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  • Housing market slumps: Transactions could fall by almost 11 per cent

    February 18, 2017

    Inflated house prices and economic uncertainty has caused the housing market to stall, as homeowners looking to sell are now waiting up to 10 months to attract interest their properties...

  • Buy-to-let mortgages: What opportunities and challenges lie ahead?

    February 18, 2017

    The rapid growth in popularity of buy-to-let in recent years, fuelled in part by the failings of the pensions industry, has not just fed the stereotype that Brits are uniquely obsessed with property, but it has also provided plenty of business for estate and letting agents up and down the...

  • Don’t undervalue Which? as a useful marketing tool

    February 18, 2017

    The guys at Which? are at it again, all over estate agents like a rash for “over valuing” properties so they win instructions to sell them. Here’s a gem from their latest report: “Take the experience of one member who put their property on the market in 2011.” The estate agents’ valuations on...

  • And now for something completely different…Co-Living

    February 18, 2017

    We’re used to stories on how the buying and renting of ‘formal’ accommodation - flats and houses - has become increasingly ‘informal’. By that I mean those stories about the rise and rise of Airbnb and similar platforms for short lets, and about buyers searching for a home on the iPad...

  • Eastern promise! Focus on Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire

    February 11, 2017

    The East Midlands, which consists of several areas including Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, and much of Lincolnshire, has an ancient history, rich culture, and breathtaking nature like the Peak District, Charnwood Forest with its volcanic rock and Sherwood Forest, not to mention relatively affordable average property prices and rents,…

  • Property Natter – a conference wrapped in Guild

    February 11, 2017

    Excuse the puntastic (or not) title, but as you’ve no doubt already deciphered I took a trip northwards a couple of weeks ago for The Guild’s Annual Conference 2017. Held in Birmingham, the conference was titled “Good to Great” and featured a full programme of talks, speakers, panel sessions and...

  • What we learnt about the Government post-White Paper

    February 11, 2017

    If you work in lettings, I’ll already have a pretty good idea on how you feel about the current Conservative Government.  The ruling party, however, recently had a chance to win back the affections of the property industry. And failed. This February saw Communities Secretary Sajid Javid deliver the much-awaited Housing White...

  • Is building homes in factories the solution to the housing crisis?

    February 11, 2017

    The chronic shortage of housing supply in the UK relative to demand has been a national issue for decades. The Government are committed to delivering a million new homes by 2020.  Yet with limited land availability, and a shortage of skilled labour the government and the house building industry need to...

  • Measures aimed at fixing Britain’s ‘broken housing market’ being unveiled

    February 7, 2017

    Measures aimed at fixing Britain’s “broken housing market” are being unveiled by ministers...

  • Portal peace in our time

    February 4, 2017

    It’s over. Done. The only ones interested are those with too much time on their hands. For God’s sake - behind the scenes, even people at the centre of it all admit it’s all over, too. ‘It’, of course, is the rivalry between Rightmove and Zoopla.  It’s been a long-running saga which...