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Hybrid firm beating Purplebricks at its own game adds new territories

Estate agency House Fox has taken on new partners and areas and says it sold 300 properties last year despite the Covid restrictions.

Nigel Lewis

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A three-year-old hybrid SW estate agency started up by a former Haart regional sales manager has launched into two new areas and says Rightmove data shows it sold more properties than any other agent in Somerset last year.

House Fox, which will celebrate its third anniversary in June and says it sold 300 properties last year in North Somerset which it claims is more than any other hybrid, online or traditional agency in the region.

The agency started out in a modest way in the town of West super Mare using a model very similar to that of Purplebricks including a fixed fee, no branches and an expansion plan based on self-employed territory owners.

MD Neil Urch (left) says the past 12 months have seen exponential growth for his business, which has now expanded to four territories including its most recent in the Bridgwater and Taunton areas.

The estate agency now has three regional partners, who are James Cole, Dave Williams and Jake McCabe. It also has three admin staff, two negotiators and two mortgage advisors.

The agency has also signed up regional big-hitter Paul Gass formerly of regional independent Berrymans, who is working with the company as a consultant in the Burnham, Weston super Mare, and Bridgwater areas.

“I want the House Fox fairer fixed fee offer to be all over the South West by 2023 and I want the regional partners who are self-employed to offer a service second to none,” says Urch.

The agency was shortlisted for The Negotiator’s 2019 Awards in London.

April 13, 2021

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