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Buying Unseen - not as mad as it seems says leading agent

A leading buying agent says the phenomenon of ‘buying unseen’ is the most dramatic property trend to have emerged from the...

23 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Red Flag! Insolvency firm warns of growing distress in property sector

An insolvency specialist is warning that the real estate sector of the UK is seeing more firms in financial distress despite...

23 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Five PropTech suppliers to watch - Propertymark’s ‘good for agents’ shortlist

Propertymark has shortlisted five of the 700 or so PropTech suppliers in the UK, as part of the trade body’s REACH...

23 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Sequence agency chain links with part exchange service

The land and new homes division of Sequence has signed a deal to offer fully-funded part exchange and home buying services...

23 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - this week it’s all about young people and, er, bees

Hello and welcome to a sunny Friday and this week’s round-up of the industry’s good works. We’re keen to feature agents and...

23 April 2021

From: Breaking News

£1m bonus package for Foxtons boss despite huge shareholder rebellion

Controversial Foxtons chief executive Nic Budden is to pocket a bonus package of around £1m - despite a huge shareholder rebellion at...

22 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks downgrade signals booming independent agents - claim

International investment bank UBS has double-downgraded Purplebricks from ‘buy’ to ‘sell’ - and that could be good for independent agents, a...

22 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Deadline: it’s too late for most buyers - warning

A consumer financial service suggests it’s already too late for most buyers to meet the latest stamp duty holiday deadline of June...

22 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Challenger portal signs up agency’s 55 branches

Free-to-list portal OneDome has signed up the 55 branch agency network Chancellors. The agency will consequently list all of its residential sales...

22 April 2021

From: Breaking News

First time buyers can now borrow 5.5 times their income

The Nationwide Building Society has launched a product which, controversially, allows some first time buyers to borrow 5.5 times their income. From...

22 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Boom goes on as transactions and prices soar

The average UK house price has risen 8.6 per cent - that’s typically £20,000 - in the past year. This is the...

22 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents back portal run by member of construction dynasty

Two leading agencies and an agent network have signed up to the UK’s first dedicated portal for those finding, researching, buying...

22 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Consumers demand upfront property details on portals

Momentum is building for agents to provide more information on property details and portals - not wait until a prospective buyer...

21 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents have role educating owners on values, claims Zoopla

Some 45 per cent of people who had their home valued by an agent or sold it in the past three years discovered it...

21 April 2021

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket’s crunch date for agent membership

OnTheMarket is to release its full year performance figures to shareholders on June 8. This will be for its trading year to January...

21 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Portals help Modern Method of Auction firm take top spot

Iamsold, the company best known for its Modern Method of Auction online platform, has won top spot in an auction league...

21 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty deadline creating ‘frenzy’ over property listings

A major agency is reporting a “frenzy” with branches inundated with enquiries as soon as homes are listed. Nicky Stevenson, managing director of...

21 April 2021

From: Breaking News

What’s in a name? A lot, if it includes the word ‘Hill’

Research by an estate agency comparison service has revealed which type of road address produces the highest average price.  GetAgent has analysed...

21 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Trading Standards ask agents for views on ‘upfront portal information’

National Trading Standards wants agents, portals and industry groups to come up with ways to provide basic essential material information ‘upfront’.  The National...

20 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Countrywide investor’s warning shot at underperforming Foxtons

The veteran estate agent who led criticism of Countrywide’s former management is turning his glare on Foxtons. The London estate agency has...

20 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Hybrid agency announces national expansion and recruitment

A hybrid agency which until now has been active only in London is launching new hubs in Manchester and Brighton. Agent &...

20 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed - market share for hybrid and online agencies

The market share of hybrid and online agents has remained at eight per cent, according to property industry consultancy TwentyCi. This figure...

20 April 2021

From: Breaking News

SDLT not a problem for most first time buyers even as holiday ends

Some 80 per cent of the property market will remain free of stamp duty for first-time buyers, even after the current...

20 April 2021

From: Breaking News

End of Furlough “won’t kill off housing market bull run”

A leading analyst has told Knight Frank that the end of furlough this autumn is unlikely to kill off the housing...

20 April 2021

From: Breaking News

FORTY viewings per home on sale - today's hot sellers’ market

A leading agent says that for every house he puts on the market, he has over 40 requests for viewings -...

20 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Zoopla unveils new My Home service and multi-million-pound marketing blitz

Zoopla today begins a new marketing drive - the latest move in the fierce battle between Rightmove, Zoopla, OnTheMarket and Boomin. Zoopla is...

19 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty: Conveyancer tells agents how to beat deadline

Agents are being urged to push through their pipelines before the upcoming stamp duty deadlines. The plea comes from Simply Conveyancing, which...

19 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - a bumper bundle of movers and shakers

Hello and welcome to another working week, and the latest on jobs and staff movement across our industry. You can be part...

19 April 2021

From: Breaking News

95% Mortgage Guarantee scheme - is it just a sop for the North?

From today buyers will be able to purchase properties worth up to £600,000 with just a five per cent mortgage, under...

19 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Asking prices hit another all time high according to Rightmove

Another week begins, another record tumbles - Rightmove this morning reports a monthly price surge of 2.1 per cent has propelled...

19 April 2021

From: Breaking News

More signs of recovery in Prime London market

There’s been a surge in activity in London’s prime housing market according to LonRes. The property data company says that new instructions in March...

19 April 2021

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket to become a software house as well as portal

Jason Tebb, the ex-Foxtons agent who is now chief executive of OnTheMarket, has given his first in depth public interview since...

16 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty: Agents told to warn vendors they may miss deadline

An analysis of the average time taken for properties from 10 leading estate agency brands to complete shows a significant increase...

16 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Make stamp duty cut permanent, international economists tell UK

The UK government has been told it should make the stamp duty cut permanent to encourage investment and make it easier...

16 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Rightmove reveals launch date for Modern Method of Auction operation

Rightmove’s new Modern Method of Auction service launches on Monday.  The service - which Rightmove calls Online Conditional Auctions - will involve...

16 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents can give conveyancers upfront info easier, says PropTech firm

A PropTech firm says its new tool allows comprehensive upfront property information to be shared instantly with all parties in a...

16 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Up to 40% of homes for sale are chain-free in parts of UK

New research shared with Estate Agent Today suggest that in areas of the country almost four in 10 homes for sale...

16 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - Have we got hair-raising news for you…

It’s Friday so it’s Charity day of course, and today we get to the root of the issue of lockdown easing...

16 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Zoopla takes on Rightmove with new look, features and functionality

Zoopla has unveiled a subtle rebranding plus new features and functionality - and says it wants to be number one, not...

15 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Adrian Gill – talking agency consolidation, PropTech, retail and Boomin

This time out, I speak to one of the industry’s biggest-hitters. Adrian Gill may have retired from frontline agency, having had...

15 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Foxtons Fat Cats: Has the company been milking the taxpayer?

Foxtons is facing another shareholder revolt over the bonus being given to its chief executive despite taking £7m in state Covid...

15 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Online agency pledges to give most profit back to local community

An online agency that already operates in the lettings field is spreading into sales - and pledges to give most of...

15 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Index puts average house price growth at almost 10% per year

One housing market index suggests that average house prices in England and Wales have risen by 9.8 per cent in the...

15 April 2021

From: Breaking News

London looking up at last, say Foxtons and Chestertons

Foxtons has reassured investors that 2021 has started well and the agency is on the road to recovery after the Coronavirus...

15 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Michael Bruce promoted in Boomin management changes

Michael Bruce has been promoted from the role of executive chairman of Boomin to group chief executive officer. This is within two...

14 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Stock shortage is worst I’ve seen in 30 years, says agent

An agent in part of the UK with the strongest seller’s market claims the stock shortage is the worst he’s seen...

14 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Rightmove flying with record visits as buying frenzy continues

Rightmove has so far this year recorded 20 of its busiest ever days for visits to the site as the current...

14 April 2021

From: Breaking News

State of the property nation survey – what did we discover?

Our recent state of the property nation survey, which yielded nearly 350 responses from directors to junior negotiators, and many others...

14 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents say slow house buying process is industry’s biggest issue

A survey of 5,000 agents suggests the slow house selling and buying process is one of the biggest challenges facing the...

14 April 2021

From: Breaking News

95% mortgages make an impact - even before government initiative

The latest Moneyfacts monitor of the mortgage market suggests a significant number of new 95 per cent products - even without the...

14 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Ex-Virgin chief to chair Boomin as portal seeks £25m - report

Sky News is reporting that new portal Boomin is to announce the former chief executive of Sir Richard Branson’s business empire...

13 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Zoopla founder has new idea to disrupt how agents buy and sell

The founder of Zoopla has returned to the property market with a new proposal to disrupt how agents buy and sell homes. Alex...

