Lisa Brown is Residential Sales Manager at our Beccles branch. She has been with Durrants since 2010 and has an extensive background in property law and conveyancing.
She keeps one key motto in mind when talking about the main difference between Durrants and other estate agents. Lisa said: “When I first joined Durrants, a colleague I worked alongside told me, ‘We don’t actually sell houses, we move people’, and I think that has stuck with me. It’s not just about the bricks and mortar, it’s about the person and what their needs are.
“So, the fact that the heart of Durrants’ business is people and their needs is what drew me to want to work here and why I’ve stayed so long.”
Lisa added: “You’ve got to love property and you’ve got to love people in this industry and I’m amazed how many don’t. It’s interesting when I ask someone why they chose Durrants to market their property rather than another agent, they often say ‘well, you actually liked my house’, whereas they say others made no comment as they walked around.”
Durrants is at the heart of Beccles, a town that is growing in popularity as visitors to Suffolk and Norfolk look for alternatives to well-known coastal attractions. “I’ve been amazed how many people have discovered this area in recent years,” said Lisa. “There’s a recognised tourist industry here. Some lovely cottages in the town that are holiday cottages have been netting incomes that aren’t dissimilar to the amounts that cottages have been getting in Southwold.”
Lisa also points to a more varied property market in the area. “The great thing about property in Beccles, as opposed to somewhere like say Southwold where it’s very investor-led, is that you have a nice mixture of first-time buyers, families, upsizing, downsizing – and all those different facets of life changes means that the cogs will keep turning even in a bad market.”
With people searching more widely for homes that offer better value for money, Lisa believes the Beccles area is increasingly coming up on the radar. “It’s only about half an hour from Norwich and 20-25 minutes from the coast, there’s the river and its proximity to The Broads. Beccles is a thriving town with lots of good independent businesses and well-regarded schools. If you want to be close to both city and coast and enjoy a buzzing little market town, Beccles is definitely worth considering.”