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Thanks for Reading!

I've been pleasantly surprised by the number of people who have said to me "...oh, yes, I read that on your blog"! There was me thinking that I was writing without an audience.

One of the questions I get asked most often is how I lost the weight and subsequently lost the title of 'Ely's Chubbiest Estate Agent'. It is all down to the Cambridge Diet which you can find out about here
Bev, the local councellor for Cambridge Diet, is a lady with a very positive and sunny personality who helped me get there.

Anyway, enough about diets. The media is full to bursting with stuff about 'belt tightening', 'recession', 'price crashes', 'profits warnings' and 'redundancies'. This is not a market place for the faint hearted. The one area of the industry that is experiencing superb levels of growth is residential lettings as is our newly established lettings and management department. If anyone decides that they want to move but a sale is eluding them then Hilary Owen will be pleased to discuss the options available and how we can help. Call her on Ely 665020 or e-mail


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