Welcome to Michaels Halstead

Michael Simpson’s roots are firmly in Halstead, since it was his hometown from a very young age and he went to both primary and secondary school here. Having started his career in property in Braintree at the age of 16 he then went on 10 years later to open Michaels’ first branch in Colchester in 2014 with his friend and business partner Michael Rayner. Since then, Michaels have opened two further successful branches - One in the affluent sailing town of Wivenhoe, and a third in Braintree where he started his career. Now having built up a large amount of success with property sales in the town from our Braintree office, we are thrilled to announce that we are opening our fourth office here under the leadership of Local Director Aaron Wilcock, and we cannot wait to bring the same level of exceptional property marketing and customer service to the people in Halstead and the surrounding villages, both sellers and buyers alike. We will also be looking to give as much back to the local community as we physically can especially as it is very close to Michael’s heart, for example we have recently agreed a fantastic sponsorship with Halstead Town Football Club – Who have named the main stand ‘The Michaels Stand’. We would also love to hear from anyone that has any further sponsorship suggestions/needs they may have.

Meet the Halstead Team

Michael's career in agency began at the tender age of just 16. Just two years later Michael became the manager of a highly reputable estate agents in Braintree before moving his career focus toward the Colchester market where he was an award winning senior manager for one of the country's largest independent agents for over 7 years. Michael has worked through all kinds of markets, good and bad and therefore has a huge amount of experience and knowledge in valuing and selling property in all market conditions.

Michael Simpson

Co-Founder & CEO

Born and raised in Colchester, Mike’s local knowledge is unparalleled. He has worked as an agent in the town for over ten years, building an exceptional reputation for himself with his professional, tenacious and friendly approach to his job. Working his way from a trainee to local partner in one of the country’s largest estate agency groups, he has unrivalled experience in the busiest of market places whilst upholding excellent standards of personal customer service.

Mike Rayner

Co-Founder & CEO

The upmost professional, Aaron's calm and collected approach to sales goes against every stereotype in the industry. Aaron joined us as a trainee in 2016 and worked his way up through the ranks at an unprecedented rate, to now hold the Local Director title in Halstead. Aaron has re-invented the marketing strategies here at Michaels and taken our profiles on web based and social media platforms to new levels, a true leader and serious asset to the company – Hence his well-deserved promotion to Directorship level.

Aaron Wilcock

Local Director

Gemma heads up our branch here in Halstead following an exceptionally successful career working for a corporate organisation. Her innovative flare and driven nature can now flourish within a family run business where her entrepreneurial skills can be celebrated. Gemma has a background of outstanding customer service and a recognised thirst to accomplish, these qualities have enabled her to win many an accolade for her hard work, but more importantly a proven history of customer satisfaction. Living locally to Halstead, this area is where Gemma’s family is growing, and her support network is fully established. Gemma provides a perfect fit for Halstead, by already being a part of the local community and leading an honest and authentic business in the heart of her home.

Gemma Ealden

Branch Manager

Liam joined the Michaels Colchester team in 2020 as a trainee and has excelled ever since due to his tenacity, his determination and remarkable work ethic. Customer's constant feedback regarding the way in which Liam conducts himself on viewings has quickly earned Liam his promotion to a Sales Consultant, and even more rewarding – At our new office in his hometown Halstead. Liam’s local knowledge and connections in Halstead and it’s surrounding areas is paramount to the office’s success and he is extremely proud to be assisting local buyers and sellers and supporting his local community.

Liam Bowman

Sales Consultant