Residential Real Estate, New Homes & Development

"The way he's managing his clients/candidates is outstanding’’

News Homes Manager, International Corporate Agency


of our candidates are passively looking for a new role.


of our placements come via our referral network.


of our clients have worked with us on multiple occasions.

Introducing the Residential team

GKR London was established in 2010 for the residential property industry. Grant Kaveney, Founding Director had already established a strong reputation for himself within the sector whilst working for a corporate brand and had gained trust and loyalty from many whom wished to continue working with Grant no matter the agency he was representing. In 2013, Grant hired Michael Woda, Head of Residential to support him with the growth of the team, and with many years industry experience in property Michael was able to establish his own credibility very quickly. 

Whether agency, new homes or land & acquisitions, an office boutique or a global corporate organisation we will continue to support a diverse range of clients and candidates within the residential property industry.

Our Residential Clients

Head of Build to Rent - Exclusive Search

  • GKR was instructed by the CEO to lead the search for a Head of BTR to lead a portfolio of award-winning developments. 
  • We worked closely with the client to assist them with the preparation of job descriptions and shared our market knowledge to ensure they competitively positioned themselves to attract the best talent. 
  • We then went to the market and presented our client with a shortlist of 5 candidates within one week of instruction, and coordinated three rounds of interviews.
  • The successful candidate was onboarded three months later following their notice period. 

Fast-growing Estate Agency

Portfolio Director - Exclusive Search

  • GKR was instructed by the Head of Residential, JLL UK&I to secure Senior Portfolio Director on behalf of several of their BTR clients.
  • Having conducted a market-mapping exercise with the client, they identified a shortlist of individuals for GKR to approach on their behalf. 
  • We successfully presented a shortlist of seven selected individuals and organised four first and second-stage interviews. 
  • The successful candidate was required to conduct a 6-month notice period; we supported JLL by offering our first-class aftercare services to ensure a smooth exit and onboarding. 

International Real Estate Fund

Head of Sales - Exclusive Search

  • GKR was asked to discreetly search for a Head of Sales for one of the most recognisable Agencies in London
  • Due to the confidential nature of this search, approaches and conversations on behalf of the Client needed to be very targeted.
  • Working in conjunction with the Talent Acquisition Team, GKR introduced a number of Candidates, along with internal considerations too.
  • GKR successfully placed the Head of Sales, who was a long-term contact of the business, previously being a Hiring Client in their previous businesses.

International Residential Property Specialist

Business Development Manager - Exclusive Search

  • GKR was exclusively instructed by Alliance Investments, to appoint a Business Development Manager for their growing London team.
  • Alliance Investments is a leading property development company who offer investment opportunities throughout the UK.
  • Headquartered in Manchester, Directors, Mallam Grant and Josh Steeples had the opportunity to grow a team to be based in the London office. Their first requirement was to appoint a Business Development Manager. Having struggled to find the right candidate through another recruitment agency, Alliance turned to GKR and proceeded dealings with Senior Consultant, Michael Cartmill.
  • After gaining a comprehensive understanding of exactly what Alliance were seeking, we successfully placed a candidate within under three weeks of being instructed.
  • Fast forward 4 months and it has proven to be a perfect match for both client and candidate as they thrive together.

Leading Property Development Company

Head of Sales - Retained Search

  • GKR was retained to hire a Head of Sales on behalf of Solomon Investment Partners in their Chester Office. 
  • We worked closely with them to ensure they could attract a likeminded individual to strengthen their focus within the Property Investment Market.
  • GKR provided a shortlist of recommended industry professionals curated via our referral network; a final candidate was selected following the second round of interviews.
  • Due to a short notice period, the candidate was able to onboard swiftly and effectively having made some great progress already. 


Fast-growing Property Investment Consultancy

Head of Residential/HR Manager - Exclusive Search

  • GKR was instructed by the Head of Residential/HR Manager of Northacre to secure a Completions Manager for their Broadway and no1 Palace Street luxury developments.
  • Speaking through the requirements in detail with the HR Manager, we were instructed exclusively on the role looking to build on our previous success in placing a Lettings Manager.
  • The talent pool was relatively small we successfully presented a shortlist of 3 selected individuals and organised first and second-stage interviews, the search was concluded quickly. 
  • The successful candidate was immediately available and started one week after being offered the job fulfilling the urgent need for this hire. 

Leading Premium Property Developer

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Discover unparalleled support for your residential property ventures through GKR's dedicated recruitment services. Whether you're navigating the intricacies of agency operations, diving into the world of new homes, or seeking expertise in land & acquisitions, GKR is your committed partner.

Our seasoned team is adept at connecting clients and candidates within the Residential Property sector, ensuring a seamless and successful collaboration. We cater to a diverse range of clients and candidates, understanding that each facet of residential real estate demands a unique skill set and approach.

Whether you're a dynamic agency, a forward-thinking player in new homes, or involved in strategic land acquisitions, GKR is here to facilitate connections that elevate your projects.

