A high street agent’s online offering has already extended its territory and could go national to compete head to head with other online agents, the firm says.
Howard Cundey, with eight branches in Sussex, Surrey and Kent, says it now offers customers four ways of selling their property: through a traditional local branch; a ‘regional’ centre, which offers a no-sale no-fee hybrid model; the modern method of auction (IAM Sold); and its new Howard Cundey LIVE.
Vendors have the option of switching between the different services for both sales and lettings.
Howard Cundey LIVE has drawn vendors from outside the firm’s traditional area in the eight weeks since launch, said a spokeperson.
He added: “The national sales team are free and able to conduct viewings across the country and are also considering the concept of franchising the brand.”
The online arm of Howard Cundey – founded in 1968 – was developed by co-founders Dan Berrisford and Tim Foulkes specifically to complement the existing high street branches.
The fee is paid upfront, costing £599 including VAT.
Extras include floor plans at £80, photography at £100, a package of five viewings at £125, and sales progression at £150 on the basis that vendors must use Howard Cundey’s conveyancing service.