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A house is worth what someone is prepared to pay for it! The “man on the street” will determine the value of your home. The skill of the valuer, is to assess how the market will react to your home and is based on practical experience of talking to local buyers on a day to day basis along with technical knowledge of which factors and features enhance value or otherwise. National computer databases can provide a layer of information upon which an accurate valuation can be based. The accuracy of the valuation will be determined by the local knowledge, experience and qualifications of the valuer. He/she will be aware of which streets sell better than others, what affect an extension can have on value, how much extra a buyer will pay for a good view, how much less they will pay if there is no garage etc. These variations differ from town to town and indeed from area to area within each town. The local knowledge of the valuer is critical. The more first hand experience the estate agency can have in actually dealing with specific sales in the area, the easier it will be for the valuer to determine buyer trends, and the more accurate the valuation.

Valuation is not an exact science. It is, effectively, an educated guess. The greater the level of education (in the form of local knowledge, experience and “know how”) the more accurate the valuation will be. The more accurate the valuation, the more likely you are to find a buyer in the timescale you require.

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Denise Walls FNAEA., AssocRICS.

Houghton District

Denise lives and breathes house sales, its what she does best! She first started to work with Bill at Charles Bell over 20 years ago and has been selling houses for thousands of satisfied customers ever since. Having negotiated countless sales, she has developed huge expertise. She is a Fellow of the National Association of Estate Agents (FNAEA) and recently has become one of the first in the country to be given the prestigious Assoc RICS designation in recognition of her experience and professionalism in estate agency. Over the years Denise has become adept in resolving difficult sales when they start to go wrong. When things start to go awry in a property transaction, as they frequently do, it is good to know that Denise is on your side. She combines her management role with property valuation.

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Bill Kimmitt MRICS, MNAEA

Houghton Le Spring

Bill has only ever worked in property. He joined a famous firm of chartered surveyors in Sunderland, CHARLES BELL, as a trainee chartered surveyor in 1981. By 1983, he was manager of Charles Bell Estate Agency branches in Seaham and Horden, cutting his teeth during the miners strike at that time. He qualified as a chartered surveyor in 1986, claiming the Estates Gazette prize for the highest overall mark in the Commonwealth a rare achievement for anyone outside Oxford, Cambridge or the city of London let alone a bricklayers son from Shotton Colliery! Bill became an associate partner in Charles Bell at the age of twenty four, the youngest in the firms 160 year history. When Halifax acquired Charles Bell in 1987, he was promoted from branch manager to senior branch manager and then residential executive, and finally to area manager. In doing so, Bill gained huge experience in selling properties throughout the northeast, but East Durham and Sunderland were always his home turf. As well as having direct responsibility for the existing estate agency operation, Bill is also a practicing estate agent and has hands on involvement with the Seaham and Houghton branches. He is also a fully qualified chartered surveyor and carries out residential and commercial surveys and valuations on a daily basis. Bill is regionally renowned as an expert and frequently acts as expert witness in complicated property court issues.

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David Kimmitt BSc (Hons), MNAEA

Seaham

A well known face in and around Seaham, David graduated in 2009, and he very quickly found his niche as a property valuer. David has been involved with property since the age of sixteen and has a natural affinity with property, and an even more natural ease with people. He is very approachable, and highly knowledgeable. Although Branch Manager, he is also heavily involved in marketing and promotion of the business as a whole and individual properties. David can claim full responsibility for dragging Kimmitt and Roberts into the 21st century. As a part of Davids heavy involvement in the marketing of the business, in early 2012 he headed up a full company rebrand creating an overall new look for the business as a whole alongside its peripheral services. David's main claim to fame is that he is an accredited agent on the panel of the BBCs Homes Under the Hammer and can regularly be seen on the programme.

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Chantel Cowell

Peterlee District

Chantel is an extremely dedicated member of staff who has been with Kimmitt and Roberts since 2007. She faces all problems with passion and understanding, always determined to get the best results for both the seller and the buyer. Chantel is an excellent team player in the busy Peterlee Office and is responsible for Valuations and all Sales Negotiations . She has also gained her technical award in Residential Estate Agency!