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Surrey agent floats new networking idea

publication date: Aug 11, 2010
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James Wyatt, known in property circles for his love of international jet setting to market the world’s smartest developments, has reported on some pretty amazing properties and the odd wonderful yacht, sailing through the Caribbean sea.
However, in credit crunched times, even James is taking a different tack; his latest communication promotes a boat ride on The Thames.

Senior Partner of Virginia Water, Surrey, estate agency Barton Wyatt, James was elected Chairman of the NAEA Surrey branch in April. As part of his duties as Chairman he has announced his plans and future aims for the group.

For his first event as Chairman, James has organised a networking event on 15th September, a cruise down the Thames with the backdrop of Hampton Court Palace and Richmond-upon-Thames. The aim of the event is simple – to bring together all facets of the property industry in order to meet people you need to help you run your business... Developers, bankers, solicitors, estate agents, interior designers, marketers, kitchen suppliers, landlords, property managers and so on. James wants to get Surrey talking and working with each other.

James WyattWith 330 current members in Surrey and a history of poor turn outs at previous events James has already had a record number of respondents to his invite and he needs to get a bigger boat!

James says, "Gone are the days when people have a spare day to spend in a drab hotel room being preached at, property professionals don't have a spare minute in the current climate with the internet adding a new dimension to property promotion for example, so the networking cruise has really got people talking and it stands to be a great success."

"The NAEA is far more than just a label for an estate agent; it holds much more significance which is something I want to better promote to non-members and the public.

"For the consumer of course, knowing that they have appointed an NAEA member gives them peace of mind that they are buying or selling through professionals who are there to promote and protect their client's interest. It is essential for all members to hold valid and up to date professional indemnity cover, for example, and it worries me that on this point alone there are estate agents trading without this insurance leaving their clients vulnerable to the financial consequences of professional negligence, simply put clients stand to lose money if things go wrong. It's not acceptable for the trusting public to be unwillingly put in this liable position, and it's just one thing the NAEA fights for in government."