15 March 2021

Why agencies who don't offer tenants' insurance could be missing out on a valuable opportunity

Offering your tenants contents and liability insurance is an easy way to improve your bottom line and provide your tenants with more protection.

8 March 2021

How digital-first referencing helps ensure GDPR compliance

Referencing is a data-heavy process, gathering a lot of personal information for applicants. Using a digital-first referencing company, such as Vouch, helps to mitigate the risk of any GDPR compliance issues - as Beau Findlay, Software Development Lead at Vouch, explains.

3 March 2021

3 takeaways for letting agents and landlords from Budget 2021

The furlough scheme, self-employment support scheme, and stamp duty holiday have all been extended until the end of September 2021.

24 February 2021

What negative interest rates could mean for your landlords

The Bank of England is currently considering the introduction of negative interest rates, to stimulate the economy and encourage more spending. So what would this mean for your landlords - and will their mortgages be free?

22 February 2021

How to build an agency brand that resonates with your target market

An effective brand begins with understanding your target audience, says Peter Knight, founder of the Property Academy, in this extract from "How to win more landlords in a challenging environment".

10 February 2021

How one agency drives its strategy with an ethical vision

Revive Property Sales & Lettings was originally a construction and property refurbishment company, focused primarily on social housing, and moved into sales and lettings in 2020 - with a strong ethical vision driving its agency's approach in all areas.

27 January 2021

How Covid-19 has accelerated the digital evolution of referencing

The pandemic has exposed a number of shortcomings in traditional lettings industry processes, not least in referencing, with many agents now demanding more. Simon Tillyer of Vouch shares his view on how referencing has progressed in the past year.

20 January 2021

How helping your landlords manage risk can help your agency grow its reputation and business

Gold Key Lettings feels it has a responsibility as a letting agency to help its landlords avoid risk where possible, through a deep understanding of legislation, in-depth referencing processes, and a strong rent protection policy included in its managed proposition.

18 January 2021

3 ways to go green in the lettings industry

The recovery plan for Covid-19 is seen by many as an opportunity to reinforce and boost the UK's commitment to bring its greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050 - and here are just three ways the housing market can play its part in 2021.

13 January 2021

3 tips to help make your new lettings agency a success

This agent made the decision to set up a new lettings agency, Cloverhill Properties, bringing together her in-depth knowledge around relationship building and implementing digital solutions to create an efficient business with unique selling points from the get-go.

Why agencies who don't offer tenants' insurance could be missing out on a valuable opportunity

Posted by Suzy Lycett on 15 March 2021

Only 45% of renters protect their belongings or liability with an insurance policy, leaving 55% with no insurance during their tenancy. Offering tenants contents and liability insurance is an easy win for letting agents who want to improve their bottom line at a time when letting agents and landlords need to keep a handle on rising costs due to new regulation and the aftereffects of the pandemic. 

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How digital-first referencing helps ensure GDPR compliance

Posted by Beau Findlay on 08 March 2021

Gone are the days when applicants had to send in paper documents which could be left lying around in the open, or when there was the risk of leaving a passport in a scanner somewhere. Those things are no longer possible when working in a digital-first manner in tenant referencing - making it much easier to stay GDPR compliant in our day-to-day activities.

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3 takeaways for letting agents and landlords from Budget 2021

Posted by Andrea Warmington on 03 March 2021

Budget 2021 included several important announcements from the Chancellor for letting agents and landlords, including the extension to the furlough scheme and support for the self-employed; an extension to the stamp duty holiday; and increased support for businesses.

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What negative interest rates could mean for your landlords

Posted by Suzy Lycett on 24 February 2021

 In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Bank of England has advised High Street lenders to start preparing for negative interest rates. It looks unlikely that your landlords' mortgages will be free, or that they'll be paid to borrow the money, in this situation, but some mortgage interest rates have space to drop further.

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How to build an agency brand that resonates with your target market

Posted by The Goodlord team on 22 February 2021

Once you have the building blocks of a winning proposition in place, how do you communicate these to potential landlords? Through your brand. Your brand is a vital component of what will make a landlord pick up the phone and call you when they have a property they need to let. It’s also what could send a house hunter straight to your office or website when they’re in need of a new place to call home. More than just a logo or a slogan, brand is the heartbeat and life force of your business. It’s your agency’s identity and has a major impact on whether customers choose you.

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How one agency drives its strategy with an ethical vision

Posted by Suzy Lycett on 10 February 2021

"We started as a building and refurbishing company eight years ago, mainly for social housing clients," says Paul Rimmer, Managing Director at Revive Property Sales & Lettings. "Along the way, we've identified and refurbished properties for investors and bought and refurbished properties for ourselves. Then, in April last year, we launched our sales and letting business."

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How Covid-19 has accelerated the digital evolution of referencing

Posted by Simon Tillyer on 27 January 2021

Sometimes it takes a pandemic to make people realise that the systems and processes they've been using for years aren't necessarily the right ones; they just haven't looked to see what else is on the market.

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How helping your landlords manage risk can help your agency grow its reputation and business

Posted by Suzy Lycett on 20 January 2021

“Rent arrears across our current portfolio of 220 properties is at less than 1% because we're vigilant in selecting quality tenants,” says Russ Blockley, Managing Director at Gold Key Lettings. “Once we're conducting a viewing for the applicant, we know that 80% of the vetting has been performed on that applicant during our pre-viewing protocol, for example.”

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3 ways to go green in the lettings industry

Posted by Suzy Lycett on 18 January 2021

In 2019, the UK became the first major economy to pass laws to end its contribution to global warming by 2050, while 2020 saw calls for tackling climate change to be included in planning for a post-pandemic future. Energy in housing accounts for 14% of total UK emissions, according to the Committee on Climate Change - which means there’ll likely be a strong knock-on effect for rental energy standards to meet net zero goals, with the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards just the beginning. Going green may require investment but there are opportunities to be had.

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3 tips to help make your new lettings agency a success

Posted by Suzy Lycett on 13 January 2021

How can you differentiate yourself when starting an agency? That’s the question Catrina Merrigan asked herself when setting out to create Cloverhill Properties. With 10 years' experience in the lettings industry, she’s seen what works and what doesn’t. In her new business, she’s applied the best bits.

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    Everything you need to win more landlords in 2021