Trevor Kent

Property Commentator
& Broadcaster

For 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.  

Initially 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.  

Appearances range from Newsnight at one end to Richard & Judy at the other with hundreds in between, making him Britain's best known property pundit.

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.

As 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!  

Gazumping, and, 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.


RECENT APPEARANCES:-

 

  • 12th June
     
    TK goes into detail with Vanessa on BBC Radio today criticising estate and rental agents who fail to advise prospective tenants of the charges they will have to pay before they rent. He also accepted that the level of some of these charges some agents raise is unacceptably high.

     

  • Another 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/ programmes/p018gj7j for 7 days.

  • Trevor does 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,
    and the failure of many endowment-linked schemes to provide sufficient funds to similarly  clear borrowings. 

     

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    Trevor was invited to a reception in Milton Keynes just before the Budget and had a brief one-to-one with the Prime Minister. 

    All 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 Budget!  

     


    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 trevor@trevorkentmedia.com if you’ve anything you’d like to contribute. 


  • A 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 first buy.

  • Trevor mounts 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.  LINK

  • 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.

  • Trevor provides background for and is quoted in a piece on Stamp Duty for The Independent on Sunday.  LINK

  • BBC Radio London  Vanessa show to discuss the stock market difficulties and a possible knock-on effect for house prices.

  • BBC 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 

  • BBC News and Working Lunch on legacy of HIPs abolition.  

  • TK does business news on BBC Radio 5 live, subject - the election, what else!  

  • BUDGET DAY Trevor Kent hosts live ITV NEWS outside broadcast cameras in his office followed by ITN News.  

  • Following 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.   

  • BBC Working Lunch - Trevor discusses the dilemma of those approaching retirement whose homes are no longer their "pension"   

  • BBC 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 ! 

  • Andrew 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 'Working Lunch.

 

BROADCASTS, ARTICLES & PRESS RELEASES:-


Julian 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. 
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OFT BRINGS BEDROOM-BASED INTERNET "ESTATE AGENTS" INTO LINE - TREVOR KENT  PRESS RELEASE  

STAMP DUTY BOMBSHELL - WHOLE MARKET WILL SUFFER, NOT JUST RICH SAYS TREVOR KENT PRESS RELEASE

HS2 plunges homeowners into financial LIMBO-LAND says Trevor Kent   PRESS RELEASE

AUTUMN STATEMENT NO CHEER FOR FIRST TIME BUYERS  PRESS RELEASE

ESTATE AGENTS ASK - IS MARY QUEEN OF OFFICES TOO?  CH 4 9th FEBRUARY   PRESS RELEASE

ESTATE AGENTS CAN KNOCK TWICE FOR FEES   PRESS RELEASE  

HIPS ARE HISTORY: PICKLES SUSPENDS HIPS WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT   PRESS RELEASE

HIPs LATEST - GOVERNMENT ABOUT TO ORDER SUSPENSION  PRESS RELEASE

HIPs TO GO, A WELCOME MANIFESTO PLEDGE TO BE HONOURED, BUT MAKE IT QUICK  PRESS RELEASE

ELECTION FEARS ALREADY REFLECTED IN HOUSING MARKET  PRESS RELEASE

SHAPPS: HIPs AREN'T WORTH THE PAPER THEY'RE WRITTEN ON  PRESS RELEASE

BUDGET DAY 2010 - STAMP DUTY - MEASLY CARROT WHEN FIVE-A-DAY REQUIRED   PRESS RELEASE

AN 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 week!  

TORIES STILL ON TRACK TO CUT HIP RED TAPE POST ELECTION WIN  LINK TO ARTICLE

LATEST TRAVEL ARTICLE - TREVOR JOINS A RALLY  LINK TO ARTICLE

HOME BUYERS FACE EXTRA £1,750 TAX CHARGE CHRISTMAS 'PRESENT'  PRESS RELEASE

YET MORE HIP PAIN TO COME FOR HOME-SELLERS  PRESS RELEASE

No 10 confirm fines for home sellers marketing without HIPs today  PRESS RELEASE

HIPs - BECKETT FIDDLES AS HOUSE MARKET BURNS  PRESS RELEASE

TREVOR KENT'S PLEA TO MARGARET BECKETT  PRESS RELEASE

IT'S AN END TO HOUSE-SELLING AS WE KNOW IT  PRESS RELEASE

HOUSING RESCUE PACKAGE AN EMPTY BOX  PRESS RELEASE

HOUSING MARKET GOES FROM SLOW TO STOP OVERNIGHT  PRESS RELEASE


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