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PropTech firm backed by Zoopla founder launches AML platform

A PropTech firm backed by Zoopla founder Alex Chesterman has launched a new anti-money laundering (AML) tool for estate agents. Thirdfort has...

24 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents warned about sensitive data being included in listings

Agents are being warned about removing personal data and information from marketing material. Paul Offley, compliance officer at The Guild of Property...

24 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Spicerhaart names area partners for Sutton and Bristol

Agents from Purplebricks and Leaders are the latest recruits to sign up as area partners for Spicerhaart. Tyrone Matthews has been named...

24 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - running, biking, tennis, golf and affordable artists' studios

We may be getting an extended summer but agents haven’t just been basking in the heatwave. There has been plenty of goodwill...

24 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Mark Hayward sets new retirement date (once he finds his replacement)

Mark Hayward has set a new retirement date for the end of this year. Hayward, previously chief executive of Propertymark, was due...

24 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Borders-based agent ready to expand as non-compete clause ends

Former Rettie managing partner Patrick Paton is preparing to expand his new hybrid estate agency. Paton left Scottish estate agency Rettie in...

24 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Striking the right note - online agent joins Tech Nation Future Fifty

Strike, the digital-first estate agent previously known as Housesimple, has been selected to join Tech Nation’s Future Fifty programme. The online agent, which...

23 September 2021

From: Breaking News

New easyProperty franchise lands in Luton, home of easyJet

The latest easyProperty franchise has landed in Luton, the spiritual home of the easy brand as it’s the place where budget...

23 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Drones to night shots - what are the top photo tips for agents?

Photography has become an increasingly important weapon in an agent’s armoury in recent years as listings compete for space on portals,...

23 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Developer land banking ‘myth’ debunked by study, major builders say

A leading planning consultancy has claimed that ‘the myth’ that housing developers are hoarding land after gaining planning consent in order...

23 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Review website set for first-ever in-person awards ceremony this November

The UK’s largest review website for the property industry has announced that its first ever in-person awards event will be held...

23 September 2021

From: Breaking News

All out of homes – estate agent temporarily ‘sold out’ of all housing stock

An estate agent has been ‘marketing properties so well’ in a Worcestershire town that it has temporarily ‘sold out’ of all...

23 September 2021

From: Breaking News

The Great Suit Debate – what does the property industry think?

Our story yesterday on whether agents should continue to dress formally post-pandemic seemed to relight the fire on a long-time debate...

22 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Businesses, including agencies, hand back £1.3 billion in furlough money

New figures from HM Treasury have revealed that businesses, including a number of major agencies, have returned £1.3 billion in furlough...

22 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Maldives over Benidorm – hybrid says ‘we do not want to be the biggest’

A Hertfordshire-based hybrid agency has released a surprising and some might argue refreshing message, saying it’s not interested in size as...

22 September 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today - how can tech help the smooth running of tenancies?

There are a huge array of products and services covering the entire journey of lettings, from prospecting all the way through to...

22 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Claim: property tax revamp could free up as many as 600,000 homes

The government has been warned that its much-talked about levelling up agenda is ‘doomed to fail’ without major reform of the...

22 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Boost for Winkworth - leading agents take over brand’s Ealing and Acton franchise 

Jonny Dyson, a leading London estate agent and the former regional director of John D Wood & Co., has joined Winkworth...

22 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Power in that suit – should agents still be dressed formally?

The pandemic has led to many people ditching more formal wear as they work from home on a more regular basis,...

21 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Quids in! Agency listing mistakenly goes live with £1 asking price

Every agent likes to have their phones ringing off the hook. So London agent Robert Irving Burns must have been excited when...

21 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Tips from The Guild as agents face Covid safety inspections 

Agents are being contacted by local council officers to check how Covid-safe their operations are.  Paul Offley, compliance officer for The Guild,...

21 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Homesearch and KWUK agree multi-million pound long-term agreement

In a 'coup' for property data firm Homesearch, Keller Williams UK, which has some 400 agents under its banner across the UK,...

21 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Could you market a property based on its quirky postcode?

Forget en-suites and garden rooms, could you boost viewings with the postcode of a property? Research by comparison website Money.co.uk has identified...

21 September 2021

From: Breaking News

First-time buyers securing mortgages online as bank branches close

First-time buyers are shifting to online-only banks to help get a mortgage. A survey by personal finance website NerdWallet found that with...

21 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Ministry of Housing rebrands but it’s still a bit of a mouthful

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has changed its name to reflect the government’s levelling up agenda. The department’s...

20 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Think tank rehashes ‘mansion tax’ to replace council tax and stamp duty

A think tank has proposed scrapping Council Tax and stamp duty in favour of an annual property levy.  The Institute for Public...

20 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Housing Secretary ‘reviewing planning reforms’ amid donations scandal

New Housing Secretary Michael Gove is reported to be set to press ahead with plans to pause controversial planning reforms.  It came...

20 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Asking prices hit record high as buyer demand heats up - Rightmove

Buyer demand per property for sale is more than double that of pre-pandemic levels, Rightmove claims. The property portal’s latest House Price...

20 September 2021

From: Breaking News

No-fee agent strikes £5 billion sales landmark

Strike chief executive Sam Mitchell has hailed the online agent’s no-fee model after reaching £5 billion worth of sales. The agency, previously...

20 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents report record August for above asking price sales

Record numbers of properties sold above asking price in August, agents claim. Data from NAEA Propertymark shows that despite the summer lull,...

20 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Foxtons appoints former Hamptons man following 'investor pressure'

Following speculation overnight, Foxtons - one of London's leading and most high-profile agencies - has this morning announced the appointment of Nigel Rich CBE...

17 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Pincher survives as ruthless Johnson reshuffle concludes

Boris Johnson's sudden and unexpectedly ruthless Cabinet reshuffle, which drew comparisons with Margaret Thatcher's 'purge of the wets' in 1981, ended...

17 September 2021

From: Breaking News

A foot in the door - Savills welcomes young people for work experience

One of the property market's leading names has welcomed young people into its company for work experience through a partnership with...

17 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents need a software system to match the changing working day, says provider

A cloud-based software provider has claimed that agents need to prepare for the future – and a very different working day...

17 September 2021

From: Breaking News

ALEP welcomes ground rents action as Countryside scraps unfair lease terms 

The Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners (ALEP) has become the latest body to welcome the decision by Countryside Properties to scrap the requirement to pay...

17 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity – pies in faces, Agent Rainmaker and Three Peaks heroics

It’s been a dramatic week in the world of politics – and this has led to another new Housing Secretary, in...

17 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Borders estate agent invests in ‘unique’ digital signage – is it the future?

A Borders estate agency business, Hastings Legal and Property, has invested in Halo Digital Signage – hailed as ‘the new generation...

17 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Reshuffle - Gove replaces Jenrick, but will Pincher survive?

In a day of unexpected drama, Boris Johnson carried out a surprisingly brutal and widespread Cabinet reshuffle which saw a number...

16 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Conveyancing – is industry-wide UPRN adoption on the cards?

Industry-wide adoption of Unique Property Reference Numbers could be one step closer after an announcement by a major trade body. The Conveyancing...

16 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Platform - proof of funds vitally important as stamp duty holiday end nears

Being able to show proof of funds in a quick, transparent and simple way is more crucial than ever to keep fall-throughs...

16 September 2021

From: Breaking News

National Leasehold Campaign backs latest CMA action on ground rents

One of the biggest campaign groups calling for leasehold reform has welcomed the action taken by the Competition and Markets Authority...

16 September 2021

From: Breaking News

ESTAS Forum - can agents and conveyancers work better together?

The property market over the last 18 months has seen unprecedented activity - as a result of changed priorities, the stamp...

16 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty boost for first-time buyers? Not a bit of it, claims research

First-time buyers are £25,000 worse off thanks to the stamp duty holiday, according to estate agent comparison site GetAgent. The website revealed...

16 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Robert Jenrick sacked as Housing Secretary; Michael Gove replaces him

Robert Jenrick has been sacked from his post as Housing, Communities and Local Government Secretary. He was the third major name to...

15 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Leasehold victory – leaseholders with Countryside freed from costly terms

In what will be seen as the latest win for leaseholders across the UK, it’s been revealed that – following action...

15 September 2021

From: Breaking News

The Guild gets ready to go live with formal qualifications platform

The Guild of Property Professionals’ formal qualifications platform is set for launch this month. Agents will be able to access the platform...

15 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Mortgage lending hit record highs before stamp duty holiday ended

The value of mortgage lending hit a record high in the final months of the stamp duty holiday. Figures from the Bank...

15 September 2021

From: Breaking News

The cheapest and most expensive areas by square footage revealed

Buyers are getting less square foot for their money when buying a property. Research by insurer Churchill has found that the average...

