Retirement Living Charity appoints Yorkshire actual property brokers for its whole UK portfolio


MHA’s Mickle Hill development in Pickering

L.Leading Yorkshire real estate agent, Dacre, Son & Hartley, has been hired by the largest elderly charity in England, Scotland and Wales to market homes to the organization’s age groups in a wide geographic area from Scotland to Dorset.

Methodist Homes (MHA) was founded in 1943 by members of the Methodist Church. Today the organization operates 70 specially set up retirement communities in which more than 3,000 elderly people live independently of one another.

All of the organization’s developments are focused on enabling people to live independently in a community-centered environment, as well as most programs that provide social and recreational facilities such as bistros and salons, and a full program of activities. In addition, each development retains Methodist roots and values, and is home to a chaplain who is paid by the charity.

Dacre, Son & Hartley has been tasked with marketing a wide range of properties for both sale and rent and is also responsible for sourcing and appointing real estate agents to handle sales in all other parts of the country outside of the northern heartland of the company.

Janice Walker, Senior Vice President Sales and Rentals at MHA, said, “After initially working with Dacre, Son & Hartley to sell multiple properties in Ilkley, it quickly became apparent that the company had the expertise, knowledge and Ability to support MHA. This comes at a crucial time for the market as the demand for quality retirement homes increases, partly due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and people are deciding they no longer want to feel alone.

“It is crucial that the Dacre, Son & Hartley team immediately understood how we differed from other developments in retirement. It’s about selling a real lifestyle, building strong communities, and empowering people to make the most of later life. We pride ourselves on promoting independent living and providing a wide range of facilities, as well as care and home services, when needed.

“This formula has proven very successful and we have expanded our age communities significantly over the past few years.

Paul Wilson, Director at Dacre, Son & Hartley, said, “MHA has a large portfolio of quality retirement homes and we are excited to work with them and market properties on a variety of developments, including locations in Pickering. Harrogate, Market Harborough and Headingley.

“There is a great demand in the market for specially built retirement homes. Covid-19 and the resulting lockdowns have encouraged many to think about their futures and specifically where they want to live, which has led to a surge in interest from people who don’t want to feel so isolated. “

In addition to its retirement homes, MHA operates more than 90 nursing homes with approximately 4,400 residents, including many receiving specialized dementia or care. The organization also provides non-profit services to 11,100 elderly people who live independently in their own four walls. MHA has a team of 7,500 employees and is supported by over 4,000 volunteers in the delivery of its services.

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