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Tale of our times: flat sells after 575 days at £111,500 below asking price

The Money editor of The Mirror newspaper has finally sold a home he first put on the market in late 2016...

21 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Asking prices may have to be cut as hybrid agency reveals 'reality gap'

A major hybrid agency says there is a huge ‘reality gap’ between the typical asking price of homes on sale and the...

21 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents clash over whether prime London still appeals to investors

Prime London’s transactions are now the preserve of so-called ‘needs-based buyers’ and not investors according to high-end agency Knight Frank -...

21 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Fund for tragic agent who died aged 27 has now hit £500,000 target

A fund set up in memory of a 27 year old estate agent, who died of cancer just weeks after his...

21 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Anti-money laundering checks can be conducted remotely via app

A new anti-money laundering app has been launched which allows agents to conduct checks remotely.  The app allows access from devices -...

21 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Why rent? It's now cheaper to buy than rent in every UK region

Potential first-time buyers in every area of the UK would have lower monthly outgoings if they bought a property rather than...

20 June 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Can Viewber become an essential part of the agent toolbox?

What a big week for PropTech! With the very first MIPIM PropTech conference, taking place in Paris today and tomorrow, comes...

20 June 2018

From: Breaking News

More gloom and doom: economists say market won't improve this year

The housing market “is clearly currently struggling to gain traction” and any real upturn ”will remain elusive over the coming months”...

20 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Right To Buy: top agency hints at need for 'fundamental review'

Savills has suggested that it may be time for a fundamental review of what’s left of the flagship policy of Margaret...

20 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Sequence auction house amends advert after watchdog intervenes

One of the country’s largest auction houses has had to amend an advertisement on its website after an intervention by the...

20 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Referral Fees may be banned following Trading Standards survey

National Trading Standards Estate Agency Team and two of the three industry redress organisations have launched a survey to measure the...

19 June 2018

From: Breaking News

New online firm charges 0.75% fee on completion with no contract period

A new online agency has started charging only 0.75 per cent commission, payable only on completion, with no VAT and no...

19 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Kane so able but England so frustrating! Our guest reviewer’s verdict...

So what did you think of the match? A deserved 2-1 win or a lucky victory snatched from the jaws of...

19 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Huge 90% vote to ban new-build second homes in another hotspot

There’s been a landslide vote to ban new-build second homes in another tourist hotspot. Some 90 per cent of those who voted...

19 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Brexit is now single biggest worry for property industry - claim

A survey of owner-occupiers, landlords, property investors and insolvency practitioners has revealed that Brexit is the single biggest concern when it...

19 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Boost for Purplebricks as fund manager Woodford increases his stake

The famed fund manager Neil Woodford has increased his stake in hybrid agency Purplebricks, which last week announced an expansion of...

18 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Foxtons off-the-scale manic and hyper-aggressive (well, it used to be)

The former managing director of Foxtons, Peter Rollings, has spilled the beans on what it was like working at the heart...

18 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Up, up and up again - Rightmove asking prices rise despite sales dip

The average asking price of newly marketed property continues to rise according to Rightmove - and this is despite a dip...

18 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - all the latest industry moves ...

Hello - if it’s Monday, it must be Property Jobs Today, your chance to see a snapshot of the key moves...

18 June 2018

From: Breaking News

NAEA and ARLA Presidents - no surprises as 'next in line' take office

ARLA and the NAEA have appointed their new presidents - and as usual they are the presidents-elect, named a year ago. Mark...

18 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks announces major expansion of its US business

Purplebricks is expanding its US activities by entering the markets of Las Vegas, Nevada and Phoenix, in the state of Arizona. A...

15 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Do online bosses use High Street agencies to sell their own homes?

Whisper it quietly, but it may be that some bosses of online agencies used traditional High Street companies to sell their...

15 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Pioneering digital search service to be launched by Land Registry

A new digital search service is being launched next month by HM Land Registry, marking the latest phase in its attempt...

15 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Another key Countrywide figure returns to the company

One of the best known and respected country agents has returned to Countrywide after 12 months working with Arun Estates.  Jill Bennetts...

15 June 2018

From: Breaking News

More payroll giving success for London estate agency

Chestertons has again been recognised for its success in engaging employees with the Payroll Giving fundraising initiative. The Payroll Giving Quality Mark...

15 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - end-to-end stuff for good causes...

The World Cup may be entertaining us for the next few weeks but whatever England’s fate may be, one thing is...

15 June 2018

From: Breaking News

‘Unknown' online agency has 2,500 listings and best-ever month

The young entrepreneur behind Doorsteps, the estate agency that deliberately avoids the huge marketing razzamatazz of other online companies, says his...

14 June 2018

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket now has 9,000 agency branches signed up

OnTheMarket now has listing agreements with over 9,000 estate agency branches - that's another 500 or so since its previous release...

14 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency boss tells redundant shop workers they should 'join us'

The managing director of independent agency network Spicerhaart says shop workers who are unemployed because of the latest round of retail...

14 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Major online agencies unaffected by Supreme Court ruling

Major online agencies appear to be unaffected by yesterday’s Supreme Court decision over workers' rights in the so-called 'gig economy'.  Yesterday’s case concerned...

14 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Prices still rising but growth continues to slow, official figures show

Government figures are the latest to show that house prices are still going up - but with a reduced rate of...

14 June 2018

From: Breaking News

All-expenses trip to New York: now THAT'S an estate agency bonus...

Over 100 ‘top achievers’ from Connells Group have just enjoyed an all-expenses paid trip to New York as a thank you...

14 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Online and traditional auction houses slug it out for dominance

The rivalry between online and traditional property auction companies continues apace with one high profile player from each camp claiming major...

14 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Take that! High Street agency attacks online firms over 'issues'

One of the country’s best known regional traditional agencies, Pygott and Crone, has used a promotion in local news outlets to...

13 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Cuts in asking prices reach six-year peak as market may be stalling

More stock and longer times on the market are combining to create a surge in asking price reductions according to a...

13 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Tragedy as Suzy Lamplugh's father dies without knowing who killed her

Paul Lamplugh, the father of estate agent Suzy who was presumed murdered 33 years ago, has died - tragically, without ever...

13 June 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Corporate living? No thanks

The pace of change is extraordinary. As we reach the middle of one conversation, rumblings of the next already begin. I think...

13 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Watchdog intervenes over agency’s portal advertising claim

The Advertising Standards Authority has intervened after receiving a complaint about a website and online advertisement for the Howard Cundey agency. The...

13 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Shocking new figures show scale of sales slump, especially in London

The proportion of homes sold in London was lower than any other part of England and Wales last year according to...

12 June 2018

From: Breaking News

GDPR Weekly: How should you remove data from your system?

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) - which replaces the Data Protection Act 1998 - has now become effective and is...

12 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Success for The ValPal Network as it teams up with Reapit

Clients of software provider Reapit can now integrate with leading sharing and online valuation service The ValPal Network. The objective is to help Reapit...

12 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency group revs up with £20m deal to replace 1,100-car fleet

Spicerhaart is reported to be replacing its fleet of 1,100 cars over the next three years with BMWs.  Much of its current fleet...

12 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Online auction house proves cynics wrong - and says more will follow

An auction house says it was “scoffed at” four years ago when it began offering online options to customers - but...

12 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Agent to face trail - he denies lying over sales information

It is understood that an estate agent from Cornwall is to face trial over allegations that he misled potential customers over...

11 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Strewth! Purplebricks investigated by another Australian watchdog

News media in Australia say Purplebricks is the subject of an investigation by a consumer watchdog in the province of Western...

11 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Wanted: agents who fancy themselves as World Cup pundits ...

Here’s your chance to release the inner John Motson - write your interpretation of how England performs in each match of...

11 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency shuts after 30 years to concentrate on legal services

An Oxfordshire estate agency is shutting up shop at the end of this week in order to allow its parent company...

11 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - all the latest industry moves...

Hello and welcome to this week’s PJT, and although we’re well into the summer season now there are still plenty of...

11 June 2018

From: Breaking News

The Rightmove money machine - is it running out of steam?

A leading property industry analysts says Rightmove may be amongst the top portals in the industry worldwide, but it is facing...

08 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Expanded Emoov now one of the UK's top seven agencies, says Quirk

Russell Quirk, chief executive of Emoov, says his agency is now one of the top seven in the UK following its...

08 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency on a mission - family-run firm pledges profits for the homeless

A London estate agency run by a brother and sister is trying something completely now - it pledges to use some...

08 June 2018

From: Breaking News

House prices still rising but market is softening, Halifax figures show

Prices grew at a faster than expected rate last month according to the Halifax House Price Index, which has reported a...

08 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity (and sorry, we mention Donald Trump this week...)

We have the presidential seal of approval for our Agents Do Charity this week - well, sort of, but we don’t mean...

