As the saying goes, great things in business are never achieved by one person, they are achieved by a team of people. Here at Property Assistant, we know this to be true and take enormous pride in the team we have built up to help us deliver our first-rate property service to the customer. And, for once, we’d like to step back and make sure that they get the credit they deserve which is why we’ve created this series of articles to introduce the power behind Property Assistant.
In this week’s People Behind Property Assistant, we shine the spotlight on the company’s newest recruit and an addition to our family team…
Daryl Bishop, Sales Director
Son of Daniel and Julie Lawry, Daryl has been an estate agent since 2014 and has held the positions of senior sales negotiator, valuation manager and sales manager with two Wokingham estate agencies. In December 2018, he made the decision to join his folks at the family business and take on the challenge of building the company’s sales portfolio.
A solider with the British Army for six years, Daryl brings an enormous amount of focus and hard work to the team and demonstrates his attention to detail in everything he does. He is organised and dedicated to his role and brings a flexible, responsive approach to dealing with the challenges presented to him.
He, his fiancé and their daughter live in the Evendons Road area of Wokingham and are both very proud of the local community in which they live. Daryl himself grew up in Bracknell and was educated at both Brackenhale School and the Berkshire College of Agriculture. His knowledge of the local area is extremely impressive and he uses this to great effect when marketing properties on our database.
Since joining the business, Daryl has given Property Assistant an extra layer of efficiency and dynamism. His energy and enthusiasm is delivering enormous benefits to us, and our customers and we’re both extremely proud of his work ethic.
We found time to pin Daryl down and get him to answer some questions about what makes him tick. Though we weren’t surprised by the answers, there are people who won’t expect this combination of Lego, pizza ovens and Disney movies!
Tell us about what your job entails.
Conducting market appraisals, finding buyers for on market properties, finding properties for clients, negotiating offers.
What did you do yesterday?
A range of viewings at several properties, then went home and started to build a pizza oven, also had Badminton at 9pm.
What’s the most challenging part of your job?
Seeing properties come on up for sale that aren’t being marketed to their full potential.
What kind of problems do you face on a day-to-day basis?
Generating enough instructions to fulfil our database of buyers.
What’s it like to work for Property Assistant?
Working with family is always more difficult, the level of banter is a bit weaker than I’m used to! However, it is much less stressful which gives us time to focus on our clients rather than impressing a boss with our numbers.
If you weren’t working in your current job, what would be your dream career?
Life is for living, not working.
What would be your ideal home and where would this be?
There are a few properties in Wokingham that I have been to that I would love to have bought. South Drive is probably my all-time favourite road in Wokingham as I love being close to the town but still tucked away in peace and quiet.
If you won the lottery jackpot, after a house, what would be your first big purchase?
A housing estate which I would use to house homeless veterans until they can get back on their feet.
What’s your guilty pleasure in life?
Watching Disney movies and playing Lego with my 3 year old.
What do you do to unwind after a stressful day?
I like to play badminton with my wife-to-be twice a week; I usually win so my mood improves. If not, I enjoy getting around the house for a bit of DIY or even some gardening.
What five words would your best friend use to describe you?
Blunt, honest, joker, weird, organised
What kind of a child do you think you were in school?
Terrible and I’m sure my teachers would agree.
What is the most important thing in life to you?
I think I’m supposed to say ‘selling house and the customer service of our clients’ but it’s definitely my partner and daughter.
Where do you see yourself in ten years’ time?
Hopefully retired, but if not then opening another successful branch of our family business and making ourselves the ‘go-to’ agent for all property related matters.