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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How Has COVID Changed Us?

How Has COVID Changed Us?

As a young man, I worked like a slave. My first business did not take off immediately and in order to pay the bills whilst I was getting established, I did a milk round in the morning and shifts as a barman in a nightclub at weekends. For that period, I literally did nothing but…

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Has COVID Killed Customer Service Levels?

Has COVID killed customer service levels?

My beautiful dog died last week. He was old and frail and riddled with arthritis but nothing can prepare you for the loss of a much-loved pet. The only consolation is the realisation that the only way to avoid the pain of losing a dog is to never have one at all and I would…

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The Next Financial Scandal

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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The End Of Let-only Contracts?

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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Laughter is the Best Medicine

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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Why CGT Rates Are Still Likely To Increase

In the last week before the budget we completed on the sale of more businesses than we usually complete in six months.  The sales that have been reported are just the tip of the iceberg as many buyers prefer not to make announcements and other sales were between business partners. Why the rush?  Well, business owners were…

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