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Beware buyer fees by Adam J Walker

During the last few months a small number of estate agents, mostly in London and the Home Counties, have started to use conditional contracts. In other words they have started to ask buyers to pay their fees. To my mind this is an alarming development that could have far reaching implications for the whole of […]

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Open for business by Adam J Walker

Staging an ‘open house’ is a valuable tool in property sales, says Adam J Walker. I read an article in The Times the other day about the “high pressure sales techniques that are being employed by some estate agents”. I expected to read an article about over valuing, hidden agency fees, or overlong sale agency contracts. […]

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Nobody wants to be an estate agent by Adam J Walker

One of my daughters, who is in her final year at university, recently asked me to speak at their careers fair. During the day, I listened to some great presentations from bankers, law firms, teachers, social workers and a variety of blue chip companies from every conceivable business sector all extolling the joys of a career in their sector. I was, however, the only estate agent there. I started […]

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Go big or go bust

Go big or go bust?

Adam J Walker discusses whether there is a future for independent letting agents. The big national and regional letting agents are buying up their smaller competitors at an astonishing rate. In the last few months alone, several quite sizeable letting agents including John German, Lampons, Perry Bishop and Chambers, Sullivan Thomas and, most recently, Fitz-Gibbon, […]

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