08 June 2018

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket reveals financial losses but fast-growing agents and traffic

OnTheMarket’s first formal annual figures released since its flotation reveal losses in what it describes as its “transformational year” but also...

07 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Uproar over new property portal claiming some agents as 'partners'

The entrepreneur behind a free-to-list property portal claiming support from 17 estate agencies has defended the description of them as ‘partners’ -...

07 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Sales market - biggest rise in new listings for at least 18 months

May saw the highest number of new sellers list their properties in any single month for at least 18 months, claims...

07 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Portal data and weak pound help London agent target Chinese buyers

London estate agency Kay & Co says it is targeting Chinese buyers following research data produced by a portal. The China property...

07 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Latest survey of experts blames Brexit again for London market woe

A poll of housing market experts suggests London house prices are likely to fall this year as a result of Brexit...

07 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Free-to-list property portal launched for estate agents

A property portal that describes itself as free-to-list has launched today, taking the industry by surprise - however, at least one...

06 June 2018

From: Breaking News

‘Online growth slow but agents should hedge their bets’ - ePropServices chief

The head of eProp Services, parent company of easyProperty, says growth in the online sector is slower than expected - but that...

06 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Has OnTheMarket performed? We're about to find out...

OnTheMarket has announced to the City and its shareholders that it’s to reveal its annual results tomorrow - the first such...

06 June 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: What’s the true value of an estate agent in the world of tech?

Is there really any true value to an estate agent in our current climate? Will there be a role for traditional agents...

06 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Housing Minister Raab's speech seen as key to Theresa May's future

It may seem innocuous enough but a speech at a party by pro-Brexit housing minister Dominic Raab is being interpreted by...

06 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Auctions big themselves up despite challenging sales market

Major auction companies continue to claim successes despite the challenging housing market. Auction House says a recent auction of London properties produced...

06 June 2018

From: Breaking News

easyProperty names new agency chief as online shake-out continues

The online agency shake-out and consolidation continues apace. Former YOPA director Russell Humphrey has been named as the managing director of estate...

05 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Sarah Beeny back in the boardroom, saying online agents will grab 70% share

TV property expert Sarah Beeny says she expects online agencies to take 70 per cent market share in the future -...

05 June 2018

From: Breaking News

It's not just Purplebricks - another agency boasts thousands of Trustpilot reviews

It’s not just Purplebricks that makes much of its apparently- favourable online reviews - now EweMove has issued a statement expressing...

05 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers may have to publish prices, services and reviews

As the process of making buying and selling more transparent continues to gather pace, the body that regulates conveyancers says it...

05 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks under scrutiny as US watchdog discusses online agencies

The Federal Trade Commission - the US equivalent of the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority - will today discuss how the...

05 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Cluttons to concentrate on its UK business after Savills' Mid-East acquisition

Cluttons - which a year ago was bought out of pre-pack administration by a so-called ‘turnaround’ business, RCapital - has now...

05 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: new firm selling off-market homes starts hunt for agents

Estate Agent Today can reveal that a new property firm is being launched specialising solely in the sale of off-market homes...

04 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Claims resurface of agents urging buyers to use preferred mortgage brokers

A magazine which earlier this year claimed that two big corporates pressured customers to use their preferred mortgage brokers has now...

04 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide launches 'share save' discount scheme for employees

It’s been revealed that Countrywide has offered its staff a ‘share save’ scheme which allows them to purchase shares in the...

04 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - all the latest industry moves...

Hello and welcome to this week’s PJT - this is the first edition for a fortnight as last Monday was a...

04 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Controversial Labour MP says property better than pensions for retirement

A Labour MP who has in the past been fiercely critical of estate and lettings agents now says that property is...

04 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Agent battered by GDPR tells government: Cut the red tape!

An outspoken estate agent has given the government a clear message - get off our backs , ease the red tape...

01 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Sexual assault on estate agent leads to pensioner's prison term

A pensioner who committed sexual assaults on two women - one of them an estate agent - has been sent to...

01 June 2018

From: Breaking News

First timers still have obstacles to buying, insists leading estate agent

One of the country’s leading experts on the housing market says first time buyers are still hampered from purchasing homes despite...

01 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Wealthy older homeowners - pensioners are now better-off than ever

The average over-65 homeowner in Britain has seen her or his property wealth gain £159,000 – or £7,000 annually - in...

01 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - from front doors to wild gardens...

Hello and welcome to this week’s Agents Do Charity - and just because it’s half term, don’t think the industry has...

01 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Online 'merger' is really an acquisition by Emoov says TV Dragon James Caan

The so-called ‘merger’ of Emoov, Tepilo and a lettings firm is actually an acquisition by Emoov of the other two companies. That's...

31 May 2018

From: Breaking News

One click and it's sold - new platform allows 'instant' buy to let sales

A new online platform claims agents can now offer people a chance to buy a property with, literally, just one click...

31 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Top agent says corruption crackdown is deterring super-wealthy foreign buyers

One of London’s best known high-end estate agents, Gary Hersham, says corruption crackdowns in this country and overseas may be deterring...

31 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Daytime dogging is a myth (and other secrets of a good estate agency video)

Apologies for the eye-catching headline but it fits in well with an attention-grabbing video put together by property PR expert Jerry...

31 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide short-listed for 'best employee benefits' award

Countrywide is one of three organisations short-listed for a prestigious ‘Employee Benefits of the Year’ award. The award celebrates in-house staff benefits...

31 May 2018

From: Breaking News

ZPG's Hometrack sell-off gets green light from Aussie regulator

ZPG’s sell-off of the Australian arm of housing data company Hometrack to REA Group, a multinational digital firm specialising in portals and...

31 May 2018

From: Breaking News

New merged online agency said to be second only to Purplebricks

The long-awaited merger of Tepilo and Emoov is reported to have been confirmed this afternoon and in with them goes online lettings...

30 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Almost half of agency branches have listing agreements with OnTheMarket

Property portal OnTheMarket has announced that it now has listing agreements with over 8,500 estate and letting agency branches.  It says that...

30 May 2018

From: Breaking News

A seller’s market returns - demand rises as supply falls

The housing market has swung back in favour of property sellers, according to the latest data from estate agents. NAEA Propertymark's Housing...

30 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Bank of Mum and Dad remains open and contributes towards 25% of purchases

The Bank of Mum and Dad will provide funding towards around a quarter of property purchases this year, according to research. By...

30 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Recently-purchased Humberts announces new management structure

The new owner of Humberts has announced the new management structure of the rural estate agency which he bought out of...

30 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Asking price reductions on the rise as market loses momentum

Property sellers in the South of England are having to accept asking reductions in order to achieve a sale.  Data from Hometrack...

30 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Buyers are overpaying the stamp duty surcharge, says national agency

National estate agency Jackson-Stops claims that the 3% stamp duty surcharge on additional homes is still confusing buyers, despite being in...

29 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Housing association launches online agency with full-service option

A housing association has launched its own online agency which offers to sell vendors' homes for £275. Capsel Homes, based in Mamhilad,...

29 May 2018

From: Breaking News

GDPR Weekly: How often should you ask customers to update preferences?

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) - which replaces the Data Protection Act 1998 - has now become effective and is...

29 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Portals' apathy for virtual viewings is stifling consumer engagement

A leading agent has urged major portals Rightmove, Zoopla and OnTheMarket to feature virtual viewings content more prominently on their platforms. Writing...

29 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Estate agent threatened with legal action over fundraising banners

An estate agency has been threatened with legal action by its local council for displaying fundraising event banners above its office. Country...

29 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Broken chains are biggest cause of fall throughs, costing buyers millions

Breakdowns within property chains are the most common cause of fall throughs, according to a new study. Over the last ten years,...

25 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Agent transaction solution to go 'global' after raising £3m

A PropTech startup which claims to revolutionise the speed at which property transactions can be processed has officially launched this week. When...

25 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Which occupation can afford the most homes in the UK's major cities?

A study of house price affordability has revealed that train drivers can afford a greater proportion of homes in the UK's...

25 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Sotheby’s International Realty launches first 'agent-branded' augmented reality app

Sotheby's International Realty has launched what it claims to be the first 'real estate-branded' augmented reality (AR) app. 'Curate', which is now...

25 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - on foot, by raffle and caked in mud

As we move towards another Bank Holiday Weekend, there is no shortage of phenomenal fundraising efforts from those in our industry.  If...

25 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Average house prices fall in all but one English region

Average property prices fell in all but one English region during March, according to the latest official UK House Price Index. Overall,...

24 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Cash trolleys, Porsches and pampering - buyers' desperate acts revealed

To demonstrate the lengths some buyers will go to make sure their offer is accepted, NAEA Propertymark has asked its agent...

24 May 2018

From: Breaking News

ZPG sale to US tech firm expected to complete next quarter

Zoopla Property Group (ZPG) has confirmed that it expects its sale to Silver Lake to complete in Q3 2018. As part of...

