26 March 2020

    The best tools to help you manage your agency remotely

    Coronavirus (COVID-19) is forcing businesses to adapt quickly to the world of remote working. It’s all about being prepared - and well equipped.

    9 March 2020

    Acquisitions are now a "no brainer" for agencies who want to grow

    The lettings market will likely see more consolidation in the coming years, which provides an opportunity for agencies who are looking to grow their managed portfolios.

    2 March 2020

    Diversifying your agency's service offering could result in exponential growth

     “We have something to offer everyone,” says the Head of Lettings for a property management company that manages 1,500 residential properties, 600 student rooms, and  1,000,000 square feet of office space in the UK.

    3 February 2020

    This agency says that 9 out of 10 of its referrals are a guaranteed instruction

    A Hertford agency says that 90% of its referrals from its current landlords result in instructions, which make up over half of the agency's new instructions.

    25 November 2019

    How Sowerbys is using video to set itself apart from the competition

    Sowerbys is using the power of content to stand out in the crowded agency market.

    15 October 2019

    How to start a lettings agency: Advice from an agent who set out on his own

    "Be prepared to work hard," says the founder of a thriving agency in Bristol, who has proven it's possible to set up a successful lettings agency even in a challenging lettings market.

    7 October 2019

    The three things your agency should be doing if you want to be the best in the country

    Letting agencies who want to be the best need to have the systems in place to excel at the basics, says Property Academy and EA Masters founder Peter Knight.

    11 September 2019

    Acquisitions are the fastest way to grow your managed portfolio, says this agency

    Growth by acquisition has been the focus for a Luton agency, which has grown its managed portfolio from nothing to almost two hundred properties in just two years. 

    19 August 2019

    Three simple ways to increase your management fees

    Stop talking in percentages, change your mindset and invest more in finding great tenants, is one expert's advice for letting agents looking to increase their management fees. 

    11 June 2019

    Three ways your agency could get more referrals from your landlords and tenants

    People trust recommendations from friends and family more than any other source, so  here's three ways you can get more referrals from your landlords and your tenants.

    The best tools to help you manage your agency remotely

    Posted by Suzy Lycett on 26 March 2020

    This article was originally published on 26 March 2020. Although we endeavour to keep our coronavirus (COVID-19) content as up to date as possible, the situation is rapidly changing, so please ensure you refer to gov.uk for the latest advice and information.

    Coronavirus (COVID-19) is forcing businesses to adapt quickly to the world of remote working. It’s all about being prepared - and well equipped. Providing the right hardware, such as a computer, mobile phone, or tablet, is vital, but the software and the online tools are just as important, to help keep your staff productive and your agency running smoothly. 

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    Acquisitions are now a "no brainer" for agencies who want to grow

    Posted by Andrea Warmington on 09 March 2020

    Acquisitions will be key to many agencies’ growth strategy in the coming years, as an increasingly competitive operating environment sees more agencies leave the market altogether, with 39% of agents saying they would consider selling their agency if the opportunity presented itself in Goodlord's State of the Industry Report. But it’s an opportunity for those that continue operating to grow their books and expand the reach of their brand.

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    Diversifying your agency's service offering could result in exponential growth

    Posted by Andrea Warmington on 02 March 2020

    A diverse service offering has been key to a property management company’s nationwide growth, says its Head of Lettings. Sheffield-based Omnia Property Group works across all areas of the property market, with student accommodation, serviced offices, commercial property, residential lettings and facilities management all strings in its bow. Its clients range from landlords with a single property to commercial landlords who have several hundred in their portfolio. Becky Hague, Head of Lettings, says that their diverse offering has been central to Omnia’s growth.

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    This agency says that 9 out of 10 of its referrals are a guaranteed instruction

    Posted by Andrea Warmington on 03 February 2020

    Nine out of ten referrals is a "guaranteed instruction", says Alex Chapman of Anthony Lettings. “Sixty percent of our new instructions come from a referral from one of our current landlords.  “We've always done really, really well with referrals,” he says of the Hertford agency, which was established a decade ago when its founder saw a gap in the market for a lettings specialist. The agency has been on an upward trajectory ever since.  

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    How Sowerbys is using video to set itself apart from the competition

    Posted by Andrea Warmington on 25 November 2019

    How does an agency stand out in an ever-more-competitive market? Producing great content. Sowerbys - a nine-branch-strong estate and lettings agency business in Norfolk - has been investing in video to strengthen their brand. What’s the secret? “We go out of our way to not only present beautiful homes, but we also profile businesses in our local community that we know and respect,” says Ed Tyman, Group Operations Manager.

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    How to start a lettings agency: Advice from an agent who set out on his own

    Posted by Andrea Warmington on 15 October 2019

    Think starting a lettings agency in the current environment is crazy? Think again. Jack Stephens started JBS Bristol just three years ago and his business is thriving, with a five-star rating on Google, which he’s achieved almost entirely on his own. What’s the key to his success? “Be prepared to work bloody hard,” he says. 

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    The three things your agency should be doing if you want to be the best in the country

    Posted by Andrea Warmington on 07 October 2019

    “Do the ordinary things extraordinarily well,” is the advice that Peter Knight - founder of the Property Academy and EA Masters, which anoints the best estate and letting agencies in the UK every year -has for agencies who want to be the best in the country. “The best agencies haven’t got some secret recipe - that doesn’t exist. They just do the basic things brilliantly.”

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    Acquisitions are the fastest way to grow your managed portfolio, says this agency

    Posted by Andrea Warmington on 11 September 2019

    “Lettings is becoming a bigger and bigger part of our business - it now makes up 50%,” says the director of an agency in Luton that’s grown its managed portfolio from nothing to almost two hundred properties in just two years. 

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    Three simple ways to increase your management fees

    Posted by Andrea Warmington on 19 August 2019

    “In the current climate, and with the Tenant Fee Ban now in effect, agents have got to be doing whatever they can do to get more managed properties and to charge higher fees, not lower fees,” says lettings and estate agent trainer Boyd Mayover. The Sales Doctors’ founder has several tips for letting agents who are looking to increase their management fees. 

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    Three ways your agency could get more referrals from your landlords and tenants

    Posted by Andrea Warmington on 11 June 2019

    "You live and die by your reputation,” says Matt Dilkes of Christopher Shaw in Bournemouth. “We rely almost purely on organic growth by word of mouth, which we feel is the best and most solid way to grow your business. There's nothing better than a referral from a friend.”

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