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Archive for March, 2010

Have FTB’s had the needed leg up?

| March 25, 2010 | 0 Comments

In a recent Rightmove Consumer Confidence Survey, 61% of those in rented accommodation stated that they would like to buy but could not currently afford to do so. With today’s budget announcement of a further stamp duty holiday, this time available to only FTB’s but for properties priced up to £250k, will this be the [...]

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Tesco play down involvement in iSold

| March 19, 2010 | 0 Comments

After a week or so of panic and speculation over Tesco re-entering the estate agency business it was interesting to see the details published about how the iSold service is going to work and also Tesco’s own view of their relationship to iSold. So it there as much to this marriage made in heaven deal as initially [...]

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Will high street letting agents be put out of business?

| March 17, 2010 | 2 Comments

Ask a travel agent if he needs a high street branch to run his business these days and he will probably tell you that he can’t talk because he’s got burgers to flip.   Over the last 5 years the travel agency business has taken a significant hit on the high street, with the majority of [...]

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2015 outlook for online house hunters

| March 15, 2010 | 1 Comment

 I was asked last week to give my views on the changes we are going to see in terms of online property activity by 2015. Here is what I said:- In five years time I anticipate the largest change to the property market will be the increase in access to information. Home sellers and buyers [...]

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A USP over Tesco iSold

| March 12, 2010 | 0 Comments

Given Tesco’s recent move back into the property market it would be interesting to see if Estate Agents will seek to differentiate themselves from the iSold service based on having a more relaxed dress code. Tesco recently banned customers from visiting their stores wearing pyjamas. One particularly lady who was refused access to the store was particularly put out [...]

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Do you like me?

| March 10, 2010 | 0 Comments

I had a conversation last week about doing business with people we like and whilst it seems a bit of an obvious one, we all prefer to do business with people we like which means we need to also be liked ourselves. I’ve always had the view that potential clients/partnerships need to tick a number [...]

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iTurnip to rock the Groceries market

| March 5, 2010 | 0 Comments

An innovative new website has been launched to revolutionise the Grocery market sending leading supermarket chains into turmoil. The new site, brainchild of Ben Harris, enables estate agents to buy and sell Fruit and Veg online to other participating members, offering significant saving over the traditional methods. There are plans to make the site truly [...]

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