We are addicted to property

first_imgHome » News » Housing Market » We are addicted to property previous nextHousing MarketWe are addicted to propertySince the Thatcher era, we Brits have become peculiarly obsessed with homeownership – and a new survey proves it.The Negotiator8th April 20160580 Views Ever since Margaret Thatcher declared her belief in a ‘property-owning democracy’ and introduced Right to Buy in 1980, the UK was converted into a nation obsessed with residential properties.Let’s be honest, many of us are preoccupied with our homes and particularly how much they are worth. Just turn on the TV or pick up a newspaper on almost any given day and you will find a story about property prices or mortgages and how they are becoming easier or harder to obtain.A new survey by Direct Line Home Insurance shows that 63 per cent of Britons browse property websites even when they are not looking to buy.Some 2.6 million browse portals like Zoopla or Rightmove at least once a day and 38 per cent admit they checked the price of someone else’s home online in the last year.The most enthusiastic property browsers were in Sheffield where 74 per cent confessed to window shopping for homes followed by 72 per cent in London and 70 per cent in Newcastle.People say that they look at online property portals to keep a check on house prices, look at design trends and also daydream about a future home.“We are a nation of property obsessives with very good reason. Our homes are our castles and becoming a homeowner or even climbing the ladder in the UK is a huge challenge and aspiration for many,” said Katie Lomas, head of Direct Line Home Insurance.“Property sites are a source of information and inspiration and browsing these sites has become something of a past-time for millions of people. The flip side of this trend is that those who list on these sites exhibit their homes and belongings to millions of strangers every day,” she added.Rightmove, which attracted a record 1.3 billion visits to in 2015, remains by far the busiest of the property portals.“Our property stock advantage coupled with our brand strength and innovation have substantially increased our audience size and engagement,” said Nick McKittrick, Chief Executive Officer, Rightmove.property ownership homeownership Margaret Thatcher property-owning democracy Right to Buy April 8, 2016The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

The Negotiator Awards comes closer…

first_imgThe excitement is mounting and calendars in estate agencies, lettings agencies, auctioneers and property industry suppliers’ offices across the UK are marked with a big star on 1stNovember!The standard of entries this year has been even higher than last year’s and the judges’ task is correspondingly greater, but they are now ‘on the job’ reviewing the entries – which is no easy task with hundreds of entries, from across the UK and from every size of business. Every entrant has a story to tell, success to report, special achievements to report.Our panel of judges, named below, all highly respected industry experts, are now taking time to read the entries, visit websites, check important details and form a view of each entry, eventually deciding on those that really impress, before the final judging round. The Negotiator Awards Judges 2016Once again, we have a fine panel of judges, carefully selected to build the best possible range of experience, skills and integrity.Katrine Sporle: The Property OmbudsmanPeter Bolton King: Global Property Standards Director, RICSNicholas Leeming: Chairman, Jackson-Stops and StaffMark Goddard: Managing Director, Property Services, Zoopla Property GroupJulian O’Dell: TM Training and DevelopmentCaroline Coskry: Group Managing Director, Oracle GroupFrances Burkinshaw: Freelance TrainerKatie Griffin: President Elect, NAEA and Director, Sawdye & HarrisNik Madan: President: ARLA and Group Lettings Development Director, Connells GroupSimon King: Partner Network Director, MovewithusDavid Sandeman, Managing Director, Essential Information GroupJeremy Tapp: Joint Managing Director, HomeflowJeremy Leaf: Director, Jeremy Leaf & Co.Robert Scarff: Estate Agency ConsultantRoger Southam, CEO, Chainbow Don’t delay, book your tickets today:Individual Place: £225 + VATTable of ten: £2025 + VATTable of twelve: £2250 + VATCall our ticket hotline on: 0844 745 3104. Joint Conference and Awards – Special Earlybird ticket prices.Make it a day by attending The Negotiator Conference and Expo, same day, same venue, starts at 9am, closes at 4.30pm (time to change into your evening finery!)Standard delegate rate for the day is £130 + VAT. Special Earlybird rate until 30th September 2016 (and not a day after!) For one joint ticket for the Conference and Expo as well as attending the Awards Dinner: £249 + VAT for one place.For 10 tickets for the conference and Expo PLUS a table of 10 for the evening Awards is £2241 + VAT.Call our ticket hotline on: 0844 745 3104.  Every year at The Negotiator Awards, the bookings grow. It’s not just about the champagne reception or the glittering guests in black tie and posh frocks. It’s not just about the superb dinner that follows. It isn’t even all about the entertainment and the legendary Property Party of the Year. It is, of course, about winning one of the iconic Negotiator Awards.The Negotiator Awards Judges 2016 Awards The Negotiator Awards 2016 events August 17, 2016The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » The Negotiator Awards comes closer… previous nextThe Negotiator Awards comes closer…17th August 201601,675 Viewslast_img read more