24 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Hunters opens Mid Wales office as it continues expanding west

National franchise agency Hunters has announced the opening of its latest branch in the Welsh town of Llandrindod Wells. The agency's third...

24 May 2018

From: Breaking News

'Perfect storm' for agents involved in retirement housing sales

The retirement housing sector has increased its market share considerably in the last two years, creating a 'perfect storm' for estate...

24 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Top agent continues media fightback and needs your heroic stories

Respected industry spokesperson Kristjan Byfield is continuing his fightback against the negative coverage of the agency industry in the mainstream press...

23 May 2018

From: Breaking News

London vs the rest of the UK - first-time buyers spending double

Average first-time buyers in London spend double the amount paid by those across the rest of Britain. A typical London buyer now...

23 May 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Letting my flat – who won, tech or traditional?

Well last week was interesting. The column about my decision to put the property on with a letting agent went viral.  This was...

23 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Property listings with video tours receive 'hundreds more views' – claim

An estate agent claims that online property listings which include video tours receive 'hundreds more views' than those without. Dan Killeen of...

23 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Confidence is returning to the housing market, says Zoopla

Research by Zoopla suggests that homeowners' confidence in the property market is on the rise.  The property website's latest Housing Market Sentiment...

23 May 2018

From: Breaking News

'Business as usual' for Humberts following sale to luxury holiday firm

It will be 'business as usual' for Humberts following the announcement of its sale to Natural Retreats, says the agency's new...

22 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Which hybrid agents and PropTech firms made the top 100 startups list?

Two online agents and a number of PropTech companies have been named in startups.co.uk's Startups 100 index. Coming in at number 64...

22 May 2018

From: Breaking News

GDPR Weekly: Granular and delineated databases explained

Coming into force on May 25, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) - which replaces the Data Protection Act 1998 -...

22 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers counter claim of a stagnant housing market

Despite numerous reports of a 'stagnant market' and predictions of a 'housing bust', conveyancers have 'bounced back after a disappointing end...

22 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Sellers cash in as buyers are increasingly willing to pay above asking price

Property sellers in Scotland are profiting from buyers' willingness to pay above asking price for a home.  This is according to portal...

22 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Humberts purchaser revealed as Natural Retreats

It has today been announced that the Natural Retreats group has purchased Humberts. The entirety of Humberts has been included in the...

21 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Asking prices at an all-time high, but sales have dipped - Rightmove

The latest data from Rightmove indicates that the average national asking price has reached another all-time high of £308,075 following a...

21 May 2018

From: Breaking News

High street agents come out fighting against online threat

Two high street estate agents have used the medium of the local press to come out fighting against the threat of...

21 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Reapit increases market dominance with latest acquisition

Reapit has announced the acquisition of Resource Techniques in a bid to strengthen its position in the agency software market. Resource Techniques,...

21 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today – this week’s movers and shakers revealed

Welcome back to Property Jobs Today - EAT's weekly roundup of all the big moves going on in our industry. If you...

21 May 2018

From: Breaking News

New land tax has huge impact on average house prices

The introduction of the Land Transaction Tax (LTT) to replace stamp duty in Wales has had a significant impact on house...

21 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Revealed - How portals and Purplebricks outperform high street agencies

A study of estate agencies and portals floated on the London Stock Exchange suggests that digital companies have shown much better...

18 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Century 21 UK slashes franchise price from £23,500 to £1,000

Century 21 UK is slashing the cost of becoming a franchisee for a six week period, cutting the price from £23,500...

18 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Crisis? What crisis? London agents' success stories defy market

High-end London chain Marsh & Parsons, part of the LSL Property Services empire, has opened in 30th office in Chiswick.  “Chiswick’s wonderful...

18 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Help To Buy equity loan users told to beware of falling house prices

Consumer body Which? is warning that those who used the Help To Buy equity loan to purchase their homes could face...

18 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - from Torbay to Malawi and all places in between

Our industry does great work for good causes not just in this country but around the world, as this week’s Agents...

18 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Worth a cool £16m - the teenager running an online agency

Akshay Ruparelia, the teenager who set up the Doorsteps online estate agency only 18 months ago, is now reported to be...

17 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Foxtons gives very gloomy trading update for sales and lettings

Foxtons has this morning given a gloomy trading update to the City and shareholders. In a statement issued at 7am it says:...

17 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Ombudsman: fewer complaints about sales but lettings disputes soar

The Property Ombudsman has issued its annual report for 2017 and there’s good news for the estate agency side of the...

17 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Corruption crackdown: RICS wants members to sign honesty pledge

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors is consulting members on the creation of a personal statement which they must sign to...

17 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Double whammy! Two top Property Press Awards for EAT's editor

Graham Norwood has scooped two accolades in the prestigious Property Press Awards for his work on Estate Agent Today and Letting...

17 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Foreign buyers may shun UK because of tax changes - claim

A new report suggests Capital Gains Tax changes coming into effect next year are worrying a large majority of wealthy overseas...

17 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Fraudulent sellers: solicitors must pay but should agents improve checks?

The Court of Appeal has overturned controversial fraud decisions which have a bearing on agents’ and conveyancers’ responsibilities for checking buyers’...

16 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Brexit worries 'putting a hold on buying' warns agency chief

The chief executive of Winkworth says the upcoming Brexit is creating uncertainty and causing buyers and investors to delay purchasing plans. Dominic Agace,...

16 May 2018

From: Breaking News

 PropTech Today: Selling my flat - even tech can’t help a quiet market

That’s it. I’ve given up. The lull has continued and it’s becoming quite a bore.  The price drop hasn’t worked. The revamped...

16 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Viewber expands offer by teaming up with keyholding service

Outsourced viewing operator Viewber is expanding its offer to agents by forming what it calls “a close technical cooperation” with keyholding...

16 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Remortgaging surge is another sign of slowing housing market

A service that tracks different types of mortgage demand reveals that remortgaging is on the rise while borrowing for new purchases...

16 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Utter Madness! - recruitment chief slams inflexible agencies

The chief of the UK’s longest-established estate agency recruitment consultancy has described the inflexibility of the industry towards people returning to...

15 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Going green: Agent sells car and instead walks and cycles everywhere

Estate agents don’t necessarily have the most eco-friendly image as an industry - but here’s one who’s really making a statement...

15 May 2018

From: Breaking News

GDPR Weekly: Do you need consent when taking customer details?

Coming into force on May 25, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) - which replaces the Data Protection Act 1998 -...

15 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Pssst! Derek! Now you can get your home marketed for free...

Online estate agencies are the centre of attention right now - but one of them seems to be seeking publicity in...

15 May 2018

From: Breaking News

New infrastructure tax - if it happens, will it hit house prices?

It went largely unreported when news broke last week but now the suggestion that home owners should pay a surcharge if...

15 May 2018

From: Breaking News

A revolution: 'Local agents may not survive much into next decade'

The prospect of technology transforming the selling and buying process, including more power for portals and especially online agents, dominated parts...

14 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Sellers losing thousands because of fall-throughs says group

One in five sellers suffer a fall-through costing them an average £2,700 - but many lose £5,000 or more. These are the...

14 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - and it's a bumper week for moves...

Hello and welcome to this week’s Property Jobs Today, our weekly feature on who’s moving where throughout our industry. And it’s...

14 May 2018

From: Breaking News

More London gloom as agency reports further price falls

Another high end estate agency is reporting difficulties in the London market with Knight Frank saying prices are down in both...

14 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Locked out: agent says stock shortage stops buyers buying

New data from Haart estate agency suggests that despite many homes sticking on the market, apparently would be buyers are locked...

14 May 2018

From: Breaking News

ZPG shares rocket 30% on news of sale to US tech firm

ZPG shares have rocketed up in value by 30 per cent this morning on the back of a £2.2 billion bid...

11 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Zoopla to be sold to US technology funds company

There's been a shock announcement that ZPG - operator of Zoopla, PrimeLocation and Hometrack, as well as uSwitch - has accepted a £2.2...

11 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Stand by - new wave of Purplebricks adverts on the way

Purplebricks is reported to have hired a new advertising agency to handle a “multi million pound” media campaign. The advertising industry weekly...

11 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Estate agency comparison site to advertise on TV

GetAgent, an estate agent comparison website, has won investment from a growth fund that also provides a 10 month advertising campaign on...

11 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Top Man! Mike Day celebrates 15 years as leading consultant

Mike Day, one of the best known and most popular figures in the agency business, is celebrating 15 years as one...

11 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Humberts sale ‘being agreed’ - but no name yet

 Humberts says it has settled on a buyer after receiving several offers for the troubled agency - although it has delayed identifying...

11 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Good news as mortgage arrears plummet to record low

The housing market may have seen some depressing figures of late but there’s good news about mortgage arrears - they’re at...

11 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - the Willy Wonka edition...

Hello and welcome to this week’s celebration of the industry’s fund-raising activities. Remember it’s easy to get publicity and additional support for...

