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“OnTheMarket – Is it worth the move?”

Today, Monday 26th January 2015 sees the launch of controversial new property portal OnTheMarket.com

Founded by; Savills, Knight Frank, Strutt & Parker, Chestertons, Douglas & Gordon and Glentree Estates this new entrant is their attempt to break the duopoly currently held over estate agents by Zoopla & Rightmove. Continue reading

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all our readers

Thanks to you, Propertytalk Live! has enjoyed another hugely successful year and seen exceptional growth in the number of people visiting the site.

And that’s not all – the number following us on Twitter alone has soared past 21,000 which we think is phenomenal. Continue reading

Does Housing Minister love ANYBODY? – Major Landlord

But what I really DO NOT understand is how John Healey’s poisonous gaze now appears focused on ALL property owners. Why else would he have said, earlier this week, that repossession of 46,000 homes in the past year might be the best thing for their former owners?

Really, Mr. Healey? Please explain to me and to the 46,000 families in the UK how being thrown out on the street after years of struggling to pay a mortgage, then having their properties carelessly offloaded at fire-sale prices by lenders who care only about recovering their own equity, and finally finding themselves either with Continue reading

Those who can do. Those who can’t, legislate.

It doesn’t matter if the legislation has any real purpose other than closet tax-raising and job creation. It doesn’t even matter whether you do your job well or badly, as nobody will ever read your findings. You’ll get paid anyway. So will your employer.

And the goverment will earn through corporation tax, VAT, PAYE and NI contributions. So an EPC costing £60 plus VAT will earn the government up to £33 in tax revenues.

As I have said before, I get EPCs done for all my properties when I am advertising for new tenants. Nobody has ever asked to see one, and when Continue reading

The Secret Agent: 1 dog bite, 2 fights, 1 naked tenant

Oh, and I almost forgot: One sale! That’s right, one sale! A sale! Sold! Sold! Sold! I couldn’t be happier if I’d won the lottery – well a tenner on the lottery anyway.

The day my six numbers come up you won’t catch me within a mile of my office. Ever again.

But with the chances of that fairly remote I suppose I’d better not give up the day job, even if it might give me up should things continue as they are.

Long gone are the days when you could sell a property within hours of instruction.

Our latest result finally took place after Continue reading