13 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed - staff turnover rates at leading estate agencies

One of the industry’s leading consultants has calculated staff turnover rates at the country’s leading estate agencies. Christopher Watkin, the consultant who...

13 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Will Facebook act after agency is victim of “vile” Prince Philip slur?

An estate agency has apologised after a bogus employee posted offensive comments about Prince Philip on a newly-created fake Facebook account. This...

13 April 2021

From: Breaking News

More agencies back government Kickstart scheme

Another property company has announced its participation in the Kickstart scheme. The initiative is aimed at young people aged 16 to 24...

13 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Holiday has only limited impact on housing market - claim

A leading agency claims the stamp duty holiday has actually had a minimal impact in the mainstream market, despite many suggestions...

13 April 2021

From: Breaking News

One in three sales fall through as market returns to near normal

One in three property sales in England and Wales fell through before completion in the first quarter of 2021. The 32 per...

13 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer: High Streets reopen - so what now for agency branches?

Today is the day that non-essential retail reopens as part of the government's roadmap out of lockdown. For the majority of the...

12 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: ESTAS names new headline sponsor to replace Zoopla

The ESTAS Group has named a new headline sponsor for its 2021 Forum and Awards, taking over from Zoopla with immediate effect. It’s...

12 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Fake Reviews: Watchdog pushes Facebook into action

The Competition and Markets Authority says it has pushed Facebook into taking new action to combat fake reviews - an issue...

12 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Boom Goes On: index shows market “resurgence”

The Chancellor’s decision to extend the stamp duty holiday has “put a spring in the step" of the housing market according...

12 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency opens 56th High Street branch - and more to come

Chancellors today opens its 56th and newest branch with what it calls its most generous ever offer to potential customers. The office...

12 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Bigger senior management team named at The Property Franchise Group

The Property Franchise Group, which earlier this year completed a buy out of franchise rival Hunters, has expanded its senior management...

12 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks to launch £7m campaign to build market share

Purplebricks is this summer starting a £7m campaign in a bid to to increase market share, using a new media partner. The...

09 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Sellers must be “on it” and collate info upfront to help a smooth sale

A leading conveyancing industry chief says the one factor that would help improve the slow house buying process today would be the...

09 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Over half of buyers never visit an agent’s office, claims new survey

A new survey suggests 53 per cent of buyers never actually visit an estate agent’s office during the course of their...

09 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty cliff edge could “derail” market warns mortgage firm

A mortgage firm specialising in high net worth clients says the stamp duty holiday cliff edge will not impact the most expensive...

09 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency plans five new offices a year despite profit slump

Winkworth says Covid and its aftermath will not derail plans to open five offices a year.  In a trading statement to shareholders...

09 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Appraisal numbers up - could supply shortage soon be over?

The shortage of supply compared to demand, which has characterised the housing market in recent months, could soon be a thing...

09 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and a special look at our industry’s own charity

Hello and welcome to this week’s ADC - and it’s a special look at plans for this year by our own...

09 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency chief executive forsakes £1m in bonuses during Covid

The annual report of a major estate agency has revealed that its chief executive took two large cuts to bonus payments...

08 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Exchanges hit 10 year high with market frenzy set to continue

Data from agency Knight Frank suggests the number of UK exchanges last month was the highest in 10 years - well above...

08 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Major agency signs two year extension with Zoopla

With increasing numbers of portals battling for membership and revenue, Zoopla has revealed that all Carter Jonas’ residential branches will list until...

08 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Mayfair-based agency opens high-end countryside office

Boutique estate agency D S Churchill is to open a countryside office serving the Cotwolds, Oxfordshire and surrounding counties. D S Churchill...

08 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Detached property price rises outstrip rest of market, says agency

An agency has analysed sold prices since the first lockdown in March 2020 and February this year - and has found...

08 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Free to list portal insists it’s biggest challenger to Big Three

A portal says it’s the most significant challenger to the Big Three of Rightmove, Zoopla and OnTheMarket. OneDome says it bases this on...

08 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Surveyors launch Home Review concept to cut fall-throughs

A surveyors group has launched a new ‘Home Review’ service which it claims will identify structural problems which create an immediate...

07 April 2021

From: Breaking News

New estate agency leader to introduce greater diversity

A new name is to appear at the top of Knight Frank from next spring - and he is charged with bringing...

07 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Massive drop in physical viewings thanks to PropTech - claim

There’s been a drop of no less than 16,000 in the number of physical viewings over the past year thanks to just...

07 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Anti-stamp duty campaigner fined … for stamp duty avoidance

One of the most outspoken campaigners against stamp duty has been fined for avoiding tens of thousands of pounds in … stamp...

07 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Garden space ‘shrinking’ because of stamp duty costs - claim

The sizes and numbers of gardens in London are reducing because stamp duty is encouraging more extensions as an alternative to moving. That’s...

07 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Desire for apartment living remains strong, insists property firm

While lengthy lockdowns have caused many to re-evaluate their homes, the apartment lifestyle remains an ambition for many. That’s the view of...

07 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Boomin Bites Back: We’ll NEVER do direct sales, insists founder

Agents have contacted Estate Agent Today to say they fear the new MatchMaker service on the Boomin portal could be used...

06 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty reform would speed sales says another leading Tory MP

The MP leading a new parliamentary committee on the housing market says a radical reform of tax would help more people move...

06 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Ex-Knight Frank high flyer sets up online agency

A high flying agent with experience at a string of top end companies has set up an online business with his...

06 April 2021

From: Breaking News

First time buying cheaper than renting - if you have the deposit

First time buyers are now saving more than £800 a year in comparison with tenants, new analysis suggests.  The Halifax says the...

06 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Holiday has been a con, suggests property firm chief

The stamp duty holiday has backfired and buyers almost everywhere are paying more for homes, rather than less. StripeHomes analysed house price...

06 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency offices in Wales to open again from next week

Estate agency offices in Wales, closed for many weeks as part of that country’s lockdown, will reopen from next Monday, April 12. The...

06 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Running, biking, swimming: Hamptons goes the extra mile (or 27,000…)

Late last year Hamptons launched ‘Relay around the World’… a fundraising initiative to raise money for Cancer Research’s Stand Up To...

02 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Best foot forward for Fine & Country as they trek for funds

The managing director of Fine & Country Cardiff, Dan Thomas, has wasted no time with his fundraiser - starting as soon...

02 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Final chance for agents….state of the nation survey closes on Easter Monday!

First off, happy Good Friday to all our readers. Here’s to a great, if still slightly different, long Easter bank holiday...

02 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Mental Health is key for young people, as Propertymark reminds us

Propertymark has chosen YoungMinds as its charity partner of the year.  YoungMinds is dedicated to ensuring every young person gets the mental...

02 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Portal pride as Zoopla zips to a grand in memory of Captain Tom

Zoopla employees have held a 'March for March' challenge to raise funds for The Captain Tom Foundation. This is a fine cause...

02 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Think of the children - super-heroic work by Reeds Rains

Reeds Rains is once again fundraising for the wonderful Cash For Kids - and this time there’s a twist. In previous years...

02 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Portal Wars: Boomin’s early launch and Zoopla’s membership surge

The Bruce brothers' new portal Boomin has launched a day early - and no, this isn't an April Fool. The site went live...

01 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Move Over Monopoly: New board game reflects real housing market

A new property board game called Gazumped aims to rival Monopoly but reflect a much more realistic view of how the house...

01 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Sarah Edmundson – how Agents Together is helping the industry to talk

Mental health – and the importance of good mental health – has become a vital thing for all of us in...

01 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Market pause or boom over? Surprise house price fall as Easter arrives

Annual house price growth remains strong but it has slowed significantly according to the Nationwide. Prices dropped 0.2 per cent on average...

01 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty surcharge won’t hurt foreign buyer market - claim

A prominent London agency says today’s new two per cent stamp duty surcharge imposed on most overseas buyers will not dampen...

01 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Another agency takeover as industry consolidation goes on

Welsh independent agency Nuttall Parker has been snapped up by Cardiff-based property business Seraph Group. Newport-centred Nuttall Parker is Seraph Group's second...

01 April 2021

From: Breaking News

German company pours £5m into UK online estate agency

A company in the German Axel Springer publishing empire - which also invested in Purplebricks in the past - has put...

31 March 2021

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket in big media deal with UK's largest news publisher

OnTheMarket has signed a big media deal with the UK’s largest news publisher. The deal is with Reach, which owns nine national...

31 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Boomin’s TV ads - see them here, two days ahead of launch

Here are the first three TV adverts for Boomin, the new property portal which launches on Friday.The new website launches early...

31 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Property directors banned for 25 years after investment scam

Two property directors have been banned from holding company office for a total of 25 years after abusing £7.7m taken from...

