Meet our Milton Keynes and Luton Surveyor

Meet Kathie Kirby - our surveyor based in Milton Keynes and Luton!

Kathie qualified as AssocRICS in 2018 and undertakes Market Valuations, Help to Buy Valuations, and Shared Ownership Valuations throughout Milton Keynes and Luton. Kathie was an early graduate on the Sava Diploma in Residential Surveying and Valuation.

Read on to find out more about Kathie…

What is your favourite part about being a surveyor?

I like the balance of being out on the road visiting a variety of properties in the morning, then have the afternoon at a desk. I really enjoy meeting people from all walks of life and enjoy the privilege of being in their home

Where did you grow up?

I was born in the east end of London but moved to Essex when I was 3 months old where I lived until I was 8. We then moved up to Milton Keynes and I have lived here ever since. I have watched the Buckinghamshire countryside evolve into a vibrant and successful city.

When you were a child, what was your dream job?

I wanted to be an air hostess but realised this wasn’t a good idea when I felt air sick in a plane.

What type of properties do you like to visit?

I like to value the equity release properties. The older customers always seem to have more time and are more interested in what I am doing. I also like doing Right to Buy cases as the owners are often very excited about buying their home from the council.

Any funny stories that have happened whilst you have been a surveyor?

While visiting a flat as an Energy Assessor I picked the keys up from the estate agent. I had problems with the keys and spent a while trying to get in the communal door and then the flat door. When I finally opened the door, a lady was behind the door with a baseball bat ready to hit me over the head and shouting at me in Spanish.  Apparently, she had come over from Spain to surprise her boyfriend who didn’t know she was in the flat and was scared thinking he was being burgled (by a lady with a set of keys!!).

If you could have a superpower, what would it be?

If I had a superpower I would love to be able to fly. I would fly over mountains and valleys and along water courses and see the world from up high.

Can you tell us a bit more about the area you cover?

Luton has just been voted the worst place to live in England. I would like to disagree. It has really the best transport links as the M1 runs very close by, also the A6 and the A5. There are 3 railway stations with trains into London St Pancras taking between 23 and 40 minutes depending on which station you board at. It also has an international airport.

Vauxhall Motors are still a big employer in the town as commercial vans are built in the Luton factory. The town also has a history of hat making as it was the centre of the hat making industry for many years until the fashion for wearing hats declined. Today there is only one hat factory left  but the football team are still known as ‘The Hatters’.

Luton has a large multicultural population and people of many nationalities call Luton their home.

Luton Town football Club was founded in 1885 and is currently doing well in the Championship. The ground was built in 1905 very close to the town centre and the entrance to the ‘Away’ end is located among the houses. Visitors often remark that they feel like they are going to watch from someone lounge.

A property in Luton can still be purchased for a very reasonable price making it very popular with commuters and investors as well as owner occupiers.

I also work in Milton Keynes which has become an increasingly popular destination for property buyers and investors, due to its relatively affordable prices compared to London and its excellent transport links. The town has a number of desirable residential areas, such as the affluent village of Woburn Sands, the historic town of Stony Stratford, and the popular district of Bletchley.