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Few adults can remember what happened to them before the age of 3. That’s certainly true in my case, so what can I remember? Snow yes snow, 1963 was one of the worst recorded winters. I can remember the snow being several feet thick, my dad clearing the driveway, my nan having snow blown under the roof tiles and into her loft. Oh, and it was the year my sister was born.

But 1963 was a momentous occasion for my family, it was the year when my dad, Gerry decided to go it alone and started the company of Gerald Cope & Co. Chartered surveyors and Estates agents. The office was based in Cranham which at the time was an expanding village and has since become an extension of Upminster. He was selling new homes as well as carrying out house and commercial surveys. Surveying took him all over Essex including Grays.

Up until the early 80’s most towns only had a few Estate agents and surveyors so naturally enough they all knew each other. In 1977 Les Johnson of Johnsons an established estate agents in Grays decided it was time to sell and offered it to Gerry. Together with a partner Cyril Ellis they took ownership and so was born Gerald Cope Ellis and Co.

It wasn’t until the early 80’s that I came into the business after always having an interest and wanting to be in property from an early age. The business has evolved and changed over time with the challenges of competition and the highs and lows in the market. We are still growing and evolving to meet today’s demands and I have behind me a great team. You may ask after 35 years in the business, why? Well my ”Why” is to put a smile on people’s faces, to help them move and fulfil their lifestyle dreams and to deliver more than they expect.

Let’s Meet the Team who will help you fulfil your lifestyle dreams.

David Cope

David Cope

I’m David Cope, I’m the owner and Director of Copes I’m known as one of the most respected Estate Agent in South Essex. I’m famous as the “go to” expert, the “Carlsberg” of Estate Agents….and for giving straight forward practical help that gets people moving. With me it’s all about reputation and relationships, I want to put a smile on my clients faces, to help them move, fulfil their lifestyle dreams and to deliver more than is expected.

Jason Blake

Jason Blake

I’m Jason Blake , I’m the Lettings Manager at Copes. I’ve been with Copes for 14 years having previously had a background in mortgages and the stock market. I’m ARLA qualified and together with my lettings team we have a wealth of experience to guide tenants and landlords through the lettings maze. I’m married with three teenage children and enjoy family time and socialising. To keep me fit I play squash and cycles regularly.

Luke Finch

Luke Finch

I’m Luke Finch I’m the Sales Manager at Copes. I’ve always been involved in property having worked my way up from junior negotiator to manager. I grew up in Thurrock and know the area inside out. With five children, you might think I come to work for a rest but far from it. I’m always on the ball and up for a challenge. I get great satisfaction in helping people move.

Jo Glover

Jo Glover

I’m Jo Glover I’m one of the Lettings administrators at Copes. Apparently, I’ve become known in the office as “the maintenance Queen” As well as carrying out rental property inspections I liaise with contractors, tenants and landlords to ensure the smooth running of our managed properties. When I’m not beavering away you’ll find me being a mum and you’ll often find me at a football match on the side line supporting my boys.

Michael Lock

Michael Lock

I’m Michael Lock I’m the Senior Sales negotiator at Copes. “Old head on young shoulders” is what I’m told. I may be one of the younger members of the sales team but I love to suck up knowledge and use it to help people move. Having joined Copes as a school leaver on the apprenticeship scheme I have worked my way up to a senior sales negotiator. When I’m not at my desk you’ll catch me Carp fishing, playing football or socialising.

Chloe Wright

Chloe Wright

I’m Chloe Wright I’m the Lettings Administrator / Marketeer at Copes. I’m the youngest member of the team. I like to think that I’m confident, quick witted and that I have the ability to learn quickly. I love helping people and I’ll take on any challenge and see it through to the end. When I’m not working I’ll spend time with my family, listening to music or dare I say it on Facebook.

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