Paul Garrod – Sales Director
Paul started his career in 1983 for a large corporate company in Sunbury-on Thames and Staines and having learned his trade and progressed well, was approached in 1985 by Gale & Power, a long established professional company, to join their team in Staines, eventually heading it up in 1988.
In 1993 he was asked to manage and turn around the Egham office, soon taking it to the highest performing branch in the company. However in 1998 he was ‘head-hunted’ by Aspen and was pleased to join, having seen Gale & Power taken over by yet another ‘corporate’ and losing its identity. Paul has managed Aspen in Englefield Green for over 17 years and with his established team have overseen the business grow threefold.
Paul loves the community feel and spirit of Englefield Green and says “I have always taken huge pride in providing a truthful, friendly and competent service, always willing to do that little bit extra and I have seen this rewarded with trust and belief from my clients, with many recommendations and ‘repeat’ business from them, with most becoming more like friends. I am also lucky to have a managing director who also believes in doing things the right way, valuing his staff and their input and whom is happy to contribute and re-invest in the community, with the sponsoring of many schools and village activities, including the recent stunning war memorial to the ‘village sons remembered’. To be able to make these types of contributions and put something back into the local community is a real benefit of being a truly independent estate agent”.
On joining Fine & Country Paul said “I am really excited about joining Fine & Country and whilst the Aspen core brand will remain, I will be working hard to promote the quality Fine & Country brand to the luxury/top-end homes in our main area of Virginia Water and Englefield Green and also throughout the North Surrey and Berkshire area, working particularly closely with the Fine & Country offices in Ascot and Windsor as well as the wider region. We have already seen the system working well, having recently received applicant referrals from our Park Lane, London showroom for a property with land in the £7m-£12M price range”.
Paul continues.... “We are able to offer a superior marketing package that, in my view, puts others to shame and with around 300 offices nationally and globally, we are able to reach the most discerning of buyers. Personally I aim to provide a bespoke service to all those that deal with me; all parties will have my mobile telephone number and I am happy to speak in and out of office hours. I believe this high level of service is appreciated by clients and customers alike, and borne out by the ‘Google reviews’ received over the last year or so, which I invite you to check out by searching ‘Fine & Country Englefield Green’, or look at our ‘Testimonials’ tab.”
Fine & Country have won many prestigious awards including the ‘Best International Real Estate Agency Marketing’ for 5 consecutive years and ‘Best UK Estate Agency Marketing’, with its innovative use of tailored marketing tools and approach to lifestyle marketing.
Outside of work Paul loves the occasional holiday with his wife and friends (now the children are too old to want to go with them) and when time permits play a round of golf, go to the gym and spend time with his two grandchildren.
Michelle Eaton - Thompson
Michelle grew up and still lives in Englefield Green and is able to provide prospective buyers and tenants with plenty of first-hand knowledge and information when it comes to schooling, eating out and socialising in this lovely village.
Michelle says “after attending Strodes College, I started my career in Human Resources gaining the CIPD qualification which has proved very useful in my current position. I joined Aspen Estate Agents ten years ago initially working Saturdays, after starting a family and taking a career break. The business continued to prosper and with the extra workload I was asked to increase my hours, which I was pleased to do. This enabled me to gain a wealth of experience in most aspects of estate agency. I thoroughly enjoyed being part of the Aspen team and my role, which is very varied, includes sales, lettings, administration, viewings and liaising with clients and the general public”.
Michelle continues…. “I was invited to work with Paul Garrod, who heads up the Fine & Country department around two years ago and enjoy working in a small friendly team, driven to provide our clients with exceptional customer service and a superior level of marketing. I have always been very customer focused and gain great satisfaction from achieving positive results and making clients happy”.
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