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Introducing our new Finnish Agent

Posted by jamesdearsley on October 11, 2010

In my industry and established Agent Network is paramount. Without good distribution networks into Europe you are simply a one dimensional sales machine. I have seen this first hand in the last two years as the companies only focussing on the UK and Irish Markets have fallen flat.

Fortunately because we had diversified over the last five years into the European market place and focused our systems to be European friendly we have flown through with flying colours as our European network has supported the UK markets; often seen as the breadwinners. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Agent Network, Finland, Housing market, Overseas Property, Real Estate Industry | Tagged: , , , | 1 Comment »

Encouraging News articles

Posted by jamesdearsley on September 21, 2010

I have been a bit of a bull in the last six months and calling the bottom of the market in the European market place. Though it has someway to go to retain its former glory and there is still a glut of properties, house sales are up and prices are starting to stabilise and increase in some places.

Here are some recent press articles in the last few days just to support the theories:

The Telegraph – Majorca VS Menorca

Turkey property market increases; Article one and Article two

Spain crawling out of the recession

Overseas property is providing a bargain for British investors

Posted in Housing market, Overseas Property, Real Estate Industry, Spain, Spanish Property | Leave a Comment »

Google property launched in the UK but would it work in the overseas market place?

Posted by jamesdearsley on June 17, 2010

So the big day has arrived. The moment that some had feared, some had fascinated about and some had meerly been curious. Google launched their property “portal” search function on the Google Map platform.

Having been fascinated by the progress they were making for some time now (it was an immediate give away when Street View launched) and having written about it back in July last year I felt I had to comment once more. If you want to try it click here as it is well worth it but to be honest it is what I would call a “Ronseal Ryanair” website in that it does exactly what it says it will with the little or no additional features. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Google, Housing market, Overseas Property, Real Estate Industry, Spanish Property, UK Property Market | Tagged: , , | Leave a Comment »

Guest blogs about the Overseas Property industry

Posted by jamesdearsley on May 13, 2010

Hello all,

I thought I would just share with you two aritcles that I have written recently for two websites – www.propertyadd.com and www.mypropertymentor.com which are both well respected blogging sites in their own right. Quite a privaledge really and the articles are below:

An article about using overseas property as a great secondary income for Real Estate companies – click here

An article about investment markets in overseas property with a particular focus on the lettings market – click here

Best wishes all. James

Posted in Atlas International, Blogging, buy to let market, Housing market, investment, Overseas Property, Social Media | Tagged: , , , , | Leave a Comment »

The Overseas property market in 2010

Posted by jamesdearsley on April 27, 2010

I was very recently lucky enough to be a panelist at “The Place in the Sun” exhibition at Earls Court in London. It made me really think about the market for 2010 as it was such a positive exhibition. The stands were busy, the seminars that I was a part of were very busy and generally people seemed very upbeat. So what does this mean for 2010? Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Cyprus, France, Housing market, Italy, Overseas Property, Real Estate Industry, Spanish Property | 4 Comments »

Double dip concern mounting…..

Posted by jamesdearsley on February 12, 2010

It wasn’t long ago that I wrote a blog about a “W” shaped recovery in the housing market (click here for the article)  and I have to say I have a slight concern that it is just starting to come true – certainly in the UK. But why do I think this? Read the rest of this entry »

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Changes in technology past and present and the affect on Real Estate

Posted by jamesdearsley on January 7, 2010

I distinctly remember my early days of working through applicant cards when dealing with potential buyers. They were fantastic times until you went on holiday for a week to come back to an empty applicant box as all your colleagues had mysteriously nabbed all of your applicants.  

I then remember the day that computers started to take over and the first so-called CRM system. It was terrible and I longed for the day when I could go back to my simple applicant cards (they were a lot faster too!). However, I remember the day that my then company, Foxtons, worked alongside CISCO systems at great expense , and started to actually build a personalised CRM system. It changed the way that I worked for life and it changed my perspective on the way that technology could not only aid the real estate market but the whole business world. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Blogging, Google, Housing market, Real Estate Industry, Social Media, Technology | Tagged: , , | 2 Comments »

Further signs of a recovery in the Housing market……

Posted by jamesdearsley on August 13, 2009

It has been interesting watching the news recently.

  • We have now had four months of continual house prices rises regardless of which indices your are watching
  • Economical figures from the UK, Europe and the US are looking more positive that expected
  • The FTSE 100 has rallied to a 14 month high and these gains are also seen elsewhere Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Credit crunch, Housing market, Real Estate Industry, UK Property Market | Tagged: , | 2 Comments »

The future of the UK Property Market?

Posted by jamesdearsley on August 5, 2009

I have been debating for some time now about where the housing market is going to go to in the future however the thoughts have really picked up speed since the October 2007 and the start of the so called “property recession”

My main thought is the issue of Home Ownership (HO). Can our current rate of home ownership be sustained with rising house prices – or rather this was the case when I first started thinking about it! Now I question whether the amount of borrowing will have play a determining role rather than house prices. You could argue that it is both as first time buyers are still struggling with the multiples of income that they still need to afford house prices despite the falls – especially in the South of the country which is already seeing a slight recovery.

This article is going to cover my thoughts backed up by historical evidence and offers insights in to where I believe the future lies. The main issue here is that I believe we are on the cusp of a generational shift in the housing market and it is going to be interesting to watch it. The main issue here is that an Estate Agency would need to consider these thoughts to review its business model and change to reflect the market place. It will be really interesting to see what happens. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in buy to let market, Housing market, Real Estate Industry, UK Property Market | Tagged: , | 5 Comments »

Weekly Paper Review – July 6th

Posted by jamesdearsley on July 7, 2009

papersHello everyone. As always please see to the left of the blog for the audio guide to this article

There has been some pretty active journalists out there of late as the market continues to show some signs of movement. The Nationwide has reported three months out of four showing increases in House Prices which is always encouraging.

Some of the posts that i have reviewed this week include:

FT article about prices increasing http://tinyurl.com/ogo4yp

FT article about 90% mortgages on the increase http://tinyurl.com/pftxpx

Times Article about mortgages and their impact on the housing market recovery http://tinyurl.com/lvffy3

Times review about Property prices finding their level http://tinyurl.com/oy6uxy

News of the World article about the worst areas for Negative Equity in the UK http://tinyurl.com/omfz87

Have a good week everyone.

Best wishes

James

Posted in buy to let market, Housing market, Real Estate Industry, Social Media, UK Property Market, Weekend Review | Tagged: , , | Leave a Comment »