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AIIC Announces Training Dates for 2017 – Take a Look

Published On: January 25, 2017 at 11:18 am


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The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks (AIIC) has announced its training dates for 2017 – take a look if you want to find out more about inventories:

AIIC Announces Training Dates for 2017 - Take a Look

AIIC Announces Training Dates for 2017 – Take a Look

The two-day Guidelines for Inventory Professionals course will be taking place in February, April, June, September and November this year.

The training dates for the course are open to experienced clerks and those new to the industry. They are also suitable for landlords and letting agents who want to gain a comprehensive understanding of the inventory process.

The course includes sessions on check-ins and check-outs, legal guidelines and how to asses property damage. It also covers practical issues, such as dealing with tenants and the business side of being an inventory clerk.

The Chair of the AIIC, Patricia Barber, says: “A professionally compiled inventory has become an integral part of the pre and post-tenancy process.

“Our training courses, which are the best recognised in the industry, help to raise standards and make sure that independent inventories are being compiled fairly, accurately and legally.”

Last year, the AIIC also launched a range of online courses for those unable to attend its training dates.

Barber adds: “Our online courses provide an alternative route to gain membership to the AIIC, and have proved very popular since we launched them last summer.”

The training dates for 2017 are as follows: 18th and 19th February; 8th and 9th April; 10th and 11th June; 9th and 10th September; and 18th and 19th November.

All Guidelines for Inventory Professionals courses will take place at the Hilton Hotel in Bracknell, Berkshire.

For more information and for the full range of the AIIC’s training dates and courses, please visit:

If you’re a landlord that compiles their own inventories, make use of the training available to you in order to stick to the law and protect your investment.

Experts in Invasive Plant Species Create Code to Help Property Professionals

Published On: January 13, 2017 at 11:41 am


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Experts in invasive plant species, such as Japanese knotweed, have created the Invasives Code to help property professionals.

Formerly known as the Invasive Non-Native Species (INNS) Code, it is set by the Invasive Non-Native Specialists Association (INNSA). The group has called for greater uptake of the recently renamed Invasives Code, insisting that it will provide quality assurance and set industry standards across the property sector.

Experts in Invasive Plant Species Create Code to Help Property Professionals

Experts in Invasive Plant Species Create Code to Help Property Professionals

Japanese Knotweed Control, one of the UK’s first specialist remediation firms and a founding member of INNSA, is calling for all invasive plant species specialists to subscribe in a bid to boost standards in the industry and provide reassurance to property professionals.

Japanese knotweed is an invasive plant species whose rapid growth can destroy manmade and natural structures in its path, costing the UK hundreds of millions of pounds per year. Construction sites are at particularly high risk, as development uncovers and stimulates infested sites – and knotweed grows much faster when disturbed.

Japanese knotweed is believed to be the biggest unmanaged risk in the UK property market. As many as two-thirds of UK mortgage brokers have reported that they have had transactions negatively affected by the invasive plant species, with some even forced to withdraw mortgage applications due to the presence of the plant.

If managed and controlled correctly, Japanese knotweed can be eradicated over time, but it is not like a common weed and requires both specialist treatment and insurances to guarantee the works.

The Invasives Code, which requires subscribers to meet demanding technical standards set by the INNSA, aims to combat invasive plant species by setting out minimum warranty and insurance requirements, consumer service levels, and complaint handling processes. The code is applicable to both residential and commercial properties.

These high standards will reassure property professionals who are at risk of sales falling through. Under consumer protection regulations, estate agents are obliged to advise buyers of any material issues that could affect their decision to buy, including the presence of Japanese knotweed. If sellers fail to disclose these details during the conveyancing process, they risk legal claims of misrepresentation. Some lenders will also outright reject any mortgages on a property affected by invasive plant species.

Japanese Knotweed Control has been at the forefront of encouraging the highest possible standards within the property since it was founded in 2004.

Its Managing Director, David Layland, says: “There is a known case of knotweed infestation in at least every 10km square of the British Isles. The renaming of the Invasives Code gives greater transparency and peace of mind to the clients of the subscribers. This will build confidence, as property owners, professionals and the industries that serve them know they are assured of top quality service.

“We are proud to be subscribers of the code, and hope that more companies join us in becoming thoroughly vetted and quality checked to meet the code’s independently monitored and demanding standards.”

The independent Property Codes Compliance Board (PCCB) regulates the code. All members must also meet the independently assessed ISO 9001 and 14001 standards under Amenity Assured, run by the Government-backed independent standards institute, BASIS.

Property Experts Reveal Their Housing Market Forecasts for 2017

Published On: December 9, 2016 at 9:40 am


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Reuters has released its housing market forecasts for 2017, highlighting opinions from leading property experts.

Online estate agent joined Nationwide, Knight Frank, Allianz Global Investors and many more across the industry to contribute to the report. The poll covers subjects from national and London house price growth, the cost of UK property, the impact of Brexit and the consequences of the recent Autumn Statement.

The questions and results, including comment from the CEO of eMoov, Russell Quirk, can be found below:

Forecasts for full year change in UK house prices

The median prediction for UK house price growth for this year was 4.7%, with most experts believing this would slow to 2% in 2017.

“I think 4.7% is about right in terms of where the market will finish in 2016. I think the outlook for 2017 is far more optimistic than a 2% increase. The market is in good condition heading into the New Year, and prices could grow by as much as 4% next year.”

Forecasts for full year change in London house prices

Predictions for the London market in 2016 weren’t much brighter, with the median growth forecast at 5% for this year, dropping to a decline of 0.5% in 2017, but recovering by 2% the following year.

“The outlook for London, on the other hand, isn’t as rosy, and a melting pot of detrimental events during 2016 could see London prices fall by as much as 4% in 2017.”

