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Future of Estate Agency - Improved Service, Higher Individual Earnings And Lower Fees Paid By Vendors

Future of Estate Agency - Improved Service, Higher Individual Earnings And Lower Fees Paid By Vendors

by Adrian Black, Tuesday 08 November 2016

In this blog I explain how estate agency will be rearchitected resulting in the delivery of an Improved Service, Higher Earnings for Individuals and Lower Fees paid by vendors. The impossible is now possible. We all know that vendors want to receive the best service and achieve the best price for their property - the challenge for agents is how to deliver it. Let's not get hung up by classifica

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London Property - Uncertain Times

London Property - Uncertain Times

by Adrian Black, Monday 27 June 2016

The vote for BREXIT came as a great shock to many – especially in London and the resulting political upheaval has led to acute uncertainty and concern. Homeowners have many questions as they try to assess the impact of the shock wave travelling through the market.  We outline below our brief thoughts: The Prime Central London market has been softening since mid-201

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Demystifying lease extensions and buying a share of freehold

Demystifying lease extensions and buying a share of freehold

by Adrian Black, Friday 20 May 2016

  We often get asked how the length of a lease can affect the value of a property. It is a pretty well defined determination requiring a set process and a certain level of judgement and possibly the involvement of the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal (LVT). Fundamentally, the process considers the remaining length of lease, ground rents and what is called a marriage value -

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Predictions for the coming year

Predictions for the coming year

by Adrian Black, Wednesday 13 January 2016

First of all a happy and healthy 2016 to all. Let’s look back a little, to YOUiq Q1 2015 www.youiq.co.uk.  We predicted a pretty big slowdown; and we were one of the very few who were right.  Perhaps, with our research, we just see, feel and hear it better, or perhaps, as we choose not to pull ourselves in several directions, we are

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Resi West PCL price rises - expect government to try to increase tax take from Offshore Companies including: ATED, stamp, inheritance, voids etc.

Resi West PCL price rises - expect government to try to increase tax take from Offshore Companies including: ATED, stamp, inheritance, voids etc.

by Adrian Black, Wednesday 14 October 2015

Offshore company tax efficiency and confidentiality opportunities (perfectly legal) have attracted investment in West Prime Central London “PCL” residential properties and have been a significant factor in driving price rises. The graph below plots spend on West PCL residential property for those transactions reported at the Land Registry and for data available for offshore

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Stamp tax reduction needs to happen at the same time or after a big focus on anti money laundering

Stamp tax reduction needs to happen at the same time or after a big focus on anti money laundering

by Adrian Black, Friday 11 September 2015

The calls for stamp tax reduction are getting louder (highlighted by us in previous blog articles here and

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Property Price Changes; separate new build data to get the clear picture

Property Price Changes; separate new build data to get the clear picture

by Adrian Black, Thursday 03 September 2015

We have touched on the masking effect of new build on average property prices when analysing property price trends before – and it is beginning to get picked up as the important matter it is – we thought we should amplify the issue so that as many of us could benefit as possible. Commentators typically express property price changes based on the sold price information for a

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Is a luxury new build flat in London a “bank with benefits” to international Ultra High Net Worths ‘UHNW’?

Is a luxury new build flat in London a “bank with benefits” to international Ultra High Net Worths ‘UHNW’?

by Adrian Black, Thursday 03 September 2015

New build prices are reaching the stratosphere and so we thought it worthwhile to offer a perspective. Some very clever developers realised a few years back that the best suites at the Dorchester get booked up fast when UHNWs want to spend time in London.  This is very irritating for a small very demanding group who expect without comprise, security, privacy, flexibility, quintess

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