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Essex independent estate agency latest to take refuge in franchised brand

Think Property in Leigh-on-Sea has rebranded to Winkworth and says legislative onslaught and uncertain market conditions persuaded it to move over.

Nigel Lewis

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An independent sales and letting estate agency in Essex is the latest to rebrand its business and join the Winkworth network, which now stands at over 100 branches across the UK.

Think Property in Leigh-on-Sea has been trading for nine years but has now moved over to Winkworth including a new livery for its branch on Leigh Road.

The business, which was established by Mark Newman in 2010 after a ten-year career in property in the region, will retain all its existing staff.

One of his key reasons for moving the estate agency over to Winkworth is to keep up with the huge increase in legislation and regulation faced by the industry and to be “prepared for any changes in the market”.

“We firmly believe that many independents could struggle to do this but, with Winkworth’s backing teamed with the reputation we have built in the area over the years, we are confident that we can now take our business to the next level,” he says.

“Having spent a lot of time getting to know the team at Winkworth Franchising, we felt that this was the best next step to secure the success and longevity of our business.”

dominic agace winkworth franchisingDominic Agace, Winkworth’s CEO (left), says: “It’s widely known that franchising is one of the most resilient business models, and this announcement proves that point.

“At a time when the industry is adjusting to changes in regulation, and with much uncertainty in the market, we’re able to help smaller independents thrive whilst continuing to grow and develop our network.”

Leigh-on-Sea was named the ‘happiest place to live’ in the UK by Rightmove last year following a survey of 21,000 people.

April 9, 2019

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