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Manage Your Agency With Openview

Manage, Engage and Automate with Openview. But what do we mean by this? This blog is part 1 of a series of 3 blog posts where we’ll be exploring the Openview ecosystem. To begin with, we’re looking at how Openview can help manage your agency. Agency is in constant change, staff, compliance, working practices and this is only going to accelerate. For example, agents are seeing changes to the stamp duty holiday, right to rent changes are due whilst changes to the Section 8 form has come in. With all this constant change, it has never been such an important time to manage your business and bring order to this confusing change, enabling you to work on the business and not fire fight in the never-ending additions being put against you. That’s where our Openview property software comes in. Openview allows you to manage your agency through three different diverse …

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Estate Agent Tips

Who’s Going “BANG”?

Going BANG? We’ve put a list together of things you can do to ensure your letting or estate agency has that extra snap, crackle and pop, whilst also utilising our Openview property software to enhance your marketing. 1 Offer Online As well as offering a traditional high street service, adapt your agency to online. Launch your own online affiliate brand using Openview Online which can run alongside your traditional agency. Advertise your online brand in your office window and in the window of your website. This will increase your visibility online, whilst give new clients a choice of using you or your online affiliate, giving them no reason not to approach you. 2 Get On TV Whether it’s Homes Under The Hammer, Location, Location, Location or Grand Designs, look out for TV opportunities. This June, Curve Media are looking for family run estate agents to take part in a new …

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Prop Tech

5G And The Smart Home

5G has officially started rolling out across the UK. To begin with it will be available in six cities on the EE network rising to 10 by the end of the year. Ultimately, 5G means faster internet speeds, potentially up to 20Gbs, we at VTUK would like to explore what these faster speeds mean for the housing market and how they’re likely to impact the property industry on the whole. Smart Homes 5G’s incredible speed will allow for much deeper smart home integration. As our TV’s, kettles, washing machines, fridges and a whole manner of household devices become connected, the home Wi-Fi is getting slower and slower. Using 5G will allow much faster integration within the home, making the home smarter than ever before. Smart Neighborhoods 5G will have a significant impact on our living neighborhoods. Driverless cars will be able to communicate fluidly whilst sensors can be deployed that …

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Lettings Tips

What’s A Landlords Biggest Concern?

VTUK carried out some research to find out what the ten top concerns landlords have in today’s property industry. Here’s what we found… “My tenants won’t pay the rent?” Many landlords are concerned what to do if their tenants don’t pay their rent. Making the Section 21 process clear with your landlord, whilst utilising our Openview software to automate the arrears process could reassure them, you as the letting agent are managing the rental process efficiently. “My tenants could sublet?” Landlords are concerned if their tenants start subletting their property. Make it clear with your landlord that tenants need permission to do this beforehand whilst ensuring a term is in place in your tenancy agreement for subletting. “My tenants could damage the property?” Managing the rental process is key. Think about using Openview’s repair reporting tool, to give tenants the ability to report any repairs directly to the landlord or …

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Compliance

Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) Checklist 

Every hazard you need to consider in a property from the 20th March 2019. If you’re unsure what the changes mean to you, please click here to read more about the Homes (Fitness For Human Habitation) Bill. The government has announced a reformation of the list below in order to make it more accessible for landlords and tenants. Further information will be available when it is announced. Water – Think legionella. Is your water supply contaminated? Fire – Is your property prepared for a fire? Install smoke alarms whilst consider how your property would cope in the event of a fire. Noise – How loud if your property? Too much noise can be a hazard to your tenants. Carbon Monoxide/Fuel Combustion – Maintain products within the property that could leak carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide and smoke (boilers, furnaces, BBQs etc.) Food Safety – Are your kitchen facilities suitable for preparing, …

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Prop Tech

Automate Your Agency

We asked out tribe to describe Taurus… What’s Taurus? Built within Openview, Taurus is our automation system. Using what we call business process management, Taurus can automate those employee activities that either cost the company valuable time or are business critical to the company. As well as this, Taurus can provide your business with 100% security by monitoring staff transactions, financial transactions, preforming continuous backups, monitor and control all safety and compliance as well as comply with all your pre-existing security measures. This is our response to the problems created by employee-dependent applications. Taurus can levering your organisations IT system by creating a real-time, responsive infrastructure. Who’s it for? Taurus is for property professionals needing to save time in and outside the office. Our Taurus system is suitable for any estate agent, landlord, leasehold block manager, lettings manager, new homes builder, property manager and social housing provider. How does it …

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Prop Tech

When’s the best time to innovate?

As we continue into recovery it’s useful to refer to the economic clock which describes four recovery steps. So far we’ve been moving through ‘hesitant and uneven’ recovery where we typically experience one step back for every two forward. As a result, most of us have been noticing the good news/bad news mix in the market. Taking the view that we will ultimately move through recovery, we need to prepare well if we’re to maximise the potential of the next boom. New products and services will be vital, which means innovation must become a priority. But when is the best time to innovate? Do you innovate at the start of a recession? Halfway through? Or at the end? Should you innovate halfway through recovery or at the top of the market? When to innovate? We believe the absolute best time to innovate is right now. At the end of any …

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Prop Tech

Augmented Reality: What part does it play in property?

Think about it? Being able to place your phone on any image or material object and seeing something that wasn’t there before. Essentially, this can be described as Augmented Reality and it’s something we at VTUK have been beginning to embrace as we continue to develop our estate agent software and letting agent software. Where did it all begin? Believe it or not, the term “Augmented Reality” (AR) was first coined by Tom Caudell in 1990. He described it as a layer that blended graphics in the virtual world into the physical world. AR has been used in various forms over the years but its association with the mobile world has led to an upsurge in the use of the technology How is AR being used in the modern day? AR is mainly being used across a series of applications within the mobile world. Firstly, the latest Pokémon Go app …

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Property Software

Property Software: Changing The Shape Of The Property Industry

How is property software and prop tech changing the shape of the property industry? Below we’ve taken a translation of our Managing Director, Peter Grant’s recent interview with Property TV, Sky Channel 238. The opening question to Peter was… I imagine if you’re working in the property industry communication with your clients is very important, has software had any particular impact in the way that property agents are communicating? You’ve absolutely hit the nail on the head and in actual fact in the industry it’s probably one of the biggest driving forces at the moment. We’re seeing the rise of online agents and the reason that these companies exist is because of the way they communicate with people. They provide 24/7 data on demand which is a very convenient way of actually selling or letting property and it’s something that high street agents are now very much focusing on, to …

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