Robinson's Portfolio estate agents has closed after 21 years in Bury St Edmunds
It was the end of an era as one of Bury St Edmunds’ long-running estate agencies closed yesterday.
Robinson’s Portfolio, of Whiting Street, has now sold its last property after 21 years in the town.
Owner Clive Robinson said: “We have been very happy and we have had some lovely clients who have become friends. We thank them all.
“We’ve dealt with so many interesting properties and interesting people. There hasn’t been a dull moment.”
Robinson’s started in The Traverse in 1998 before moving to offices in Guildhall Street and finally Whiting Street.
“We’re closing because really I want a change of direction. We could have carried on, but I think I can offer more to people than just selling their houses,” said Clive.
“People and property is where my interests lie, not necessarily in selling them.”
Clive, who has been in estate agency for 29 years, will now focus on other property-related areas, including offering advice on improving, extending, planning and preparing properties for sale, together with appointing appropriate estate agents and guiding owners through the sale process.
“My decades of experience won’t be lost, I just won’t have a high street office,” said Clive. “I’ll be providing a service I don’t believe currently exists. People don’t necessarily want property advice from an estate agent, architect or builder.”
Looking back, Clive said the property market had picked up following the ‘huge’ depression of 2008.
“The best thing for everybody is a stable market. If you get price spikes and price dips it’s not good – everybody likes to know where they are. That’s how it used to be in the 40s, 50s and 60s. It was the boom in the 80s that set that trend off,” he added.
Barry Turrell and Sharon Kemp, who have been with Robinson’s for 13 and nine-and-a-half years respectively, hope to move to another independent estate agency in Bury.
Barry said: “How many teams in Bury have been together so long?”
Contact Clive on 07796271716.