The Capital’s top property firm has re-affirmed its impressive credentials after topping the ESPC rankings for an unprecedented 12th consecutive year.
Warners Solicitors and Estate Agents, which has held the number one ranking in the Edinburgh Solicitors Property Centre (ESPC) every year since 1998 despite fierce competition from rivals, revealed that it sold 600 properties in 2010 with a total sales value of around £110 million.
The figures represent more sales than any other solicitor-estate agent in the Capital in 2010 and highlight a 7% rise on 2009’s levels, when the firm sold 550 properties worth a total of £101 million.
Scott Brown, Estate Agency Partner at the firm that has four property shops throughout Edinburgh and the Lothians, said he was delighted to have hit the top spot once again, and added that the sales figures were especially pleasing considering the torrid conditions the property sector had faced in both 2009 and 2010.
He said: “To be placed top of the ESPC rankings for an unprecedented 12th year in a row is a tremendous achievement. We are absolutely delighted to have reached this milestone, which is a testament to the hard work and dedication of all of our team in spite of some very tough market conditions.
“2010 has been another very challenging year for the property market and many firms have had to adapt their services to stay competitive. At Warners, we have introduced new initiatives such as trialling QR codes on our schedules that can be scanned by mobile phones and offering property videos to customers.
“We also carried out a major revamped on our website in 2010, which means that every property listed on the Warners site now includes full floor plans and – wherever possible – links to Google Street View. Home Reports for every property listed with us are also made available to prospective buyers free of charge, with instant access available via both the ESPC website and our own website.
“Although mortgage lending has continued to remain low – meaning many first time buyers are still unable to secure the necessary funds to buy their first home – it’s encouraging to see that there are still properties being sold in the Capital. Our total number of property sales over the past year was actually up on our 2009 levels, which proves that the market is moving in the right direction.”
“Of course, there’s still some way to go before we return to the levels that we experienced during the market’s peak – but hopefully we are seeing further progress towards recovery and will experience another successful year in 2011.”
Warners has four property shops in Edinburgh and the Lothians and one in Dundee, which was established in 2010 as part of an expansion into Tayside.