The chief executive of the UK operation of a US-owned brand says his agency its the fastest growing in this country “supporting great agents to build significant wealth.”
Ben Taylor, chief executive of Keller Williams UK, says: “Our expansion as the fastest growing estate agency business in the UK continues … [with] the Keller Williams ethos of supporting great agents to build significant wealth via the largest real estate brand in the world. In my view there has never been a better time to back yourself in this industry.”
Taylor, a former director at Countrywide, made his claim at the launch of Keller Williams UK’s 11th market centre - the centralised hub system it operates, encouraging self-employed agents to use the centres as offices if they don’t wish to work from home.
He says KW UK now has 250 agents across the UK working from its market centres.
The new market centre - at Inverness, serving the Grampiuan, Moray, Highlands and Islands - is the second in Scotland, and is to be known as Keller Williams Caledonia.
The market centre’s new head, known as the operating principal, is Andy Reid, who has 20 years experience in property including being a regional manager at McEwan Fraser and a franchise owner at REMAX.
“I’ve spent a long time in both the traditional corporate estate agency world as well as the franchised property sector and my ambition is to take all of those learnings via a business model that focusses on the prosperity of the individual agent as a means of building significant market share across the Highland areas of Scotland” explains Reid.
“This requires a big brand, a genuine support network and great technology too and Keller Williams undoubtedly leads the UK and the world in these respects. Anyone thinking about leaving ‘ordinary’ behind and backing themselves as an agent, should get in touch”.
The international Keller Williams network, which recently opened market centres in Serbia and the Dominican Republic, now has over 10,7450 agents and more than 230 market centres outside of north Amrica.
The debate about the relative merits of employed and self-employed agent business models has waged for some years, with the latter enjoying prominence in recent years through operations as varied as Purplebricks and a plethora of smaller operations such as Mr & Mrs Jones, Harding Green, Agent & Homes.