Cedar House, Caen St, Braunton EX33 1AH

August 2020

Agents ‘taught not to quote VAT on fees’ claims insurance firm

An insurance firm claims estate agents are taught not to quote VAT in fees until the final bill. A statement from Admiral Home Insurance, advising prospective sellers how to choose their agent, warns vendors they may be in for a shock unless they understand any price quoted early in a transaction... Source: Estate Agent...

50% of property professionals expect pay rise despite recession

A new study reveals that two thirds of property professionals expect a pay rise in the next 12 months, despite Coronavirus and the recession. Of 1,100 professionals questioned in a survey, workers in the property sector scored well above the national average of 41.3 per cent anticipating a pay rise.   This is...

New high-end branch to seek more agents as it expands

Fine & Country has revealed its latest branch - a West Wales office opening for business on Tuesday. It will initially cover Ceredigion and parts of Carmarthenshire, including the county towns of Aberystwyth, Tregaron, Lampeter, Aberaeron and New Quay.  This covers a population of 50,000 people with around 20,000 properties.  Nigel Salmon (pictured... Source: Estate...

Labour to spend two years debating property and housing issues

Labour’s shadow housing minister has revealed that it will be two years at least before the party sets out its long-term priorities for affordable homes and other property-related policies. Thangam Debbonaire made the admission in The Guardian newspaper. “Anyone expecting to hear anytime soon about the party’s vision for everyone to have... Source: Estate Agent...

Agents Do Charity – and there’s a long weekend here at last…

You might be forgiven for thinking we’ve been cheated out of our Bank Holidays this year, as so many fell during the lockdown period. So at last we’re here with a three day weekend…but of course it’s the last one before (whisper it quietly) Christmas! After we refresh this weekend there’s... Source: Estate Agent...

Secret portal from Purplebricks founders wins praise from Rightmove critics

The Say No To Rightmove campaign has given a thumbs up to the new Boomin listings service created by the brothers who founded Purplebricks. Michael and Kenny Bruce have released few specific details about exactly what Boomin will be, but it’s strongly expected to be a portal to rival Rightmove. The... Source: Estate Agent...

Boom! 13-year high for number of sales agreed per agency branch

If yet more proof were needed of the housing boom this summer, NAEA Propertymark says its sales agreed data suggests a 13 year high for the market. The average number of sales agreed per estate agent branch stood at 13 in July - the latest data available - following the announcement... Source: Estate Agent...

Free-to-list portal secures record visits in bid to rival Rightmove and Co

OneDome, which operates two free-to-list property listing sites, says it’s had a record month as it strives to build an alternative to pay-to-list portals. During July - the figures just made available - both the OneDome and Nethouseprices websites recorded a combined 1.7m unique monthly visitors, up from 1.5m in June.  During... Source: Estate Agent...

Houses selling much faster than flats according to Zoopla data

Figures from Zoopla quantify how Coronavirus is changing the market, with houses selling significantly faster than flats. The latest market report from the portal states: “Quarantine has galvanised many homeowners and renters into reconsidering their housing requirements, resulting in demand for more space and changing work and commuting patterns.” It says...

Former agency owner launches training and coaching consultancy

A former agency director and owner with three decades of experience in the industry has set up a coaching and training consultancy. Andrew Gilchrist has been a partner in his own business, and between 2012 and 2020 worked for LSL Property Services as managing director for brands including Frost’s, Lawlors and... Source: Estate Agent...

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