them is Alexandre Boyes. Ask for realistic valuations rather than the figure the agent uses to tempt you to sign them!

9, The most interesting people you’ve met during your estate agency career?

I have met and acted for many well-known people however, the most interesting people are generally the quiet ones. One of my largest pleasures is to get to know other people and it is always the quiet ones who have the most fascinating stories. One of my favourites will always be a Dam Buster pilot.

10, Favourite house ever sold?

A double fronted early Victorian  Chelsea town house in Glebe Place. This was a marvellous house which had not been on the market since 1962!  It had an artist’s studio on the 1st  floor and off street parking. It was hidden behind an orchard. Bearing in mind this was in the middle of Chelsea, you can imagine how rare this was. It was owned by a wonderfully interesting  family where the daughter and her rock band lived on the ground floor, the artist mother and writer father lived on the first floor. The house sold for £2m more than the guide price.

Call Jason on 01342 321142 or email for all sales enquiries or market advice