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George F. White expands to capitalise on second stepper surge

Land and property consultancy George F. White has opened to a new office in the city of Durham to take advantage of increased demand for ‘second stepper’ homes.

The expansion comes as a recent House Index Report from Rightmove revealed that the value of three or four-bedroom homes for those taking their second step on the housing ladder has reached a new record of £291,618.

Compared to the same period last year, sales of second stepper homes are 55 per cent higher despite COVID-19 challenges.

George F. White managing partner Robyn Peat will be based at the new Durham office in Pity Me alongside partner Elliot Taylor and a core team primarily focussed on high-end residential sales and farm business services.

Robyn said: “Like every property consultancy across the country, we’ve had to adapt to current market needs and try and stay one step ahead so that we can provide the type of services clients want and need.

“The new office is a strategic move for us as we’ve identified a gap in the market due to client demand.

“We’re delighted to set up an office in Durham. It has a strong community feel and some beautiful homes, with a perfect mix of urban infrastructure and fantastic countryside on your doorstep.”

George F. White has offices across the North East in areas such as Alnwick, Newcastle, Bedale and Barnard Castle.

The Durham office will provide a full range of land and property services including building surveying, planning, development, architectural, commercial and rural professional.

Robyn added: “The Durham office is a key highlight of 2020 and despite the disruption we’ve experienced due to the current pandemic, it’s shaping up to be a pivotal year for us.

“We have continued to push ahead with our growth plans and our long-established reputation and expert team ensure we’re best placed to increase our commercial strength in the region’s land and property market.”