Jonathan Hudson, founder of Hudsons Property, saw a unique opportunity in the market as he observed an increase in searching for properties online, rather than via more traditional ways. Wanting to leverage this opportunity, Jonathan founded his own agency embracing the emerging technology. Focussing on how this could play a major role in allowing property consultants to enhance the customer experience, with a genuine and thoughtful approach, combined with years of invaluable local knowledge and experience, Jonathan and his team became the go to agent for property advice in London’s West End.
However, starting a business is never easy and requires tremendous commitment – Jonathan sold his investment property in Bloomsbury, along with his car (!), to establish Hudsons Property. Read through our timeline below to see what makes our journey unique.
2002 – We open our doors in July 2002 and launch a new website which is ahead of its time. Utilising technology in a new and innovative way sets Hudsons apart from other agents and establishes Hudsons as a market leader locally.
2003 – Our first employee, Nicole, joins Hudsons as a Property Assistant and Accounts Manager, helping us increase our exposure as well as our expertise. Nicole is still proudly here with us to this day, gaining various promotions over the years, she is now Head of Accounts!
2004 – Due to increasing local demand from buyers looking to live more centrally, we launch our sales department enabling us to more effectively service our customers.
2005 – We move to our present home at 24 Charlotte Street in the heart of Fitzrovia – an area adorned with elegant restaurants, stylish boutiques and a hub for media offices. Our office now spans over 2 floors and is equipped with a welcoming reception and private meeting rooms.
2006 – The sales market is on an upward curve and we see an increase in buy-to-let landlords using our service, enabling us to build upon our compelling lettings offering.
2007 – Just prior to the financial crash, the sales market is at an all-time high. Clients are confident, and due to the high demand, there is a distinct lack of properties available to sell. To keep up, we launch a new website to provide a better user experience and keep up-to-date with ever changing technologies.
2008 – The financial crisis hits, and the new world of quantitative easing ensues. It is a difficult year for all, but down to the hard work and dedication from our excellent lettings, sales and property management teams, Hudsons continues to build market share under very challenging circumstances.
2009 – We experience signs of market growth as investors recognise the opportunity for physical investment in property due to the low interest rates offered by banks. We employ new staff to deal with the uplift in business.
2010 – Our share in the market significantly grows this year. After being in operation for 8 years and successfully coming out of the other side of a financial crisis, this helps build our reputation as one of the leading property agencies in central London.
2011 – We undergo a total rebrand as we look to continually innovate and stand out from our competitors. We use classic and timeless gold and navy colours, as well as bespoke artist drawings of characters that represent the Hudsons client base enjoying what London’s West End has to offer.
2012 – We celebrate 10 years in business we host a party commemorating this significant milestone with all our past and existing clients. Along with this, we launch our commercial agency department, specialising in office rentals and investment.
2013 – We win our first new home development site on behalf of UCLH Charity Trust in Warren Street. Our pitch wins and we launch. The rental market at this point is still strong but is under some pressure due to the limited selection of stock available on the market. We are also awarded the Silver Award for Innovative Marketing at the Sunday Times Property Awards.
2014 – The sales market is really flourishing this year and prices are increasing above the norm. We head overseas to interact with buyers from Asia. However, increased stamp duty levels start to slow the upper-end luxury market. We win another award, taking the accolade of the Sunday Times Property Management Company of the Year.
2015 – Our second new homes scheme launches, The Corner House developed by Derwent London. It is a beautiful, modern apartment building that really stands out in Fitzrovia. The flats go under offer quickly. Jonathan is asked to join the board of NAEA – an organisation for its professional members to train and be the best in their field, as well as ensuring adherence to a redress scheme so we are all accountable to the consumer. Jonathan helps advise on the future of the organisation and looks after all the members in London.
2016 – We revamp our website to maximise the latest technology. The Brexit vote causes a few months of uncertainty but is soon followed by a steadier flow of business across all sectors.
2017 – We celebrate 15-years of servicing our customers and clients! To mark the occasion, we refurbish our office to amplify our customers’ experience. The market remains under pressure from a snap election which brings Brexit back in to focus. In addition to all this, we are awarded the NPS Branch of the Year for our customer service.
2018 – Being in our 16th year, we have confidently and professionally navigated the market challenges and we are well placed to use our years of expertise to provide our customers with an unrivalled level of market knowledge and insight. However, we always recognise the need for continual growth and improvement; we continually strive to listen, so we can learn and innovate. This year a focus for Hudsons and an area we are looking to grow is our block management offering. We continue to take advantage of technological advancements to improve the customer journey for our clients. Ultimately, our aim is to build on our reputation of being an innovative, award-winning, professional and boutique property agency with a personal touch.
2019 - A year with limited expectations can sometimes lead to unexpected surprises. The rental market remained strong as we expected, with the seasonal high demand from May through to October to produce a record breaking year in terms of number of units let and managed. Some exciting new office buildings have completed which have brought in new corporate tenants to the area which has helped improve rents. The residential sales market has surprised most, with a resurgence caused by pent up frustration from buyers and sellers just wanting to get on with it after a period of inactivity and low transactions during 2018. New developments like Derwent's Asta House, which has sold 50% pre-launch are holding up well on price for eager buyers from across the world. Such developments have led to a much improved sales performance which is great news for our sellers and makes 2020 an exciting prospect. Block Management and our in house outsource option for PRS clients has also proven very popular with residents and developers alike.