New boy and former residential agent Joseph Rea has been finding his commercial feet out and about in Cornwall, dealing with office, industrial and investment properties from the firm’s Truro base.

It’s been two months since I started my new job heading up agency activities for Stratton Creber Commercial in Cornwall.

Previously, I worked in the residential property sector for more than 15 years, most recently with McCarthy & Stone and Churchill Retirement Living.

There, I was dealing mainly with elderly clients. They were lovely, but it’s now nice to meet different kinds of people and have some variation.

So far, I have attended loads of business events, met lots of fellow professionals such as solicitors, accountants and financial advisors and even enjoyed friendly Friday night drinks with other commercial agents – something that would be unlikely to happen in the residential world.

I’ve also caught up with the owners of all the properties on our books and am working hard to push through our existing deals.

My first new instruction was to market the freehold opportunity, ‘The White House’ (pictured left) – a Grade II listed former council office in Camborne that is already attracting strong interest.

Soon after that, my first deal completed – the sale of the Penwyn Motors site at St Dennis to Cornwall Pools Ltd – and I am delighted to have been instructed to dispose of the buyers’ premises at Indian Queens.

I have already dealt with business start-ups, major investment funds and pretty much everything in-between, looking for all kinds of properties, from a tiny shop to huge industrial estates.

It is that variety, together with the fascinating mix of people I am meeting, that is the most enjoyable aspect of my new commercial role.

Joe Rea