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The agency that stood by its staff even as profits tumbled

Connells Group has announced its trading statement for the first half of 2020 - and its support for its staff is the biggest headline. It furloughed most staff during the lockdown but topped up the taxpayers’ Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme payments to ensure they were paid 100 per cent of the basic and... read more

Wed, 12 Aug 2020 12:00:12 GMT

Agents must check where customers holidayed - compliance guru

Agents should check where buyers and sellers have been on holiday as part of their approach to safety during the Coronavirus period. That’s the view of the compliance chief at the Guild of Property Professionals. Paul Offley says that when agents go through their health checklist and ask clients, buyers and tenants Covid-19... read more

Wed, 12 Aug 2020 12:00:10 GMT

PropTech Today: why don't agents encourage people to swap not sell?

I want to talk to you about new ways to sell homes. Let's not encourage people to sell but just swap instead.  This was some of the news announced recently by a company called Knock in the US.  Not just any company. One that through both equity and debt had raised over $600m. An... read more

Wed, 12 Aug 2020 12:00:05 GMT

The latest way to boost asking price: set up a home office

A home office set up in a dedicated room apparently adds £17,500 to the value of a property. Direct Line Insurance has assessed property listings and found the average price of a home with such an office in situ is £456,500, four per cent higher than equivalent properties in the area.   And a... read more

Wed, 12 Aug 2020 12:00:02 GMT

Countrywide share price rises 125% in three months

Is Countrywide finally on the road to recovery? Its share price has risen 125 per cent in the past three months; much of that has been in the past three weeks since Sky News revealed that the company had recruited professional headhunters to replace Paul Creffield, the chief executive, and will involve current... read more

Wed, 12 Aug 2020 12:00:00 GMT
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