A resilient business model and an outstanding reputation for customer service ensures property search provider, X-Press Legal Services, is a market leader and a sound franchise investment
X-Press Legal Services is the UK’s largest independent property search provider, with 27 franchise offices across England and Wales.
The franchise network provides hundreds of thousands of expert property search reports to solicitors and conveyancing professionals each year, keeping the property sector moving.
Franchisees look to build a loyal customer base and pride themselves on offering quality customer service, always at the end of the phone to help a client. They really become part of a client’s team.
A recession-proof business model
Even throughout recessions and a pandemic, X-Press searches are in demand as an essential part of every property purchase, sale, repossession, remortgage or redevelopment. The business model is resistant to fluctuations in the property market, bringing in regular, repeat business.
Providing searches requires meticulous attention to detail, a thorough understanding of technology, flexibility, independence, and strong communication skills. These are all skills that X-Press looks for in its franchisees.
Thorough initial training is provided to help franchisees understand the business and the sector, as well as ongoing training through the X-Press Academy. Franchisees don’t need legal experience, as their clients are experts in the law.
The academy is an internal programme of support webinars and workshops, helping franchisees master every aspect of the business.
X-Press also has a strong peer support network, with franchisees sharing best practice and helping each other through frequent roadshows and conferences. Franchisees hold regular CPD events and webinars for local solicitors and conveyancing experts.
X-Press’s national office is constantly innovating the range of products and services that franchisees can offer to their clients – providing a complete end-to-end service.
X-Press recently formed new partnerships with SDLT.co.uk and Compass, both products offering a more compliant way of working out tax payments for a property.
It has also been granted a National Land Information Service licence, giving franchisees direct access to authoritative search data direct from every local authority in England and Wales, as well as the Coal Authority and HM Land Registry.
X-Press is continually investing in its online products and security – including being Cyber Essentials Plus accredited.
Be your own boss
Launching an X-Press franchise couldn’t be easier, and it can be run from home with minimal overheads.
Being an X-Press franchisee offers a great degree of flexibility with your working life, as you are able to fit your hours around your lifestyle. Franchisees often work from a home office before growing their team and moving to an external office. Many go on to manage large, successful businesses, turning over in excess of £1m.
Over half of X-Press’s franchisees have been with the company from day one, a testament not only to the success of their businesses but the support and guidance from the national office.
Get in touch
X-Press has several territories available, including Kent, Dorset, Surrey and Northumberland. It also has a resale opportunity available due to retirement, where you can take on an established business with a client base in situ.
At a glance
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01925 393 333 or firstname.lastname@example.org xpresslegal.co.uk