Just 100 days into his journey with the Agents’Agency, Ben Stephens has his sights set on growth, with a new office space soon to open and plans to establish a property management division in addition to bringing on extra sales agents.
Ben opened Stephens Estate Agents in late January this year, creating a boutique brand dedicated to servicing the southern Gold Coast and northern New South Wales regions.
The move capitalised on his two decades of experience in the industry, including building his own brand in the past.
This time around, however, Ben was keen to embrace the support of a national network, and has been impressed with the training, administration support and mentoring available.
“There’s an incredibly high level of support at the Agents’Agency,” he says.
“From weekly training sessions to a resource library that’s phenomenal, there’s so much on the menu to pick from.”
Initially Ben was working from home, but with two young children and listings coming in thick and fast, he says the next logical move was to open his own office.
“It was a bit of a challenge working from home with the kids, so now we’re opening an office with a meeting room for clients, enough room for staff and we’re looking for additional agents, along with property managers.”
Ben concedes he hadn’t expected to make the move so fast, but notes the backing of the Agents’Agency has allowed him to take the leap with confidence.
“We wouldn’t be able to do what we’re doing without the infrastructure that’s in place with the Agents’Agency,” he says.
“Quite honestly, I wouldn’t have had time to make money and put staff on at the same time but with the Agents’Agency, I haven’t had to build anything.
“They have the systems, procedures and technology in place that allows me to scale up quickly.”
Reflecting on the past couple of months, Ben says since joining the Agents’Agency he hasn’t looked back and his results are testament to this sentiment.
He recently set a suburb benchmark for a one-bedroom Palm Beach unit, which sold for $93,000 above the previous record, while there have also been records set in building sales.
Meanwhile, he says locals are loving the level of real estate service on offer with his brand.
And Ben notes that’s just the beginning, with the opening of his office heralding a new and exciting era.
“I’ve got a few in the background coming on but now we have an office, I’m really looking forward to putting my foot down,” he says.
“It’s all possible because I have the backing, tools and advice of the Agents’Agency that I can tap into so I can build something with confidence.”