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Business Growth

How To Gain New Instructions

As a letting or estate agent working in such a competitive market, instructions are crucial in order to grow your business. We at VTUK are aware that finding instructions is becoming more and more difficult as vendors and landlords go online and become harder and harder to find. As well as this, many landlords are exiting the industry as more and more compliance is introduced whilst vendors are continually being put off by the speed of the sales process. That’s where our Openview property software comes in. Openview is your forever software, with all this constant change Openview brings order to your confusion enabling you to work on the business rather than fire fighting in it. For example, our Openview software provides you with the tools needed to stand out in such a competitive environment and gain new instructions. Openview Toolbox features a repair reporting tool we call Task Manager. …

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Compliance

Set Up A Specific Google Alert

It’s vital you issue the correct “How To Rent Guide” to your tenants before the start of a new or renewed tenancy. With the guide being updated on a regular basis ensuring you’re using the correct guide is becoming more and more difficult to keep track of. We recommend setting up a Google Alert to ensure you’re notified of any changes to the How To Rent Guide. According to the government’s website, the most up to date guide has been published from the 10th December 2020. The most up to date guide can be found by clicking here. Setting Up A Specific Google Alert Click here to visit Google Alerts. Type your keyword in quotations in the alerts box, in this instance it would be “How To Rent”. After the keyword, add the specific website you’d like the Google Alert to update you on. Before the URL ensure you type …

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Estate Agent Tips

How To Start In Property

What do I need to do to start operating as an estate agent? Should you work in lettings and wish to go into sales the main thing you should consider in terms of compliance is your AML procedure. As well as compliance, we recommend spending some time researching the sales procedure to ensure you’re fully aware of how to successfully complete a sale before it falls through. Our guide to the moving process is a useful tool you can use, click here to read it. What do I need to do to start operating as a letting agent? If you’re considering becoming a letting agent you should take into account your compliance procedure. With over 150 laws, incorrectly letting a property could lead to a fine or potentially prosecution. We recommend becoming qualified through ARLA to ensure you have the essential knowledge to keep you compliant whilst provide you with …

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Business Growth

How To Increase Business Value

Whether it’s your landlords, tenants, contractors or vendors, making them value your business is crucial to not just retain your business but enhance the reputation of your brand. Transparency The first thing you should consider is your communication between parties. Think about launching a portal where all business parties can communicate in one place. This is all possible with Openview. Compliance With over 150 lettings laws, letting your landlord know you’re compliant is key to maintaining a good relationship. Earn a qualification through ARLA or NAEA to showcase your professionalism in the industry or keep up to date with all compliance using our e-guides, available on our Openview Enterprise Facebook Group. Landlord Seminars Share your knowledge as a letting agent at your very own business seminar. This will give you a chance to stand out against any competition in the market whilst network with current or potential landlords. Click here …

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Estate Agent Tips

How To Guides For The Housing Sector

The government has released several “How To” guides for the housing sector. Whether it’s buying, selling or letting a property, the guides detail everything your tenants, buyers or vendors need to know. Should you be a letting agent it’s important you issue your tenants with a copy of the latest “How To Rent” guide at the start of a new or renewed tenancy. A copy of the latest “How To Rent” guide can be downloaded below along with the other guides below. How To Rent Guide How To Rent A Safe Home How To Let How To Lease How To Buy A Home How To Sell A Home Find out more about how Openview can assist you in the housing process, call us 0800 328 0460, email us info@vtuk.com or visit us vtuk.com.

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Business Growth

Your Success Checklist

We’ve put together a checklist of questions you should be asking yourself as an agent. When it comes to acquiring new landlords, defining your business strategy is key. Our checklist has everything you need to plan for success and is exclusive for our Openview users. Download the checklist on our Facebook group designed exclusively for our Openview and VTUK users, calling 0800 328 0460 or emailing info@vtuk.com.

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Business Strategies

What’s Your Exit Plan?

What we want to do is try to give you a flavour of the kind of services we provide, to hopefully assist you in the going through change in your business. Something that is personal, getting fit, losing weight is often perceived as very positive but the minute this is mentioned in relation to business it becomes hugely negative. We’ve done consultancy in over 15,000 different companies. During that time we’ve found out that there’s a great variety of agents. Let me give you an example, at the moment the fee ban is coming in and we’re getting calls today from agents saying, “What can we do about the fee ban?”. On the other side of the coin we had agents a year ago contacting us and saying “What can we do about fee ban?” and we had more agents who on the day the fee ban was introduced in …

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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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