The business was set up in the late 1980s by leading UK insurers, General Accident, who moved into estate agency as a means of acquiring high street presence for the sale of financial services.
In November 1999, following the General Accident and Commercial Union merger and subsequent acquisition of Norwich Union, the estate agency business was rebranded to Your Move and the valuation and survey business was rebranded to e.surv. – now one of the UK’s largest chartered surveyors.
In 2004, as part of a management buyout from Norwich Union, the parent company Lending Solutions was formed. In November 2006 LSL Property Services was created from Lending Solutions and floated on the UK Stock Market.
With 285 branches across the country – more than 90 of which were rebranded to Your Move following the acquisition of the Halifax estate agency network by LSL in January 2010 – it has positioned itself as a major force in the residential marketplace.
Although its core business is residential property services – including financial services, conveyancing and new homes – it also offers lettings and is now the UK’s largest lettings agency (*).
It attributes its success to the ongoing investment in processes and systems - for example it now boasts the UK’s most visited estate agency website www.your-move.co.uk† – and its flexible approach to ensure the needs of the business and ultimately its customers are met.
(*) Based on Your Move analysis of letting branch numbers shown on competitor websites – November 2014
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