Category Archives: Franchising

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New website offers service to buck the reputation of estate agents

When the reputation of estate agents rarely tops the charts, Redstones is trying to buck the trend with a striking new website in the company’s trademark red accent which aims to make it easier for users to navigate its many options. From property sales, to lettings and property management, Redstones aims to find a niche in the market by providing the excellent customer service which is so often lacking in the market.

The website not only encapsulates property sales and lettings but caters for the expansion of the brand through franchising. Clearly savvy about marketing and branding, Redstones has now extended marketing support and guidance to its franchisees so that they can more easily launch their own businesses. Originally founded in Walsall, further branches can now be found in Willenhall, Wolverhampton, Telford, Coventry,  Hale and Dartford

To mark the launch of the new website, a new sales option has been unveiled “Redstones Virtual” – offering to sell customer properties from only £699 including VAT. Managing Director Manjit Virdi explained: “We’re always listening to customer feedback. That’s why I wanted to have a user-friendly and appealing new website which makes it easier for customers to see what we can do for them. Combined with our new property sale offer, we are ready to get quick results for our customers.”

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New Redstones website revitalises the brand

Look out for and explore the new revitalised Redstones website!

Fresh and even easier to navigate, the new website features more service options for both property sellers and landlords. Our new hybrid service option will be of particular interest. To stay competitive in today’s property market, including Purple Bricks and the new online property agents, Redstones is launching an exciting new offer to sell your property from only £699 including VAT. This impressive offer is creating extra buzz for Redstones already, as Redstones makes a transition in how we successfully operate in a market where both traditional and online estate and letting agency services are playing key roles.

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Managing Director of Redstones, Manjit Virdi states, “We have always advocated the importance of marketing and branding in making Redstones a success, a philosophy that we extend via the marketing support and guidance we provide to franchisees to help them launch their businesses in their territories.

A fresh, new website will help to engage both new and existing customers, informing them of all the great services we have to offer and explaining how they set us apart in the competitive property sales and letting market. The website is complemented by new marketing materials, as part of a regular drive to refresh the Redstones brand.”

We invite you to explore the new Redstones website, which is now live. All feedback on the new website is welcomed.

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Redstones opens new Hayes office

On Saturday 5th August, Redstones was delighted to open its latest franchise in Hayes, West London. Redstones is growing fast as a leading estate and letting agency, quickly and confidently expanding its reach throughout the UK, particularly the London region.

The Hayes launch was an ideal opportunity to welcome potential local property buyers and landlords to the brand new offices, whilst explaining the business strategy of the Hayes office and how it intends to set itself apart from competitors.

The new office benefits from a prime High Street location, although similarly to all franchises, it will have a strong online presence.

A new business offer that is capturing the interest of those is Hayes and beyond is Redstones new launch offer to sell your property from £666, including VAT.

New franchisee, Pasoon Ebrahim stated that, “The launch was a great event for all that attended and helped to solidify strong relationships that I’m building in the area. There are lots of excellent business opportunities in Hayes and I believe the new branch will be a fantastic addition to Redstones growing network of high quality, value for money and reputable estate and letting agencies.”

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Redstones ready to dominate London

As part of Redstones expansion strategy, we have focused on our franchise program for quite some time now, encouraging new and highly motivated potential business owners to take advantage of the Redstones brand and service offerings to build their own prosperous property business.

Renowned for its competitiveness and broad range of properties for sale and to let, we’re heading South, with Redstones now ready to dominate London! There are a number of new London based Redstones branches opening in the pipeline, including new branches in Hayes, Iver and Dartford. Plans are also in place for further branches to follow.

Bobby Bansal is our regional manager for the London territory. He has extensive hands-on experience of property management and a broad range of contacts in the field, including many new motivated and experienced individuals who wish to join Redstones as franchisees.

Bobby states, “Redstones is working hard to expand in the London region and we’re received lots of interest from new franchisees. Initially, Redstones will establish 6 offices in the region. As well as the branches that are due to launch soon, plans are in place to launch new offices in Slough, Harrow and Milton Keynes too.”

Watch this space for more news soon, as Redstones continue their exciting expansion efforts in London.

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Redstones to open new Iver branch

As a well-known brand in the property market, Redstones is thriving by broadening its reach and developing new franchises all the time. The latest is our Iver branch. Located in Buckinghamshire, Redstones Iver is due to launch over the next few weeks.

