over 20 years Trevor Kent (or Big T as he is
sometimes known) has been the voice and face of the British
housing market on television, radio, and in the press. He has
notched up a staggering number of appearances and his press quotes
run to thousands. He is, undoubtedly, one of Britain's best
known estate agency commentators and a celebrated "guru"
in his field.
he was the spokesman for, and subsequently President of the UK
estate agency industry's body, the National Association of
Estate Agents. Over the ensuing years his massive frame,
good humoured clear presentation and a willingness to accept
criticism has led to invitations to appear on virtually every
news and current affairs programme.
from Newsnight at one end to Richard & Judy at the other
with hundreds in between, making him Britain's best known
Comment is not
confined to serious interest rate and house prices work or his high profile
opposition to the previous government's ridiculous introduction of Home Information Packs
- he is just as much at home with lighter home-improvement issues and live
phone-ins. He deals with a variety of property market topics in an
interesting, accurate and sometimes humorous fashion.
an auctioneer Trevor
holds a TV world first in conjunction with The Big
Breakfast on Channel 4, when he masterminded and successfully
auctioned a studio guest's home on a live outside
broadcast. At the beginning of the broadcast the guest
(whose home was already on the market conventionally) was asked
live ' do you want to auction it today? ', he said yes, so
the pre-arranged plans swung into action and Trevor auctioned it
live an hour and a half later!
more latterly, gazundering are topics he regularly addresses, as are the
homes of the rich and famous together with wacky and weird properties.
It seems that the roller coaster house prices saga, however, is never to be
supplanted as his most visited topic. Recent regular series have been
primarily for BBC Radio 2. He firstly assisted Steve Wright in the
Afternoon to glance with humour at the property scene and was subsequently
poached by The Jeremy Vine Show for a number of hour long and sometimes
quite tricky phone-ins for his Friday Your Money & Your Life slot!
He can also be heard regularly on IRN News broadcasts and Sky Radio News.
To ring the changes Trevor
has also written on travel for the Daily and
Sunday Express, the Press Association and a number of
magazines together with a regular Friday column in estate agency's premier
Emagazine - EstateAgentToday.
fifteen minutes live with Vanessa for BBC Radio –
you’ve guessed it ‘average house prices in London hit
half a million’, Trevor gives some comfort to listeners
by explaining this was ‘asking prices’ not sales, and
to hit an average there must be lower prices too. He also
mentioned meeting Eric Pickles Secretary of State DCLG and
asking him to look at protection for Landlords when agents
abscond with rental deposits. 2 hours 15 minutes in at http://www.bbc.co.uk/
a 20 minute live broadcast with Vanessa Feltz on BBC Radio
looking at the trauma of repayment mortgages with no route
to repay the loan at expiry,
failure of many endowment-linked schemes to provide
sufficient funds to similarly clear borrowings.
was invited to a reception in Milton Keynes just
before the Budget and had a brief one-to-one with
the Prime Minister.
was affable and DC apparently remembered earlier
meetings with TK (after all not a figure easily
forgotten) but he moved on sharpish when Trevor
questioned the government’s ridiculous Stamp Duty
policy and enquired if there might be any relief in
The BBC are currently working with me on a piece for broadcast concerning buyers’ experiences of commissioning full structural surveys. We are particularly interested to hear from purchasers who have either been pleased with a survey or thought it was a costly vague report, covered in indemnifying caveats and a waste of money. Willingness to comment on-screen would be appreciated, email me at email@example.com if you’ve anything you’d like to contribute.
somewhat depressed Trevor has a 13 minute discussion with
Vanessa Feltz on BBC Radio trying to address the
problems First Time Buyers face in finding a deposit
which, on average, could be as much as £100,000 for a
spirited defence of Estate Agents on BBC Radio this
morning "We may not be all saints, but we are not
devils!" he told the presenter. LINK
Trevor contributes to the debate over the
unfairness of some ‘shared ownership’ schemes and
the consequent risk to vulnerable first time buyers
sometimes led as ‘lambs to the slaughter’.
Independent on Sunday.
Trevor was up with the lark to explain to BBC Radio
Five Live listeners (at 05.45!) the implications of
both the Budget Stamp Duty rises (highway robbery he said)
and the effect of the loss today of the first-time
buyers’ Stamp Duty holiday (short-sighted and
unnecessary his opinion).
Jeremy Vine's BBC Radio 2 show asks Trevor
whether a North Wales Agent should have "cropped"
a sales picture of a £200,000 bungalow to "lose"
a 350ft TV mast only yards away!
