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Robert Hilder - Business Owner / Land Director

Yeoman Gate Yeoman Way Worthing BN13 3QZ

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The 'calling' to Estate Agency began in Brighton & Hove when I was 16, working for businesses including Mellor & Mellor, Fox & Sons and Clifford Dann. When I joined the Land Buying team of McCarthy & Stone in my early 30s, I knew I’d found my passion. Redundancy from Seaward & Co in 1990 saw me hit the ground running when I saw a gap in the market for independent land buying. In 1991 the basis of Land & Brand New Homes was formed. During the early years, everything was borrowed or begged - the fax machine, my very first mobile phone, my youngest daughter’s bedroom was commandeered as my office, and even my car! Now we operate from Purpose Built offices in Worthing, West Sussex, with a strong team of professionals around me. Late in 2016 we celebrated 25 years in business - a real eye-opener and success story. The Land Department is involved in the sourcing, acquisition, and marketing of land and brand new homes from Dorset to Kent, and further north, often acting for major national developers and land owners. We manage strategic land acquisitions, Option & Promotional Agreements, with much success. My work is exciting. My three children have grown up and moved out, and in my spare time I walk and play golf. I gave up competitive yachting a wide berth since a near fatal accident on a Channel race some years ago. I work out at the gym several times a week. My love of old cars is also well documented and I spend considerable hours maintaining my 1958 Austin Healey, and 1969 Jaguar. Five years ago I became a grandfather, and since our latest trip to Australia, I am now affectionately known as 'Crocodile Grandee'.

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