Property valuation team welcomes surveyor, Tom Neal

November 7, 2017

We’re pleased to welcome another new member to the Vail Williams team today, surveyor, Tom Neal.

Tom joins our Crawley office from Graves Jenkins, where he worked his way up from a graduate position to become a surveyor, acting in the agency team in freehold and leasehold disposals of shop, office and industrial premises.

He also assisted on landlord and tenant negotiations and bank finance valuations, and specialises in the valuation of property, lease negotiations and leasehold and freehold disposal.

We chatted to aspiring author, Tom, to get to know our latest new recruit a bit better.

So, what attracted you to your new post at Vail Williams?

I have worked alongside Vail Williams on many occasions in previous jobs, so I knew that the firm focuses heavily on marketplace values, which I believe will give it a strong future. I also wanted the chance to specialise in a particular field/department at a larger firm, and Vail Williams will definitely afford me that opportunity.

What are your ambitions in the role?

I’m looking for self-improvement within the valuation field, whilst continuing to assist the valuation team to meet fee targets, stay ahead of changing market requirements and exceed client expectations.

What’s the best thing about working in property, and why?

For me it’s all about the art of problem solving. I also like to be able to visit projects and see some of the ‘behind the scenes’ developments in major commercial areas, before they open.

What was your first ever job?

I was a retail assistant, before taking up my graduate surveyor role at Graves.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

Question like a child, reason like an adult, write like a sage.

If you had to recommend a good book, what would it be, and why?

The Lord of the Rings – because it is the most epic and exciting story I know! You just need a bit of time to dedicate to it.

Tell us a surprising fact about yourself

Despite having been away to New Zealand for a few weeks to cycle, and cycling regularly a lot at home, I am still too nervous to take both hands from the handlebars after an accident I had a few years ago.

Have you ever had a hair-raising moment, if so, what was it?

Yes, I once saved the family pet dog from a reading adder on the Downs whilst out for a walk one day.

What’s your favourite band?

Guns n Roses

If you could work in any other profession, what would it be and why?

I would probably be an Author because I love to write – mainly fiction.