Picture of the week: Purrfect lettings?

first_imgThere was a time when ‘not pets allowed’ was the norm in rental adverts and most landlords were happy to steer clear of drooling dogs and sharp-clawed cats.But the rise in the number of accidental landlords who rent out their homes while travelling round the world or who relocate to a new job but can’t take their four-legged friend with them, is driving a rise in the number of rental properties available to rent with one unusual caveat included in the listing; to look after the ‘house cat’.Agents clearly don’t think it’s a ‘purrfect storm’ to ask potential tenants to feed and look after a feline friend as part of the monthly rent, and there have been several recent examples.In Cardiff agent Northwood was recently asked to list one such ‘miaowse’ house; a two-bedroom terraced property to rent on Daisy Street near Victoria Park (pictured), two miles west of the city centre.The furnished property has recently been let despite coming with an unusual rental ‘claws’; to feed and look after the property’s resident cat. Northwood’s listing also included a picture of the mog, which is called Smokey (see above).The property was advertised for £650-a-month and described as being only suitable for ‘cat lovers’.Northwood, which says it also recently been asked to list another property that includes a cat, is not alone in offering feline furnishings.JBS Lettings in Bristol currently has a two-bedroom terraced home that comes with a resident cat which “will need feeding and the odd nuzzle”, the agent says.lettings property rental cat November 15, 2016Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Picture of the week: Purrfect lettings? previous nextAgencies & PeoplePicture of the week: Purrfect lettings?It used to be ‘no pets allowed’ but now tenants are being asked to look after landlords’ cats AND pay the rentNigel Lewis15th November 20160524 Viewslast_img read more

Countrywide surveyors sign Landmark digital deal

first_imgHome » News » Countrywide surveyors sign Landmark digital deal previous nextProducts & ServicesCountrywide surveyors sign Landmark digital dealAim is to sign off 99% of valuations on the day the site visit takes place using Landmark system, it says.Nigel Lewis17th March 201701,938 Views Tech is changing the way property professionals across the industry do their job. And that now includes the 430-strong Countrywide surveyors team.Where pencil and paper once sufficed, its staff have now begun completing their valuations equipped with Surface Pro 4 tablet PCs (see right) loaded up with software designed to entirely digitise the property valuation process.Countrywide Surveying Services’ says it wants to “disrupt” the way valuation referrals are handled and its aim is to sign off 99% of properties on the day they are valued.This is because, it says, the system enables its surveyors to capture site notes and use Rightmove’s Surveyor Comparable Tool to call up property details and compare it with similar homes in the area.Landmark dealThe system is Landmark Valuation Services’ Q-Mobile product which has just finished being rolled out across Countrywide. And the deal is one of Landmark’s biggest to date, says Mike Holden, its Head of Client Relationships.Countrywide’s valuations business is one of the biggest players in the market and its performance was one of the few high points of the PLC’s otherwise poor annual results published last week.During 2016 it completed 364,957 valuations and surveys, increased its market share and turned over £68.6 million, up 4% on 2015, and earnings before tax up by 14%.“As an organisation that handles thousands of annual valuation instructions, the mobile managed service from Landmark gives us total peace of mind that our surveyors are capturing the right information for every job in an efficient manner,” says Matthew Cumber, Director of Field Operations at Countrywide (pictured, left)“By using Q-Mobile on the latest Surface Pro Tablets, our team can access everything they need onsite:  the camera is integrated, site notes are completed on the tablet, and comparable data accessed online.  It’s a far more streamlined process than ever before.”landmark valuation services Mike Holden countrywide valuation services March 17, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

