Hartlepool estate agent firm makes its own move to expand across North East
A Hartlepool-based estate agent is getting ready to expand across the region.
Igo Move was launched two-and-a-half years ago in Hartlepool and has already appointed directors to successfully concentrate on County Durham and Teesside.
Following its rapid progress, the hybrid estate agency is now placing more focus on Middlesbrough, Darlington and Stockton, with a plan to target Sunderland before the end of the year.
Managing director Mark Flint has said the agency is looking for experienced people to lead its new branches.
Mr Flint, 42, said: “We are looking to grow the business even more after a successful first couple of years.
“While we have sold houses in these areas, we are looking to cover Middlesbrough, Darlington, Stockton and Sunderland with greater intent.
“We are looking for interested people with a minimum of three years’ experience to become partners and lead their own area at Igo Move.
"There is no up-front cost and those successful will effectively be running their own branch.
“It’s an exciting opportunity and a further sign Igo Move has big plans. Our model works.”
Igo Move was launched in January 2019 with the aim to bring a more personal service to the client for a “fair fixed price”.
It currently has 12 members of staff, including directors, negotiators and admin staff.
Brothers Michael and Danny Naylor were brought in as directors to lead the County Durham and Teesside arms of the business.
Mr Flint, who created the company after having operated within the industry buying and selling properties for more than 20 years, said: “The next logical step was to open an estate agent because that is my passion. It has evolved from there.
"Given the set-back with coronavirus, which did hold the industry back initially, we are on target for where we want to be. That is fantastic.”
The agency said it has brought almost 350 houses to market this year alone.
It has said its property listing packages, which include professional photography, floor plan and listings on Rightmove, Zoopla and Prime Location are more affordable, because Igo Move doesn’t operate with high street branches.