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ABODE is the creative brainchild of Giles Newby FNAEA, who has a keen eye on progressive and forward thinking marketing. Having run his own successful multiple award-winning agency in the Home Counties, Giles recognised an opening in the Tavistock area for a more vibrant, faster moving agency, one that is strong on image, creative with marketing property and with a wholly new fresh approach to the local property service industry. And how we have dramatically shaken up the market here since opening in 2014!

ABODE is wholly owned by Giles, but all staff are also Shareholders, giving them a keen interest in the business and therefore everything that they do for both sellers and buyers alike. We are not a franchise, nor are we part of a staid corporate chain, so for us it is as much about building our reputation as selling your property – and we are highly motivated to succeed in both. And, to succeed in the Tavistock area, where there are already some well-established agents, we knew from the start the we had to stand out. That’s the ABODE difference.

Open 7 Full Days a Week & Open Late

The fresh difference that ABODE brings can be seen in the modern approach we take with our marketing, not just for ourselves but for our clients’ properties too. One of the main aspects of our service that sets us apart from our professional competition is that we are the only agent to open 7 FULL DAYS A WEEK, with a minimum of 2 staff working, even on Sundays, enabling us to provide full viewings, offer negotiations and sales services.

Our clients tell us that the competition defend their being closed on Sundays by saying “If the buyer is serious they will ring us on Monday.” Not if they have bought YOUR house through us on a Sunday they won’t!

We have also brought extended opening hours to Tavistock. We are open/available from 8:30am to 8:30pm. We do that using Cloud-based office software, enabling us to access all buyer, seller and other data – including our diaries – enabling us to be available wherever we happen to be. So if we go to an appointment at 7pm, we can divert the office phone to our mobiles and therefore deal effectively with any enquiry, viewing, offer or client feedback remotely.

This flexibility in the way we work ensures we are always available when our clients and buyers need us most... including all weekend and into the early evening.

Why Choose ABODE?

  • We are open 7 FULL days a week
    – Saturdays and Sundays are great viewing, selling and letting days
  • Minimum of 2 staff working on Sundays to enable first or second viewings
  • Available from 8:30am to 8:30pm on weekdays
  • All our staff, full or part-time, are Shareholder Owners and therefore have a level of interest, commitment and motivation not seen in other operations
  • Largest local newspaper advertiser
  • Friendly, personal service from industry qualified and approachable staff
  • Over 85 associated offices selling for you too
  • Sole agency fee BUT with multi-agency coverage
  • The most prominent and impressive office in town, with window display space of over 75 feet
  • Free drone aerial photography and videography plus walk-thru mini-videos for smaller properties

Meet The Team

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Giles Newby FNAEA

I have a wealth of experience having started in the business as a trainee way back in 1979. Having previously owned my own multiple award winning estate agency in the Home Counties, I am well aware of the special qualities required to set my business aside from the competition and to stand out by doing things differently. I have been awarded a Fellowship of the National Association of Estate Agents ( FNAEA). It is very important to me that the workplace has a warm and friendly atmosphere and that my shareholder staff thoroughly enjoy their work environment. This unique approach has in the past ensured most of my colleagues become my life long friends, and from a clients perspective you should find our office a relaxed and happy space.

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Karen Mather
Sales Negotiator & Valuer

We are so so proud to have Karen on our team here at Abode, as she is not only a lovely, kind natured , caring "people person" , but she has no less than 30 years estate agency experience and ALL in Tavistock. Her extensive knowledge of the local market, property and numerous " local connections " is an invaluable asset to us here. A solid,reliable team player, with an easy "chatty manner" Karen is loved and trusted by all client age groups. Karen lives in Gunnislake in a pretty period cottage.

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Marina Staples
Sales Support and Administration Executive

With a never ending strength and a positive outlook to life and work , and with a fabulous work ethic Marina is a delight to be around. Her CV boasts extensive high level managerial experience in London, and she brings an energy and efficiency to Abode that ensures the whole office here is unified and works like clockwork. She takes not only a keen interest in her job and personal responsibilities but also has a serious and genuine interest in the “business”. Married to Pete , she enjoys village life locally along with the loves of their lives …..their beautiful dogs “Senna” and “Prost”……can you guess what their other passion is ???

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Ollie Richards
Sales Negotiator & Valuer

Ollie is Tavistock born and bred , Kelly College educated, and with a quick wit to match his intelligence. He brings to Abode a very easy going, light hearted , yet wholly professional manner and style to business, and is loved by all who deal with him, and is a popular member of the team ( nothing to do with his boyish good looks damn him !). He lives in central Tavistock with his girlfriend

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James Lamey
Trainee Sales Assistant

James is our wonderfully talented "Techno Kid" , being our fully qualified , certificated ( & insured! ) Drone Pilot , and has a Diploma in Video Production from Plymouth College. So all our "flyover and walk thru" property videos you see on our in house TV and on YouTube and Rightmove is all James hard work. James is blessed with an amazing enthusiasm and zest for life, and having initially joined Abode on an Apprenticeship scheme in 2015 , has embraced the challenge and "step up" to full time employment with Abode as Trainee Sales Assistant and has flourished as a result . He is a true delight to work with, always keen to please and help , and has his own unique sense of humour !

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