Livingroom Estate Agents has appointed Amanda Duke to its Open Market team in Guernsey as the Channel Island estate agent expands.
Livingroom’s Guernsey team works across the island’s Local and Open Markets, in both sales and lettings, and Amanda will be bringing her expertise to the Open Market, joining director Jason Hyland and Livingroom’s Founder, CEO Simon Torode.
Property sales and lettings were strong for Livingroom at the end 2019 and early 2020 until the forced coronavirus lockdown period.
Guernsey has been in phase five of its six-phase lockdown exit programme since 20 June and the market recovery has been quicker than expected – with even greater activity than before led by a more emotive approach to buying and letting homes.
Figures from the States of Guernsey’s Quarterly Residential Property Prices Bulletin show that there were 141 completed Local Market transactions in the second quarter, with more than half of those coming in June. The Open Market saw 16 transactions, one fewer than Q1 of 2020 and four more than Q2 of 2019.
Prospective island residents, who can buy on Guernsey’s Open Market, are allowed to visit the island for viewings under its ‘business tunnel’ policy. Livingroom’s team is also able to conduct video viewings for those who can’t, or don’t wish to, travel.
Simon welcomed Amanda to the Livingroom team and said that she is joining at the perfect time:
“Amanda joins us at a time of exceptional market activity so her experience in people-facing roles will be invaluable as we manage huge demand.
“The Open Market is equally as busy as the Local Market at the moment so growing the team is a logical step and the latest part of our growth journey in the Channel Islands and one of six new recruits between the two islands.
“Amanda is a welcome addition to the team and I know that our clients are going to enjoy working with her”.
Having spent more than 15 years dealing with the HNW community in the island’s finance industry Amanda is no stranger to meeting bespoke client requirements in addition to personally developing multiple Guernsey properties, giving her first-hand knowledge of the practical elements of the property market and local construction industry.
Amanda said: “I’ve always had a real passion for property so I’m delighted to join Livingroom, which has such a strong reputation on the island and further afield. It’s a fascinating time for the housing market so I’m very much looking forward to meeting vendors and buyers and getting to work in such a dynamic role”.