One of the UK’s biggest property firms took the top spot at a special evening of industry awards earlier this month.
Pattinson Auction, part of Pattinson Estate Agents, which has branches in Peterlee, Seaham and across the region, took home Residential Auction House of the Year at the prestigious Negotiator Awards.
The family business, which was founded in 1977, employs almost 200 members of staff and has a specialist team dedicated to the growing auction market, hosting auctions in Yorkshire, West Midlands, North West, Scotland and the North East.
The awards ceremony, held on Tuesday at the luxury London Hilton on Park Lane, was hosted by comedian Ed Byrne and aim to recognise the best of the UK’s residential property industry.
Pattinson Auction manager Justin Beckwith said: “The team at Pattinson Auction pride themselves on delivering the best service to our clients and we are extremely proud to have that recognised. This award is testament to the fantastic hard work put in by our dedicated team”
The Negotiator Awards recognise estate agencies who provide exceptional service, outstanding marketing and excellent business success and they are judged by the industry leading experts including the Property Ombudsman.
Pattinson was chosen over four other auction houses from around the country to win the sought after Residential Auction House of the Year award, with the judges particularly impressed by the company’s innovative use of branding.
The awards came as it was reported the home hunters increased last month from August, according to figures from the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA).
Estate agents saw prospective buyers increase by a huge 16 per cent to 333 per branch on average from 287 month on month.
It means demand is now at levels before the European Referendum in June.
At the same time, the number of sales agreed increased by 12.5 per cent in September to an average of nine per branch.
Justin added: “Demand remains strong right across the UK and we are especially seeing more people turning to auction to seek their properties.”