11 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Channel 4 link to possible Emoov and Tepilo merger

Sky News says online estate agents Emoov and Tepilo are in talks about a ‎merger - and if it happens the...

10 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Sigh of relief as interest rate rise put off for now

The Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee has decided to keep the base rate unchanged at 0.5 per cent this month. The...

10 May 2018

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket - Is it now taking aim at Rightmove?

An online question-and-answer article with OnTheMarket chief executive Ian Springett has suggested that its focus of criticism may be shifting from...

10 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Going down - prime London at risk of another 5% price fall

Strutt & Parker has repeated its warning that the market in prime central London could see a typical house price fall...

10 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide not in a rush to get a new chief executive

Countrywide is in no rush to appoint a new chief executive, following the experience of having Alison Platt in the post...

10 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Goldman Sachs pours millions into mortgage Tech project

Trussle, which describes itself as the UK’s first online mortgage broker, has won £13.6m in financing from international investors led by...

10 May 2018

From: Breaking News

A dreary housing market? Not for this auctioneer...

Recent figures from the mainstream housing market may suggest a disappointing performance so far this year but Auction House, the UK’s...

10 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Major estate agencies in secret project to try to end delays in chains

Estate Agent Today understands several major national agencies and some smaller operators are involved in a project to understand why transaction...

09 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Shock 3.1% house price drop 'but reality is more stable' insists the Halifax

House prices in the three months to the end of April were 2.2 per cent higher than in the same period...

09 May 2018

From: Breaking News

The Split - Agency sets up team to handle divorcing clients

London-focussed Buying agency Black Brick has launched a specialist service to cater for divorcing couples. The company - increasingly regarded by some...

09 May 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: UK PropTech Awards 2018 - the winners

There is a lull in my imminent flat sale. Just no activity at all, despite a price reduction!  So, I am forced...

09 May 2018

From: Breaking News

London's Marsh & Parsons names new CEO taking over from today

David Brown, the chief executive of London high-end agency Marsh & Parsons, is retiring with immediate effect.  The news came through late...

09 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Buyers need more help to get the best mortgage deal, says FCA

The Financial Conduct Authority says house buyers need more help to find the best priced and most appropriate mortgage deal for their...

09 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide chief says: We're not ruling out online forever

Countrywide’s Group Operations Director Paul Creffield - one of three figures now at the top of the organisation - says he...

08 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Online agencies grab more market share in past four months says analyst

One of the world’s leading agency and PropTech analysts says the race is on for who comes second in the UK’s...

08 May 2018

From: Breaking News

GDPR Weekly: Best practice for gaining consent

Coming into force on May 25, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) - which replaces the Data Protection Act 1998 -...

08 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Humberts expected to name buyer of troubled agency in next 48 hours

Estate Agent Today understands that Humberts will announce a possible buyer of some of its agency activities this week - on...

08 May 2018

From: Breaking News

£1m sales up but Brexit may be deterring buyers says Lloyd’s Bank

New data from a private bank shows a five per cent rise in the number of £1m-plus homes sold in 2017.  The...

08 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: UK estate agent fees 'are the lowest in the world'

Here’s some good news to take into the Bank Holiday weekend.  Research undertaken by Estate Agent Today suggests that fees charged by...

04 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Social media 'may be better than reviews to assess some estate agents'

Emoov founder Russell Quirk says that in some cases social media might give a more accurate picture of an estate agency’s...

04 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Portals: OTM links with Reapit, while ZPG gets boost for MoveIT tool

OnTheMarket has announced that industry software company Reapit is introducing a real time data feed for its clients to upload their properties...

04 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Estate agency adverts rank high in 'most complained about' league table

The annual report from the Advertising Standards Authority and the Committees of Advertising Practice, out today, shows that the estate and...

04 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Keep promise over leasehold reform, new Housing Secretary is urged

A leasehold reform campaigner has called on the government to ensure it publishes its report on leasehold reform before the summer recess at...

04 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - on a sunny Bank Holiday weekend...

Hello and welcome to our latest chronicle of fund-raising exploits by our industry: the onset of fine weather and the Bank...

04 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks: ‘We want to grow our business model around the world’

The UK chief executive of Purplebricks says his company has ambitions to roll out its business model all over the world. Lee...

03 May 2018

From: Breaking News

allAgents to relaunch portal - and is set to exclude Purplebricks

Review service allAgents has relaunched its property portal, saying it may become an agent-owned service and pledging to turn it into...

03 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Group of south east estate agencies rebranded under just one name

Several agencies operating under different brand names in south east England have been retitled under just one, called Alexander & Co.  This...

03 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Top regional agent wants industry to become more older-customer-friendly

A major regional agent is calling on others to join it in an initiative to create a more friendly and welcoming...

03 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Online auction houses claim bumper start to the year

New online auction house BidX1 says it has raised £2,087,000 from its second UK auction, posting a 70 per cent success...

03 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Humberts ‘inundated with offers’ - but some redundant employees unpaid

The managing director of troubled estate agency Humberts says he has been “inundated” with prospective buyers since news broke over last...

02 May 2018

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket says it now has 7,500 branches on board

OnTheMarket says it has now struck listing agreements with 7,500 agency branches, adding over 2,000 branches since floating on the London stock...

02 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Ombudsman: few agent complaints compared to those over new homes

One of the three official redress bodies serving the estate and lettings agency industry has conducted a survey of complaints across...

02 May 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: technology solutions; is this even legal?

Today is the day. 1,600 people will gather in London for FUTURE: PropTech, an event I have supported when there were...

02 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Agencies show faith in London market recovery by opening new offices

London’s housing market may be in the doldrums but two estate agencies have shown faith in its long-term recovery with moves...

02 May 2018

From: Breaking News

ZPG sells overseas arm of Hometrack to Australasian portal firm

ZPG has sold the Australian arm of housing data company Hometrack to REA Group, a multinational digital firm specialising in portals and...

02 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Massive wealth of older owners and buyers revealed by new survey

The massive wealth of owners over 55 has been revealed by a new survey. They own £938 billion of UK housing, a figure...

02 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Humberts denies report of some branches already shut with staff unpaid

Humberts has denied a local press report suggesting at least five of the firm’s 22 offices had already closed with some...

01 May 2018

From: Breaking News

GDPR Weekly: Passing data to third parties

Coming into force on May 25, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) - which replaces the Data Protection Act 1998 -...

01 May 2018

From: Breaking News

May's new housing adviser is ex-Shelter ex-Livingstone policy chief

Theresa May has appointed a controversial former Shelter executive as her new housing policy adviser working in Whitehall. Toby Lloyd was until...

01 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Guild launches roadshow with aim to bolster independent agencies

The Guild of Property Professionals has launched a series of regional roadshows with a target of enhancing the success of independent...

01 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Fast turnover of ministers has worsened housing crisis says agency chief

James Brokenshire - yesterday appointed Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government - joins the rank of senior politicians...

01 May 2018

From: Breaking News

New housing chief on the way as Sajid Javid moves to Home Office

The game of musical chairs that has so often gone on with politicians in charge of housing continues today with the...

30 April 2018

From: Breaking News

More controversy as Purplebricks and Trustpilot are probed by BBC show

A BBC Radio 5 Live analysis of online reviews has reignited the argument about the glut of positive reviews for Purplebricks...

30 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Humberts problems “on the cards for years says senior insider

An insider in a senior position in Humberts says the weekend announcement that it was in talks with proposed administrators to...

30 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Vast majority of homes selling below asking price claims NAEA

Only one property in every eight sold in the current market succeeds in achieving its asking price - while no fewer than...

30 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the latest moves around our industry...

Hello and welcome to the latest PJT, our regular Monday round-up of moves around our industry. Please let us know what’s happening...

30 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Downsizing just not on the agenda for most older owners, warns bank

Some 45 per cent of so-called Empty Nesters - older owners whose children have left home permanently - say they are...

30 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Proportion of sales to cash buyers falls back, says Nationwide

Research from the Nationwide suggests that the share of cash transactions has declined over the past 18 months, at least partly...

30 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty: yet more for government despite 69,000 first time buyers

Figures from the Treasury suggest that the annual revenue from stamp duty for the year to the end of March is...

27 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents voice concern as lending slump points to possible slow market

Fewer mortgages were approved for home buyers last month than in the same month a year ago according to figures from...

27 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Prime London woe: price falls, slow sales and valuation mark-downs

Coutts bank has issued a starkly pessimistic snapshot of prime London’s housing landscape, reporting price falls, valuation mark-downs and slower sales...

27 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Sex claims made against housing minister Dominic Raab's diary secretary

Several newspapers are carrying allegations that the diary secretary working for housing minister Dominic Raab has been selling sex via a...

27 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and you're still walking for good causes...

The London Marathon may have been and gone but there are plenty of agents and others in our industry still prepared...

27 April 2018

From: Breaking News

LSL estate agency group warns transactions set to drop in 'soft' market

LSL Property Services has issued a warning that market conditions are softer than expected so far in 2018 and that transaction...

