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Famous estate agency goes down franchise route  22 Sep 14

One of the most famous names in agency in the north of England, Dacre Son & Hartley, is seeking to expand through offering franchises.   Dacres operates now from 21 offices, has 120 staff and an annual turnover of around £120m. It aims to offer at least six sales and lettings licences within the next 12 months. In addition to residential sales and lettings, survey and financial services, the company also offers land development, planning, commercial property management, commercial agency and specialist professional services via Dacres Commercial.   The franchise fee starts from £12,500 plus VAT, 10 per cent of monthly turnover and a monthly management charge. For that franchisees will receive a five-year renewable licence - with no renewal fees - plus use of the corporate software, website and brand in a specific territory, bespoke induction and training, payroll and accounts preparation, access to the corporate marketing department and inclusion in the annual business review.    The firm says it is happy to discuss franchising anywhere in the county but is looking specifically at Wakefield, Selby, Northallerton, Thirsk and Easingwold, Clitheroe, Halifax and Huddersfield.     “The recent improvements in the economy and the property market make this the ideal time to bring our franchise offering to the market. We have a very successful business model that has stood the test of time and continued to thrive despite challenging economic conditions. We are keen to grow the business and franchising is the next logical step” says  Patrick McCutcheon, head of residential sales and franchise director.   The firm says ultimately it may expand further south - but that is in the long-term.    Dacre Son & HartleyFranchisingyorkshire]]>

Surrey estate agent dies on honeymoon  22 Sep 14

A Surrey estate agent - who married someone else in the industry just two days earlier - has died following a jet-ski accident.    Jeremy Hope, a partner at Saxon Kings estate agency in Kingston-upon-Thames, was on honeymoon at Santorini in Greece with new wife Sarah Greaves, another partner in the business.    He was using a jet-ski and was in collision with a male friend; Hope then continued sunbathing but complained he was feeling ill. It was then discovered that he had internal bleeding; he died in an air ambulance on his way to hospital.   The friend, Pete Hudson, also from Surrey, was later arrested at Athens airport and appeared in court; he has been told he will have to appear in court again at a later and unspecified date.    A local newspaper in Surrey says Hudson may be charged with negligent homicide; another report suggests the owner of the jetski rental company has also been arrested.    The case is being investigated by the Greek Hellenic Coastguard authorities.  SurreyEstate AgentSaxon Kings]]>

Agent will meet clients in cafes (and pay for coffee)  22 Sep 14

A new agency which will promote its properties online and in social media is marking itself out from the crowd by committing to put all of its profits into community projects - and by buying coffee for clients when they meet in cafes, inside or outside traditional office hours.   Property Cat does not operate from a physical office but restricts its activities to Cardiff and the South Wales Valleys and describes itself as a “community-friendly and eco-friendly estate agent.”   The website www.lovepropertycat.com carries properties for a fee of £575 upwards. It does on-site market appraisals, write EPCs for clients, and will use Zoopla and social media (@ecoestateagent on Twitter, for example) to promote properties, in addition to its own website.    Property Cat says it will “turn your photographs into a virtual tour video as standard” and will handle all viewing enquiries, provide a memorandum of sale and monitor the process through to completion.   Each vendor or landlord using the service to advertise a property will have a tree planted in their name and meetings take place with clients at a time of their convenience - outside of office hours, if required, with the suggestion that they be held in cafes.    The service is run by Catherine Wood, who has managed her own property portfolio for over 17 years.     Property CatOnline MarketingCardiff]]>

Council wants homes named 'Millionaires Row'  22 Sep 14

A town council is at war with the man building six waterfront apartments in one of Britain’s best-known sailing locations. He wants the scheme to be called Sails - but the council is insisting it should be named Millionaires Row.    The development of six homes, under construction by the developer, Environ, overlooks Dartmouth quay in south Devon. It is a short walk from the Britannia Royal Naval College where the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales and the Duke of York served as cadets.   Two bedroom apartments start at £640,000 with the penthouse at £1.35m. Most of the properties enjoy views of the River Dart and eco-friendly features including low energy lighting and a heat-recovery ventilation system. There is no affordable housing included in the scheme, which is being marketed by Jackson-Stops & Staff.   When details of the scheme were put to planners at the strategic South Hams district council - which includes the Dartmouth area plus several nearby towns and villages -  the Dartmouth councillors supported the application. But now they want the controversial name although the developer has voluntary paid £23,000 to fund a range of local activities.   Environ’s chairman, Tony Dowse, says the change is “childish and irresponsible” and insists he will sue Dartmouth council if the new name goes ahead and damages the sales prospects of the properties, which are scheduled for completion next March.    “Who wants to live in a scheme called Millionaires Row? Everyone’s concerned about the lack of affordable housing but that’s for politicians to decide upon. It’s completely wrong to endanger the viability of a scheme with a gesture that’s just a political point” says Dowse.     Dartmouth’s mayor, Councillor Robert Lyon, says the scheme has fallen victim to worries about young people moving away. “Dartmouth prices are high and have risen a good deal in the past year so emotions are running high that we need affordable housing” he says.  JacksonStops & StaffMillionairesAffordable Homes]]>

