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I am looking to speak to people who run a letting agency from home or who originally started from home and have grown either into a physical unit or co-working space.
I would be looking to have a call with them just to get some colour on key challenges, advantages, disadvantages, processes etc..
If you would like to help, please send me a message.
Letting agency I am not sure that's a good thing to be honest with you
Can you imagine Tenant's coming to your home angry with you because you or the Landlord has not done what they want
As a Landlord I would rather use and Agent who had an office
I think the days are gone when an agent needed a shop window due to technology
so why not rent an office cheaply above shops on the High St
I once new a Agent who did all his work in Starbucks he did not last long
Agents need to be more professional than ever Now in my opinion
Learn Change and Adapt ?????
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Interesting. You raise some good points. I guess there is the option of getting a small space in a co-working place as well. Definately not keen keen on signing up to a lease, rates etc..
But agree that some kind of physical presence has value.. And maybe not at home!
Again would love to hear from people who have been though this.
The wife of a friend joined Keller Williams and works from home and also uses their hub office on occasion.She works part time and does two to three sales a month.
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Is your friend on PT?
Just wanted to know how the numbers worked with the franchise fees / costs and how much she was making from the sales etc
Traditional / Sophisticated / Developer
Happy to share info on my experiences on the issue of remote working / virtual office address. I'll message you.
All the best
Freelance Administrator for Property Investors / Entrepreneurs
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Not the question you asked but, as in any role, it helps to have some experience of the role in real life.
So why do so many people become "letting agents" without bothering to go work for some local agent for a few months to understand the job a bit first? (Probably because they've dome a course or read a book telling them it's a brilliant get-rich-quite scheme/scam that needs no experience or qualifications... )
I think this depends on who you are targeting. After receiving a lot of enquiries from my investors I have set up my own boutique lettings agency to manage their purchases within my local area. The difference though is that I am not looking to take over the world, and I don't want to manage the properties that Joe Blogs has. I am looking to continue working with true investors who are looking to build real portfolios, not accidental landlords. All I want to do is to be able to have enough income that will pay for two people to run the business so that my own rentals are managed for me. To do this I am looking to offer a more personal service to my LL's. I never intend on having an office for this side of the business for tenants to visit, we are looking to offer a more unique management experience than other agencies.... we go to the lengths of dressing rental properties.
If you are looking to be the "next big thing" in your area and targeting anyone who wants a property managing then you may well need some sort of office, first impressions are important for the general public. What sort of agency are you looking to grow?