Watton’s best known Estate Agent, Tim Mullenger (pictured above left) , has been operating from the corner of old ‘Fell’s Corner’ under his own name since 1986, although prior to that had been a Partner with Deans Estate Agents further down the High Street, who during the 1970s had 12 branches across Norfolk.
Tim started his working life on leaving school at 18 and training to be a Surveyor with British Rail Property Board and spent the first eight years of his working life selling railway lines made redundant by Dr Beeching’s plan to reform the railways. He became a Chartered Surveyor in 1979 and left British Rail to work in private practice.
Anyone who knows the business, will realise that you cant think of Tim wthout thinking of his right hand man, Alan Abel (above right). Alan initially worked with Tim at Deans and then for a period worked in Swaffham rejoining Tim in 1988 and has been there ever since.
The estate agency business grew to having three shops open but during the mid-nineties, began to concentrate on Watton.
Commenting on the state of the market Tim remembers that a typical property on Lovell Gardens when he became fully independent was around £12,000 whereas the same property today would be around £160,000 – clearly a good investment! Other properties around Watton, Tim noted had increased by even more in that time. Although only a conservative estimate, Tim believes over the years he will have conducted in exceess of six hundred million pounds worth of business in Watton, a figure that some will find amazing.
However, both Alan and Tim are past retirement age and both have a productive role to play as Grandads and, in Tim’s case DIY restoration of his children’s properties, a task he is admirably suited for. Oh and he will also be playing much more golf! Alan will have more time to think about Boo and Hiss, the outlet for his acting passion.
What will Tim miss? Without hesitation, “The people” said Tim, “being on the High Street for so many years has meant Watton and its locals has found a special place in my heart. Of all the things I will miss, I think the daily contact with so many friends and clients will be the hardest to loose.”