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Basement Wars; Is This Really About Gaining Extra Living Space Or Is It A Class War Between The ‘Have’ and ‘Have Nots’?

As night follows day, should we be wondering why there is now an explosion of basement planning applications amongst the cognoscenti in certain parts of London?

There is a mixture of driving forces here, all conspiring together, which have created this new ‘thirst’ for additional space by way of basement areas and here are some of the reasons why: Read more

On-line v Traditional Agency: ‘Snap’ Or 12 Dimensional Chess, Which Game Would You Prefer Your Estate Agent To Play?

As things stand at present on-line estate agency services occupy 3% of the market and it is predicted to rise to 7%. The principal of paying 20% upfront of an average estate agents fee, in the vain expectancy of selling your property at the highest possible price, is fatally flawed. Let me explain why.

The on-line agency employs the services of a local estate agent who meets you at your house to discuss, amongst other things, value. This could be up or down of the real figure by a large margin and then, you are ‘on your own mate!’ The agent is getting a small fee for the attendance and, therefore, doesn’t exactly have his/her ‘heart in it’ – can you blame them? Read more