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Meet the Agent – Susan Allan

July 29, 2013 14:49 by Your Move Chris Stonock


YOUR MOVE Chris Stonock's West Denton office is based to the west of the city centre on The Roman Way in West Denton.

Meet our Sales Manager, Susan Allan...


I am married to Richard and we have two daughters of whom I am immensely proud. I am also blessed with three beautiful grandchildren

My first job

When I left college I worked in a junior position in a firm of Estate Agents and Auctioneers.

My dream job

As a child I was in awe of my uncle who is an Archaeologist and Egyptologist and I would sit enthralled listening to his stories about the Ancient world. I still have the same fascination about his work and have visited him but I feel the reality of the day to day living in the desert would be not such a glamorous adventure as I imagined as a child!

My childhood home

My family had a small holding, my father the outdoor life and was a very keen on going sea fishing I can always remember going in to our bathroom to find his catch in the bath!

The first home I bought

I was the very proud owner of a terraced house in Chester le Street.

My ideal home

To have a home that overlooks the sea would be wonderful.

Best buy for the home

My grandchildren love the wooden play house in the garden.

Worst buy for the home

Anything to do with kitchen gadgets somehow they just never get used even though at the time I think I really am going to find this so useful. 

My property tips

Good photography can make such a difference when selling your home and can attract buyers so time taken in preparation and presentation is essential.

The best advice I’ve ever been given

Always stick to your budget and buy a smaller house in a better area as opposed to a larger property in a worse area.

Most useful warning I’ve ever been given

If at first you don’t succeed try, try and try again.

Three words I would use about myself

Caring , honest and loyal.


For information or advice on selling or letting your home, please contact the team at West Denton or your local Your Move Chris Stonock branch

Meet the Agent...Chris Warren

June 10, 2013 11:49 by Your Move Chris Stonock

Chris Warren Your Move Estate Agents - Chris Stonock

The Your Move Chris Stonock branch is prominently situated on Front Street in the town centre of Chester le Street.  Meet our Sales Manager, Chris Warren...


I am currently single with a daughter named Maddy aged 3 going on 30! My Mam and Dad are retired and I have an older sister and younger brother.


I have been Sales Manager for Your Move Chris Stonock in Chester Le Street for nearly 3 years. I have over 17 years experience in Estate Agency which is nearly half of my life!

My first job

I started my first job in 1995 as a Trainee Estate Agent with Halifax Estate Agents in Durham.

My dream job

I have always been a huge Newcastle United fan so I would love to play for them!

My childhood home

I lived in a 5 bedroom detached house on Newton hall which my parents still live in now.

The first home I bought

A quaint 2 bedroom stone built semi detached house in Witton Gilbert.

My ideal home

A studio apartment in New York.

Best buy for the home

Personally my best buy is a 2 seater electric reclining settee which looks out onto my garden.  However, if your looking to sell a great kitchen will always make your home stand out.

Worst buy for the home

A steam mop from a television shopping channel which fell apart within about 10 minutes!

My property tips

It's amazing how great photos of a clean and well decorated home can attract viewers. With the use of wide angle digital cameras, the standard of images is extremely high which makes it easier for buyers to narrow down their search for a home.

The best advice I’ve ever been given

Better to ask for forgiveness than permission!

Three words I would use about myself

Passionate, organised and optimistic.

For information or advice on selling or letting your home, please contact your local Your Move Chris Stonock branch.

Your Move Chris Stonock Takes Pride in New Recruits

July 13, 2012 14:13 by Admin

Against a background of rising unemployment in the North East it’s good to see companies actively investing in the recruitment and training of young people. One such company is the Your Move Estate Agency franchise Chris Stonock. 

From data released by the Office of National Statistics, 11.5% of people in the region are now seeking work against a national average of 8.2%. Between December 2011 and May 2012 that’s a rise of 6,000 people and is among the worst figures for around 17 years*.

Ian Cavagan, Area Sales Director, of Your Move said “the property market has been tough for almost 5 years so it’s a very challenging environment. Understandably many companies have cut staff and development programmes but we felt with properties harder to sell we needed to increase training and recruit people with energy and drive. So, we came up with the idea of having our own Academy. Not a new idea but introducing an Academy in one of the toughest property markets for decades certainly was a little different. 

