Estate Agents

First 100 Days in Power: My Property Manifesto

Adam Day | Posted 20.04.2015 | UK
Adam Day

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.

The Hidden Costs of Buying a Home

Stephen Maunder | Posted 30.03.2015 | UK
Stephen Maunder

Despite the relative success of the Help to Buy scheme and the hope surrounding the recent announcement of a Help to Buy ISA, finance still remains a significant barrier facing prospective homeowners hoping to step on to the ladder, with many finding themselves pushed to their financial limits in their attempts to purchase a home

Rip Off Rents and Unscrupulous Landlords: Welcome to Renting in Britain

Liam Beattie | Posted 09.03.2015 | UK
Liam Beattie

Even if you do manage to a humble abode, of sorts, you are automatically at the behest of a landlord who is subject to little regulation over their practices, yet collectively receive £26.7 billion in tax payer funded housing welfare subsides.

How Can I Add Value to My Home Ahead of Selling?

Stephen Maunder | Posted 25.04.2015 | UK
Stephen Maunder

One of the first things you'll need to decide is when you are thinking of moving. If you are looking to move in the immediate future, your focus will be on making aesthetic improvements to make your home more 'sellable'. Alternatively, if a move is a year or more away you could benefit from taking on a more significant project to add value to your home.

Here's Why You May Never Need Estate Agents Again

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 04.02.2015 | UK

Estate agents may become a thing of the past thanks to a new property firm, which offers consumers the ability to buy, sell or rent property without ...

Why Do Estate Agents Still Exist?

Laurie Fitzjohn-Sykes | Posted 28.03.2015 | UK
Laurie Fitzjohn-Sykes

With the internet potential buyers scour online property sites. As long as your home is on one of these, all buyers will see it. You can also find extensive data on historical sales to decide what valuation is appropriate. The role of expensive high street estate agents appears less clear.

The Power of Technology: Unleash It, Don't Avoid It

James Caan CBE | Posted 22.10.2014 | UK Tech
James Caan CBE

If you are not keeping up with trends and developments in the wider market, you are only creating problems for yourself... Customers are becoming more and more demanding in terms of what they expect, and as entrepreneurs, we need to act accordingly.

Breaking Down Barriers

Michael Bruce | Posted 27.09.2014 | UK Tech
Michael Bruce

With all of the technology that exists today are there really any barriers to communication. Smart phones, tablets, laptops and emails make us all accessible 24 hours a day. We can communicate with whom we want when we want. Doing business must be so much easier for customers. Or is it?

The London Property Market Has *Officially* Never Been More Insane

PA | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK

Rents in London have reached double those across the rest of the UK for the first time ever, according to new research. Average rents across the co...

'Want To Do A Viewing With This Tart? She May Bend Over For You!'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 18.07.2014 | UK

An estate agent has been forced to apologise for accidentally passing on an e-mail from his boss to a potential tenant that referred to her as a "tart...

Flexible Working: Do Estate Agents Care?

Michael Bruce | Posted 01.09.2014 | UK
Michael Bruce

The world is changing. People are changing. Ways of doing things and how we do them are changing. At Purplebricks we have made those changes. We are fully compliant with the new legal provisions and have made it our goal to offer all our people the flexibility never before seen in the industry...

Estate Agents Release Pictures Of Student Houses Left In Disgusting State

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Grappling over the deposit with your landlord has become a bit of a rite of passage for undergraduates moving out of student homes, however these pict...

Property Portals: Who Are the Winners and the Losers

Michael Bruce | Posted 29.07.2014 | UK
Michael Bruce

My prediction is the winners will be Rightmove and Zoopla, and in the medium to long term you can add in the customer. The losers are likely to be Agents Mutual and in the short term the customers of those who advertise on their portal.

Another Estate Agent Scandal: For Sale by Tender

Adam Day | Posted 21.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Adam Day

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...

Making the High Street Local Again

Michael Bruce | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK
Michael Bruce

Wouldn't it be great to see a high street full of local shops, owned and operated by local people and offering a real interesting insight into their skills, dreams and ambitions? Wouldn't it be great for there to be less betting shops, estate agents and insurance brokers?

Eight Secrets Estate Agents Don't Want You to Know

Adam Day | Posted 28.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Adam Day

I have worked within the estate agency industry since 1997. Here, I reveal eight secrets that traditional high street estate agents don't want you to know...

The End of the High Street Estate Agent?

Sarah Willingham | Posted 16.06.2014 | UK
Sarah Willingham

The major benefit of using an estate agent in the past has been their access to the big property sites. SO many people (including my husband) enjoy 'property porn' - trawling the property websites for amazing houses to lust after.

Estate Agency's Changing - Or Will It?

Adam Day | Posted 01.06.2014 | UK
Adam Day

Amazing isn't it? One of the oldest industries in the country is finally on the brink of change. But will we actually see change in an industry that is ripe for disruption?

Finding the Right Student House

Danielle Lowe | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Danielle Lowe

Time at university flies by for most students. Days blend in with the next as we stay up late reading for tomorrows class, getting that essay written, preparing for that exam next week or having a good time with friends.

Five Estate Agents You'll Have the Misfortune to Meet

Poorna Bell | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Poorna Bell

I have yet to meet an estate agent who at some point hasn't told me a massive porky pie with a straight face. This person employs the technique of successful liars, whereby you take a nugget of truth and embellish around it. In some cases, the nugget is the size of the God Particle.

Should Estate Agent Fees, and Indeed All Fees, for Professional Services Include VAT?

Adam Day | Posted 26.11.2013 | UK
Adam Day

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.

The Balloon's Going Up

Nick Abbot | Posted 17.11.2013 | UK
Nick Abbot

The frenzy that the press are describing of rising house prices will make this worse - panic buying is back. No one wants to miss out. The fear is that to fail to grasp the rope of the balloon as it sails upwards will leave you renting for ever.

Unwitting Students Move Into Ex-'Massage Parlour Escort Agency'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Two students got more than they bargained for after discovering the house they had moved into was previously a "massage parlour and escort agency". ...

Who Do You Trust? Well, Don't

Nick Abbot | Posted 26.08.2013 | UK
Nick Abbot

Well, this is a nice to-do and no mistake. The constant eye-popping revelations about the people and institutions that we used to cherish and respect ...

How to Avoid the Dreaded House-Buying Chain

Hannah Lippitt | Posted 30.06.2013 | UK
Hannah Lippitt

Buying a house can be enough of a headache without the constant stress of the possibility of the broken 'chain' phenomenon.