Online estate agents are a new phenomenon. But be reassured that eMoov are not so new.
Now in our second year of operation, the eMoov team are experienced property professionals that are regulated by the Property Ombudsman Scheme and are trained in all aspects of legislation as it applies to home selling, for instance the Estate Agents Act 1979 and the Property Misdescriptions Act 1991.
Our founder is Russell Quirk a former High Street estate agency boss that started in the industry in 1984 and ran five branch offices between 1999 and 2009 before selling up to launch eMoov.co.uk having noticed that buyers simply do not visit estate agents anymore. 90% of property searches take place on the internet.
The Quirk family have a long history in property. Russell’s grandfather Albert Quirk opened his first estate agency in 1957 having worked for the Co-operative Society as a surveyor and land valuer for many years. His business, Quirk & Partners, grew into a highly respected and sizeable company during the 1970’s and 1980’s with offices in many locations.
Albert was a pioneer. He was a community man and a local Councillor. He had bold ideas and was quite the people person. That’s why he took the very brave step back then to ‘go it alone’ when such a thing as an independent estate agency firm was a rarity. At the time the large corporate entities were dominating the property industry and offering poor value and poorer service. He wanted to do things differently and to do them better. And that’s why he was a success.
It’s funny how things go full circle….
If Albert were still around today what would he think of his grandson’s move away from the convention of multiple, expensive offices that charge unjustifiably high commissions to the home selling public?
We think that he would be rather proud of the progress that eMoov has made to offering much lower selling charges and banishing unfair percentages in favour of clear, fixed estate agents fees. He’d like the fact that eMoov don’t insist on sole agency tie ins. No contracts littered with penalty clauses at all in fact. He’d no doubt be impressed with the 8am ‘til 8pm opening hours, genuine seven day per week working and the development of a national company that truly covers the whole of the UK.
These things are all as consumer friendly and ground breaking as he himself was amongst his peers 50 years ago or so.
The concept of internet estate agents might be new. Our fee costs may be revolutionary and our accessibility to buyers via the biggest and busiest TWENTY FIVE property websites certainly ground breaking. But eMoov is only a new approach in some ways.
Service, good communication and an old fashioned honesty work hand in hand with the technology and innovation that provides eMoov’s concept.
eMoov…..Old fashioned modern estate agents.