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Moving in

Katrine Sporle, The Property Ombudsman
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Moving in: make all the arrangements crystal clear or it can reflect badly on you, says Katrine Sporle, The Property Ombudsman.

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Weaker demand reflected in slowing sales figures

Kate Faulkner, Designs on Property

Designs on Property tracks and summarises the monthly property indices. Kate Faulkner says, “Nobody really knows whether the current slowdown is seasonal chill or a sign of things to come.”

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Not happy, not paying!

Chris Hamer, The Property Ombudsman

Chris Hamer (left), The Property Ombudsman, discusses agents, commission fees and legal action. A feature of many sales complaints referred to me is the seller’s belief that the commission fee should be…

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House prices and sales hold steady

The Negotiator
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Designs on Property tracks and summarises the monthly property indices. Kate Faulkner says, “It’s time for agents to be the ones that inform and educate on local property markets.”

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UK rents continue to rise

HomeLet Rental Index
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Rents on new tenancies rose across most parts of the UK over the three months to February, led by gains in the capital, fresh figures show.

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Patchy forecast for sales

Kate Faulkner
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Report Headlines Rightmove: “Biggest September rise for 13 years to new record high benefits the property-rich.” Home.co.uk: “Average London house price up £60,000.” NAEA: “Supply of available housing dwindles to eleven year…

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Average UK rents surge

HomeLet Rental Index
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Rental prices rose further across nearly all regions of the UK, led by gains in the South West of England and Scotland, the latest findings from the HomeLet Rental Index show.  Overall…

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Performance fees

Katrine Sporle, The Property Ombudsman
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If an agent intends to charge a ‘performance fee’ it must be clear before he goes on stage, says Katrine Sporle, The Property Ombudsman.

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Commission disputes

Christopher Hamer, The Property Ombudsman

Avoid commission disputes: remember that only one fee is payable,” says Christopher Hamer, The Property Ombudsman.

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The Website Cup: Independent –v– Corporate

PROPERTYdrum

In the beautiful game that is estate agency, do you see your business as Preston North End or Manchester United? What are the advantages and disadvantages large agency groups have, versus a…

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