With an Ever Tech Savvy Client Base and Disruptive Online Competition – Should High Street Agents go Digital?

Guest Post by Richard Ayre, Business Development Manager at The SEO Works (www.seoworks.co.uk)

So, in the interest of full disclosure, I worked within the property industry for around 10 years before getting into digital marketing and I left just as the big online agents started to gain traction in the marketplace.

I’ve found the subsequent market disruption and how agents have dealt with the challenge fascinating. Anecdotes from friends and colleagues still working within the industry paint a broad picture of the challenges agents are facing in today’s aggressive market. As such, there’s been an amazing increase in high street service levels and creative thinking within the industry over the past few years as agents alter their approach to compete with the new, online business models. Not only that, but the general feeling with the people I’ve spoken to is this is only the tip of the iceberg.

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Gazumping: What Is It and How Can You Avoid It?

A guest post by Compare My Move

Buying a house is certainly not an easy process, from having to compare estate agents and deal with mortgage companies, to searching for reliable removal companies. However, dealing with the disappointment of losing out and being gazumped after you’ve put an offer down can add additional stress to the process.

The word ‘Gazumping’ is used a lot, but what does it actually mean and, more importantly, how you can minimise the risk of it happening to you?

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Think selling your home in Winter is a bad idea? Think again.

Despite uncertainty around Brexit following the vote and in the leadup to the triggering of Article 50, house prices have continued to grow according to the Office of National Statistics, up 8.4% across the UK. Demand continues to remain strong given a low number of properties on the market.

Even though it’s getting darker and colder and the festive season is approaching, it would be foolish to write off the autumn and winter months as times to sell your property. And we’ll tell you why…

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Perceptions Of Estate Agents And The Growing Popularity Of Online Agents

New research conducted by netanagent.com reveals a huge disconnect between UK homeowners and estate agents when it comes to understanding what is involved in selling a property.  The findings show a need for more transparency around the sales process in a rapidly changing property market.

The new survey explores the perceptions of UK homeowners across a variety of property related topics; including the services consumers expect as part of an estate agent’s fee, preferences for online property portals and the public perception of estate agents.

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New research shows UK homeowners are remaining positive, post-Brexit

New research from netanagent.com, the estate agency comparison website, reveals that, in true British spirit, UK homeowners are remaining positive post-Brexit despite uncertain economic times. Findings show that almost half of homeowners (45%) think their property value will stay the same or increase following the UK’s decision to leave the European Union, with 20% unsure of any change in value and just over a third (34%) expecting to see a decrease.

Of those homeowners who had planned to sell property over the coming months, only 6% are considering putting their plans on hold and only 2% who already have property on the market are considering removing their listing following the referendum result.

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