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Free Careers Seminars For Budding Estate Agents -Run Your Own Business

Over the next few months the Franchise Team will be running a number of exciting free careers seminars for anyone considering running their own business or interested in a financially and personally rewarding career in estate agency.


Seminars in May include:


Date                                  Venue                                           Sessions Start Times

10th May            Leeds, Queens Hotel                                              4pm & 6.30pm

18th May            Scunthorpe (Forest Pines Hotel, Nr Brigg)                4pm & 6.30pm

25th May            Manchester (Midland Hotel)                                    4pm & 6.30pm

26th May            Sheffield (Holiday Inn Royal Victoria)                       4pm & 6.30pm


The seminars run for approximately one hour and include an opening presentation outlining what running a personal agency franchise involves including; details of earnings, investment, training and support and finance options.  The second half hour is a question and answer session giving those attending the opportunity to question the panel, made up of existing Hunters personal agents to provide a much closer insight into how they set up their businesses and what challenges they have faced.   


Kevin Hollinrake commented "After running similar seminars in January in Manchester, we have been joined by three new personal agents who will run their own territories in the North West Region around Manchester and Cheshire.  All three have a great deal of experience to bring to the role but are new to running their own businesses and that is were the support and network provided by Hunters comes in, allowing new businesses to hit the ground running."


If you have what it takes to be your own boss and are interested in a new future then whey not  attend one of the free careers seminars.  For details Visit Click Here or contact Louise Cowen on 01904 756128.

How One Couple Changed Life Direction & Became Personal Agents

It was Diane who first saw the advert for Hunters Franchising in the local free paper and it came at a time that she was looking for a change of direction having worked in recruitment for a number of years (latterly on a self-employed basis).  I was a self-employed independent Financial Adviser at the time. I have known the Director (Kevin Hollinrake) for a number of years and was involved in Hunters when it was first established back in 1992, so I knew that Kevin was a forward thinking person that wouldn’t be afraid to try new things.


On meeting various members of the team, everything felt right – they had similar work ethics to ourselves, in that they wanted to do the job the right way taking time and effort to make sure that both vendors and applicants had a good experience.  They also had extremely strong brand awareness, which was an important consideration as Diane had no previous estate agency experience, whilst I had a brief period with William H Brown a number of years ago.


The costings model that we signed up to works for us in that Hunters take their cut from what we earn rather than a regular franchise fee – this does mean that their take is higher than for other Personal Agents (PA's), but it means that in the weeks where we may not make a sale, the outgoings aren’t excessive.


The training was good although it’s impossible to take everything on board immediately and it’s very much a case of learning the job as you go. In reality it was probably easier for me as my financial services background meant I was used to dealing with mortgages and conveyancing but otherwise there was a lot of new systems based work to get used to.


We were told it would take 6 months to earn any money and it was almost to the day before we received our first income from the agency! I would say it’s vitally important for anyone considering the business to be aware that there is going to be such a lead in time.  We have made money most months since then, but there can still be the occasional “blanks” so it’s important to manage cash flows.


We don’t pay ourselves a regular salary, but just take from the business as we need it – we have a good relationship with our business banking manager at Nat West and he really helped us along the way with a business loan to set things up.  Without this, we would have been snookered, but they really helped us out.


We have recently expanded our area to include another village on the outskirts of York which we felt was imperative for us – a lot of the territory that we have includes outlying villages where the turnover of property is very low indeed, so we needed a more transient area to give us the opportunity of making regular sales.


It is great to work with other like-minded individuals who take a real pride in their work and know that the way in which we approach our individual businesses has an impact on all the others – there is a real kindred spirit amongst the PA’s. It’s long hours, but we would certainly recommend it, if you like taking ownership of your own business and are prepared to put in the time and effort, it is a very rewarding role.


To find out more about the opportunities available attend one of Hunters free careers seminars running during May, by logging on to or call Louise Cowen for a franchise pack and details on 01904 756128

Linda Barker Works Exclusively With Hunters To Endorse The Brand & Guide Customers...

