Franchise Spotlight: Property Investment
Is a property franchise the next rung on the ladder you've been looking for?
The property market has been appealing to people for many years. One area that has been very attractive is investing in a property, fixing it up and adding value to it, and then selling it at a higher price (also known as ‘flipping the property’).
This type of property investment usually relies on selling the
This industry is one that anyone can get into but going it alone can be a daunting task. Having connections and getting training is something that a lot of people need before leaping into the buy-to-sell business.
Becoming part of a franchise can give you this security and is one reason that a lot of people look to franchise opportunities when they want to enter the market.
- In the UK in 2015, the value of homes flipped in England and Wales was £4.8 billion
- A phrase that is used often in this industry is “you make money when you buy, not when you sell.”
- House flipping can be a useful tool for the housing market by making improvements that home-owners would not have.
Housing prices in the UK have been on the rise for a number of years and there are a lot of people who have been looking to get into the property development business.
However, this industry is not as straightforward as some people think. Look carefully at all your options and take your time to find out what is right for you.
Success in this business usually means finding the right property to buy.
Finding the right property to buy means having a well built up network that you can count on to give you leads.
Some franchisors will already have an established network of people in different areas of the property sector that you will be joining and can make use of. You will also be given training so that you will be able to learn how to generate leads and create a network of your own.
Make sure that you know what kind of training you get or what kind of network of people in the property business you will become part of before you invest in a franchise.
There are some property investment franchises that have stipulations about where you can operate so that franchisees don’t step on each other’s toes.
Before buying into a franchise, it is a good idea to find out what area you will be allowed to operate in. A lot of your resale value will depend on the location that you buy.
Is it for me?
You will be suited to be a franchise partner in the property investment sector if you have available equity or funds. And the financial ability to safely invest in property without putting yourself at too much financial risk.
When you buy a property investment franchise you are paying for the brand that the company has and the marketing that they do. Most franchisors will also be generating leads that they will pass on to you.
According to Aarti Davé, a franchisee of Platinum Property Partners, “I think being on your own can allow you to make a lot of expensive mistakes in property, so joining the franchise and having that level of support has really helped us.”
People are often sceptical of property companies and who they should work with because of the large amounts of money that customers will eventually be handing over. Having a nationally recognised brand can, therefore, work to your advantage to help build trust with potential customers.
Purchasing a property investment franchise will also link you into a network that will offer you support which is something that a lot of new property investors rely on as they get started and learn the ropes.