An estate agent has found a new vehicle for the launch of his hybrid estate agency and is today due to take collection of his new office – a fully-branded mobile sales unit.
Neil Harvey, one of the first Purplebricks Local Property Experts, has just launched The Property Market.
With the business initially covering Kent, the vehicle has full internet access, printer, scanner, desk and meeting area.
Harvey said: “We aim never to miss a buyer or be unable to attend a viewing.”
The facility is to be used to ferry people to viewings, deployed for open house events, and offered to house builders as a temporary on-site sales office at weekends to cover viewings and register new buyers on site.
The Property Market, which will also refer work to local trades and services via its site, charges sellers three standard fees: £599 upfront; 0.5% plus £199 paid upfront; and 0.75% no sale, no fee.
Harvey is a seasoned online property professional.
He joined Purplebricks in January 2014 and took on a territory in Kent, building up to a team of four.
However, he had already registered The Property Market domain name, with a view to launching his own hybrid agent, initially with a view to launching satellite offices within lawyers’ offices.
He said he was close to building the business, but despite various meetings with investors, was unsuccessful in reaching the finances required to launch.
He then met Kenny Bruce, co-founder of Purplebricks, and was offered a territory.
He said: “I had two really good years with Purplebricks and they really looked after me. However, it was still bugging me that I could be doing something myself.”
He left Purplebricks in 2016 to continue building his own platform.
The new business is now live, although the model is different from what was first envisaged.
Harvey believes that the mobile sales unit is a ‘first’ in estate agency.
“We have also done away with traditional suits and have branded jackets, fleeces and polo shirts for the summer,” said Harvey.
He is now going for stage two investment and eventually hopes to sell franchises of The Property Market to cover the UK.