Geoffrey Hunt, branch partner at Barnard Marcus in East Sheen, celebrated 50 years with the business in August. Staff and clients past and present joined Geoff at a surprise party to pay tribute to his long service.
He started his career in estate agency back in 1968, as a junior negotiator in the Barnes branch where he swiftly rose through the ranks to become branch manager, before joining the East Sheen office in 1986 where he has been serving buyers and sellers ever since.
In 1990, Geoff was promoted to Area Manager looking after the Teddington, Twickenham, Richmond, Kew and Barnes branches as well as running the East Sheen office but missed the cut and thrust of agency life and, in later years, returned to Barnard Marcus in East Sheen to head up the branch.
Geoff’s first job was to hand print property details on a traditional Gestetner printer and was one of the first local agents to introduce stick on black and white photos on the property details. The first house he sold when he arrived in East Sheen was a three bedroom house on Coval Gardens for £155,000, now worth around £1.3 million. Geoff believes that hard work, a sense of humour, great customer service and the ability to adapt to changing housing markets has seen his career stand the test of time:
“Barnard Marcus is a phenomenal place to work, and I am honoured to have enjoyed a career spanning five decades with them,” says Geoff. ” I am proud to have helped many repeat customers and families move many times within East Sheen and, by becoming part of the community, it has made this a hugely rewarding job.”