House-Hut is an award winnng novel form of Estate Agency which has thrown away all the bad habits and working practices used by many traditional agents. By using the latest technology combined with highly trained staff we are able to deliver a high quality service which cannot be matched by other agents and which underlies our success. There is a revolution taking place in the estate agency industry and House-Hut is at the forefront of these changes and is leading the way.
We offer large exclusive territories and our financial structures deliver a high level of profitability leading to a rewarding business proposition to our franchise owners. Our achievements have been underlined by a recent report by the ombudsman for estate agents, where we achieved a very credible overall score of 9.3 out of 10, and 100% of respondents said they would recommend us.
When you join House-Hut you become part of an award winning organisation. House-Hut won the Grand Prix Silver Award for the whole of the UK and the Gold Award for the Best Estate Agent in the South West in 2010 at the highly prestigious Estate Agent of the Year Awards. The consistency of our success is underlined by winning Awards at the Estate Agent of the Year Awards for the past FIVE years running! These are the biggest awards in the industry and the only ones’ where our customers decide the winners. We give you the credibility and proven track record which is vital to the successful setting up of a new estate agency.
As an organisation we are constantly looking for new ways to improve and develop our services to keep ahead of the competition. We have strong environmental ethics and have a policy to minimise our carbon emissions making us one of the most environmentally friendly estate agents around.
Training and Experience
No experience in estate agency is necessary to become a franchise owner although an interest in property is desirable. We offer a full and comprehensive training program in all aspects of the business including property appraisals, negotiating, sales progression, legislation, home information packs, advertising, finances and accounting to name but a few areas. Applicants need to have a good command of english and maths and need to be computer literate.
House-Hut Franchises - be part of an award winning business
The face of estate agency is changing and this change has been accelerating since the crash in the housing market in 2007. With many estate agents now disappearing there is arguably no better time to enter the market place - with less competition there are more opportunities for those who are left! We have noticed a real turn around in the housing market since the start of 2009 with increasing sales volumes and a stabilising of house prices. The building societies are again reporting rising house prices which underlines our findings.
The time is now perfect to open new branches of House-Hut and we are now looking to expand our operations by offering a limited number of franchise terratories. We are looking for people who are well motivated are interested in property and who wish to enjoy the independence of running their own successful business. Our philosophy is that our franchises are part of our family and as everyone knows families are there to support each other and work to their mutual benefit so we are there every step along the way to help our franchisees develop their business. Franchising is about being in business for yourself, not by yourself.
House-Hut was founded with the express intention of developing a successful and profitable franchise network and all our developments have evolved around this. We believe the success of the business as a whole is dependant on the success of our franchise owners so we have developed a three point plan to deliver this.
Firstly our selection process is vigorous and whilst we are keen not to turn away applicants we need to make sure this is the right business for you. We have a limited number of franchises available during this phase of our expansion. By selecting applicants who we believe have the aptitude and ability to perform well we increase the success of the organisation as a whole as well the success of the franchisees business.
Secondly our franchise owner packages offer detailed one to one training and support in the initial phase of starting up your business. This training is sufficiently detailed that no prior experience in estate agency is required - we will teach you all you need to know. All you need is the right aptitude and the ability to learn.
Thirdly we have the model, operations and systems in place which have a proven track record and which we know from experience work.
As evidence of our commitment to our franchise owners and our confidence in House-Hut we do not ask for large upfront franchise fees. Our initial fees are simply to cover the costs of setting up the legal agreements, branch software systems and our recruitment advertising costs. We rely on our franchise owners being successful and the return we subsequently get from our ongoing franchise fees, which is based on a small proportion of the franchise income.
We only have a select number of areas available; each area has been carefully worked out both in terms of its size and also its boundaries to maximise the potential for the franchise owner and ensure the highest possible level of efficiency. We would discuss your area with you in some detail before finalising the agreement. We offer large franchise areas (six to 10 times the typical estate agent patch), which helps produce rapid growth, protects against market fluctuations and offers huge growth potential to our franchise owners. This offers you the chance to develop a substantial business with a commensurate income to match.
What Are the Benefits of a House-Hut Franchise?
Joining House-Hut as a franchise owner has numerous benefits:
Our unique model allows you to start up with minimal staff requirements and premises will not be required
Buying into a tried and tested business model, which is proven to work
You may be tempted to think it is easy to set up and emulate what others have done - but there is so much more to growing a successful business than just copying ideas from others - if you don’t get the whole package right then it won’t work and your efforts will end in failure. The NatWest/bfa Survey of Franchising for 2007 research concluded that 93% of all franchises were profitable after two years compared to the extraordinary fact that four in five non-franchise businesses fail within two years. The very essence of a franchise of course is that you can access knowledge, key areas of best practice, business tools and training.
