Watch the latest weekly video roundup of news from Estate Agent Today and Letting Agent Today, featuring stories on the long-awaited launch of OnTheMarket, a campaign group sending anti-mansion tax letters to Labour MPs and a German landlord who got pee'd off with his tenants.
A rival claims OnTheMarket secured only 6,000 hits on Wednesday - the day of which one agent using the new portal tweeted that it would still use Zoopla, Rightmove and others.
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As the debate over the new OnTheMarket portal takes on increasingly surreal qualities, the ‘agitator’ website www.onthemarketdirect.com says Agents’ Mutual is unwittingly playing into the hands of online estate agencies.
The latest data from the Land Registry shows that the average house price in England and Wales is now £177,766 compared with the peak of £181,138 in November 2007.
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A City analyst says OnTheMarket has potential to be “a noisy neighbour” in the market - but it appears to need far more visits to be effective and some member agents are being accused of ignoring the ‘one other portal only’ policy.
Every Labour MP will today receive a letter from campaign group FairHome Tax urging the party to abandon its proposed mansion tax and instead add council tax bands to higher-valued properties as “a progressive alternative” to fund NHS initiatives.
A survey of 600 vendors by a consumer group says agents signing up to OntheMarket risk losing around 15 per cent of potential vendors - however, the biggest number of respondents are happy to let agents make their own decision on which portals to use.
There has been a significant boost in the sale of homes in price ranges which were previously ‘stamp duty sensitive’ according to the National Association of Estate Agents.