The MD of Redstones Iver is Bobby Bansal. Bobby is also a regional manager for the London territory and has extensive hands-on experience of property management. He says, “I’m working hard to spread the word about Redstones Iver and what we hope to achieve as an office, which is part of Redstones larger drive to expand substantially throughout the London region. Having gained vast familiarity with the needs of buyers and landlords in Iver, I’m confident that we have the right service offers in place to see the Iver branch go from strength to strength.”

Working with a brand name such as Redstones, which has already proven its credibility in the property market, has many benefits for franchisees. By adhering to a tried and tested business model, franchisees have increased security that their new business will flourish. Redstones also provides a structured training programme and continuous support to get franchisees off the ground.

Finally, location is everything in the property business and in contrast to many other property franchises, Redstones offers access to large territories to maximise profitability.

If you’re interested in establishing your own prosperous property franchise, visit our Franchise website, call 01922 235 350 or email franchise@redstones.co.uk

Say “hi” to the new Redstones Hayes Office – Saturday 12th August – 10am – 3pm.

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Eye-catching new sales and letting boards launched

As part of a regular drive to refresh the Redstones brand, a new design for Redstones’ sales and letting boards has been launched, which eagle-eyed sellers, buyers and landlords will notice soon!

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Redstones Board design

Manjit Virdi, Managing Director of Redstones explains, “We are a marketing led company who work hard to protect and position our brand effectively. The new board design is all part of that.

In a crowded market, it’s vital for us to have an even more eye-catching board design that will stand out to serious buyers or passers-by and help promote and showcase properties as effectively as possible. Sales and letting boards have always been an important marketing tool to us, which is why we refresh their design every 2 years or so.”

The new boards help ensure that properties attract the right attention and the new board design extends to premium gallow boards, the swinging boards used to sell high value properties.

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Redstones Dartford Now Launched

Amar’s worked within the Insurance industry in the personal lines sector for 12 years, where he was dealing with Household Insurance. He has just opened the latest Redstones’ franchise in Dartford.

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Amar Gill Redstones Dartford

What were you doing immediately before taking up your franchise?
“I had a career change and went into the lettings market, dealing with all different types of properties in the Insurance sector. I always, naturally, had a passion for property so I joined a letting agent.”

How did you discover franchising?
“I’ve personally been looking into franchising for four years and examined all kinds of franchises within the market; Fast food, Insurance Claims, Estate agents and I also have family who have franchises, so obviously I started to look into franchising myself as I could see that the franchise market was going from strength to strength.”

Why did you chose franchising over an employed career?
“I always wanted to be my own boss, leaving school and joining a family business gave me that ‘heads up’ in life. I had school friends who were all employed whilst I was working within a family business which made me less inclined to want to work for anyone.”

“Franchising is the way forward for me as working within a family business I can see the similarities between that and franchising; you become part of a family and grow together.”

Why did you chose this franchise over others that are available?
“I had been researching franchising for a substantial amount of time; it got frustrating at times as not all the franchises were for me. When I found Redstones, as soon as I saw the franchise model and spoke to the franchise manager, I knew this was the right move for me. It ticked all the boxes.”

“My family is not joining me in my franchise so I will be building the business alone at start with, but who knows what the future might bring.”

How did you raise the finances required?
“I was lucky enough to have enough in my savings from my previous jobs.”

How have you found the training and support you received from your franchisor?
“Very helpful and professional, it’s a lot to take it when you first join, but for me just having that peace of mind of knowing that I can pick up the phone and call the team anytime is priceless.”

What challenges have you faced while getting to know your new business?
“Joining the franchise has challenged me to learn new sectors of the property market; for example dealing with sales, accounting and learning the system. These are areas I have never dealt with before but I am enjoying the learning experience and gaining additional skills.”

What ‘highs’ have you experienced in your new business?
“What highs? The whole experience really… learning new roles, meeting new people, being my own boss and joining a well-established company.”

What are your plans for the future?
“I want to grow the franchise along with the team as this is what I want to do until I retire! I am looking to employ staff and expand in different locations.”

What would your advice be to someone thinking of buying a franchise?
“If you have a passion for something but you are not sure how to start the business on your own, franchising is the way forward. Just having people around you that you can learn from while being your own boss is very reassuring.”

Redstones looking to recruit 20 franchisees for 2017

With more people renting rather than buying homes nowadays, the housing market remains buoyant in the UK, making it a fantastic opportunity for potential new business owners.