Part of an award winning organisation
Setting up a new business can be very tough. A franchise offers you a much easier route into setting up a business than setting up on your own. Our awards give you a huge boost when starting up and give you a strong competitive advantage over your rivals. When choosing an estate agent people will choose an agent with a good reputation. House-Hut offers you one of the best records of any agency in the industry!
No upfront development costs
Starting out on your own these costs can be considerable and mistakes expensive - just building a successful website can cost £1000s. With House-Hut all this has been done for you - including development and design costs, templates, brochures, advertising materials and a proven presentation format. By joining House-Hut you will benefit from the last four years of development, research and testing - including the very severe test of surviving a housing recession.
Full training is provided
There is an initial intensive training period lasting one month during which you will be taught all aspects of running an estate agency franchise. The training is on a one to one basis and will be tailored to take into account any previous experience. All aspects of the business is covered from property appraisals, taking instructions, software systems, marketing, negotiating, estate agency law, finance and accounts to staffing and client management. You will also attend a workshop course on using our software systems. During this period we help you set up your systems, legislative requirements and marketing programs so that once your training is completed you will be ready to go.
We have invested heavily in our training programs to ensure from day one you get off to a flying start. You will then be ready to start out on your own but will benefit from close continuing support and mentoring, especially in the first three months with help available at the end of the phone Monday - Friday from the same dedicated staff who did your initial training. There is also a comprehensive and detailed operating manual covering all aspects of the business which you will be able to refer to at any time.
On going support and development
With a House-Hut franchise you are not on your own - there is support available whenever you need it and you will benefit from our ongoing development programs. We realise that in the early days you will require more intensive support and training, but as your experience grows this will reduce. We have a strong commitment to provide on going and continuous support - the world does not stand still and neither do we. We are constantly updating and refining our systems to ensure you stay ahead of the competition. We hold regular meetings with our franchisees to update you on these developments.
Benefits from reduced costs on supplies and equipment
The joint purchasing power of our operation together with shared resources and centrally negotiated contracts will ensure reduced operating costs.
Use of an established and trusted brand
Your customers properties are their most valuable asset and when it comes to selling they will turn to someone they can trust - yet estate agents as a group are not trusted by the public! From day one you will be perceived by your customers as being part of an award winning tried and tested brand - this will ensure more rapid growth and development of your business. Trust is a vital and priceless asset to a business. By joining House-hut you will be part of a rare breed - an estate agent you can trust.
Detailed operations manual to guide you through every single procedure
This detailed manual is constantly under development and revision and provides an invaluable reference tool for when you get stuck! The regulations governing estate agency is constantly changing - with the estate agents act, home information packs, trade descriptions acts to name just a few - and so our online manual is also constantly changing so you stay ahead of the field.
Short term, this increases your rate of growth, increases the ratio of profits to operating costs and long term offers the opportunity to build a substantial business with the financial rewards this will bring. Our family philosophy means we treat our franchise owners as we would like to be treated and our generous territories are calculated to provide a viable and profitable business to our franchise owners.
Run your own business and be your own boss
A business model which offers the opportunity to develop and run your own successful estate agency with the ability to create a capital asset of considerable value over time but without the considerable risks, research and development costs of starting out on your own. Developing brand awareness and trust can take years - with House-Hut you open the door and walk in.
Multiple income streams
We provide exciting and lucrative opportunities to maximise your profitability with preferential rates negotiated with our trading partners which generate additional revenue.
Low start up costs
The cost of starting a traditional estate agency is large and in many cases will burden the owner with considerable debt. Our model utilises technology to keep start up costs to a minimum. No expensive premises, leases or shops are required and staffing requirements are also very low. Our operating systems and know how minimise the time required until your business goes into profit which significantly reduces these upfront costs.
Be part of a vibrant and progressive team
We believe this is the future of estate agency and with continued development we aim to stay ahead of the pack and we invite you to become part of a small elite group.
Initial Investment:- £18 000
Ongoing costs:- We believe in ethical franchising so there are no fixed fees to pay us. We charge a management service fee of 10.5% of income which means you only pay us when you are earning!
Currently we have a limited number of selected areas available in England and Wales
To request further details call us on 01373 473782 or contact us via this website