My parents moved to Purley when I was two - I was one of four children. My father paid just over £2,000 for a house in what was a new Purley cul-de-sac - Lexington Court. £2,000 was a lot of money in 1957 - today the house would sell for more than half a million.
When I was five, my parents upgraded to a larger house. I walked to St John's school in Pampisford Road. Later, at 11, I went to John Fisher School. Today, the second Purley house we lived in has a cul-de-sac of four houses built in what was the back garden. My dad missed a trick there. Last year the same house came on the market for £775,000 and he bought the original larger property for £5,000.
In 1970, my dad built the second house in More Close - an ultra-modern house for the 70s.
I bought my first house in 1977 and had my first taste of selling property when I learned to do my own conveyancing and legal work to sell the house a few years later.
Later I met a young estate agent called Joanne, who is my wife and partner at ShineRocks today.
Together, Joanne and I offer a wealth of experience and local knowledge of the property market, a personalised estate agency service that we believe is second to none.
I started my career in property by chance. Working on a temporary contract for an estate agent, in the surveying department, I was offered a full time position. This is how I also met and married Paul.
In 1995, Paul and I opened ShineRocks. At that time the majority of estate agents were, and still are, corporate companies, offering a standardised service with an emphasis on meeting targets. Paul and I wanted to offer our clients a personalised service with open, transparent advice based on years of experience in the Purley and surrounding areas.
Being a family company, we work closely together and have a lovely team of like-minded people.
Having personally bought and sold a number of properties, I have a true understanding of the issues involved in this process, and also the complex personal feelings involved. At ShineRocks we strive to offer absolute service, support and any advice necessary through the whole process of marketing a client’s property, to completion of a sale, minimising any stress involved.
I truly enjoy my choice of career, meeting and working with our clients and, in a lot of cases, having a continuing working relationship over many years.
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Hi Caire, Can you say a massive 'thank you' to Paul for coming to see me. He really gave me some things to think about that had just not crossed my mind. Swapping the bathroom and middle bedroom and adding a bathroom to the main bed room made so much sense, I've got Alan coming over on Saturday to cost it up! I'll definitely...
We have recently purchased a property through shinerocks and can honestly say the service we received from Claire was exceptional. She kept us updated regularly and liaised tirelessly between solicitors, vendors and the other agents in what became a difficult and frustrating chain. She was both professional and personable, and we always felt...
M & C
Claire, You're an absolute star! Thank you so much.
Mr and Mrs W
I would just like to take this opportunity to thank you for your assistance and facilitation of the purchase of our property, and I would relish the opportunity to work with you again in future endeavours.
Just want to say a big thank you for all your help and support. I know you were not our estate agent but we really felt supported and coached through the whole process and I can't thank you enough.
M, J &A
Paul, Claire and all the team at ShineRocks have always acted with the utmost professionalism and in my experience have been the best estate agency I have ever encountered.
Dear Claire, Thank you so much for making our dream home come true. Invitation to the house warming is guaranteed! Much Love
R & N
Hi the ShineRocks Team Would like to say thank you for a great service in completing on our house. We are totally blessed, we feel so lucky. Your team with friendly voices were very proactive in updating us. Paul you have a good team around and to say the least, you have some charm. You are a very nice bunch of people to...
We would like to also comment upon the superb level of professionalism shown by the staff at ShineRocks. Having been to other block bookings we must say that this one was handled to so well. Additionally the advice given regarding parking was most helpful. We will certainly keep an eye out for other properties marketed by you. Kindest...
Mr and Mrs H
Dear Paul How very happy I am to be the lucky chap that has been given the privilege to buy and live in the elegant property. Thank you again for the excellent service provided by ShineRocks. Yours sincerely
Thanks for all your attention - I am impressed with your service and will recommend you to friends. Kind regards
Dear Paul This is amazing! Thank you and your team very much. Whatever happens now, I know that you all did a fantastic job in achieving this - its unbelievable. Many thanks Kindest regards
Terrific news. Thank you Paul. With all thanks for your support and help during this process. All best wishes
Thank you so much for all your help with our house move. We appreciate the hard work you put in to finally get us to an exchange date. Your calm approach and sense of humour throughout really helped. Thanks again,
Mr and Mrs G
Thank you so much for all your work on selling our home. It is much appreciated. Best wishes
Mr and Mrs R
Thanks again for everything that you have done to get our new home. God bless you.
Mr and Mrs P
Dear Claire and the 'team' at ShineRocks for all of your help and patience with our purchase. Best wishes
K and L
Dear Mr Shinerock, thank you so very much for valued advice last Saturday; your remarks and suggestions have certainly got us thinking of the best way to turn! Best wishes
V and K
Dear Paul We are at last beginning to see some order in our new home and have time to catch breath. The move was challenging to say the least as we were downsizing dramatically and had too much to fit in prior to having an extension to create two more rooms and allow us to convert an existing one into a utility room. We would like to take...
G and S S
Good morning Claire, I have been meaning to e mail you since Monday just to say thank you! Mum and I are extremely grateful for all the time you have given us and we really do value your advice and guidance. We have been in contact with a lot of agents, in fact probably all of the main estate agents around the area and ShineRocks...
S and M
Dear Paul, Well, we got there in the end! Although it was long, complicated and at times, a very stressful journey, we appreciate the help of you and all your team in finally getting us over the finishing line. Best regards
Thank you for everything you've done. I couldn't have got through this without you. Putting up with every difficult situation in such a kind way. Thank you so much.