A few weeks ago we read, with interest, a report which showed that on-line estate agents have still failed to secure more than 5% market share. The figures from property consultancy The Advisory concentrated on new inventory listed on Rightmove and Zoopla from 7th- 21st February and bundled together the top 10 on-line agents, including Purplebricks, Yopa and Emoov. 
So here we are at the end of February and we still don’t know what the ultimate shape of Brexit will be. The issue is that even post March 29th (assuming there’s no delay on the exit date) there will be a period where new arrangements for a whole manner of things will be being made and final details will take a while to emerge. Months and months - perhaps even years- may pass before everything settles down to being ‘normal’ again. 
Our regular blog readers will know that we often speak about the steps we take to ensure that the landlord (and his/ her property) is protected: comprehensive inventories, thorough check-outs, regular inspections… It is generally believed that these tasks benefit the landlord alone but some feedback we received from a previous Strawberry client reminded us just how important they are for tenants too.  
We always love to impart a little bit of good news to our clients (and blog readers) – and when that news is related to property, in our opinion it’s twice as good! This week we saw the most recent house sales figures which showed that property prices in the East Midlands are increasing at nearly twice the rate of the UK average. 
It may seem that we have devoted rather a lot of time (and blog space) recently to the subject of rental protection & eviction cover. The sole reason for this is that we believe that every Landlord should have this type of cover in place to protect themselves should they get into difficulty with problematic tenants (or indeed tenants who are themselves facing financial difficulties). 
We recently took over the management of a number of properties owned by a landlord who had become very unhappy with his existing agent. When we got his call requesting our services we of course sprang into action immediately and set about resolving the problems which he had previously been experiencing. We have carried out property checks, highlighted and reported any maintenance requirements and worked with the landlord to handle repairs (either themselves or with our trusted contractors). 
Smoke detectors, by design, often go unnoticed in a property. They do not require much in the way of maintenance, but they are lifesavers and it is therefore essential that they are tested regularly to make sure that they will ‘kick in’ when needed. 
Even if you don’t intend on moving soon, knowing the local property prices and rental fees is of interest. 
When it comes to selling your home, it is vital that you know who the likely buyers are and what these likely buyers want from you. At Strawberry Lettings and Sales, we have helped many Loughborough vendors sell their home and we like to think that we know a thing or two about the local market. 
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