Mersey property agencies unveil residential merger

Two well-known Liverpool property agencies, Keppie Massie and Berkeley Shaw, are creating a new combined residential agency brand. Tony McDonough reports

John Baybut
John Baybut of  Berkeley Shaw and KM Real Estate

 

Two well-known Liverpool property agencies have merged their residential divisions.

Keppie Massie, which is particularly noted in Liverpool for its commercial property work, is merging its estate agency and property management divisions with those of Berkeley Shaw. They have established a new brand called KM Real Estate.

Both agencies have been operating in the industry for a combined total of more than 50 years across Liverpool city centre, Crosby, Formby and Southport. They have joined up with the aim of creating a “more focused and comprehensive service” for residential agency and management clients.

The new operation is RICS regulated and has existing clients including Beetham Tower, Image Business Park, Park/Quay Central, Admiral’s Quay and Water’s Edge. The alliance sees John Baybut and Henry Prescott of Berkeley Shaw join Stuart Keppie and Ged Massie on the leadership team of KM Real Estate.

Mr Baybut said: “This is a great opportunity for us to bring two well established businesses with compatibility together. Our clients will receive the benefit of highly experienced staff on hand to support, with upgraded systems including the KM Real Estate app.

“And while these technological improvements for our clients are starting to take shape, this amalgamation means all of our personal relationships are retained with our clients and we can position ourselves to be the stand out real estate managing agent in the Liverpool city region.”

The alliance sees the existing residential block management clients of Berkeley Shaw move into KM Real Estate, and the sales and lettings clients of Keppie Massie Residential move into Berkeley Shaw.

It brings “instant improved functionality and accessibility for landlords and leaseholders” with Berkeley Shaw’s customer service technology, such as allowing 24/7 access to rental statements, compliance, viewings information and current market trends and data”.

Ged Massie added: “By bringing together Berkeley Shaw’s residential block management portfolio with our property management division we add to our own city centre portfolio and now widen our horizons into the suburbs.

“Berkeley Shaw are an increasingly prominent force in the market and have put forward some creative ideas on how business can go forward and rebranding the management arm into KM Real Estate is really just the start of the innovation.”

Keppie Massie will continue to operate independently of the new venture and will focus on commercial agency and valuations and in its specialist regeneration sector.

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