I sold my first house as a trainee estate agent in 1968 for £6,000 – now I’m selling it again for £600,000
- Couple originally paid £6,000 for four-bedroom detached Victorian property
An estate agent who made his first sale for £6,000 in 1968 is selling the same house again before he retires – for 100 times the original price.
Andrew Morris was aged 18 when he helped Michael and June Stafford buy their first home in Hereford.
The couple paid £6,000 for the four-bedroom detached Victorian property in the fashionable Broomy Hill area of the city.
But when Mr Stafford died in 2017 aged 92, his wife June, 85, was forced to move into a care home.
The couple’s three adult children have now asked Mr Morris to sell the Prince Edward Road property for a second time, at almost 100 times the original price.
Estate Andrew Morris (pictured) was a trainee estate agent in 1968 when he first sold the Stafford family this four-bedroom Victoria home
Andrew Morris pictured aged 18
The vast property is now on the market for £595,000 – a huge mark up on the original price tag 55 years ago.
Mr Morris, 73, said: ‘I have never been in this position before in my career, to be selling a house where the same family have lived for so many years.
‘There’s a lifetime of memories in the house and I certainly remember selling it when I was about 18.
‘I was doing an apprenticeship and a young couple were looking to buy because the husband had got a teaching job at Hereford Cathedral School.
‘From what I remember, they looked around the property, which is rather imposing and grand in scale, and they fell in love with it.’
Andrew Morris is now re-selling the home for 100 times its original price
The four-bedroom Victoria property in Hereford is on the market for just under £600,000
Andrew Morris pictured inside the home he is reselling for a huge mark-up
One of four bedrooms in the Victorian property in Hereford
The double-fronted two-storey property was originally built in 1860 and boasts four bedrooms as well as a large cellar.
Mr Morris, who now owns his own estate agents which is named after him, said the jump in the £595,000 asking price told its own story.
He added: ‘It just shows how high property prices have gone.
‘At the time I sold this house, most family-sized properties were selling for around £2,000 so this one was top end even then.
‘To be now selling it for just about 100 times the original price shows how long I’ve been in this career.
The vast property is now on the market for £595,000 – a huge mark up on the original price tag 55 years ago
The living room of the huge Victorian property being sold for just under £600,000
The home was owned by the Staffords but it now on the market
Andrew Morris is reselling the home he first sold as a trainee some 55 years ago
‘Showing people around the property certainly brings back lots of happy memories for me and I’m glad such a beautiful family home it must have been.’
Despite being seven years above the national retirement age for me, Mr Morris says he has no plans to retire any time soon.
He said: ‘There will probably come a time when I have to stop doing this but I still love what I’m doing.
‘You are often helping people buy homes where they will enjoy a life-time of memories and this house is certainly proof of that.’
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