Haart has revealed plans for a national Partnerships scheme which will add 250 locations to its network as it rolls the initiative out across England and Wales over the next two years,.
It has also revealed that its branch network is to re-open within the next ten days following the Covid lockdown.
The Partnership initiative is kicking off in the West Midlands, Leeds, Brighton, Southampton, the Oxford-Cambridge corridor and in additional locations around its existing Bristol Property Centre.
Partner agents will work from home or from Haart’s Local Property Centres and will be supported by its national call centre.
The company is also creating a Partnership Academy to bring new talent into the industry.
But the agents will not be Purplebricks-style self-employed operatives and will instead be directly employed by Haart.
“The coronavirus pandemic has shown us just how effective and productive our teams can be working from home, making 18% more calls,” said Haart Managing Director Antony Lark.
“We have reviewed and assessed all types of employment models and feel that by being fully employed by us, our Partners have the best of all worlds.
“It’s far better than being self-employed as the role comes with all the associated employment benefits, along with industry-leading technology and marketing that gives incredible lead generation to support the individual to grow their business.”
Lark says the swing towards home working creates an opportunity for its new scheme and that the company is now looking for estate agents who are well-known in their local areas to become Haart Partners.
“Very importantly, individuals have far more autonomy to manage their own day, giving them a much better work-life balance and enabling them to provide a more flexible service for our customers.
“Partners also have access to our £6 million purpose-built IT support system, which gives them their ‘office in their pocket’, so they can work while out and about.”
Haart says it is also investing in its network of Elite branches which are those that meet the company’s pre-set performance standards which branches must attain and then hold. These, in the case of lettings, are based in part on portfolio size.
The map above shows where the Partners will be based (in grey), as well as Local Property Centres (in purple)