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    "post_content": "<!-- wp:paragraph -->\n<p>When it comes to selling houses, M2 is a new\nSouth Wales estate agent that\u2019s setting out to stay a step ahead.<\/p>\n<!-- \/wp:paragraph -->\n\n<!-- wp:paragraph -->\n<p>A step ahead of the competition \u2013 and a step\nahead of its customers\u2019 needs and expectations. <\/p>\n<!-- \/wp:paragraph -->\n\n<!-- wp:paragraph -->\n<p>Specialising solely in residential sales, M2 may\nbe a fresh new brand, but its sales staff have extensive local knowledge and\nmany years\u2019 experience.&nbsp; <\/p>\n<!-- \/wp:paragraph -->\n\n<!-- wp:paragraph -->\n<p>M2\u2019s owner, Mark Roberts, who set up Roberts\nEstate Agents in Newport 15 years ago, now aims to establish the company\u2019s former\nbranches in Usk and Abergavenny at the core of a completely new and separate\nenterprise.&nbsp; <\/p>\n<!-- \/wp:paragraph -->\n\n<!-- wp:paragraph -->\n<p>\u201cEstate agency is a people business, so I am\ndelighted that the wonderful staff from both premises will be helping me to\ndevelop my new brand,\u201d he said. \u201cSales know-how and familiarity with the local\narea are really important \u2013 so are a friendly face, an understanding approach\nand excellent customer service. At M2, our staff are welcoming, professional\nand skilled in helping buyers and sellers achieve their goals.\u201d<\/p>\n<!-- \/wp:paragraph -->\n\n<!-- wp:paragraph -->\n<p>M2, launched on Thursday August 23, specialises\nin residential sales across the market, promoting&nbsp;&nbsp; higher end properties (\u00a3500,000 plus) under\nthe Town and Country banner. The offer is simple and straightforward \u2013 sales\nfees are competitive and there are no upfront charges and no add-ons. \u201cOur\npriority is finding people their perfect home,\u201d says M2\u2019s Nicola Foxton, who\nhas spent 19 years in estate agency and is manager of the Usk branch, joining\nfour years ago, just two years after it was set up. <\/p>\n<!-- \/wp:paragraph -->\n\n<!-- wp:paragraph -->\n<p>Among other \u201cfamiliar faces\u201d is Jo Francis,\nbranch manager at Abergavenny who has 26 years\u2019 estate agency experience and\nopened the Abergavenny branch nine years ago. Shortly afterwards she just\nhappened to sell a property to the parents of her one-day-to-be assistant\nbranch manager, Alex Buchanan! Jo has also successfully developed the branch to\nthe point where she can claim: \u201cTo date, this year this branch has sold by far\nthe most houses we ever have.\u201d<\/p>\n<!-- \/wp:paragraph -->\n\n<!-- wp:paragraph -->\n<p>Both Jo and Nicola put much of their success\ndown to their sales progression skills. \u201cI take responsibility for the whole\nprocess,\u201d says Nicola. \u201cI am with my customers every step of the way to make\nsure the sale goes through.\u201d <\/p>\n<!-- \/wp:paragraph -->\n\n<!-- wp:paragraph -->\n<p>Both branches have also benefitted from an\nincrease in demand from Bristol buyers prompted to look this side of the Severn\nBridge. Usk is only nine miles from junction 24 on the M4, making the city\neasily accessible by car whilst Jo says commuters are tempted to buy in\nAbergavenny because of the train station.&nbsp;\n<\/p>\n<!-- \/wp:paragraph -->\n\n<!-- wp:paragraph -->\n<p>&nbsp;\u201cThe\nremoval of the Severn Bridge tolls at the end of this year has acted as a\ncatalyst,\u201d says Mark. \u201cBut once they start looking here, buyers realise they\ncan get so much more for their money and a completely different lifestyle. They\ncan get a three-bed semi for \u00a3200,000 here when in Bristol they would be paying\n\u00a3400,000.\u201d<\/p>\n<!-- \/wp:paragraph -->\n\n<!-- wp:paragraph -->\n<p>Whilst Mark\u2019s future plans for M2 include\ndevelopment of online property sales across a wider region, he and his staff\nrecognise that in towns like Usk and Abergavenny customers appreciate a\nface-to-face approach \u2013 and an agent they can visit at weekends.&nbsp; Both branches stay open to facilitate this \u2013\nAbergavenny opens 7 days a week (on Sunday from 11am to 3pm) and in Usk, whilst\nthe branch shuts for the weekend at 1pm on Saturday, viewings continue into the\nafternoon. Staff always accompany viewings and make a point of having seen a\nproperty and met the owner first.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <\/p>\n<!-- \/wp:paragraph -->\n\n<!-- wp:paragraph -->\n<p>Find M2 and Town and Country properties on the\nRightmove, Zoopla and Prime Location property websites or call into the M2\noffices at 17, Bridge Street, Usk (phone: 01291 672827), or 11 Cross Street,\nAbergavenny (phone: 01873 856388).&nbsp; Look\nout for a new website launching soon.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <\/p>\n<!-- \/wp:paragraph -->",
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Familiar Faces with New Focus