26 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Brexit: Agencies and sector 'facing significant financial distress'

The UK’s real estate sector, embracing estate agencies as well as other aspects of the property industry, has been facing “increased...

26 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Online agency defends fees, saying 98% of homes sell at ‘valuation price’

Online estate agency House Network claims that “the percentage of houses sold at the original valuation price is 98 per cent”.  The...

26 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency bucks downbeat London market by opening new branch

Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward is defying the glut of stories suggesting the London market is beset with difficulties and has launched...

26 April 2018

From: Breaking News

They're not quite over yet - final County ESTAS awards just announced

The final winners’ list for this year’s ESTAS Awards has just been published with the  ‘Best In County’ agents named -...

26 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Leaseholds shouldn't drop below 80 years, warns legal expert

People living in leasehold properties should extend the remaining terms of their leases before they drop beneath 80 years, according to a...

26 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Countywide 'encouraged by early progress' despite new income fall

Countrywide, the troubled agency group which today holds its annual general meeting, says it is “encouraged by the early progress that...

25 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Transaction volumes now “a little scary” warns leading market analyst

Leading housing analyst Kate Faulkner says the current low transaction level is “a little scary” because with so few sellers, buyers...

25 April 2018

From: Breaking News

London homes now take 17 weeks to sell thanks to market over-supply

New figures from Hometrack show that a typical home in Greater London now takes 17 weeks to find a buyer -...

25 April 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Selling my flat - community vs systems

I have total transparency. I love that.  I know how the portals are doing, I know how many people are clicking on...

25 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Four agencies open new branches - including one in the Scandi-style...

Four estate agencies have opened new branches, either as a result of expansion or because of acquisitions. Homes4u has opened a futuristic...

25 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Mortgage costs fall in first quarter of 2018, despite base rate worry

A new survey suggests that despite many lenders increasing their rates, most mainstream mortgages are down compared to the start of...

25 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Estate agency industry faces worst staffing crisis for a generation

The estate agency sector “is experiencing the worst staff shortages in a generation at a point when the property market is...

24 April 2018

From: Breaking News

The Property Ombudsman waives joining fee for redress rival’s agents

The battle to become the single ombudsman service after the government rationalises the redress system across housing has taken an unexpected...

24 April 2018

From: Breaking News

GDPR Weekly: Unsolicited emails and letters - what do you need to know?

Coming into force on May 25, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) - which replaces the Data Protection Act 1998 -...

24 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency hit by penalties because it didn't produce waste disposal paperwork

An estate agency has been ordered to pay £841 to a council - because it failed to provide paperwork about its...

24 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Study exposes how little first time buyers actually know about buying

A new study reveals precisely how little first time buyers apparently understand about the buying process.  In a survey of 500 people...

24 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Warning issued about many years before leasehold reform becomes law

A leasehold reform campaigning group is warning that “it is likely to be many years” before promised leasehold reform becomes law. Leasehold...

24 April 2018

From: Breaking News

War of words goes on between Purplebricks and allAgents

The long running spat between review website allAgents and hybrid agency Purplebricks reignited over the weekend following a Facebook post. A Purplebricks...

23 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Emoov woos developers with online package to sell new homes

Hybrid agency Emoov is now offering a tailored sales package aimed at attracting developers listing and selling new homes. Rather than paying...

23 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - who’s on the move in our industry?

Hello and welcome to this week’s PJT, the regular Monday update on who’s moving where within our industry. Let us know what’s...

23 April 2018

From: Breaking News

London homes to be raffled by start-up entrepreneur for £5 a ticket

A flat in Brixton is being raffled for £5 a ticket by a start-up entrepreneur who claims this is just the...

23 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency spills secrets about one of UK’s smallest and most exclusive markets

Scottish high-end agency Galbraith has revealed how one of the smallest and most exclusive property sectors in Britain - Scottish country...

23 April 2018

From: Breaking News

ESTAS Awards 2018 winners announced - here are the results...

The scores are in and the results announced for the 2018 ESTAS Awards - and the winner of the coveted Grand...

20 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Searches ‘very rarely the cause of delays in transactions’ claims industry group

An umbrella body representing search organisations says searches “are very rarely the cause of delays” in transactions. The Council of Property Search...

20 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks: the 25 questions asked of its customers

The assessment by an investment consultancy that Purplebricks sells some 76 per cent of the homes it lists may have made...

20 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Average viewings per sale soar to 19, says buying company

The average number of viewings received by properties before a sale is agreed has risen from 11 in 2015 to 19...

20 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks finance chief quits to join US company

Purplebricks’ finance chief Matthew Farrow is reported to have left the company to join IT and cloud communications company Timico. Just over...

20 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Future:PropTech hits 1,200 delegates with new speakers and launches announced

The Future: PropTech conference takes place in under a fortnight’s time on May 2 and over 1,200 delegates have now been...

20 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - the best-foot-forward-in-the-sun edition...

It’s London Marathon weekend and it’s set to be hot, hot, hot for those agents and other brave industry folk running...

20 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents warn of two-tier market as London falls but rest of UK booms

Average house prices in the UK have increased 4.4 per cent in the year to February according to the latest official...

19 April 2018

From: Breaking News

High house prices and leasehold abuse are key worries for public - survey

Stubbornly high house prices and concerns over leasehold-related charges top the list of worries amongst the public about the housing market. That’s...

19 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Revealed - ye very first olde housing bubble...

The Henley Business School is often identified with cutting edge forecasts - but now it has revealed the history of what...

19 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Auction firm says first quarter sales show improvement on 2017

The UK’s largest property auctioneer says its first quarter’s sales figures for 2018 are ahead of those for the same period...

19 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Big surge in equity release as more older owners choose not to downsize

There has been a big rise in activity in the equity release market based on data from the first quarter of...

19 April 2018

From: Breaking News

99.98% of Purplebricks shareholders back new investment programme

Purplebricks has issued a statement saying that 99.98 per cent of its shareholders have backed the new investment to expand its...

18 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents’ qualifications will cut competition and increase fees - claim

Estate agent licensing will reduce competition, make buying and selling homes more expensive, and add another layer of red tape to...

18 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Tepilo and Homewise revise online adverts after watchdog intervenes

Online estate agency Tepilo and over-60s ‘life plan’ property sales service Homewise have been rapped over the knuckles following complaints made...

18 April 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Selling my flat part three - putting the onus on the individual

I’m writing this a week into my instruction decision. It has been a fascinating journey to date. As I discussed last week,...

18 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Another regional agency chain rejoins ZPG, stays on Rightmove and OTM

Manning Stainton, one of the major estate agency chains operating across North Yorkshire, is to return to listing on ZPG. It will...

18 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Surprise boost for housing market as mortgage volumes soar

Property purchases for buyers requiring mortgages reached 50,000 in February, the highest level for the month since 2007.  The data, from mortgage...

18 April 2018

From: Breaking News

HouseSimple becomes first online agency to completely scrap upfront fees

Online agency HouseSimple has become a completely No Sale No Fee agency - and is thought to be the only online...

17 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: high-profile housing research guru leaves Countrywide

Estate Agent Today can reveal that one of the industry’s best known research experts, Johnny Morris, has left Countrywide.  Morris joined Hamptons...

17 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Buying agent claims she was offered bribe to secure a higher offer on house

A central London buying agent says she was once offered a bribe by an estate agent to try to persuade a...

17 April 2018

From: Breaking News

GDPR Weekly: Legitimate interest for estate and letting agents

Coming into force on May 25, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) - which replaces the Data Protection Act 1998 -...

17 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Trial for man accused of assaulting estate agent in office

A man who is accused of assaulting an estate agent is to face trial. The Bournemouth Daily Echo reports that Marc Skelton,...

17 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Guild celebrates strong field for special ESTAS Awards category

The Guild of Property Professionals has given details of a strong field of potential winners in this week’s ESTAS awards.  This year...

17 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks comes out fighting on behalf of all online and hybrid agencies

Purplebricks has returned to the fray after recent controversies with a claim that home owners saved themselves over £140m in commission...

16 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Rightmove visits reach record highs - and so do asking prices

Prices of new-to-the-market property rose by a modest 0.4 per cent over the past month says Rightmove - but that’s enough...

16 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - who’s on the move within our industry?

Hello and welcome to this week’s Property Jobs Today - our regular Monday look at who’s moving where within our industry. You...

16 April 2018

From: Breaking News

“Red warning lights” for London and SE markets, warns website

A website that monitors house prices says “red warning lights are flashing as market conditions in London and the South East...

16 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Row rumbles on over Raab’s comments about immigration and house prices

The government has published data related to a claim by housing minister Dominic Raab, who prompted controversy last week by suggesting...

16 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Capital Gains change could create “compliance nightmare” warns tax expert

A proposal by HMRC to speed up HMRC Capital Gains Tax payments for residential property sales could create a “compliance nightmare.” The...

