James Greenwood, managing director of Stacks Property Search & Acquisition, explains why an estate agent may want to consider a franchise in property search Anyone considering a start-up business in estate agency, whether as an independent or a franchise, can’t have failed to be at least slightly daunted by theContinue Reading

RICHARD  à BRASSARD and his glamorous wife Sandy had hoped to sell their four-bedroom home in Clapham, South London, but now plan to wait a few months to find out how the market reacts to Hips. à Brassard, a director of the estate agency Courtenay, is well-informed about Hips. ButContinue Reading

From next Wednesday anyone starting to market their home will need a Home Information Pack if it has four or more bedrooms. If you use an estate agent then they will be responsible for ensuring that one has been ordered but with over 2.5 million properties marketed every year, howContinue Reading

Home Information Packs become law next Wednesday but what exactly are they and what do they mean for the public? What is a HIP? It is a collection of documents including Deeds, Searches, leasehold information (if appropriate) and an Energy Performance Certificates that has to be ordered before a propertyContinue Reading

Homeowners have been warned to look at the small print when offered either a free or subsidised Home Information Pack. Next week, the law requires a Pack to be ordered for all properties being marketed with four or more bedrooms. Smaller homes will be included by the end of theContinue Reading

This weeks flooding in Gloucestershire and Worcestershire comes hard on the heels of the devastation in Sheffield and the North East earlier in the month. Rainfall records are being broken across the country and ironically only flat, reclaimed East Anglia has escaped without serious flood damage. The impact of 2007Continue Reading

Earlier this week there was a suggestion here on BricksnClicks that some insurance companies might be considering withdrawing cover to homes that have flooded resulting in a 25% drop in values. Oh, and here’s the echo of that piece a week later in The Times but with nearer 80% off!Continue Reading

In the rush to explain to their clients that they don’t support private sellers sites (so called For-Sale-By-Owner or FSBO sites) agents seem to have missed that fact that a number of property portals already have similar offerings. FindaProperty power their parents ‘Homes & Property’ site – which also takesContinue Reading

Registrations for this years event are now being taken but there has already had a suspect application from a new firm in Cheshunt giving a website address of www.tescopropertymarket.com……Continue Reading