ALEXA – HOW MUCH IS MY HOUSE WORTH?

That’s right – the first Amazon Alexa Property Valuation Tool has been launched! We spotted this story by James Dearsley back in early April (not an April Fool joke!) that says homeowners in the UK will be able to ask their virtual assistant, Alexa, what their property is worth in the current market conditions. James […]

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SSA WARNS ON ‘HOMELESS’ YOUTUBER

According to an article in Inside Self Storage, the Self Storage Association of the United Kingdom (SSA-UK) has issued a warning to facility operators about a video scam officials believe could encourage customers to rent units with the intent of living or sleeping in them. The e-mail message sent to members this month was prompted […]

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HOUSE MARKET INTEL FROM TWENTYCI

During April, Twentyci released their first report for 2019 (Q1-2019) with a ‘state of the industry’ overview. There are some good bits – and some bad! They reported that: Exchanges still up in a subdued property market. New property instructions drop 5.3% year on year, but exchanges rise 7.4%The not-so-magnificent seven. Online market share holds […]

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THE RISE OF SMART MOTORWAYS

If you would like to amuse yourself for a few minutes, ask a few members of your driving team what a Smart Motorway actually is….you may be surprised and find that not many will know the answer. Why is this? Perhaps we’ve all been bombarded with so much change in legislation, new acronyms to learn […]

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STOP IN THE NAME OF THE LAW!

We spotted an interesting story in the Backhouse Jones newsletter this month, discussing the issue of ISA or Intelligent Speed Assistance. In the article they said that ‘To the surprise of some, the Department of Transport for the United Kingdom recently announced that (despite BREXIT) it would be replicating or adopting the recent vehicle safety […]

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22% TARIFFS FOR ‘NO DEAL’ IMPORTED HGVS

This month is proving very difficult to report on current stories without mentioning the ‘B’ word….apologies then for this story that we picked up from the RHA. The story was issued as a press release on the 14th March and clearly has an impact on the removals world. We say clearly – as it relates […]

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EUROPEAN UNION ADOPTS NO-DEAL LAWS

Sorry – another news soundbite containing the dreaded ‘B’ word….. This is really a follow-up to a story we published a few months ago about the need to register for ECMT permits. Well of course that has all changed (as has much of the news around the ‘B’ word!). Commercial Motor magazine recently published more […]

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SELF STORE THAT ‘GLOWS LIKE THE SUN’

In our monthly research for newsworthy stories we sometimes come across the odd snippet that makes us query if modern life really is ‘goodish’! It appears that Lok’nStore recently opened a new self-storage operation in Exeter. They duly applied for and received planning permission which notes ‘it’s remote from any sensitive land uses such as […]

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REGISTERING TRAILERS TO TRAVEL POST-BREXIT

More of the dreaded ‘B’ word as we report on some timely advice from Ian Gallagher, the FTA’s Head of Compliance Information. He said: “From 28 March 2019, UK hauliers will have to register their commercial trailers with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) before towing them into any European country that ratified the […]

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FACEBOOK ENTERS THE PROPERTY MARKET

It has been a long while coming but it seems Facebook have announced the launch of a social ad engine for property. This should make searching for properties a whole lot easier for many people, but could it be the start of the estate agent’s demise? The launch was announced out at the mammoth Cartus […]

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STRANGE BUT TRUE…

Our thanks to the guys at TwentyCi for an unusual news item about some unexpected features that can currently be seen in properties that have recently been on the market! In a recent article, they used their property data tools to find out the following: Beat the Buzzer – You could work on your ‘field […]

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