Jeremy Leaf, former RICS chairman, discusses the housing White Paper

  • by Melanie Bien
  • 07 Feb, 2017
Bien Media client Jeremy Leaf, a former RICS residential chairman and north London estate agent, discusses the Government's housing White Paper
Bien Media client Jeremy Leaf, a former RICS residential chairman and a north London estate agent with 25-plus years experience in land and new homes, discusses the housing White Paper which was released today:
‘The proposals in the White Paper sound great but we have heard it all before. Talking is all well and good but what about action – what will it actually mean for the builders, the planners, the architects, the local authorities and of course the buyers in the near future?
‘The first issue when dealing with any problem is to recognise it – and we welcome the fact that the government has done that. But we now want to see a strict, verifiable timetable for delivery on all fronts. Whether it is the issues with lettings or supply or infrastructure, delivery or planning – we want to see what is going to make a difference.
‘What would be refreshing and of immense value would be to see a cross-party political agreement so we don’t see the booms and busts and stops and starts that have dogged housing policy in the past. A measure of agreement across the political divide would be welcome so that we can move forward not just in this parliament but in future parliaments. A coherent, respected, long-term policy which involves building more houses and keeping prices in check would go a long way to solving the broken housing market.’

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by Melanie Bien 17 Jan, 2018

Vesper Homes, the pioneering proptech London estate agent, has hired PR agency Bien Media to raise its profile in the press.

Vesper Homes is at the forefront of the rental revolution, harnessing technological developments to make life easier for landlords and tenants. London-focused, with primarily an international client base, the company offers all the services of a traditional high-street agent but at a reduced rate.

Landlords typically pay agents upwards of 11 per cent for a full management service, a charge likely to increase when tenant fees are abolished, but Vesper Homes charges half this amount.

James Cameron, director of Vesper Homes, says : ‘Estate agency is changing and we are launching some exciting new digital products in coming weeks to assist landlords in making the most of their property portfolios, as well as considering future investments. Many agents use outdated and inefficient procedures: our strategy is to deploy a leading-edge technology to improve the lettings and property management service for both landlords and tenants.

‘Although the rental sector has come under siege recently with changes to mortgage interest tax relief and the stamp duty surcharge for landlords, the year has got off to a good start with no lack of enquiries from prospective tenants. However, some of the rents which were achievable 12 months ago won’t be this year, so landlords need to be realistic on pricing and take the advice of a knowledgeable agent.’


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