Agents happy with 'No' but want certainty about future  19 Sep 14

While most estate agents are breathing a sigh of relief at the Scottish referendum No vote, some say more clarity is needed over what happens next and how it will impact the market. Mark Hayward, managing director of the National Association of Estate Agents says the decision is positive but "does not necessarily guarantee clarity for the market" while Alastair Hart of Hunters says "after a year of good growth and good sales we were concerned that a yes vote would have brought this to a halt." But Strutt & Parker says the Westminster government must provide details on the tax-raising and legislative powers which will be devolved in the near future, so vendors and purchasers can plan accordingly. Strutt's senior partner, Andy Martin, says: “I expect today’s vote to give a boost to the Scottish property market, although we do need certainty from Westminster on further devolution in order to confidently resume normality. However, it is a stepping stone; we can now return to work and continue furthering our economic recovery together.”  Smiths Gore, an agency which sells substantial numbers of estates and farms, says land reform may become another political hot potato until there is clarity over future devolution. Knight Frank's Ran Morgan says that the decisiveness of the majority (55 per cent to 45 per cent) means a rush of business is likely as buyers and sellers deterred ahead of the vote will now return to the market.  “The fundamentals are in place to ensure a full recovery, led by the key cities of Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Glasgow and rural counties within commuting distance of large employment hubs. Improving economic activity levels in the UK, better consumer sentiment and higher bank lending will all help to kick-start the market. We expect to see an increase in the number of transactions at all levels" he says.  Savills has even put a figure on its expectations for market growth in Scotland. Its spokesman Charles Dudgeon says: “We expect Scottish prime residential market values to grow by 23 per cent in the five years to end 2018, in line with the rest of the UK, and for mainstream values to grow by 19 per cent in the same period." Several firms which operate across both England and Scotland - LSL Property Services, for example, with Your Move outlets in both countries - would have faced corporate disruption had there been a Yes vote. Likewise Century 21, the franchise operation with many offices across England but with its UK headquarters in Scotland, may have had to restructure some of its activities.  Some agencies such as Savills, with branches and staff on both sides of the border, had key staff at their desks by 6.30 this morning in case the result had been Yes and the companies had to begin work on restructuring strategies.    Scottish Referendumestate agentshousing market]]>

Agents' salaries not at top of residential ladder  19 Sep 14

Estate agents have enjoyed an average 5.2 per cent increase in salary over the past year but their total income is eclipsed by some other groups within the residential sector. New figures released by specialist recruitment service Deverell Smith shows that the average basic salary for agents is a very modest £23,848 - actually the lowest of 18 job groups analysed within the residential jobs market.    However, agents’ average bonus was £58,643 - the highest of any residential job group with the exception of property investment specialists.   Here is Deverell Smith’s full list:   Architect/Designer - salary £46,062, bonus £7,000, unchanged on last year   Auctioneer - salary £37,559, bonus £12,238, unchanged   Building Surveyor - salary £35,666, bonus £9,000, unchanged   Business Development - salary £45,380, bonus £16,050, up 9.9% on last year   Estate Agency - salary £23,848, bonus £58,643, up 5.2%   Estate Management - salary £45,763, bonus £9,607, up 6.6%   Facilities Management - salary £38,185, bonus £9,500, up 2.3%   Investment - salary £49,103, bonus £60,833, up 5.3%   Land and Development Agency - salary £55,888, bonus £71,600, up 3.3%   Marketing - salary £41,068, bonus £7,100, up 2.4%   New Homes Sales and Marketing - salary £29,654, bonus £46,424, up 4.2%    Project Management - salary £50,818, bonus £13,833, up 3.13%   Property Management - salary £38,830, bonus £8,409, up 2.6%   Quantity Surveying - salary £37,560, bonus £8,588, up 3.29%   Residential Development - salary £67,013, bonus £40,250, up 5.25%   Retirement Housing - salary £33,075, bonus £5,600, unchanged   Social Housing - salary £31,595, bonus £4,896, up 1.6%   Valuation - salary £37,450, bonus £8,650, up 1.2%    estate agentsSalariesResidential Sector]]>

No bubble fear says agency's figures  19 Sep 14

Haart says the average UK house price growth is now 8.9 per cent with a typical home costing £206,578 - although London once again is streaking far ahead. Within the capital homes are 23.6 per cent more expensive than a year ago having risen 2.4 per cent in the past month alone.   The number of transactions nationwide has risen by 8.9 per cent while in the capital the supply of properties on the market is shooting up - it’s 26.6 per cent more over a year ago.   “The market is recalibrating as our data shows, with an easing of demand as new buyer registrations across the UK decrease 5.5 per cent annually, in contrast to the uplift in homeowners looking to sell – up 4.1 per cent” according to haart CEO Paul Smith.    “Despite this influx of stock the market remains competitive with an average 9.5 buyers registering interest in every new home that comes to market, which is the driver behind property price growth. This gradual return to normality should now dispel fears about property bubbles which we have always dismissed as hype” claims Smith.    The data for haart’s figures come from management reports produced from about 100 of the firm’s 200 branches. The firm is one of six brands in the Spicerhaart group.  HaartHouse Priceslondon]]>

