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After a modest start at Goring-on-Thames in January 1991, Davis Tate proudly celebrate 25 successful years of trading in 2016.
Estate Agency in 1991 was the same as it is today, a personal and intense process, involving the needs of numerous links of a chain, but the way it which it works has taken on some major changes since 1991.
Matthew Davis says ‘I remember the early days, when we knew the detail of each sale and let. As we have grown, I have taken care of the ‘back room’ function, and David inspires our ever growing customer facing staff base. We’ve also grown our services from not just selling houses; we also let and manage over 2000 homes for a world wide data base of landlords, based in over 65 countries, as well as many local investors, and we offer financial services and conveyancing.’
David Tate agrees ‘Things are very different now with technology, and I find myself explaining to the younger starters how we worked when we started, with simple things like taking photographs and waiting for them to be developed before sticking them onto pieces of paper to make up our property particulars which were typed on a typewriter! Most things are more immediate these days with mobile phones, email, the internet, and property websites, but we still find that our clients need and appreciate our expertise in All Property Matters. We have a particular skill in New Homes, Land and Development, and have sold many hundreds of new homes throughout the area, including over 20 sites in Henley alone since 1995’.
The company has also always ensured to involve themselves and their staff in their local community, with numerous associations and sponsorships for local sporting venues, clubs, schools, charities and causes close to not only their hearts, but to the areas they cover and people they deal with.
From the first office, the two have steadily and organically grown the company through the years and now are able to offer a truly networked local estate agent with 13 high street offices throughout Berkshire and Oxfordshire, with over 80 likeminded staff.