One Agency targets 160 franchises by end-June through its new business model

One Agency targets 160 franchises by end-June through its new business model
One Agency targets 160 franchises by end-June through its new business model

The One Agency Real Estate group, which helps agents set up their own agency for a fee without the traditional franchise model, is targeting 160 offices by end-June, placing it within the top 10 networks in Australia.

It has more than 120 offices across Australia and New Zealand since opening its doors in 2008, with another 20+ businesses scheduled to open their doors before the end of March.

Founder & CEO Paul Davies launched the business model after more than 30 years as a real estate business owner, across both franchise and independent agencies.

“In the real estate industry it’s almost impossible, as an independent agency, to compete with the big franchises in your local marketplace,” said Davies. “But buying into an established franchise is both constraining and costly, so I set out to create a model that helped business owners to keep as much of their profit in their own back pocket and one that allows them to choose how they operate and grow.”

Members of the group have the flexibility to promote their brand with less restrictions than a traditional franchise. 

“The modern world of real estate is forever evolving and One Agency is at the forefront of that evolution which is why I chose to join the group,” says Grant Baker, from One Agency Noosa in QLD, member since 2013. “The business model is perfectly geared towards the self-motivated agent wanting to achieve personal success and retain all the profits of their labour.”

“The whole process, including the initial discussions, the changeover and the ongoing support, reinforces our thoughts that One Agency is the place to be,” says Stephen Johnston, ex-major franchisee, now an owner of One Agency Dunedin in NZ.

“I had a 23 year association with LJ Hooker brand and in April 2014 we made the leap to join One Agency after careful consideration and research into the One Agency Brand. We have saved a lot of money in franchise fees and have the ability to do business in a more flexible manner, no fees on the rent-roll is a great bonus,” says Andrew Johns, the owner of One Agency South. “The transition has been great and the support from the team at One Agency operations team has been efficient, friendly and impressive.”

“When we were setting up in business, we were approached by some big name franchises and the set up costs were horrific,” says Michael Lister from One Agency The Forest in the Sydney suburb of Frenchs Forest, operating since 2010. “We figured ‘why are we going to work so hard for somebody else’s benefit?’ and so we decided to go with the One Agency model which suited us much better and allowed us to steer our own ship.”

According to a recent REB Employer of Choice Report, 65.4 per cent of respondents identified culture as their main motivation for joining their current network or company.

“We attract very motivated agents, some are new to business ownership and others who are already experienced and bring their established franchise agency to us, often because the costs of a traditional franchise suck up their profits. Our members are also able to react far more autonomously and make changes to suit their business in a far more nimble way, without having to jump through the restrictive hoops that a traditional franchise demands.”

Davies says One Agency is growing organically, and not through acquisitions. 

“We don’t use our cheque book to buy members, like some franchises do, and have no financial interest or partnerships with any of our members businesses. They pay us a one off membership fee and then a low monthly fee, regardless of their commission and in return we offer great branding, marketing tools, systems and a supportive culture.”

Despite such rapid growth, the group retains a boutique feel, yet offers the strength of an international brand, he says. 

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