When it comes to selling houses, M2 is a new South Wales estate agent that’s setting out to stay a step ahead. A step ahead of the competition – and a step ahead of its customers’ needs and expectations. Specialising solely in residential sales, M2 may be a fresh new brand, but its sales staff have extensive local knowledge and many years’ experience. Read More...

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    "post_content": "<!-- wp:paragraph -->\n<p>A new South\nWales estate agent set up just months ago is already expanding with the opening\nof a new branch in Bridge Street in Newport. <\/p>\n<!-- \/wp:paragraph -->\n\n<!-- wp:paragraph -->\n<p>Specialising\nsolely in residential sales, M2 is a fresh new brand, whose sales staff have\nextensive local knowledge and many years\u2019 experience. Owner, Mark Roberts, who\nset up Roberts Estate Agents in Newport 15 years ago, has already established\nM2 branches in Usk and Abergavenny at the core of a completely new and separate\nenterprise. The opening of M2\u2019s \u201cpaperless branch\u201d in Bridge Street, Newport\nthis week (w\/c March 4) is the next phase in his plans.<\/p>\n<!-- \/wp:paragraph -->\n\n<!-- wp:paragraph -->\n<p>\u201cThe Newport\noffice is a break from the traditional,\u201d said Mark. \u201cRather than adopting the\nshowroom and brochure approach, there will be more focus on technology, coupled\nwith individual attention from knowledgeable staff. We will cover a wide radius\nfrom Newport, selling houses in a Risca, Caerleon and Cwmbran, using our sales\nknow-how and familiarity with the local area. <\/p>\n<!-- \/wp:paragraph -->\n\n<!-- wp:paragraph -->\n<p>\u201cHowever, in\nevery other way, the new branch will provide what our customers are already\ncoming to expect from the brand -&nbsp; a\nfriendly face, an understanding approach and excellent customer service. At M2,\nour staff are welcoming, professional and skilled in helping buyers and sellers\nachieve their goals.\u201d <\/p>\n<!-- \/wp:paragraph -->\n\n<!-- wp:paragraph -->\n<p>Dan Maguire,\nmanager at the new branch, said: \u201cWe are aiming for the paperless approach and\nthe personal touch. Houses for sale will be displayed on TV monitors in the\nwindows 24\/7 and also in the branch. We\u2019ll encourage people to come in and have\na cup of coffee with us and look through the properties on-line. Of course, we\nwill print off any details they want to take away.\u201d <\/p>\n<!-- \/wp:paragraph -->\n\n<!-- wp:paragraph -->\n<p>Dan has\nforged his whole career in Newport, so customers will be able to benefit both\nfrom his estate agency expertise and his knowledge of the city and its\nsurrounds. He will be joined by Jean Davies, who has more than 20 years\u2019\nexperience in sales and lettings in the local area.<\/p>\n<!-- \/wp:paragraph -->\n\n<!-- wp:paragraph -->\n<p>The new\nbranch will also offer customers the convenience of mortgage advice under the\nsame roof as M2 have teamed up with Andrew Rowe of Mortgage Advice Bureau.\nAndrew has worked in the financial services industry for 25 years and has the\nfacility of searching over 90 lenders. Mortgage Advice Bureau has won over 70\nnational awards for the quality of its advice and service during the last 5\nyears.<\/p>\n<!-- \/wp:paragraph -->\n\n<!-- wp:paragraph -->\n<p>M2, launched\nin August 2018, specialises in residential sales across the market, promoting\nhigher end properties (\u00a3500,000 plus) under the Town and Country banner. The\noffer is simple and straightforward \u2013 sales fees are competitive and there are\nno upfront charges and no add-ons. <\/p>\n<!-- \/wp:paragraph -->\n\n<!-- wp:paragraph -->\n<p>Find M2 and\nTown and Country properties on the Rightmove and On The Market property\nwebsites or call into the M2 offices at 69 Bridge Street, Newport (01633\n289622); 17, Bridge\nStreet, Usk (01291 672827) and 11 Cross Street, Abergavenny (01873 856388).&nbsp;Or visit the&nbsp; website <a href=\"http:\/\/www.m2ea.co.uk\">www.m2ea.co.uk<\/a>.<\/p>\n<!-- \/wp:paragraph -->",
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Three’s a crowd! M2 Estate Agents open third South Wales office

A new South Wales estate agent set up just months ago is already expanding with the opening of a new branch in Bridge Street in Newport. Read More...

