Category: Choosing an Estate Agency

On the Hook? Off The Hook? Which is It to Be?

On the Hook? Off The Hook? Which is It to Be?

On the Hook.  Obligated.  Committed.  All-in. What every estate agency looks for in a vendor.  What every vendor looks for in an estate agency.  I now pronounce you…. Were it so simple. As business models go, no-sale no-fee is a pretty lousy deal for the estate agency.  The euphoria of an instruction can soon turn…

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Consistency, or Intensity? Which Estate Agency Should It Be?

Consistency, or Intensity? Which Estate Agency Should It Be?

  Consistency, or Intensity?  Which Estate Agency Should It Be?   Inspired, as ever, by Simon Sinek’s YouTube post, it got me thinking. About other attributes we should look for in any estate agency. I have talked in the past about character and competence. Two essentials that every homeowner should consider when choosing the best…

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Why Gamble by Selling with Anyone Else?

Why Gamble by Selling with Anyone Else?

“Why Gamble by Selling with Anyone Else?” From a leading estate agency in my home town. Why? Because I’m not persuaded by facts and data. I’m persuaded by character.  My decisions are emotional. “Picking a winner is easy when you know who! –  why gamble by selling with anyone else?”  They said. And there followed…

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Fighting in the Estate Agency Playground.

Fighting in the Estate Agency Playground.

  Fighting in the Estate Agency Playground. Online vs. High Street. Half-truths, insults, complaints to the Advertising Standards Authority. A few tantrums, here and there. But by and large, vendors are none the wiser which estate agency model is better. And the confusion only gets worse. At first, it was one, or the other.  A…

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First Carillion. Could PurpleBricks Be Next?

First Carillion. Could PurpleBricks Be Next?

  First Carillion.  Could PurpleBricks Be Next? Carillion collapse sparks warnings on fixed-price contracts. The Sunday Times article by John Collingridge outlines one of the primary reasons for the collapse of giant, Carillion. And the fear has spread, as bosses of top construction companies warn the government they will no longer accept fixed-price PFI deals.…

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“A Common Little Story…But They Had an Emotional Life to Them.”

“A Common Little Story…But They Had an Emotional Life to Them.”

“A common little story…but they had an emotional life to them.” A remark that caught my attention during a T.V documentary with one of my favourite actor/directors, Clint Eastwood. Discussing his 2004 film, Million Dollar Baby. Stories have enjoyed a resurgence of late as people again realise the power of story to move, influence and…

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Nostalgia Is Not What It Used To Be.

Nostalgia Is Not What It Used To Be.

“Nostalgia Is Not What It Used To Be”….and “The Future ain’t what it used to be”. Attributed, respectively, to author Peter De Vries. and to Yogi Berra.. Selling your home had always been a genteel affair. Estate Agency, a respected profession. Always been done that way. Jon Hunt, founder of Foxtons Estate Agency, had other…

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