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  • The power of floor plans

    September 23, 2016

    When marketing a property for sale, there are a number of attributes that buyers and sellers today expect ‘as standard’, but while property descriptions and photographs are both crucial, they alone are generally not sufficient.  Whether viewing a property listing online or looking at the particulars in printed format, there are...

  • Three months on – which way is the Brexit wind blowing?

    September 23, 2016

    Those working within the UK housing market would have felt considerable worry about the immediate impact of the vote to leave the EU, and what it could do to the key areas of demand/supply, interest rate levels, ongoing property chains and client sentiment. Now, after three post-referendum months, you will already...

  • Is a fear of online agents justified?

    September 23, 2016

    Barely a week goes by without an announcement relating to the latest player entering the online agency world and when they do, those of us from ‘traditional’ agencies can sometimes be all too quick to dismiss them as second-class options.   Quips that they’re offer a low cost option with an...

  • Housing must remain top of the government’s agenda

    September 16, 2016

    With the number of new homes being built across the UK still significantly below the level needed to meet demand, housebuilders are often accused of sitting on land with planning consent for new homes and not building because they are waiting for it to accumulate in value, as reflected by...

  • Property Natter: Q & A with Bob Scarff

    September 16, 2016

    A fantastic exclusive this week as I carry out a question and answer session with one of the leading names in the world of property.  Until leaving the firm in May 2015, Bob Scarff had spent 38 years working at Countrywide and two of its subsidiaries, seven and a half of...

  • Swift change could be the solution for agents and conveyancers

    September 16, 2016

    I write this during the week that David Cameron resigned as an MP – it is quite startling how quickly politics changes and individuals, who seemed like racing certainties to be around for at least the foreseeable future are no longer players on the scene.  Just three short months ago, Cameron...

  • Agents that find balance for their clients are going from strength to strength

    September 16, 2016

    Given the uncertainty that shrouded the immediate build up to, and aftermath of, the EU referendum, the current lettings market in London and the Home Counties has surpassed the cautious optimism that has been building over the past few months.  Immediately after the vote there was an inevitable spike in new...

  • Is buy-to-let investing still a safe bet?

    September 9, 2016

    The huge rush to acquire buy-to-let property in the first quarter of the year ahead of the stamp duty change deadline at the start of April, after which a 3% surcharge was added for second homebuyers and buy-to-let investors, illustrated the growth in popularity of buy-to-let property as an attractive...

  • Industry protests work – so keep them up

    September 9, 2016

    It’s been a heartening few weeks for those of us who thought that protest was dead – or, more precisely, that protest was pointless. My scepticism had reached a stage where whenever I heard the claim that a local council or a government department was ‘consulting’, I felt obliged to raised...

  • Property Natter: let’s embrace change as an industry

    September 9, 2016

    Later on, the title of this piece should become clearer (at least I hope so). First, though, a few bits and pieces… In my recent travels I managed to see Dataloft, who I’ve mentioned in a few of my previous Natters, in all its glory. Set up by Harriet Black six...