RealNet offers one of Top 20 business opportunities in SA

The RealNet estate agency group has just been recognised by SA Franchise Warehouse as one of the Top 20 companies providing new business opportunities – for the second year in a row.

The company is once again also the only real estate franchisor to make the list, with the other winners including Car Service City, The Fish & Chip Co, DIY Depot, Matrix Warehouse Computers, PostNet, Supa Quick, Cash Converters, Action Coach and Cash Crusaders, as well as The Courier Guy, Mica, H2O International, Boost Juice bars, Sign-A-Rama, Subway, Romans Pizza, Express Employment Professionals and The Mattress Medic.

“We are proud and delighted to once again be in such good company,” says RealNet MD Jan Davel. “RealNet is a keen and active participant in the SA Franchise Warehouse Junior Partner Academy initiative and we assist agents who do not yet qualify as principal franchisees by admitting them as ‘virtual’ franchisees in an incubator programme that helps them prepare for franchise ownership.

“In addition this year we have secured 68 Services Seta bursaries for our franchisees and agents to assist them to improve their qualifications and thus their career and management prospects.”

The past year has also been a bumper one for the group, which started franchising its concept in 2001. “While the higher barriers to entry for the real estate industry have had an impact on expansion,” Davel says, “the total value of homes sold by our franchisees was R43m higher than in the previous 12 months.

“Confidence in the RealNet brand is further underscored by the fact that a number of our existing franchisees have chosen to secure additional franchise territories in anticipation of an improvement in the real estate market.”

Davel also notes that RealNet is one of few real estate franchisors that enjoy full accreditation by the Franchise Association of South Africa and it is also one of few real estate groups that are on all four major banks’ panels to assist distressed property owners with the disposal of their properties on the open market.

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