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My afternoon with John Paul from The Castledene Group


I had a really interesting day on Monday of this week. I spent the afternoon working with John Paul who is Managing Director of the hugely successful and award-winning property based, The Castledene Group.

The Castledene Group has been operating in the North East of England area since 2008 and is the local company with the local presence. They are one of the biggest lettings agents in the North East of England with over 1,000 properties in their managed portfolio and strongly believe in their strap line

We are big enough to cope but small enough to care.”

Castledene have developed through a mixture of organic growth and careful acquisition of existing Letting Agents. John Paul has clear and decisive expansion plans for 2011 including the opening of further Castledene branded agents across the North of England.

The Castledene Group provide professional lettings, construction and property management service, which embraces the principles of quality and customer care. We do Offering specialist services all under one roof, their aim is to make the property experience more enjoyable for all involved.

John Paul is passionate about development and sustainability in the North East of England and in particular the town of Easington where John lives, works and invests himself.

With this in mind, and the current economic climate with the threat of a potential ‘double dip’ to the UK housing market, John Paul and his team at Castledene are now advocating to investors that they put into each and every property investment a minimum cash deposit of at least 25% of the purchase price.

Due to their detailed knowledge and contacts within the local housing markets, Castledene can minimise the amount that the investors have to put into the purchase at the outset.

John says, “My clients are the most important part of my business and their continued prosperity allows me to develop and grow my own business”

As part of the property investment service, Castledene can offer the use of their team of property professionals including mortgage broker, solicitor and insurance broker. All of these professionals are passed on at cost price, which is negotiated on behalf of their customers by Castledene.

Unlike many package deal companies, the use of any in-house company, including Castledene Construction for the refurbishment works is entirely optional and has no effect on fees payable.

Should you want to find out more about The Castledene Group you can visit their website at or telephone 0191 427 4000 for property management or 0191 427 4007 for property investment.

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