20% of London rental properties now part of selective licensing

first_imgTwenty percent of London’s privately rented homes are now covered by a local council selective licensing scheme, it has been revealed.Consultancy and services provider London Property Licensing says there are now 30 selective licensing schemes and that 200,000 of London’s million privately rented homes are now included within them.The latest London borough to join the fray is Hackney, which is currently consulting on introducing a licensing scheme across the whole borough for HMOs and a selective licensing scheme in three wards – Brownwood, Cazenove and Stoke Newington.Giving its reasons for bringing in selective licensing, the council says it has found shockingly poor conditions 20% of properties within these wards including leaking roofs, exposed writing and vermin infestations.“Our research has exposed that in some parts of our borough, tenants face appalling conditions that put their safety at risk despite paying an average of £1,820 a month in rent for a standard two-bedroom home,” says Councillor Sem Moema.“This is simply unacceptable. We believe that introducing these licensing measures will give us the powers we need to tackle landlords who exploit renters and make sure their homes are safe, secure and well-maintained.”As we reported in August, Hackney also recently introduced a voluntary lettings fee ban as part of its Better Renting Campaign. The borough is proposing to charge between £400 and £500 for a selective licence.London is not the only city where selective licensing is spreading. Birmingham City Council also recently began consulting on selective licensing within the Stockland Green ward of the city.Landlords will be charge £500 for a license, which will last for five years. The consultation closes at the end of the year and, if approved, licensing will begin next year. hackney Birmingham selective licensing sem moema October 6, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » 20% of London rental properties now part of selective licensing previous next20% of London rental properties now part of selective licensingResearch by consultancy shows schemes are spreading across the capital including most recently, Hackney.Nigel Lewis6th October 201701,240 Viewslast_img read more

Government launches latest bid to fund proptech start-ups

first_imgAgentsAgents wondering where their taxes are spent now have at least one answer – to help proptech businesses get off the ground.The government has launched its latest bid to stimulate innovation within the proptech industry via a new funding round backed by HM Registry and Ordnance Survey.Entrepreneurs with ideas or fledgling businesses in need of cash and expertise have until 27th August to bid for funding of up to £20,000 each.Successful bidders will also be given a Dragon’s Den-style support package including tech, property and mapping expertise plus business and investor mentoring.Called Geovation, the programme’s ‘hub’ offices in London are used by up to 900 tech firms including many with designs on the property industry.Geovation also says it has directly funded and supported 72 start-ups which in turn has created 152 jobs and helped the companies raise £17 million in additional funding from investors.The programme helps start-ups in several sectors including property, mobility and transport, infrastructure, energy, health and connectivity.Proptech successIts most high-profile proptech success so far is GetRentr, which enables landlords  and letting agents to track all UK property licensing regulations and consultations in real-time to ensure property portfolios are compliant.Since joining Geovation earlier this year GetRentr has raised a further £500,000 from investors and earlier this month signed a distribution partnership deal with ARLA.“Geovation has been life changing,” says its co-founder and CEO Orla Shields (pictured). “The grant money has helped us do things we couldn’t have done while we were waiting to secure our investment.”Free office space in [London’s] Clerkenwell is a major benefit for any business – early stage or not. It’s a great environment, with numerous other inspiring start-ups in a similar field.”Other proptech firms being funded by Geovation include Hipla, a consumer-facing online service that enables buyers to prove their seriousness and financial profile when house hunting and negotiating, a flat sharing platform called Fruumi whose tagline is ‘no more dodgy agents’ and a conveyancing disruptor named ThirdFort. geovation Hipla proptech GetRentr Orla Shields ThirdFort Frummi July 18, 2018Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Government launches latest bid to fund proptech start-ups previous nextProptechGovernment launches latest bid to fund proptech start-upsLand Registry and Ordnance Survey are to help fledgling businesses with advice and £20,000 startup cash.Nigel Lewis18th July 201801,256 Viewslast_img read more