15 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents - are you listing a buyer’s dream home?

Rightmove claims to have identified the dream home for buyers. A survey of more than 2,000 visitors to the portal’s website has...

15 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Poor connection! A third of buyers would pull out of an offer over bad wi-fi

Picky buyers are walking away from property deals after realising the internet connection at a property is poor, research claims. A poll...

15 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Under the hammer! Auction house basks in record summer for sales

Auction house iamsold has marked its best summer yet. The auction service said it sold £196m worth of property under the hammer...

15 September 2021

From: Breaking News

TPFG announces record interim results, boosted by Hunters acquisition

The Property Franchise Group (TPFG) – the umbrella property brand which incorporates well-known names such as EweMove, Ellis & Co, Martin...

14 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed! The cash buyer hotspots as London lags behind

Scotland and the south west of England have been identified as cash buyer hotspots. Analysis by Barrows and Forrester, found 27 per...

14 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Retail guru moves in with home setup service

Veteran retail chief executive John Browett is joining home setup service Just Move In as chairman. Browett has been chief executive of...

14 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Dramatic! Ex Emmerdale star is now an estate agent

A soap star has swapped scripts for property sales. Actor Marc Silcock was involved in one of ITV soap Emmerdale’s biggest storylines,...

14 September 2021

From: Breaking News

House price growth set to slow as stamp duty holiday ends

The property market is unlikely to enter a last-minute rush before the final stamp duty holiday ends in October, research claims. Analysis...

14 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed: UK ranks just tenth for property price growth

Property values may seem high in the UK but spare a thought for buyers in other countries such as Israel, Switzerland...

14 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Free parking & government support, study reveals what new build buyers want

Warwick Estates has revealed the most in-demand features for new-build buyers. The firm has analysed Rightmove data and found that those buying...

14 September 2021

From: Breaking News

More energy efficient homes can attract high sale price - claim

Implementing measures recommended in an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) could boost the sales price of a property for a vendor, the...

13 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Market insight - agent predicts brisk end to stamp duty holiday

Demand from buyers is set to be strong for the rest of 2021 as the stamp duty holiday unwinds but uncertainty...

13 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Dream job alert! Fancy being a mansion tester?

An online conveyancer is on the hunt for a mansion tester. My Home Move Conveyancing is seeking a mansion tester who will...

13 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent comes up with solution to clear up offer confusion

A Midlands estate agency has come up with a solution to avoid confusion over property offers. Forget poor connections or bad handwriting that...

13 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Pandemic puts a dent in London’s prime sales but million-pound homes sell faster

Forget London, Scotland is now the fastest-moving market for million-pound properties. Analysis by Rightmove has found that million-pound homes are selling 25...

13 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Mandatory housebuilding targets set for the scrapheap - reports

The government is reportedly planning to abandon its next stage of planning reforms. The proposals, previously under consultation, would have given councils...

13 September 2021

From: Breaking News

RICS Scandal - Senior figures quit but “no fraud or crime” says QC

The independent QC leading a review into the governance scandal at the RICS says there was “no fraudulent or criminal misbehaviour”...

10 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Interim RICS boss gives salary to charity as body seeks forgiveness

The independent review into the RICS scandal of recent months and how the governance of the body failed, has thrown up...

10 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency staff to get therapy help as they return to the office

A London agency has launched a Wellbeing At Work initiative to help agents and other staff as they return to the...

10 September 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech during Covid has attracted younger property buyers - claim

The UK’s biggest property auctioneer is considering whether to bring its sales back into the auction room in the near future. Managing...

10 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Police probe into sacked Savills agent still ongoing

The police investigation into the Savills agents who allegedly racially abused England players on Twitter after the Euros 2020 final is...

10 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - Golf, football and… er…. baking

Welcome to this week’s Agents Do Charity - another edition of good will and cheer generated by the industry’s fund-raising heroes. It’s...

10 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Savills sacks 'racist abuse' agent after Euros tweet

The Savills member of staff who allegedly racially abused England players online after the Euros 2020 final has been sacked. The Metro...

09 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Shock call that stamp duty holiday should have been shorter - RICS

A surprise statement from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors says the stamp duty holiday, which goes on until the end...

09 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks reveals areas where external appointments needed

Purplebricks says it’s beginning interviewing this week for roles at three key levels where there were not enough ‘switchers’ willing to...

09 September 2021

From: Breaking News

House prices to fall next year if market cycle continues - agency

An estate agency says it’s analysed the housing market’s long term cycles and forecasts that house price rises will continue -...

09 September 2021

From: Breaking News

RICS scandal - more details expected to be revealed today

A news conference today is expected to reveal more details of the governance scandal which has engulfed the Royal Institution of...

09 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency backs business advising on shop-to-resi conversions

Franchise giant Winkworth says it has backed the start up of a commercial company advising on investment in retail or business...

09 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Prime London shrugs off end of stamp duty holiday

Exchanges of properties in prime central London, following the end of the largest part of the stamp duty holiday, suggest the...

09 September 2021

From: Breaking News

RICS scandal - chief executive in talks to stand down

The chief executive of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Sean Tompkins, is in talks to step down according to an...

08 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Property tax threat returns as government sets Budget date

Lost in the noise of yesterday’s social care announcements, Chancellor Rishi Sunak has named October 27 as his next Budget Day...

08 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Independent agents’ group celebrates passing key milestone

The Federation of Independent Agents has passed the key milestone of 50 member branches covering in excess of 200 exclusive postcode...

08 September 2021

From: Breaking News

EweMove's parent company acquires financial services business

The Property Franchise Group - the UK's largest property franchisor, which owns EweMove and other brands - has acquired 80 per...

08 September 2021

From: Breaking News

High house prices here to stay thanks to Covid’s legacy

The lifestyle changes triggered by the pandemic are likely to have a lasting effect on the housing market, pushing property prices permanently...

08 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Blow for self-employed agents as survey shows financial crisis

A survey conducted by a bank suggests that over half of the self-employed sector of the economy believes its financial position...

08 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency chain declares latest branch to be ‘a property centre’

Independent agency chain haart is opening what it calls a new ‘property centre’ in Aylesbury later this month.   Tim Wardley, managing...

08 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents urged to diversify by linking with retirement developers

Estate agents are being urged to future-proof and diversify by linking with retirement developers via part-exchange services. Property investment service HBB Solutions...

08 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Estate Agency X - learn how agents are beating the competition

In this article, the team at Iceberg Digital outline why agents should consider attending the Estate Agency X event as well...

08 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks reveals result of switch from self-employed

Purplebricks says its aim to move 650 staff from self-employed status to employed has had a 95 per cent success rate. It...

07 September 2021

From: Breaking News

£180,000 for estate agent who wanted to leave work early

A prominent prime London estate agent has been awarded £180,000 by a compensation panel following her victory earlier this year in...

07 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Snap! Can YOU improve on this estate agency favourite photo?

Does this photo drive you mad? Do you see it everywhere (including on Estate Agent Today stories)?  Who are these people and...

07 September 2021

From: Breaking News

 Agency chief hails “superb” sales growth of 78 per cent

Belvoir’s chief executive haas taken to Twitter to hail his company’s latest results as “superb” - with sales for the franchise agency...

07 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Bumper end of year likely despite summer sales dip - Homesearch

Newly instructed properties across the country dropped by 10 per cent in August compared to July’s numbers, according to Homesearch. The company,...

07 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Wealthy prime London buyers choose larger homes

More buyers in prime central London are choosing larger properties - a function of the pandemic and the race for space. That’s...

07 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Twenty new High Street branches announced by leading agency

Jackson-Stops, which currently has 42 branches across the UK, has revealed it’s going to have another 20 by the end of...

06 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer - Why agents MUST get their communications right

Day in, day out, I see how good estate agents really are.  Whether it’s in my day job on Location, Location, Location...

06 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Leaders Romans Group may go on sale for £400m - report

There is a report that the private equity owner of Leaders Romans Group has appointed bankers to work on a ‘strategic...

06 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Hybrid agency spends £6m beefing up communications

Spicerhaart - which is increasingly shifting its activities towards agents operating away from traditional branches - is investing more than £6m...

06 September 2021

From: Breaking News

TV campaign begins today for Boomin’s SmartVal service

A TV advertising campaign begins today to promote SmartVal, its real-time valuation tool available on the Boomin portal. The advertisements will start...

06 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Second Homes Targeted - government ‘preparing triple whammy blow’

Media reports over the weekend suggest the government is preparing a triple whammy - three measures which may reduce the number...

06 September 2021

From: Breaking News

New forecasting model says house prices to soar by 2031

A new forecasting model from a consumer website is predicting that house prices will rise by an average 30 per cent...

06 September 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech survey claims agents lack expertise and local knowledge

A small survey commissioned by a PropTech firm appears to show that a majority of respondents believe estate agents lack expertise...

