We first set up as property management agents in South London known as ‘South-Lets’. The owner was already experienced in managing multiple investment properties. Following the creation of the ‘Assured Shorthold Tenancy’ by The Housing Act 1988 the previous year, we considered the buy-to-let market was on the brink of massive growth. Subsequent events proved this decision to be spot-on.
Changed our name to ‘Southcourt Property Management’, experience having shown the ongoing property management side of the business to be the most lucrative. We developed, refined and innovated in growing our business to a significant level in the space of just three years.
Perceiving a growing demand for letting agents nationwide, we took the decision to create a franchise operation alongside our own agency business. However instead of pursuing this, following frequent requests from individuals on ‘how to train as a letting agent’, we embarked on a more informal, 1-2-1 training programme in our offices and alongside our day-to-day business activities. This became highly regarded, and grew rapidly.
By this time we had considerable training experience under our belt as well as experience in running our own letting and estate agency, and we identified an opportunity to offer our combined experience on a wider level, and at the same time fill a gap in the market for highly effective agent training. For this purpose we developed a totally unique "Business Package".
We joined the growing trend for letting and estate agents to take advantage of the internet, and launched our first agency website. Fairly basic by today’s standards, but it did a great job at the time!
This was the next significant milestone in our history as we fully entered the digital world and developed a separate website for our massively successful Complete Business Package under a separate domain lettings-opportunity.co.uk. This serves to provide permanent testament to our history, along with the original business domain southcourt.co.uk.
By now our business interests had become quite diverse, and we found ourselves involved with several offspins such as inventory services and short-term rentals. These were related to our property management services as well as letting agent and estate agent training. For this reason, and on our accountant’s advice, we made the long overdue decision to reorganise and amalgamate our activities under a single banner, incorporating as a single business, Southcourt Property Services Ltd.
We’ve created and continue to support more than 1000 agencies, with some of these businesses growing to multi-million £ turnovers, while others deliberately remain at an appropriate size for the business owners' aspirations. Consequently we feel that we’ve made a significant and valuable contribution to the UK property industry. Many of our agency clients have taken advantage of the growing use of search engine optimisation and social media that we include in our training.
With a wealth of experience behind us and the property market on course for steady growth, we have several ambitious and innovative plans for the near future. Very special discounts on new products are usually available to existing clients.
We look forward to welcoming you on board - watch this space!