Becoming a Letting or Estate Agent;

Find out below what's involved in setting up a letting or estate agency business.

What's involved in becoming a letting agent?

Whether you're initially based from home or a managed or an office space, your main role will be to introduce tenants to properties which you manage on behalf of your client (the Landlord). There are two main services you'd offer. These are:


“Tenant Find” also known as “Let only” Icon
“Tenant Find” also known as “Let only”

Introducing a tenant to the landlord for a one off fee. You would assist in sourcing a tenant and setting up the tenancy and then the Landlord would manage the property thereafter, including maintenance and the collection of ongoing rent.

"Full Management Service" also known as "Fully Managed" Icon
"Full Management Service" also known as "Fully Managed"

You would charge a one off letting fee for sourcing a tenant and setting up the tenancy and then an ongoing percentage of the rent collected for managing your Landlords property on an ongoing basis, building solid repeat income as your managed property portfolio grows.


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The role will consist of the following activities:

  • Promoting your services to Landlords
  • Providing rental valuations
  • Sourcing Tenants
  • Applicant matching
  • Carrying out viewings 
  • Completing tenant referencing 
  • Preparing tenancy paperwork
  • Completing an inventory before the tenancy starts 
  • Collecting the first months rent and bond
  • Checking in tenants
  • Handle ongoing rent collection and sending Landlord monthly statements
  • Inspecting the property at agreed intervals
  • Organising maintenance should issues arise (using received rental income)
  • Checking out tenants and re-letting the property.   

What's involved in selling houses?

When setting up an estate agency arm to your business, the key skill sets are the same. Your main role will be to market your clients property for sale and introduce prospective buyers in exchange for an agreed commission, normally between 1 and 1.5% of the sale price. 

The role will consist of the following activities:

  • Promoting your services to Vendors (sellers)
  • Providing sales valuations
  • Sourcing buyers
  • Applicant matching
  • Carrying out viewings 
  • Negotiating sales offers
  • Liaising with buyer and seller
  • Passing mortgage, insurance and conveyancing referrals in exchange for commission
  • Producing a memorandum of sale 
  • Progressing the sale to completion with solicitors
  • Chain management
  • Key handover

Do you need previous experience?

We started our own agency from home in 2006. We now support over 1000 agents across the UK who we've helped set up and support grow their business. You don't require previous experience or qualifications. The key attributes required are; a degree of common sense, the ability to listen, learn and communicate effectively, understanding people and being proactive. If you possess these key skills, you are ready to set up a successful lettings or estate agency.

Is becoming a letting or estate agent worth it?

The role of a letting or estate agent will offer you an exciting, dynamic and well-respected position within your local community. It offers new challenges and the opportunity to meet new people on a daily basis, where no two days are the same. The financial rewards are excellent and you'll be in complete control of your own future and success. Through working in sales, tenant find and property management disciplines, you will effectively have three businesses in one. The lettings market has a reputation for being recession proof due to further growth in times of a slower sales market, whereas the sales market improves in times of economic growth – the perfect hedge. Call us today for some free and friendly advice.

How we can help

Our step by step training/operating manual is based on the the proven business model of our own agency, Propertynest, which gives clear guidance on all the procedures and processes when starting and running your own agency. We also include all the necessary letter templates, administration forms, legal documents, marketing brochure templates and software, including a fully responsive state of the art property website solution which includes property portal uploading software. We also provide ongoing 1-2-1 telephone and email support. 


See our start up package options below

Business Package

Step by step operation manuals, 175 admin, marketing & legal templates, agency software, helpdesk, 1-2-1 support & exclusive supplier rates.


  • Step by Step Operation Manuals
  • 175 Admin, Marketing & Legal Templates
  • Rapid Start Up Marketing Plan
  • Agency Software
  • 1-2-1 Telephone & Email Support
  • Exclusive Supplier Discounts

£395 £349 inc
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Website Package

Modern, fully responsive, mobile friendly, 14 design layout options, includes full set up, integrated property software & content management system.


  • Choice of 14 Website Design Options.
  • Includes Full Set Up & Ongoing Support
  • Content Management System
  • Integrated Property Software
  • 6 Months Free Hosting
  • Integrated blog

£650 £549 inc
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Combined Package

Both the business and website package at a discounted price.


  • Step by Step Operation Manuals
  • 175 Admin, Marketing & Legal Templates
  • Rapid Start Up Marketing Plan
  • Agency Software
  • 1-2-1 Telephone & Email Support
  • Exclusive Supplier Discounts
  • Choice of 14 Website Design Options.
  • Includes Full Set Up & Ongoing Support
  • Content Management System
  • Integrated Property Software
  • 6 Months Free Hosting
  • Integrated blog

£1,045 £649 inc
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Combined Plus

The Business Package, Website Package & SEO Package


  • Step by Step Operation Manuals
  • 175 Admin, Marketing & Legal Templates
  • Rapid Start Up Marketing Plan
  • Agency Software
  • 1-2-1 Tel & Email Support
  • Exclusive Supplier Discounts
  • 14 Web Design Options
  • Full Set Up & Support
  • Content Management System
  • Integrated Software
  • 6 Months Free Hosting
  • Integrated blog
  • Social Media Posting (3 months)
  • Search Engine Optimisation
  • Professional Google Ads Set Up
  • Google Search Set Up
  • Social Media Analytics

£1,299 £749 inc
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