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April 2009

Lets join forces, say ARLA chiefs past and present

THE president of the Association of the Residential Letting Agents and its immediate past president have joined forces to launch a new lettings agency.

Residential lettings and management agency Jordan’s McMaster will create several new jobs in the region, covering the East Anglia region from its base in Norwich.

David McMaster, president of ARLA, has 20 years’ experience in the lettings sector and is undertaking the new venture after leaving his role of chief executive of Norfolk residential lettings agency Howards Group, after five years.

Robert Jordan, immediate past president of ARLA, is chairman of residential lettings agency Jordan’s, which has six offices, and manages properties all over the UK.

The duo will be joint director shareholders of Jordan’s McMaster and have ambitious plans for growth.

Mr Jordan, who was ARLA president for five years, said: “It’s an exciting new venture and we’ve already got hundreds of landlords in the region keen to get onto our books.

“We both have vast experience of the lettings sector and feel strongly about regulating the industry and weeding out unscrupulous operators.

“It’s a perfect time for us to combine our knowledge and establish a reputable agency to serve the region.”

Mr McMaster added: “Robert and I already have an excellent working relationship and it’s great to be launching this agency.

“We’ve both spent many years running successful businesses providing high levels of service for landlords and tenants so I’m confident about the success of our new agency.

“Too many unqualified agents are turning their hand at lettings when they have no experience or knowledge of the sector — they’ll soon drop the lettings side of their business when property sales pick up.

“In contrast, we’re dedicated to operating in the lettings sector. I’m a strong believer in regulating the industry, ensuring all agents are qualified and working to high professional standards.”

Mr McMaster has been a registered council member of Norfolk and Suffolk since 2004 and has specialised in residential lettings since 1989.

He was the first in the country to achieve a diploma in residential letting and management.

Mr Jordan is a fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, is on the board of the directors for the National Federation of Property Professionals and is also on the Council of the Tenancy Deposit Scheme.