RESIDENTIAL letting specialists Linley & Simpson has recruited Kathryn Burton as the new branch manager of its growing York office.
Kathryn, aged 30, joins the branch in Micklegate as demand for rented property threatens to outstrip supply,
She said: "The letting market in and around York is in the strongest position that I have known. The draw of the city as a place to live and a place to work has resulted in demand for all kinds of properties, from young and old alike.
"Faster rail links, an expanding airport, and a higher profile in the national media have all added to York's appeal and popularity, giving the residential letting market here a real boost.
"More people are following the continental trend and buying a property later in life. With uncertainty over mortgage rates, and the difficulty for first-time buyers in York in getting a foot on the property ladder, people are turning to renting in record numbers."
Director Will Linley said: "Like the company, Kathryn has strong Yorkshire roots. She brings with her a wealth of experience of the residential letting market, as well as an in-depth knowledge of the York district.
"Because of the growing potential that still exists, York is very much at the heart of our future expansion plans. Kathryn and her team will have a key role to play in building on the strong platform that has been created."
Linley & Simpson has a growing network of six offices - York, Harrogate, Wetherby and three in Leeds - and recently marked its 10th anniversary by completing its 12,000th let. The branches cover the whole of Yorkshire's so-called "golden triangle" of sought-after areas in which to live.
Specialising in the middle-to-upper end of the market - offering homes with monthly rents between £400 and £4,000 - Linley & Simpson is now Yorkshire's largest dedicated letting agency. It works closely with major relocation agencies and counts leading soccer players moving to clubs in Yorkshire, and TV stars working on location in the county, among its clients.