13 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Big rise in complaints to Property Redress Scheme ombudsman service

The Property Redress Scheme - one of the three government-approved redress schemes handling complaints about sales and lettings agents - has...

13 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Hunters says recent franchisees have ‘beaten the market’

Franchise giant Hunters says independent agencies which joined the firm in recent years have typically beaten the performance of the housing market. Chief...

13 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Mortgage numbers dip but market ‘stronger than in late 2017’

The latest mortgage snapshot from e.surv has reinforced recent claims from other sources that London’s housing market remains the most difficult...

13 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - a marathon edition (and talking of marathons...)

Hello everyone and welcome to this week’s Agents Do Charity - it’s a bumper edition with plenty of fantastic fund-raising going...

13 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Market gloom as demand falls for 12th month in a row - RICS

Demand is down for the 12th successive month according to the latest market survey by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. New...

12 April 2018

From: Breaking News

‘HMRC should work harder to get agents to abide by AML regulations’

A 15-month research project says HMRC should do more to engage estate agents in recognising the importance of complying with anti-money...

12 April 2018

From: Breaking News

More backing for buying reforms from conveyancers and agents

The Conveyancing Association has backed the government’s calls for extensive reform of the buying and selling process, announced at the weekend. The...

12 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Spring surge in listings looks larger than this time last year

There were 43 per cent more new properties listed for sale than in the same month last year according to online...

12 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Market conditions rapidly improving according to Agency Express

Agency Express, which reported a muted housing market in February, says the pace picked up considerably last month. The board company, which...

12 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks tells government to order agents to publish fees

Purplebricks has issued a provocative response to the government’s new measures to promote a more professional and transparent house buying process.  The...

11 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Viewber passes 20,000 viewings mark and secures over £2m new funding

The outsourced viewing service Viewber says it has now conducted over 20,000 viewings on behalf of agents and has secured another...

11 April 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Selling my flat part two - how did my valuations go?

To say I had a lot of reaction to last week's column about selling my flat would be an understatement. I've never...

11 April 2018

From: Breaking News

First time buyer numbers still 11% below pre-recession levels

The proportion of first time buyers in the market is still 11 per cent below the level seen before the 2008...

11 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Reapit snaps up agency software supplier Pocket Size Media

One of the industry’s best-known software suppliers Reapit has announced that it’s acquired Pocket Size Media - a firm that provides...

11 April 2018

From: Breaking News

No toilet, no mains electricity, no floorplan - yet OIRO £300,000

As the spring market gets into full swing, here’s the traditional beach hut story - yet this time, it really does...

11 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Estate agency directors are disqualified over cartels scandal

Two estate agency directors have been disqualified over a cartel scandal which resulted in five agencies being fined over £370,000 for...

10 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Number of fall throughs in past quarter hits 10-year high

The number of house sales falling through pre-completion during the first quarter of 2018 reached its highest level for this time...

10 April 2018

From: Breaking News

EweMove in profit as Property Franchise Group reports strong figures

The Property Franchise Group has this morning reported strong figures for 2017 with news that its hybrid brand EweMove traded profitably...

10 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers back government reforms of buying and selling processes

The conveyancing industry regulator has thrown its weight behind the government’s proposals to improve the buying and selling process.  Stephen Ward, director of strategy...

10 April 2018

From: Breaking News

GDPR Weekly: Can agents use 'soft opt-in'?

Coming into force on May 25, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) - which replaces the Data Protection Act 1998 -...

10 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Five multi-branch south of England agencies join OnTheMarket

A 15-branch agency group operating in parts of London and the Home Counties has joined OnTheMarket according to a statement from...

10 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Surprise house price rise but Halifax and agents remain wary

The latest house price index figures from the Halifax gives just the spur the market may need as the spring sales...

10 April 2018

From: Breaking News

“At last!” - Industry embraces reform of buying and selling processes

Agents and representatives from other property sectors have reacted enthusiastically to proposals to professionalise the industry. As we reported yesterday, the government...

09 April 2018

From: Breaking News

More details revealed on range of agency reform proposals

  More details have emerged of the government’s proposals to enhance estate agency regulation, regulate referral fees, offer guides for buyers and...

09 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the latest moves around our industry...

Hello and welcome to this week’s Property Jobs Today, our regular Monday look at key moves inside our industry. Everyone mentioned here...

09 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Ombudsman to hold Rightmove webinar as redress race hots up

The Property Ombudsman, Katrine Sporle, is to hold a briefing on the government’s redress reform on Wednesday - five days before...

09 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Everything you ever needed to know about The ESTAS 2018....

It’s under two weeks to The ESTAS 2018 held in London on Friday April 20. It’s the biggest and best bash in...

09 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Reforms to house buying process and agents’ qualifications announced

The government has announced further measures which will, in its words, “professionalise” house buying and the estate agency business. In yet another Sunday...

08 April 2018

From: Breaking News

'Lack of clarity' concern over latest anti-money laundering rules

A technology company says that despite government attempts to eradicate money laundering in property transactions, agents and other industry professionals have been left...

06 April 2018

From: Breaking News

New mortgage offers preferential rates on homes with best EPC ratings

Barclays is next week launching a so-called ‘green mortgage’ which links the loan to the Energy Performance Certificate rating of the...

06 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Prices fall again in prime central London, admits Knight Frank

Average prices dropped another 1.1 per cent in prime central London in the year to March according to new figures released...

06 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and your chance to watch other agents get muddy...

Welcome to another edition of Agents Do Charity, the weekly round-up of fund-raising from across our industry. With spring looking like it’s...

06 April 2018

From: Breaking News

First-ever mortgage with digital signature is lodged at Land Registry

The first-ever ‘digital mortgage’ deed has been lodged at HM Land Registry, for a property at Rotherhithe in London.  Coventry Building Society...

05 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Foxtons calls time on new branches as emphasis shifts to IT and people

Foxtons says its long-term branch expansion programme is now “largely complete” and it is shifting its attention to using technology to...

05 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Online agency uses V-logger to promote property on social media

The online agency HouseSimple is to use a video blogger to stay in a property on sale and promote it via...

05 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Guild launches AML facial recognition ID service for members

The Guild is offering member agents a service which will allow them to verify the legitimacy of their clients to conform...

05 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Significant fall in number of homes bought via company structures

Statistics published for the Annual Tax for Enveloped Dwellings show that the government appears to be succeeding in its  bid to...

05 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide share price up 50% in a month - is this the turn-around?

Has Countrywide finally convinced its investors that it is on the road to recovery? Back on March 8 the Countrywide share price...

04 April 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Selling my flat - can I put my money where my mouth is?

It’s all very easy, talking and evangelising about the use of technology in the property market, but, now that I’m selling...

04 April 2018

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket claims 12m visits in March - double figure in February

OnTheMarket has this morning issued a statement claiming that its portal traffic reached circa 12m visits during March - more than...

04 April 2018

From: Breaking News

EweMove branch total now up to 122 following latest franchise deals

Hybrid agency EweMove says it has seen four portfolio acquisitions and 29 new areas ‘purchased’ by franchisees since June 2017, taking...

04 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Average agency fine for AML non-compliance is £12,000

A survey suggests that the average fine incurred by estate agents for apparent non-compliance with anti-money laundering regulations is £11,842. Research by...

04 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Brexit transition period will help central London market - agency

A leading buying agency says the Brexit transition deal will help central London’s fragile sales market. Caspar Harvard-Walls, a partner in the...

04 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide goes back into online - this time for its mortgage side

Countrywide is not quite finished with online experimentation yet, for today sees the launch of an online mortgage service, backed by...

03 April 2018

From: Breaking News

MPs to probe foreign-owned property as part of 'economic crime' inquiry

The Treasury Select Committee of MPs has announced an inquiry into ‘economic crime’ - including the possibility that overseas-owned UK homes could be...

03 April 2018

From: Breaking News

GDPR Weekly: Evidence and documentation of marketing consent

Coming into force on May 25, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) - which replaces the Data Protection Act 1998 -...

03 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Agent confirms index findings that growth turning negative in south east

A leading estate agent says his findings confirm those of the latest house price index in suggesting that prices are turning...

03 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Maserati smashes into agency office at city crash hot-spot

A Maserati 3200 has ended up wedged into the front of a Fox and Sons estate agency office in central Brighton. The...

03 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Buying agent says 'guide prices' confuse valuations and purchasers

As the Easter sales weekend kicks off, the head of a prominent buying agency says estate agents confuse the true valuation...

29 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Trouble ahead thanks to older home owners, lenders warn

Gross mortgage lending is set to reach its highest level since 2007 despite Brexit, says the Intermediary Mortgage Lenders Association. But its...

29 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Ombudsman scheme launches online training on CPRs for agents

The Property Ombudsman has launched an online training module which it describes as the first of its kind.  The interactive module -...

