The demise of the online estate agency sector

‘Happy New Year… As I sit down to write this article, the first one of 2019, the estate agency news magazines, websites, portals and indeed, Twitter, are full of stories about the demise of the online estate agency sector, says Adam Walker, I hate to say ‘I told you so,’ but…” Emoov has just collapsed…

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280% Tax hike for Estate Agents who sell their businesses

Yet another article appeared in the national press this weekend about the withdrawal of tax breaks for people who sell their business.  It is the fifth article in four months and a lot business owners are starting to get very worried. At the moment if you sell your business for, say, £1 million, then you…

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Nobody wants to be an estate agent by Adam J Walker

One of my daughters, who is in her final year at university, recently asked me to speak at their careers fair. During the day, I listened to some great presentations from bankers, law firms, teachers, social workers and a variety of blue chip companies from every conceivable business sector all extolling the joys of a career in their sector. I was, however, the only estate agent there. I started…

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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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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 housing market is crucial to the economy

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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Why buying a letting book makes sense

Several of our big business sales have been announced over the last few weeks and the trolls have been busy slagging off the buyers. Their view is that the buyers have paid far too much money for what they have bought and that they will never get it back because the landlords will all leave…

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What Will Happen to the Market in 2021?

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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