‘Phil knows the area well and understood my home’s selling points… An intelligent approach and a personal service.’ – Nahid, Ravenscourt Park
‘When people ask me where I live, I always reply Hammersmith Bridge,’ smiles Phil Coombes, Horton and Garton’s newly appointed Sales Manager. ‘But if pressed, I have to confess that I’m on the “other side”. However, I’ve worked in W6 and W12 all my estate agency career, so I can safely say I’m a local!’
It has been a remarkable year for Hammersmith’s property market. ‘When we returned to the office in May 2020, I thought business would be quiet,’ says Phil. ‘I was wrong! Within a week we had received final bids on family homes – and it hasn’t stopped since.
‘The figures are record-breaking. Buyer registrations have rocketed (up 70%), we sold 42.3% of all properties in Brackenbury Village and Ravenscourt Park from July 2020 to July 2021; and we completed on 73 homes in Hammersmith and Shepherd’s Bush in 2020 – and, to date, that number is 62 this year.’
The Horton and Garton philosophy is to focus on quality not quantity. ‘The key is to secure viewings with the best buyers, not the largest number,’ confirms Phil. ‘Equally important, we value accurately from day one and drive the competition from there. For example, recently we sold a home for £170,000 over the asking price; I’m sure that wouldn’t have happened if the property had been listed at that much more.’
Phil manages a team of six negotiators, all of whom have lived or worked in the area for many years. ‘Our approach is to be transparent, even if that means telling clients what they need to know, but don’t necessarily want to hear. We have also been selling successfully off market through our huge database of buyers; one of the benefits of registering with an independent agent is not missing out on those opportunities.
‘Horton and Garton sells the most properties, achieves the best percentage of asking price and makes the process as smooth as possible. Whether you are buying or selling, we look forward to working with you.’
Horton and Garton – Hammersmith
172 King Street
Hammersmith W6 0QU