29 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Chairman of major agency was trampled to death by his own horses

The chairman of Chancellors was trampled to death by his own horses after taking them out for a carriage driving exercise,...

29 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Holiday home sales holding up according to estate agency's figures

Holiday home sales in one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations are holding up, despite stamp duty and the age...

29 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Franchise model well-suited to challenging market, says leading agency

Winkworth, the agency which released its 2017 results this morning, says the franchise business model it supports is more resilient than others...

28 March 2018

From: Breaking News

US TV considering news programme on Russia-UK property links

A US TV company is considering making a news programme about Russian involvement in property transactions in the UK and particularly London. The...

28 March 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Is AI set to transform the world of property?

Last week, a story was published by CNBC about a couple who sold their home, for above the asking price, without...

28 March 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech products linked through suppliers' new strategic partnership

Industry suppliers Landmark Information and The ValPal Network have entered what they call “a strategic relationship” to provide the firms’ respective...

28 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Bright spark sets up agency to complement electrical business

The boss of an electrical company has set up a new estate and letting agency with the help of six-figure funding...

28 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency display supplier offers 'acrylic scrappage' scheme

A company which creates interior displays for agency offices and other players in the property industry have introduced a so-called scrappage...

28 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks begins search for lifetime relationship with customers

Purplebricks has given details of how it intends to use some of its new investment, and in particular is spelling out...

27 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Another OnTheMarket founding agency returns to list on ZPG's two sites

ZPG has announced that it has signed a listings agreement with Chestertons, one of the estate agencies involved in the founding...

27 March 2018

From: Breaking News

GDPR Weekly: Do you need consent for direct marketing?

Coming into force on May 25, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) - which replaces the Data Protection Act 1998 -...

27 March 2018

From: Breaking News

More London woe as annual house price growth hits seven-year low

House price growth in London has hit a seven year low according to Hometrack, with prices actually down across 42 per...

27 March 2018

From: Breaking News

NAEA says first time buyer stamp duty cut working - but more needed

The National Association of Estate Agents says the government’s first time buyer stamp duty incentive “seems to be having the desired...

27 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Huge new investment announced for Purplebricks

Purplebricks has announced what it describes as “a strategic investment from Axel Springer, Europe’s leading digital publisher” - but this comes...

26 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: another key Countrywide returnee as corporate rebuild continues

Countrywide’s attempt to rebuild its expertise pool following the Alison Platt era continues apace with the announcement today that John Hards...

26 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Emoov well ahead of Purplebricks in new assessment of online agencies

  An assessment of nine online agencies undertaken by a property website has seen Emoov come out on top after being analysed...

26 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - key hires and latest moves in and across our industry....

Welcome to this week’s Property Jobs Today, our regular look at key moves inside our industry. Next week there’s no PJT as...

26 March 2018

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket share price slides again - but that might mean nothing

The share price of OnTheMarket slipped again on Friday - down around five per cent on the day and ending at...

26 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Agent jailed after using client's details to take out £30,000 in loans

An estate agent has been jailed for 18 months after he took out £30,000 worth of loans in the name of...

26 March 2018

From: Breaking News

It's Purplebricks vs Jefferies at the Future:PropTech event in May

The Future:PropTech event on May 2 is now under six weeks away and more details have been released about speakers and...

26 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Rightmove, ZPG, OnTheMarket - are they about to be eclipsed by Google?

A property technology analyst has floated the idea that portals could become eclipsed by powerful alternatives such as Google, triggered by...

23 March 2018

From: Breaking News

HMRC wins ruling over scheme claiming to cut stamp duty on homes

HM Revenue and Customs has won a key ruling concerning a tax avoidance scheme promoter which claimed to be able to...

23 March 2018

From: Breaking News

It could be you...ESTAS announces The Peoples Award nominations

The ESTAS has announced its final and, to many, its most prestigious shortlist for this year’s awards - a special category...

23 March 2018

From: Breaking News

New branch for 250-year-old Home Counties estate agency

Essex and Suffolk-based estate agency and chartered surveying firm Fenn Wright is opening a new branch - its fourth in the...

23 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - despite getting an hour's less sleep this weekend...

It’s spring at last! Although we’ve only just finished wiping the snow off our boots, it’s great news that the clocks...

23 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Revealed: how many brands, branches and staff remain with Countrywide

Countrywide has revealed precisely how many brands, branches and staff it has following the extensive and multiple restructurings of recent years. In...

22 March 2018

From: Breaking News

CMA urges people to report unfair cartels that cheat customers

The Competition and Markets Authority, which is believed to be actively investigating estate agents’ alleged infringement of the Competitions Act, is...

22 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Haart says housing market finally coming out of Brexit doldrums

The Haart agency group has given an upbeat picture of the housing market in its latest figures with instructions up 15...

22 March 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech: Comparison website acquires online property forum

The comparison site Reallymoving, which allows users to get online quotes for conveyancers, surveyors and removal firms, has acquired the property...

22 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Higher proportion of posh country estates now being sold off-market

A buying agent says a higher proportion of Britain’s rarified country estates market is now being sold off-market. Jess Simpson, an ex-Savills...

22 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide reveals the costs of Alison Platt's 'retail revolution'

Countrywide’s 132-page annual report, released today, has given details of the management and restructuring costs incurred by the company during its...

21 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide, Connells accused of pressuring buyers over mortgages

A magazine claims its investigations into the sales tactics of Countrywide and Connells suggest the two agency are “harming consumers, stopping them from...

21 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks: share price falls while allAgents claims ad watchdog ‘victory’

Purplebricks’ share price dipped below the psychologically-important 300p mark yesterday - its lowest performance since spring last year. It’s the latest development...

21 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Sharp drop in transactions and small price dip points to 'soft' 2018 market

House prices started 2018 with a modest 0.3 per cent drop across the UK as a whole, including 0.5 per cent...

21 March 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: The value of smart technology and intelligent buildings

Smart sensors, and smart technology as a whole, are enjoying a period of accelerated innovation and adoption.  It’s my opinion that such...

21 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Complaints about two agencies lead to advertising watchdog stepping in

An estate agency has been the subject of a complaint over website wording which appeared to suggest that it had a...

21 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Sellers advised: Never use online agents as they may under-sell your home

One of London’s leading estate agents is advising sellers to consider giving the negotiator who sells their property a bonus, and...

20 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Agent escapes prison after 'glassing' man who rejected her advances

An estate agent who ‘glassed’ a man who rejected her advances in a pub has escaped a prison sentence. Sarah Brown, 27,...

20 March 2018

From: Breaking News

GDPR Weekly: Investigating your role as a data controller

Coming into force on May 25, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) - which replaces the Data Protection Act 1998 -...

20 March 2018

From: Breaking News

London has almost 600 one-bed flats on sale at £1m or (well) above

London has 585 one bed flats on the market at £1m or more according to research by online agency HouseSimple.  HouseSimple says...

20 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Mortgage approvals dip but first time buyers are up slightly

Figures just released assessing February’s mortgage borrowing show that approvals are 1.25 per cent lower than in January, and are down...

20 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Asking prices hit record highs in key sectors, says Rightmove

Average asking price of newly-marketed property have jumped 1.5 per cent - or over £4,500 - in the past month, says...

19 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Revealed: only area of England and Wales with average home under £100k

Only one local authority in England and Wales has an average house price below £100,000 - while in every London borough...

19 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the latest moves across our industry...

Hello and welcome to this week’s Property Jobs Today, our regular Monday look at key moves inside our industry. Everyone here simply...

19 March 2018

From: Breaking News

'First ever UK resi transaction undertaken through Blockchain' - claim

A Manchester-based property investment firm is claiming to be the first company in Britain to record an online exchange of a...

19 March 2018

From: Breaking News

It's a north-south market divide - but it's the north that's the strongest

House prices have taken a spring leap in the north of England as the market improves - but it’s a different...

19 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Rightmove may have to extract more revenue from agents, claims analyst

One of the leading PropTech analysts says Rightmove’s huge success means that it has two difficult choices ahead if it is...

16 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks under pressure after bank warns of slowing growth

Market analysts at Swiss bank UBS are warning that Purplebricks’ meteoric growth in the UK may be slowing. The bank has cut...

16 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Top agent urges existing owners to be 'more accepting' of new homes

Estate agency Jackson-Stops says it has discovered precisely how many existing home owners understand the difficulties facing first time buyers in...

16 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Savills reveals other PropTech investments as well as Yopa online agency

High-end international estate agency company Savills claims Yopa, in which it has invested substantial sums, is now the UK’s 10th largest...

16 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - climbing, bidding, and most of all fund-raising...

So here’s another week’s great work being done by colleagues in our industry - and we’re very pleased to salute them. Everybody...

16 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer launches new online advice service for buyers

TV property expert Phil Spencer is launching an online advice service for buyers and tenants, including offering guidance on the specific...

15 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Rightmove identifies 10 fastest-moving local housing markets

Rightmove’s latest assessment of the housing market suggests that Newport in Gwent is the fastest moving area in Britain for vendors. A...

