Ex Douglas and Gordon Director talks about High Street Estate Agents vs Online Agents?

Written by Christopher Watkin on - Industry Interviews -

An estate agent for 37 years, Ed spent 22 years at Douglas & Gordon before conceiving the Viewber concept with his wife Jamie. A high profile industry figure and commentator, Ed has been a regular contributor to a wide range of consumer and industry publications including The Times, Telegraph, Financial Times, Estate Gazette and Property Industry Eye.

In a series of 10 video interviews, we discuss things like London vs The Provinces , Purplebricks, High vs Online Estate Agents Ed is a man with far-reaching property industry contacts and deep sector knowledge.

He continues to lead the development into new property verticals and beyond.

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All Ten videos that Ed did on on this link here https://goo.gl/qs8Xqu

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Author: Christopher Watkin

I teach, guide, support, mentor, consult, counsel, partner many hundreds of UK Estate and Letting Agents in their quest to grow their estate and lettings agencies business.

Old school techniques of touting, landlords wanted leaflets, ring us for a free valuation, we have sold this in your street leaflets don't work anymore. There are too many competitor agents .. meaning cheap fees are epidemic, overvaluing is almost a norm to get the stock and don’t even mention about the online/hybrid threat.

So a few years ago, I set about looking around the UK and spotted that certain agents (not many mind you) in certain towns were still seen as the ‘go to person on property’, the person the newspaper editor rang up every week for a comment and I looked at what they did and they were doing some thing quite remarkable…. Only one thing but they were doing it so well .. and reaping the reward in terms of decent listings and decent fees, happy staff, decent sales pipeline and exchange income, managed lettings portfolios in the many hundreds .. but more importantly, they really enjoyed the job… they enjoyed getting up in the morning and people looked up to them

Over 400 agents around the UK are on a mission to change the way our Estate and Lettings agency profession is perceived and looked upon, doing it town by town, city by city. I guide these 400 agents, teach them, mentor them and support them to be seen in a different light, to be seen as the ‘go to person for property’, actually be the ‘local property expert’ and prove it.

Christopher Watkin
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