It’s so much more than bricks and mortar

Our Story

We won't rest until we've found a home that makes your heart sing.

Home Finding - it's what we do

When we talk about our home finding service in Kent and East Sussex, we often use the expression “It’s so much more than bricks and mortar”. Although buying a new home is probably the most significant financial investment you’ll ever make, it is also about that warm fuzzy feeling you get when you walk through the door and know you’ve found “the one”. In so many of life’s important decisions you engage a professional to help. So why wouldn’t you when it comes to finding and buying a property that will be your home?

We firmly believe that our home finding service is the “best in class” in Kent and East Sussex.  We specialise in finding clients their perfect property in Sevenoaks, Tonbridge,Tunbridge Wells, Ticehurst, Wadhurst, Crowborough, Cranbrook, Tenterden, Rye and the surrounding towns and villages.  We listen…often overlooked but never to be underestimated…and then we make it our mission to tick those boxes on your wish list.

Fiona Penny Bespoke Home Finders acts solely for the buyer and we always have our clients’ best interests at heart.  We never take on two clients at the same time who have similar property search criteria within Kent and East Sussex to avoid any conflict of interest.

Our home finding service takes the stress out of the whole buying and renting process.  We manage all aspects of a search, negotiate on your behalf and see the job through to completion and beyond. We have a passion for what we do which we are confident that you won’t find anywhere else.

Fiona Penny Bespoke Home Finders can help different types of buyers in East Sussex and Kent, eg. families, downsizers, expats, investment buyers, property developers, retirees, frustrated tenants, first time buyers, and second home seekers.  We also find rental properties for those who wish to either try before they buy, or those who simply want the flexibility which renting offers. We can also organise a short term/holiday let if needed.

How we do it

Simple really…we work extremely hard. We are far from 9 to 5 and we have a proven track record of happy customers who recommend us to their friends resulting in a large proportion of our new business coming from referrals from previous clients

We know all the estate agents in the Kent and East Sussex areas we cover extremely well and are constantly in contact with them.  They like working with us which gives our clients a competative advantage.  Through these relationships we unearth those hidden gems that you won’t find on the internet and get our clients through the front door first.  We often hear about a property before an agent has even been out to value it!

Introducing Fiona Penny and Her Team

Fiona Penny

Fiona Penny started her bespoke home finding service nearly ten years ago and is personally responsible for each and every search.  She is dedicated to finding the house that makes our clients’ hearts sing and negotiates every deal on their behalf. She is always on the go and has to be nagged to eat lunch!  Her proven track record speaks for itself but we have also had some lovely feedback from our previous clients which you can see here on our website. Fiona grew up in the area, knows it inside out and has chosen to stay and bring up her two sons here. When not working (which is not very often!) Fiona likes to spend time with her family, going to the cinema and exploring antique/vintage shops.

Jay Milborne

Jay Milborne has been with Fiona Penny Bespoke Home Finders for two years following a career as Promotions Director for BBC Creative Services. Jay is a serial house mover (last count 7 in 15 years) and is property obsessed so this is a dangerous job for her! Jay is very much involved in the core business of finding homes but also takes care of the advertising/marketing of the business.  She moved to East Sussex six years ago so her children could grow up wearing wellies.

Sarah Hazebroek

Sarah worked in London for over 10 years as an Events Organiser/Executive Assistant.  Her work included extensive travel including spending the U.K. winters in Sydney (poor thing!) and organising parties for The Spice Girls! 

Sarah then followed the well-trodden path from South West London to Tunbridge Wells to have a family and then moved to the countryside within the Cranbrook School Catchment area and striking distance of Bedgebury Forest and Bewl Water for walking her two Springer Spaniels. 

Sarah has good knowledge of the local area and the property market having worked previously for two country house estate agents; Knight Frank and Savills.  Sarah has a son and a daughter who relish growing up in the countryside with space to run around.

 

Victoria Rowe

Victoria is the newest member of the team.  She has 20 years experience working for a property investment company along with renovating rental flats.  She now manages the "back office" at Fiona Penny and pulls the occasional pint in the local watering hole.  She has a love of houses and their interiors  and enjoys the countryside. Having moved house numerous times within 12 years with four robust children Victoria is a master of multi-tasking! 

 

Toto

Toto, our very special office mascot, is Fiona’s little black dog who has been known from time to time to give her opinion on a property. When Fiona is working in her office Toto is never far away, always waiting patiently for a walk!

What People Say About Us...

"Fiona and Becky were amazing partners throughout our search for a family home in Kent..." 

Mr and Mrs L
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Want to Know More?

If you are considering using a home finder and would like to send us a brief description of what you are looking for, please use the form on our contacts page.  We will then contact you to discuss your property search and how we can be of assistance.

 

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