03 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Ex-Countrywide director become agency chief executive

The former group marketing director at Countrywide has been appointed as global chief executive of Fine & Country. Simon Leadbetter has also...

03 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Blockchain network Coadjute announces new partnerships

Blockchain network Coadjute has announced new partnerships with software firms. Coadjute launched in July and claims it will halve the time it...

03 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Named And Shamed - Councils with slowest search responses 

Homebuyers are suffering huge delays in receiving responses to their search requests to council according to a study of local authorities. Consumer...

03 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency to expand under former Business Woman of the Year

A regional estate agency is planning an expansion programme after undergoing a management buyout by a former Business Woman of the...

03 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - good causes galore, thanks to our industry’s efforts

The Karma Club: An industry partner has celebrated its second birthday by reaching a landmark of more than £15,000 donated to...

03 September 2021

From: Breaking News

£100m price tag as London agency chain put up for sale

Chestertons, the London high-end estate agency chain, is reported to be looking for a buyer. Sky News says it’s hired Deloitte, the...

02 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Foxtons - “too aggressive and too nasty” admits former boss

The man who admits he was “the acceptable face of Foxtons” in its golden period says he finally left because it...

02 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents overpaying for property leads, claims PropTech operator

A PropTech operator claims that agents currently pay around £250 per lead, averaging costs of different sources ranging from Google Ads...

02 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Who needs stamp duty holiday? Prices rise again in August

The first house price index for August suggests they rose 2.1 per cent in just a month - despite forecasts that the...

02 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Rich Pickings: Agency sells £100m of homes on one estate in 2021

Knight Frank has sold homes collectively valued at over £100m on just one exclusive estate so far this year alone.  The Wentworth...

02 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Business Rates: call to stop online firms being let off the hook

A plea has been made to the government to help small companies and stop letting online firms off the hook. The Federation...

02 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Prices to soar more than expected - despite stamp duty return

Scotland was the first UK nation to scrap the equivalent of its stamp duty holiday, yet already the official economic monitor...

02 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Buyers hopelessly ill-informed on mortgage process, survey suggests

Many Britains are apparently under-estimating the impact of furlough on their ability to get a mortgage and buy a property. A new...

01 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Listings crisis as sellers still reluctant to come forward

Parts of Britain are so short of homes for sale they have only half the number of listings to be expected...

01 September 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: pros and cons of a tech-led approach to compliance

The growing number of lettings sector rules is a hotly debated issue, while the sales sector has been seeing its own...

01 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Holiday taper leads to reduced mortgage borrowing

Mortgage approvals declined over the last month as the tapering stamp duty holiday deterred home purchases, according to data from the...

01 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Foreign buyers return to prime London says leading buying agent

A prominent London-focussed buying agent says she is seeing more foreign buyers returning to the UK capital - with more expected...

01 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Boost for smoother sales process as PropTech products integrate

Zoopla-owned software company Yourkeys and mortgage, insurance and wealth management broker SPF Private Clients have integrated. Yourkeys’ software provides buyer and seller...

01 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency proud of hiring key staff with no industry experience

A long-standing agency says it’s proud that some of its most successful recent recruits have absolutely no industry experience. Felicity J Lord...

31 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Good EPC ratings have almost no impact on house price - Nationwide

A new survey shows that there’s just a 1.7 per cent house price premium on homes with EPC ratings A or...

31 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Shocking number of down valuations, claims agency

An agency claims that across the UK there have been very nearly 400,000 property transactions down valued in the last year...

31 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Senior MP warns Lloyds Bank over grabbing first time buyer flats

The chairman of the Commons housing, communities and local government committee has criticised the institutional bulk-buying of existing homes for denying...

31 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Can an agent REALLY earn £100k a year (by watching 22 videos)?

An agent promoting self-employed business models has launched a course showing how estate agents can earn £100,000 per year. The set of...

31 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Christmas already? Agents get advice for prospective sellers

It may be the final day of August but Propertymark has first out of the blocks with advice for agents to...

31 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Estate agency scandal shows Trading Standards work is vital - claim

The work of the National Trading Standards Estate and Letting Agency Team is “vital” it claims - and the case of the...

27 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Conversion rates between portals - latest figures just released

PropTech platform Agent Response has just released its latest league table for conversion stats relating to the first two weeks of...

27 August 2021

From: Breaking News

95% mortgages fall flat as few deals actually agreed, claims broker

A broker claims the high profile return of the 95 per cent mortgage has actually made little impact on the housing...

27 August 2021

From: Breaking News

High-profile PropTech pioneer retires from service he created

The entrepreneur behind the live chat service Yomdel is to retire from the business.  Andy Soloman, the founder of the managed chat...

27 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency acquires independent with merger this autumn

Rural-focussed agency Brown&Co has acquired Lincoln-based agency JH Walter - the merged operation formally begins on October 1.  Brown&Co opened its Lincoln...

27 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - on the final bank holiday before you-know-what…

Hello, and here’s the bad news to get it over with - this is the final Bank Holiday weekend before…Christmas. Now that’s...

27 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Banned estate agent given custodial sentence

A banned West Midlands estate agent has today been sentenced to a custodial sentence of six weeks, suspended for two years, and fined £4,000 at Wolverhampton Crown Court after pleading guilty...

26 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Market boom to go on as supply shortage set to last into 2022

The very strong housing market seen throughout this year is set to extend into 2022 as a stock shortage is forecast...

26 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Older buyers being excluded from housing market, warns agency

An estate agent says the housing market now has a hidden characteristic - an absence of homes that are friendly for...

26 August 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech platform adds first-of-its-kind sales progression feature

Zoopla-owned Proptech platform Yourkeys has launched what it calls a first-of-its-kind sales progression service for new-build shared ownership properties. It works like...

26 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency to open latest branch next week - at the seaside

An estate agency is to launch its third branch, this time in a seaside location. Stoneridge Estate Agents’ new Brightlingsea town centre...

26 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Rich buyers and the pandemic - agency’s survey lifts the lid

A sentiment survey amongst wealthy international buyers suggests the affluent sector of the western world is seeing similar house buying frenzy...

26 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Buying a home is expensive - keeping it is even more…

An estate agency comparison website has conducted research into how much it costs to simply keep an average home in a...

26 August 2021

From: Breaking News

HMRC brings agents back down to earth - big drop in transactions

House sales slumped nearly two thirds last month as the main deadline for the stamp duty holiday passed.  HM Revenue and Customs...

25 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Executive Pay - Purplebricks shareholders get date for key vote

A date has been set for Purplebricks’ shareholders to give their verdict on a controversial remuneration package given to the agency’s...

25 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Large family homes may be bought to house Afghan refugees

Media reports suggest the government is considering offering grants to local authorities to purchase private family houses which are larger than...

25 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Ex-Purplebricks Local Property Experts set up new hybrid agency

Two former Local Property Experts at Purplebricks have set up their own hybrid agency, offering an upfront fee or a no-sale-no-fee...

25 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Holiday slammed for not helping “levelling up”

The Guardian has sharply criticised Chancellor Rishi Sunak for introducing and then extending the stamp duty holiday - because helping estate...

25 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Auction service claims agents swinging in its favour

Auction service Iamsold says a small-sample survey it conducted of agents suggests that increasing numbers are looking favourably on auctions as...

25 August 2021

From: Breaking News

 Online market share rises with Purplebricks the big winner

A new survey of online and hybrid agents claims that they are now taking a 13 per cent share of the...

24 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Is your agency operating in one of the UK’s new £1m-plus markets?

There are 19 new distinct £1m-plus property markets in the UK thanks to the soaring house prices of the past 15...

24 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Complaints about estate agents jump by a third says Ombudsman

The Property Ombudsman says there’s been a big increase in enquiries to its service in recent months, despite the pandemic.  In its...

24 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Politicians “worried” after house prices rise £100,000 in one year

Politicians in one of the most exclusive property enclaves are complaining after average house prices have risen around £100,000 in just...

24 August 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech: Agents advised not to settle for ‘ordinary’ websites

A PropTech entrepreneur is advising agents not to settle for simply having their websites up and running, and instead using CRM...

24 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Self-Build Homes - government backs call for 40,000 a year

Proposals to resuscitate the self-build housing sector have been welcomed by the government. Conservative MP Richard Bacon has published an independent report...

24 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: OnTheMarket’s biggest critic will list with portal

A long-standing critic of OnTheMarket, who was once excluded from a presentation by the portal’s leadership, has spoken enthusiastically of the...

23 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the late summer moves in our industry

Hello and welcome to our final Property Jobs Today before the start of autumn - and it’s good to see people...

23 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Surveys must show climate change risks to buyers, says mortgage chief

A  mortgage expert says surveyors should improve their standard services to cover the threat of climate change.  This comes after a summer...