New regulations to cover overseas and online agents, auctioneers, property guardians and rent-to-rent firms

first_imgThe policing of estate agents in the UK proposed by the final ROPA report published today by the government reveals that many non-traditional property players are to be regulated.The Regulation of Property Agents (ROPA) working group says that it came across many property professionals and intermediaries operating beyond traditional sales, property management and lettings models.“Some may count as property agents under existing legal definitions; others would not. We considered which of these types of agent should fall within the scope of a new regulatory regime,” says the report, which was chaired by Lord Best.Non traditional modelsThose ‘non-traditional’ models are to include auctioneers, rent-to-rent firms, property guardian providers, international property agents and online-only and hybrid agents.“In all of the above cases, the agent, or their company’s activity, shares the essential characteristics of traditional lettings, management and sales: they are offering services as an intermediary to a property transaction,” the report says.“Excluding any of these from the scope of regulation could create potential loopholes.”But the working group has decided to exclude two types of property company. Retirement housing providers which manage leasehold or rental properties they have developed will not be included, nor will ‘right to manage’ companies set up by freeholders or common-holders to manage blocks of flats or developments.The ROPA group has also decided not to include property portals within its proposed regulations, and also suggested that the laws will cover sales companies operating across the UK but only apply to lettings and property management firms operating in England.Lord Best Ropa regulation July 18, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » New regulations to cover overseas and online agents, auctioneers, property guardians and rent-to-rent firms previous nextRegulation & LawNew regulations to cover overseas and online agents, auctioneers, property guardians and rent-to-rent firmsROPA working group proposals to government published today reveal much wider scope of regulation that just high street sales and lettings agents.Nigel Lewis18th July 20190810 Viewslast_img read more

Hybrid platform signs up 30 partner estate agents as it ‘goes for growth’

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Hybrid platform signs up 30 partner estate agents as it ‘goes for growth’ previous nextAgencies & PeopleHybrid platform signs up 30 partner estate agents as it ‘goes for growth’Love2Move says it’s growing fast after launching in April 2017 and expects to bring more agents on board this year.Nigel Lewis7th August 20190673 Views An online service that enables estate agents to fight off hybrid competitors such as Purplebricks and HouseSimple now has 30 partner estate agents using the service, it has revealed.Love2Move describes itself as being in its ‘infancy’ and was launched in April 2017 year by Mark Worrall and his mother Georgina Cox. The company has also now added a third director, Worrall’s wife Rachel, now that the company has begun growing. She will be heading up its marketing effort and previously worked for the company as a consultant.“I’m delighted we are now in a position to take the business to the next stage of development; this is the perfect time for me to join love2move on a permanent basis,” says Rachel (left).As well as signing up 30 partner estate agents to use its service, Love2Move has secured ‘significant investment’ for the business, saying that the company is “ideally placed in the estate agency market following the shift towards online services which will result in substantial agent recruitment over the next year and, consequently, significant sales growth”. It has also secured the backing of FIA chairman Graham Lock, who turned up to its recent second anniversary party.Its partner agents are mostly in the north at the moment near its Leeds base but also in SW London and Torquay.This includes two branches of MovingWorks, four branches of Edwards Grounds, three branches of Kirkham Property and two branches of Home Truths.Love2Move is a hybrid estate agency that offers consumers the ability to sell their home for a flat fee of £895 but with local ‘franchises’ held by the 30 estate agents who do the face-to-face work on the ground. Mark Worrell Georgina Cox FIA Chairman Graham Lock hybrid agency love2move August 7, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

