About us

David Mansfield Atton, whose initials inspired the business name, has been in the estate agency business for over four decades.  He has been a fellow of the National Association of Estate Agents for thirty years.

David was originally on the managerial staff of a successful local chain of independent estate agents.  This chain was subsequently taken over by a leading building society in the late 1980s, following in the footsteps of many such institutions in order to maintain a share of the lucrative financial services market at the time.  Within this new organisation David became a District Director, covering five regional offices, and later on had responsibility for Commercial sales in the whole of the North Yorkshire area.

In August 1992 David decided to return to independent status and, along with his wife Elaine, set up DMA Estate Agents in Filey.  For several years David had looked for the opportunity to establish his own business in his home town.  He said "Having worked for a national organisation I am fully convinced that what people are looking for is personal, friendly service which I feel can best be achieved from the local, independent estate agent who is not bogged down with corporate red tape and bureaucracy. This is just exactly what we aim to provide.  Open seven days a week, we are ready and willing to give the quality service and satisfaction that both the buying and selling customer has a right to expect."

Both David and Elaine were well known in the local area.  David is a Filonian having been brought up in Filey and lived in the area all his life.  Elaine was Head of the Adult Education Centre based at Filey Secondary School.

From very small beginnings in 1992, DMA Estate Agents is now a leading estate agency in the area carrying a large stock of both residential and commercial properties right across the price range.  This success is due solely to total commitment and hard work.  There is a small team of friendly staff who work hard to promote a very high standard of professionalism, offering a quality service at all stages of both buying and selling property and providing the calibre of service that is essential for success.  They take great pride in their many satisfied customers.

In the summer of 2007 David and Elaine's younger son Gavin joined the business, having previously worked in the family business for three years after university, before spending three and a half years as a property valuer for a prominent chain of estate agents in Reading.  Gavin too is a member of the National Association of Estate Agents and is also a qualified Energy Assessor providing the legally required Energy Performance Certificates (EPC's) for both sales and lettings.

After over sixteen successful years in business in West Avenue, Filey DMA Estate Agents relocated on 1st December 2008 to 26 Belle Vue Street in Filey.  This new office had been used for many years as an estate agents' office and provides more spacious accommodation and a pleasant environment for both the staff and customers.  This year DMA are celebrating 25 years in business.

Our team run a highly organised office and are constantly looking at ways to improve the office set-up and marketing strategy in order to keep ahead in the field.  The office offers a modern self-selection display with attractive user-friendly A5 property details and a very efficient computerised mailing list.

In 2013, Samantha, David's youngest daughter joined the business.  Samantha decided to join DMA when Elaine became terminally ill and sadly passed in August of 2013.  Samantha’s office and organisational skills have been invaluable.

DMA Estate Agents are members of the Ombudsman for Estate Agents scheme which ensures that both buyers and sellers are dealt with correctly and professionally by member estate agents and that they comply with appropriate legislation and guidelines for the profession.  In the Ombudsman's most recent survey of the business, DMA Estate Agents scored an average of 9.6 on a scale of 1 to 10 across the various areas assessed.  These results are available online for public perusal.

Our philosophy is always to keep one step ahead in the field - anticipating both our needs, as we have expanded, as well as the demands of the property market.

Our motto is




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