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Shepherds of Hertford Estate Agent








Hertford's first class sales & lettings service

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Good Afternoon

Well, what can we say?
It seems a little strange to be talking all about us, when really and truly, our business is all about you: your home, your move and your experience. But to give you some background: Shepherd’s first opened in Hertford on February 14th 1976 – Valentine’s Day. At the time, the average sale price in Hertford was about £14,000; a pint of beer was 32p; and everything we did was hand written or typed …and when the existence of private landlords was still a rarity.

While today’s house prices are unrecognisable and technology has transformed the way property is marketed – let’s not even discuss the cost of a pint! – the fundamental principles of exceptional customer service and doing right by everyone remain as strong today as the day we opened. Possibly why we’ve been here so long. Shepherds has been a thoroughly modern and thoroughly local estate agent for every day of its considerable lifetime. We’ve consistently sought out new technologies and always remained open to change, with a team of people who live in – and love – the neighbourhood.

Most of all, Shepherds is built on a simple and timeless formula: helpful local people, helping local people move.


Watch our heart-warming celebration of the town we work in, live in and love


Make the most of your weekend with Shepherds of Hertford

The weekend is when most people are off work and available to look at property, and when Hertford’s town centre is busiest. So it’s essential to open on Saturday and Sunday to seize and capitalise on potential opportunities. Weekends are perfect for Open Days and to arrange multiple viewings in straight succession to generate maximum enthusiasm and commitment from buyers. Sundays provide an extra opportunity to keep up momentum from any Saturday activity, instead of waiting till Monday.


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Take a look at our latest properties

For Sale Thundridge

Eleanors Close, Thundridge, Hertfordshire, SG12

Price guide£680,000

IMAGINE YOURSELF relaxing with a GLASS OF WINE and enjoying GENUINELY SPECTACULAR OPEN VIEWS from the DECKING to the rear of this FABULOUS EXTENDED HOME offering an ...
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For Sale Bengeo

Duncombe Road, Bengeo, SG14

Price guide£490,000

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For Sale Hertford

Newland Gardens, Hertford, SG13

Price guide£350,000

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To Let Bengeo

Bengeo Mews, Bengeo Street, Bengeo, SG14

£1,150 pcm

A superb modern two bedroomed mews house with its own private garden to rear. A peaceful residential setting overlooking attractive communal green to front. Offered ...
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Let Agreed Ware

£1,950 pcm

A newly built three bedroomed contemporary chalet style detached home situated in this peaceful urban residential area to the South side of town. Convenient walking ...
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To Let Hertford

£1,200 pcm

A spacious two double bedroomed third floor apartment with lift facility situated conveniently for the town centre amenities and both rail stations. Secure gated ...
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Did you know?

Fun and interesting facts about Hertford


In addition to the dungeon at Hertford Castle, Hertford has had 3 gaols over the centuries.


The band Deep Purple, considered to be among the pioneers of heavy metal, formed in Hertford in 1968.


Rupert Grint, star of Harry Potter, comes from Hertford and took his GCSEs at Richard Hale School in 2004.


Hertford Castle was a Royal Palace for over 300 years, from the 13th century to the 16th century.

Our Team

Hertford’s most consistent estate agency team

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David Simpson MNAEA

Sales Director

Born in Ware and attended Richard Hale secondary school before joining Shepherds in 1984. He has three daughters in various stages of work and education locally and his interests include fitness, motorcycling, photography, film, dining out and travel. With all his years in the industry, David remains very much at the sharp end of Shepherds’ day to day business.

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Paula Collins

Sales Negotiator

A Hertford girl through and through; Paula has twins who are at school locally and she enjoys socialising, art and crafts as well as foreign travel. Paula carries out many of our accompanied viewings and is responsible for acquiring feedback for our clients. Paula is organised, affable, and has excellent local knowledge.

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Jennifer Sanderson

Sales & Lettings Negotiator

Originally from Dublin where she spent 13 years working in estate agency and also obtained a BSc(Hons) in Property Studies. Jennifer now ably assists in respect of both sales and lettings at Shepherds and lives in Bengeo with her three daughters. Her interests include running, gym and travel.

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Peter Bluffield MNAEA

Sales Negotiator

Qualified within The Property Photography Academy, Peter’s skillset is put to good use doing most of our property photography. Born locally and schooled in Hoddesdon. Peter has worked in banking and finance prior to embarking upon his career in estate agency. Having become a first time dad early in 2016, when he gets a chance he enjoys travel, cinema and socialising. Peter is the technical whizz in the office tweaking systems, output and operating procedures. He has also studied and successfully passed the NFOPP technical course in residential estate agency.

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Steve Whyman MNAEA

Lettings Principle

Born in Hertford and raised in the nearby village of Bayford, Steve joined Shepherds in 1991 having spent 5 years in the army. Steve and his family live in Hertford and his interests include running, skiing, mountain biking, football and French. Steve applies himself with enthusiasm and commitment to both the residential sales and lettings at Shepherds.

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Abi England

Sales Progressor

Abi was born and raised in Ware and belies her youthful looks by applying over ten years of her specialist conveyancing experience gained with local law firms, to better ensure the success of your move through the all-important second half of the process. Enjoying an excellent rapport with local solicitors and an insiders’ knowledge of the conveyancing transaction to help proceedings, outside of work Abi enjoys reading, films, spending time with her family and socialising with friends.

