Managing Director at leading online estate agent Hatched
Adam has worked within the estate agency industry since 1997. After leaving school, he started as a Junior Negotiator for Country Properties in Hitchin and worked his way up to become Branch Manager of one of the top performing offices in the network. He co-founded low cost online estate agency Hatched.co.uk in 2006 and was one of the original pioneers of the online estate agency model. Hatched.co.uk currently have five regional offices, including its head office in Hitchin and branches in Exeter, Sheffield, Manchester and Birmingham. Adam aims to open further offices in Norwich, Newcastle, Reading, Chelmsford, Brighton and Cardiff in 2013.
Small business needs continuing support from the government and I believe that the outcome of the election gives small to medium businesses the best chance at increasing their positions as the employers of tomorrow.
Establishing a definitive strategy with regards to property and estate agency legislation is no straightforward matter. The fact that house prices are influenced by market forces will always mean that tinkering with the system is inherently complex and, indeed, risky.
There are so many things wrong with estate agency in its traditional form and so many ways traditional agents are exploiting unsuspecting sellers, that it's hard to know where to start. But here is my attempt...
This time, it's the biggest scandal of them all... It's known as 'For Sale By Tender' and it has started to become more commonplace, with estate agents seemingly trying to become more appealing to the consumer...
I hate VAT. I hate it as both a business owner and a consumer. But I hate it even more when it's not 'wrapped up' within the price of the product or service that I am purchasing, as a consumer. So why do professional services, that are selling to the consumer, quote fees that are 'exclusive', or 'plus VAT'? It has never made sense to me.
Nothing the government said in the Budget will aid the housing market. A toothless bunch, the market has recovered through hard work and honest advice from estate agents, not the policies or schemes that the government has introduced in recent years.
I am by no means an economist (and I have the utmost respect for those foolhardy enough to be so at this time), but as an independent online estate agent, I like to look at the market myself and see what I can decipher from the tangle of predictions for the year ahead.
01/01/2013 23:19 GMT
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