Franchise Reviews

I thought my IREA-AII franchise would be easy because they do so many of the technical things for you, so I was surprised at how much work I had to put in to get out what I wanted from my website. I am not the kind of person who is satisfied with mediocre, so I didn’t just want to break even in my first year – I wanted to make a decent profit.

The difference with my franchise website is that since I’m not working for a salary, the more I work the more I earn. So I put in the hard yards in the first year, and recouped my franchise fees and initial marketing investment within just a few months. After one year, my income is actually up on projections, and I know that my next year will build on the success of the first. At this rate I will be actually be able to move my family to the Costa del Sol, instead of just helping wealthy Brits find their dream homes there!

I’m not going to lie and say there is no work involved, because there is. But the work is worth it when you see what you can get out.

– J Sutherland, Managing Director of www.nx-cb.com

I was sceptical about an IREA franchise, because I thought it sounded too good to be true. But I called because it was one of the options in my price bracket – it was that or lawn-care, and anyone who knows me will tell you I am not a gardening person. Then when I spoke to the Director of the IREA-AII I thought he sounded a bit glib, because he had an answer for everything…

But I was looking for a business I could manage from home, with the technology I already owned, and without having to employ anyone, and the IREA-AII seemed to fit the bill better than any of the other options in my area, so I took the plunge.

To say that I was surprised with the results would be an understatement. All of my fears were basically unfounded. Would anyone see my website? Yes, because it pops up in a Google search for ‘Birmingham Estate Agents’. Would anyone actually advertise? Yes, because they get to list on 600 sites for the price of one. I could probably put a bit more work in and do even better, but I am happy with my turnover, and it’s always nice to know that there is room for growth.

– P Logan, Managing Director of www.biringhamestateagents.org

To be honest, what I was looking for was a home-based moneymaker that I didn’t have to spend a lot of time on. But by the time I found out that an IREA franchise actually involves a bit of work I was intrigued by the idea. It’s a bit ambitious, 600 websites all over the world – I was curious as to what made it work.

I have dabbled a bit in SEO and I know my way around building a website, and I am quite impressed by the amount of websites the IREA-AII has at Page Rank 4 or higher. This takes a lot of time, or money – or both – and it’s great that this work is done before you are offered the site as a franchise. With the help I get with marketing my website is now Page Rank 6, which means I get even more hits from people just browsing the Internet.

For the rest of my sales, I decided to take less of a stay-at-home approach than I originally had in mind, and I have done the rounds of the estate agencies and associations in the area and got some very good response. I’m thinking about using some of my profits to upgrade to a master franchise, I know a couple of people who are interested in sub-franchising, and it could be a great way to go into business with my friends.

– J S, Managing Director of www.estate-agents-england.info