Month: October 2013

Changing Estate Agency

Changing Estate Agency

Nothing is worse than choosing the wrong estate agency.  You have been taken in by either the valuation or the low commission and yet after 4 weeks, your home remains on the market.  You feel inclined to cancel the contract and changing estate agency. Agency A has not performed well and so you might give…

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Agencies are a commodity

Agencies are a commodity

Every estate agency can sell your home.  Do you really think in a small town with five estate agencies that any of them could not sell your home?  They all have access to Rightmove and the major property portals, they all can supply boards, print brochures for prospects, ring registered buyers to offer them your…

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Estate Agency encouraged mortgage fraud

Estate Agency encouraged mortgage fraud

No,,not a small independent estate agency but Abbotts Estate Agency in Essex, part of the 1300 branch Countrywide chain of estate agencies. Documented on tonight’s Channel 4 Dispatches programme – The Property Market Undercover, it reveals how the estate agency branch was recommending buy-to-let mortgages for applicants that could not prove their income and had…

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Marketing, or Just Promotion?

Marketing, or Just Promotion?

Marketing, or just Promotion? There is a huge difference between the marketing of anything and just simply promotion. Marketing encompasses everything from exact location, setting and maximising the price point, targeting the people that will ultimately be interested in your home (as opposed to just anyone with a pulse), product (how your home is presented)…

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Not all estate agents are bad.

Not all estate agents are bad.

In 2012, the Property Ombudsman received a total of 15,782 complaints, a 12% increase from 2011. The overwhelming cause of complaints related to service (68%), whilst 22% were about unfair business practice and 16% were about fees. Here’s a few examples: The Foundations Estate Agency in Ilford, Essex has been expelled from the Property Ombudsman…

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