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Meet the Team

Amazing through the whole process! Helped, guided, advised and supported. Really helped the process run smoothly and got the process done in 5 weeks! Fabulous.

Charlotte

Matthew Geany

Matthew Geany

Managing Director

Bio

Matt caught the property bug while working for a London estate agency firm after graduating in 2000.  On returning to the north east, Matt launched Rise estate agents in 2007. From the spare bedroom in his home in Chester le Street Matt quickly built an impressive property portfolio, many of which are landlords that are still with the company today. Now married with 2 children (meaning no spare bedroom to run a business from…) Matt has successfully grown the business and in 2013 made the move to its current office in Durham city centre.


Paul  Rickaby

Paul Rickaby

Sales Director

Bio

Paul began his career in estate agency in 1996. He soon established a reputation as an excellent negotiator, agreeing sales on hundreds of properties throughout the region which led to senior positions with two of the largest estate agents in County Durham, progressing to Directorship level in 2010. In an ever changing industry and with ambitions to offer a more modern, creative estate agency service, Paul joined his former school friend Matt, at Rise in June 2014 to launch the sales department. Paul is married with two children and the family King Charles spaniel, Honey


Sara Bennett

Sara Bennett

Crook Director

Bio

Sara joined Rise in September 2017 and covers the Wear Valley area of County Durham. Sara brings a wealth of experience, a qualified mortgage advisor, Sara began her property career back in 2003 and quickly progressed to management level. Sara brings a great local knowledge and the consistently high level of customer service that Rise is known for to the Wear Valley area.


Melanie Hartness

Melanie Hartness

Sales & Lettings Negotiator

Bio

Melanie started her estate agency career as a property manager in 2015 quickly progressing to assistant head of property management with an independent estate agency specializing in Student lettings. Melanie joined Rise in 2017 as a sales and lettings negotiator to further broaden her experience within the industry. Since joining Rise Melanie has become an integral part of the team and has broken numerous records, including letting 27 properties in her first month!