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  • Is this the software that will finally be the game-changer

    | Rayhan Rafiq Omar

    First published: 27th March 2017   When Sohail Rashid first told me his software automatically tracked the conveyancing process without an agent or conveyancer needing to enter information manually, obviously I was sceptical. So we duly asked for a demonstration to see whether Sohail’s claim was too good to be true. Here’s what we saw […]

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  • Should you ditch the high street office and go ‘hybrid’?

    | Rayhan Rafiq Omar

    Hybrid agency is all the buzz – Purplebricks, Countrywide and Martin & Co are just some of the better known brands looking to shape the space. But should every agent consider going hybrid? And what apps will smooth this transition? The most difficult part of estate agency is not selling homes. It never has been. […]

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  • A look at the property empire of Donald Trump’s son-in-law

    | Rayhan Rafiq Omar

    First published: 11th April 2017     The dichotomy between innovation in the US and Europe is no small irony. In the UK, venture capitalists gripe over valuations and never compete to fund the future. It’s a major reason why the next Facebook or Google won’t come from the UK: the funding isn’t here. Insufficient […]

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  • Is technology making agents worse than lazy?

    | Rayhan Rafiq Omar

    First published: 3rd April 2017   I first noticed this four years ago: estate agents stopped getting up to greet customers walking into their office. They just sat there, as if the person was disturbing them. It bugged me so much that I conducted some research. We targeted Stoke Newington, Battersea and Ealing Common – […]

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  • Who will be the traditional letting agent’s next customers?

    | Rayhan Rafiq Omar

    I’ve long written about Rightmove being the only winner in the traditional vs online agency wars. Regardless of how someone chooses to sell their home, Rightmove gets paid. But this dynamic isn’t true with lettings. There is no clear evidence, but it seems anecdotally obvious that many landlords forgo using an agent and list on […]

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  • Is Countrywide going to go the full Purple?

    | Rayhan Rafiq Omar

    Imagine a hypothetical scenario where the largest company in a sector undergoes a slow motion car crash in plain sight of their peers and the public markets. No, I’m not talking about IBM, or Microsoft during Steve Ballmer (the guy that wrote off the iPhone in 2007). The focus today is on Countrywide, the UK’s […]

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  • Why Purplebricks is the story that keeps on giving

    | Rayhan Rafiq Omar

    Purplebricks is the story that keeps on giving. Having wiped the floor with all other online agents in the UK, the firm has launched successfully in Australia and – in a surprise move – raised a monster wedge of cash from investors to take their model and brand to the US. Cue the detractors, jealous […]

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  • Proptech Weekly #58 – Gosh we’re bored

    | Rayhan Rafiq-Omar

    I know we’re only 8 weeks in to 2017, but there’s been little to write home about. But don’t worry, I detest wasting people’s time. It’s genuinely appreciated that each and every one of you take time to read – even more so when you add your own thoughts into the mix. So, Friends, Feudal […]

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  • Proptech Weekly #57 – The people behind Fixflo and their journey

    | Rayhan Rafiq-Omar

    We often obsess about business models, but it’s the people that power the profits. It was Ian Springett that pulled off the impossible to sign up 20%+ of UK estate agencies to OnTheMarket.com. In a week where the man behind the business is in the dock, it’s been riveting reading about the legal case and […]

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  • Proptech Weekly #56 – what does an innovative agency look like?

    | Rayhan Rafiq-Omar

    Base property – located in London’s trendy Shoreditch – punches above its weight by using quality of service, training and technology. We spoke with MD Krjstan Byfield who set up the business with An Deckers in 2004. Friends, Feudal Landlords, Commoners We often hear of companies like Purplebricks and Openrent lowering fees for people to […]

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