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Posh Purplebricks? Seven-month old central London hybrid estate agency expands

London-based Agent & Homes says it now has an 18-strong headcount and has bullish development plans for 2019.

Nigel Lewis

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Two former employees of John D Wood say their new ‘modern approach’ hybrid sales and letting agency in central London launched in May last year is expanding fast.

This includes increasing its team from the two founders to a head count of 18 and moving into larger premises.

Called Agent & Homes, it offers negotiators the opportunity to become self-employed ‘Purplebricks-style’, but enables them to keep 90% of the commission they earn from property sales and rentals.

The agency’s founders are Rollo Miles (above, left) and Bob Crowley (above, right), who worked together at Countrywide brand John D Wood two years ago at its Notting Hill branch.

After leaving the branch, Miles set up Agent & Homes while Crowley worked for bridging loan disruptor Nested until a few months ago.

Agent & Home’s team now works out of a ‘hot desking’ office/hub in Notting Hill Gate while the company provides them with back-office support and also takes 10% of their commission income in return.

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The consultants working via the hub include another former John D Wood colleague Tim Lawler, Willem Colin (formerly at Douglas & Gordon) and Aaron Bryce (Nested).

“Growth has been quicker than we anticipated and we now have properties for sale and let across Central and West London and have even started marketing properties as far away as Essex after recently agreeing the sale of a lovely apartment in Brentwood,” says Miles.

The company currently has 31 properties for sale and 35 rental properties listed on Rightmove.

January 4, 2019

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