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  • Tenancy deposit protection schemes offer peace of mind

    August 26, 2016

    For many people buy-to-let continues to look an attractive income investment at a time of low saving rates and stock market volatility.  Despite the introduction of higher stamp duty purchasing costs, the recent scrapping of the wear and tear allowance, the pending removal of landlords’ mortgage interest tax relief from next...

  • Why agents will always need portals

    August 26, 2016

    It’s a headline from an Australian business journal this week but it has a familiar ring to it: “Estate agents’ attempts to boycott major listing portals denied”. If you are an estate agent in the UK you can probably imagine the story without seeing any of the details but for the...

  • Property Natter: online agents – where are they now?

    August 19, 2016

    It’s easy to forget, but there was a time when the internet didn’t exist. When the idea behind the world wide web, Twitter storms and YouTube videos of a man running across a field hollering “FENTON!” were just an apple in the eye of Tim Berners-Lee. We now take the internet...

  • Selling homes – what’s the secret to the perfect transaction?

    August 19, 2016

    With almost a fifth of house sales in Britain collapsing every year, it’s now more vital than ever that we – as an industry – abandon what’s essentially become an archaic and inherently flawed process of buying and selling.  As agents, we’re often seen as insincere, pushy, and arrogant, and one...

  • What it takes to be a modern estate agent

    August 19, 2016

    For young people the length and breadth of the UK, Thursday of this week meant that the waiting was over and their future plans started to become clearer.   A-level results can mean many things: joy; excitement; uncertainty; new beginnings and sometimes disappointment.   It’s also at this time of year that...

  • Why choose us? Why indeed!

    August 19, 2016

    Estate Agents may say they are different. They may even believe they are different. But, the perception of many vendors is that most estate agents are the same. A commodity. 'Property is our passion', 'Hard work and dedication', '70 years of experience', 'Honest feedback and progress reports', 'We go the extra mile', 'Longer...

  • Little England is out of step – on Right To Buy, at the very least

    August 12, 2016

    If you want an indicator that the United Kingdom isn’t so united any more, have a look at Right To Buy. The latest-available figures are striking enough. In 1980 RTB became a flagship policy: between then and 2014 the UK’s council and social housing stock fell from 7m to 4.5m while the...

  • What is ‘Compliance in a Box’ all about?

    August 12, 2016

    With ever increasing obligations, estate agents know that compliance matters now more than ever.  However, being able to obtain access to the right expertise, knowledge, experience and services has not always been easy, but there is one firm that claims to provide the ‘complete solution’ for property professionals, and that is...

  • My favourite grouse…lazy agents who tout for my properties

    August 12, 2016

    As I sit here writing this on the Glorious 12th, I realise I’m going on about my favourite grouse – agents who are too lazy to do anything other than tout for my properties. It drives me nuts. It suggests agents are bankrupt of ideas and rely on rivals to identify...

  • Inventing the web needed vision; isn’t it the same for development?

    August 12, 2016

    This week, 25 years ago the world's first website went live to those of us who were around then.  Amazingly, despite the fact that it feels as though the internet was developed for the sole purpose of the purveying of houses, not a single house was in evidence on that first...