Yes, good estate agency is about bricks and mortar. But more fundamentally it’s about people, and that’s where John Curtis genuinely excels.
Our reputation for openness and honesty is built on quality relationships - which is why we like to get out into the community, making friends, supporting schools and other charitable causes. If you have suggestions for how we can help your local organisation we’d love to hear from you, so do get in touch!
Directors Ken Whittaker, Ric Merlo and all 21 John Curtis sales staff live in Harpenden or the immediate surrounding area. And all have worked at John Curtis long-term. Which is why, when you call into a John Curtis office, you’ll sense a real local knowledge within the team.
Ken is a true Harpenden boy - having first moved here in 1985. As a student, he worked part-time for John Curtis from 1993 to 1995. After graduating he worked for a competing firm in Welwyn Garden City before being approached by Mr Curtis in 1999 with an offer of employment and a possible future partnership. Just two years later, in 2001, Ken and Ric struck a buyout deal with Mr Curtis. Ken is married to Ali - Harpenden born and bred - and they have three young children, Freddie, Will & Alexa.
Ric is a family man with over 24 years’ experience in the local market. He started his career with a leading St Albans agent, and in 1990 was promoted to run his own office. In 1992, Ric accepted an offer to join John Curtis and in 2001, after 9 years working in the business, he took it over in partnership with Ken. Ric has been married to Isabel since 1994 and they have two boys.
The son of a chartered surveyor, Richard was born in The Red House in Carlton Rd. His agency career started in Harpenden in the mid 1990s, followed by a three-year spell in Highgate and Hampstead. Richard worked as Head of Sales for a National Country House agent in St Albans before coming home to John Curtis as Sales Manager, a role he has held since 2006. Richard has been married to Claire since 1998 and they have two daughters, Olivia and Evangeline.
A Harpenden resident for over 20 years, Gill recently moved to one of the villages served by our Village and Country Homes office in Wheathampstead. Having worked at John Curtis for over 6 years, Gill is very much part of the team. She is married with two teenage children and enjoys rural life and walking her 3 spaniels through the countryside.
Hilary has been a Harpenden resident since the 1960s, when she moved here with her parents. After some time away at University and then in London, she and her husband returned to Harpenden to make a home and bring up their daughter. Hilary has worked for John Curtis since 1993, assuming the role of full-time sales co-ordinator in 2001.
Diane first came to Harpenden in 1961, returning in 1975 to bring up her family in the area. With parents who ran a successful business in the town, Diane has been able to develop an extensive knowledge of the area and its residents.
Mark has had a distinguished career in estate agency over a 30-year period. He marries this considerable experience with a background in professional photography to provide a high-end service which focuses on village and country homes. Mark’s hands-on, personalised approach has helped him grow a loyal client list.
Tom started his career in agency back in 2005 working for a large corporate company in Bedfordshire. He quickly worked his way up the ranks and was offered several other promotions but felt too restricted in the corporate world. After a short break from selling houses he quickly realised that estate agency was the only job for him and joined an independent agency in Hertfordshire where he worked his way up to sales manager. Tom is now a dad to Rex with his partner Maxine.
Sue moved to Harpenden in 1999 moving from London. She has been working in estate agency for over six years starting at John Curtis in 2010. Sue is married with two children Claudia 14 & Joe 7. Sue like most young mums enjoys a busy home and is actively involved in local charity work and still finds time to attend her favourite Zumba classes
Janine moved to Wheathampstead in 2005 with her Husband Mark and has two daughters who attend school in the village. Her career in estate Agency began in London at a long established London based firm with offices positioned internationally all around the world. Having moved locally, she then worked for an established local firm, covering villages to the west of Harpenden. After a career break to look after her children, she started working for John Curtis in 2011. She has built strong relationships within the community and provides clients with excellent customer service skills, coupled with an intimate knowledge of the local area.
Rebecca is the ‘baby’ of the office and joined John Curtis in November 2012 as our first apprentice. Her bubbly and enthusiastic nature has made her very popular with clients. Her passion is her three horses; Rio, Elsa and Flash. After achieving 13 GCSEs and 3 A levels, Rebecca decided she did not want to go to university like her older brother, but enter the world of employment and start a career.
Stacey has been involved in property around Hertfordshire for the last 10 years, alongside raising her 9 year old son Charlie. Stacey is passionate about property and enjoys building strong relationships with her clients. Outside of work Stacey enjoys nothing more than spending quality time with family and friends.
Cass has 15 years experience within the mortgage industry, beginning her career in Manchester following her Philosophy degree at Lancaster University. She was branch director of John Charcol before migrating back south to be closer to family. Based in Stansted Mountfitchet, she works in Hertfordshire covering Harpenden, Wheathampstead, St Albans and the surrounding areas and when not working gets out on her bike in the countryside as much as she can.