About Us

Michael Cook Estate Agents Limited is a new and highly motivated Estate Agency who appreciates the importance of face-to-face interaction. This is backed up within our high street office situated within the ever popular Seaham.  Our aim is to service  the  local and surrounding areas.

We offer a full and extensive range of services which you may require when you sell, buy, let or rent a property all with more than competitive pricing. Your property will be given the widest exposure within Michael Cook Estate Agents’ office together with our on-line platforms which consist of Rightmove, Zoopla and OnTheMarket property portals in addition to modern social media sites such as Facebook and Instagram.

Our commercial real estate offering includes but is not limited to sales and lettings of all forms of commercial property and land.

We subscribe to the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA), The Property Ombudsman (Property Redress Scheme), The Deposit Protection Service to name just a few to ensure we are fully compliant at all times.

Contact us if you would like to benefit from our extremely competitive  fees for selling or renting out your property

0191 933 2959


Michael David Cook L.L.B Hons & FNAEA

Managing Director

Michael is our Managing Director and  is  the founder of both Michael Cook Law Firm Limited and Michael Cook Estate Agents Limited. He is an experienced solicitor and also a Fellow of the National Association of Estate Agents.

Michael is very excited to see the businesses work together and expand over the years to come.

Michael has a clear vision of both businesses forming a strong allegiance and becoming leading organisations within the North East and beyond from both a Legal and Estate agency and Lettings perspective.

Outside of work Michael enjoys spending time with his family and socialising with friends.

Lorretta Coulson

Practice Manager

Lorretta joined the firm in 2020 as Practice Manager and has extensive experience of working within legal practices and of managing staff and the needs of the business.

Lorretta’s role is extensive, incorporating all aspects of practice management and support to the staff. She has played a significant part in ensuring the Company achieved Accreditation, together with the implementation of a wide variety of internal office policies and procedures to ensure the successful and smooth running of the Practice.

When she is not at work, Lorretta enjoys time with her family and socialising with her friends including lengthy bike rides – weather permitting!

Karen Salt Crea, FNAEA

Branch Manager/Valuer

Karen Salt is our Branch Manager and Valuer. Karen has over 30 years’ experience within all areas of estate agency. Karen is known for giving excellent customer service, and has a market leading reputation across the region. Karen’s priority to is to assist with the growth of the Company whilst and to ensure that our positive reputation is maintained.

Karen likes spending time with family and friends and going to the Gym when possible.

Shelagh Forster

Senior Sales and Lettings Negotiator

Shelagh Forster is our highly experienced Sales and Lettings Negotiator who has a wealth of experience within the Estate Agency sector. Shelagh is determined to maintain our high standards and excellent customer service and will continue to make a major contribution to the growth of our company.

Shelagh enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren and long walks with her dogs.

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    Michael Cook Real Estate

    Unit 4, Lambton House

    Newbottle Street,

    Houghton le Spring, Tyne & Wear

    DH4 4AR

    Tel: 0191 933 2959
    Email: enquiries@michaelcookrealestate.co.uk


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