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Dinah McEwen


Born in Hertford and still living locally in Bengeo with her son and daughter, Dinah ably assists predominantly at our busiest times; weekends and Open Days. She accompanies on viewings and helps with office administration. Her interests include yoga and interior design.



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Just some of our 600+ 5 Star reviews

Shepherds Estate Agents

Shepherds provided an excellent service throughout our dealings with them. Everyone that we dealt with were very professional and were always prompt to reply to queries. They were very proactive at moving things along which meant we didn't have to chase up anything. We would definitely recommend Shepherds.

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I would thoroughly recommend David and his team. nGreat communication throughout my whole experience.

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My boyfriend and I have recently bought our first home with Shepherds. As first time buyers we had to ask a lot of advice which Shepherds delivered on. They were in close contact all steps of the way and we really appreciated their support. They also made a point of congratulating us on separate occasions which added to our excitement of purchasing our home.

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Shepherds were asked to sell the house of my late cousin on behalf of the estate. They provided excellent service, from the original probate valuation, through to placing the house on the market, arranging an open house and then keeping the process on track. They provided information to us at all stages, to help us monitor the process of the sale. The executors lived a fair way away, especially me, but email communication was always excellent.

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When looking to buy a property we had initial dealings with a number of estate agents in Hertford, the service provided by Shepherds was head and shoulders above the others from the outset. Nothing was too much and we viewed multiple properties (some at short notice on the day of other viewings). The team soon customised properties we viewed to our requirements - not wasting our time with any property that came on the market. Overall a fantastic service, Peter and Abi deserve special mention in helping us find and purchasing our home.

Shepherds Estate Agents

We owe so much to Shepherds for their hard work in helping us achieve our sale on our property. Their time and dedication was clear to us. All the agents in the office were fantastic in keeping us informed at every stage of the proocess. We will always use Shepherds in the future.

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Selling is far more difficult than buying because of the emotional attachment after owning a house for around 20 years. Especially one with a view of the ducks on the river. nThe other painful hurdle is to find the right price. nShepherds handled my various emotions with grace and competence, managing my seller’s tantrums and remorse with patience and calm. They let me set the price which was, of course, too high as owners tend to do and just waited until I realised myself that the price did not match the market level. I reduced the price myself in response to viewings and offers. I therefore have no lingering doubts about perhaps I could have got more. A policy that means the client will never blame the agent for asking for the wrong price. Very astute. nDavid Simpson, who manages the sale at the start, has fantastic people skills. He keeps both sides happy with total discretion. Masterful. I wanted to marry him. Abi English who progresses the sale is a breath of fresh air. nI could not have chosen a more understanding, kind and intelligent team to do the job. Thank you again to Shepherds. The most likeable estate agents in town.

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Shepherds were superb from start to finish in assisting with our house purchase. The staff were incredibly helpful and friendly, and the whole process was painless. Would I recommend them? Absolutely and definitely!

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Fantastic support and communication from the moment we listed our flat for sale to the day we completed. So glad we chose to sell through Shepherds.

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We have used Shepherds for all but one of our numerous moves over the last 20 years - and that one occasion was simply because another agent had the chain 'tied up'. nOn every occasion, we have received superb advice, support and service from David and the team. Their knowledge of the local market is, having lived in Hertford most of my life, unrivalled - and, most importantly, they provide realistic expectation in terms of valuation - others may try to attract your business through unrealistic valuations - Shepherds will never do this. nOn this occasion, we had the added support of Abi -Shepherds specialist conveyancer; Abi is a fantastic addition to the team and made what was a complicated process, a lot easier to deal with. This service also provided a vital contact when the sales team are out of the office - as they need to be!nIf you are looking for a local agent who will work with you to make the house move process as smooth and painless as possible - then give Shepherds a ring.

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I found Shepherds to be attentive and professional during the purchase of our new home through them and can recommend their services.

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Shepherds were really great at helping us through the buying process. We would definitely recommend them to any friends or family members

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Shepherds were professional and efficient throughout our entire moving process. They gave us clear and appropriate advice and ensured the smooth running of the move from start to finish. Staff were friendly and approachable and clearly knew exactly how to manage the process in order to ensure everyone was happy. A great moving experience - we would highly recommend them.

Shepherds Estate Agents

Great and professional service provided by David and Abi. House sale went smooth and quick with fantastic after sale support provided by Abi who helped with communication between both sides of the transaction speeding up the process and leading to successful completion within three months of putting the property on the market in the difficult time of the end of 2018. Great result with highly recommended estate agents.

Shepherds Estate Agents

Great and professional service provided by David and Abi. House sale went smooth and quick with fantastic after sale support provided by Abi who helped with communication between both sides of the transaction speeding up the process and leading to successful completion within three months of putting the property on the market in the difficult time of the end of 2018. Great result with highly recommended estate agents.

Contact US

If you'd like to arrange a valuation of your own property, or to speak with us about any of the homes on our website, simply get in touch by any method you prefer.

Shepherds of Hertford

Riverside House, 6 Mill Bridge, Hertford, Hertfordshire, SG14 1PY

01992 551955

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