31 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Yopa raises its profile in battle with Purplebricks and Strike

Yopa has instructed two companies to help with its brand building as it battles with other major online players. It’s appointed M.i. Media...

31 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Many homeowners think selling process is getting worse - survey

A new survey says 80 per cent of homeowners believe the process of buying a house has remained largely the same or...

31 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Estate agents trusted more than politicians (yes, that old story)

First the good news - estate agents are trusted more than politicians and no less than bankers. Now the bad news:...

31 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Dragon’s Den property crowdfunding site plunges into administration

A controversial property crowdfunding platform, criticised in the past on TV's Dragon’s Den, has gone into administration.  The House Crowd was launched...

30 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Ex-Purplebricks chief executive reveals new challenge for estate agents

Buyer behaviour has changed over the past year of the pandemic and it’s up to estate agents to calculate how to...

30 March 2021

From: Breaking News

How will electric cars change conveyancing and the housing market?

Conveyancers should consider the provision of electric vehicle parking and charging in transactions according to a legal company. Law firm says that...

30 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Cheap PropTech is a false economy, agents are warned

Agents who use cheap PropTech could end up spending a lot more than they expect, according to an industry expert. Anton Babkov,...

30 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Many transactions ‘taking four months from offer to exchange’

NAEA Propertymark says a record number of transactions are taking four months to move from offer to exchange. The organisation says this...

30 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Market still upbeat despite dip in mortgage approvals

Bank of England figures reveal that in February there were 87,700 mortgage approvals - down from a peak of 103,700 in...

30 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Latest Fine & Country branch opening in capital city

Fine & Country is opening a new branch in the Welsh capital, Cardiff. It covers the city and surrounding areas, the Vale...

30 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Can your agency beat this? Property has 18 viewings in 24 hours

As an indication of the frenzied property market, this may take some beating - an agent has had 18 viewings on...

29 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - all you need to know about who’s where…

Hello, and as we near the first Bank Holiday of the year (and a little light at the end of the...

29 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Home-based agency lifestyle lures ex-Connells and Humberts veteran

A business that calls itself the UK’s first 24/7 home-based estate agency has announced a new franchisee.  Dorset-based Meyers Estate Agents was...

29 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Boomin warned - Rightmove hits record number of visits in a day

With just days before the launch of new portal Boomin, Rightmove says it’s hit a record 9.1m visits in a 24...

29 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Holiday red tape will cost taxpayers £750,000

It’s costing taxpayers £750,000 just for the government to update its IT systems to handle the stamp duty holiday.  In a document...

29 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Controversial city is UK’s property hotspot, says agency

Liverpool - where commissioners have been ordered by Whitehall to run part of the council following corruption allegations - is the...

29 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Online agency says it will buy vendors' properties from them

Emoov’s new 'guaranteed offer' service means fall-thoughs and chain-related delays are effectively eliminated, the agency claims. Emoov - now owned by a firm...

26 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks launches ambitious new pricing strategy (sort of…)

You can’t blame agents for trying to get the highest possible price for their vendor’s property, but Purplebricks probably wins the...

26 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Wrongdoing in an agency? Whistleblowers urged to come forward

A new campaign to urge whistleblowers to come forward with evidence of wrongdoing has been launched by the Financial Conduct Authority. This...

26 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Asking price/Sold price gap narrows thanks to stamp duty holiday

The stamp duty holiday frenzy has reduced the gap between asking and sale prices according to new research. Before the start of...

26 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Chain-free properties boom as sellers rent ahead of next move

Data from Rightmove suggests a sharp increase in the number of chain-free properties on the market because sellers are increasingly willing...

26 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and there’s extra daylight for fund-raising now…

Normal life still seems far away so there hasn’t been the usual spotlight on a good-news-feeling that comes every year on...

26 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: “There’s no crisis at Propertymark” says new CEO

Nathan Emerson, the new chief executive of Propertymark, says his mission is to make the organisation more transparent - and to...

25 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Reminder for agents…only a few more days to fill in our survey!

On Monday, we launched our state of the property nation survey – a 14-question poll designed to give estate and letting...

25 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Turbo-charged housing market - prices still rising 7.5% a year

Another house price index shows a super-charged housing market with prices rising 7.5 per cent in the year to January according...

25 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Lead Generation - most happens out of hours, says PropTech platform

New data from The ValPal Network suggests 57 per cent of leads are generated outside office hours, putting the emphasis on...

25 March 2021

From: Breaking News

High-end agency expands with 170-mile wide sales patch

A new licensee at Fine & Country is taking the brand into a new territory with a sales patch 170 miles wide...

25 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Consolidation in PropTech as live chat provider is snapped up

Agency marketing platform BriefYourMarket has acquired live chat and customer experience provider Yomdel.  BriefYourMarket says the addition of Yomdel to its offer...

25 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Big sign-up for new Level Three Agency Qualification scheme

The Guild of Property Professionals says it’s had a strong response to the launch of its Ofqual-accredited Level Three Agency Qualification. It...

25 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks removes misleading claim after complaint

Purplebricks has removed advertising claims which suggested it sold homes for a higher sum, on average, than rival agencies. The Advertising Standards...

24 March 2021

From: Breaking News

HMRC's amazing transaction figures down to Stamp Duty and vaccine joy

Residential transactions totalled 147,050 last month according to HMRC - that’s 23 per cent higher than the previous month and an...

24 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Tax Day was just a damp squib says leading industry analyst

The government’s highly-anticipated Tax Day was just a damp squib.  That’s the view of leading analyst Anthony Codling, who says the almost complete...

24 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Get ready to party - London's market is bouncing back

The London housing market is enjoying the end of the lull before the storm, according to a leading buying agent. Sara Ransom...

24 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Good news - Building societies report booming market sentiment

The Building Societies Association says there’s been a surge in consumer confidence in the housing market following the Budget. Some 37 per...

24 March 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech: High end agency reveals key new investment

Knight Frank is investing an undisclosed sum in a venture capital firm specialising in PropTech. The money is going into a European...

24 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Limited property tax proposals unveiled by government

Some 30 tax documents have been released by HM Treasury this afternoon - a mix of responses to past consultations, proposals...

23 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty holiday will benefit 500,000 sales this year - forecast

Zoopla has crunched the numbers for the continuing stamp duty holiday in England and Northern Ireland, calculating 500,000 buyers will have...

23 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers to pilot upfront information for buyers and sellers

The Law Society is to pilot upfront conveyancers’ information for home buyers and sellers. This will involve the TA6 form which contains...

23 March 2021

From: Breaking News

New data deal means agents get discounted property reports

PropTech firm Sprift has entered into a deal with The Guild of Property Professionals. The partnership means that Guild member agents have...

23 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty pledge by Conservatives ahead of local elections

The Conservatives have promised that first time buyers would not pay tax when buying a home in Wales if the party wins...

23 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Open up economy says Boomin boss as Covid appears to ease

Boomin co-founder Kenny Bruce says the UK economy should now be opening up thanks to the success of the Coronavirus vaccines. In...

23 March 2021

From: Breaking News

The end of EPCs? Government told to scrap ‘outdated’ scheme

Energy Performance Certificates ought to be scrapped because they are outdated and not fit for purpose. That’s the view of an influential...

22 March 2021

From: Breaking News

State of the property nation survey…have your say!

Will Rightmove still be the dominant portal by 2030? Will Boomin really shake up the industry as Purplebricks did before it?...

22 March 2021

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket completes purchase of PropTech firm Glanty

OnTheMarket has completed its purchase of PropTech firm Glanty - a deal which began 15 months ago.   OTM took an initial 20...

22 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty receipts drop just 6% in the past year, despite holiday

Stamp Duty receipts for the year to the end of February fell just six per cent despite the high profile SDLT...

22 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Covid has changed how and where we want to live

One year on from the UK’s first stay-at-home order, London has been overtaken as the most searched-for location on Rightmove, according...

22 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Ground rent scandal: Housebuilders bite back after attack by watchdog

Two of Britain’s largest house builders have reacted sharply to calls by Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick and the Competition and Markets...

22 March 2021

From: Breaking News

How much? UK housing stock value hits a record high despite Covid

The total value of the UK’s housing stock has hit a record £7.56 trillion despite the pandemic. The calculation - by Savills,...

22 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Fears grow of Capital Gains Tax changes to be unveiled next week

There is growing speculation that a raft of tax proposals to be unveiled next week will include reform of Capital Gains...

19 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Leasehold scandal: Top house builders ordered to change contracts

The Competition and Markets Authority has written to two top house builders ordering them to change their leasehold terms. In September the...

19 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Who runs the estate agent industry? Battle hots up

The Guild of Property Professionals is to offer a formal agency qualification as it goes increasingly on the offensive in a...

19 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Is London’s market back in business and swinging in favour of buyers?

