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  • Property Natter: Q & A with Peter Rollings

    June 16, 2018

    Peter Rollings is one of the most respected and best-known figures in property, having helped to rapidly grow Foxtons (where he was Managing Director from 1997-2005) and then Marsh & Parsons, which he acquired in June 2005 and sold to LSL PLC for £53 million in November 2011.  He left M&P...

  • Shopping is changing – Time to rewrite those property details

    June 16, 2018

    Location, Location, Location: it’s no coincidence the TV show seized on that title because the importance of a property’s position is key for the buyer. But will the concept of ‘location’ have to be redefined by the changes now afoot on the High Street? Recent days have shown how the concept...

  • Marketing: Why boards remain so important for agents

    June 13, 2018

    The For Sale board is one of the oldest marketing tools available to agents, but it is still considered one of the most important, even in this modern day of online marketing.  The board itself is recognised universally as a symbol of a property being for sale or to let. A property...

  • How can agents make money from TV, broadband and utilities?

    June 9, 2018

    Letting agents are being advised to think seriously about how they can recoup costs to help compensate for the introduction of the letting fees ban, which will make it illegal to charge tenants for things like references or inventories. The Tenant Fees Bill, which will also introduce limits on deposits, as...

  • Three reasons why PropTech has become more than an industry buzzword

    June 9, 2018

    Having recently attended FUTURE: PropTech in London, it struck me just how far the integration of property and technology has progressed in a relatively short period. The event itself is huge - it now welcomes over 1,200 delegates and is thought to be the largest PropTech event in the world. This...

  • Property Natter – marketing magic, Mr T and GDPR fever

    June 2, 2018

    Last time out I looked at the growing importance of content, social media and design – but these should only form part (albeit a big and important part) of your overall marketing strategy. Equally important is innovation and giving your clients what they want. I read with interest a recent piece...

  • It’s happening in the US too – a new portal and industry consolidation

    June 2, 2018

    A recent holiday in the US gave me an opportunity to catch up with property news over there - and surprisingly, some familiar themes are at the top of the agenda Stateside. Their agency system and ours are very different but two particular developments caught my eye. Firstly, the website behind the...

  • Be in charge of your own destiny – what does the future hold?

    May 30, 2018

    Any letting agent appreciates the effort, dedication, and sometimes heartache, that comes with running a business yet equally knows that when they are steering a professional and compliant ‘ship’, their customers are happy - and profits are good - that the feeling of satisfaction they gain makes their journey to...

  • Agents’ PropTech Toolshed: Virtual tours – fab or fad?

    May 26, 2018

    Firstly, my sincere apologies - it has now been over a month since my last PropTech blog, doesn’t time fly!  In the last few weeks, there has been The ESTAS and FUTURE:PropTech, not to mention the UK PropTech Association inaugural awards, so a very busy few weeks. There’s also been the fun...

  • Are cultural stereotypes damaging the UK property sector?

    May 26, 2018

    100 years ago, 90% of the UK population rented a home. Today, that figure has flipped, and over two thirds are now homeowners.   Of course, the exact breakdown varies by region, age and demographic and statistics are endlessly bandied around as to who does and doesn’t own their own home, who...