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I cant seem to get my head around Countrywide's obsession with the word Retail. Whilst estate agency presents opportunity for cross selling this is already largely exploited particularly by the corporates such as Countrywide in pushing their mortgage, conveyancing, surveying and possibly removals services, so Im mystified as to what other goods or services the branch staff could legitimately peddle and not appear to come across as "Del Boy and Rodney". One corporate I worked for had all the Branch Managers qualified to advise on and sell financial products that was soon abandoned as it was not particularly well received by our vendors. Further, my experience is that the public generally do not appreciate an estate agent who tries to be a Jack of All Trades (and not focused fully on what they want from him/her that is advice and assistance in buying or selling a house), the perception being that they will probably turn out to be a master of none. As for extended opening hours that is nothing new either and in the right market and location it can be mutually beneficial for the estate agency business as well as its clients, but in many locations and certain markets it is simply pointless. I get the impression that the new senior management line up at Countrywide do not have a clue and are in danger of turning it into a real dogs diner. Perhaps they will do a joint venture with Tesco and offer estate agency related services from with in the Tesco Express Stores.

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This is an interesting discussion and one which I don't think there is a clear cut answer to...... As a PR professional with over 17 years experience, I've worked almost entirely within the B2B and corporate sector yet in more recent years have taken on more and more work for clients within the property sector. When I first worked with a property business I didn't have prior knowledge of the intricacies of the sector, but I did know how to identify a story and relate topics back to the wider news agenda and this is surely the benefit of engaging with a non-property specialist. Now, however, with more property experience under my I don't feel I've lost this because I ensure I continue to work on a mixed portfolio of work. This ensures that I am still able to take a certain 'outsiders' view and employ knowledge gained from other sectors so that I am not a through and through 'property PR' person who could perhaps be too engrained in the sector.

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