Mortgage Talk has signed up Middlesbrough-based Thirlwells Estate Agents as a franchise for its mortgage and financial services business.
Originally established in 1977 by husband and wife team Keith and Margaret Thirlwell, the agency was sold to a corporate estate agency practice during the 1980s. Thirlwells was reestablished in 1991, and now boasts four offices in Middlesbrough, Marton, Nunthorpe and Billingham, each concentrating on residential property sales. The total number of staff has now grown to 65 and due to expansion Thirlwells has needed to appoint six further partners to manage and grow the business.
Keith Thirwell, senior partner, says: “We sell around 2,000 properties each year from our four offices. With mortgages arranged on approximately 800 of these transactions during the last 12 months, we considered ways in which we could increase the volume of financial services business that we were writing. Having been a Legal & General representative for some time, we decided that Mortgage Talk was the solution to expand our mortgage related business.”
Peter Birch, Mortgage Talk partner and franchise director, says: “Since the launch of our new franchise business, we have been delighted at the response we have received from agents up and down the country. The imminent arrival of the new FSA regulations is encouraging many estate agents to seek alliances with experts such as Mortgage Talk, helping them to make a significant contribution towards improving their bottom line profit.”