Covid-19 has changed the way people work and live, we hope that people are weathering the storm, staying safe and adapting to the new ‘normal’ When David and I opened our Estate Agency business in Bramhope at the end of 2018, who would have thought a little over twelve months on when Covid-19 resulted in a lockdown, a ‘short term’ business pause, followed thankfully by just over a month of our office being open again, we are now working in the new ‘normal’ way too. I am using this morning (Trudy is back in the office for the first time which is great for us) to reflect on how things have changed in the Estate Agency world and how our business was thankfully future-proofed from the start to allow for a new normal way of working. People sell houses, enabled by the best technology and modern sales techniques was our mantra right from the start – this is serving us well in the following ways:-
A brand-new, high-tech, interactive product, created by UK based Boost3D, is helping to revolutionise the property market, as estate agents offer prospective house buyers multi-user live 3D tours.

Virtual Valuations

14th April 2020
During this time of lockdown during Covid-19, we know from our viewing stats from Rightmove that people are still looking at properties online – you may also be thinking of selling your home at some point too, but due to the Government restrictions are unable to move things forward. Even so, you may want to set the ball rolling by finding out how much your property is currently worth.
The start of the New Year is a time when people think about the next stages of their careers and perhaps start thinking about looking for a new job. Most people ‘go to work’, but what if you look at it a different way and just ‘work’. Work traditionally may have meant traveling to an office and working from 9am to 5.30 pm, but in a society more focussed around 24/7 and with the benefits of modern technology and techniques, some forward thinking companies may offer working alternatives that not only ensure an improved Customer Experience but also provide employees with a more flexible, productive way of working too.

Driving home for Christmas

22nd December 2019
Christmas is a time when families travel far and wide to meet up at Christmas, the presents are loaded in the car, everyone is feeling festive but is your car prepared to travel for the long journey. Before you drive:-

Black Friday is on its way!

29th November 2019
Each year the famous sales weekend which follows Thanksgiving Day and starts on November 29th this year, sees a significant amount of shoppers head to the high street stores and on-line brands in an attempt to find the best deals. Ahead of Black Friday several retailers including Amazon and John Lewis have already launched a range of early offers with more discounts to follow this week But what is the history of Black Friday, that originated in the USA – here are some facts around this day of bargains
Recently we have listed a few properties that either already have dressing rooms or have the potential for adding or converting a room to a dressing room. If you are a clothes enthusiast but are short on storage space, then a dressing room could be just the thing for you. Adding a dressing room adds to your clothing space considerably whilst also giving you the freedom to organise your clothing, accessories and shoes in a way that is easily accessible, this can make getting ready for work or a night out stress free and also much easier, it can also make your clothes look nicer and last longer too. Having a dressing room eliminates clutter in your sleeping area and storing your clothes elsewhere will contribute to a cleaner and healthier environment – you will also get a better night’s sleep. Having a dressing room is your own private sanctuary where you can enjoy privacy and comfort, put on your make-up or unwind after a busy day.
The property Portal on the Market has found that if you live on a street with a name that is regal or titled, such as Royal, Place, Lord and Bishop it can boost the value of their homes lining their pavements.
I read with interest the article on Property Eye today, written by Zoopla Managing Director Charlie Bryant who writes ‘the way agents operate has changed significantly over the last five years, you are no longer reliant on the portals for marketing homes – that is as it should be. Digital Marketing has empowered agents to take matters into their own hands to a far greater extent. Different audiences will also respond in varying ways to the myriad of communications channels now out there and often a message needs to be seen or heard across multiple platforms to resonate.’ He also writes, ‘In May, Zoopla surveyed 2,000 people who have either sold their property in the last 18 months or who were currently looking to move or sell over the next year and a half. An over whelming proportion of these house-hunters (70%) told us that they use a combination of estate agency websites and property portals when searching for their next home. This reflects the savviness of the general consumer in the digital age The research demonstrates that a hybrid strategy when marketing a home is key to maximising eyeballs to ensure it is sold or let out as quickly as possible and for the best possible price.’ Great words from Charlie Bryant, and at David Phillip Estate Agents we total agree:- One Size doesn’t fit all
In today’s busy working world, the distance from home to work can often be a long and difficult commute. The impact of driving to work can also eat into your working day, whilst also impacting on the environment – home working can reduce your carbon footprint with car emissions as well as saving travelling expenses. Today you do not necessarily need to physically go to work, you just work regardless of the location, and as long as you have the right environment in which to work, supported by the best technology and it works well for you as well as for the company you are employed by then this can be a viable alternative If you are a small business then, working from home can also provide the advantage of not paying hefty business charges too. So how do you make this transition from travelling to work to arriving straight to your ‘desk’ which can be a bit jarring first thing on a morning! - go straight to your ‘ to-do’ list and by starting first thing, this can be much more effective than starting with breakfast and allowing the morning sluggishness to set in – have your breakfast mid-morning when you are ready for a break
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