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Happy birthday to us!

Happy birthday to us!

Funny how time flies. It seems like only yesterday that our Tring branch moved to its swish new premises on the High Street, but it was in fact three years ago this week. So much has happened since then that it’s hard to remember the mood at the time – for a start, the Brexit referendum date hadn’t even been announced!

Of course, the name ‘Nash’ has been a firm fixture in the local estate agency scene now for far longer than three years – in fact we’re now into our third decade. But the Tring anniversary made us think it might be fun to reflect on the years that have passed since we came to town, back to a different time when our Mr Nash had rather more hair! The timeline makes a fascinating snapshot of the prevailing national mood, popular culture and the price of local property.

Our long association with Tring began back in 1996, when the name ‘Nash’ first appeared in the High Street above an estate agency. John Major was Prime Minister, the Spice Girls ruled the charts, nobody really ‘texted’… and a three bedroom semi in the neighbourhood cost only £80,000!

In 2004, and following a restructure and rebranding of the original business, a new Nash Partnership office opened its doors at Clement House in the High Street, breathing new life into the elegant Grade II listed building - formerly the old doctor’s surgery. 

Compared to the decade before, life was considerably different. Labour had seized power in 1997 of course, and Tony Blair was still PM; email and websites were becoming all the rage (but were they a fad?); and that same three bed semi in Tring had risen by more than 300%, to £250,000! Oh, and no-one knew what an iPhone was – that was still three whole years away from being invented.

Whilst our time at Clement House proved successful and enjoyable, ultimately it wasn’t ideal for our growing business. So in October 2015 it was our turn to move again, this time just across the road to our beautiful new premises here at 35 High Street. The Conservatives were back in charge and David Cameron (remember him?) was our Prime Minister; smart phones had become a way of life, and house prices had gone higher than ever, with that very same three bed semi in Tring now worth a whopping £400,000! On TV, the pilot series of a new reality show had just aired, with an average of just 500,000 viewers per episode. Was reality TV over, or would Love Island return…?

Just three years on and the world seems almost unrecognisable: every major UK party has ejected its previous leader; we are just months away from leaving the EU; Donald Trump is president of the USA, and Love Island is front page news with audiences of 4 million viewers. And that three bed semi in Tring? It will now set you back £435,000.  

We have been truly proud to call Tring our home for over 22 years. We’ve met some of the most amazing clients along the way and have been privileged to deal with some of the area’s finest homes. A very big thank you to everyone who’s made it so much fun, and here’s to many more years in the neighbourhood!