But I am very pleased to have been asked to be a judge in a new award organised by a buying agency and without any of the commercial conflicts of interest which plague so many other accolades.
The Good Agent to Buy from Awards - rather cutely shortened to GABAs - are taking place over this year to mark the 30th anniversary of Stacks Property Search.
The judges will be James Greenwood, managing director of Stacks Property Search; Tad Zurlinden who is chief executive of the Association of Relocation Professionals; Belinda Aspinall, founder of the terrifically useful website www.lifeafterlondon.com; and myself.
The awards will be made on the grounds of proof of good service – and that proof is to be generated by the public.
Estate agents in the regions covered by Stacks will be invited to take part. They will be encouraged to ask their applicants and previous buyers to send in a story, anecdote, picture, poem, video or any other form of tribute, demonstrating how the agent went out of their way to help them.
Submissions will be collected and collated centrally by Stacks and uploaded to the Stacks website on www.stacks.co.uk, and the closing date for entries is Friday 3rd October.
Any agent deemed to have been judged to be a Good Agent to Buy From will receive an award, and will be able to use the GABA logo. The members of the public who, in the eyes of the judging panel, have made the most creative and valuable submission will receive a first prize of £500. there will also be second and third prizes of £150 and £100.
These prize winners will be announced on Friday 31st October.
Anyone interested in taking part, whether they are agents or members of the public, can find more information by contacting Stacks Property Search’s offices on 01594 842880 or on Stacks website.
(And obviously...I have no commercial or financial involvement in any aspect of the awards or the organisations involved in them.)
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