Lee Rowley appointed housing minister – again
Since the turn of the millennium we have had 24 housing ministers, that is two dozen of them in just 23 years. As we trawl through the names do any stick in our memory as being outstanding, or to the point can anyone remember a single thing that they did which helped housing?
We have had Nick Raynsford, Charles Falconer, Jeffrey Rooker, Keith Hill, Yvette Cooper, Caroline Flint, Margaret Beckett, John Healey, Grant Shapps, Mark Prisk, Kris Hopkins, Brandon Lewis, Brandon Barwell, Alok Sharma, Dominic Raab, Kit Malthouse, Esther McVey, Christopher Pincher, Stuart Andrew, Marcus Jones, Lee Rowley for the first time, Lucy Frazer, Rachel Maclean and for a return visit Lee Rowley.
If like me you cannot remember any of them actually doing anything it is probably because that many were in office a few short months, indeed Rachael Maclean was only in office nine-months, but that was longer than any of the four ministers who had come before here.
And Rachel Maclean who was tomorrow to be the person putting flesh on some pretty important housing policies having now been consigned to the scrap heap, will now have to watch Lee Rowley, roll up his sleeves and get on with it.
Given that in less than a year we will see a General election, which many pundits have already said is likely to be a Labour landslide larger than Tony Blair’s, it would seem likely that Lee Rowley’s tenure as Housing Minister is going to just long enough to be of exactly zero value, which will put him on a par with most of those who have held this post.
Maybe unlike some former Housing Ministers, Mr Pincher for example, Lee can keep out of the media limelight for all the right reasons and prove to be a safe choice for Rishi Sunak. Though of course Lee Rowley was last in post as Housing Minister for PM Liz Truss, and he is a big backer of Kemi Badenoch so all may not be plain sailing.
Guild Members gain valuable insights at Autumn Streamed event
Another successful online event with over 200 agents tuning into the Autumn Streamed webinar hosted by The Guild of Property Professionals on 8th November.
Managing Director of The Guild of Property Professionals, Kris McLean, said that the live streamed event was well received, with Members having the chance to access the recorded version. “These events provide our Members with the opportunity to gain valuable insights from industry experts and best practices, which they can take away and implement in their businesses. They are all about learning, sharing ideas and enhancing development within the sector,” he comments.
The event opened with property market analyst and Head of European Housing and Building Materials at Royal Bank of Canada, providing agents with an overview of the current market, discussing elements such as transactions figures, SWAP Rates, mortgage rates, CPI, house prices and expectations for the year ahead.
Following the market overview, the floor was handed over to multi-award-winning specialist estate agency success coach, Richard Rawlings, who provided an in-depth session around persuasive pricing and the importance of pricing a property correctly from the outset, especially in the current changing market where buyers are very cautious. In his address to the delegates, Rawlings notes that ultimately an agent’s role is to help people move, however, the greatest influence on saleability is price.
He emphasised the importance of the correct asking price at the start by highlighting some stats from Rightmove, which reveal that properties that have been reduced take twice as long to sell, have 10% lower chance of selling at all, are twice as likely to fall through, and are more likely to be lost to a competitor. Throughout the remainder of his presentation, Rawlings explored the elements that influence and determine asking prices, while providing essential tools, tactics, and persuasion techniques to ensure a smooth agreement on pricing with the vendor at the beginning.
McLean adds, “We are constantly trying to provide our network with additional value to their membership. Events such as Streamed are another way in which we are hoping to provide our Members with more insights, tips, and training that will help them increase revenue and grow market share.”
The virtual event series is a complimentary offering exclusively available to Guild Members. To learn more about the benefits of joining The Guild of Property Professionals, please contact us via email at email@example.com or visit our website at www.join.guildproperty.co.uk
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