23 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Holiday did NOT cause market frenzy - claim

An unexpected claim was made over the weekend - that the long-running stamp duty holiday was not, after all, behind the...

23 August 2021

From: Breaking News

New market appraisal guides go live on OnTheMarket

OnTheMarket’s new market appraisal guides - first announced some months ago - have this morning gone live.  In June OTM announced a...

23 August 2021

From: Breaking News

From Connells junior to £104,000 last month - claim

An agent has gone on record saying how he has progressed from being a photocopier boy at a Connells branch to...

23 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Lloyds Bank to buy 50,000 homes in coming years

The housing market could be in for a financial boost of an unusual kind as a High Street bank plans to...

20 August 2021

From: Breaking News

‘Psychology of COVID’ responsible for house moving frenzy

A housing expert says the psychology of a population coping with the pandemic lies behind the house moving frenzy of recent...

20 August 2021

From: Breaking News

It’s over: Market frenzy settles down to near-normal business

Agents are reporting fewer sales and fewer deals above the asking price, as summer and the tapering stamp duty holiday take...

20 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Get on with it! Leasehold reform delays hurting the market - claim

The lack of progress on the much-anticipated government reforms of the leasehold system is leaving thousands of homeowners stranded, according to...

20 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Auction house brings back physical events

Bramleys says it’s to resume property auctions in October. The auction will be the first held since March 2020. Previous auctions have been...

20 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - as summer begins to draw to a close

Awful isn’t it? Where was that sunshine? Well, the clouds have parted when it comes to fund-raising as the industry continues...

20 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents warned after HMRC reveals protocol breaches

Propertymark has issued a warning to agents following the fines imposed on three property agencies by HM Revenue & Customs for...

19 August 2021

From: Breaking News

 Half a billion to be spent on new private shared ownership scheme

A company says it’s gathering £500m in funding to purchase properties for a “gradual home ownership” scheme - a variation on...

19 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Over 18% house price rise in one part of UK - government data

Average house prices increased by 13.2 per cent over the year to June - the highest annual growth rate since November...

19 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Five Top Tips to be a great agent - and you won’t be expecting this…

One of the most effervescent figures in the industry has given his five top tips to becoming a great estate agent...

19 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency’s first ever full time employee retires - after 40 years!

A director of Essex estate agency Beresfords has announced his retirement after 40 years with the company - and after being...

19 August 2021

From: Breaking News

What leads to a fall through? A property firm investigates…

A bulk quick buy company has surveyed purchasers who have been deterred from continuing their transactions to discover what the biggest...

19 August 2021

From: Breaking News

New regional agency group formed as independent companies merge

One of the country's largest independent regional agency groups has been formed through an acquisition announced today. Yorkshire estate agent, Manning Stainton,...

18 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Covid leads to agency quitting city centre - is this the industry’s future?

A Midlands property firm has quit its city centre premises after 25 years and says the pandemic has proved it can...

18 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent claims buyer exodus from London is still in full flow

Estate agents have gone on the record to say the flow of purchasers from London to country and market town locations...

18 August 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today - how can tech deliver a better sales process for all?

My neighbour had been seeking to move home for some time. Suggestions that he wanted to get away from his neighbours...

18 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Prominent independent agency opens 11th office in new territory

Fenn Wright, a prominent East Anglian independent agency, is to open its first office in Felixstowe this autumn, making this the...

18 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour politicians blasted over “unsustainable” house prices

A nationalist party has blasted a Labour government in one national region of the UK for its lack of intervention in...

18 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Foreign rich wooed by full-size models of London homes built overseas

Agents and developers are creating full-size show home-style properties overseas in a bid to woo wealthy foreigners who cannot travel to...

18 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents fined by HMRC for breaches of anti-money laundering rules

Three property agents feature on the latest list of businesses in trouble for failing to comply with money laundering regulations. The list...

17 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Scrap Stamp Duty! Think tank says it worsens affordability

A highly influential think tank says stamp duty should be scrapped for all house purchases once and for all. Alexander Hammond of...

17 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Size Matters: Houses get smaller as prices soar

The average size of homes in England has plummeted by over 10 per cent in the past four decades. Research from ElectricalDirect...

17 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Pioneering agency debt solutions firm snapped up by business group

Sinclair Taylor, the first company to offer debt solutions to estate agencies, has been acquired by The Broadriver Group, a diverse...

17 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty holiday over - but still big house price rises

House prices in Wales - where the equivalent of the stamp duty holiday has fully ended - rose to a new...

17 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency doubles price rise prediction for 2021

High end agency Strutt & Parker is doubling its prediction for this year’s house price growth. For the UK-wide mainstream market the...

17 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Independent agency links with global sales platform

An independent agency has signed up to an international property sales platform designed to place UK new build developments on the...

17 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Over 100,000 sellers renting before finding home to buy

Connells-owned Hamptons says it’s calculated that no fewer the 117,500 sellers this year have chosen to rent before buying their next home.  The...

16 August 2021

From: Breaking News

First asking price drop of 2021 - market cooling in latest Rightmove index

The average asking price, as recorded by Rightmove, has fallen for the first time this year. In another sign that the market...

16 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents tell conveyancers how they can improve performance

The estate agents’ trade body has set out three ways conveyancers can further help the sales process. Propertymark has made the suggestions...

16 August 2021

From: Breaking News

New record figures for Modern Method of Auction operator

The largest player in the Modern Method of Auction sector has reported a record average number of bids per property. In July...

16 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Appetite for home ownership proven by Help To Buy claims Jenrick

Over 55,000 households bought homes through the government’s Help to Buy equity loan scheme in the past financial year - a...

16 August 2021

From: Breaking News

In The Money! Equity in British homes reaches all-time high

Almost £730 billion of equity is available in British homes - a record figure. The sum, assessed during the second quarter of...

16 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: ‘Realtor franchise’ scheme launched by long-standing agency

An estate agency is celebrating its 21st anniversary by launching a new ‘realtor’ franchise model based on enhanced technology and personalised...

13 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Five top portals to face Question Time with legendary agent Quirk

Representatives of Rightmove, Zoopla, OnTheMarket, Boomin and OneDome portals are to be quizzed in an industry Question Time session next month. Russell...

13 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Prominent estate agents trial new low-deposit mortgage concept

Two prominent estate agencies are amongst those piloting a new financial product that allows aspiring buyers to purchase property with just...

13 August 2021

From: Breaking News

HMRC targets property transactions after slump in tax income

HM Revenue & Customs is reported to be targeting recent home buyers after a slump in income from property taxes during...

13 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Still a Seller's Market - demand dips but supply shrinks further

Yet another housing market snapshot is reporting the stock of property for sale plummeting further downwards.  Property website Home says that while...

13 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and the funds keep on coming for good causes…

Hello and welcome to another round-up of our industry’s wonderful work for good causes. Before we salute this week’s heroes, our usual...

13 August 2021

From: Breaking News

RICS Fraud Risk Controversy - QC delivers 400 page report

The independent QC asked to prepare a report into the financial conduct row at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has...

12 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent faces prison after defrauding pensioner out of £160,000

An estate agent with stomach cancer faces a prison sentence after pleading guilty of defrauding an 80 year old pensioner out...

12 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Covid-cautious vendors still worried about in-person viewings

A new survey suggests the majority of vendors remain wary of allowing too many unknown people into their home during viewings. Some...

12 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Referral revenue between agents hits £1.3m says network

Referral revenues shared between agents in a major industry trade group has hit over £1.35m.  Daniel Pepperell, regional director at The Guild...

12 August 2021

From: Breaking News

New buyers thin out as market slowdown continues over summer

The market slowdown continues with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors reporting that new buyer enquiries have reduced for the first...

12 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Detached house prices soar TEN TIMES the rate of flats - Rightmove

Rightmove data released this morning shows that the average asking price of a detached house has risen literally 10 times the...

12 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed - the type of buyer who moved during stamp duty holiday

A report claims the flurry of transactions over recent months has been down mostly to families moving into larger homes and...

12 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Escape route for Purplebricks refugees who want to stay self-employed

Self-employed agents working for Purplebricks who want to resist the instruction to become fully employed are being wooed by a Midlands...

11 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Boomin’s valuation tool is the most accurate anywhere - claim

Michael Bruce says the new SmartVal automated valuation system he is this month introducing on Boomin will be the most accurate...

11 August 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: agents should no longer ignore PropTech's merits

Apart from a buoyant market, high transaction levels, and consumer confidence in the property market, one considerable additional benefit which has...

11 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks’ autumn marketing blitz goes ahead despite shock jobs move

Purplebricks’ chief executive says a £4m marketing blitz scheduled for the autumn will go ahead despite the upheaval caused by the...