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    "post_content": "<!-- wp:paragraph -->\n<p>A house move\ncan be quite an upheaval with a young family but newly-established South Wales\nestate agents M2 have come up with a fun-filled promotion to engage the kids\nand take some of the stress out of house hunting. <\/p>\n<!-- \/wp:paragraph -->\n\n<!-- wp:paragraph -->\n<p>Launched on\nMonday March 18, M2\u2019s Find The Bear competition challenges youngsters aged 16\nand under to look out for the company\u2019s latest trainee \u2013 an adorable bear\nmascot who\u2019ll be cropping up in online photos of available properties. <\/p>\n<!-- \/wp:paragraph -->\n\n<!-- wp:paragraph -->\n<p>M2\u2019s owner,\nexperienced estate agent Mark Roberts says: \u201cBearing in mind that house moves\ncan be unsettling for young families, we think it helps to get everyone\ninvolved early on, so we have devised a way to entertain them and make house\nhunting fun for all the family.\u201d<\/p>\n<!-- \/wp:paragraph -->\n\n<!-- wp:paragraph -->\n<p>The\ninnovative initiative, thought to be a first of its kind, is also intended to\ndrive traffic to the company\u2019s new website <a href=\"http:\/\/www.m2ea.co.uk\">www.m2ea.co.uk<\/a>.\n&nbsp;It\u2019s\nhere that families will find listed the range of residential properties being\noffered for sale by M2 plus the competition entry details, full terms and\nconditions and an online entry form. <\/p>\n<!-- \/wp:paragraph -->\n\n<!-- wp:paragraph -->\n<p>Families are\nencouraged to look out for the M2 trainee bear as they search the properties\nfor sale. \u201cOur bear loves to help owners prepare their properties for market,\ngetting stuck in with hoovering, dusting and gardening,\u201d says Mark. \u201cBut he\nsometimes gets in the way of the photos! At the beginning of each week, he\u2019ll\nappear in three photos in our online adverts. He\u2019ll be in one property marketed\nby each of our branches and there will be a weekly prize awarded for each\noffice. To encourage children to save from an early age, winners will be\nawarded their prize of \u00a325 via a Monmouthshire Building Society Young Savers\nAccount.\u201d<\/p>\n<!-- \/wp:paragraph -->\n\n<!-- wp:paragraph -->\n<p>M2, launched\nin August last year, is an independent South Wales estate agency with branches\nin Newport, Usk and Abergavenny. Specialising in residential sales across a\nwide price range, it promotes higher end properties (\u00a3500,000 plus) under the\nTown and Country banner. <\/p>\n<!-- \/wp:paragraph -->\n\n<!-- wp:paragraph -->\n<p>M2\u2019s experienced staff are welcoming, professional\nand dedicated to helping buyers and sellers achieve their goals. Staff take\npride in their sales progression skills and familiarity with the local area.\nThe offer is simple and straightforward \u2013 sales fees are competitive and there are no\nupfront charges and no add-ons.<\/p>\n<!-- \/wp:paragraph -->\n\n<!-- wp:paragraph -->\n<p>Find M2 and\nTown and Country properties on the Rightmove and On The Market property\nwebsites. Find M2 branches at 69 Bridge Street, Newport (01633 289622); 17,\nBridge Street, Usk (01291 672827) and 11 Cross Street, Abergavenny (01873 856388).&nbsp;Or\nvisit the&nbsp; website <a href=\"http:\/\/www.m2ea.co.uk\">www.m2ea.co.uk<\/a>.<\/p>\n<!-- \/wp:paragraph -->",
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Bear-ly moving! M2 Estate Agents launch family-friendly promotion

A house move can be quite an upheaval with a young family but newly-established South Wales estate agents M2 have come up with a fun-filled promotion to engage the kids and take some of the stress out of house hunting. Read More...