London’s residential market appears to be showing renewed signs of life thanks to the rollout of the government roadmap and vaccine...

19 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Eyes peeled! EAT set to launch state of the property nation survey

On Monday next week, Estate Agent Today will launch its state of the property nation survey, a 14-question poll for UK...

19 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency says branches are old hat and sets 30 day target to sell homes

A new estate agency says it aims to sell homes within 30 days - and dismisses the idea of a traditional...

19 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and we’re promising to have a ball…

Welcome to Agents Do Charity, the weekly fund-raising catch up - as ever, even during challenging times, it’s great to see...

19 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Countrywide: Where did it all go wrong? A former insider gives his view...

This week’s interviewee in the ‘In Conversation Today’ hotseat is a man better placed than most to shed some light on...

18 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents caught on camera - they call vendor’s house “disgusting”

An estate agency has apologised unreservedly for “most regrettable” comments made by two members of staff who described a vendor’s property...

18 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks For Sale and To Let boards revamped for new campaign

Purplebricks has unveiled changes to its For Sale and To Let boards to reflect its continuing sponsorship of Team GB and...

18 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Quarter of agents set to recruit within the next year

A quarter of agents say they intend to recruit new staff in the next 12 months, following on from the surge...

18 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Wealth, Luxury, Style - agency shows how prime London will return

One of London’s best known and well respected agents has given insights into how he believes his own prime patch of...

18 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Connells embraces e-Signatures to speed sales contracts

Connells Group has adopted e-Signatures from Yoti for its sales and lettings business across a number of brands. This follows a successful...

18 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks goes local - more emphasis on Local Property Experts in future

Purplebricks is to tilt its marketing increasingly towards local advertising on traditional and online platforms, and promoting the ‘on the street’...

17 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Capital Gains Tax reform could wreak huge damage on housing market

There’s a warning this morning that possible tax reforms to be unveiled next Monday could wreak huge damage on the property...

17 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Family agency opens new office in historic regeneration area

A London agency has opened its second office in the south of the capital. Kalmars’ new branch is on the historic Old...

17 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Top online agency challenged over claim about fees and sales

Online agency Yopa says it will change a claim on its website that appears to suggest no fee will be charged...

17 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Upfront Info For Buyers: PropTech firm links with conveyancers

One of the companies at the heart of the campaign to provide more upfront information to prospective buyers has struck a...

17 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty surge adds weeks to time it takes to complete

It now takes 43 days longer to sell a home than it did a year ago. Comparison site GetAgent, which makes the...

17 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Print and direct mail marketing still key for agents - claim

Digital channels are essential for agents’ promotion of properties but there is still a key place for print and direct mail...

16 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Breakthrough on faster house sales with new digital form

An industry group charged with trying to make house buying simpler and quicker says it’s made a breakthrough on ‘upfront’ information...

16 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Estate agency opens click and collect coffee shop

A Sheffield estate agency is pioneering a new form of branch office - one that sells homes at the same time...

16 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Countrywide veteran’s PropTech service signs up former rivals

A former Countrywide agent who is now a leading figure in a PropTech company has signed up two local agencies which...

16 March 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech needed for agents to cope with soaring transactions - claim

Agents have been warned they are likely to require PropTech assistance to cope with a surge in transactions expected this year. The...

16 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty surcharge likely to hit foreign investment in UK property - warning

The UK is only the eighth most popular country for Asian investment buyers, and accounts for just three per cent of...

16 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent warns public of perils of Modern Method of Auction

A prominent estate agent has warned buyers and sellers about the perils of the controversial Modern Method of Auction. MMA is now...

15 March 2021

From: Breaking News

It's the biggest sellers' market in a decade - Rightmove

Rightmove says the excess of demand over supply right now is bigger than at any time over the past decade -...

15 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Should Non-Disclosure Agreements be banned in the property industry?

The controversy over the use of Non-Disclosure Agreements in the world of property resurfaced over the weekend in a BBC programme. A...

15 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - who’s going where this spring?

If it’s Monday, it’s jobs news day on EAT - welcome to the latest update. Want to be featured in our next...

15 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Going Up! House price forecast for 2021 revised upwards by agency

Another leading research team in a major agency has revised upwards its forecast for the 2021 market. Savills revised its predictions recently...

15 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Mortgage boost as many homeowners pay down debt during pandemic

With much attention on those at risk of repossession or running up rent arrears, it's emerged that many others have actually used...

15 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Rightmove pledges to keep data access restriction under review

Rightmove has promised to keep its restrictions on access to Rightmove Plus under review - and says it’s aiming to help...

12 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Should Foxtons repay its furlough money?

Pressure is building on London agency Foxtons to repay its furlough funding. The company issued an upbeat trading statement on Wednesday; while...

12 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty burden stacked on high end buyers, claims consultancy

High end purchasers of homes in London paid 15 per cent of the stamp duty in 2020, yet the value of...

12 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Revved-up sellers ready to market homes this spring says RICS

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors says the market should prepare itself for a glut of new supply thanks to the...

12 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Mystery witness named in new Suzy Lamplugh documentary

Another TV programme will this weekend examine the fate of Suzy Lamplugh, the London estate agent who disappeared 35 years ago...

12 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and we’re putting our best foot forward

Hello and welcome to the end of another week - and a step in the right direction towards the easing of...

12 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents' fury at Rightmove restrictions imposed without warning

Agents are up in arms at a Rightmove restriction temporarily preventing access to parts of its listing back-end.  Agents received an email...

11 March 2021

From: Breaking News

40 Year Fixed Rate Mortgage: the future of house buying?

A broker has launched the UK’s longest-ever fixed rate mortgage, with no early repayment charge or exit fees - the first product...

11 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Live-streaming viewings a good source of lead generation - claim

The increasingly common live-streaming of property viewings is becoming a source of lead generation according to an industry supplier. The creators of...

11 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Huge majority want more info and more speed during transactions

A PropTech firm says the public wants an easier way to buy and sell property.  A survey of 672 existing home owners...

11 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Over 550,000 sales (and many agents) benefit from stamp duty holiday

The latest breakdown of the stamp duty holiday extension has given a first estimate of the total number of deals to...

11 March 2021

From: Breaking News

More industry consolidation: Law firm reveals merger with agency

Legal firm Anderson Strathern has announced a merger with Lerwick-based Neil Risk Solicitor and Estate Agent. The Shetland firm's practice areas focus on residential...

11 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Foxtons set for more takeovers and new tech investment in data

Foxtons says it's set for radical new investment and further takeovers following the acquisition of rival London agency Douglas and Gordon. In...

10 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Connells’ spending spree goes on with another new acquisition

Connells has bought a small three-branch family-run agency to sit within Sequence - Connells' third acquisition in recent weeks. Holroyds - bought for...

10 March 2021

From: Breaking News

New Propertymark crisis as finance chief quits

The head of finance at Propertymark has quit - another high profile departure for the troubled organisation. Estate Agent Today broke the news...

10 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Insurance Scandal: Help for agents in Business Interruption saga

New guidance has been issued in a bid to allow agents to get the insurance payouts they expect from the Business...

10 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents changing work priorities because of Covid says personnel guru

The head of one of the industry’s foremost recruitment organisations says the pandemic has caused people to re-evaluate priorities and change...

10 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Confidence rising as mortgage choice for buyers hits recent high

Mortgage availability has risen for the fifth consecutive month according to respected market monitor Moneyfacts. With 3,532 products on offer, this is...

10 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Covid 19 Update: Every agency can now have free workplace testing

Every estate agency can now sign up for the government’s free Coronavirus workplace testing programme - the deadline is March 31. The...

10 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Countrywide boss in bonus storm is given key role in takeover

Paul Creffield, a veteran figure at Countrywide involved in a controversy over bonuses, is staying on to “support” the transition into new...

09 March 2021

From: Breaking News

How do you think Propertymark should be run?

Propertymark has set out a four point strategy for the future of the organisation. The body - which encompasses the National Association...

09 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Transactions and prices to boom over next five years - forecast

Transactions and house price forecasts for the mainstream housing market are being revised upwards by Savills following the Budget. The new predictions follow an...

09 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Photo-refreshing property listings attracts big rise in traffic

Automatically changing the main marketing photo on a portal listing can attract up to 40 per cent more traffic, it has...

09 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Prime London bounces back - prices to soar up to a fifth by 2025

Savills has upgraded its house price and transaction forecasts following the Budget - and prime London, especially the centre, is tipped to...

09 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Not Keeping Mum! Agency shows off Mother’s Day celebration window

An agency has made a fabulous Mother’s Day display in its branch window - and it’s definitely not keeping Mum about...

09 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Boomin advertising extravaganza as portal launches

Boomin has revealed its launch date after months of high-profile publicity. It’s to be three and a half weeks from now on...

