There are some agents that advertise online at only a fraction of the previous prices of the High Street Estate Agents. As DD says, High Street E.S's are mainly only looking after their own business interests.
It does concern me when the interest rates begin to rise again, and the rentals begin to increase. I definitely think there should be some sort of sealing on rental prices, at a certain level. It's simply not possible for the rents to be found in the private sector for much longer. Of course the estate agents are responsible for creating that problem too. I think they eventually got a bit too greedy and tried to make up for the shortfall in housing sales at one particular time,but unfortunately it was the beginning of another slippery slope for many.
There'll be even more people on the streets in the not too distant future.
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