Our ambitious growth plans mean that Redstones are now pro-actively searching for 20 franchisees for 2017, to take advantage of the geographical territories on offer. In comparison to our competitors, we offer large territories designed to maximise profitability.

Many new franchisees are impressed by our state-of-the art systems, which enable them to run a full service property agency from an office instead of the high street; significantly reducing overheads. We also pro-actively train new franchisees and support them with marketing and gaining new clients. Our SEO strategy and focus on pay-per-click means that we have developed a massive online presence.

Many other service benefits set us apart from the rest and mean that you can be proud to advocate Redstones to your clients as a franchisee. These benefits include:

  • The very latest 3D floor plans and walk through technology to help vendors sell their property as quickly as possible
  • An online property auction service with 0% commission to attract more sellers
  • Great value and flexibility for landlords through our Redstones Platinum Total Care service
  • The innovative Switch Agent programme to ensure you attract more landlords to your business!

If you like the sound of our great business practices and feel ready to take charge of your career as a franchisee, discover more about the special opportunity on offer.

With low-cost start-up fees, we’re keen to get the best talent on board, whether you’re an existing property professional or have the relevant skills to succeed in the property market.

So, if you’re ready to face the challenges, thrills, satisfactions and great financial rewards a Redstones franchise can offer you in 2017, don’t hesitate to find out more.

Become one of 20 valued Redstones franchisees in 2017.

 

Meet our Redstones MD to kickstart your business journey

Have you ever considered working for yourself and running your own property business? If you have an interest or experience in property management, it may not be as complicated as you think to establish yourself and experience success.

Many people find the whole process of setting up and running a business daunting but it needn’t be. The advantages far outweigh any issues for many who take the time to research appropriate business opportunities to find out whether they would suit them.

The process of finding the right franchise, also known as ‘due diligence’ is absolutely crucial to ensure that the business opportunity in mind is affordable in terms of set up costs, aligned to your interests and motivations and of course, whether it can deliver the level of profitability you would expect.

Our territories are comprised of at least 100,000 households, with low set up costs and opportunities to expand.

As well as a trusted brand name, we offer continuous help and support to ensure that your business succeeds – support that comes directly from our Managing Director Manjit Virdi, who is extremely approachable and someone that our franchisees have come to rely upon. This is in direct contrast to many other franchises, where the MD is not quite as visible.

Brinder Bains of Redstones Richmond says, “We were able to speak directly to Manjit Virdi, the owner of Redstones before making a decision to join the franchise, which gave us greater insight into the business and helped me to make the right decision, which was to join this prospering property company as a franchisee.”

We’ve had such great feedback from new franchisees on Manjit’s communication style that we’ve now introduced special ‘Meet the MD’ slots for potential franchisees who would like a one to one, no obligation meeting with Manjit.

Interested individuals should email Manjit directly with the email reference ‘Meet the MD’ via m.virdi@redstones.co.uk

Also, for further information on our franchise opportunities, visit our Franchise website.

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Why run your own property franchise?

Many people decide to become franchisees for a whole host of reasons. These reasons include being their own boss. Being in charge of a business gives you more control of your career and work-life balance.

Property franchises such as Redstones also provide all franchisees with initial training and ongoing support to ensure the best chance of success. In fact, 9 in 10 franchises report profitability, which is an impressive statistic when you consider that 1 in 2 new independent businesses will go bust within the first two years.

Franchising therefore represents a risk-averse way to be more in charge of your life and gain better work-life balance, with a strong support network behind you.

At Redstones, our extensive experience of the complex sales and lettings market means we have developed a tried and tested business model. If our franchisees adhere to this system, they are highly likely to succeed.

To work with us, it’s vital that the franchisee is passionate about the property sector. We always recommend to potential franchisees that they need to pick a franchise that reflects their genuine interests.

If you think Redstones could represent a great franchising opportunity for you, consider these points:

  • Do you have a real passion, interest or knowledge of the property industry? It’s a growing and relatively stable market when compared to many other industries.
  • How do you rate your relationship building and communication skills, as these abilities will be central to your success?
  • What is your general understanding of Redstones as a business? Is it the type of business you would like to operate and will it give you the work/life balance you need?
  • Does Redstones meet your budget requirements? Franchises range from £500 to £1 million and the total cost of setting up a Redstones office is only around £20,000.

Find out more about becoming a valued Redstones franchisee.