08 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - all the latest movers and shakers

Hello and welcome to this edition of Property Jobs Today, a chance to catch up with who’s moving where in the...

08 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Market softens ahead of predicted stamp duty holiday resurgence

The latest house price index from the Halifax suggests the market has softened ahead of the original scheduled end of the stamp...

08 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Takeover fever continues as biggest agencies seal deals

The extraordinary consolidation in the estate agency industry continues apace today with two of the biggest deals reaching critical points. Firstly Hunters’...

08 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Estate agency industry celebrates International Women’s Day

Agencies and suppliers today mark International Women’s Day with events and declarations shining a light on the achievements of female colleagues and...

08 March 2021

From: Breaking News

‘Be Kind We Care’ initiative launched across property industry

A conveyancing organisation has launched an initiative called Be Kind We Care to promote kindness and wellbeing within the property industry. The...

08 March 2021

From: Breaking News

 Stamp Duty deadline - here’s the last date to market a property in time

Agents in England are told that sellers should market their homes by March 23 - only 18 days from now - if...

05 March 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech takeover - another big acquisition by epropservices

epropservices - parent company of The Guild and Fine & Country - has made another significant PropTech acquisition, its second in three...

05 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Mess: agents face three different cliff edges across the UK

Varying decisions across the country means the dreaded stamp duty cliff-edge will hit the market at different times in different UK...

05 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour attacks stamp duty break as “a half billion pounds giveaway”

Labour says Chancellor Rishi Sunak “will give away half a billion pounds to second homeowners and landlords through the stamp duty...

05 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Going Green - one of UK's biggest agency groups to use recycled boards

Leaders Romans Group is to use only fully recycled material to create its sales and lettings boards across all of its...

05 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity … Who’s sponsored to climb the cliff edge?

Another week and another frenzy of news, culminating in the Budget and the extension of the stamp duty holiday. A cliff edge...

05 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Takeover frenzy continues: Connells acquires another agency

Connells Group, which is of course acquiring Countrywide, has announced it's snapped up another agency - albeit a much smaller one. It...

04 March 2021

From: Breaking News

In Conversation – Data Sharing with LonRes chief Anthony Payne

In this week’s In Conversation Today, I speak with Anthony Payne, Managing Director and co-founder of LonRes, a data and network...

04 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty: new cliff edge or cause for delight?

Rarely do Budgets produce positive sentiments from the agency industry but Chancellor Rishi Sunak appears to have won widespread support for...

04 March 2021

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket isn’t just limping along insists new chief executive

OnTheMarket has hit out at a newspaper claim that it is just “limping along.” Patrick Hosking, a prominent financial columnist at The...

04 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty: government clarifies Budget announcement

The government has issued an official note to detail the announcement made yesterday by Chancellor Rishi Sunak regarding stamp duty holiday...

04 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Firm behind iamsold auctions enters private treaty sale sector

The firm behind iamsold, the leading operator in the controversial Modern Method of Auction arena, is entering the private treaty sales...

04 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Independent opens new city centre office despite pandemic woe

An independent agency has announced the opening of another office in what it calls a vote of confidence for the local housing...

04 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Lifesycle reinvents matching, registrations and viewing feedback

Fundamental changes to the way in which agents can work were shown at the online launch of Lifesycle 2 by Iceberg...

04 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty extension revealed by Chancellor Sunak

Chancellor Rishi Sunak says the stamp duty holiday on properties up to £500,000 will be extended from March 31 to June 30; from...

03 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Slow conveyancers should suffer financial penalties, says PropTech man

The head of a PropTech platform wants financial penalties on conveyancers if transactions miss deadlines. “The only way to accelerate the current...

03 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Budget Briefing: Four things to watch for in today’s Budget

Today’s Budget is the most eagerly-anticipated for many years, as it juggles to shore up the economy with the longer-term issue...

03 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Top PropTech provider snapped up by parent firm of The Guild and F&C

epropservices, parent company of The Guild of Property Professionals and Fine & Country, has acquired estate agency website supplier Starberry. The firm is...

03 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Foxtons “strategic step change” may pay off, says commentator

A leading market commentator says the acquisition of London agency Douglas & Gordon represents “a strategic step change” for Foxtons -...

03 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Demand surge offers hope for market after stamp duty break ends

A surge in demand from buyers, even those unlikely to benefit from the stamp duty holiday, offers hope for the market...

03 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Watchdog intervenes after complaint over property listing

An agency has changed a property listing on its website following an intervention by the Advertising Standards Authority. The agency was Campbell...

03 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Foxtons buys major rival agency - both continue as separate brands

It's been confirmed that Foxtons has bought rival London-focussed agency Douglas & Gordon. In a trading statement this morning Foxtons tells its...

02 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Should stamp duty holiday extension be for ALL buyers, or just current ones?

No fewer than 79 per cent of people want the stamp duty holiday extended according to a survey conducted by an...

02 March 2021

From: Breaking News

End of stamp duty holiday leads to drop in mortgage approvals

Mortgage approvals declined slightly in January as the market braces itself for the end of the stamp duty holiday - currently...

02 March 2021

From: Breaking News

London agency uses cash injection to hit acquisition trail

Dexters, which last week secured a reported £130m in new investment for the coming years, has snapped up the historic Roy...

02 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Stand by for Capital Gains Tax changes later this year - experts

Tax experts suggest the widely expected reform of Capital Gains Tax is unlikely to be announced in tomorrow’s Budget - at...

02 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour anger at low-deposit mortgages plan in Budget

Labour has accused the government of promoting “sky high mortgages” instead of providing stable accommodation for younger households. A new mortgage guarantee...

02 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Leaders Romans Group signs up to challenger portal

Challenger portal OneDome has signed up one of the larger UK agencies, the Leaders Romans Group. LRG will list all its residential sales...

02 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Radical end to stamp duty holiday suggested by legal bodies

A radical way to end the current stamp duty holiday has been suggested by three different legal bodies. The Society of Licensed...

01 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Big property tax increases may be held back until after Budget

It’s been revealed that some far reaching changes to property taxes may not be unveiled at Wednesday’s Budget and may wait...

01 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer: Budget rumours - pros and cons for agents

With just two days to go, it's fair to say the property industry is eagerly awaiting Chancellor Rishi Sunak's Budget statement...

01 March 2021

From: Breaking News

House buying bonanza as Budget helps low deposit purchasers

A new mortgage guarantee scheme to help buyers with small deposits will be revealed on Wednesday at the Budget. Chancellor Rishi Sunak...

01 March 2021

From: Breaking News

I-Packs launched - up-front information for buyers supplied by agency

An estate agency is this month launching packs of up-front information for buyers in a bid to speed sales and reduce fall-throughs.  Miles...

01 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Countrywide sets out timetable for its demise

The Countrywide name is set to disappear from the stock market in a week’s time - and may soon be gone...

01 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty clarity must be Budget priority says top agent

A leading agent says the worst thing that could happen with Wednesday’s Budget is if the Chancellor does not deliver on...

01 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Rightmove reveals how much money it makes from agents

Rightmove has revealed its figures for the full year 2020 - down in terms of profit and revenue because of the impact...

26 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Boomin blasts Rightmove as bleak, broken and bloated

An open letter from Boomin chief executive Michael Bruce shows how fierce the competition is going to be in the portal field...

26 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Every Stamp Duty cliff-edge fall-through costs an agent over £4,000

New research from Propertymark suggests a typical fall through costs an agent £4,123.  The association says that if the stamp duty holiday...

26 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Independent agents’ group reveals entry criteria for new members

The Federation of Independent Agents has released details of the entry criteria for agencies interested in joining the growing group. “We’re already...

26 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Hundreds of agents sign up to free virtual viewings service

Zoopla says over 250 agents have now signed up to its partnership deal with PropTech firm FocalAgent, set up by former...

26 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity…as we can see a roadmap to freedom…

Hello, welcome to our latest charity roundup, and as the weather improves and the vaccine roll-out lifts the spirits, so we...

26 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Bad Idea? Stamp Duty Holiday extension could backfire...

A prominent conveyancer has hit out at the extension to the stamp duty holiday, which is now ending in late June and...

25 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents’ delight as stamp duty extension helps another 300,000 deals

Much of the agency industry has reacted with delight at the extension of the stamp duty holiday deadline until June. Rightmove estimates...

25 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Reapit deal set to bring Australian PropTech to UK agents

CRM supplier Reapit, backed by private equity funding, has entered into an international deal to acquire a leading Australian PropTech provider...

25 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers call for less aggression in house buying process

A conveyancing trade publication wants those involved in residential transactions to be kind to each other - especially as the stamp duty...

25 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Popular agency websites supplier wins international PropTech funding

Agency websites supplier Property Webmasters has secured a substantial but undisclosed cash injection to expand internationally. The investment comes from Net Ventures...

