HomeVestors of America

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HomeVestors of America
TypeFranchise
IndustryReal estate
HeadquartersDallas
Key people
David Hicks, CEO
Websitehttps://www.HomeVestors.com and https://homevestorsfranchise.com

HomeVestors of America, Inc. is a privately owned, nationwide US real estate investing franchisor.[1] Its independently owned and operated franchisees buy homes in need of repair and homes that owners need to sell more quickly than usually can be done through a realtor. Franchisees usually renovate and sell or rent the homes.[2] The company operates in 45 states with over 1000 franchises and growing.[3][4]

The firm is headquartered in Dallas, Texas.[5] Currently David Hicks is CEO and President of HomeVestors.

History[edit]

Real estate agent Ken D'Angelo founded HomeVestors of America in 1989 and began franchising in 1996. By the end of that year, it had 17 franchisees and generated about $800,000 in revenue. It also sold its 25,000th house, in Jonesboro, GA.[6] Franchisees hold the homes for six months on average.[7]

1997

In 1997, HomeVestors reached 30 franchises with $1.7 million in revenue.[8]

2003

By 2003, HomeVestors had grown to 135 offices in 17 states. In February 2004 the company signed an agreement with The Home Depot, making the hardware company its official provider of building materials.[9]

2004

In July 2004, the company launched a real estate-owned (REO) program. HomeVestors purchased single-family houses from its franchisees and called them "ugly notes". They were then sold to third party note purchasers. By the end of 2004 the firm had moved to a larger headquarters. A new mascot was launched, “UG” the Caveman. The company added an additional advertising slogan, "UG Buys Ugly Houses," and both mascot and slogan appeared on new billboards and TV commercials.[10][11]

In 2004 Ken D'Angelo was diagnosed with terminal cancer, and in September 2004 national franchise consultant John Hayes took over as president and CEO. D'Angelo died on January 8, 2005.[12]

2007-2009

After the slowdown in housing sales due to the United States sub-prime mortgage crisis,[13] the firm marketed its services to financially distressed home owners who were facing foreclosures and looking for a quick sale.[14] Holding company Franchise Brands LLC acquired majority interest of the firm on June 11, 2008.[15]

2017

On February 7, 2018, HomeVestors purchased its 85,000th house since its incorporation in 1996. .[16]

HomeVestors passed hands again on April 27, 2017, when it was purchased by the Los Angeles-based private equity firm Levine Leichtman Capital Partners and Management.[17]

Proprietary Tools[edit]

The company provides franchisees with a proprietary software system, ValueChek, to evaluate single-family homes for repair costs and after-repair market value of a property.[18][19]

The firm, in conjunction with Local Market Monitor, maintained a set of "Best Markets to Invest in Rental Property" rankings, to forecast expected performance of rental properties, particularly single-family homes.[20]

Awards[edit]

On October 15, 2018, Franchising Times again named HomeVestors the "third fastest-growing franchise in America."[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Palmeri, Chris (January 25, 2006). "Who buys those ugly houses?". Bloomberg BusinessWeek.
  2. ^ Gibson, Richard. "Companies Offer Innovative Incentives to Lure Franchisees as Competition Grows," Wall Street Journal, August 26, 2008
  3. ^ "About HomeVestors". Retrieved August 3, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "HomeVestors Signs 1000th Franchise". Business Wire. Retrieved 9 January 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ Bernstein, Fred A. (19 February 2006). "Looking for Eye-Catching Profits From Ugly Houses". The New York Times. Retrieved 1 April 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "HomeVestors® Buys 25,000th House Nationwide". Business Wire. Retrieved 9 January 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ Steiner, Christopher (3 October 2005). "Diamonds in the Rough". Forbes. Retrieved 1 April 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ "HomeVestors of America, Inc". Reference for Business. Retrieved 9 January 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ "HomeVestors of America, Inc". Reference for Business. Retrieved 9 January 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ "HomeVestors of America, Inc". Reference for Business. Retrieved 9 January 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ "HomeVestors Launches New Ad Campaign and Mascot, "Ug"". HomeVestors. Retrieved 9 January 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. ^ "Kenneth G. D'Angelo". Dallas News. Retrieved 9 January 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  13. ^ Leland, John (22 October 2007). "Buyers Pounce as Homes Go on the Block". Gadsden Times. Retrieved 1 April 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  14. ^ Smith, Sandy (15 February 2017). "From Trash to Treasure: The Story of the Ugliest House in America". Philadelphia Magazine. Retrieved 1 April 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  15. ^ "HomeVestors of America Acquired by Franchise Brands, LLC". Franchising.com. Retrieved 9 January 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  16. ^ "HomeVestors Purchases 85,000th House". Business Wire. Retrieved 9 January 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  17. ^ "Levine Leichtman Capital Partners and Management Acquire HomeVestors of America, Inc". Levine Leichtman Capital Partners. Retrieved 9 January 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  18. ^ "HomeVestors Mobile App Gives Franchisees Real Time Ability to Evaluate Properties, Estimate Repair Costs". PR Newswire. Retrieved 9 January 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  19. ^ "HomeVestors of America, Inc". Reference for Business. Retrieved 9 January 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  20. ^ Timiraos, Nick (11 July 2011). "The Top Markets for Rental-Home Investors". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 1 April 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  21. ^ "HomeVestors Named the Third Fastest-Growing Franchise in America". Business Wire. Retrieved 9 January 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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