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We all have great hopes for the new year and set ourselves sometimes, unrealistic goals.

Why, just because it is January 1st do we put ourselves under so much pressure to make changes that we will never keep. Diets, smoking, keeping in contact with people, learn a new language, cook healthier meals, write a book, work harder, get out more. Phew, the list is endless.

I am not going to make any resolutions, why? because I think you should make the changes for you, not because you feel you have to be one of the crowd and do what everyone is doing. Stop.

Think of just one thing that you would like to do that you enjoy, really enjoy, that makes you happy. Forget the diets, going to the gym, because if you are happy you will eat better anyway. 

Owning GBP Estates and being head of lettings. I enjoy what I do. There is nothing more satisfying than finding that perfect home for your tenant and that perfect tenant for your landlord. But, it does come with stressful times.

You are governed by so much legislation that you have to make sure everything is compliant with the property and your paperwork together with making sure your tenant is who they say they are!!. Believe me, you have to have a good nose for this. With many years experience, I have come across quite a few who think they can dodge my checking system.! False bank statements, ID. It can be hard work making sure they are the right ones. Our team has to make that decision to move those tenants in. Failure is not an option here.

Working hard 6 days a week and having brilliant staff to support me. I am now able to take a day off and have decided  to contact our local animal charity in Essex to volunteer. Having a dog of my own a Miniature Schnauzer, I just love dogs. Looking after the animals, finding them new loving homes is a great feel good factor. If you feel good, you feel better in yourself.

Watch this space with my volunteering news.

Good luck to you all on what ever you decide in the New Year.


Throughout the month of December, our team here at GBP Estates teamed up with Time 107.5FM in their ‘Give a child a Christmas’ campaign. What a huge success this was, for everyone involved!

We recognise the importance of supporting local charities and organisations in Romford and the surrounding areas. As a local business ourselves, with local members of staff, we know the importance of relating to the community.

Our campaign was a big success with over 300 presents that were generously donated by the local residents of Romford to help give many children the Christmas they deserve.

It was not only the local residents and our clients who got involved. We had some very generous donations from various local businesses who helped support our campaign.

We can only imagine the faces of the children who will be receiving these presents and we are already planning on making this bigger and better for 2018.

We know that it is not all about selling or letting properties. It is important for us to ensure we help support the community and those who live within it.

On behalf of the team here at GBP Estates, we would like to thank everyone who got involved and helped make this campaign so successful and so rewarding to those children.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Great New Year.



GBP Estates joins national award scheme recognising the best estate and letting agents in the UK.

GBP Estates, the Romford based agent has entered The ESTAS, the largest award scheme of its kind the UK residential property sector.  The scheme recognises the best agents, brokers and conveyancers for customer service based on ratings from thousands of customers around the UK.  The competition enables firms taking part to gain valuable transparent feedback from clients which enables them to improve their services for the future.

The ESTAS Awards take place every May at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London when the country’s favourite property expert Phil Spencer announces the winners in front 1,000 of the UK’s top property professionals.


Spencer says “I think it says a great deal about a firm who takes part in The ESTAS.  They care about their reputation, they care about their customers and they care about their business.  Taking part sets companies apart from their competitors.  It sends a clear message that they are passionate about customer service, prepared to go that extra mile for their clients and keen to listen to feedback”.


Gary Taylor and Julie James owners of GBP Estates said “We take our levels of customer service very seriously because we know clients have a choice.  We have always been very proud of the personal service we provide, and this is great way to demonstrate how good we really are.”

Please vote for us by clicking the below link. All votes and comments are confidential and you could win £1,000


Buying a property is such a personal and emotional decision, makes this such a difficult question to answer.

From my own experience, I have bought 3 properties in my life.

I have only ever looked at 3 properties – the one’s I bought!

So, I am possibly an exception to the rule. The thing is, I knew what I wanted, I knew where I wanted to live and I researched the places where I wanted to live first.


I have taken so many people to view properties through the years, that I know just what they have said they are looking for. They have absolutely loved it, walked around it 3 times, decided where the furniture is going to go and then have turned around afterwards and said, “it’s the first one we’ve seen, so we want to see some more”. It’s almost like an automatic response to protect themselves and have been advised to do so by so many ‘experts’.


Now that’s fine, but, after viewing another 20 -30 properties, dismiss them to then come back to the first one and find it’s sold is a lesson.

Do your research first, often you would have picked out the best one’s for you from everything that’s available and you have probably spent hours searching in the first place!

Trust your judgement – if it ticks all your boxes, why not go for it? What more are you hoping to find elsewhere. The rest probably won’t match up anyway. Go back for a 2nd visit immediately with a friend or relative for another opinion and if it still excites – make an offer.


Now contradicting this, it may take you weeks or months to find the right property, if you are looking for more of a niche property. Or by nature you are a more considered person and prefer a methodical approach and enjoy relentless viewings and searching.

By the time you have seen the 20 – 30 properties, they begin to all seem similar. Then you possibly decide to ‘settle’ for a property which really wasn’t as good as the first one or second one you saw, but you now need to find something whilst you still have the will!


There really isn’t a right or wrong way.

Me, I prefer the first way. Research, check and trust yourself. Saved me time, money and many headaches.


The last piece of advice, is to really find an agent you can trust. Ask as many questions as you want. Sure, they want to sell a property – but they also want your future business and referrals, so they will give you as much help and guidance as you need - we really are nice people!


Happy house hunting!

Kevan Wimborne

Sales Manager

GBP Estates Romford


It never fails to amaze me when owners are selling, the attention to detail, or lack of, they give to how their most valuable asset appears in adverts and property brochure’s, showing off their property.

Photos are the shop window of your property.

It’s how potential buyers engage with your home. They’re not too bothered and don’t have the time to read through endless text telling them you have enough plug sockets to power the local town, that there are stairs leading to the first floor (that’s re-assuring!) or there is a door to the garden – phew, I thought I would have to get out through a window!

Have you heard the saying ‘a picture paints a thousand words’?  Well, it applies even more when you want to sell. Think of selling a car, for instance. Would you post pictures of it after you’ve just been rallying and would you show the interior full of empty coffee cups and the odd pizza box or two?

No. You would be clearing the car out, cleaning the interior, you would be polishing the outside, top to bottom, ending up with that shiny, dazzling finish. Then you would take a photo of it in bright sunshine, showing your gleaming prized possession. This is how you would get buyers, wanting to see your car, sit in it and take it for a drive and hand over the cash, paying you the top price!

Now think of how you would show off your home!

Why don’t agents tell vendor’s that buyers don’t want to see your pile of ironing, a bath you wouldn’t jump in, what you had for dinner two nights ago, the cat’s toilet or the garden cunningly disguised as a scrap yard!

What do I need to do?

Here’s a tip for you. Walk out of the front door and walk in again and see your property through a viewer’s eyes. Would you be impressed? If you’re honest and you’re not - then you need to change it as you could lose out on several thousands of pounds.

Spend time removing anything that could put off potential buyers. Make sure the rooms look spacious even if they're not by de-cluttering. Stand by the doorway of each room and ‘see’ the picture.

I’m not saying the house needs to look like a show-home or something you would see in a glossy, but when the images are out there, with buyers sifting through every property on the market, make sure you have a house that stands out – just a little bit – and you will be surprised by the difference it makes.

It’s not rocket science, is it?

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