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Macmillan Coffee Morning

Estates IT to hold a Macmillan Coffee Morning

Estates IT are very proud to be supporting the Macmillan Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning

Deb Roberts


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An Independent Software Company's View On The Zoopla Property Group's Purchase Of The Property Software Group

PSG systems are reported to be used in over 8,000 UK agency branches. They say their software is used on a daily basis by over 40,000 agents and that's an awful lot of agents' data for ZPG to gain access to.

Deb Roberts


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Extended Family

Are Granny Flats Classed As Second Homes?

As many as 33,000 homeowners live in properties with a self-contained flat for an elderly relative but under the new Stamp Duty tax rules, they will be classed as owning two properties if they try to sell up.

Deb Roberts


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University of Kent @ Canterbury

Are Article 4 Directives Good For University Cities?

Article 4 directives are implemented by councils, usually in busy University towns (Bath, Bristol, Brighton, Newcastle, Manchester to name but a few) to prevent areas closest to the Universities being overrun with students.

Deb Roberts


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Tributes to the lost boys

A Tragic Reminder Regarding Smoke Alarms

Since October 2015, it has been a legal requirement for landlords to ensure that working smoke detectors are fitted on each floor of a rented property and a carbon monoxide alarm fitted in any room where solid fuel is used.

Deb Roberts


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Rob Kahl

Three Cheers For The Honest Agent

Rob Kahl is the branch manager of the Leigh-on-Sea, in Essex agency Scott & Stapleton and when he was asked to place a rather neglected property on his books, he took one look at it and decided on a radical marketing strategy.

Deb Roberts


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SwiftKey-Microsoft

A Cautionary Tale For Our Times

When SwiftKey was founded there were three founding members, Chris was a friend of Jon’s from school and Ben was a friend from his university in Cambridge. Two months after forming the company Chris decided to leave; Jon and Ben bought his shares. What happened next?

Deb Roberts


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The Robins' House

Can You Sell A Property In The Winter Months?

Some may think that now is not a good time to put a property on the market? But you know better! Vendors need to take advantage of the millions of people visiting property portals in January.

Deb Roberts


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The Home Office

The Rise And Rise Of The Home Office

With an increasing number of people taking the decision to work full or part time from home, should Landlords & Vendors think more about creating a work space in their properties?

Deb Roberts


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Enjoy a stress free business

2016: Time For Change

Here at Estates IT we believe that as an Estate or Lettings Agent there are many strategies you can explore to enjoy a healthier business and bring more customers through the door which, in turn, should lead to the closure of more deals and an ever growing bank balance, equalling less stress.

Deb Roberts


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The Office Christmas Party

The Office Christmas Party

The season of The Office Christmas Party is upon us and we would just like to thank the unsung heros that organize our social calenders each year.

Deb Roberts


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Forest of Boards

To Board Or Not To Board, That Is The Question....

The war on 'illegal' For Sale and To Let boards is hotting up, so what can be done to stem the rising forests of boards on our streets?

Deb Roberts


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The Property Ombudsman

First Conference For The Property Ombudsman

The Property Ombudsman is to hold its first conference next month in the West Midlands.

Deb Roberts


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National Trading Standards

New Guidance On Property Sales: National Trading Standards Estate Agency Team

This document now replaces the Office of Fair Trading's Guidance on Property Sales which was issued in September 2012

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Floorplans are a vital tool

Do You Include Floorplans For All Properties On Your Website?

Floorplans should be included on every website for every property for sale if you want to please your potential buyers.

Deb Roberts


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Rent Rises

Buy To Let Index Reports Biggest Monthly Rent Rise Since 2009

According to the latest Buy to Let Index produced by Your Move and Reeds Rains, average rents in the private sector are now above £800 across England and Wales for the first time.

Deb Roberts


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Vanilla Ice Cream

Can The Housing Market Really Be Compared To Ice Cream?

As we all know, in the past, estate agents have been renowned for developing a language of their own when it comes to descriptions of their properties for sale

Deb Roberts


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Property Down-Under

Every Residential Property In Australia Can Now Be Found On The Web

A news story from Down Under caught the eye last week and is brilliant for any Pommes, thinking of moving to the other side of the world.

Deb Roberts


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A Typical Leafy Lane

A Road By Any Other Name....

Research shows that a house on a lane could be worth more than an identical property situated on a road!

Deb Roberts


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Whitstable, Kent

Heaven Is A Property By The Sea!

With the Oyster Festival in full flow, now may be the time to consider a property in Whitstable.

Deb Roberts


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Budget 2015

Will This Weeks Budget Bring Housing Measures To Speed Up Home Building And Deliver More?

This Wednesday see's the Chancellor, George Osborne, unveil his first budget since the General Election and the first without the interference of the Liberal Democrats.

Deb Roberts


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Gender Inequality

Inequality Between Men And Women Still Prevalent In 2015, As Women Pay More Rent!

Nearly one in seven female renters spend more than half their take-home pay on rent, compared to less than one in ten men

Deb Roberts


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Wimbledon SW19

Wimbledon Is Upon Us And For Once It Isn't Raining!

The eyes of the world are focused on Wimbledon SW19 for the next few weeks, so what if you want to live there!

Deb Roberts


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Cannabis Plant

Is Your Property Going To 'Pot'

Landlords and Letting Agents were warned this week to remain on their guard, as new figures reveal the growing extent of cannabis cultivation in the UK.

Deb Roberts


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The Houses of Parliament

David Cameron's Tory Government Introduces A New Housing Bill

In the Queens Speech at the state Opening of parliament this week, a new Housing Bill has been introduced by Mr Cameron's government

Deb Roberts


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Regulation of Letting Agents

Plea For Urgent Formal Regulation Of Letting Agents

Chief exec of large estate agency chain calls for formal regulation of letting agents

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Housing Minister Brandon Lewis

Housing Minister Mix Up!

Mark Francois became new Housing Minister following David Camerons Cabinet reshuffle on Monday. By Tuesday Brandon Lewis was back in the job!

Deb Roberts


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New Housing Minister Mark Francois

New Housing Minister Following Cabinet Reshuffle

Mark Francois becomes new Housing Minister following David Camerons Cabinet reshuffle

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Proposal Of 3 Year Holiday On Stamp Duty For FTBs On Houses To 300K

Labour is proposing a 3 year holiday on stamp duty for first time buyers on properties over 300k if they win the General election on May 7th.

Deb Roberts


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Lib Dems propose to double council tax on second homes

Lib Dems Propose To Double Council Tax On Second Homes!

Lib Dems propose to double council tax on second homes to raise money for rural infrastructure

Deb Roberts


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Mansion Tax on £2m Homes

Mansion Tax! Who Will It Affect?

Miliband, Cameron, Clegg & Farage. Who will be paying Labours proposed Mansion Tax?

Deb Roberts


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