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Ex-Countrywide and LSL boss joins home-based agency franchise firm

A former Countrywide director is joining estate and lettings agency franchise group Homexperts as its operations director.

Mike Gowland, who originally qualified as a chartered surveyor, has almost 30 years’ experience in the property industry. He has run his own estate agency, been the Yorkshire regional director for Countrywide, and is former managing director of Bridgfords. 

More recently he has worked for both Sequence and LSL, where he was divisional director responsible for establishing and developing its lettings business.

Gowland will take responsibility for working with new and existing franchisees in developing and growing business; he also has a training role.

HomeXperts franchisees work from home and the firm says it converts eight out of 10 market appraisals to business, compared to an industry average of a third. 

HomeXperts founder and managing director Sussanne Chambers claims that her franchisees “typically achieve 98.1% of the original asking price on sales” - a figure based on 100 sales in the period leading to July 2014.

“I believe that the HomeXperts model, with its combination of well trained and qualified agents providing high levels of customer service combined with a lower cost base is the way forward for the industry” he says.

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