Andrew and Anna-Marie started their HomeXperts property franchise business a year ago. Read what the first year has been like for them. Andrew had always wanted to run his own business and having worked for 30 years in financial services for corporate companies, his last job where he was working 130 miles away from home, He was ready for a change! In September 2012 we started an estate agency franchise with HomeXperts. Andrew completed his training in Lettings and Estate agency and passed all his professional qualifications. Our goal is to operate an ?exceptional estate agency within our local area?. We are committed to great customer service and fantastic marketing. We want to change people?s perception of estate agents by being honest and completely transparent in terms of fees and not tying people into long term contracts. Just one year on this is supported by our testimonials from happy customers and the fact we now get the majority of our business is through referrals. This time 1 year ago our website went live. Since then we haven?t looked back. I was working full time for Atkinson Bolton consulting in Newmarket and joined Andrew full time in April 2013. Over the summer we had 10 properties complete. In August we invoiced a record amount for house sales, and are the first HomeXperts franchisees to achieve this target within 2 years of trading. It has been a lot of hard work, but made easier because we are passionate about what we do. Last year when we compiled our business plan we set what we thought was an ambitious target in terms of property sales, to date we have practically doubled what we set out to achieve. Thank you to everyone who has been a part of our journey so far! Andrew and Anna-Marie, HomeXperts Ely, Newmarket and Mildenhall.