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What goes up can come down

A new generation now realised that what goes up can come down. 1988’s falls took until 1998 in London property to fully recover. Lessons learned in London over that period included the fact that even well off people didn’t want to live in rabbit hutches. Very occasionally these days you can still see glimpses, in unmolested properties from late 80s developments, of what unimaginative developers expected people to put up with. Just because a flat had a second bathroom it didn’t excuse an 8ft... Read More >

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Ageism & aggression hits and things get personal! Why being an estate agent requires thick skin
Well, the year has got off to quite a start with my ego taking something of a hammering! First off, The Property Chronicle titled me a ‘Veteran Agent’ (could they not have thought of a kinder description?) then I was described as ‘Old Read More >
Tug of war with hands pulling rope in opposite directions Has buying and selling improved over the last five decades? A veteran agent looks back to the good old days of a 28 day exchange
A question often asked: so, how much has the whole procedure of buying and selling houses changed and hopefully improved then? Well, frankly, it hasn’t at all. On the plus side, we do have computers, better telephone systems, Read More >
Cassette tapes The beginning of the end Being an estate agent in the 80s
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 Read More >
Vintage cars on a street A new breed of agent Ed Mead looks back to what estate agency was like in the 80s
I’m not quite sure what it was that led to the emergence of the high end independent agent, especially in central London. For years, unless you were professionally accredited i.e. a RICS or ISVA member, you wouldn’t even have been considered Read More >
Monopoly houses balanced on one pound coins Reminiscences of an estate agent Alan Howick looks back on his five decades of experience
This November I clock up 50 years as an estate agent - and what have I learnt or gained from this experience? Well, I have tried alternative business options over the last five decades but still ended up selling second hand houses for a Read More >
Old clock in Waterloo Station, London How it was With almost 40 years' experience in the industry, Ed Mead looks back at what estate agents used to be like
About thirty years ago I remember my stepfather, a well-known man of considerable standing, surprising me by telling me I was in a ‘gentleman’s profession’. OK, he was quite old, but amongst the next generation up from me, i.e. the majority Read More >
Online Retailing: Britain, Europe, US and Canada 2017 European Online Growth
E-commerce is the fastest growing retail market in Europe and North America. Online sales in Western Europe and Poland grew from £174.76 bn [€201.33 bn] in 2015 to £201.90 bn [€232.60 bn] in 2016 (+15.6%). In 2017, we expect total Read More >

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