Most recruits are graduates but it’s open to anyone who can demonstrate enthusiasm, ambition, energy and drive and a commitment to learn. We want to offer great customer service because that’s what you need when selling and letting houses. Gone are the days when estate agency was a matter of listing a property and relying on strong demand to create the interest. Great marketing and high levels of customer service are now pre-requisites to achieving a successful sale, so we are investing in local people who are committed to making this happen”.

Vikki Todd, Operations Manager at Butterworths Solicitors, is a regular guest speaker at the Training Academy and stated “The Training Academy is a fantastic way to develop young people and work with them to improve their core skills and understanding. I thoroughly enjoy working closely with Your Move Chris Stonock to ensure their property professionals are trained to understand the legal process around property sales, auctions and lettings”. 

Chris Stonock started his Estate Agency network in 2007 with 47 employees, the number currently stands at 60. In January this year a new branch opened in Durham City bringing his network up to 8 branches, these branches work alongside other Your Move branches to provide extensive coverage across the North East property market.

For more information please contact your local Your Move Chris Stonock branch.

Some of the Academy members with Area Sales Director Ian Cavagan, centre back row





Career Opportunities for Financial Consultants with Your Move

June 20, 2012 12:10 by YOUR MOVE Careers

Succession Planning at Your Move for their circa 130 branch based Mortgage / Financial Consultants

Back in quarter one of 2011 Your Move saw the introduction of their new "Executive Financial Consultant" roles.

The role is in essence there for two main reasons. Firstly, to upskill our very top performing Financial Consultants (FCs) who have been earmarked for progression within Your Move's award winning financial services division. Secondly, to attract frustrated top performers from our competitors who find themselves facing no real prospects of advancing their career, hitting that all too common glass ceiling. The Executive FC role offers a defined career path ensuring that the often intimidating step into management is now far less daunting.

So what does the role consist of? Mortgage and protection advice is still the day job taking up most of the Exec's time with the rest of the week dedicated to mentoring a number of existing FCs or even trainees that have joined us through our successful SC2FC trainee programme.

James McNee (from LSL's Talent Acquisition Team) reports that the executive role has been a brilliant recruitment and retention tool for Your Move. Many top performing advisors craving the next step in their careers claim that the role offers the best of both worlds, offering both the satisfaction to see the team you've mentored hit their numbers, whilst still enjoying the "thrill of the sale" with your own customers.

An initial concern was raised when the executive role was formed with sceptics citing that sales would suffer - "The exact opposite happened!", says Simon Cox (National FS Director Your Move) who reports that the hallowed "executive" status seems to further invigorate the Execs who in most cases actually produce even more business.

For information regarding nationwide opportunities within Your Move's Financial Services division please contact or visit the Your Move Careers website.


Estate Agency Careers - Training and Development with YOUR MOVE

April 10, 2012 16:35 by YOUR MOVE Careers

Key to our success and your development as an estate agent is regular training and the opportunity to learn new skills and to ensure that you are up-to-date with the industry legislation.

While previous experience or qualifications are not a requirement when applying for an estate agent job with YOUR MOVE, it clearly can be beneficial. Here at YOUR MOVE we offer full training so we are looking for individuals who demonstrate that they have the necessary skills and a drive to succeed. Our training programmes are run on a monthly basis and provide a full induction to becoming an estate agent.

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Training is continuous throughout an agent's time at YOUR MOVE and this training along with the development of an individual's experience allows agents to progress with the company, with Valuation Manager and Financial Consultant roles an option with further, specialised training.

Lucie Middleton is a Regional Sales Trainer for YOUR MOVE, "I have worked in the industry for over 20 years, the majority with YOUR MOVE (and General Accident Property Services as it was previously known). I started in a branch and training has always been a very important support role to me, having moved my way through Administrative job roles and Sales Progression through to Sales and Valuation Manager and onto Branch Manager. I can personally say that YOUR MOVE has helped me achieve my goals, which is why I now love being part of the development and training team and to help others achieve their goals."

To find out more about our vacancies and working for YOUR MOVE visit our careers section of the website and view our available estate agency jobs. Our recruitment teams look forward to seeing your application and wish you well in your application for a career with YOUR MOVE.


YOUR MOVE is a multi-award winning estate and letting agent with branches across England and Scotland


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