A leading Nottingham letting agent that has grown its business in recent years has just launched a residential sales arm, creating new job opportunities in the process.

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Slater & Brandley expanded its business to become a Nottingham estate agent in July, and is currently offering no estate agency fees to the first 25 homeowners who instruct the company to sell their home, providing a significant saving on the typical cost of selling a property (terms and conditions apply, please see www.slaterandbrandley.co.uk for details of this promotion).

The company, which has expanded its lettings business by 140% over the last year, has created two part-time sales roles with its latest business expansion.

Slater & Brandley joins the estate agency market as property prices continue to rise. National house prices have grown 1.9% on June 2012, making the average house price now £168,941 (Source: Nationwide House Price Index).

Garry Slater, Managing Director of Slater & Brandley, said: ‘All of the leading authorities, including mortgage lenders Halifax and Nationwide, have confirmed a rise in house prices in recent months.

‘A growing appetite amongst high street mortgage lenders is helping to support the market. The government’s recently launched ‘Help to Buy’ scheme is helping homebuyers make the next step up the property ladder and first time buyers can now enter the market with as little as five per cent deposit, helping make property affordable once again. Long recognised as an essential ingredient in property chains, first time buyers play an important role in supporting the general housing market.

‘These conditions have helped to underpin our recent decision to establish a sales arm at a time when the property market in West Bridgford and indeed many areas of Nottingham is improving. The summer is traditionally the busiest time of the year for sales and we expect 2013 to be a good year on the whole,’ he added.

The focus for Slater & Brandley in residential sales will be on the core values the company holds dear, namely communication, service and trust – the same values that have always been the hallmark of its lettings arm, according to Mr Slater.