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Common Residential Questions

Our focus extends across residential real estate, covering roles such as real estate agents, customer service, and specialists in new home sales and development.

Absolutely. Currently, the residential market is experiencing a surge in demand for digital marketing skills, reflecting the industry's adaptation to online property transactions and virtual tours.

Enhance your resume by emphasising customer service, sales achievements, and any certifications related to residential real estate, showcasing your ability to navigate this competitive market.

Common paths include starting as a real estate agent, advancing to senior roles, team management, and even branching into property development. We provide guidance based on your career aspirations.

While timelines vary, our aim is efficiency. From initial contact to final interviews, the residential real estate recruitment process typically takes between one to three weeks, ensuring thorough assessments and informed client decisions.

Meet the Residential team:

Ethan  Lewis Ethan  Lewis
Recruitment Consultant
Joined March 2024

Ethan Lewis

Situated in the heart of the city with a charming roof terrace.

Originally from South Africa, Ethan joins GKR to combine his first-hand experience within the London property market, and his sales and customer service acumen to represent the residential real estate sector internationally. Ethan's industry knowledge puts him in a fantastic position to establish and develop his network within our team. Outside of the office, Ethan keeps active and particularly enjoys a rugby or football match with friends. 

Michael  Cartmill Michael  Cartmill
Senior Recruitment Consultant
Joined October 2022

Michael Cartmill

An extensive, modern property recently refurbished and offering fantastic views.

Michael has joined our Residential Estate Agency, New Homes & Development team as a Senior Recruitment Consultant. Having relocated to London from his hometown in Belfast, Michael worked as a Personal Banker before moving into Recruitment and bringing three years of experience with him. Outside of the office, Michael is a big football fan, an avid Liverpool supporter, and a Chess enthusiast. 

Bradley Hellier Bradley Hellier
Principal Consultant
Joined October 2021

Bradley Hellier

Modern and spacious open-plan apartment with incredible character.

Bradley joined GKR with some great first-hand experience within the residential real estate sector having worked for Marsh & Parsons previously. With such a thorough understanding of the industry and the roles he is now recruiting for, he is excellently positioned to offer consultative career guidance and support. With family in Devon, Bradley thoroughly enjoys the outdoors and regularly visits home to help out on the family farm! 

Emma  Lyall Emma  Lyall
Recruitment Consultant
Joined May 2023

Emma Lyall

Featuring a french balcony, this bright and characterful apartment has real charm.

Emma has joined our Residential Estate Agency, New Homes & Development team as Recruitment Consultant having worked in the residential sales industry in London herself for the last nine years. Emma progressed to become a Sales Manager, successfully running teams in prime markets before taking the plunge into residential recruitment with GKR! When she is not recruiting, Emma is most likely at the gym, on the bike or collecting music vinyl's. 

Jessica MacLeod Jessica MacLeod
Recruitment Consultant
Joined January 2024

Jessica MacLeod

A modern and bright townhouse offering great connections.

Jessica MacLeod has joined the Residential Real Estate team as Recruitment Consultant. Fresh off a globetrotting adventure after graduating, Jessica is now geared up to bring her enthusiasm and dedication to our team. With a passion for making a difference and recruiting top-notch talent, Jessica is set to make her mark in the industry. Outside the office, she's not just a skilled Padel player but also a fervent skier.

Lee  Riley Lee  Riley
Senior Director
Joined October 2016

Lee Riley

A perfect example of period property with luxuriously fitted carpets.

Lee has worked in residential recruitment since late 2015 after working in the property sector for almost seven years himself. Whilst our entire team’s food bin/hoover, he’s a self-declared Asian food addict. Historically pooch obsessed; now with a fur baby of his own, he’s got the situation under control.

Michael Woda Michael Woda
Partner, Head of Residential
Joined July 2014

Michael Woda

Distinctive features throughout and striking white render.

Michael joined GKR as one of our first key hires in 2014 bringing with him eight years’ experience in property, now responsible for a team of six. If not in the office hoping for a whole in one, you’ll likely find him on the course – aye! Not to mention Brick Lane, devouring the Indian delicacies.

We specialise in five key sectors


    The commercial team provide permanent and contract services to leading property and construction consultancies in the Private & Public Sectors as well as developers, banks and funds.

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  • Residential

    With experienced consultants and ex-property professionals in one team, they are market experts working with High Street Agents, Corporate giants, Developers and Investment Agencies.

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    With first-hand experience in both roles, we represent Managing Agents, Facilities Services, High Street Agents, Student Accommodation providers, Investment Funds and Interiors & Design practices supplying property management and office support functions.

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  • BUILT Environment

    The team have worked hard to develop long standing relationships with practices ranging in size, niche and specialism throughout the design and build industry delivering both permanent and professional interim/contract solutions.

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    Our finance division is comprised of a specialist team placing individuals across development, investment, funds and advisory across the UK and Europe. Our clients span Finance & Accountancy, Private Equity, Debt, Property Companies, REIT’s and Advisory from Analyst to Director/Partner level.

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