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    #16
    Of course, it is a postgraduate degree in International Marketing.

    Originally posted by mind the gap View Post
    I'd be happy to answer your questions if you could just tell us which 'graduate degree' are you studying for, exactly? And do you mean your first degree, or a postgraduate qualification?

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      #17
      Hello,

      1, Won't use one as unfortunately the competant agents are in the minority. Like Estate Agents, they tend to be 'salesmen' rather than someone with specific training. You don't need to know anything about property to start and run a lettings agency.

      2, The whole industry would need to be significantly overhauled before I would consider using an agent.

      3, Not yet but then New Year sees the official launch of my Practice and social media is an very useful tool.

      4, Yes, although only from my desk at the moment (see above). Have dedicated Twitter account and will be setting up on Blogger, Facebook and Google+ (I think) in December ahead of official launch.
      There is always scope for misinterpretation.

      If my posts can be interpreted in two ways, one that makes you feel angry and one that doesn't, I meant the latter.

      Everyday is an opportunity to learn something new.

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        #18
        Originally posted by kerri2685 View Post

        Here are some questions that I have and would appreciate your take on:
        1. What motivates you to use or not use a rental agency?
        I would have to be pretty desperate and unable, for whatever reason, to find tenants myself. Wouldn't ever consider using them for management. Nightmare.

        2. If you do not use an agency, what services would make you want to use one?
        Tenantfind only - but the majority are so expensive and useless that I would never actively want to use one. See answer to 1., above.

        3. Do you use a smartphone? If yes, what kind? Would you use an app that made the rental process easier?
        Yes, already do. Prospective tenants ring me up or email me on my phone and I tell them about the property. Then we arrange a viewing. It works really well. Or do you mean an app which doesn't exist yet, or one which exists but is the same as a notebook - or what?

        4. Do you use social media? (Facebook, Twitter, etc.)
        Only to spy on my children and find out what they are up to.

        It does however, as noted by others, seem a very easy question to set yourself for a postgrad degree...the whole thesis could probably be constructed using only the Letting Agents Forum on this site, which is a depressing catalogue of woe and incompetence on the part of agents. You could call it 'Why Landlords Prefer Not to Buy an Dog and Bark Themselves'. May I suggest the introduction for you:

        In an ideal world, most landlords would prefer not to use letting agents because to do so makes a big hole in their profits and the general perception (supported by overwhelming evidence) is that many agents, being largely unqualified, clueless and generally unprofessional, represent very poor value for money.
        'Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation fo the first link on one memorable day'. Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

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          #19
          In an ideal world, most landlords would prefer not to use letting agents because to do so makes a big hole in their profits and the general perception (supported by overwhelming evidence) is that many agents, being largely unqualified, clueless and generally unprofessional, represent very poor value for money.
          You really need to put more emphasis into your writing.
          I offer no guarantee that anything I say is correct. wysiwyg

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            #20
            Originally posted by mind the gap View Post
            Yes, already do. Prospective tenants ring me up or email me on my phone and I tell them about the property. Then we arrange a viewing. It works really well. Or do you mean an app which doesn't exist yet, or one which exists but is the same as a notebook - or what?[/I]
            An app that is in development, for a new rental agency.


            Thank you again for all of your feedback!

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              #21
              Originally posted by kerri2685 View Post
              An app that is in development, for a new rental agency.
              Well so all this is not really about a graduate degree, but rather market research for a business

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                #22
                Indeed: I was about to discuss how such issues to do with E&W letting agents seem surprisingly unlikely as a project for "international marketing". Do the University authorities know (yet... ) what you are doing, in their name???
                I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...

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