BBC Radio’s Vanessa asks Trevor whether
the London property market has lived up to the promise
of three months ago that it would buck the trend and
continue to rise. Trevor’s
opinion – it’s getting tougher thanks to a shortage
of supply, shortage of loans and shortage of confidence,
but better in the Shires.
provides background for and is quoted in a piece on Stamp
Duty for The Independent on Sunday. LINK
Radio London Vanessa show to discuss the stock
market difficulties and a possible knock-on effect for house
Radio. Trevor queries Housing Minister call for new builds to be 'less Legoland
identikit' - pointing out the additional costs of building
in character would be passed on to purchasers who are
already finding property too expensive.
Recorded an interesting piece for BBC 3
featuring a real life young entrepreneur starting to build a
property portfolio from scratch - lucky chap!
SKY NEWS, Trevor predicts that an
unwelcome side-effect of the improving property market
would be increasing numbers of repossessions.
BBC Radio 2
Jeremy Vine asks Trevor 'what on earth is
going on with house prices?' TK says it's not all
doom and gloom
BBC Radio 4 Trevor discusses the 'Double
Dip" 27 minutes into the programme
News and Working Lunch on legacy of HIPs abolition.
does business news on BBC Radio 5 live, subject - the
election, what else!
DAY Trevor Kent hosts live ITV NEWS outside broadcast cameras
in his office followed by ITN News.
the Office of Fair Trading's high profile release of their
Investigation into Estate Agency, Trevor,
who attended the launch, gave comment to BBC Online
News, and was filmed for Press Association TV.
Working Lunch - Trevor discusses the
dilemma of those approaching retirement whose homes are no
longer their "pension"
Radio London, a 15 minute 'down the line' spot with presenter
Jonathan Lampon looking at the future of the property market- a crystal ball job indeed !
Neil's Politics Show, Radio 5 Live, BBC
Breakfast News, Money Box Live, Inside Out,
Today Programme, BBC Evening News, BBC Business
Lunch, World at One, The Six o/c News, BBC
Three Counties Radio, BBC - Radio London - an
hour with Lesley Joseph and Christopher Biggins X
2!!, SKY NEWS with Jeff Randall, BBC TV and Radio News on a
tenant selling landlord's house. Breakfast
News - Trevor reports on latest market conditions,
Budget Day 'Wake up to Money, You and Yours, BBC TV
ARTICLES & PRESS RELEASES:-
Knight, writing in The Independent on Sunday 10/02/13, quizzes
Trevor on the traditional 'out-flow' of London Market cash into
the Home Counties and Trevor advocates the 'London Bubble' being
excluded from average price statistics for the country as a
whole to avoid a totally false picture.
OFT BRINGS BEDROOM-BASED INTERNET "ESTATE AGENTS" INTO LINE - TREVOR KENT
DUTY BOMBSHELL - WHOLE MARKET WILL SUFFER, NOT JUST RICH SAYS
HS2 plunges homeowners into financial LIMBO-LAND says Trevor Kent
STATEMENT NO CHEER FOR FIRST TIME BUYERS PRESS
AGENTS ASK - IS MARY QUEEN OF OFFICES TOO? CH 4 9th
AGENTS CAN KNOCK TWICE FOR FEES
ARE HISTORY: PICKLES SUSPENDS HIPS WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT
LATEST - GOVERNMENT ABOUT TO ORDER SUSPENSION
GO, A WELCOME
MANIFESTO PLEDGE TO BE HONOURED, BUT MAKE IT QUICK PRESS
FEARS ALREADY REFLECTED IN HOUSING MARKET
SHAPPS: HIPs AREN'T
WORTH THE PAPER THEY'RE WRITTEN ON PRESS
DAY 2010 - STAMP DUTY - MEASLY CARROT WHEN FIVE-A-DAY REQUIRED
UNUSUAL DEVIATION FOR AN ESTATE AGENT ! Trevor visits
Chalfont St Giles for BBC Radio 4's
Saturday Live to present his personal
memories of the village becoming Walmington-on-Sea for a
STILL ON TRACK TO CUT HIP RED TAPE POST ELECTION WIN LINK
TRAVEL ARTICLE - TREVOR JOINS A RALLY LINK
BUYERS FACE EXTRA £1,750 TAX CHARGE CHRISTMAS 'PRESENT' PRESS
MORE HIP PAIN TO COME FOR HOME-SELLERS PRESS
10 confirm fines for home sellers marketing without HIPs today PRESS
- BECKETT FIDDLES AS HOUSE MARKET BURNS PRESS
KENT'S PLEA TO MARGARET BECKETT PRESS
AN END TO HOUSE-SELLING AS WE KNOW IT PRESS
RESCUE PACKAGE AN EMPTY BOX PRESS RELEASE
MARKET GOES FROM SLOW TO STOP OVERNIGHT PRESS