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Agents urged to prepare for introduction of new data protection legislation...

It might not be something you have given much consideration to but new data protection legislation is coming into effect from next year that will have a significant bearing on your estate or letting agency business

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Letting fees ban set to go ahead but no timeline specified...

One of the most contentious issues in the lettings industry at present is the proposed ban on letting agents fees to tenants.

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Complaints against agents - are they on the rise...

A few weeks ago, The Property Ombudsman (TPO) launched its latest annual report at the House of Lords, revealing a rise in the number of formal complaints resolved by the redress scheme as well as a record total of compensatory awards paid by estate and letting agents.

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Selling via Facebook Live-is this the future?...

A new first in the world of estate agency has taken place, with online agency HouseSimple recently attempting to sell the first home in the UK via a viewing on Facebook Live. Sale by social media, in other words.

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What do we know about the new housing minister...

Following the recent General Election, a new housing minister was appointed to replace Gavin Barwell, who lost his Croydon Central seat.

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Election 2017: What are the main parties housing policies...

On June 8, Britain will go to the polling booths for a second General Election in just over two years. Theresa May surprised everyone when she announced the snap General Election in April (not least because she herself had previously ruled it out), but since then the party political machines have launched into action and MPs across the country have been out and about in their constituencies, trying to win over voters.

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Why agents should capitalise on the Bank of Mum and Dad boom...

In recent weeks there have been a number of stories about the rising importance of the Bank of Mum and Dad when it comes to house purchases, with financial assistance from parents becoming almost a requirement for young buyers looking to get on the property ladder.

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The rising influence of short-lets how could it affect letting agents...

It sometimes feels like there not a day that goes by without a news story concerning the growing short-lets market.

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Housing White Paper what does it mean for agents...

Earlier this month the government released its eagerly anticipated housing White Paper. The 104 page document sets out how the Conservative Party intends to improve the supply/demand imbalance of housing in the UK.

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Is 2017 the beginning of the end for estate agent boards...

For Sale and To Let boards have long proved divisive with some arguing they are still a useful marketing and advertising tool, while others argue that they are an eyesore and a relic from a different age. But have they had their day

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Good news for agents annual transactions remain strong...

Despite the various challenges faced by the property industry in 2016. Brexit, stamp duty changes and tighter lending criteria chief among them

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House prices: what could happen in 2017?...

Last year was a memorable one for a number of reasons, and throughout an astonishing 12 months which included the Brexit vote and election of Donald Trump the UK property market remained stable and consistent.

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Three tech resolutions for estate and letting agents...

The new year is here and while many people will be spending January trying out a new diet or working hard at the gym, it's also a good time to review your business and make plans for the year ahead.

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Fees ban means letting agents must embrace tech and streamline processes...

One announcement in Philip Hammonds recent Autumn Statement his first as Chancellor caused a bit of a stir in the property world

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Bricks or clicks-what the future of estate agency...

Within our industry there has been a long-running debate between traditional high street estate agents and newer online operators which has focused on the future of our sector

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The number of new high street offices shows strength of agency sector...

The number of high street estate and letting agents operating throughout the UK is on the rise, despite regular talk of the threat online/hybrid models pose to the more traditional way of doing things.

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The PropTech news stories that got us talking this month...

The third quarter of 2016 was a characteristically busy three months in the property world. There was plenty of estate and letting agency news to get our teeth into over the summer

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Why Your Data is Better in the Cloud...

See my guest blog on this PropTech special featured on NC Real Estate and find out the benefits of storing your data on the cloud

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Why a good website is crucial for estate and letting agents...

We now live in an internet-reliant, thoroughly online age.

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The five most important estate agency news stories of the summer...

Unfortunately summer is coming to an end now, but what an eventful few months it\'s been.

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