Linda commented "When it comes to preparing a house for sale owners are often confused about just what is required but with interiors and exteriors, a little bit of work can go a long way." 

“People should understand that they need to put a bit of effort into it because it can give them the edge over anybody else. If you are in a market with a lot of very similar properties and people are going to see yours it pays to put a bit of effort in. My main tip is to keep the house tidy, let people imagine themselves living in your property and make people feel welcome in your house – give it a welcoming atmosphere.” 

At Hunters we totally agree and we have worked in conjunction with Linda to produce both a video and booklet giving our customers great tips on how to prepare their home for sale and attract more buyers. 

Hunters franchisees enjoy the personal brand endorsement provided by Linda Barker and are able to offer their customers more. 

Download a free copy of Linda Barker's Inspire Your Buyers Guide or watch her inspirational video at: .

Anyone interested in finding out more about changing their life direction and becoming a Hunters franchisee can find out more at Click Here



How Selling Property Drove Ilkey Born Lester Hurst To Set up His Own Hunters Estate Agency

Lester Hurst launched a personal estate agency of the well-known property group Hunters back in September, covering the Ilkley, Otley and Guiseley areas and is now looking for office premises so he can expand further.


“I had been involved in property for 15 years but as an investor rather than an estate agent,” he explains. “What prompted me to open this business was that each time I either bought or sold a property I was let down. It made me convinced that I could do a better job and six months on other people seem to be agreeing. “There’s no point pretending that this is an easy market but old-fashioned hard work and personal service seems to be paying off. All my clients have my mobile telephone number and it’s not unusual for me to be talking to them at nine o’clock at night and before eight in the morning.


“If I say I’ll return a call I do - that was one of my biggest complaints with estate agencies I had used previously - and the buck is never passed to someone else. It’s my business and I deal with the client every step of the way; they’re not passed on to somebody else.”  As a seller of property Lester says he often found himself chasing his estate agent; asking if they had got any feedback from viewers or spoken to solicitors to help push a sale through. “It annoyed me that I was paying for a service but always seemed to be sorting things out myself,” explains Lester, who currently has 16 properties on his books and three sales agreed. “I pride myself on always being one step ahead. Nobody has to chase me.”


September was a busy month for 36 year-old Lester. Not only did he open his new business but he also got married.
“I’m in this for the long-term,” he said. “I’d like to thank people for their support in these first six months and urge others to give it a try. Building a reputation takes a long time but through hard work - I’m eating, breathing and sleeping property - I am convinced that business will go from strength to strength. In the current economic climate a personal agency and all the one-to-one service it offers - backed by the national mailing lists and exposure of a team like Hunters - makes sense.”
Lester Hurst, Hunters of Ilkley, Otley and Guiseley.


For more details  log onto Click Here or contact Louise Cowen on 01904 756128 for a franchise pack. 

Another Fantastic Year For Lettings With Profits Showing A 15% Growth

Our Lettings formula really does work, we have increased our profits and market share, we have opened more offices and have outperformed the market yet again. 2010 to 2011 has been another successful year and having a Lettings Division within the group gave us a great boost with a 15% growth in profits. Now is an excellent time to think about entering the lettings market, so take advantage of our knowledge and experience and join Hunters our Lettings Model can work for you too.


Predictions for the property market in 2011 are looking very favorable for Lettings, but don’t just take our word for it – what do ARLA the voice of the lettings industry have to say about their predictions!

In its latest report, ARLA is predicting that the strong demand for rental properties will continue in 2011 leading to an increase in rental yields. The unavailability of borrowing is set to continue throughout the year, which will force many potential home buyers to rent instead. Coupled with this; it is also predicted that rents are likely to increase, 4 out of 10 landlords in the private rental sector are planning to increase the rent they charge tenants in the coming 12 months.


All good news but can the tenants pay? We can help you offer full referencing and rent guarantee options – So whats holding you back, why not take advantage of our expertise and claim your slice of the rental market. For more details log onto Click Here or call Louise Cowen on 01904 756128 to take that first step towards owning your own Lettings Franchise.