The success of the vaccine has so far exceeded the scientists’ most optimistic predictions. After a truly frightening and miserable year, we are at last seeing infection rates coming down and we can start to dream about life returning to normal. The government deserves to be congratulated for the part that they have played in…

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It is commonly accepted that the property market has survived Covid-19 well but this is not entirely true. The truth is that some sectors of the market have done very much better than others. Residential sales agents have been to hell and back. When the first lockdown was announced last spring, many agents felt that…

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The pandemic has affected different people in very different ways. Sectors such as hospitality have been hit incredibly hard and many thousands of people have lost everything they own through no fault of their own. Other sectors including estate agents, letting agents and indeed business transfer agents have continued to trade very well and those…

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the housing market is crucial to the economy

The national papers and the trade press have been full of articles recently about whether estate agents should still be allowed to stay open during the lockdown. I am firmly of the opinion that they should but with restrictions. The housing market is of huge importance to the economy. The total revenue earned by estate…

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People ask me how I think the housing market will be next year about twenty times a day at the moment so I’m going to break the habit of a lifetime and answer the question. So, here we go. I think the market in 2021 will be similar to the market that we had in…

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Oh for some certainty

At this time of year I am usually busy helping my consultancy clients to prepare their financial targets for next year. But at the moment there is so much uncertainty that this is almost impossible to do. On the lettings side, good managed letting businesses have hardly been affected by the pandemic at all so…

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This will be my last article about surviving Covid-19 and I have saved the most important topic for last. That topic is the importance of strong leadership. For many years, I devoted a section of my management training course to the importance of good leadership. I started the topic with a syndicate exercise. I asked…

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One of the most important factors that separates the best estate agency and letting agents from the rest is the quality of their staff. Until now employers have competed to recruit the best staff by offering higher salaries, better cars and better promotion prospects but COVID-19 has changed all this because a huge percentage of…

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My previous articles on Coronavirus have focused mostly on how to maintain your income. So, the focus of this article will be how to make savings in your running costs with a particular focus on using Prop Tech. Covid-19 has made many companies completely reassess the way that they use Prop Tech and it is…

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I was very sorry to hear that Andrew Grant in the Midlands had gone into administration. It seems a sad end for a business that has been trading for almost fifty years, but I fear that it will not be the last business casualty of Covid-19. Most letting businesses have performed well during the lockdown,…

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