Buying agent Heaton & Partners has appointed Patrick Bishop as associate.

Mr Bishop, previously with Knight Frank and Savills, will work throughout Berkshire, Hampshire and Wiltshire in his new role.

He said: “I have lived and worked in and around Berkshire my entire life, so I am incredibly excited to step over to the other side and help buyers find their dream home here. The increasingly pressurised market of low supply has put the spotlight on buying agents and how vital they now are in securing the best deals.

“The commuter village market is incredibly competitive right now. I have never seen so much stock sold privately. Knowledge is crucial in being one step ahead of the market, to secure the best properties and results for our clients.”

Edward Heaton, founder and managing partner of the firm, said: “Patrick’s appointment comes at a time when the firm has had the most successful year on record.

“None of us were quite sure at the start of the pandemic which way the market was going to go. But the race for space combined with exceptionally low stock has been the residing narrative. Patrick will be key to helping us keep up with this demand.”

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