Staff show they know their stuff as they join the guild

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Rugby-based estate agents Newman have really got something to celebrate after members of their team succeeded in gaining a top professional qualification.

After completing the necessary training, Newman team members have been granted the title ‘Associate Members of the Guild of Professional Estate Agents’ (GPEA) – The UK’s most prestigious network of independent agents to which Newman belongs.

Guild membership is exclusive, with firms carefully selected and working together to ensure a ‘best in class’ service to the public. The Associate scheme is designed to ensure that all members of staff can demonstrate a good understanding of the law and are able to give appropriate advice and guidance to the public.

The GPEA ensures that all members are either members of the Property Ombudsman or the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). The Associate Training Scheme covers the essential topics of estate agency and culminates in an extensive examination.

To pass the exam, candidates are required to have a knowledge and understanding of the Estate Agents Act 1979, the Property Misdescriptions Act 1991, the Property Ombudsman Scheme, money laundering and EPC legislation, as well as covering sound principles in estate agency practice. Bill McClintock, the chief operating officer of TPOS (the Property Ombudsman Scheme), said: “Training and knowledge has always been at the heart of what makes a really competent agent”. Congratulating the team on their achievement, Newman CEO Sean Newman said: “We have always been proud to belong to the guild, which represents the very best in independent estate agency.

“Now, through their efforts in successfully gaining Guild Associate Status, which recognises their knowledge, skills and professional competence, we can proudly claim to have the best-trained staff in Rugby.”

For more information telephone Newman, Regent Street, (01788) 820000 www.newman.uk.com