11 August 2021

From: Breaking News

“No meaningful price growth” in prime central London, admits agency

Savills has revised its price forecasts for prime property market across the UK, but when it coms to prime central London...

11 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Former Propertymark chief executive turns up in new property role

Tim Balcon, who lasted just four months in the role of Propertymark chief executive before a mystery resignation, has now become...

11 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks admits short term disruption but CEO makes pay pledge

The chief executive of Purplebricks says he wants to move his agency’s 600 Local Property Experts from self-employed to employed status...

10 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks ends self-employed agent service and goes “fully employed”

Purplebricks has this morning confirmed that it’s ending its self-employed Local Property Experts operation and is moving to “a fully employed model...

10 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Shock intervention by Trading Standards in 'charging for viewing' row

The controversial proposal by a PropTech start up to charge potential viewers of properties to let or for sale has been...

10 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Deals collapse because of confusion over stamp duty changes

Propertymark says confusion over new stamp duty rules has led to a surge in fall-throughs. Since April 1 homes bought in England...

10 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Market back to normal by autumn as stamp duty effect falls away

A major agency is predicting that the imbalance between supply and demand, which has characterised the housing market for all of...

10 August 2021

From: Breaking News

‘Game Changer’ funding idea uses investor cash for first time buyers

A company says it will fund first time buyers’ bids to get on the property ladder by matching them with property...

10 August 2021

From: Breaking News

London still in trouble as transactions tumble once again

Transaction volumes in prime London fell in July according to data from LonRes. Transactions were down 22 per cent compared with July...

10 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer - viewings help agents so why charge for them?

Viewings are in the news right now and with good reason.  As the impact of the stamp duty holiday fades, and transaction...

09 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Estate Agency Regulation - House of Commons publishes update

The House of Commons Library has published what may be the definitive record of estate agency regulations issued in recent years...

09 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the latest movers and shakers

Even at the height of summer (or the British wet season, as some call it) there are substantial numbers of job...

09 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Holiday impact fades as market returns to near-normal

House prices in July rose after falling in June, according to the Halifax. They were 0.4 per cent higher than in June,...

09 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Housing supply slumps 40% since January as agents woo sellers

Propertymark says the supply of homes on the market has dwindled almost continuously since the start of the year, with 40...

09 August 2021

From: Breaking News

First Time Buyers deterred by environmental issues

A survey suggests that almost half of first time buyers have at some time pulled out of deals because of environmental...

09 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Capital Gains Tax threat returns - property “disposals” warning

A leading tax expert is advising investors to “plan your disposals” after new Capital Gains Tax figures have raised speculation of...

06 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks hires new PR agency ahead of next marketing onslaught

Purplebricks has hired another creating PR agency to work on its consumer campaign. Taylor Herring - part of the larger Publicis group...

06 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Property firm says additional home owners should pay higher tax

A prominent property consultancy is urging the government to ensure that holiday home owners pay more tax.  Colliers claims local authorities are...

06 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Nearly 200 agents join portal panel to test product innovations

Zoopla has revealed that some 200 agents have joined its new Product Research Panel, testing new innovations introduced by the portal. First...

06 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents selling coastal homes seeing more demand and faster sales

A deep dive into Rightmove’s data by the portal itself has discovered that there’s one sector where homes sell 20 days...

06 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and we’re getting ready to r-r-r-rumble again!

It’s a great sign of our slow but reassuring return to normality when much-missed fundraising events make a welcome comeback -...

06 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Leads For Agents - Boomin and Zoopla at odds over ‘what is a lead’

Zoopla has issued a data-heavy statement on its services for agents - just days after Boomin criticised it for being over...

05 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Leap in house sales income for Savills as Covid bounce back continues

Savills has reported a bounce back after the Covid-hit performance in 2020. The agency has substantial overseas and commercial property and consultancy...

05 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Young agent “off to a flier” and expands with new branches

A young franchisee with hybrid agency EweMove is expanding into another area just over nine months since launching his agency. Chris Wells,...

05 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Stalking warning on anniversary of tragic agent's disappearance

Thirty-five years after London estate agent Suzy Lamplugh disappeared, the trust that bears her name is calling for action to address...

05 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Don’t expect a quiet August, says senior estate agent

If you were hoping for a summer lull during August, think again. That’s the messages from Nicky Stevenson, managing director of Fine...

05 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Housing market’s Gold medal performance in ex-Olympic locations

As the Tokyo Olympics draws to a close this weekend, the Nationwide Building Society has analysed long-term capital appreciation in locations regenerated...

05 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Taylor Wimpey profits over twice sum spent on cladding safety work

Volume house builder Taylor Wimpey has announced a pre-tax profit for the first half of this year of £287.5m - and...

05 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Record figures for Your Move parent firm as it swings to finance

LSL Property Services - parent company of Your Move, Reeds Rains and Marsh & Parsons - has reported record figures as...

04 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Ban family homes becoming holiday lets and Airbnbs - senior MP

The former leader of the Liberal Democrats is calling for a ban on family homes being used for holiday lets and...

04 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Rightmove can be even more profitable, says bank in investor U-turn

A bank which a year ago told investors to sell Rightmove shares has now changed its tune - radically. In August 2020...

04 August 2021

From: Breaking News

“Disgraceful” estate agent criticised by Crown Prosecution Service

The Crown Prosecution Service has joined in the criticism of unemployed estate agent Lewis Hughes, who last week admitted a count...

04 August 2021

From: Breaking News

New homes figures still below old Labour government level

The UK government will not achieve its pledge of delivering 300,000 new homes a year until 2028, according to analysis from...

04 August 2021

From: Breaking News

£50,000 if you move house … to an island

Here’s a new way to encourage house moves - pay the potential vendor £50,000. The Scottish Government is launching an official consultation...

04 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Trading Standards “sought to discredit me” claims former estate agent

A former estate agent has accused the National Trading Standards Estate and Letting Agent Team of trying to discredit him. Chris Wood,...

04 August 2021

From: Breaking News

EXCLUSIVE - Boomin reveals latest agent sign-up numbers

Boomin has revealed to Estate Agent Today the latest figures on agency branches signed up to its fledgling portal. It says it...

03 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Franchise agency shows startling growth from property, financial services

Belvoir has issued another upbeat trading report, saying its revenue for the first six months of the year is up 53...

03 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Brexit-fuelled labour shortages overcome by new build developers

New data shows the strongest quarter for new build home registrations since 2007.  According to NHBC, the new home warranty and insurance...

03 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Self-made agent is latest licence signing for agency network

The Fine & Country network has added another agency to its network - this one in the west country city of...

03 August 2021

From: Breaking News

First time buyers flee London in record numbers

Londoners purchased over 60,000 homes outside of the capital in the first half of 2021 - and many of those buyers...

03 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed - how much stamp duty holiday property has sold in 2021

An estate agency has calculated precisely how much residential property has been sold so far this year, fuelled by the stamp...

03 August 2021

From: Breaking News

EPC figure show new build homes more energy efficient says Jenrick

The number of Energy Performance Certificates issued for new build homes in England rose 16 per cent in the year to...

03 August 2021

From: Breaking News

No appetite amongst agents for charging for viewings - Propertymark

NAEA Propertymark says there’s no appetite that it can see amongst its representatives across the UK for charging people £30 for...

02 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Boomin chief slams Rightmove over high fees, low investment

The head of Boomin has attacked Rightmove for the fees it currently charges agents, the likelihood of higher fees to come,...

02 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Popular high profile veteran agent retires after 40 years

Kevin Thomas, the long time director at Thomas Morris Sales & Lettings, is retiring from the industry after more than 40...

02 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents have sold seven in every 10 homes in current market

A much higher than usual proportion of homes on sale in the current market have successfully found a buyer, according to...

02 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Industry leader’s podcast lifts the lid on self-employed agents

One of the best known faces in estate agency has launched his own podcast - and is giving Estate Agent Today...

02 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Buying process reform will boost agents’ business long-term - claim

A prominent advocate of a reformed transaction process says more secure moving systems can help agents maintain high business levels when...

02 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents’ fees to Rightmove soar as portal enjoys record performance

Rightmove has reported a dramatic bounce back in its fortunes - and it’s making more money from agents even than before...

30 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Use The Data! Agents should target owners likely to move in next year

With stock remaining perilously short for most agents, the industry has been advised to use data to identify those existing owners...

30 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Listings for sale at historic lows according to Homesearch

Available residential property listings across the country are at historic lows according to property data firm Homesearch. The company, which focuses its...

30 July 2021

From: Breaking News

EweMove on track to double in size by the end of next year

Hybrid agency EweMove has continued growing with the sale of 37 new territories in the first six months of the year...

30 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Promoting agency as a career - company talks with High School students

Students at a high school have been given an insight into the career opportunities in the property sector. The sixth formers from...

