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Young Prodigy: Estate Agent Sets Up Firm at 20!

In a world where most 20-year-olds are just starting their careers, Grace Gilbert has already set up her own estate agency.

This young prodigy could well be the youngest person to have ever founded an estate agency, and she did it in style.

Grace's journey began when she decided to leave a low-paid apprenticeship at 18. With no savings to back her up, she took a leap of faith and set up her agency, Grace Estates, in 2022. By July 2023, she was running her Warrington-based agency full-time.

Reflecting on her journey, Grace describes the past year as "an amazing and challenging adventure". She enjoys the independence of being a solo agent, a business model she believes many people prefer, as it allows them to deal with just one person rather than an entire office.

Grace's entrepreneurial spirit was ignited when she noticed gaps in the local market. She observed a reluctance among local companies to embrace new techniques and a stubborn commitment to outdated practices. This spurred her on to do things differently.

With her father, an accountant, providing business advice, Grace navigated the challenges of breaking into a competitive market. She acknowledges that the current market is tough for new agents, with local estate agents more eager than ever for new listings.

However, Grace has a unique strategy to set herself apart. She commits to handling only a limited number of properties at a time. This approach, she believes, differentiates her from other agencies that often struggle to balance client expectations and enquiries while managing 30+ homes simultaneously.

Grace's ambition doesn't stop at the local market. She has added an international dimension to her business, marketing three luxury villas in Cyprus. Additionally, she manages chalet rentals in the north-west Wales village of Abersoch.

Grace Gilbert's story is a testament to the power of youthful ambition and innovative thinking. Her journey is an inspiration to young entrepreneurs everywhere, proving that age is just a number when it comes to achieving business success.

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