PHOTO:  BACK IN BUSINESS: Real estate agent David Chapman has started an independent agency in Bathurst after Purplebricks left Australia. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK

Accomplished real estate figure David Chapman was their representativeand had no idea when he launched Purplebricks locally that seven weeks later he would be out of a job.

“In the UK, Purplebricks is the number one brand, whereas in Australia they hung around for two years and it was just starting to go into regional areas,” he said.

“Before we had a chance to really expand into regional areas, Purplebricks decided to pull out of the market.”

While the abrupt end was a shock, Mr Chapman doesn’t resent the company and is actually taking the concept that drew him to Purplebricks into his new venture, Agent Chapman Real Estate.