Property Experts Reveal Their Housing Market Forecasts for 2017

Property Experts Reveal Their Housing Market Forecasts for 2017

What best describes the level of UK house prices?

Each property expert was then asked on a scale of one to ten how the current market is priced. The median score was five – priced right.

“For all its negatives, I think the majority of the UK market is currently priced fairly, but London is probably too inflated, despite the additional factors that make it one of the most desirable markets in the world.”

What best describes the level of London house prices?

With London house prices in a league of their own, it’s no surprise that the answer leant more towards ten (extremely expensive), with a median score of eight.

How are the risks to your house price forecast skewed?

Quirk was the only property expert included in the poll to believe the future of the housing market looks positive for homeowners, with others predicting a more pessimistic view.

“Low money costs and low housing supply necessitate that, in the medium to long-term, demand tension wins in pushing prices up in general – great for homeowners and the general market, not so great if you are a struggling would-be buyer.”

How has your opinion changed of the future of the UK housing market since the vote to leave the EU?

Of the experts asked, no one believed their opinion of the market had changed for the better. 40% said there was no change, with the majority believing the future of the market had got worse.

“No surprise that many believe the EU vote to have been detrimental, whether that be due to scaremongering across the industry or because it suits personal agendas. Structurally, nothing has changed, and so I believe there has been little change to the market and this will continue for the time being.”

How about the future of the London market? 

70% of those asked also believed the future of the London market was worse off as a result of leaving the EU.

“I do believe the London market is a lot softer now, but the Brexit vote has only had a minor contributing factor to this. The real killer blows of 2016 where London is concerned have been the changes to Stamp Duty for second homes, and the overheating of prices from prior years giving London buyers house price heat stroke.”

What kind of impact will the measures announced in the Autumn Statement have on the UK housing market? 

Finally, the experts were asked what impact the measures announced in the Autumn Statement would have on the market. The empty promises that the Government pledges regarding housebuilding seem to have been recognised across the industry, with 60% believing there will be no impact, and the rest saying there would only be minimal impact.

“As is always the case, there will be very little impact, if any, as a result of the Autumn Statement. The 40,000 homes pledged are affordable and so will not impact the general market. Despite the rhetoric, the Government will fail to build the 100,000 additional homes needed, which, if they did, would, in turn, necessitate a balancing of supply versus demand and lower price appreciation.”

Do you agree with the experts’ housing market forecasts for next year?

eMoov Provides its Gift for the Property Industry This Christmas

Published On: December 8, 2016 at 10:16 am


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As Christmas gets closer and closer, online estate agent has provided its own gift for the property industry – Prop Trumps!

eMoov Provides its Gift for the Property Industry This Christmas

eMoov Provides its Gift for the Property Industry This Christmas

The agent hopes its property-inspired card game will keep those in the industry both entertained and cheery over the festive period.

The team has compiled a list of the most influential, innovative, controversial and popular figures in the UK property industry (including some unpopular ones) to create a satirical card game using avatars loosely based around each character.

Although many of the cards are based on actual people in the industry, the game is to be taken lightly, eMoov points out, to provide fun for those who have to work over the Christmas period (we imagine many landlords will). All of the names, descriptions and ratings are meant in jest, and are a spoof of the current sector – it even includes eMoov itself.

The agent has taken what it finds amusing about each character and developed cards that display their strengths and weaknesses. The firm’s very own Russell Quirk, or Russell Smirk, makes an appearance in the game with a generous score of 100 for both ego and moral fibre. Although this isn’t strictly true, it notes, as his ego stretches far beyond 100 points!

The goal of this light-hearted game is to provide entertainment to property professionals and excitement over the festive period, while giving a humorous insight into the industry for both property buffs and game lovers alike.

eMoov hopes members of the property industry come together to enjoy the jovial game this Christmas – and maybe even learn a thing or two about the influencers in the sector.

Prop Trumps is the agent’s gift to the industry this year – You can download your own deck at Alternatively, eMoov can arrange to have the deck printed for you, with all proceeds going towards its sponsored charity, Hope for Children.

Quirk, the Founder and CEO of eMoov, says: “During the lead up to Christmas, things slow down at the workplace and people are finishing up for the holidays. So, we’ve created this game for those in the property sector to play and laugh with co-workers in the countdown to Christmas.

“We’ve taken a light-hearted look at the UK property sector and created a tongue-in-cheek game that we hope will bring a bit of fun to players as the Christmas season creeps up on us.”

Zoopla Introduces New Service for Users

Zoopla Introduces New Service for Users

Zoopla Introduces New Service for Users

Zoopla has introduced a new service to its website, which connects its users to property-related professionals and tradespeople.

Zoopla has partnered with Plentific for the venture, a property site that Zoopla provides property listings for.

The Find a Pro service, available on Zoopla and PrimeLocation, will provide access to a network of over 35,000 tradespeople and professionals in sectors including surveyors, architects, electricians, locksmiths and gardeners.

The businesses have a platform to attract new customers, with the ability to showcase their staff, past projects, consumer ratings and reviews, and associated memberships and accreditations.

Basic membership to Find a Pro is free, but Plentific charges the companies a commission once a job is completed, with the progress of jobs being tracked.

Clients can also review any businesses they use on the sites.

Additionally, Find a Pro offers a premium membership, available at a monthly fee.

Former investment bankers and property developers, Cem Savas and Emre Kazan, launched Plentific last year, aiming for a property portal with a difference.

Alongside property listings, Plentific enables users to calculate travel time from the home to places of work, likely mortgage requirements and costs, and contact an agent.

Users can also access mortgage and legal advice, and property coaches. The site makes its money when users sign up to any of these services.