estate & lettings agency in southend on seaMeet the team

We are proud of our experienced and professionally trained staff who are experts in the local market and the industry. Their knowledge, drive and integrity ensure your interests are fully protected and confirm our position as the leading lettings agent in Southend on Sea.





Crystal Horwood, Managing Director

Crystal joined PACE in 2007 and was appointed to her current role of Managing Director in 2010, heading up the company founded by her father in 1994.

She is responsible for the daily operations of the business, whilst also ensuring the company is financially sound, has strategic direction and is planning for future growth.

Crystal takes a thoughtful and considered approach to all that she does, transferring her determination to deliver implicit care, attention and professionalism to every member of her team.

As we invest in residential property ourselves at Pace, Crystal is well positioned to understand the goals and needs of our landlord clients. With a substantial portfolio of our own, we keep a very close eye on both regulatory and market developments and share this information with our landlord clients.

In the past few years, we have expanded our business both in terms of properties under management, the development of our estate agency offering and into residential leasehold management.

Martin Ransom, Head of Property Management

With nearly 30 years experience in the property industry, Martin is well placed in his role as Head of Property Management for Pace. After joining the business in 2010 Martin took it upon himself to foster excellent customer service among the team and this continues to position Pace as a leader in its field today.

Additionally, Martin is a founding member of SEAL (South East Alliance of Landlords, Agents and Residents), and is the primary Pace representative.

Starting his career in 1987, Martin worked for the Financial Services Corporation as a Mortgage Broker where he quickly excelled. After only three years he was successfully managing the Mortgage department. By 1996, Martin had moved to Sterling Properties working in the lettings field for the first time. It was here, working alongside the founder of the business, that Martin developed the financial services arm of the company. After many years of hard work, the London Scottish Banking Group acquired Sterling Properties where Martin remained as Head of Operations.

Marcus James, Lettings & Sales Manager

In 2008, Marcus chose to take a change in career direction away from a supervisory role in retail to move in to the property industry. He began with Pace in the lettings department as a negotiator progressing to the Lettings Manager in 2011. In 2015 Marcus was promoted to his current position today as the Lettings and Sales Manager. In his day to day role, Marcus ensures our landlords and vendors get the best price in the right timeframe for their investments and private homes.

Marcus also conducts the rental and sales appraisals, property viewings and oversees the running of the sales and lettings department. Since achieving his ARLA technical award in 2010 Marcus continued his academic development by completing an NVQ in Sales and Management in 2012 then achieving his NAEA technical award in 2014. Marcus is extremely knowledgeable in property law and completely understands the needs and wishes of his clients.

Marcus brings a deep commitment to his work; to the service of landlords, vendors, purchasers and tenants. Outside of the office Marcus is kept very busy with his 4 children, 2 dogs and a rabbit.  He has a keen interest in cycling, participating in the London to Southend 52 mile frequently and bringing his work experience to his own property projects also. 

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Sara Threadgold, Property Manager

Sara has been with Pace since 2013. Having recently studied for and passed her ARLA exams, she strives to provide excellent customer service and works to the best of her ability at all times.

After spending 7 years with Lloyds banking group specifically working within customer service roles, Sarah has a thorough understanding of what it takes to keep our clients happy! In her current position, Sara enjoys the variety of property management where every day is different and daily challenges keep her on her toes.

When Sara is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family.

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Katie Gray, Senior Lettings Negotiator

Katie joined Pace in June 2015, with a keen interest in the housing market. Her enthusiasm and willingness to learn have resulted in her appointment as a property consultant within the Sales and Lettings team.

From day one Katie has shown her passion to assist purchasers and tenants to source and secure new homes to buy or let. She has progressed from a junior negotiator to now having a firm and guiding hand on the administration of the department. Katie keeps the negotiators out doing deals while making sure Pace gets the best tenants in as quickly as possible and that sales are advanced properly.  She is busy studing for her ARLA exams in 2018.

Away from work, Katie helps to organise various charity events in aid of Cancer Research UK. She also manages to find time for the odd shopping trip and even weekends away fishing with her partner.




