It’s taken almost 40 years to build a reputation in the property world and being totally independent gives me a better platform to advise and consult. Being a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS) helps too.
Having spent the last three years talking to a unique range of agents whilst out on the road with Viewber, it's more obvious to me what's coming down the line, so I have some strong feelings about what estate agency is likely to look like over the next couple of years. If you're an estate agent wondering what your best course of action is do get in touch. A day spent with me could save you a lot of hassle. In days when it's tough to put fees up using technology wisely can mean finding ways to both increase productivity and cut costs.
If you're thinking of buying or selling, or are engaged in the process and confused, there are many ways I can help. If you want to know more please get in touch or have a look at my about me page. I’ve done a fair bit with press and media so looking me up on Google will help fill you in.
One other thing I'm doing, and am now ten episodes in, is a series of Podcasts called #EdTalks - A Property Podcast. It's getting popular and can be heard at here. If you'd like to come and do one with me please let me know.
Advice can take many forms.
Advice before sale, purchase or investment….
Many will enter a sale, investment or purchase without taking professional advice – which seems mad to me given the life changing nature of such a move. Contact me to see what you should be paying your agent, which agent you should choose, what fee you should pay, whether you should have more than one agent, how long should the contract be etc..
Which solicitor, mortgage broker or surveyor should I use….
Over the years I’ve built solid relationships with dependable suppliers of such services. Please ask and I’ll happily point you in the right direction. The best can be seen if you click on services in the drop down in top right corner of the site.
How can I invest in the property market to make my money work better….
Given the long-term ultra low interest rate environment we are in, and the seemingly endless hurdles the Revenue is putting in front of such investment, there are other ways of getting returns without having to buy a property. Instead of reading about others making money out of property you could think about placing funds with reliable, below the radar and busy developers for whom either IRR equity returns of 15% + or 6% on loans are commonplace. I’ve been working with such people for decades and have already placed such funds – ask me who with and how.
Company advice – either consultancy or Non Exec positions….
40 years is a long time in the estate agency world, the last 21 of which have been at one of the best known and dynamic companies in the agency world – Douglas & Gordon. If you feel your business might benefit from an objective view – either consistently as a non exec or a consultation visit – get in touch.
Using my PR profile….
If you’d like to talk about how to leverage PR, to know what actually works, or see how it can benefit your company then again, ongoing or as a one off consultation, please feel free to ask.
Having written regularly and enjoyably for many years for such publications as The Sunday Times and The Telegraph, I continue to write blogs and articles – for Viewber, Silversurfers and PropertyIndustryEye amongst others – so if you’d like some informed content for your blog, please ask. There aren’t many subjects that scare me.
I'm increasingly being asked to talk at events. The RICS Residential Conference and FT Festival Weekend are just two examples. My style isn't necessarily what you might expect but do contact me to talk more.