Stroud Times sat down with Jamie Dyer, Senior Branch Manager of The Property Centre in Stroud.
Jamie boasts a raft of experience in estate agency and is a familiar face in the Stroud property market – he cut his sales teeth at another agent in Stroud way back in 2001 and worked for them in the town for 15 years.
This wealth of knowledge and experience, not just in Stroud but throughout the Five Valleys, makes him a valuable member of the team.
A real local, Jamie grew up in Stroud and attended Archway School, with his youngest daughter attending the girls’ High School and his eldest daughter a former pupil there too.
Jamie said: “I’m Proud to be Stroud, it’s a beautiful area and it’s been great to bump into so many familiar faces and speak to so many old customers in the months since I started here.”
Jamie feels the market in Stroud is still hugely positive: “Despite the current cost of living concerns, the demand for property from buyers wanting to live in Stroud and the surrounding villages remains very strong. There is still a very healthy level of new enquiries/registrations every day and in most cases, we are still seeing properties selling quickly and achieving really good prices.”
Bearing this in mind, Jamie still advises that potential buyers put themselves in the best possible position.
“They need to register their requirements with agents, so they get to hear immediately if something matching their wishlist is coming to market – and they need to have their finances in place. This again is something we can help with.
“We work with Mortgage Advice Bureau and have a professional mortgage adviser, Clare Gregg, who’s based in our Stroud office and has access to the whole mortgage market. Not only can she search 1,000s of different mortgages from over 90 lenders in a matter of minutes, but she can find the very best deal to suit a client’s circumstances – it’s a win-win.”
Commenting on why Stroud is such a desirable place to live, Jamie said: “With Stroud topping a list of 78 locations to be named the best place to live in the UK by The Sunday Times it’s no wonder that demand from buyers remains strong.
“Those moving to the area are attracted by the sense of community in Stroud that is proudly self-reliant while the vibrant arts and culture scene and picturesque surroundings are highly sought after.
“While Stroud offers many green spaces, the town is also renowned for its great commuter links and a wide selection of properties – from the traditional miller’s cottages to newly developed apartments with spectacular canalside views.”
Outside of work, Jamie enjoys keeping fit by playing squash, the odd round of golf and he’s a keen runner – he ran the Stroud Half back in October to raise money for Longfield Hospice. He also enjoys watching live sports at Forest Green Rovers or at Kingsholm watching Gloucester Rugby.
Simon Trippett, Partner at The Property Centre, said: “Jamie enjoys a reputation for being an excellent manager and an exceptional estate agent – former colleagues and clients all speak very highly of him. That, coupled with his passion for Stroud and his knowledge of the property market.”