How Clear Leadership Brings Results In Business

How Clear Leadership Brings Results In Business

The recent results achieved by Connells/Countrywide are nothing short of astonishing. They were of course helped by the impact of Covid and the stamp duty holiday but even after allowing for this, the improvement in the underlying results of the Countrywide business are way beyond anyone’s expectations. So, how did they achieve this? Let me…

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What Next For The Housing Market?

What Next For The Housing Market?

A week is a long time in politics and a month is a very long time for a columnist. I can hardly believe that only last month I wrote a piece about how positive the outlook was for the housing market following Covid. Since then, dark clouds have returned with a vengeance. The war in…

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Cause and Effect of VAT Rules

Over the last few days, several events have caused me to think about the madness of our VAT regulations. The problems started when the builder who has done all the work in my private home for the last twenty-five years told me that he could not carry out the latest repairs for me because he…

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Is Your Letting Business More Compliant Than Purplebricks?

Is Your Letting Business More Compliant Than Purplebricks?

The recent problems at Purplebricks are a sharp reminder of how easy it is for letting agents to incur enormous fines for technical breaches of compliance rules. According to The Telegraph, Purplebricks could be facing costs of up to £30 million for mistakes made by their Letting Divisions which contributes less than 10% of their…

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Are Estate Agents Undervalued?

Are Estate Agents undervalued?

House prices go up and down all the time but usually the fluctuations are quite gentle. In most years, the change is just a few percent up or down. A boom such as we are having right now means a 10% rise and a crash such as the one that followed the 2008/2009 financial crisis…

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Adam Walker Suspends his Training Courses Indefinitely

Adam Walker Suspends his Training Courses Indefinitely

After thirty-three years, Adam Walker has announced that he will not be running any more training courses. Commenting on his decision, Adam said, “Since 1987, over 150,000 people have attended my training courses. I have enjoyed running them enormously and I have met some wonderful people along the way. However, with great sadness, I have…

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What does the future hold for buy-to-let?

What does the future hold for buy-to-let?

The press has been full of doom-laden prophesies again about the future prospects for the buy-to-let market. Speaking both as a landlord and as a former letting agent, I don’t believe any of them. So why do I say this? Well, in short, I believe that whatever the problem is, the market will, given time,…

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Protecting Your Business from COVID

The property market as a whole has survived Covid very well so far. However, that is not to say that some individuals have not been hit very hard by it. We dealt with a tragic case where a business had to be sold due to the death of the proprietor and I have other clients…

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Don’t allow technology to become your enemy

Don't allow technology to become your enemy

My article last month about how companies are using Covid as an excuse to reduce service levels generated quite a few responses. So this month I am going to develop this theme further. Last month, I dealt with things that companies are doing or not doing that have clearly got nothing to do with Covid.…

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