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Chris Clarke

Company: Oaks Property
Website: www.oaksproperty.co.uk
Are you an agent? yes
Do I do lettings? yes
Do I do sales? yes
Do I do overseas sales or lettings? Neither
Job title: Manager
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Posted Date: Friday 14th October 2011
BTW Deserting RM now will only hasten their plans. If half of you left tomorrow, they would only be upsetting the other half/ losing their revenue stream by switching to direct marketing. Resistance is futile.
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Posted Date: Friday 14th October 2011
So what will it be called? ZooplaProperty? FindaZoop? ZoopLocation? GloZoop? Honestly, the brand is so bloody dilute. The first thing they should do is create one solid brand, Zoopla! being the strongest and just point all the other websites there. Agents would benefit, users would benefit & ZTDPG would benefit.
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Posted Date: Friday 14th October 2011
@EW Bushells So now you are going to pay them even more to first build up your business (a bit) and then destroy it... Seems like a plan!
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Posted Date: Friday 14th October 2011
@Dan Why the redacted expletive? Bloody good news I would have thought!
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Posted Date: Friday 14th October 2011
For all and everything RM is cheap. Really cheap. £6000-£7000 per year for RM. £50,000 per year for the local newspapers. Hmmmmm Either RM or Zoopla or TDPG? Or all 3. Still WAAAAYYY cheaper than local paper. And I would suggest that *most* potential vendors check you out online (RM/ FAP/ PL/ Zoopla/ your own website) first.
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Posted Date: Friday 14th October 2011
I'm with Jonnie on that
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Posted Date: Friday 14th October 2011
secret agent I am thinking differently. The one thing I am not doing is sitting back and waiting for it. But I am hardly likely to tell you guys what I am up to because you might nick my ideas. I am kidding a bit with that but in practical terms you can see what the internet has done to holiday companies, classified advertising and the high street. Estate Agents need to stop deluding themselves. You will not survive in your current format. The world around you is changing - very, very fast. Saying "Let's all go to Zoopla, to kill off RM and maintain the status quo" is doomed to absolute failure and is not a solution. The only solution is to offer something that an online superbrand cannot. And before you say "Aah but......" think how many butchers are there in the average high street now? When I was a kid (in London) there were 4 within walking distance of my house. Now there is 1. Same will apply to us estate agents.
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Posted Date: Friday 14th October 2011
@puzzled ofTW If I remember right you are not an agent so I think have missed the point. RM have spent millions building a brand people trust. And they EXPECT to trust it way more than they EXPECT to rust the estate agent they call after they have seen the advert and picked up the phone. The reason us estate agents are ranting is because we have all signed up without reading our terms and conditions which state quite clearly that they are legitimately allowed to do it. But RM was my business, right now, my plans would definitely be to launch a game changer, whilst all my competition has no advertising budget to do anything about it. Every crisis brings opportunity, and what an opportunity.
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Posted Date: Monday 31st October 2011
This site has been hijacked by non agents I think. Is there any way we can ban members of the public? I am bored wading through the absolute drivel that they spout, when they have no idea at all what it is like to sit behind a desk selling houses in a sh*t market. I want to know what my fellow agents think, because they might be able to help me with their knowledge and expertise. If you are not (or have never been) an agent or someone professionally involved with selling houses can you please just get lost?
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Posted Date: Monday 31st October 2011
Was NAEA, and I quit. Joining as AssocRICS is way harder than I expected, but I have to say I think it is of far greater value. I have mentioned to a few vendors on valuations that I am going through the process and they seem genuinely interested and impressed.
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Posted Date: Monday 31st October 2011
I absolutely love the post from Historian - I assume it was supposed to be a bitingly sarcastic critique on modern society? Mind you the last paragraph rang true... That said, I have posted several times about up front and fixed fees. I think that Rightmove (good name for it too) will eventually launch a "direct to the public" service. The maths behind it is compelling - why limit yourself to £500 per month per agency, when you could earn £300 up front and a completion payment at the end. They are one of the UK's most trusted brands too...
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Posted Date: Wednesday 2nd November 2011
Hi Tim No they don't "own" the style of advertising, but the branding they do. "Fine & Country" is a trademark and "Fine" is definitely considered to be passing off - making it look like they are the same company to get a marketing boost. It is definitely wrong, definitely against the law and certainly more than just a bit dodgy - but that's nothing new for Spicy Faart. The fact that the style of marketing is pretty much identical really adds to the proof that they are trying hard to emulate F&C to piggy back on their coat tails (mixing my metaphors!).
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Posted Date: Wednesday 2nd November 2011
Maths aside (glad r n r is paying attention) are house prices rising, really? I would say that this is the usual back to school autumn bounce, wouldn't you? But it is very muted, compared to normal and is already over. Every single agent in my area has just gone on a massive price reduction spree. £10k off here, £20k of there... The market in Surrey appears to be dying on its a*se.
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Posted Date: Wednesday 2nd November 2011
I would say that the report is probably spot on. I worry about the end of the Olympics, certainly all surveys in that I have seen in the Olympic region have the caveat that "the agreed price is considered to be at the top of its range and may be enhanced as a result of Olympic Games 2012 regeneration factor." Once that goes, we may see the non-prime areas of London & the South East coming down in value in line with the rest of the country. Prime areas of London will probably remain protected because exchange rates are ridiculously beneficial to foreign investors.