30 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - with an Olympic surge in fund-raising…

We’re about to enter August and second half of the Olympic Games - and fund-raising is happening at a Gold medal...

30 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed - the estate agents appointed to Boomin’s strategic board

Boomin has announced the appointment of six agents, described as independent representatives, who are now on the new portal’s strategic board. The...

29 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Pay Per Viewing - silence on number and identity of agencies involved

The platform behind a controversial proposal to charge prospective buyers and renters £30 or more to view a property on the...

29 July 2021

From: Breaking News

High value house purchases behind market frenzy says Nationwide

Annual house price growth remains above 10 per cent despite a small monthly dip in July according to the Nationwide. A 0.5...

29 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents to issue tax information to prospective buyers

Propertymark has worked with one of the UK governments to create an information sheet which, in virtual or hard copy firm,...

29 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Hybrid hoped to be national by 2021 but now targets next five years

An estate agency which at one time hoped to be operating nationwide this year has now revised its target. Hortons says it...

29 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty: Buyers caught out as higher prices trigger tax take

New research shows that the surge in house prices this year has taken homes in at least 25 areas of England...

29 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Boomin’s “game changing” SmartVal - more details given to agents

Boomin has given its member agents more details of its new valuation tool being launched next month. Called SmartVal, it is described...

28 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Hero estate agent saves woman from drowning

A young estate agent is being praised because of his heroic actions to save a woman from drowning.  Austin Mellor - just...

28 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks exec directors’ bonuses increase five-fold in 2021

Purplebricks’ annual report has revealed that a short term bonus scheme to provide incentives for executive directors to meet financial and...

28 July 2021

From: Breaking News

2021 price rises could unwind next year - but no major correction

One of the leading housing market analysts says some of the extreme house price rises seen this year could unwind during...

28 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Land and New Homes giant created by merger of two agency divisions

Two companies are to merge to create one of the Home Counties’ largest land and new homes businesses. Ashtons and Putterills Land...

28 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Fall-through rate “supercharged by stamp duty deadline” - claim

The already-high fall-through rate for transactions is likely to be supercharged by the impending end of the tapered stamp duty holiday...

28 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Controversial pay-per-viewing service to seek investors soon

The controversial ViewRabbit service, which proposes to charge prospective buyers and tenants for viewing properties, may seek international investment. The site has...

27 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Portal Boost - OnTheMarket figures show further improvement

OnTheMarket, which is holding its shareholders’ annual general meeting today, says early figures show the success of initiatives introduced by chief...

27 July 2021

From: Breaking News

House-Flat price gap widening as demand for larger properties soars

Demand for all types of houses, from terraced to detached, has more than doubled in the current housing market - creating...

27 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Each property on sale has 19 potential buyers, claims agency body

“There is an average of 19 buyers for every available property on the market” according to Propertymark’s latest market snapshot for...

27 July 2021

From: Breaking News

New look for long-standing independent buying agency

One of the country’s longest-standing independent buying agencies has rebranded. Haringtons, established in 2004 and covering both London and the country, has...

27 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Country house market roars back to level last seen in 2007

A surge in activity ahead of June’s stamp duty deadline and tight supply saw price growth in the country house market...

27 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents’ clarity over leasehold sales backed by Propertymark

Propertymark has welcomed the move by Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick to help make certain leasehold flats more attractive to would-be buyers...

27 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Paying For Viewings - will charging buyers really work?

A new service launched over the weekend, proposing to charge buyers £30 for a “guaranteed” viewing, has split opinions amongst estate...

26 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Pay-per-view wins Propertymark green light but agents warned

Propertymark says a new pay-per-viewing service is “interesting” but warns agents to protect themselves by abiding by consumer protection regulations. The warning has come following...

26 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - movers and shakers this summer

Hello and welcome to another Property Jobs Today, your chance to see the latest moves in our industry. Why not be a...

26 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Government tells agents: ‘exercise Covid caution and restraint’

Agents have been told in new government guidance that the liftings of some Covid restraints in wider society “does not mark...

26 July 2021

From: Breaking News

LSL is NOT selling off mortgage brokerage in near future

LSL Property Services has told Estate Agent Today that the company did not agree to a potential sale of its mortgage arm at...

26 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Super-rich buyers coming back to prime London - Savills

London’s super prime residential market has recorded its strongest half year in volume and value terms since the rush to beat...

26 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Revolutionary pay-per-view property service launches

A number of estate agencies have signed up to a service which charges £30 to view a property. The online service, called...

24 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Market to slow dramatically in the autumn, analysis predicts

The post-lockdown housing market boom is showing signs of a significant slowdown according to a new forecast. The prediction, from the quote...

23 July 2021

From: Breaking News

13th hub for agency claiming to be UK’s top self-employed firm

Keller Williams - which says it’s the UK’s leading business-owner or ‘self-employed’ firm with twice the agents of any direct rival -...

23 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency repays Covid loan early because industry has done so well

Regional hybrid agency Hortons says its repaid its £50,000 bounce back loan at the earliest opportunity - because the industry has...

23 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Record for high end agency as offices enjoy best months ever

Knight Frank’s network of residential sales offices in London had a record month in June as the end of the main...

23 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Buyers move further for larger new homes, research shows

New research from Zoopla appears to show that buyers typically move further away for larger homes rather than smaller or same-size...

23 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - even in a mini heatwave…

Boy it’s been hot out there - yet even 30 degrees or more have failed to stifle the enthusiasm of our...

23 July 2021

From: Breaking News

RICS governance scandal - another delay before report appears

The publication of a report following a controversial RICS investigation has been pushed back another month. Last month it was announced that...

22 July 2021

From: Breaking News

HMRC warns of “negative impacts” of Coronavirus on sales figures

HM Revenue & Customs has warned of what it calls the “negative impacts” of the pandemic on the latest property transactions...

22 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency chief - 'I wish we could bring HIPs back, but just better executed!'

In this week’s In Conversation Today, we have another industry big-hitter and one of the most high-profile female leaders in property...

22 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents and Conveyancers: forum aims to unite professions

A new online forum wants to unite estate agents and conveyancers, and ditch the traditional rivalry between the two professional disciplines. It’s...

22 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Green Glory: Carbon Neutral designation for agency board company

Board company Agency Express has become a carbon neutral business - and that’s official. Working with Carbon Neutral Britain, which advises businesses...

22 July 2021

From: Breaking News

New App aims to show first time buyers the purchasing ropes

A new Home Buyer App has been launched by the Mortgage Advice Bureau in a bid to educate first time buyers...

22 July 2021

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Property Quango will pay £25k a year for maximum 36 days work

A property quango wants industry experts to join its board - and will pay £25,000 a year for what it calls...

22 July 2021

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Purplebricks bosses win gold - and it’s nothing to do with the Olympics

Almost a million shares in Purplebricks have been ‘awarded’ to the two most senior men in the organisation. The golden handcuff deal...

21 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Foxtons considering selling its mortgage business

An announcement by Foxtons this morning says it is considering future options for its mortgage business, Alexander Hall. The announcement - made...

21 July 2021

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PropTech Today: stock shortage - how can agents prospect effectively?

The biggest challenge facing many agents in the current climate is the general shortage of stock, both for sales & lettings. Let’s...

21 July 2021

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Agents' Covid help service closes its door after 17 months

An agent support service set up in the early days of the pandemic has closed down with its architect saying “If...

21 July 2021

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Agencies must adapt to compete with self-employed lifestyle - claim

A leading industry personnel expert says agencies must do more to attract new staff, including adapting how they work to compete...

21 July 2021

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New Homes diversification can help agencies expand, says top agent

Creating a New Homes division could be a good way of expanding an agency business according to the head of a...

21 July 2021

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Tory says “rich getting a free pass” on current property tax

A young Conservative says “the rich are getting a free pass” thanks to the current council tax system, and there should...

21 July 2021

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New property tax demanded by MPs who want more money for councils

A group of MPs has suggested the government consider a “proportional property tax” to replace the current council tax, in a...

20 July 2021

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Boots joins John Lewis and Lloyds in entering the property sector

Boots is the latest company to dip its toe into the water of the property sector.  Modular housing company ilke Homes has...

20 July 2021

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Boomin marketing campaign to emphasise new valuation tool for agents

Fledgling portal Boomin is launching what it claims to be the most interactive and accurate online valuation tool on the market.  It...

20 July 2021

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Surge in sellers leaving London dates back to 2018, claims new analysis

New research suggests that the number of owners enquiring to sell across Greater London has increased by 68 per cent since...

20 July 2021

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Stamp Duty holiday helps improve prime central London market

Property consultancy LonRes says June was a record-breaking month for property sales in the capital, with exchanges up 140 per cent...

20 July 2021

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Self employed say pandemic and rising house prices mean they can’t buy

A bank’s latest study suggests that self employed people are increasingly pessimistic about the chance of them being able to get on...

