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Alexandre Boyes, the family owned estate agents in Tunbridge Wells, has acquired the sales & lettings book of Foxwood Maclean (Edenbridge).

First established in 1877 as Fox & Manwaring, FoxWood Maclean is the oldest firm of estate agents and chartered surveyors covering Edenbridge and the surrounding areas.

Alexandre Boyes, provides sales, letting and property management services. Led by Kate Boyes, Alexandre Boyes Group Director and Dan Boyes, Sales Director, the business opened their doors on Mount Ephraim almost 20 years ago. The Group now manage over 2,500 properties between their lettings and estate management business, from cottages and country homes, to blocks of flats and town houses.

Kate Boyes, Alexandre Boyes Group Director, explained: “In a competitive market, Alexandre Boyes goes from strength to strength. It’s been well reported that increasing legislation is impacting the residential sales and letting market, but we embrace change. We see it as a genuine opportunity for us as an independent, firm to demonstrate our quality and local insight.

‘Along with many others in our sector, we have long admired FoxWood Maclean for their local knowledge and commitment to the communities they serve. To combine FoxWood Maclean and Alexandre Boyes’ depth of local knowledge means our clients will benefit from a thorough understanding of town and country properties across west Kent, Sussex and Surrey. Dan and I also have a strong family connection to Edenbridge. Our grandparents, great aunt and great uncle ran three very well known pubs in the Eden Valley, The Kentish Horse (Markbeech), The Rock Inn (Chiddingstone Hoath) and The Castle Inn (Chiddingstone) in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. It’s a beautiful part of the world”

Mark Weaver, Director FoxWood Maclean, commented “It may sound a cliché but Alexandre Boyes is an obvious fit because we both have a tradition of excellent service, personal commitments to where we live and work, and operate at the highest professional standards. It is these shared values that have seen both practices work together over the years and I have no doubt our clients will continue to benefit from our combined market knowledge and deeply rooted experience”.

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Group Director

Kate has been letting and managing property for 15 years, having established Alexandre Boyes Residential Lettings in 2003 and Alexandre Boyes Estate & Block Management in 2007. Kate is fiercely proud of the reputation both teams have in Tunbridge Wells & East Grinstead. Kate launched a national product, Resident, in August 2014 being an online property management software that is now utilised by Alexandre Boyes clients enabling them to log in and transparently view information on their blocks of flats and estates.

Kate has a first class honours degree in Land Management from the University of Reading specializing in Investment & Finance, and trained at Nelson Bakewell (now Capita Symonds), a Property Consultancy, in London. She qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 2004, and is a Fellow of ARLA. She became a Board member of ARLA in June 2015, representing Kent, Essex, Norfolk, Suffolk & Cambridgeshire.

"Our aim over the last 20 years has been to develop Alexandre Boyes into the 'go to' local agent, the alternative choice to the major brands. Contemporary, fresh marketing combined with genuine traditional values and service, and most importantly in depth local as well as professional knowledge make us the obvious choice."

Kate's role at Alexandre Boyes lettings focuses on valuations and new business, procedures & policies, and marketing. In block management she advises on new business, and oversees policy and procedures internally. When she isn't working (which is not very often!) she can be found enjoying a glass of wine at Sankeys or spending time with her three children at home in Sussex.