Phil Martin founded the company in Cheshire as NorthWest Home Finders Limited (NWHF) in early 2004.
Later that year NWHF began an association with Garrington Home Finders Limited. Garrington was founded in 1996 by Phil Spencer, of TV's "Location, Location, Location" fame. NWHF worked alongside Phil and colleagues in operating a North West region for Garrington during the next 5 years. Following a management buyout, NWHF then acted as part of the new regional management team in Garrington Property Finders Limited from 2009 through to the end of 2015.
The company name was changed from NWHF to Acquire Property Limited (APL) in 2014, and from the beginning of 2016, APL has operated on a wholly independent basis, acting for clients in the North West and beyond.
Throughout the last 12 years, the firm has provided consultancy services to clients primarily in the search and acquisition of prime residential property. The focus has been principally on acting solely for the buyer in residential property acquisition, the tenant in rental searches, and the investor in property portfolio purchase and management.
The most recent role with Garrington included responsibility for all regional business activity in the North West, the North East, Central England, Wales, the South West and the counties in Southern England from Hampshire to the west. This involved associate recruitment, new business development, sales and marketing, operational support to the Garrington associate network, client care, and specific client assignments in property search and acquisition.
Phil Martin's previous career background involved International Business Management at board level, holding senior Information Systems and Technology roles with several global companies including IBM, Ernst & Young and Volex, acting as the Vice President for Information Services throughout Europe and Asia with Reebok International, and as Head of IS/IT in both Cardiff and Warwick Universities. Other roles have seen him based in Frankfurt, Geneva and Venice.
He has extensive experience in the residential property market in several regions. He originates from Cumbria, has lived in and run his property search activities from Cheshire, Greater Manchester, the Lake District, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire and Gloucestershire and offers a wide range of contacts and connections in a variety of property related professions and disciplines.
In recent years, he has acquired many prime residential properties on behalf of his clients, ranging from luxury city centre apartments, through property investment portfolios to multimillion pound country houses.
He has frequently been able to source properties off-market, ensuring that his clients are often the first to gain access to a home they would not have discovered without his professional help and advice.