Introductions... So who are we?

By Jonathan Bailey


As moving house is not something that people generally do on a whim or something that happens every couple of months many people reading this blog will not know who Michaels Lettings and Property Management are...... so lets put that right!

Established in 2014 the lettings team have grown from strength to strength and now let and manage properties for all three branches in Colchester, Wivenhoe and Braintree. 

Colchester lettings manager Paul Vella has been in the industry for over 15 years prior to which he was a financial advisor for 6 years and an estate agent, even further back in time, for 8 years.  He has built up his own portfolio of rental properties and has the experience and grey hair to show for it.  He has also been a mass murderer, poisoning many members of staff.  Fortunately this was only for a television series called Tales From The Black Museum in 2000.

Maria Southgate has been in Lettings for 10 years but, thankfully, isn’t showing the same signs of age.  Maria is the Property Manager dealing with all the day to day issues such as maintenance, gas safety certificates, rental payments etc.

Maddy Neville is the baby of the office but is still lead negotiator with 3 years experience in the Colchester market. Maddy is a big character in the office and there's never a dull moment when she's around. Landlords and tenants alike always enjoy dealing with Maddy due to her professionalism and charisma.


Jon Bailey is the lettings manager at our Braintree office. Jon has an honest and open approach to letting property. Having worked for a large East Anglia based estate agent Jonathan made the leap to set up the lettings office in Braintree with us. His customer service is second to none and he prides himself on going the extra mile for his clients. Jon is a keen sportsman and plays a variety of sports including, golf, football and cricket.


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