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ONE of Exeter's best known estate agents has been found dead at his home in Whitestone, just outside the city.

Gerald Probert, 61, was discovered in the bedroom of the property. A police spokesman said they were not treating the death as suspicious.

Sources have told the Echo that four letters were found with the body and it is understood the house was rented.

Mr Probert, who had two sons, was one of Exeter's longest established estate agents, having operated in the city for 44 years.

Last month Probert's, one of Exeter's few independent estate agents, went into receivership. At the time, Mr Probert said sales were dropping off and the premises in Paris Street were not sustainable.

But he stressed he still believed there was a future in the industry as he said he would be setting up a less traditional business, using the internet more.

Later the same month an industrial tribunal in Exeter awarded nearly £30,000 to an estate agent who said she was driven out of her job by Mr Probert's sexist remarks.

Julie Reed, 27, said she was so stressed by Mr Probert's behaviour her depression became worse.

Mr Probert did not attend the tribunal in Exeter where Miss Reed claimed unfair dismissal, unpaid wages and sexual discrimination.

She was awarded a total of £28,900.99 damages with £3,055 costs against Mr Probert personally.

Police were alerted to Mr Probert's home by a neighbour at 1.10pm on Wednesday. When officers entered the property, they found Mr Probert's body in the bedroom. Police examined and photographed the scene.

Simon Cooper, who is chairman of the Exeter Estate Agents' Association and runs Stags in the city, said: “Mr Probert was well-known and his business well-established. He was a character in the estate agents' world and he will be missed.”

Derek Phillips, chairman of Exeter Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said: “Gerald Probert was a real character and very much an independent. This is very sad news and I am sure he will be sadly missed.”

When informed of the death, Miss Reed, through her solicitor Terry Falcoe, of Stone & Co, issued the following statement: “Miss Reed is clearly upset about Mr Probert and her thoughts are entirely with his family at this sad time.

“Until all the facts emerge, Julie does not feel it appropriate to make any further comment.”

Mr Probert set up his own estate agent's practice at the end of 1974.

He had arrived in Exeter as a nine-year-old and attended Ladysmith and Hele's schools.

He represented his schools at football, basketball, tennis and rugby and played with Exeter Rugby Club.

Speaking to the Echo last month, Mr Probert had told the Echo of his hopes for his new business. He was also a fierce critic of the introduction of Home Information Packs, claiming they damaged the industry.

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Crikey. Poor s0d.

Should be in anecdotals but here's something I found out yesterday: Friend's dad is bigwig to do with Humberts. Family loadsamoney / yacht etc. Had to sell everything and lost all money. Family broke. Not a made up story - almost boring in it's simplicity. This family had been acting like Lords and Ladies of the manor up til now - so far as to have a 'family crest' made...

How the mighty do fall.

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Crikey. Poor s0d.

Should be in anecdotals but here's something I found out yesterday: Friend's dad is bigwig to do with Humberts. Family loadsamoney / yacht etc. Had to sell everything and lost all money. Family broke. Not a made up story - almost boring in it's simplicity. This family had been acting like Lords and Ladies of the manor up til now - so far as to have a 'family crest' made...

How the mighty do fall.

Have they got county court judgements ? if they have they will struggle getting credit in the future.

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I saw this when we went into town to go to poundland (I don't think Humberts know where this is). It was on the local paper sellers board. Very sad that his business seemed to be as leveraged as much as some of the BTL stuff around the town. Their is glut of over priced property around Exeter and too many estate agents something will have to give. Condolences to his family.

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"He was a character in the estate agents' world and he will be missed.”
“Gerald Probert was a real character and very much an independent.”

Damned with faint praise?

No matter. To be driven to this by something as inconsequential as money matters is tragic for all concerned.

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