Agents do charity - let's do this...  19 Sep 14

The autumn sales and lettings markets may be in full swing but plenty of agents are still doing good works in the name of charity. We at EAT and LAT hugely admire the often-unsung work by agents who donate energy, time and money to charity. We want to shine a spotlight on this side of agency.  If you want to be mentioned, please let us know. Email press@estateagenttoday.co.uk.   In the meantime, here are this week’s updates.   Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research: Crouch End estate agent Mark Johansen has swum the Channel in memory of the stepdaughter he never met, Ellie Merritt. Ellie was just nine when she died from a form of leukaemia which, tragically, had claimed her father’s life a few years earlier. This year, Ellie would have been 25 and Mark, manager at the Crouch End branch of Prickett and Ellis, wants to eventually raise £25,000 for the charity so “other families do not suffer the same heart-breaking loss as Ellie’s sister Hope Merritt and mother Lindsay Nicholson”.   Action Medical Research and CHYPS: Arun Estates managing director David Lench is doing a bike ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats to support Action Medical Research and Chyps. He left almost two weeks ago with colleague Kevin Hafner and they are keeping a daily blog - including on how they’re keeping a low profile in Scotland! - on http://www.wardandpartners.co.uk/news/lands-end-to-john-ogroats-the-day-before/. David’s target is to raise £100,000 for the two charities and you can do your bit without the pain of riding, by visiting http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/LenchLEJOG.   The Octavia Appeal: On Sunday September 21 the single-office central London agency W A Ellis is going to undertake a half marathon paddle board down the Thames in aid of The Octavia Appeal, the paediatric arm of The Friends of Royal Brompton Hospital, a charity which raises funds for projects the UK’s largest heart and lung centre. Last year the agency raised almost £20,000 for Action Medical Research and now it’s hoping to do at least as well this year. The agency team can be sponsored at https://www.justgiving.com/waellisoctaviapaddleboard.   Agents Giving Ball: This is being sponsored by Zoopla Property Group and will be held on October 2 at London’s prestigious Marriott Hotel in Grosvenor Square. ZPG’s support (the portal recently raised £4,000 for AG through a separate event) has enabled the ball to be ‘in profit’ from the start, meaning more money for charity, according to organisation chairman Peter Knight. Billed as ‘an evening of celebration’ to recognise the great fundraising achievements for the Agents Giving charity over the past year, this event will provide another opportunity for the industry and suppliers to raise money for good causes.  If you are interested in securing a place for your company at the Agents Giving Ball, just email info@agentsgiving.org.    Baxters Loch Ness Marathon: The Highlands Solicitors Property Centre has extended a sponsorship deal with the marathon – which includes a £1,000 donation to the charity of the winner’s choice - for a further five years. The sponsorship, which also includes a trophy and a commemorative quaich for the first runner to cross the line with an address in the Highlands, was initially set up five years ago in memory of Gerald Cooper, the property centre’s chairman, who passed away in 2008. The Baxters Loch Ness Marathon and Festival of Running takes place on September 28 and will see thousands of runners descend on Inverness.   CharityEstate AgentEstate Agent Today]]>

Video round up 19.09.14 - Watch the weekly news from Estate Agent Today  19 Sep 14

Watch the latest weekly video roundup of news from Estate Agent Today and Letting Agent Today, featuring stories on the launch of easyProperty, Chestertons' search for a new owner and a Galaxy-stealing letting agent.Weekly Round UpEstate Agent TodayLetting Agent Today]]>

The honeymoon's over already - private equity guru slams easyProperty  18 Sep 14

Just a day after the launch of easyProperty, a senior venture capitalist has hit out at its founder Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, calling him a ‘celebrity business leader’ using crowd-funding websites to “exploit” small-time investors. Jon Moulton - an outspoken private equity guru who once tried unsuccessfully to buy MG Rover from BMW and who is now best known as the founder of Better Capital - says so-called retail investors are drawn to crowd-funding sites by personalities.   “Celebrity types have spotted this and, as is normal in markets, are testing the limits of exploitation” says Moulton.    “Sir Stelios has offered 1.5 per cent ownership in the new company for a substantial £1m. He’s valuing it at £67m which you must assume he thinks is a great deal for him as he clearly does not need the money.”    Moulton claims that private equity investors buying shares at such an early stage in a new company’s life might expect a larger holding for £1m.    easyProperty has just used crowd-funding platform Crowdcube to raise £1m and hit its target yesterday, almost a week ahead of schedule. There were around 200 investors with the largest single investment being £200,000. easyProperty’s online lettings service was launched last night at a glittering ceremony in London’s Natural History Museum with much talk of nearby dinosaurs representing those in the property industry who still advocate old-school high street branches.  easyPropertySir SteliosCrowdfunding]]>

 
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