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Agents told they can ‘work as they wish’ with hybrid agency

A self employed franchise estate agent business model has been launched by one of the brands in The Property Franchise Group.

Hunters says its Personal Agent model gives agents the flexibility to work on their own terms.

Based out of existing Hunters’ hubs, with optional working from home, Personal Agents will be licensed to operate under the Hunters brand and can use the company’s PropTech, marketing and social media, portal access, training and software. 

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There is no joining fee and what Hunters calls “minimal ongoing business costs” with the due diligence and on-boarding process taking as little as two weeks.

The firm says the model is ideal for those with experience, such as valuers, looking to take a new step in running their own agency, as well as those looking to choose their own working hours or even semi-retire. 

Hunters has already signed two Personal Agents including Keira Wiles who will work from the Castleford branch.

Wiles says: “Running my own estate agency has been in the back of my mind for the better part of a decade; it was just a matter of figuring out the correct route and timing. 

“Starting completely from scratch wasn’t an option for me because I knew I needed a good strong support network. The support on offer goes above and beyond any of my initial expectations, from The Training Academy for brushing up on compliance to the wider support from the team across all aspects of the business.”

Glynis Frew, managing director of Hunters, adds: “We are committed to continually evolving our offering to meet market demands and differing personal needs, with increased flexibility forming a key part of this.

“We also want to empower our staff - there is long term potential for Personal Agents to become franchise branch owners. With over 200 branches nationwide, the majority of which are franchise owned, we have clear proof in the success of this model and look forward to further growth through 2021 and beyond.”

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