25 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Holiday allows older owners give more help to younger

Older homeowners gifted an average of £42,500 to younger relatives to help them buy in the past year, according to new...

25 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Industry veteran takes over Propertymark as interim leader

Propertymark has named a veteran industry figure as interim chief executive - and says it has a "new strategy." Nathan Emerson has some...

24 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Holiday extension agreed -  but is it a new cliff edge?

Chancellor Rishi Sunak will extend the stamp duty holiday deadline until the end of June - a three month extension. The lead...

24 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Connells says it's UK's leading agency even before Countrywide acquisition

Connells Group says it is the UK's largest estate agency group by market share - and that's before the Countrywide acquisition...

24 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty surge shows signs of weakening says HMRC

Transaction totals took a tumble last month for the first time since last summer as HMRC figures suggest the stamp duty...

24 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Controversial Modern Method of Auction wins £80k for Zoopla agents

Zoopla says it has so far delivered almost £80,000 in agent fees through its access to the Modern Method of Auction. MMA...

24 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents won’t lose investment buyers after SDLT holiday - claim

A new study suggests that the end of the stamp duty holiday should not significantly dent the purchasing pattens of buy...

24 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Conveyancing work output surges despite ‘creaking processes’

Conveyancing volumes rose 27 per cent in just one month as the sector attempts to cope with huge demand prompted by...

24 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Connells buys Countrywide - five reasons why it will be a success

The acquisition of Countrywide by Connells might just be the deal of the century in the British estate agency industry. That’s the...

23 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Boomin’s Michael Bruce says: “We’re ready to launch”

The Bruce brothers’ latest project, Boomin, is “ready to launch” some two months after it was expected to see the light...

23 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Covid-19 testing for agents available within days - government

A trade body says it’s been contacted by the government explaining how agencies can get Coronavirus asymptomatic testing for staff. The Guild of...

23 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Fraudster agent escapes prison after scamming insurance company

An agent working for a Countrywide brand in Lancashire has been given a suspended jail sentence after being found guilty of...

23 February 2021

From: Breaking News

150,000 and rising! Stamp Duty Extension petition wins more support

The online petition which prompted a debate by MPs has now won the support of around 150,000 signatures. Typically public support for...

23 February 2021

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket to boost investment in new products

OnTheMarket says it’s going to increase investment in new products and services, and invest further in ‘internal website development resources’. In a...

23 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Foxtons in talks to buy rival London agency chain

Foxtons is in talks to takeover rival London agency Douglas & Gordon. A statement from Foxtons to shareholders this afternoon says: "Further to...

22 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Lobby your MP over stamp duty holiday extension, agents told

Propertymark - still reeling over two senior resignations in less than a week - says its lobbying sessions with politicians are...

22 February 2021

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket trails in value-for-money portal league table

A report drawn up by a software firm analyses sales, lettings and valuation leads from agents listing on Rightmove, Zoopla and...

22 February 2021

From: Breaking News

One in eight sellers will pull out if they miss stamp duty holiday

Some 12 per cent of buyers will pull out of their transaction if it does not complete in time for their stamp...

22 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency claims it’s No 1 seller of prime central London property

An agency says it now sells more prime London properties than any of its rivals. Chestertons makes the claim based on figures...

22 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Portal hits record number of users since start of 2021

OneDome says it’s seen a surge in consumer activity in 2021, culminating in its two websites growing to a combined visitor...

22 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Biggest stamp duty savings identified by estate agency

A study by estate agency Coulters has revealed which areas of the country make the biggest savings courtesy of the stamp...

22 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Scam Alert! Fake agent lists on Zoopla and joins redress scheme

A high-profile London agency is asking the police and property industry bodies including Trading Standards to investigate a fake company posing under...

19 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Dexters wins private equity investment - NO it’s NOT been sold

Wild speculation about the sale of Dexters yesterday turned out to be plain wrong - and instead the company has landed substantial investment. Oakley Capital, a...

19 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Ex-Reapit and ex-Boomin star joins Connells to spearhead tech drive

Former Reapit chief Gary Barker is to join Connells Group, just as the company is taking over Countrywide. Barker - who last...

19 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Stricter EPC targets will deter buyers from moving - warning

Propertymark has slammed government energy efficiency proposals as being “unrealistic, too simplistic and could deter people from moving home.” A formal consultation...

19 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Lawyers demand stamp duty action to stop dream homes being lost

The Law Society for England and Wales says it wants action now to prevent tens of thousands of  transactions collapsing at...

19 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and an agent with Covid raises thousands…

Hello and welcome to Friday, the day when we highlight agents’ great work to raise funds for good causes despite the continuing...

19 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Game Over for Propertymark? What future after shock resignations?

Members of Propertymark are left wondering today what if any future there is for the industry’s trade body. The shock resignation yesterday...

18 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Sarah Beeny – Will she be returning to estate agency after Tepilo?

This week’s In Conversation Today interviewee needs no introduction. One of the property industry’s most recognisable names, she has been a...

18 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Accountant steals agency cash leading to firm’s closure

An agent has told a court she was 'heartbroken' to discover her accountant had stolen cash from her business, which then...

18 February 2021

From: Breaking News

London still dominates sales market despite ‘exodus to the countryside’

London still dominated the league table of locations with the highest volumes of sales by value in 2020, despite the apparent...

18 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Good news for first time buyers as lenders allow smaller deposits

First time buyers with just a 10 per cent deposit - for long almost excluded from the mortgage market - now...

18 February 2021

From: Breaking News

How the other half borrow - wealthy purchasers denied mortgages

High net worth individuals are struggling when it comes to successfully applying for a mortgage, according to a lender.  Research by Butterfield...

18 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Propertymark chief executive resigns after just four months

An announcement from Propertymark this afternoon says: The Board of Propertymark has accepted the resignation of its CEO, Tim Balcon. Following four...

17 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Who’s trusted more - Rightmove, Zoopla or OnTheMarket?

A survey of portal usage shows a low level of trust and customer satisfaction from agents, and a majority of agencies saying they...

17 February 2021

From: Breaking News

New Propertymark CEO Balcon stays silent on leadership resignation

The new chief executive of Propertymark has declined to answer questions relating to the resignation of the NAEA president only half...

17 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Six week stamp duty holiday extension would help 160,000

The Chancellor’s rumoured six week extension to the stamp duty holiday has been backed by Rightmove. Over last weekend the Daily Telegraph,...

17 February 2021

From: Breaking News

New self-employed agents must choose optimum PropTech tools - claim

Estate agents quitting companies and setting up on their own will prosper only by tapping into the most appropriate level of...

17 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Free welcome boxes available for agents to give to movers

A new service is offering agents free welcome boxes which can be passed over to buyers and tenants who move in. The...

17 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Reservation Agreement firm sponsors Agency categories at ESTAS

Reservation Agreement specialist Gazeal is to sponsor the Estate Agent categories at The ESTAS later this year. Gazeal chief executive Bryan Mansell...

17 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Mystery deepens over resignation of NAEA Propertymark president

Mystery over the unusual nature of the resignation of the NAEA President, announced last weekend, has deepened in the past 24...

16 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Covid fears and home-schooling leading to drop in supply

A leading estate agent says fear of strangers coming into people’s homes is leading to a fall in supply of properties...

16 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Mothers overcome personal challenges to open new digital agency

Two mothers have launched a new estate agency using a virtual office - and they have overcome personal challenges to achieve their...

16 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Ex-footballer and BBC pundit launches new estate agency

Former Reading player and manager Mick Gooding has launched a new estate agency in the town. Gooding - a pundit at his...

16 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Shirty! Get your kids hot under the collar for a great cause…

Industry supplier Kerfuffle and high-profile training service Marvellous have launched a competition for the children of agents and suppliers. The kids are...

16 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty loss: 70,000 agreed sales will miss deadline

A new forecast suggests 70,000 buyers will miss the March 31 stamp duty holiday deadline. Zoopla has undertaken a new analysis to...

16 February 2021

From: Breaking News

 March 31 deadline extended for Help To Buy completions

The deadline to complete the purchase of a home under the current Help to Buy scheme in England has been extended...

16 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Countrywide Deal Done - Shareholders back Connells offer

Countrywide shareholders have overwhelmingly backed the offer by Connells to buy the company. At a special virtual AGM today 99.58 per cent...

15 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Mayhem: Is a six week extension long enough?

Agents and conveyancers are expressing doubt over whether a possible six week extension to the stamp duty holiday will be enough...

15 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Huge scandal of Business Insurance brush-off in defiance of court

An agent is challenging the insurer Hiscox over its interpretation of whether to honour a Business Interruption Insurance policy. A standard letter...

15 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Shock resignation of NAEA President after bout of ill health

NAEA Propertymark President Kirsty Finney has quit just six months into her year in office. An email was sent to the association's members...

