Meet The Agent: Doug Guerrier, director at Connells St Albans

This week's agent fancies the Bahamas for a holiday home - if he HAD to move from St Albans that is

This week's agent fancies the Bahamas for a holiday home - if he HAD to move from St Albans that is - Credit: Archant

Doug Guerrier is an estate agent and property expert, with a side-passion for antiques and the tropics...

What’s special/different about your agency?

We care. Estate agency has evolved considerably over the years and is not just about selling a property anymore. It is about using all tools available to maximise exposure, negotiate the best price and progress a sale quickly and effectively for our customers - all in order to give them the best possible outcome. We go the extra mile and use our wealth of experience – I have personally been an estate agent with Connells for 25 years. Agents like myself use this experience to ensure we effectively deliver for our customers.

Where do you live and with whom?

I’m very much the family man these days and have two amazing children and a beautiful partner. My children are Freddie (aged 5 - a fiery and fun redhead) and Sophia (aged 10 - going on 18). We have recently moved from Harpenden and now live in a small hamlet close to Kimpton called Peters Green. Typically most estate agents tend to move around a little, but I have never moved too far from my home town of Redbourn.

Why did you buy your current property?

With no need for quick access to London, we wanted to obtain more house for our money and be in the countryside - our semi-rural hamlet is surrounded with the most beautiful countryside.

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If you weren’t an estate agent, what would you be?

An antiques dealer.

When did you buy your first property and what was it like?

The first property I bought was in St Albans city centre, and it was a one bedroom flat which cost just £35,000. It’s incredible to think that the same property would be closer to £300,000 today.

What’s your dream house?

I’m living in it. Although, if you were to offer me a house in Homewood Road or Marshals Drive in St Albans, I might be tempted to swap. Mind you, the Bahamas has an appeal too.