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Another agent shifts away from High Street offices

Another interesting article here about an agent, Thirwells, in Teeside who have realised that with the growth of the internet and in particular, mobile phones and iPads, they no longer need – or can justify the expense of – a network of High Street offices. As the article says:

“Partner Wendy Clarke said: “Years ago, we had a queue in the office and people checking adverts on the walls, but people don’t trawl the estate agents any more.

“We were nervous beforehand but there’s been no drop-off in business.”

She says that listings have actually increased in the areas where the two offices have shut.”

The truth is that the cost of finding buyers is falling with Rightmove leading the way to create a much more cost effective way to sell houses in the internet age. Estate agents have been slow to change their business models to meet the new reality. But they…

Never advertise a price reduction – it makes people think you have a problem!

No matter how carefully one tries to ensure that property is valued realistically it is a fact of life that sometimes a house comes onto the market at too high a price. It’s easy to sense when this happens as the early viewings dry up and the number of potential buyers looking online falls away online. If you do decide the price is wrong the change it sooner rather than later. This will open you up to a whole new group of buyers who probably weren’t aware of your house, or who were, but didn’t come as it was out of range. But never fall into the trap of putting “New Price” in your advert in the local paper or online. Why not? Because it makes your house look like it has a problem and no one wants a house that is unloved and has been left on the…

This amazing woman is every reason to sign up for organ donation

I went to a First Thursday networking lunch at Lussmans in Hertord yesterday. Nice food, lots of interesting people, usual networking event. Then T Sandeman-Charles stood up and made the most inspirational talk about her quest to get 10,000 people to sign up for organ donation before she dies (which she will is she doesn’t get a lung transplant). A wonderful and positive woman who deserves all our support. And if you think that “I’m already signed up as I have a donor card” think again – if you’re not registered the chances are your organs go to waste. 500,000 people die each year in the UK but only 1,500 donate!!! Only 0.2% Sign up on her web site and help her reach her goa!! http://www.save5.org.uk/

Check out your home’s flood risk

Put your post code into the environment agency web site to check your flood risk

http://maps.environment-agency.gov.uk/wiyby/wiybyController?x=531500.0&y=181500.0&topic=floodmap&ep=map&scale=3&location=London,%20City%20of%20London&lang=_e&layerGroups=default&textonly=off

Flood risk homes could become uninsurable – so effectively unsellable – from next year

This is a scary article outlining how the government are going to stop supporting the insurance industry in insuring homes in flood plains from next year meaning many people could be left without insurance, and with no insurance, no realistic chance of selling their homes. Or at least not for market value. Surely the government and insurance companies will have to find a compromise?

http://www.estateagenttoday.co.uk/news_features/New-warnings-on-homes-in-flood-areas