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Peter Butler celebrates 40 years at Bramleys this week!

1976 what a year it was (if you are old enough to remember!) 

  • The Average house price in England & Wales was £12,000
  • Interest rates were 14%
  • Concorde flew on it's 1st commercial flight
  • The UK was suffering from the worst drought on record with standpipes being used on the street's
  • Apple was formed
  • NASA launched their 1st space shuttle
  • VHS video recorders came out to compete with Betamax


  • Peter Butler joined Bramleys as a chartered surveyor!

As you can see from the points above the World was a very different place when Peter first walked through the door at the Huddersfield office.

For a start there was only the Huddersfield office and just the 1 floor with 8 staff, fast forward to present day with 5 offices and over 50 staff with many accreditations and qualification..

He obviously impressed the Bramley family quickly as he was made a partner of the firm within 6 months of joining, and is now a senior consultant.

A fellow of the Royal Institute for Chartered Surveyors, Peter sits on the University estates committee as well as the Kirkwood Hospice retail committee and has done for a number of years offering his expertise on all things property to help benefit the locality.

His years of expertise in the local market are utilised not only by our staff but also many long standing clients of his and the firm's. 

Peter has seen many changes in the town and the property market in the time he has been at Bramleys.

  • In the years 1972 and 1973 house prices in Huddersfield and the Northern area as a whole effectively doubled, after years of being the poor relation to other areas.
  • Lending back then was confined mostly to your own bank or building society and only once you had been a customer for at least 6 months.
  • Banks could only lend out what they had in. 
  • Mailing lists were just that, on paper, and there was of course no internet, digital camera's or mobile phones!

Fundamentally the tools have changed massively but as Peter says everything still comes down to good old fashioned customer service, honest reliable advice, getting the valuation right and being vry good at progressing sales through to completion. 

It isn't unusual at Bramleys for staff to be long serving, we have plenty in the 20 years+ service and many of the "newbies" have been with us for 10 years, but Peter is right at the top of the leaderboard and will take some beating!

If you would like advice on anything property related from real experts then please get in touch.


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