Friday, Oct 16, 2009

Sign of a booming property market

BBC News: Halifax estate agents sold for £1

Lloyds Banking Group has agreed to sell its Halifax estate agency business to LSL Property Services for £1. The loss-making business has 218 offices, 93 of which are franchise operations. There are 121 Halifax banking counters located in estate agents, which will close down in early 2010.

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1. will said...

Green shoots anyone?

I wonder if the banks will allow prices to fall after they ditch their property related holdings?

Friday, October 16, 2009 08:40AM Report Comment

2. fallingbuzzard said...

Just the natural cycle. Even the most foolhardy banks know that real interest rates are on their way up.

Friday, October 16, 2009 09:52AM Report Comment

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4. cyril said...

I wonder if Foxtons is similarly worthless? Let's hope so.

Friday, October 16, 2009 11:46AM Report Comment

5. ketha said...

To be fair, and I work for this company so [disclaimer] but this was on the cards before the crash and before the merger. It's not a core function of a modern bank. it's got nothing to do with the House Price Crash as such but clearly it's accelerated the likelyhood.

Friday, October 16, 2009 11:51AM Report Comment

6. Bill09 said...

@4. ketha
The sale may have been on the cards before the crash, but to give it away?! To sell for £1 indicates that this business and its assets (houses) are considered a liability by Lloyds. Was it such a mill-stone in 2007? Surely if it was they would have just got rid before now ...

Friday, October 16, 2009 04:15PM Report Comment

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