15 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - more appointments news from across the UK

Hello - another Monday dawns but the good news is that we can update you on the industry’s latest appointments. Everyone here...

15 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Rightmove courts controversy with Modern Method of Auction link

Rightmove is the latest portal to forge a link with the controversial Modern Method of Auction service being offered to agents. A...

15 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Self-employed brand now has 150-plus agents across the UK

eXp UK - an agency brand with roots in the US and led by Adam Day, a veteran of three online agencies -...

15 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty holiday may be extended for some buyers - report

The Chancellor is considering extending the stamp duty holiday for a short period according to a newspaper report this morning. The Daily...

13 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency apology over ‘bullying’ claims to allow Covid viewings

An online agency has apologised to a single mother who felt pressured into allowing viewings of a property she was renting. Local media in...

12 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Walk-ins to High Street branches “more a liability than an advantage”

The rise and rise of portal listings and changing consumer habits during the pandemic may mean the death of the High...

12 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Reservation Agreements will win instructions for agents, says supplier

Agents should put as much emphasis on ensuring a house move actually happens as on winning the instruction to begin with,...

12 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Your Move owner building up financial services empire

LSL, owner of Reeds Rains and Your Move, is boosting its financial services sector through a £2.4m acquisition. It’s snapped up Mortgage...

12 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Speedy agents are Number 1 when it comes to call answering

Estate and letting agencies are the best performing businesses for low call waiting times in the UK. A survey of 1,000 people...

12 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - why not fund-raise instead of going on holiday?

As the official advice over holidays descends into farce - can we go this year? if so at home or away?...

12 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Two new property taxes announced by Housing Secretary

The government has given details of two new taxes to provide funds to address the cladding problem on high rise tower blocks...

11 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty reform “very unlikely” says Conservative housing guru

An MP demanding a root and branch reform of property taxation, including scrapping stamp duty, says the chance of fundamental reform is...

11 February 2021

From: Breaking News

The Sales Hunter to tell estate agents how to boost market share

Agents will soon have a chance to hear a US motivational speaker described as one of the world’s most influential sales...

11 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Unsellable: Thousands of flats remain impossible to mortgage or sell

Agents and a wide range of property experts have demanded yet more government funds to end the cladding crisis that is...

11 February 2021

From: Breaking News

More agents resorting to Modern Method of Auction

One auctioneer Iamsold, which operates the Modern Method of Auction, says it’s enjoyed its strongest January on record.  It’s seen a 26...

11 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents invited to home staging webinar today

Agents are invited to a webinar at lunchtime today to discuss how home staging can improve sales prospects for properties. Lemon and...

11 February 2021

From: Breaking News

New tax and billions more for cladding - but is it enough?

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has announced “an exceptional intervention” promising that leaseholders in high-rise buildings above 18 metres will bear no...

10 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents offered shares as incentive to go self-employed

One of the early operators of the self-employed agency model has launched a scheme under which its agents receive shares in the...

10 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Many buyers are scared of negotiating with agents - claim

A leading bank says as many as one in three buyers pay too much for a property because they are afraid...

10 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Porn? If only Rightmove would make a TV ad this good...

Property porn as a popular pastime is as big in the US as it is here, as fans of shows like Netflix’s...

10 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Sellers and buyers must bargain as March 31 cliff edge nears - call

A leading agency chief suggests there will have to be substantial bargaining between buyers and sellers as the stamp duty holiday cliff...

10 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Good news for market as mortgage choice hits 12-month high

There’s now more choice in the mortgage market than at any time since last March, before the pandemic reached a peak. The...

10 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Propertymark celebrates large rise in apprenticeship qualifications

Propertymark’s qualifications division says it’s seen a 30 per cent rise in apprenticeship registrations since the start of this year. In a...

10 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Why is the launch of Lifesycle 2 so important for the industry?

It seems like a week does not go by without a new ‘gamechanging’ piece of technology being announced to the industry. 2020...

10 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Brexit and Boris backer calls for stamp duty to be scrapped

One of the chief figures behind Brexit and Boris Johnson’s role as London Mayor is now advising that stamp duty should be...

09 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Beware: Scams galore in Quick Buy property sector - claim

Scams are rife in the quick house buying sector with many companies seeking to take advantage of sellers in desperate situations. That’s...

09 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Blow for first time buyers - Affordability at its worst for 10 years

Affordability across the housing market is at its worst for 10 years according to an analysis by a London agency. Benham and Reeves...

09 February 2021

From: Breaking News

 They’re Hired! 100 Apprentice agents pledge by London firm

Some 100 new apprentice estate agents are to be recruited in London. Dexters, which has 70 offices across the capital including 12...

09 February 2021

From: Breaking News

New property redress initiative launched, chaired by Tory MP

A new body which says it will “champion better outcomes for buyers” is described as independent but is to be chaired...

09 February 2021

From: Breaking News

ESTAS 2021 confirms autumn date for Awards and Forum

The biggest awards in the residential property sector, The ESTAS, has confirmed an autumn date for its main 2021 event.  Traditionally the...

09 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty may not be so bad after all, argues leading analyst

A housing market analyst says stamp duty, for all its unpopularity within the property industry, may not be so bad after...

08 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Legal warning over little-known stamp duty technicality

There’s been a huge focus on both the stamp duty holiday and Help To Buy deadlines at the end of March...

08 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty cliff edge leads to market running out of steam

House price growth is running out of steam ahead of the stamp duty holiday cliff-edge. That’s the suggestion from the Halifax; its latest...

08 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Foreign investors may be banned from some waterfront properties

The high-end housing market on Jersey has been rocked by a plan from the island’s government which may ban foreign investors from...

08 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Agencies with Bounce Back loans have more time to repay

Smaller independent agencies that took out government Bounce Back loans to help them through the Coronavirus crisis now have more time...

08 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty panic may lead to Japanese Knotwood legal action

Experts are warning that buyers rushing to complete before the March 31 cliff edge for the stamp duty holiday may miss...

08 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Calls grow to reform ALL property taxes, not just stamp duty

Pressure is building for widespread property tax reform beyond short term issues regarding stamp duty. Many MPs in this week’s 65-minute special...

05 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Boomin pledges ‘highly memorable’ TV ads as launch date nears

Boomin, created by Michael and Kenny Bruce, promises “highly memorable and engaging” TV and radio ads at its launch in the near...

05 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Offset Mortgage launched for borrowers who miss deadline

A mortgage has been launched targeting borrowers who believe they are unlikely to complete their purchase before the stamp duty holiday’s...

05 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Sellers drop asking prices in attempt to keep buyers on board

An estate agency says 10 per cent of its sellers have already dropped their asking prices to keep buyers on board,...

05 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Rightmove fights back with record visits and longer stays on site

After high levels of publicity for Zoopla and Boomin in recent weeks, Rightmove has struck back with figures suggesting it’s enjoyed...

05 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - even as the snow comes down again…

It’s pretty cold out there, making a difficult time that much worse - except for fans of sledging of course. But many...

05 February 2021

From: Breaking News

‘Very few new portals can seriously compete with us’ - claim

This time out, I’m in conversation with one of the big three established portals. Since it was founded in 2007, Zoopla...

04 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Extending Stamp Duty Holiday is top demand for Budget 2021

A 10-point ’must have’ list of demands for Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s Budget on March 3 has been issued by NAEA Propertymark. It’s...

04 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Texts to potential sellers will win instructions, says PropTech supplier

Agents can win more instructions by using text messages to prospective sellers as part of a short term ‘nurture’ campaign, according...

04 February 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech start-ups get boost in Propertymark development programme

REACH, a programme encouraging start-ups in the property world, has released a list of UK companies that will feature in its...

04 February 2021

From: Breaking News

All In The Family - agency celebrates 30 years under same ownership

A branch of franchise agency CJ Hole is marking what it calls “an incredible 30 years of success” this month. The Burnham-on-Sea...

04 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Official data shows why phased end to SDLT break is key - top agent

New government figures show that stamp duty transactions in the final quarter of last year were 43 per cent higher than in...

04 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Customer Data Breach: Foxtons at centre of newspaper allegations

A newspaper claims that thousands of customers’ financial details held by Foxtons Group are being freely accessed on the so-called dark...

03 February 2021

From: Breaking News

“The sensible thing” - Agents urge tapered end to stamp duty holiday

Estate agents have kept up the pressure on the Westminster government to consider some kind of tapered ending to the stamp...

03 February 2021

From: Breaking News

New Property Tax Grab: Wealth tax supporters repeat call for levy

A group that last year floated the concept of a one-off wealth tax - which would include taxing main homes as...

03 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Scrap stamp duty cliff edge ‘to help people stick to Covid guidelines’

The government needs to step in to rescue two valuable property incentives before they expire at the end of March, a...

