Simon Rollings – Founder of Leathwaites
Simon has a Bsc Hons degree in Marketing and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Marketing Strategy from the Chartered Institute of Marketing. He is a member of ARLA (The Association of Residential Lettings Agents) and has 20 years of experience in the London property market, having worked for several high profile Chartered Surveyors and Estate Agents.
Simon set up Leathwaites in 2006. The buy to let boom was taking off and the internet was changing the way agents did business yet the quality of service offered by many was extremely poor. Most estate agents treated lettings as less important than sales and most letting agents were driven more by company targets than by doing what was right for their clients. There was a gap in the market for a lettings and property management specialist that would put its clients’ interests first.
With over 90% of property searches starting on the internet, it was no longer essential for letting agents to have prominent high street shop fronts. Those that did merely passed the extra costs onto their clients. Simon rented office space in Battersea and invested in a website. The website became Leathwaites’ shop front and the cost savings could then be passed onto its clients in lower fees.