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FIRST PIC: US hybrid estate agent opens another office in UK

Keller Williams, which has 180,000 agents worldwide and approximately 95 in the UK, has opened another branch, its fourth since launching in the UK in 2014.

Nigel Lewis

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This is the first picture inside the new Keller Williams office opened this week in London, the fourth the US-based hybrid agency has launched in the UK since gaining a toehold here four years ago.

The latest office or ‘market centre’ as the firm likes to call its branches, is in London Bridge and joins three others in Leeds and Glasgow plus another London office in Mayfair.

The company currently lists 136 properties on Rightmove from its Mayfair office, 30 in Leeds and a similar number in Glasgow.

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Keller Williams in the UK is headed up by former Hamptons International senior player Ben Taylor (left), who 15 months ago joined the US firm as its UK managing director.

The main draw for the 20 agents who have joined the London Bridge operation so far is that they are self employed and use the market centre as a co-working space when they’re not on the road.

Agents keep 63% of their commission from sales for salaries up to £60,000 in London, while the remainder goes to Keller Williams, but agents then keep 90% of any commission once they’ve exceeded that salary level.

“The Keller Williams model makes it remarkably simple and removes many of the risks associated with starting one’s own business,” says Taylor.

“To launch your own company with some the best training and technology available, for a few hundred pounds, is much of the reason for our explosive worldwide growth.”

The London Bridge office is co-owned by former Midlands estate agent Chris Buckler (right), who recently cashed-out of DM & Co Homes based in Shirley near Solihull.

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“We’re looking for entrepreneurial agents who have made the jump to the online and hybrid sectors and have since seen the value of extensive training and support,” Buckler continues.

“Our agents will be focusing on lead generation and as part of our model, we’ll help them work on their own businesses through our market centres. There’s access to daily training opportunities and I’ll be on hand to help agents develop their offering through cross-selling and other services.”

 

June 29, 2018

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