Known for his stripy suits, strong work ethic and with always an interesting tale to tell, Mark Roberts has forged a 26-year career as an estate agent in and around the Newport area. He set up Roberts Estate Agents in the city 15 years ago and in August 2018 decided to establish the company’s former branches in Usk and Abergavenny at the core of the completely new and separate enterprise, M2. Mark spent his school years in Newport after his father, David, moved from Gloucester to take the job of CEO of the Monmouthshire Building Society and he has never travelled far away since – even on holidays the furthest he has been is Guernsey! Surrounded most of his life by talk of mortgages and house-buying, his career was probably a foregone conclusion – although on leaving school he did try his hand in the exhibitions business and as a youngster he loved visiting his grandparents’ farm in Somerset. Today it is his partner, Katie who retains an interest in the land – keeping a ‘flying flock’ of sheep on and around the smallholding near Raglan where they have lived for the past 11 years with their family of four, aged 5 to 24. A teetotaller, with no interest in sport, Mark’s main hobby is walking – some mornings, accompanied by his springer spaniels and sheepdog, he fits in a 10-miler before breakfast! PS. Katie –if you’ve lost some of your flock, try looking in the window of the Abergavenny branch!

Mark Roberts

With a demanding job and a four-year-old son, Abergavenny branch manager Jo Francis has little spare time on her hands, so weekends away at her parents’ home in Saundersfoot are a welcome break and when the holidays finally come round, she is a real sunshine chaser. Jo rates the Abergavenny area for its accessibility and beautiful surroundings. She has spent 26 years working in the town, helping people find their dream homes. She found her own in a semi-rural stone cottage, full of character and surrounded by lovely walks – but, frankly, she could do without the garden!

Jo Francis

Usk branch manager, dog breeder and home renovator Nicola Foxton is never stuck for words – but she does admit to sometimes losing her voice. It’s down to shouting to be heard over the drilling, hammering and noise of her five assorted dogs at home near Cwmbran and then constantly talking and negotiating on the phone at work. An estate agent for the past 20 years, Nicola cut her teeth in Surrey and has been working as an estate agency manager in “chocolate-box pretty” Usk for about five years. Drawn to estate agency because of her love of interior design (she studied at Surrey Institute of Art and design), Nicola loves renovating houses – she’s on her third. She also finds her creative background a real bonus when advising clients on how to present their homes for sale and helping buyers visualise how they could alter properties to suit their own lifestyle.

Nicola Foxton

Rain or shine - and when she isn’t busy manning the phones and keeping on top of the office admin, 21-year-old Tamar Hall may well be out strolling in the Clydach Gorge. Her father, a keen walker, would drag her out every Sunday during her childhood in Crickhowell, so walking is a habit that’s stuck. Her other passion is dancing. She studied Performing Arts at Hereford Art College and loves nothing more than going up to London to see a show. A creative soul, she also enjoys photography, so she’s lucky that Abergavenny’s stunning surroundings provide endless inspiration.

Tamar Hall

Busy working mum and sales negotiator Chloe Thomas is looking forward to moving into a brand new property in Abergavenny, with her partner and two-year-old son. She has just moved from an older-style house which the pair spent several years doing up and she reckons it’s time to put away the paintbrush. Chloe grew up in Abergavenny and after moving away to work in the hotel business in the Midlands, she was delighted to get the chance to move closer to family and friends, taking a role in The Angel Hotel before landing her dream job in estate agency in June 2015 – a date that is etched in her memory.

Chloe Thomas

Newport branch manager, Dan Maguire It’s energy that got Dan Maguire into the estate agency business! He qualified as a domestic energy assessor in 2009 and after a few years conducting assessments for a South Wales estate agents, he moved into valuing and listing. Now house-hunters will find him in charge at the new M2 offices in Bridge Street, Newport, where they can benefit from both his estate agency expertise and his knowledge of the city and its surrounds. Newport born and bred, and a keen Newport County supporter, of course, Dan has forged his whole career in the city and knows it like the back of his hand! Home is now in Bassaleg, to the west of the city, where Dan’s days start early. He shares morning childcare duties with his wife, who works shifts as a nurse and when not on the school run, manages to fit in a trip to the gym on his way to the office. His busy lifestyle leaves little room for leisure activities and social life but several friends have recently decided to tie the knot, so stag weekends have been a feature. He also enjoys getting away from it all on family holidays and Australia is a favourite destination – particularly as his sister lives there. 2019 brings special holiday plans, with a trip to Dubai to celebrate his 40th!

Dan Maguire