Leeds property news: Linley & Simpson strengthen property arm as builders return to market

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Confidence on the property market has been boosted of late with a number of reports highlighting the strengthening position. House prices are said to be on the rise again.

In March, one Leeds property expert described the market as “buoyant”. Mortgage approvals are hit a six-month high in March and experts believe house sales are set to rally soon.

Now Linley & Simpson has strengthened its specialist Land, New Homes and Development department with the appointment of one of Yorkshire’s leading names in house building.

David Waddington brings more than 30 years experience of the property sector to his new role within the residential sales and letting agency, which boasts an eleven -branch network across North and West Yorkshire.

Based in the independent agency’s Ripon office, he will work alongside Greg Smallwood in jointly heading up a bespoke service that advises landowners and developers alike about maximising the potential for their plots and sites, by adopting a tailored and individual approach to each client.

David’s career highlights have included being a director of Crosby Homes for nearly ten years. During this time he was also a director of Berkeley Clarence Dock Company Limited with responsibility for the residential sales and marketing of the 1m sq ft Clarence Dock Development, Leeds.

He has played a key role in the changing skyline of many northern centres with iconic high rise development extending to over 2,000 properties.

He has been involved in “leafy lane” housing in the form of some of the largest executive homes in the region whilst not losing sight of the importance of affordable and more cost-efficient housing of all types.

David joins the company’s Land, New Homes and Development department as the demand for both good quality Greenfield and Brownfield land grows following the building industry’s exit from the economic downturn.

He said: “I am delighted to join a team with a proven track record in taking schemes large and small from inception right through to a successful sale.

“With an interlinked network of 11 branches, we are ideally placed to offer the best advice on local market conditions and guide clients on every step of the journey from the planning process to the construction programme to the marketing campaign.”

David, who lives in Harrogate, is married with two grown-up children studying at University and relaxes by playing live music with what he describes as an “uncontrollable” collection of guitars.

Anyone with development land looking to optimise value, or developers with new homes to sell, can find out more about the venture by visiting the website at: www.linleyandsimpson.co.uk.

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