Tammy Cooper, Property Manager

Tammy joined Pace in 2017 as part of the Sales Team as an administrator.  Within the year she gained experience in lettings and tenant referencing. Tammy has since moved across to the Property Management Team and will be carrying out thorough property visits and inventories.  Tammy is looking forward to expanding her knowledge within the property sector and hopes to obtain an ARLA Qualification in the near future.

Having always worked within a customer service role, Tammy is an effective communicator and ensures she always builds a good rapport with customers and colleagues alike.

Her hobbies outside of work include spending time with friends and family, baking, games nights and reading  thriller / psychological drama books.


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Keri Hodges, Property Manager

Keri has recently joined Pace as a Property Manager in the new Canvey Island office. Keri already successfully manages her own property portfolio and hoping to grow this siginificantly over the coming months.

Before working at Pace, Keri worked as a Bailiff for Basildon Council. In her free time she looks after her young and I am interested in developing the hobbies in which they participate.


Madalina Lascar, Property Manager

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Christmas 2020 Opening Hours

During the festive period, as you might expect, our opening hours will be slightly different to usual. 

Please find details below;

Christmas week – 21st – 23rd December 08.00 – 19.00

Christmas Eve – 08.00 – 14.00

Christmas Day, Boxing Day, 27th and 28th December – Closed

December 29th and 30th – 08.00 – 18.00

"I am a landlady with many properties and have dealt with Pace for about 10 years. Marcus is very friendly, honest, efficient and helpful and has made my letting experience extremely easy always finding me suitable tenants. I have nothing but praise for Marcus who has been with Pace many years.

Mary R

After renovating a block of 21 flats to place into our rental portfolio we instructed PACE and gave them two weeks to let all the units on a sole agency basis. Within a month all the flats were filled with suitable tenants. PACE delivered and exceeded our expectations.

Runwood Homes Director

As a landlord with multiple HMO properties, I have employed the services of PACE for a number of years now as they ensure I have my required specification of tenant placed in all my rooms. I only let rooms to employed applicants and very much favour their opening hours as this attracts and accommodates the right people.

Johnathon Simons HMO Landlord

Sara is my dedicated property manager and has been for some time. I have always found Sara to be a professional member of staff who always keeps me informed and provides regular visit reports, which is important to me. She deals with any problem that befalls her, contacting me if required. Sara will discuss any problem and invariably come to a solution. 

Raymond Durrant – multi property landlord

The staff are always friendly and helpful, my special thanks to Sara, we have built a very special rapport and I feel very comfortable phoning if I need anything. I feel very happy that I have one person to deal with all of my issues.

Evelin Jenkins - Tenant

We cannot stress how much we appreciate having a dedicated property manager. We live 350 miles away and also spend a great deal of the winter out of the country.  We have used Pace for a number of years and have never been disappointed with the level of service we receive.

Peter and Maureen Mason – Multi property landlords

I was extremely thankful I chose PACE to conduct the sale of my property and extremely grateful to Sue Mellor who worked very hard to ensure a smooth transaction. She was most knowledgeable and professional throughout, always reachable and approachable. She was able to answer all the questions I posed.

Yvonne White

I've recently purchased a property with the help of Pace. I found the staff extremely helpful and friendly. My first contact was Katie, she showed me around the property and liaised with the vendor. After, I dealt mostly with Sue Mellor. She was very knowledgeable and helpful. She kept me informed throughout the process and was the first to congratulate me on completion.

Roni Miller

I just thought I'd drop you a line about Adele who is managing my flat. Adele is doing a great job and is a credit to Pace. She has done, and continues to do, exactly what she says she will do and as a customer that is exactly what I want. Adele doesn't take things at face value and investigates things when she needs to, again a thing that clients will prize.

Tony Mihill - Landlord

Thank you to the team at PACE for firstly providing excellent property management services over many years and secondly for helping me to sell my property recently. All your hard work has been very much appreciated. Special mentions to Sara, Amy, Sue and Billy for their friendly and professional service!

Charlotte, (Property Management & Seller)

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