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Wednesday, 6 August 2008

Haart Failure

The credit crunch bit into Westbury estate agent Haart this month as the local branch closed its doors and ceased trading, transferring its business to its Shirehampton branch.

Haart's parent company, Spicehaart, claims to represent the largest independent estate agency in Europe. In Westbury on Trym, however, the local branch has never really managed to break into the top end of the local housing market. It's windows, before they were whitewashed and a sign placed on the door, always tended to be full of properties for sale in Henbury and Brentry and could, therefore, as easily be marketed from Shirehampton.

I couldn't help noticing, meanwhile, that competitor Andrews, was boasting 15 house sales in its Westbury on Trym shop window this week. Which proves the point that there is always a buyer if the price is right.

I also notice that the large eco-house on Henbury Road remains unsold.

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