The evolution of David Lee Estate Agents
As new plans come into action for our estate agency, we look back at what got us to where we are today and shed a little light on the inspiration for our new direction.
The story begins with founders David Kirby and Lee O’Brien, working as successful estate agents in corporate offices, but knowing they could create something better. In 2004, they left their respective corporate jobs to set up on their own, believing in a new, independently owned estate agency, run by highly motivated, passionate property professionals.
This first branch opened was based in Stansted Mountfitchet - a thriving village on the Essex and Hertfordshire border - and concentrated on residential property sales. Both David and Lee lived locally, and were very active in the local community, which helped achieve great success for our customers.
Two years later, we were getting requests from local landlords, who loved the service and ideals that our agency had to offer, to expand into the rental market. The lettings department grew quickly and soon became an integral part of the business, enabling us to provide the full moving service!
Come January 2010, business was doing well. We opened the doors to our second office in the heart of the delightful market town of Bishop's Stortford. With so many sales in Bishop Stortford already moving through the Stansted Mountfitchet branch, it made sense as the next level progression for a growing company offering a personal service.
Both offices worked together as a unified team to cover the larger area, and it gave our customers a bigger reach for their property needs.
2013 & 2015
We became an award-winning agency in 2013, winning silver at The Times & Sunday Times Estate Agency of the Year Awards. Two years later, the awards continued, as we won The Negotiator Awards in the East of England Agency of the Year Category.
In January 2016, we opened our third office in the heart of the beautiful market town of Great Dunmow. This strategic move has expanded our coverage of the local area and has given us a huge patch to work within. We again became award winning and appearing in the top 1% of all UK Estate Agents voted by Rightmove at the EA Masters. We are delighted to say that we went on to be voted in the top 3% of all UK Estate Agents and Letting Agents in 2017, 2018 and 2019 an accolade we are so proud of as a team.
In 2017 we joined the National Land & New Homes Network providing us access to an interconnected team of high performing agents, land traders, planners and architects and we launched our Land & New Homes department.
You’ll notice that many of our new directions and the big milestones in our evolution happen in January. With each New Year that passes, we assess the direction we want to take the company, and going into 2020 we have new plans, which will offer better service than ever before.
It’s all about taking away the hassle of property transactions; an agency which is a pleasure to visit. Our one location will offer all of your property needs under one roof, with departments sharing information with each other, so you no longer need to talk to one department about your home sale, and another about your let.
One place to have all your needs taken care of. One place to be listened to and cared for. We’ve made it easy, so you don’t need to add to the stress of daily life. Get ready for a new way of doing things.
January 2020, it’s all going to change.