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Posted Date: Monday 7th November 2011
Why the hell do we have to bother with this cr*p? Surely getting a solicitor to do it is good enough? In a normal chain (I stress normal) then I do it for my company, the mortgage broker does it for their company and the solicitor does it for theirs. That's 6 times per property (assuming 2 vendors). In a chain of 4 properties that is 24 ID checks. Having sold a house for a member of the SFO, apparently £500 buys you a REAL passport with your photo on it and whatever name you want. How on earth are us agents supposed to catch dodgy people on that basis? Instead we waste a huge amount of time on perfectly innocent members of the general public. I appreciate the intention, but as with all things like this, all the government has managed to do is intrude upon our businesses and perfectly ordinary people's private lives with little or no chance of catching proper, serious criminals. If they are lucky they might catch the odd idiot, but they would probably get caught anyway...
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Posted Date: Monday 7th November 2011
Is that Peter Rollings I hear rubbing his hands with glee Not quite as good as his previous boss, John Hunt with his monumental £450m, but pretty good. Good luck to everyone involved!
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Posted Date: Monday 7th November 2011
Want a QR code? Visit http://qrcode.kaywa.com/ It appears to be free and is very flexible. The only thought that I have about QR codes is why bother...? The only 2 places that I can think they might be any use at all is on boards and on leaflets. Detail sheets - they already have the detail sheet so either you have spoken to them (registered) or they have emailed you to get them (registered) and are now online. Window displays - they are standing outside for god's sake - it is easier for them to come in. Internet - they are already there - aaarrrgh! This is another case of band wagons... My suggestion would be to get your web guy to design a special landing page for your QR code and make sure that you count how many times it gets used. You could do 2 - one for boards and one for leaflets... I absolutely guarantee that you will count no more than 2-3 hits. Why? Because spotty teenagers (no offense) are unlikely to be buying houses. Maybe lettings would do better, but I doubt it.
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Posted Date: Friday 11th November 2011
GUYS - Rick Deckard has a good point, and it one that I have raised a couple of times, but it gets missed because the maths is too complicated. INFLATION is bring the wishes of the HPCers true. Prices are crashing, you just can't see it. When wages begin to rise again, property prices will be more or less the same, but lending criteria will still be hard. In the end, an inflation rate of 5-6% gives a REAL TERMS price reduction of 25% in about 4 years. We have already watched some of this happen. VALUES are crashing, RIGHT NOW, but prices are completely stable. How weird is that?
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Posted Date: Friday 11th November 2011
Blimey, forgive my stream of consciousness there, that was a bit of a ramble. That said, it is a repeat of the early 70's where inflation was (for a year) the best part of 20%. House prices were rock steady. Oh for a return of the Mars Bar Index...
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Posted Date: Friday 11th November 2011
Hey PeeBee Of course, you are 100% right. I am an agent and a member of the general public. 20years behind a desk has proved to me that the average man in the street is as near to being an idiot as makes no difference. That's why gambling is big business and their is a national lottery. You have more chance of being struck by lightning twice than winning, but people spend small fortunes playing every week. That said, all I was trying to point out is that VALUES are falling, even if prices are just about stable (in the South East at least). I have not seen one of Mr Deckard's posts before, so forgive me for supporting the "dark side".
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Posted Date: Wednesday 16th November 2011
I'm quite old and remember the days of the "top-up" loan. Having a second mortgage to pay the balance of the deposit is nothing new... Interest rates on mortgages are low, but high compare to the BoE base rate - so they APPEAR to be high. The problem is that it is becoming more and more likely that prices/ values will drop over the next 3-5 years. Why buy a flat today for £100k when I can wait a bit (stay with mum & dad or rent - either doesn't matter) and buy the same thing for £70k in a bit. Seems like a plan to me. As I said at the beginning, I'm old and have kids at home of house buying age, I'm an agent and I am telling them both to hold on and save their money (I love them dearly, but they really get in the way of those swinging parties...)
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Posted Date: Wednesday 16th November 2011
Don't tase me bro - have a look on YouTube. Now there's the problem with tasers, they don't do much damage to you in their own right, but as your muscles twitch and thrash, you do damage to yourself. I suppose it give the agent something to talk about. <>
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Posted Date: Wednesday 16th November 2011
Valuations have been shocking for a couple of months. Very slow indeed. I went to one yesterday and the owner said that another agent had said 250k more than I did. Needless to say, I did not get instructed, but at least I am not wasting my money.
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Posted Date: Wednesday 16th November 2011
@Distressed Have a look at Portal by Steam. It's a cracking game and is much more entertaining than Rightmove or FAP. Ooh, and it is FREE. Yay, a portal that is free - wow!
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Posted Date: Monday 28th November 2011
Prices are just too high. I think we need to put to one side all our experiences (as agents) of the last 5-10 years and think logically. Also forget all of this HPC nonsense too. 5% inflation and 2% price falls means a net REAL TERMS price reduction of 7% per annum. Add to the mix that SENSIBLE lending criteria should be about 4 times salary (not the crazy average of 6-7 times we had in 2007 with all the "liar loans"). Which means that an average couple on average salaries of £26,000pA could borrow £208,000. This average couple are at little house buying stage, not bachelor pad stage, perhaps baby on the way or even working on number 2 little squeaker. There £208k+deposit - call it £230k for the sake of an argument - should be buying them an average little 3 bed house. Where I am, that average little 3 bed house will cost at least £350k. I work inside the M25 in a very average kind of area. The figures just do not stack up. Whilst the HPCers are right about the outcome, I really do not think that prices will crash. As several have mentioned before, inflation at 5% for 5 years knocks 28% off the value. Add an extra 2% odd price into the calculation and the REAL TERMS value drops by 31% in 4 years. The only problem is that it is likely that the average salary will also drop in the same time frame too. I know I sound all doom and gloom, and that as an agent I should be the one trying to "talk up" the market, but I would be lying. The problem for us poor estate agents in the meantime is that everyone doesn't trust us and if we do try and tell our potential vendors the truth they move on to the next agent who polishes their ego. Nobody likes me, everybody hates me, I think I'll go and EAT worms.
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