Beware of listing dates

Beware of listing dates

  I have complained about ‘portal juggling’ before and whilst it has abated somewhat as a result of the exposure that rogue agents got for re-listing properties to make them seem fresher and to trigger a new email alert the phenomena still exists even if it’s not quite so deliberate. Take the example of this nice Chorleywood property which had you been looking would have […]

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A house-hunters view

A house-hunters view

As a buying agent, someone who helps people to find, evaluate and to acquire property I often remind people that you make money when you buy, not when you sell. The best you can achieve when you sell is what a buyer will pay but when you are bidding for a property it’s you that controls how much you spend. If someone else wants to […]

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“What’s the plan Prime Minister?”

“What’s the plan Prime Minister?”

Well, that was a mistake! Theresa May called a snap election (having said she wouldn’t) and proceeded to shred a 20 point lead and a Parliamentary majority to end up with a minority Government propped up but some dubious politicians in Northern Ireland. A mistake to rival David Cameron’s a year ago and one that is highly likely to result in another General Election in […]

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A new property recession?

A new property recession?

Writing in The Times yesterday Tom Knowles pondered the state of the housing market as we head into the Election next week. He was kind enough to include a comment from me as well as some reaction from the likes of Johnny Morris, head of research at Countrywide and Bricks & Mortar editor Anne Ashworth. As always, it’s never easy (or sensible) to generalise about the […]

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“and the Property Commentator of the Year 2017 is…”

“and the Property Commentator of the Year 2017 is…”

No cock-ups of a Price Waterhouse Coopers Oscars scale at the swish Property Press Awards this year which I attended as a judge on Tuesday. Along with catching up with some old friends I was amazed to be given the Property Commentator of the Year award. I was embarrassed to receive this the last time it was awarded in 2015 so this was both a surprise and a […]

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‘To buy, or not to buy’

‘To buy, or not to buy’

With apologies to the Bard, I wonder, if like many, you are trying to make sense of the housing market? Should you sell, should you buy or is it all just too uncertain to make the commitment? I can’t pretend that I am certain about the answer but as a professional buyer I can share my approach and perhaps you can take advantage of my experience […]

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The power of recommendations

The power of recommendations

My daughter told me that I should include a feedback section on my website & include some testimonials. Being of an age that finds this kind of ‘user generated content’ slightly uncomfortable I had my doubts but I must admit to being won over. I have encouraged users of both my Quick Check and Pocket agent services to add a comment on the service they […]

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Sales volumes are tumbling but is it Brexit, Stamp Duty or a lack of stock?

Sales volumes are tumbling but is it Brexit, Stamp Duty or a lack of stock?

The latest house price indices have been published by both Rightmove and The Office for National Statistics this week. We have also had an update from HMRC on the number of homes sold in February. In summary;- Average asking prices are up 2.3% over the last year. Average sale prices are up 6.2% over the past year. The number of homes sold last month (seasonally […]

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Policing Estate Agents

Policing Estate Agents

An article on the BBC News website following yesterdays You and Yours program on Radio 4 highlighted the continuing problems that consumers face with rogue letting agents. Despite the efforts of many including ARLA to get some sort of licensing or registration of letting agents and a change in the law requiring letting agents to sign up to a redress scheme as selling agents must […]

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A shortage of homes for sale

A shortage of homes for sale

Apparently there’s a shortage of homes for sale which is helping to push up prices. This is classic spin from estate agency groups looking to talk up their book. Preying on potential sellers worries that they may not find a buyer quickly there’s nothing like a “there are 11 buyers for every home” headline to get new business in. Except this isn’t really the case. […]

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