This week has been a double celebration for Max Danby. Not only is it a year since he joined Sheldon Bosley Knight’s lettings team in Evesham, but he also secured a terrific result for one of our landlords.
The 22-year-old joined SBK after working as a delivery driver with Waitrose when he left school. He had been inspired not only by one of his older brothers who was at the time working as an estate agent, but also after having completed work experience whilst at school with Timothy Lea & Griffiths just before it got taken over by SBK.
Since joining SBK he has worked hard and impressed his team with his can do attitude, personable nature and his natural ability to get great results for his clients.
Evesham lettings manager Josh Jones said: “Max has proved himself time and again and we are lucky to have him in the lettings team here in Evesham.
“He always goes the extra mile for our clients, is a real team player and I’ve no doubt he will have the most amazing and successful career.”
Evesham sales manager Chloe Wright added: “Max has just completed his first 12 months at Sheldon Bosley Knight and watching him grow from the young lad that joined us on work experience to a high achiever in lettings has been a pleasure.”
What is your SBK job title and where are you based?
I’m lettings negotiator, based at the Evesham office.
What does your job entail?
My role is to look after the property from instruction right through to finding tenants and to them getting the keys. There are plenty of prospective tenants at the moment and demand for rentals is high. It’s about finding the right people for the right property so building up good relationships with both landlords and prospective tenants is key.
How did it feel to secure such a great result for your landlord?
I was very pleased with this particular tenancy as it involved several of Sheldon Bosley Knight’s departments, working together. Our planning department secured permission for the house to be built and our sales team marketed it. It was sold to a buy-to-let investor who let through us. I managed to secure the highest per calendar month rent we have had this year which is a huge achievement and one of which I’m really proud. The couple I’d found were relocating to be closer to family. I built a relationship with them to find out what they wanted and this particular house fit the bill perfectly. I got them in to see it and they fell in love with it. I loved the fact several of our departments were involved, allowing us to showcase what we do as a company. It sets us apart as not many property agencies can boast 10 different departments who work together in this way.
What did you do before joining Sheldon Bosley Knight?
I left sixth form during Covid and at the time the employment market was extremely challenging. However, I managed to get a job at Waitrose as a delivery driver. I was there for two years and I loved it, but knew I wanted to try my hand at working for an estate and property agency. One of my older brothers was an estate agent at the time and his experience inspired me to give it a go. Also whilst I was at school I had done some work experience with the team at Timothy Lea & Griffiths before it became Sheldon Bosley Knight and I had really enjoyed it. I spent time in most of the departments within the business and kept in touch with the team – some of whom are still here! I realised this was what I wanted to do and to be part of this great team.
What’s the best bit about your job?
I love the variety, the people I’ve met, being part of such a fantastic team and getting great tenants for our landlords. Part of the job is to build relationships with people and I love getting to know them, building relationships and finding out and understanding what they need and how we can help. It’s been such a rewarding year and I have loved it.
What qualifications or training do you need to do this job?
I left school with no specific qualifications for estate agency work but it has not held me back. SBK is going to help me get my Level 3 ARLA qualification which will be great. However, I think what is most important is having a positive attitude, the right mindset, to be friendly, work hard and be keen to learn. Managers Chloe and Josh have been great at helping me find my feet and encouraging me.
What motivates you to work hard?
I work within a great team and we all help and inspire each other to work hard and do the best we can for our clients. The more work you put in, the greater the results, the more you learn and the greater your skill set becomes.
Who or what inspires you?
I think the team I work with inspires me. I’m inspired by the work I do and want to develop my skills to be the best I can be at this job.
What are your career goals?
I want to stay with SBK for a while as I love the job and the team. I want to work hard, get more experience and continue getting great results. Ultimately I’d like to work in different parts of the country and the world.
What do you do when you are not at work?
As well as spending time with family and friends, I love sport and music so they feature quite heavily in my free time! I play a lot of football and golf and I also play guitar. My favourite genre of music is from the 2000s and bands such as Green Day, My Chemical Romance and Blink-182. My family is quite musical so we have jamming sessions whenever we get together. It’s a lot of fun!
What is the best piece of career advice you have ever been given?
Go for things. If you don’t try and you don’t ask you won’t get anything. Also don’t fear rejection and don’t be afraid to fail. You learn from experience so it’s positive in the long run. Give everything a go because you don’t know where it might take you – and it could be somewhere really exciting!