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Residential News | Tue 27 Feb 2024
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Just weeks after we announced we were launching a new residential lettings and property management division, we are delighted to have made two new appointments to support the growth of this new offering.

Joanna Speight has joined as a senior lettings manager in our Ilkley office and Chelsey Illingworth has joined our Harrogate office as a property manager.

Joanna has spent more than two decades working in property rentals in the Wharfe Valley, including eight years at Dacres between 2012 and 2020, prior to our previous lettings division being acquired. She has always lived in the surrounding area, which further enhances her knowledge of the local market.

Chelsey brings over 15 years’ experience in the lettings and property management sector to her new role, after working in both North and West Yorkshire for several well-known property companies.

Our lettings division was launched in early February, specialising in high quality and premium rental property in towns and villages surrounding Harrogate, Ilkley and York. Our services for landlords include both a fully managed offering and a tenant sourcing service.

The lettings team is headed up by Sophie Tillisch, who is based at our Harrogate office. Sophie has worked at Dacres for nine years and has more than 15 years’ experience in both property rentals and sales.

The fourth member of the team heads our York office. Neil McGroarty deals with both rental listings and property sales in the city, after previously working for two other high profile estate agents in York.

Sophie said: “Although it’s early days, our new lettings division is already generating lots of interest from landlords wanting a bespoke range of services from a well-established Yorkshire based estate agent with a large online reach that’s complemented offline by our extensive branch network.

“Establishing dedicated local teams in Ilkley and Harrogate, with the appointment of Joanna and Chelsey, further strengthens our offering in both towns as we begin to build our market share. Crucially, they both bring a wealth of experience to their new roles and have a thorough understanding of the lettings market, making them the perfect people to represent landlords and ensure their investments are successful, at a time when demand from tenants is higher than ever, so they’re very welcome additions to our team.”

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