• Jonathan Hopper of Garrington Property Finders will represent buying agents on the Property Ombudsman's board

• His appointment follows rapid growth in the buying agent sector

Jonathan Hopper, the managing director of Garrington Property Finders, has been elected to the board of the Property Ombudsman.

During his six years at the helm of the national buying agent Garrington, Hopper has grown the business to become one of the largest independent firms in the sector, helping buyers to identify and purchase homes across the UK.

His appointment to the board of the Property Ombudsman reflects his experience as a leading sector specialist and the rising influence of buying agents in the property industry.

Hopper, who has previously contributed to the drafting of the Property Ombudsman's Code of Practice for Residential Buying Agents, will now represent the property finding sector on the Ombudsman's decision-making board.

Jonathan Hopper, managing director of Garrington Property Finders, comments:

"The property industry is increasingly recognising the efficiency that buying agents bring to a property transaction, and ever more buyers across the price spectrum are discovering the buying power that we can offer them.

"So it's little wonder that the buying agent sector is the fastest growing area of the residential property services industry.

"I'm proud to be representing Britain's buying agents at the heart of the Property Ombudsman, and am keen to ensure that we continue to operate to the highest standards."

Christopher Hamer, the Property Ombudsman, adds:

"This is a very positive move, Jonathan's appointment ensures the board represents the whole industry, and his experience as a buying agent will be very valuable, contributing to the wealth of experience across all agency disciplines."

"The Property Ombudsman remains committed to making sure best practice codes of conduct are applied across the property industry, so that the public can be confident of the quality and fairness of agents' dealings with both buyers and sellers of residential property or lettings in the UK."

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