20 July 2021

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Masks and Social Distancing stay for now, say most agents

It may be ‘Freedom Day’ but it looks certain that many estate agents will still wear masks in offices today and...

19 July 2021

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Rebrand for agency as it shifts from branches to hybrid

Spicerhaart - which is increasingly shifting its activities towards agents operating away from traditional branches - has redesigned its boards in...

19 July 2021

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Records tumble after Rightmove reports busiest ever half-year

The busiest first half of a year ever recorded by Rightmove has led to a raft of new records for the...

19 July 2021

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Agency whistleblowers receive new guidance from watchdog

New guidance has been issued by the Competitions and Markets Authority for whistleblowers who want to report anti-competitive practices by their...

19 July 2021

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Top Tories set up firm to buy back former council houses

Former Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond and strategist Sir Lynton Crosby - the architect of many Conservative election campaigns -...

19 July 2021

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Market boom partly down to richest house movers

A new analysis off the housing market suggests that the current frenzy is down partly to activity in the most expensive...

19 July 2021

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Professional marketing sells homes quicker and for more - survey

Properties with professional marketing packs sell up to 48 per cent quicker than those without, according to an experiment conducted by...

16 July 2021

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 Are EPCs set to become more important in future?

Initiatives by property portal Residential People and mortgage lenders Paragon Bank and Foundation Home Loans help people to find, buy or...

16 July 2021

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Property Logbooks - call for official legal recognition

A call has gone out for Property Logbooks to receive official recognition as “digital assets” by the Law Commission: the move...

16 July 2021

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Why Work? House values rise more than salaries in much of UK

Over a fifth of properties have risen in value by more than the average salary according to a calculation made by...

16 July 2021

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Controversial Modern Method of Auction claims “consumer confidence”

The largest player in the Modern Method of Auction sector says there is growing consumer confidence in the way the system...

16 July 2021

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Agents Do Charity - it’s lights out and away we go…

It’s British Grand Prix weekend, one of the big events on the sporting calendar and this year back with a full...

16 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Forgotten mortgage problem could derail housing market - warning

The end of a largely-forgotten mortgage initiative connected with the pandemic could end up derailing the current strong housing market, agents...

15 July 2021

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Online agencies’ market share creeps up thanks to richer sellers

The market share of the online and hybrid agencies combined has risen to 8.1 per cent in the second quarter of...

15 July 2021

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Housing market still red hot despite stamp duty holiday taper

The housing market across the country shows little or no sign of cooling despite the end of the main stamp duty...

15 July 2021

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Major agency network signs up to ESTAS review service

The reviews element of the ESTAS Group has signed a two year deal with Hunters. The agreement means Hunters - now part...

15 July 2021

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Virtual auctions set to remain despite restrictions being relaxed

Property auctioneer Auction House has recorded its best first half results in its 14-year history, and says it’s going to continue...

15 July 2021

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Another agency expands network as London market recovers

London agency Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward is opening four new branches this year. KFH recently opened new lettings offices in Brook Green...

15 July 2021

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Virtual viewings supplier quantifies apparent savings to agents

A supplier of virtual viewings claims physical viewings cost £233 of an agent’s time on average - and that’s without fuel...

15 July 2021

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Savills agent arrested by police over racist tweet

Greater Manchester Police have arrested the Savills estate agent who allegedly posted a racist tweet about black England football stars after...

14 July 2021

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Agency chief demands action now over racism in the industry

A prominent London estate agency owner wants an industry anti-racism campaign to counter what she describes as the “discrimination and prejudice...

14 July 2021

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Online company launches “innovative” Agency In A Box concept

An online estate agency is launching a quasi franchise operation it calls Agency In A Box and claims applicants will “effectively”...

14 July 2021

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New resi agency to be opened by commercial property specialist

A commercial property agency in London says it will open a residential sales and lettings operation this year. Bermondsey-based Henshall & Partners...

14 July 2021

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New team to promote agents’ franchise opportunities

A new team of managers at one of the country’s best known franchise brands hopes to promote the concept amongst agents. Hunters...

14 July 2021

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Mortgage bonanza as choice grows and rates tumble

The signs are that even with the stamp duty holiday tapering to a close at the end of the summer, the...

14 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Wealthy home owners benefit most from pandemic economic fallout

The Covid-19 crisis has been marked by so-called high-wealth households amassing savings and benefitting from rising house prices far more than...

14 July 2021

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Criticism of agency over racist tweet controversy - but is it fair?

There is growing criticism of Savills on social media following the controversy over a racist tweet apparently sent from the personal...

13 July 2021

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Anti-Rashford comment - Government housing chief apologises

One of the most senior politicians involved in the property industry is embroiled in a row over her anti-Marcus Rashford social...

13 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents’ face masks to remain under new guidance for July 19

New guidance has been issued to agents as the government confirms that most remaining Coronavirus restrictions are to be lifted from...

13 July 2021

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket takes on Rightmove and Zoopla with new market survey

OnTheMarket, which until now has lagged behind the leading two portals in terms of consumer-facing housing market information, has today launched...

13 July 2021

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ZPG snaps up access to more of the house-buying process

RVU - the ZPG-owned company that already owns Zoopla and independently-run price comparison and financial services - has acquired online mortgage broker Mojo...

13 July 2021

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Hooked: Agent uses property's prostitution past as marketing peg

A property that used to house one of London’s best known prostitutes - and which carries a blue plaque celebrating her...

13 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Racist Tweet: Agent suspended, Police now investigating

The police have now received complaints about the tweet believed to have been sent from a personal account of a Savills...

12 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Estate agency issues statement over racist football tweet

High end agency Savills is conducting “a full investigation” into a racist tweet posted overnight. A Savills statement posted on Twitter this...

12 July 2021

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Purplebricks to launch local marketing blitz after Olympics

Purplebricks is to launch an extensive marketing campaign after this summer’s Olympics to emphasise the local knowledge of its 600 agents...

12 July 2021

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Strike names ex-Foxtons chief in senior role, as new TV ad debuts

Strike - which over the weekend announced a new £11m investment package - has now revealed it has a new chief...

12 July 2021

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Agency says new office should be called a boutique, not a branch

An estate agency is opening a large new office in London which it claims will be “very different” to the traditional...

12 July 2021

From: Breaking News

EUROS: Heartache and tears - our Agent’s Report

A 3-2 loss on penalties. It’s sad and disappointing - desperately. Yet that gives way to pride when England’s performance across the whole...

12 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents’ Offices: masks no longer required - announcement soon

Agents are to be told this week that employees can drop face masks, social distancing and other workplace measures put in...

12 July 2021

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“Exceptional” agents thanked for advertising in print supplement

Is print dead as an advertising medium for estate agents? Many have suggested it is, thanks to the rise and rise of...

12 July 2021

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Channel 4 and finance chief sink millions into online agency

Channel 4 Ventures is one of a number of investors who have collectively put the equivalent of £11m into the online...

09 July 2021

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Lights! Camera! Estate Agent! - Oscar winner’s son joins hybrid

The son of an Oscar winner has been named as the latest estate agent working under the easyProperty banner. Damian Wanstall is...

09 July 2021

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Agents told to emphasise their local expertise to win business

Estate agents are being advised to emphasise to customers that they are local experts. “Show [the public] that you really know your...

09 July 2021

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Portal introduces ‘green filter’ for searches by EPC rating

Free to list portal Residential People has launched a filter allowing users to sort properties by EPC rating.  The new ‘Energy Efficiency...

09 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Over third of a million homes are long term empty

There are currently 341,419 homes across England, Scotland and Wales that have been vacant for at least six months.  Collectively, these homes...

09 July 2021

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Supply not rising fast enough to meet demand - senior agent

A leading agent says the supply of homes coming to the market is still insufficient to match demand. London estate agent Jeremy...

09 July 2021

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Agents Do Charity - as England prepares…

As the country prepares to cheer on England (can we speak for the other UK nations too?) here’s a look at...

09 July 2021

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Estate agency groups bag £88m in dramatic sell-off

Two of Britain's largest agency groups have sold their stakes in a property search firm. Both LSL and Connells have announced the sale...

08 July 2021

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Revolutionary tech platform slashes time taken to sell a home

Coadjute, the long-awaited real-time network which uses Blockchain technology to sell a property, is launched today with its first property deal...

08 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Foxtons chairman quits, blaming Brexit and Covid for poor performance

Foxtons’ chairman and longest-serving board member is to stand down at the end of this year at the latest, after a...

08 July 2021

From: Breaking News

They think it’s all over - is the housing boom at an end?

The Halifax is reporting a 0.5 per cent monthly drop in house prices, plus a fall in the annual rate from...

08 July 2021

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England player is early graduate of estate agency academy

A former England international is an early graduate of a new estate agency academy in Yorkshire. Rebecca Rayner, a former England under-18...

