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The beginning of the end

During the 80s being an agent still felt ‘less’ than working in the City. They had their own set of fireworks with Big Bang but at some point house prices started to become a talking point. They never had before and I remember conversations starting amongst mates, mostly City workers, where a 'mine’s bigger than yours' culture started to emerge. Having bumbled along for decades with barely any change, prices suddenly doubled in less than four years. This had a number of (mostly) negative... Read More >

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Monopoly houses balanced on one pound coins Reminiscences of an estate agent Alan Howick looks back on his five decades of experience
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