Land speed record driver has same passion for property
Senior sales negotiator Nick Ponting is a young man full of drive.
The 21-year-old, who grew up on Rodborough Common, recently hit 148.7mph at the wheel of the Nemisis, a supercar powered by energy from wind turbines.
And he has shown similar passion and determination in his role at The Property Centre, having worked in both the Stroud and Gloucester offices.
Nick started work for the agency in Stroud before he moved to the Gloucester office. He then moved back to the Stroud branch in January this year.
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He said: "It's good seeing as many houses and areas as you can. Stroud is a popular place to live and some parts are very desirable. The market can move quickly.
"We've definitely had a better year this year. July and August are always slightly quieter but we have enjoyed three consistently busy months (over the summer) this year."
He added September was a "brilliant" month this year with more than 20 properties coming on to the market and an increase in sales due to vendors being more "realistic" with their prices.
He said: "If you can price your house sensibly, there are enough buyers out there at the moment."
He added the quality of some of the schools in the area and the "weekend buzz" in the town centre, made Stroud an appealing place to live. Its variety of properties, which can include £50,000 flats and £6 million homes, was an added bonus.
The Property Centre's Stroud branch, based in London Road, is set to have a lettings department in the office, which will be up and running by the start of next year.
The department is currently run from Gloucester, where the agency has branches in Churchdown, Longlevens, Quedgeley and Tuffley.
Nick and his Gloucestershire team's landspeed record attempt took place at Elvington airfield near York last month.
The supercar is the brainchild of Dale Vince, founder of Stroud green electricity company Ecotricity.
The achievement still needs to be ratified by the Motor Sports Association before the record can be officially declared.
Nick started karting when he was 11 years old and was awarded a Junior Karting license at the age of 14.