Autumn Statement: What do agents need to know?

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Since Britain decided to leave the European Union, we have all been waiting with baited breath to find-out what the Government has in store for the UK in its first Autumn Statement (and last) following the decision.

The wait is now over, so the team at Property Software Group, part of ZPG Property Services has dived into all of the news to discover what the 2016 Autumn Statement means for agents across the UK.

New homes and affordable homes

Chancellor Phillip Hammond has committed to delivering a £1.4bn budget to cover the cost in delivering to the UK 40,000 extra affordable homes, together with a £2.3bn housing infrastructure fund to provide 100,000 new homes in many of the UK’s high-demand areas.

Ban on letting agency fees

Perhaps one of the biggest news-story of the day for the property industry is that Hammond has confirmed that fees charged by letting agents in England will be banned “as soon as possible”.

With average fees costing private renters £337, Hammond estimates that Britain’s four million private renting households will benefit from the decision.

While the move will likely hit landlords, many experts are warning a ‘boomerang’ effect may take place, with some suggesting an increase in rental payments may take-place to recuperate the costs.

What does this mean for agents, and how can Property Software Group help?

While an increase in affordable homes, as well as a boost in homes across high demand areas will be welcomed by many, the news of a ban on letting agency fees may come as a shock, although, the overwhelming industry response throughout the day has been to battle-on through the industry changes, and with Property Software Group by your side, your agency will be racing ahead.

Whether agents agree or not, there is one thing for certain: the property sector is changing, and that is where Property Software Group, together with ZPG can help.

Future-proof your agency, and discover the plethora of benefits available to your agency through software built and supported by Property Software Group, including customer engagement and revenue generation tool, MoveIT, together with providing clients increased transparency whilst offering an unbeatable service through My Property File.

Now is the time to increase the value in the service you offer to home-movers and investors, as well as standing-out from competition, and supporting your bottom-line profits.

MoveIT is exclusively available to Property Software Group agents including Alto, Jupix, VebraLive and EncoreLive, and is guaranteed to help your agency deliver an increased service to your clients through our home-moving price comparison tool seamlessly integrated into your software. As well as connecting home-movers with expert services such as conveyancing, financial services and utility switching through uSwitch, for every successful transaction, your agency will enjoy a boost to profits from automatically generated referral fees.

But that’s not all. As competition heightens, now is the time to really set your agency apart. My Property File does exactly that. Deliver even more value to your vendors, tenants and landlords with the login system like no other.

Allow your customers to login 24/7, effectively keeping your doors open even when your office is shut, as well as enjoying the best of traditional agency know-how and coverage, together with a 24-hour online offering to your client: you too can become a hybrid agent today.

My Property File even provides online maintenance reporting for tenants, using either a website or a free mobile app, which links directly back into your software to create maintenance jobs, whilst keeping all parties updated with automatic notifications.

Win more instructions with Property Software Group, and future-proof your agency. Contact us today to find-out more 08000 75 97 49 or email info@propertysoftwaregroup.com.