Rightmove points to a smartphone future as it hires Shazam’s former CEO

first_imgRightmove has finally revealed its replacement for outgoing chairman Scott Forbes, who is to depart at the end of December after 14 years with the company48-year-old Andrew Fisher will be the portal’s new non-executive chairman and comes from music discovery smartphone app Shazam, which enables users to identify songs they hear on the radio or in stores and is used by 100 million people worldwide.Fisher spent nearly 14 years at the company including as its CEO and later chairman.His mobile development experience would point to Rightmove’s future growth; at least 70% of traffic to portals like Rightmove, Zoopla and OnTheMarket comes from smartphone users these days.Fisher is also a non-exec board member at Marks & Spencer, Moneysupermarket.com and Merlin Entertainments, which owns Madame Tussauds and Alton Towers.Gong givenIn the past he has been a special adviser on the BBC to a government minister and received an OBE in 2016 for his contribution to the digital economy.Rightmove’s Chief Executive Officer, Peter Brooks-Johnson said: “I’d like to thank Scott for his invaluable contribution to Rightmove’s success over the past years and particularly the support he’s shown me over the past three years as CEO.I’m delighted to welcome Andrew to Rightmove and look forward to working with him as we continue to innovate to make home moving easier.”Scott Forbes said, “It’s been a privilege and pleasure to have been part of Rightmove’s journey from pre-IPO in 2005 to the FTSE 100 business it is today.”Andrew Fisher Rightmove Scott Forbes November 22, 2019Nigel LewisOne commentAndrew Stanton, CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist 22nd November 2019 at 6:35 pmWhat does the imminent installation of Andrew Fisher means for the future of Rightmove, as its non-executive chairman?He is an extremely capable, intelligent, team player, who is also modest and to quote him,‘My specialty has been helping develop and drive the adoption of new technologies to hundreds of millions of people, and my ambition is to help others to continue to do this and encourage them to believe that they can have a positive impact on a global scale.’Now although Andrew’s background academically was not tech, the phenomenal success he had with Shazam, the app that apple can not get enough of, begs the question – is he going to steer Rightmove down the path of ‘vendors’ using apps to self list; or develop better tech for property agents?Time will tell, but with a very healthy bank balance it will be interesting to see what creature Rightmove turns into by the year 2025.Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Marketing » Rightmove points to a smartphone future as it hires Shazam’s former CEO previous nextMarketingRightmove points to a smartphone future as it hires Shazam’s former CEOAndrew Fisher, one of the UK’s best-known and successful digital pioneers, is to be its new non-executive chairman.Nigel Lewis22nd November 20191 Comment1,081 Viewslast_img read more

Bluesky thinking on aerial mapping

first_imgHome » News » Bluesky thinking on aerial mapping previous nextProptechBluesky thinking on aerial mappingThe Negotiator21st December 2020065 Views Aerial mapping company Bluesky is releasing its entire catalogue of geographically referenced oblique aerial images of UK cities via a new subscription-based streaming service.Working with Geoxphere, a specialist in cloud-based geographic information systems, Bluesky will offer the MetroVista imagery via an easy-to-use web viewer which also includes measurement tools for detailed analysis of building features, façade details and street furniture locations.“Oblique imagery offers an unparalleled view of the built environment revealing real world features simply not present in any other type of aerial image or map,” commented Rachel Tidmarsh, MD of Bluesky. “The MetroVista imagery can be used to inform decision making with time-stamped intelligence, and even evidence, as well as improving engagement with colleagues through better communication of ideas. All of this without even leaving your desk!”With a Data-as-a-Service (DaaS) solution powered by Geoxphere’s XMAP geospatial cloud technology, the MetroVista Oblique Viewer is a fully managed subscription service meaning there is no need to download or store large volumes of data locally. Captured using the world’s first large format imagery and LiDAR hybrid airborne sensor, Bluesky MetroVista imagery collection includes simultaneously captured oblique and vertical aerial photography.Bluesky has already captured MetroVista data for cities such as London, Birmingham, Manchester, Bristol, Bournemouth and Nottingham.bluesky-world Oblique imagery time-stamped intelligence Data-as-a-Service (DaaS) solution Geoxphere’s XMAP geospatial cloud technology MetroVista Oblique Viewer LiDAR hybrid airborne sensor Aerial mapping company geographically referenced oblique aerial images of UK cities Geoxphere MetroVista imagery Rachel Tidmarsh MD of Bluesky Bluesky proptech aerial photography December 21, 2020Jenny van BredaWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more