A FORMER RAF helicopter crewman is helping out fellow high-flyers with his new business.
David Routledge has named his online estate agency Red Kite Homes after the endangered birds of prey associated with Rowlands Gill, where he settled after working in Spain.
He is supporting the local Friends of Red Kites, which works to help the species that has returned from the edge of extinction. June Atkinson, from Friends of Red Kites, said: “It’s great to see a new local business support the work we are doing.
“We wish David Routledge every success and hope his business flies as high as its winged namesake.”
Mr Routledge, who left the RAF on medical grounds after more than a decade, was involved in the licensed trade for a number of years, running his own pubs and training other licensees, before moving to Spain with the intention of buying a pub.
However, he was recruited into the property business.
On returning to the UK, he worked for one of the region’s biggest estate agency chains managing two branches.
He said: “I decided to set up on my own because I could see some major changes I could make that would save people money. In what has been a difficult climate for the housing market, I think it’s vital to provide value for money and to make things as easy as possible for sellers.”
His web-based business offers packages where people can sell their house for a fixed price and is also producing video tours of properties so people can get a realistic preview of a home before deciding whether to visit.