Change is on the Horizon by FORCE, but are we ready?

Change is on the Horizon by FORCE, but are we ready?

Well it appears that our industry is rather under the spotlight at the moment… not only are we just recovering from the idea of the Tenant Fee Ban, We learnt on April 1st (April fool’s day of all days to announce this) that further regulation is coming for letting...

The PRS in 2018 and beyond.

The PRS in 2018 and beyond.

What a year 2017 was, in now for one I was personally glad to be seeing out! I would like to believe that 2018, is going to be a much more peaceful settled year for the Private Rented Sector, but I somehow think I may be dreaming… Last year we saw the further...

Letting Agents- Your ARE amazing… lets tell the world…

Letting Agents- Your ARE amazing… lets tell the world…

Letting Agents, I want to hear YOUR stories of how YOU have changed lives as a result of the work you do… As agents we get accused of many things… “all you do is photocopy a bit of paper”, “you rip off poor tenants” “you charge extortionate fees and do nothing for it”...

What’s going on in the Lettings Industry?

What’s going on in the Lettings Industry?

I must admit, I never thought it would happen That day in 1993, when I walked into the ARLA interview aged 21, thinking I knew everything and quickly realising, I knew very little, becoming president of this highly regarded entity, was a long distant and seemingly...

Why it’s the right time for a company merger

Why it’s the right time for a company merger

For many, Spring often marks the start of new beginnings and I couldn’t agree more. The property market has gone through a sea of change in the past decades and now we are at a time where we are having to rise to the challenge of competition from online agents moving...

Tenant Fee Ban Part IV – Video

Tenant Fee Ban Part IV – Video

In my penultimate instalment of my tenant fee ban series, I’m talking about the importance of knowing your numbers.
As previously discussed, when trying to optimise your agency’s income sources, it’s important to look into every avenue for generating leads, improving systemisation and encouraging growth. This all creates the best foundation for combating something like a tenant fee ban, but these efforts need direction and knowing your business’ numbers for everything is key to finding that direction.

Tenant Fee Ban Part III – Video

Tenant Fee Ban Part III – Video

In my third instalment on beating the tenant fee ban, I dig deep into the growth strategies that could save your business from the dangers of dwindling income. It seems risque to focus on how you could increase turnover targets when you're going to be losing a main...

Tenant Fee Ban Part II – Video

Tenant Fee Ban Part II – Video

The tenant fee ban has many agents worried, and after being asked many times over what my approach would be to combating the ban, I came up with 5 key elements that letting agents need in order to beat this ban. My first video - which you can find here - I discussed...

Tenant Fee Ban Part I – Video

Tenant Fee Ban Part I – Video

Since the start of this year, I've been inundated with questions from letting agents - at PAC events, seminars, in emails and phone calls - about the tenant fee ban... Since the government announced their plans to introduce measures against tenant fees, letting agents...

Banning of Tenant Fees – The Debate

Banning of Tenant Fees – The Debate

I’m travelling up and down the country, talking to other agents about the effects of the ban on tenant fees, because we’ve got to be on top of this. It’s come out of nowhere, but what can we put in place to deal with it? Tenant fees are coming in at 10- 25% of agents...

Our quest for Hiring a great Content Writer

Our quest for Hiring a great Content Writer

Tuesday morning, a rare whole day in the office, no appointments, no events, just me and my mountain of emails, and a walk around to chat with the team ahead...until Emma (my media manager) enters the office, seemingly in a panic... "Can I have 14 articles by Thursday...

Tenancy lengths and the call for longer term tenancies

Tenancy lengths and the call for longer term tenancies

The debate trundles on, as to whether the PRS needs to have standardised or longer term tenancies in place for all tenants, but it does pose the question, with some tenancies being for literally hundreds of thousands in the city of London, to wealthy business people...

Tenant fees are under fire again

Tenant fees are under fire again

Tenant fees are under fire again, as generation rent claims, we charge exorbitant fees, merely for and I quote “photocopying a piece of paper” well rather than all commenting on misguided facts, let’s look at the REAL truth, of what legislation dictates, that we...

Property investing, is it all about the money?

Property investing, is it all about the money?

Sitting here at my villa, that I bought in 2000, it got me thinking, why do we really buy property and does that reason ever change? Growing up in the Margaret Thatcher era of "you've got to get your foot on the property ladder" I was as desperate to buy a property as...

Not another training course!

Not another training course!

As I sit here in yet another Heathrow hotel room, having stopped over to be fresh ready for yet another days learning on this cold but sunny Sunday, it made me think back to a time when I didn't see the need for training, or so I thought. For the first 15 years of...

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