Hybrid US-style estate agency network Keller Williams has pulled a major coup and signed up three leading industry players from the online sector to launch the brand in Essex.
House Network founder Mark Readings, Emoov co-founder Russell Quirk and his cousin and HomeSeller founder Anthony Quirk have signed a deal with Keller Williams to operate the brand in Essex and are to recruit 100 agents.
Readings is to run the franchise on a day-to-day business as its Essex Market Centre Operating Principal while Russell Quirk will continue to focus on his London-based PR firm Properganda.
Anthony Quirk is to continue running his two high street estate agencies, Bealulie Estates in Chelmsford and Anthony Quirk & Co on Canvey Island.
“Months of contemplating and reflection have led me to invest in Keller Williams as the brand and model that has the potential to be one of the biggest estate agency businesses in the UK in addition to its worldwide status’ says Russell Quirk.
The Keller Williams ‘master licence’ is held by former Countrywide director Ben Williams, who says: “It’s pretty evident that estate agency in this country is changing for the better.
“Leading that, Keller Williams is all about empowering our agents through training and technology to deliver a world-class experience to their customers.
“Partnering with industry veterans such as Mark, Russell and Anthony helps to progress our strong growth still further and I’m delighted and proud that we’re now working together.”
The trio are not the only recent recruits by Keller Williams in the UK. Other high-profile figures to join the business include Nicky Stevenson, formerly of Peter Knight’s Estate Agency Events; Daren Cridge of Purplebricks; and Andrew Benn previously a managing director at Spicerhaart.