Cooke Curtis & Co was established by Sam Cooke and Jamie Curtis in 2015. Having worked as estate agents locally for a very long time and for some of the best-known and most successful Cambridge firms Sam and Jamie were full of experience and knowledge of the Cambridge market, but were becoming increasingly frustrated by the staid, complacent and unimaginative way that estate agency business operated locally.
Online only estate agents had tried to reinvent things completely, but their lack of resources, experience and knowledge meant that was never going to work, Sam and Jamie were sure you need an office of staff who can accompany viewings, you need experienced people who know the market and the area inside out and you need someone with a long-term interest in doing the job as well as possible. They decided Estate agency didn't need reinventing, it just needed doing better. With more attention to detail, more enthusiasm, more creative thinking and better communication.
Everything the traditional estate agent does was taken apart and analysed. Where it worked well (like having a High Street office and advertising in traditional press media) it was left alone, but where it could be done better it was improved. Everything was set up to maximise the value from every property and to make the process as simple and transparent as possible.
People seem to like it. Cooke Curtis & Co have grown quickly from just dealing with sales to also offering a lettings service, from just being the two partners to employing other experienced, professional agents. We have won awards for our innovative marketing and have been chosen to sell and let properties in all price ranges all over the city and in the villages around. We were chosen as the Cambridge agent for The Guild of Professional Estate agents, establishing local, national and international connections and offering London marketing through our shop window on Park Lane.
By far the majority of our business comes from personal recommendation and that's how we want it. We want to do an impeccable job so those that use us once will never go elsewhere and will tell their friends the same. Repeat business in estate agency might not be for 10 years, but it's our business with our names above the door and we will still be here then.
We believe local estate agents, operated by the people who own them as a genuine service to the community they're in are not just the past and present of estate agency, but also the future.