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  • Branding – game, set and match to the onliners?

    January 20, 2018

    According to The Branding Journal, a brand is “a name, term, design, symbol, or any other feature that identifies one seller's good or service as distinct from those of others.”  It goes on to say “Branding is endowing products and services with the power of a brand.” So far, so clear...

  • Combatting a knotty problem for estate agents

    January 20, 2018

    Japanese knotweed, the invasive plant brought over to Britain in the Victorian era, threatens millions of pounds worth of property transactions in the UK.  While knotweed is ultimately a problem for homeowners to treat, it poses considerable challenges for estate agents as well, who also stand to lose out from the...

  • Buy-to-Let – are we losing sight of what’s important?

    January 20, 2018

    Last week’s news that the lettings fee ban is unlikely to materialise before next spring was perhaps to be expected. Ever since it was announced, it was laden with an air of will-they, wont-they.   While it had been the subject of much media attention, the consultation that sought input from interested parties,...

  • Property Natter – the marketing trends to look out for in 2018

    January 13, 2018

    After the fun and over-indulgence of the festivities, most of us are now back to the world of work. And, with our batteries recharged, we can approach the 12 months to come with renewed vigour. It’s a time for hope, excitement, bold plans and new, inventive ideas to emerge. All of...

  • Lease Extensions – getting it right

    January 13, 2018

    While there is a distinct market for flats held on particularly short leases, there is a middle ground where flat owners need to appeal to the wider market and so the extension of the lease needs to be addressed. The number of flats affected has increased over time as flat owners...

  • Consultations – Why do so few participate?

    January 6, 2018

    It’s no surprise that figures don’t always show the results or consequences we expect - even if they are entirely accurate. Look at recent political votes. Donald Trump clearly won the Presidency of the United States, under its electoral college rules, yet polled almost three million fewer votes than Hillary Clinton.  At...

  • During industry change, service still matters most

    January 6, 2018

    Estate agents are facing the biggest industry changes seen in decades. The rise of online and hybrid agents alongside more traditional high street outfits means that there are more agents slugging it out for a finite amount of stock.  We’re also seeing more sellers attempting to sell their homes themselves. Only...

  • What next for property in 2018?

    December 30, 2017

    What a year it’s been! Back in 2016 we had Brexit, a new prime minister, Donald Trump’s election, and so when it came to expecting the unexpected, 2017 had a lot to live up to. But then there was an unanticipated snap general election, the unexpected result, and consequently what we...

  • What now for the OTM IPO?

    December 22, 2017

    Who says things slow down before Christmas? The opposite appears to be the case, at least when it comes to the ongoing OnTheMarket (OTM) saga.  Having just read the news flash confirming that Connells has won the right to appeal the crucial decision in the Gascoigne Halman case, I can’t help...

  • Five things that didn’t happen in 2017

    December 16, 2017

    It’s traditional before Christmas to either review the year past or anticipate the one ahead - but I’m intrigued about what was supposed to happen over the past 12 months, yet didn’t. In the wider world pundits predicted the Conservatives would walk the next General Election, that right wing populists would...