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  • The Only Certainty Is Uncertainty. So What Next For The Industry?

    June 24, 2016

    One estate agency leader - you’d all recognise his name - described the victory of the Leave camp in the referendum as “handing the country over to Dad’s Army.” He berated the narrow majority of voters, the minority of senior politicians and the handful of estate agents who wanted to leave....

  • Unpicking the new world of estate agency

    June 24, 2016

    It’s official; the estate agency business is tougher than ever. Contrary to perceptions that may exist amongst observers and even clients, the advent of portals, interactive websites and social media have made life tougher for agents, demanding more systems management skills and strategic marketing expertise than ever. A few months ago the...

  • Money laundering due diligence: traditional checks vs electronic checks

    June 24, 2016

    This debate has been running for some time, but it tends to be the online providers of electronic checks that put the arguments forward. I will try and give an impartial view. If I go back two years, I was a pretty strong opposer of online checking. My argument was that...

  • How digital technology can help estate agents connect with customers

    June 24, 2016

    ‘Digital technology in the property industry is here to stay’ was very much the opinion drawn from the recent FUTURE: PropTech conference, as an ever-increasing number of estate and lettings agents partner up with technology to enhance their businesses. This is unsurprising. Digital technology – through apps, sophisticated websites and online...

  • What will happen to the housing market if Britain leaves the EU?

    June 17, 2016

    The sense of gathering momentum for the Leave campaign ahead of the upcoming EU referendum is causing high levels of uncertainty in the UK housing market, as many ‘nervous’ buyers and sellers adopt a wait and see policy, causing activity in the market to slow and property price growth to...

  • Property Natter – Big Data and a different kind of mortgage

    June 17, 2016

    A few of our Industry Views pieces this week focus on the upcoming EU referendum. I don’t think I can add much more to an already fevered and wide-ranging debate which appears to have got the whole country talking politics.   Instead, I'm going to talk about mortgages. I know, I...

  • The current state of play in the property portal market

    June 17, 2016

    With more house-hunters than ever now starting their search for a new home by typically looking online on one of the major property portals, a growing number of residential sales and letting agents are understandably spending a greater share of their total marketing budget on the internet.  Recent research revealed that usage...

  • Should estate agents vote In or Out?

    June 17, 2016

    I pride myself as a logical person, so much so that it amazes me how most people seem to struggle to grasp the simplest of rational arguments.  My general attitude when I know, through logic, that I'm right,  has led to me being accused of arrogance on more than one occasion...

  • Index of house prices – or accumulating crisis?

    June 17, 2016

    So we now have a new 'official' index of house prices, and much good may it do us. For the chattering classes it’s perfect barbecue fodder this summer, which should take their minds off whether we are in or out of the EU and whether or not it has been a...

  • How can the industry provide reassurance during this time of uncertainty?

    June 17, 2016

    Significant national events such as elections and, in this case, referendums bring with them a level of uncertainty.   No-one can predict with absolute accuracy what the outcome will be and polls shift from one day to the next.   This, unfortunately, can have an effect on the property market as consumer...