The National Approved Letting Scheme event was designed to offer an insight into all aspects of the market as well as ways in which agents & Landlords can operate their businesses more effectively. It was attended by approx. 120 delegates from all areas of the professional property industry.
The conference was sponsored by Paragon Mortgages and featured presentations from leading industry figures including Richard McCarthy (Department of Communities and Local Government), Nick Cooper (MD of Northwood Lettings), Richard Blakeway (Mayor’s office of London), John Heron (Managing Director of Paragon Mortgages), Miles Shipside (Commercial Director of Rightmove), and Paul Shamplina (Landlord Action).
Both myself and Nick were hugely impressed by the quality of the speakers and the information shared. As Landlords, we learned a great deal that we can take back and share with the Property Tribes community. This included the “heads up” about The Green Deal programme, the lenders view on the future of Buy to Let, and how to spot a rogue tenant.
As many delegates in the below video comment, it provided gravitas to have presentations from representatives of Government at the event.
The event also wanted to draw attention to the “SafeAgent” scheme which was set up by NALS.
SAFE – Safe Agent Fully Endorsed – is a mark denoting firms that protect landlords and tenants money through client money protection schemes.
There are several schemes in the sector operated by ARLA/NFOPP, the Law Society, NALS and RICS to which agents voluntarily belong. Working with a SafeAgent can give confidence and peace of mind to both tenants and Landlords as the SafeAgent badge means that the agent is signed up to a client money protection scheme.
This is very topical, as, on Property Tribes, we have been discussing the rising number of lettings agents that have gone bust of late, taking Landlords rent and tenants deposit monies with them. Read the discussion >>> here.
NALS Chief Executive, Isobel Thomson, shared her views on how lettings agents are “gatekeepers” of the Private Rented Sector and the role they have to play in ensuring the security of both tenant and Landlord.
My husband Nick Tadd was delighted to be speaking on the topic of social media and honoured to be sharing the stage with a line-up of such presitigous speakers. He paid tribute to Steve Jobs, who died the previous day, and also gave an insight into how companies can optimise social media for business exposure by understanding how humans interact with the machine (computer). He was quick to point out that there is no “me” is social me-dia. It is about giving people what they want and need, not what you want them to have! Where what you contribute to the web collides with what people want or are looking for, you find “relevance”, and that is a very powerful place to be on the social web.
How to find NALS Conference on the social web:
Video: Nick set NALS up with their own branded YouTube channel and we recorded some speaker interviews, with myself as Reporter. These interviews include commentary from John Heron, Managing Director of Paragon Mortgages, Nick Cooper, M.D. of Northwood, and Miles Shipside, Commercial Director of Rightmove. You can view these videos, along with a short feedback video, on the NALS YouTube Channel.
Twitter: The whole event was broadcast live on Twitter from @safeagent twitter account. You can find the twitter stream and all the other tweets surrounding the event by putting #NALSConf into the Twitter search box. Use the stream as “minutes” or “content highlights” of the event, and also to connect with other property professionals.
Congratulations to NALS for a hugely successful event and for putting on such timely and important presentations from some of the most credible speakers in the property arena.
I am already looking forward to next year and recommend this event highly for anyone serious about landlordism and property investment.
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Vanessa Warwick is a former TV presenter, turned professional Landlady, consultant, and speaker. Along with her husband Nick Tadd, she founded Property Tribes, which is now the U.K.’s busiest on-line Landlord and investor community. Nick and Vanessa have just launched their new tech product, Yulpa, an on-line “property office/filo-fax” that helps you organise and manage your entire property life in one place. It comes with an iPhone app that does auto due diligence on any property being considered for purchase.
Vanessa and Nick advocate the use of technology and digital and social communications in property, and speak at events all over the U.K. as well as consulting for the BBC on property. They invest mainly in flats London and family houses in the South East and are also big advocates of holiday lets, having two upmarket holiday lets on the South Coast that achieve above-average occupancy thanks to the couple’s web efforts and vertical marketing strategies.