Estate agent to shut up Kirton shop
AN estate agency has confirmed it is to close its Crediton branch because fewer people are visiting traditional high street offices.
Seddons is shutting its office in High Street which employs five people.
Senior partner Nick Seddon said: "This is not something we have done lightly but since taking over the business from Jonathan Symonds nearly five years ago, we have struggled to break into town sales due to the very strong dominance of the local, long established firm.
"Our main forte has, and continues to be, the sale of country property and farms which can be equally well be covered by our offices in Tiverton and Chulmleigh."
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Mr Seddon said that Sam Froud, the Crediton manager, would transfer to Tiverton where he would continue to deal with country properties currently being offered for sale by the Crediton office and would provide continuity for customers.
Mr Seddon said that changes in the way people accessed information about property they were interested in viewing, had also influenced the closure decision.
He said: "We have found with an increasing use of our website a lot more of our sales are coming from the internet and also our London office, and therefore footfall into the Crediton office has significantly decreased."
Seddons moved into Crediton in 2009 when it acquired the well-established Symonds agency.
It had been selling houses in Crediton since 1967 under David Symonds and latterly his son Jonathan.
Seddons still has a network of five Mid Devon offices which are linked to the London market via the firm's Mayfair office.