My Real Estate Story: Peter Pronger

My Real Estate Story: Peter Pronger

Meet Peter Pronger, the Branch Manager at Reeds Rains. Like most people he found himself joining real estate by accident and he hasn’t looked back. The pandemic proved to be an interesting time to really expand their digital reach as well as the use of virtual tours. We spoke of how the pandemic has impacted the way we work and do business, and for the better. With an optimistic outlook on the future Peter shared his views on where the market is headed now that the stamp duty incentive is now over. 

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My Real Estate Story: Simon Shinerock

My Real Estate Story: Simon Shinerock

Meet Steven, the Chairman at Choices. Simon found Choices almost 32 years and is a veteran in the industry. By developing an agency that listens to the people and employees Choices proves to be different. The pandemic proved to be an adjustment for everyone but strong leadership was successful. 

We spoke of the how businesses had to adjust to the pandemic and how the need for good agents is still just as important as ever, well, until we have some hyper real AI robots (though we both agree, we’re quite far away from that now). Watch his full interview here below: 

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My Real Estate Story: Peter Panayiotou

My Real Estate Story: Peter Panayiotou

Meet Peter, the Managing Director at Panayi Group. Prior to joining the property industry, Peter was in sales in the automative industry and through his memorable personality he found himself trying his luck in the property industry 14 years ago. Since then he has explored the industry and spent time understanding how each aspect of the industry works. He went on to create Panayi group, a client focused company built on trust and getting results and gaining stronger yields and security for their Landlords and clients assets. By introducing procedures that provide enhanced tenant experiences, Panayi group is increasing revenues for their clients. We spoke of how the industry is keener to adopt technology and how the industry is finally focusing on streamlining the experience and ensuring that residents along with the property owners, are both benefiting. Watch his full interview here: 

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My Real Estate Story: Kamran Younis

My Real Estate Story: Kamran Younis

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Meet Kamran, the director at Cameron Adams. With a passion for real estate from an early age, Kamran knew being an estate agent was what he wanted to do. We spoke of how the industry has grown and how the pandemic has changed the way we do business. Watch the full video below:

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My Real Estate Story: Lee Friend

My Real Estate Story: Lee Friend

Meet Lee Friend, the Director at Pather-Friend Digital. A digital marketing firm working with property developers to develop their digital marketing in order to generate leads through their digital marketing. We spoke of how property developers have increased their usage of digital marketing and how mindsets have opened up to embracing a digital first approach. We discussed just how necessary developing a personal brand is and how having a robust marketing strategy is essential now more than ever. Watch the full interview below: 

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Surge in Hong Kong nationals purchasing buy-to-let properties in the UK

Skipton International, the Guernsey-licensed bank, stated that in the first quarter of 2021, mortgage completions with HK-links tripled when compared to the same period of 2020. With the bank suggesting that London and South East of England were the most popular purchases with North West and Midlands following closely behind.

The two likely reasons for this increase in completions has been due to the additional two per cent stamp duty surcharge on overseas buyers of UK residential properties – which came into effect a month ago – plus the original stamp duty land tax holiday deadline were said to be the two most likely causes of the increase in quarter one.

However, though the holiday is coming to an end, demand has continued to stay strong. This is due to the fact that the UK is deemed by many as a stable jurisdiction with current low interest rate environment, many Hong Kong investors are looking to get their hand in the UK residential market. Roger Hughes, the business development manager at Skipton International states that by opening their UK mortgage propositions to include applicants from non-UK national’s resident overseas, and they have seen increased activity not only from British Expats but also from other nationalities including Chinese nationals’ resident in Hong Kong.

With foreign buyers accounting for 41 per cent of this market activity, London has seen a boost of £3.32 billion thanks to foreign interest in the UK rental market.

Buyers from Hong Kong and the USA have also been investing heavily in the market, each accounting for 9.2 per cent; meanwhile China and India account for 8.3 and 7.3 per cent of this niche respectively.

“Despite the current pandemic, foreign buyers continue to see London as an attractive investment, and this is evident based on the healthy level of transactions taking place and the sold prices secured” explains Arthur Sarkisian, managing director of Astons.

How has the international market been for you? Have you seen the same kind of international demand or has it been more local?

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My Real Estate Story: Ben Woolman

My Real Estate Story: Ben Woolman

Meet Ben Woolman, the Director at Woolbro Group, a family run business with a modern approach to residential development and commercial investment. We spoke about how working during the pandemic has allowed businesses to work more efficiently and accomplish just as much, if not more. We also spoke of how planning has changed as people have different requirements as most companies are moving towards a more hybrid work model. Here is his story: 

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My Real Estate Story: Ali Harper

My Real Estate Story: Ali Harper

Meet Ali Harper, the Market Centre Director at Keller Williams. Ali has had an impressive 12+ years of experience within the industry and he has worked through the ranks. At Keller Williams he works with self-employed agents to get them started and be successful as they decide to go out on their own. We spoke of how the industry is evolving and of how far the self-employed and independent models within the industry has come, especially during the pandemic. Here is his story: 

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My Real Estate Story: Cherrelle Wharton

My Real Estate Story: Cherrelle Wharton

Meet Cherrelle Wharton, the Director at Chaad Estates. Cherrelle started her career as an admin executive in a local estate agency. She used this time to learn everything she could about the property industry and progressed to a negotiator. As she progressed in her career she realised her love for property and for the customer, her approach prioritised the relationship with the customer over the transaction. She then made the plunge to start her own agency and has since then gone independent. Here is her story:

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My Real Estate Story: Neelay Jivan

My Real Estate Story: Neelay Jivan

Meet Neelay Jivan, the branch manager at Felicity J. Lord in Clerkenwell. With a keen eye and interest in property from a young age Neelay joined Felicity J. Lord 9 years ago and worked to manage a branch in Clerkenwell. We spoke of how the branch adjusted to the pandemic and how in order to really grow the industry needs to change. Here is his story:   

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