Monday, October 25, 2010
Countrywide Surveying Services has been appointed by Just Retirement to the role of Valuation Panel Manager, which begins this month.
The appointment follows a successful tender process for Countrywide, which involved competition from several leading valuer firms.
Countrywide Surveying Services is part of Countrywide, the UK's largest property services Group, and is a leading supplier of valuation and panel management services to the mortgage lending community, employing more than 350 Chartered Surveyors throughout the UK.
Announcing the news, Chris Shaw, Chief Surveyor at Countrywide, said:
"As one of the leading companies operating in the equity release market, we are delighted to extend our relationship with this appointment. Winning this contract further demonstrates the value of our unique tablet PC technology and our continued belief in using our own national network of employed surveyors to set high standards in the industry.
"We look forward to working with Just Retirement in the coming months and years and adding increased value to their customer proposition."
David Cooper, Marketing & Distribution Director, Just Retirement (Holdings) Limited said:
"The stability of the UK equity release market so far during 2010 has allowed Just Retirement to consolidate its position as the second largest provider. This position has driven the Group's record results in the first half of the calendar year.
"Our clients demand and deserve a seamless process. The close-working relationship we have with Countrywide will ensure we continue to deliver a service that will help us grow further in years to come. Having worked with Countrywide for a number of years, we know and trust their exceptional service standards. This knowledge and understanding cements our confidence and demonstrates that Countrywide is well placed to serve both us and our clients."
Countrywide continues to lead the valuation market as one of the largest employers of Chartered Surveyors, providing market quality controls and risk mitigation processes that are continually adapted to meet the needs of lenders.
The news comes after several new client wins and successful re-tenders for Countrywide Surveying Services during 2010, which most recently includes The Swift Group.
Notes to editor:
Countrywide is the UK's largest and most successful estate agency and property services Group, operating more than 1,300 associated branches across England, Scotland and Wales.
Countrywide's network of expertise helps more people move than any other business in the UK and is a leading provider of estate agency, lettings, mortgage services, land and new homes, franchising, auctions, surveying, conveyancing and corporate property management services.
Countrywide's award-winning service has earned the business 59 high-profile industry awards in the last two years, with customers voting Countrywide Best Large Estate Agency Chain and Best Large Lettings Chain at the 2010 Estate Agency of The Year Awards. Other awards include Best Estate Agency, Best Letting Agency and Best Land & New Homes Agent of the Year at the 2009 Negotiator Awards, and Best Surveyor & Valuer at the 2009 Mortgage Strategy Awards.
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