24 June 2020

    Why building strong virtual foundations is key to a sturdy lettings outlook

    Virtual viewings, online contract signing, and digital identity verification became the norm for many letting and estate agents during lockdown and many of the changes could be here to stay.

    15 June 2020

    Meet the agency creating business sustainability through a virtual approach

    Sure Property Group set up all virtual viewings even before the lockdown came into force - a decision which has proven fruitful.

    20 May 2019

    Data is key for agencies that want to maximise their returns

    Gathering insights in order to provide an integrated customer journey is something every business should start thinking about - no matter what industry they're operating in.

    15 April 2019

    An AI-powered virtual assistant could help agencies qualify potential tenants faster

    Tenants are making more enquiries online, outside of standard office hours, and agencies need to be able to respond and qualify them faster, says the founder of a virtual assistant for agents.

    18 March 2019

    Four things online agencies do very well that the High Street could do, too

    Progressive High Street agencies are beginning to adopt some of the approaches taken by online agencies - from 24/7 availability to savvy marketing - to get an edge on their virtual competition.

    27 February 2019

    What open banking could mean for the lettings industry

    Open banking will give referencing providers near-instant access to more detailed information on tenants’ financial position than ever before and make paying by bank transfer as easy as paying by credit card.

    20 February 2019

    Want to reduce your admin time? make it easier for your tenants to self-serve

    "It’s very much an ‘I want it now’ environment and agents have to keep up with that," says the director of a housing association in London that's implementing self-serve services for its tenants.

    13 February 2019

    Why a digital-first experience could be the key for agents looking to create new revenue streams

    Letting agents will need to ensure the purchasing process as simple and convenient as possible when selling optional products and services to tenants.

    9 January 2019

    Five predictions for the future of PropTech

    What role will PropTech play for letting agents in 2019? We predict it could help with everything from referencing to compliance... and perhaps even see viewings go virtual.

    11 December 2018

    The risks and rewards of the online agency business model

    There's been a lot of debate over whether the business model of the online agency can actually work. We analyse why online agencies are betting on growing very big, very quickly, and how this could impact traditional High Street agents.

    Why building strong virtual foundations is key to a sturdy lettings outlook

    Posted by The Goodlord team on 24 June 2020

    Lockdown forced the entire lettings industry (along with the rest of the world) into digital transformation and the “momentum behind digital-experience adoption is unlikely to reverse,” suggests the Harvard Business Review, while McKinsey notes that “there could be lasting changes to consumer attitudes towards physical distance [making it] possible to imagine a world of business—from the factory floor to the individual consumer—in which human contact is minimised.”

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    Meet the agency creating business sustainability through a virtual approach

    Posted by Suzy Lycett on 15 June 2020

    This article was originally published on 15 June 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.

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    Data is key for agencies that want to maximise their returns

    Posted by Tom Mundy on 20 May 2019

    Think about some of the biggest companies in the world. Who comes to mind? Probably Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft. What do they have in common?

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    An AI-powered virtual assistant could help agencies qualify potential tenants faster

    Posted by Andrea Warmington on 15 April 2019

    Sixty percent of agencies’ leads are received outside of standard office hours - and agencies who don’t respond to enquiries immediately could risk losing out on potential tenants, says the founder of an AI-powered virtual assistant for agents.

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    Topics: Customer experience, Tech

    Four things online agencies do very well that the High Street could do, too

    Posted by Andrea Warmington on 18 March 2019

    Online agencies are now considered by many to be the biggest rival of the traditional high street lettings business. Love them or loathe them, there’s no denying there are some things that online agencies do very well - from their around-the-clock availability to clever branding that resonates with their audience - and progressive High Street agencies are beginning to adopt some of these strategies to get an edge on their online competition. 

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    What open banking could mean for the lettings industry

    Posted by Tom Mundy on 27 February 2019

    Open banking is set to dramatically improve the referencing and payment processes for letting agents by removing the traditional barriers to accessing financial data. Under the Second Payment Services Directive (PSD2), banks are required to make their payments infrastructure and customer data open to third party providers, which will give referencing providers near-instant access to more detailed information on tenants’ financial position than ever before and make paying by bank transfer as easy as paying by credit card.

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    Topics: Tech

    Want to reduce your admin time? make it easier for your tenants to self-serve

    Posted by Andrea Warmington on 20 February 2019

    “Tenants want convenience,” says Lizzie Stevens, Director of Market Rent at Folio London, the private rent arm of Notting Hill Genesis, a housing association.  “We live in a day and age where people can tweet about something to get what they want instantly. It’s very much an ‘I want it now’ environment and we have to keep up with that - making sure we’re keeping tenants happy and meeting their expectations. Everything is going online and moving towards a self-service way of doing things.”

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    Topics: Customer experience, Tech

    Why a digital-first experience could be the key for agents looking to create new revenue streams

    Posted by Tom Mundy on 13 February 2019

    Generation Rent expects a digital-first experience from every single business or service they interact with - which includes letting agencies. Meeting this group’s expectations is going to be crucial for letting agents in a rapidly changing and increasingly competitive environment. Agencies are expected to lose up to 20% of their revenue and will need to look for new revenue streams to plug the gap, which means selling products and services to their tenants will be necessary to survive.

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    Topics: Tech

    Five predictions for the future of PropTech

    Posted by Tom Mundy on 09 January 2019

    The lettings industry continues to face both huge change and opportunity. The Tenant Fee Ban is going to put unprecedented pressure on letting agencies and we predict PropTech will play an increasingly important role for many agents, from streamlining the pre-referencing process to using virtual reality to show prospective tenants their future homes.

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    Topics: Tech

    The risks and rewards of the online agency business model

    Posted by Tom Mundy on 11 December 2018

    The ultimate goal of the online agency is scale. It’s a risky play, but it can also be a rewarding one, which is why every single online agency makes the same bet. Sometimes the bet wins and sometimes it doesn’t. But, despite recent headlines claiming otherwise, it doesn’t mean that the business model of the online agency is totally flawed.

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    Topics: Tech

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