03 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Setback for online agents in latest survey of sellers’ preferences

A new survey suggests online agents are favoured by only three per cent of sellers. The study involved a modest sample -...

03 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Market to slow sharply if stamp duty holiday ends March 31 - warning

The Nationwide has pulled no punches with Chancellor Rishi Sunak - it’s made it clear that if the stamp duty holiday...

03 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Victory? Hint of possible 'phased' end to holiday

The government is keeping everyone guessing about the stamp duty holiday but one comment by a senior minister suggests movement towards a...

02 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks rated as only 10th best online agency

Purplebricks has been rated as only the 10th best online agency in the country in a controversial new league table. The list...

02 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Should agents repay Business Rates relief because offices were open?

Almost a year ago the government announced that estate and lettings agencies were to be included in the business rates relief...

02 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Holiday still providing big boost for housing market

Mortgage approvals decreased slightly in December but remain well above pre-Covid levels thanks to the continuing incentive of the stamp duty...

02 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Banned? Another housing hotspot ponders second home curbs

One of the country’s most popular tourist destinations may ban the sale of new builds to second home buyers. The council in Padstow -...

02 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Don’t let shops be converted to homes, urges developers’ trade body

A property industry body representing developers wants the government to think again about making it easier for redundant High Street shops...

02 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Debate As It Happened - What MPs Said

Labour and Conservative MPs have expressed a unanimous view on their desire to see an extension of the stamp duty holiday...

01 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Live! Watch MPs' Stamp Duty Extension debate here

You can watch the Parliamentary debate on a possible Stamp Duty Holiday extension here, using the streaming link at the bottom of...

01 February 2021

From: Breaking News

D-Day - will MPs back industry call for stamp duty holiday extension?

Today’s the day when Parliament debates a possible extension to the stamp duty holiday beyond its March 31 cliff edge deadline...

01 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer: Proactive agents will beat portals for winning instructions

Property portals remain an essential marketing tool for estate agents and their value is clearly appreciated by consumers. However, with a...

01 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - February kicks off with flurry of movers

Welcome to the start of another week and this catch up on the latest moves within the agency world. Everyone featured here...

01 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Connells and Countrywide to be test-bed for Zoopla innovations

Connells Group, now on the threshold of taking the ailing Countrywide empire under its wings, has signed a five year partnership...

01 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent launches petition for radical overhaul of house buying process

An online petition has been started by an independent estate agent seeking a radical overhaul of how homes are sold in...

01 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour enters cladding controversy by forcing vote in Commons

Labour has entered the cladding controversy by calling a vote in the House of Commons to force government action on the...

01 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Boomin dismisses speculation of ‘direct sales’ cutting out agents

Boomin has denied that it will ever allow direct property sales, cutting out estate agents. Founder Michael Bruce says the new service...

29 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency closes office after staff contract Coronavirus

Members of staff at an estate agency branch in the Midlands tested positive for Coronavirus in consecutive weeks, triggering a temporary...

29 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Holiday - broker warns most lenders won’t make deadline

A leading mortgage broker is warning that over half the lenders in a key segment of the market are already unable...

29 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Transaction hold-ups mean sales now taking almost one third longer

Properties are currently taking 29 per cent longer than average to sell once under offer, according to research by a home...

29 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Winter market surge not enough to prevent new build slump

Covid-19 has caused the number of new homes registered by UK house builders to fall 23 per cent in 2020. The NHBC...

29 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - there’s a hard drive on for laptops…

Hello and welcome to Agents Do Charity, the regular round-up of industry good work. Whatever the cause, it’s great to publicise agents’...

29 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Lockdown means viewings and sales will fall, says Phil Spencer

Property commentator Phil Spencer says lockdown - which we know will now last for another six weeks at least, and possibly...

28 January 2021

From: Breaking News

It's A Deal! Hunters set to be taken over but job losses likely

It now looks likely that Hunters will be taken over by The Property Franchise Group after several months of talks, subject...

28 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Zoopla reveals multi-million-pound revolutionary changes

Zoopla has revealed a multi-million-pound programme of future developments which have taken 18 months to finalise. Chief executive Charlie Bryant has told...

28 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Online agency in bid to raise £800,000 through crowdfunding

It’s been some time since online agencies have ventured into crowdfunding to raise investment, but easyProperty has now done so -...

28 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Is Propertymark’s new chief executive up to the job?

The new chief executive of Propertymark, now combining five agency trade bodies including the NAEA and ARLA, has no experience at...

28 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Suzy Lamplugh: brother's new appeal for information, 35 years on

A new appeal has been launched to discover what happened to missing London agent Suzy Lamplugh. She disappeared in July 1986, aged 25....

28 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Lockdown to continue until at least early March

The Prime Minister this afternoon stated that lockdown will remain in effect until early March at the earliest. He told the House...

27 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Failed Sales fear as Stamp Duty Holiday cliff edge approaches

A large majority of estate agents fear a surge in 'failed sales’ as the stamp duty holiday cliff edge gets ever-closer. The latest National...

27 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Top portal is latest to urge stamp duty holiday extension

Zoopla's latest figures suggest 70,000 transactions are likely to miss the stamp duty holiday deadline of March 31.  And the portal says: “The...

27 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Not coping with Covid? Shock figures about agents’ mental health

A new working group on mental health in the agency industry is being set up following a poll revealing 62 per cent...

27 January 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Farewell – what we’ve learnt and where do we go next?

I have written this column for over four years. I started writing it at a time when no-one really knew anything...

27 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Trade groups slug it out - Guild says it saves agents £33,500 a year

Just as the new chief executive of Propertymark holds interviews across the industry, so The Guild of Property Professionals is coming out...

27 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Property industry set to lead economy out of the Covid slump

The property sector is set to lead the UK out of its Covid slump according to Ernst & Young’s latest forecast....

27 January 2021

From: Breaking News

MPs to debate Stamp Duty Holiday extension - date announced

It's been announced that MPs will after all debate the Stamp Duty Holiday extension following a hugely popular online petition. The 90-minute...

26 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Extend stamp duty holiday for exchanged properties, say finance chiefs

The stamp duty holiday should be extended to include properties that have exchanged but have yet to complete, a leading accountancy...

26 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent sorry for “crass” flyer calling Covid “blessing in disguise”

An estate agency has issued an abject apology for calling the Covid pandemic “a blessing in disguise.” There was a huge social...

26 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Allow agents to do more conveyancing during sales - call

A PropTech supplier says the conveyancing process is “antiquated” and buyers and sellers would be better served if they were ’shadowed’...

26 January 2021

From: Breaking News

New high-end agency opens - and it’s not in London

A new firm has been launched by two agents who formerly worked at Carter Jonas and are aiming at the £400,000...

26 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Countrywide latest - Connells snap up rival shareholders’ stake

Connells, which already has the explicit support of a majority of Countrywide shareholders for its takeover of the company, has now...

26 January 2021

From: Breaking News

40% price fall and 54% price rise -  Prime London snakes and ladders

An international property and residency consultancy claims the sold prices of homes in some prime London locations have collapsed by up to 40...

26 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Covid Crisis: No physical auctions this year for top auctioneer

One of the country’s top auctioneers is not going to stage any ballroom auctions this year - and it’s keeping its 2022...

26 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Why are only 25% of estate agents in NAEA Propertymark?

Propertymark, combining both the National Association of Estate Agents and the Association of Residential Letting Agents, claims to speak for the...

25 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents offered trip to Dubai - as Health Secretary warns against it...

High profile agency owner Sean Newman is offering his entire self-employed team of 100 agents and mortgage advisors a chance for...

25 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Soaring distressed property firms are ‘just tip of large iceberg’

Despite the booming housing market the whole property sector - a key indicator of the economy's performance - has seen 11,000...

25 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks revamping publicity in bid to increase market share

Purplebricks’ new chief marketing officer appears to be on the threshold of making major changes in the agency’s publicity drive. Advertising industry...

25 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Connells/Countrywide deal going to shareholders next month

Countrywide shareholders will next month have the opportunity to vote on the Connells bid to purchase the troubled estate agency group. The...

25 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Franchise Mega Agency - Hunters and TPFG talk for another week

Talks continue between The Property Franchise Group and Hunters with both companies agreeing a new deadline of next Friday, January 29. Just...

25 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Holiday: Did market need it? Have buyers really benefitted?

A leading analyst is questioning whether buyers have benefitted from the stamp duty holiday because demand has purshed up prices far...

22 January 2021

From: Breaking News

RICS in dramatic U-turn after newspaper allegations

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors last night announced a dramatic U-turn in the controversy over a report by an independent...

22 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Decision Day for takeover talks between Hunters and Property Franchise Group

Today will see a firm decision on whether The Property Franchise Group will take over rival franchise network Hunters.  In early December TPFG...

22 January 2021

From: Breaking News