Chancellors Group to launch Swindon branch

PropertyWire | January 07, 2020

Chancellors Estate Agents will open a branch in Swindon in February 2020. Situated on the town’s busy Commercial Road, the branch will offer services including sales, lettings, property management, commercial property, new homes and financial services. Chancellors Swindon represents a move into a new county and brings the number of counties covered by the group to eight. Robert Scott-Lee, managing director, Chancellors, said: “We’re excited to be launching Chancellors Swindon in 2020. The group is well positioned to bring our services to this new market after a positive 2019. The final quarter has seen an increase in new applicant registrations and viewings and encouraging signs of an improvement in the market.

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