08 July 2021

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EUROS: England bite back against Great Danes - our Agent Report

How are the fingernails? After a tense night and with England destined for their first international tournament final in 55 years...

08 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Veteran agent’s new role “to make house buying less bureaucratic”

Veteran agent and property consultant Dominic Grace, who recently left Savills after 37 years, is to take up a new role...

08 July 2021

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A third of sellers consider using Purplebricks, claims agency

The chief executive of Purplebricks says research into pricing strategies has suggested around a third of sellers at least consider using...

07 July 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today – Why has overhaul of buying and selling still not happened?

The government and property industry have been talking about it for a long time, and there have been numerous initiatives introduced...

07 July 2021

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Disgraced agent’s accomplice charged over Chris Whitty incident

The second man to appear in a notorious video showing an estate agent accosting Professor Chris Whitty has now been charged...

07 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Brexit to increase anti-money laundering red tape, agents expect

The industry is braced for more anti-money laundering compliance processes according to a risk consultancy. LexisNexis Risk Solutions claims its survey shows...

07 July 2021

From: Breaking News

London agency enjoys strongest-ever half-year business

A leading agency in the capital says it’s seen its strongest ever half year of trading. According to Chestertons’ latest market analysis,...

07 July 2021

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Warning against “hasty ill-considered decisions” by buyers under pressure

A conveyancing services firm is warning that buyers are making “hasty rather than considered” decisions over properties because they feel under...

07 July 2021

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Purplebricks to offer money-back guarantee if homes don’t sell

Purplebricks has addressed its critics on house sales by pledging to return vendors’ upfront fees if the agency fails to find...

06 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Zoopla’s new adverts improve click-through rate five-fold - claim

Zoopla has launched a new advertising innovation which it says will help both agents and housebuilders as they seek to capitalise...

06 July 2021

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Digital signatures key to modernising agent work - Reapit director

Digital signatures are not new but the relative slowness with which they have been adopted by the industry is disappointing, according...

06 July 2021

From: Breaking News

London agency renamed as Connells-owned Hamptons

A north London new homes agency is to rebrand as Connells-owned Hamptons. Lanes New Homes has been owned by Hamptons for some...

06 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Agencies and businesses need not work from home from July 19 - PM

From July 19 it is likely that business owners, including agencies and industry suppliers, will no longer have to ask staff...

06 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Bankrupt took hundreds of thousands ‘to build retirement home’

A bankrupt builder from Devon persuaded pensioners to pay him £271,000 to construct a home - but his poor workmanship has...

06 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Tax windfall for estate agents working from home during pandemic

Agency staff who worked from home at any point during the pandemic - even for just one day - can still...

05 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks to reveal new pricing after two years of trials

Purplebricks will this week reveal the result of almost two years of trials into a new pricing structure.  The details will come...

05 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - this summer’s movers and shakers…

It may be the height of summer but the industry is still super-busy and new appointments continue to come thick and...

05 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent accosting Whitty was “unacceptable” say trade bodies

The industry’s two leading trade bodies have spoken out about the incident in which an agent accosted England’s chief medical officer,...

05 July 2021

From: Breaking News

EUROS: Let Us Enterkane You - our latest Agent's Report

Have you recovered yet?  We don’t mean the hangover, but the shock from the fact that England never gave their fans cause...

05 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Record business reported by major estate agencies

Several estate agencies have reported record months of business thanks to the rush of transactions ahead of the main stamp duty...

05 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent who accosted Whitty charged with common assault

The estate agent who accosted England's chief medical officer, Professor Chris Whitty, has been charged with common assault. Lewis Hughes, 23 and...

02 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour condemns “failed approach” of stamp duty holiday

Labour says the stamp duty holiday is an example of the government’s “failed approach” to home ownership and housing affordability. Labour’s Shadow...

02 July 2021

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Online agency to recruit 80 as it expands ‘free sale’ offer

Online estate agency Strike - which used to be HouseSimple - is expanding its sell-for-free service out across the Midlands and...

02 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Bonanza: record sales in every sector last month month

Knight Frank claims that the number of UK property transactions in June is on track to be the highest on record.  Although...

02 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Result! Agent offers no-fee deal during Euro 2020 (if England wins)

All eyes on Rome this weekend as England face Ukraine on their way - we hope - to winning Euro 2020. Some...

02 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents urged to train to get most from existing PropTech

A PropTech entrepreneur is urging agents to maximise their training on existing PropTech to ensure they optimise its effectiveness. Anton Babkov, chief...

02 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity (but probably not on Saturday evening)

There’s no need for excuses if you’re not fund raising for good causes on Saturday evening - tens of millions will...

02 July 2021

From: Breaking News

“Thug” estate agent sacked for accosting Professor Chris Whitty

An estate agent has been sacked after being identified as one of two people accosting England's chief medical officer, Professor Chris Whitty. A...

01 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Tragedy as well-known industry expert dies suddenly

The founder and managing director of FCS Compliance, Jerry Walters, has died suddenly. A statement from the company says he died during...

01 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Fall throughs stay static as stamp duty deadline passes

Rightmove estimates that 1.3m buyers have benefitted from the stamp duty holidays across Great Britain since they were announced in July...

01 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Imagine there’s no stamp duty - It’s easy if you try…

A third of owners would consider moving more regularly if the stamp duty holiday on the first £500,000 of a purchase...

01 July 2021

From: Breaking News

New NAEA President aims to champion professionalism

New NAEA Propertymark president Liana Loporto-Brown has assumed office, hoping to reset the organisation after a tumultuous year. In February chief executive...

01 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed - the reasons why most fall throughs happen…

The leading reason for property sales falling through is gazumping, according to new research from Comparethemarket. Over the past year, nearly two-fifths of...

01 July 2021

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket shareholders’ meeting to be virtual - probably

OnTheMarket’s annual general meeting date has been set for later this month - and it’s likely to be virtual despite expected...

01 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Seven rogue sales and lettings agencies expelled by Ombudsman

No fewer than seven estate and lettings agencies have been expelled from The Property Ombudsman scheme today. Most of them are now...

30 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Holiday has overstayed its welcome says top agency

Average house prices have risen by £29,000 over the course of the stamp duty holiday as house price annual inflation hits...

30 June 2021

From: Breaking News

EUROS: Agent Match Report - is football really finally coming home?

So, who would have thought it? England finally beat Germany in a knockout game at a major competition - and it...

30 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Flipping no longer an option thanks to market frenzy, says agent

An online agent operating in the Midlands says the idea of flipping property is a thing of the past thanks to...

30 June 2021

From: Breaking News

App claims to instantly arrange viewings on leads for agents

Property portal app MoveStreets says the latest upgrade to its app sends leads to agents’ inboxes and allows users to instantly arrange...

30 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Central London stagnation as it awaits foreign buyers - agency

High end agency Savills says prime central London remains “relatively subdued” ahead of the return of foreign travel and overseas buyers. PCL...

30 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Developers defend Help To Buy’s cost to taxpayers

A new analysis claims Help To Buy has improved building volumes and has not been a drain on taxpayers. The scheme which...

30 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents begin the process of becoming more important than Rightmove

For many, paying money to use an estate agent is primarily because that company has a database of buyers or tenants....

30 June 2021

From: Breaking News

High profile online agency founder splits from company

One of the highest profile supporters of the online estate agency concept has quit the company he founded. Akshay Ruparelia, who is...

29 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty frenzy proves need to automate sales process - claim

The frenzy of activity in the housing market thanks to the stamp duty holiday shows the need for automated processes to...

29 June 2021

From: Breaking News

For Sale Boards - out of date or the agent’s best friend?

The debate over For Sale and To Let boards continues apace with some local councils wanting to make it difficult or...

29 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents’ commission income rises up to 10% claims website

Estate agency comparison website GetAgent has calculated the typical fees charged to vendors in different parts of the country. It says agents...

29 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Property solicitor warns of Knotweed derailing house sales

A company supplying data to conveyancers and other property professionals warns that Japanese Knotweed is a bigger headache than usual this summer. A wet and frosty spring,...

29 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Propertymark’s names non-execs from outside property world

Propertymark has named two new non-executive directors described as having “a wealth of knowledge and independence.” A statement says their appointments “will expand...

29 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Home ownership ‘cause of inter-generational strife’ - claim

The distribution of home ownership across different generations has been a cause of strife according to a think-tank. The Resolution Foundation’s latest...

29 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Fake estate agency reviews: Watchdog probes Google and Amazon

The Competititon and Markets Authority says it’s to look into reviews on Google and Amazon, and see whether the online giants...

28 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Self-employed agency concept likely to fail, warns leading agent

The self-employed agency model will not be successful in the UK because the commission in this country is so low. That’s the...

28 June 2021

From: Breaking News