15 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Boost for housing market with surge in number of first time buyers

The switchback of house price indices and other data on the state of the market has taken a turn for the...

15 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Savills reveals its highly resilient UK residential performance in 2017

Savills has reported good figures for 2017 although most of its strongest performance was outside the world of residential property. In a...

15 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Another agency wins award based on reviews by “real customers”

Andrews Property Group has won the Feefo Trusted Service award, which the agency describes as “an independent seal of excellence that...

15 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Russian-owned property in UK appears to have escaped 'spy sanctions'

UK measures to retaliate against alleged Russian government-sponsored nerve agent attack on former spy Sergei Skripal have excluded any attempt to...

15 March 2018

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket says another 1,000 agency branches listed in past five weeks

OnTheMarket says estate agencies with some 1,000 offices have joined the portal in the five weeks since it floated on the...

14 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Asking prices and agents' commission more important than reviews to vendors

A survey by consumer body Which? suggests askng prices and agents' fees are the most significant factors considered by a vendor choosing an...

14 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Emoov has to amend fee info on website after ad watchdog intervenes

Online agency Emoov has amended its website following the intervention of the Advertising Standards Authority.  The authority says the agency’s site included...

14 March 2018

From: Breaking News

New online tool promises real-time updates on conveyancing cases

Conveyancing services firm My Home Move has launched a portal which it claims gives users complete transparency checking their conveyancing progress.  eWay, which is...

14 March 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: MIPIM Startup Competition - meet the finalists

Greetings from Cannes, where the sun is finally shining over MIPIM. I’m sure many of you are out here, too, and...

14 March 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech firm ponders whether you could run an agency solely from a phone...

A PropTech firm claims its new tool gives people the option of running an entire agency...from a phone.  BestAgent, which has built...

14 March 2018

From: Breaking News

ZPG's comparison service set to sponsor ITV's Britain's Got Talent

ZPG’s comparison website uSwitch is to be the headline sponsor of ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent.  The company says it will use this...

14 March 2018

From: Breaking News

60,000 first time buyers have benefitted from stamp duty change - Hammond

  Chancellor Phillip Hammond claims over 60,000 first time buyers have already benefitted from the stamp duty relief he announced at his...

13 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Surcharge for 'five day exchange and completion' is slammed as rip-off

A critic of the conveyancing process has accused a law firm’s charge of £95 for “exchange and completion within five working...

13 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks’ UK CEO granted option to buy 100,000 shares in firm

The UK chief executive of Purplebricks, Lee Wainwright, has been granted an option to buy 100,000 shares in the firm. The purchase would...

13 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Some London prices fall up to 15% despite rises in much of England and Wales

Average house prices rose 0.5 per cent in February, making it the biggest rise in five months according to the latest...

13 March 2018

From: Breaking News

GDPR Weekly: The right to erasure and the right to be informed

Coming into force on May 25, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) - which replaces the Data Protection Act 1998 -...

13 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Hogarth on agency acquisition trail after London independent snapped up

Orchards of London, a four-office independent operating in the west of the capital, has been fully acquired by The Hogarth Property...

13 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Regional portal revamps with pledge to promote estate agents' brands

A major revamp of Northern Ireland’s Propertynews portal has been unveiled with one of the targets being to enhance the visability...

13 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: Countrywide announces first major returnee to the fold

The long haul back for Countrywide appears to have begun with the first major name who left during the Alison Platt...

12 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Ombudsman seeks public views on problems with agents and wider industry

Ombudsman Services, which recently announced it was quitting its role as one of three approved redress schemes for estate and lettings...

12 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - all the moves from across the industry

Welcome once again to Property Jobs Today, the notice-board for agents, suppliers and other property professionals moving within, out or in...

12 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Two more interest rate rises likely this year, top economists predict

The Ernst & Young ITEM Club - a group of economists highly regarded by politicians and some sectors of the property...

12 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Agent pleads not guilty to New Year's Day murder of wife

A Stratford estate agent accused of killing his wife on New Year’s Day has pleaded not guilty to a charge of...

12 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide's own broker cuts agency’s forecast for 2018 and 2019

Jefferies - the City consultancy which has in the past worked with Countrywide - has cuts its forecasts for the troubled...

09 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Online agents most popular with sellers in strong markets, research shows

New research appears to show that Purplebricks, HouseSimple, Yopa and other prominent online agencies are most popular with vendors selling in...

09 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Work-life balance increasingly important to agents, says recruitment firm

A survey by an industry recruitment consultancy indicates that work-life balance is increasingly important to agency job applicants, second in importance...

09 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Number of homes for sale shoots up nearly 20 per cent in recent weeks

There has been a 19.9 per cent increase in new property listings, with some locations seeing as many as 80 per...

09 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - books, sailing, and a lot of work for the homeless

Thanks very much to everyone getting in touch to publicise their efforts for good causes: we’re always delighted to help. Just let...

09 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide chairman admits company had been grossly mismanaged

In an exclusive and candid interview with Estate Agent Today, Countrywide chairman Peter Long has admitted that the company had been...

08 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide reveals 'Back To Basics' plan for 2018 and scraps online service

The troubled Countrywide group has this morning revealed its recovery plan to get - in its words - ‘back to basics’...

08 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency accused of pressuring buyers to use in-house mortgage team

The magazine Mortgage Strategy says Countrywide is investigating reports that one of its estate agent branches pressured buyers to use in-house...

08 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Prices dip slightly but transactions suggest a robust market

House prices in the UK have suffered their first quarterly fall in almost a year - but strong transaction totals suggest...

08 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency's female franchisees mark International Women's Day

Franchise agency Winkworth is marking International Women’s Day - that’s today - by celebrating the achievements of its female franchisees and...

08 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Cotswolds-based agency expands to second office - and plans more

A Cotswolds-based agency has expanded to a second office and says it has plans to develop further in the region. Move was...

08 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Revealed: Purplebricks “stunning growth” explained by top industry analyst

One of the world’s leading property technology analysts has compiled a major report on estate agents’ business models - an exercise...

07 March 2018

From: Breaking News

New house price index claims superiority over rivals - even Land Registry

Investment consultancy London Central Portfolio has launched a new index which it claims uses “the most comprehensive data available” to assess...

07 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Crimestoppers working with agents to deter ruthless conveyancing fraudsters

Crimestoppers is working with estate agencies and financial advisers as well as conveyancers in a bid to eliminate house buyers’ deposits...

07 March 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Who would you vote for at the UKPA Awards?

The UK PropTech Awards are fast approaching. The window is open for applications and nominations and on May 2, the winners...

07 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Hunters is latest agency chain to list on Rightmove, ZPG and OnTheMarket

Franchise giant Hunters is the latest agency to list its sales and lettings properties on three portals, rather than two. The chain...

07 March 2018

From: Breaking News

LSL's agency brands reveal growth in past year despite market woe

LSL Property Services - parent company to 12 brands including Your Move, Reeds Rains and London’s Marsh & Parsons - has...

06 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Industry first as new tool allows agents to amend instant valuations

The provider of an automated valuation system has introduced a new feature to allow agents to amend the valuation if there...

06 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Six months before CMA update on agents' alleged Competitions Act breach

It is thought likely that there will be no new update on the investigation into agents’ alleged infringement of the Competitions...

06 March 2018

From: Breaking News

GDPR Weekly: Who should oversee your compliance?

Coming into force on May 25, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) - which replaces the Data Protection Act 1998 -...

06 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Senior agents say wider issues must be addressed in housing debate

An estate agent and former chairman of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors says the government’s latest drive to build new...

06 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency and Alice are the perfect advertisement for apprentices

Alice Hickmott is the perfect advertisement for apprentices in estate agency - especially as we are now in National Apprentice Week.  Essex...

06 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Warning to agents that HMRC is on the warpath over Anti-Money Laundering

A compliance specialist company is warning that as it believes relatively few estate agents fully understand their anti-money laundering obligations, firms...

05 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Quicker conveyancing pledged as Land Registry puts council searches online

HM Land Registry has taken another step towards its aim to “make conveyancing simpler, faster and cheaper” for the general public. The...

05 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the latest on moves within the industry...

Welcome once again to Property Jobs Today, the notice-board for agents, suppliers and other property professionals moving within, out or in...

05 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Slashed asking prices on 'super-prime' houses highlighted by buying agency

High-profile buying agency Black Brick has highlighted the scale of reductions now being made by sellers of some trophy properties in...

05 March 2018

From: Breaking News

First time sellers must find average of £136,000 to move to their next home

A survey by Lloyds Bank has revealed that the average ‘first time seller’ requires very nearly £136,000 to bridge the gap...

05 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Competition and Markets Authority opens investigation into estate agencies

The Competitions and Markets Authority is investigating a suspect infringement of the Competition Act 1998 by estate agents. Few details have been...