Demand for new properties remains strong across Weardale as a County Durham estate agency marks its first six months of trading witha high volume of work.

Independent Crook-based estate agency Vickers & Barrass has seen a bounce in property activity and enjoyed its strongest month of trading in the face of Brexit uncertainty and an unfavourable outlook for the housing market.

The firm, which only opened in South Street in September 2018, is reporting a large surge in buyers after a positive start to spring and the number of agreed sales is continuing to increase, with calls for more stock to meet demand, as the local market remains ‘confident.’

A recent property in Wearhead sold subject to contract within seven days of listing on the open market.

Vickers & Barrass has weathered tough conditions, which has seen a lack of properties coming onto the market and uncertain levels of demand.

The firm also continues to see the volume of local lettings steadily increase across Crook, Weardale and Bishop Auckland, while looking for more properties to let.

It puts buoyant sales and viewings activity down to a comprehensive package of sales and professional advice, along with investment in social media and strong marketing, to meet the needs of homebuyers and tenants.

This includes the ability to draw on the services of its professional chartered surveying team to deliver a one-stop package of support.

The firm has seen investment in social media continue to drive sales – increased website traffic, with viewings via the website for the last month being the highest since the office opened its doors.

New work has also boosted workforce numbers, with the firm currently employing twospecialists, Edward Forster and Helen Jardine, providing a range of residential sales and lettings services.

Edward Forster, property sales manager at Crook, said that according to aRightmove report, Vickers & Barrass as an independent agent, performed well against other larger firms: “We’re busier than ever, and strongly involved in the region’s property market, which is encouraging as well as driving growth.

“Despite uncertainties and the dark, cold winter months, the housing market has been hot for us in recent months. Business is on the rise, but more importantly the local housing market is buoyant.

“Since we opened, we have seen more than average level of enquiries and leads for the time of the year. We certainly don’t see any reason why the rest of 2019 shouldn’t see us continue to build on a great start.”