28 Oct The Generation Game
They know all about the Generation Game in Virginia Water – Sir Bruce Forsyth has owned property for much of his working career. For a keen golfer looking for some privacy such as Brucie, the Wentworth Estate in Virginia Water is the obvious choice.
Two other local gents playing the Generation Game are James and Rupert Wyatt, joint co-owners of award-winning estate agent Barton Wyatt. Born and bred in this discreet and extremely tasteful Surrey village, the boys first home was the top floor flat over the family estate agency and they have early memories of helping out with some of the more menial daily tasks.
Barton Wyatt Estate agency started life in 1927, with the first offices opened in Teddington and Twickenham by Rupert and James’ grandfather Stanley Wyatt and his Partner Clifford Barton. In 1964 Barton retired but the agency maintained the name for what had become a strong local brand. It was during the late 70’s that Wyatt senior retired making way for his sons Paul and Hugh Wyatt, father of James and Rupert who in turn has left his sons to it for the past 12 years. These charming and forward thinking Brothers continue to take this stand alone agency from strength to strength.
With this type of early breeding it is hardly surprising that this independent agency is bucking the trend of the big chains with year to date sales figures up by 116% there is much to be pleased about at Barton Wyatt.
Younger brother Rupert Wyatt comments on why he feels there is confidence returning to the market and in particular to his family run business.
“Surrey and the Home Counties have benefited from the ongoing property boom in London more recently led by overseas buyers and a weak pound. In relation to our own success at Barton Wyatt we are confident that this is driven by being an independent agency.”
“In larger agencies there is almost always a long chain of command so very often the actual person selling the property will not know what their peers are doing or saying and getting answers can be a long process. That is not the case at Barton Wyatt. We have a complete open door policy and any of our staff are normally only seconds away from having a decision or able to chat ideas through in a very open forum.
“Both James and I are dedicated 100% to our agency and to our staff. This feeling rubs off on the staff and they feel empowered being part of such a close team. We are confident that they are proud of who they work for and keen to support the team around them.”
Messrs James and Rupert Wyatt are extremely well known in the area, both living on the Wentworth Estate and being members of the Club. Both have their ear to the ground when it comes to property. This local knowledge has proved to be extremely useful for prospective buyers. The Wyatt brothers are often able to pull another property out the woodwork when a local owner might have just mentioned they ‘might’ be thinking of selling. Before they know it another sale is made and more happy customers are moving house.