We are looking to expand the size of our workforce by 20% to deliver our strategic plans for growth over the coming year, as reported in Cherwell Valley News.
We have ambitious plans to grow the lettings, mortgage, property buying and investment services within the group. Part of this entails a significant recruitment drive to ensure we continue to deliver the high standards of customer service we are known for.
Our latest recruit, Rachel Coleman, joined as a trainee mortgage advisor earlier this year. We are currently recruiting for a mortgage operations sales manager.
Commenting on the plans for expansion, Michelle Niziol said: “Since establishing the IMS mortgage business a decade ago, we have grown organically and introduced new services to ensure we can better assist clients with their property journey. In 2015, we introduced a sales and lettings service. In 2016, we launched a property buying and investment provision. We continue to evolve and adapt the business to ensure we don’t rest on our laurels.
“To give us further opportunities to expand the business, we are just about to secure a new office space in Bicester. It will be a larger and more engaging place for our clients to visit and do business with us. A place we hope to call home for many years to come.”
The rental market continues to expand as more people look to rent rather than buy throughout the county. This, combined with thousands of new homes being built and interest rates likely to rise in a few months, and the Oxfordshire property and mortgage markets are set to remain active for some time to come.
She added: “High demand for rental accommodation has meant that there is a shortage of good quality stock coming on to the market. Changes to buy-to-let regulation has also meant that some accidental landlords are exiting the market and selling their properties. But, buy to let remains a good investment and can generate healthy returns in the long term, so it may be worth hanging on.