We are pleased to announce the acquisition of Country Properties adding another 23 franchised branches to our network.
Sales and lettings agents Country Properties was founded in 1974 in Hitchin, Hertfordshire. Later, under Managing Director Ian Wilson, the company grew into a successful franchised operation, Country Properties Network, being the first estate agency network to be recognised by the British Franchise Association in 1984, establishing strongholds in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire.
Managing Director of Hunters, Glynis Frew comments: “We are delighted to add such a reputable and well established group of branches to the Hunters network. The two companies share the same set of values and are united in our commitment to the franchise model that we feel produces higher levels of customer service and return.”
“The acquisition allows Hunters to expand our presence and reach into new areas and to welcome a group of industry accredited branches with professional and knowledgeable franchise partners to our network. The majority of the Country Properties branches are in the top three for market share for sales and several hold the top spot”.
“Our franchisees are passionately committed to the success of their own businesses and will work hard to ensure they deliver what today’s customer wants. Local expertise, knowledge and professionalism to help people get to where they need to be – that is our motto”.
Ian Wilson, MD of Country Properties, commented: “We echo the strong sentiments and driving forces behind Hunters and are pleased to be part of such a dynamic and expanding network. There is great synergy between the two businesses; the move will add value to our customers, help our franchise partners to grow revenue and potentially create further opportunities for growth in the area which is great news”.
The 23 Country Properties operations will continue to be managed by Ian Wilson.
In 2014 alone, the Hunters network grew by 37 new locations and the number of Hunters branches now stands at 157, another milestone in the firm’s objective to become the UK’s favourite estate agent.