The Differences Between Franchises and Sole Proprietorships

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Home Inspector with Advantage Inspection Clear View

Once, not too long ago, when the real estate industry was young, the way business was conducted, (commission-split set up and no effective support/training for new agents) led to an office of unsupported, poorly trained low producing and low commissioned agents and high turn-over.  But Re/Max ( read history) changed that.

By changing the paradigm and offering maximum compensation, superior agent support and traditional Real Estate franchise services, Dave and Gail Liniger of Re/Max transformed the way business was done and changed an industry forever.  

The home inspection business is on the cusp of a similar transformation.  

Presently, it is mainly comprised of Mom and Pop organizations that because of their natural limitations, can offer only the talents of one individual and whatever extra resources and benefits he can offer. No matter how good he is, there's only so much one individual can do.

Advantage Inspection looked closely at the Re/Max model and since 1998 has been leveraging that model to offer unparallelled support and products for the use of their franchise owners and associate inspectors.

Advantage Inspection has focused on benefits to all participants of the real-estate transaction, creating WIN-WIN-WIN solutions for the homeowner, inspector and Realtor,

Advantage Inspection has created programs and products, like :

  1. the Listing Advantage .  Removing the traditional roadbumps caused by the typical order in which the real estate process is conducted and offering the only 'No Denied Claims' Home Warranty..
  2. Super Affiliates with client benefits like:

     3.     The Home Physical.  An inspection conducted for home owners not party to a real estate transaction, for the purpose of being aware of the maintenance and safety issues that may have developed over the years of living in that home.

     4.   Multi - Inspector Offices  Not only are Advantage Inspection Franchises required to have a physical office other than a spare bedroom, they are true multi-inspector firms which allow benefits to inspection associates as well as meet the demands for on-time reporting by having more associates to meet customer need.

          Also, the vetting process for new associates insures quality individuals who will be supported by additional in-house training above and beyond the yearly requirements for education that are State mandated.

     5.  Most advanced and exclusive report writing software, so good that Lowe's chose Advantage as its  preferred home inspection vendor partner.

Advantage Inspection International also saw the problems rife with the Home Warranty industry and created

This is a quick overview of the direction Advantage Inspection International is taking the home inspection industry. And though our territory is presently limited to the Southeastern United States, we are ready to expand nationwide and eventually world-wide. 

As we expand, we will be looking for qualified home inspectors who want the added value to offer their clients, so be sure to look for us !

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Philip Lamachio
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You are reading my post with a filter on your brain. You read what you wanted to read.

I have addressed some of these questions before.......

First of all, the most egregious error is that you think that Advantage Inspection is affiliated with ReMax. 

Read it again !   We have no ties to Re/Max.  Do you get it ?   None whatsoever!  

Advantage only looked at the business model that Re/Max operated under and chose that to expand their buisness.

Just the business model.   Its a Franchise.  Like McDonalds. Like Chick-Fil-A.  Like oh, I don't know, pick any big name in almost any industry, and a large numer of them will be franchises.

Which is better than a Corporately owned entity which has no local owner with a vested interest in the day to day.  And by the way, the inspectors in this franchise system are all independent contractors, responsible for their own clients and their own reputations if they want to be sucessful.

They can't hide behind the franchises coat-tails if they screw up.  In fact, the umbrella of the franchise is an extra layer of insurance for quality.  If we're screwing up we will be addressed and will correct the problem or we won't be on the team long.

The McDonalds comparison was simply to say that what McDonalds has to offer is obviously valued or else they would have never been such a sucess.  Same as ReMax.

I am about fed up with inspectors who approach Realtors like adversaries.  So what if they are difficult to deal with ? Get over it and find win-win solutions that circumvent the vested interests and put you both on the same side, like the pre-listing inspection, which is also a win for the home seller.

Are you also going to make the arguement that real estate franchises are not as good as independent real estate officees ?  Some might not be, but its for sure that in the basic economy of scale a franchise can offer more to its realtors in terms of educational opportunities, and more to their clients, the homesellers in terms of accumulated experience and general benefits.

No one denies that the 'Mom and Pop' business works hard to earn their reputation.  But even if they come upon a winning approach, it will never be replicated or advanced.  It will die out with the specific inspector. 

And there is only so much one person can actually do.  Read the E-Myth to see what I'm talking about.

Before you fire off your next missle, try reading the whole thread.

 

June 29, 2008 06:35 PM
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Mark Reusch
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I think we have covered this enough and would encourage everyone to understand we each have an opinion and we all know what they say about those. Suffice it to say that each person is entitled to go about their business in their own way and to feel good about that decision. I say let's put this blog to bed and wish eachother good luck. We are in the same business and should be supporting eachother and trying to educate others as to our value as professionals rather than what has been happening here. I admit I am guilty of some of it because of the original post name. I have gotten over it and moved on. Pleas all lets support one another and do the right thing. Build our business's to be successfull in our own ways.

 

Well that' my rant for the night

 

Warmest Regards to all.

Mark

www.amajorhi.com

V.P. Upstate InterNACHI

June 30, 2008 10:03 PM
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Philip Lamachio
Advantage Inspection Clear View

Thank you Mark for your gracious and level headed post.  I have tried to remedy and/or address any and all concerns and I'm about done as well.

July 01, 2008 06:03 AM
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In my two cents worth...

Any inspector who directly solicits agents for work is implying that you will do your best for them (the agents). No? Do you really think there are inspectors who tell agents that they are the most thorough inspector in their area and do their very best to find all the defects in a home? No way! LOL..

November 06, 2008 01:54 PM
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"Any inspector who directly solicits agents for work is implying that you will do your best for them (the agents). No? Do you really think there are inspectors who tell agents that they are the most thorough inspector in their area and do their very best to find all the defects in a home? No way! LOL"

I think that though there is the natural fear that an inspector might find something that will be a deal breaker, most agents are just as afraid of alarmists, and from the nightmare I have heard, there are a number of inspectors out there who fit this description.

We encourage all realtors to have a listing inspection to avoid last minute surprises. When the homeowners can finally be persuaded to part with a few bucks up front in order to save a lot at the closing, listing inspections will be the norm.

Listen, agents are in touch with sellers and buyers. It is a fact of life.

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